‘Fully Charged’ is a tribute to the fantastic eighties movie, Batteries Not Included (1987). Furthermore, it reminds us how the charming and memorable movie refererrd to the film’s creations as “Fix-Its”. Sadly, many of the cast are no longer with us. So, this poem is also dedicated to the likes of Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena, who were all fantastic in the cult movie.
They came from far away to help and fix
an old apartment block condemned to dust;
they showed the residents their nifty tricks
and proved that they felt positive they must . . . .
Soon, ugly human ways were evident
as Daddy Fix-It got it in the neck,
and there it all bust and broke and bent . . .
but Mummy Fix-It saved it from the wreck
For their own safety off again they flew,
which meant the building now was surely doomed . . .
Then, they returned with a full repair-crew —
the little robots whooshed and whirred and zoomed:
building made new, with help from up above;
it showed how they were fully charged with love!
All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy
Illustration by L. A. Cassidy
Batteries Not Included is exactly the sort of film that appears in the Retro Review Section of SciFiPulse. It’s the sort of film that will always be immortal, and representative of an era in time. In many ways it’s very much a satire on the eighties’ “hyper-progress” ideals. It’s heartwarming and as mentioned full of wonderful performances. A true classic! Enjoy, dear readers – we’ll see you all next Friday!