The holidays for the EOL crew aren’t over yet and neither are they over for the 3rd chair. This episode we are joined by a man who knows his bad TV and that kind of geek cred gives Rodney Edgar from the Tech Access Weekly podcast, the ability to join us in our discussion of … bad TV!
Its never difficult for us to find these stories, sadly. Here are the ones that caught our ear this month.
Check out the Wikipedia entry on Akira Kurosawa for a list describing many of his films and their influences on other Hollywood blockbusters
The Rockstar mentioned the bots and Japanese monster films. Be sure to visit the official MST3K site to learn more about Tom Servo and perhaps even Evil Crow?
You can pick up Mr. Reeve’s take on a Philip K. Dick novel in the movie adaptation of “A Scanner Darkly”
And Ranger mentioned Laura Petty in “Tank Girl”
We also discussed how well the actors captured their comic counterpart in the recent “X Men First Class”
And you can compare it to the FOX 90’s X Men Animated series via Netflix
In The Nexus: Bad TV
Did you think we were done discussing bad TV in our “Abomination” section? Oh no! We use the entire segment of “In The Nexus” to pay homage to the idiot box.
Ranger mentioned the portable SEGA Game Gear console from the 90s. You can learn all about this system that weighed more than a brick with its multiple batteries.
We talked about how TV can look dated quickly and Ranger offers the first season of FOX’s “24” via Netflix as an example. Check it out to see CTU with computers from a decade ago.
The rockstar rants about today’s juvenile comedic attempts, inspired by this article on how Today’s new Sitcoms are Reruns
Ranger also suggested that the NBC 90’s hit “Friends” is another one of those shows that has not aged well.
We mention “Seinfeld” three times in twenty minutes. Buy the first two seasons of Seinfeld on Amazon and see why we talked about the show so often.
Watch the wonderful social commentary from Matt and Trey on Facebook from the South Park episode “You Have 0 Friends” from the South Park Studios site.
Rodney pines for the good old days as he watches “Cheers” on Netflix
Ranger professes his love of Tina Fey and says you should watch “30 Rock” on Netflix
Also he prefers the UK version of “The Office which you can find on Netflix here
The UK version of “Being Human” is far better than the recent US attempt as well. This too is on Netflix
Rodney and Ranger also say that you should only watch the UK version of “Coupling” and forget that NBC ever tried to force a US version on the viewing public with only a four episode run
Relive the 80’s with this look back at Courtney Cox before “Friends” in the amazing production values of “Misfits of Science”
Rodney proclaims to Ranger that he is missing out on the greatness that is “Rip Tide”
Rodney also liked “the monkey” in “BJ and the Bear”
Whereas Ranger found that the “Sherif Lobo” spinoff was far more entertaining
Catch Gil and Erin in the NBC Sci Fi classic “Buck Rogers” on Netflix
Other CBS Friday night fare included “Falcon Crest”
And who could forget the General lee in “The Dukes of Hazard”
proof that Ranger was not joking about the existence of the NBC 70’s show “Monster Squad”
Further still, here is the opening to “Quark” that took a loving but synical embrace to Classic Trek
You can also find “Street Hawk” on Amazon for your very own
All of this talk leads us into this article about trends we are tired of on TV
Do you remember “Cleopatra 2525”? “Vanishing Sun”? They, like Kevin Sorbo’s “Hercules”, were all members of the 90’s “Universal Action Pack” line of weekly syndication shows
Relive the Warrior Princess’s six seasons in this Xena box set from Amazon
When in Houston, go eat fish while fish watch you at “The Aquarium” restaurant
Did you want to know more about your favorite Power Ranger or series? Check out the “Morphing Grid”
She wasn’t just the Pink Ranger, see the IMDB page for Amy Jo Johnson
Buy the first two seasons of “TJ Hooker” and learn how to hang on to the hood of a car TJ style
Ranger notes that “Airwolf” is awesome
while Rodney claims that you can’t discount the magic of Dana Carvey in the ABC “Blue Thunder” TV series
George Klunie fans must have “The Facts of Life” for his early formative works
The Rockstar talks about the Playschool Sit’n’Spin, here is a video that shows the Sit‘N’Spin in action
Meet Skipper, Barbie’s little sister with the flat feet
Spinning like crazy was all the rage with marx’s Big Wheel
Stick shift steering was the big feature for the Green Machine
It takes up most of your bedroom but who would not want this Kenner Star Wars Death Star Playset?
Learn more about what a “Wish Book” was to some of us years ago
he was not cool, he was creepy! Meet Teddy Rucksbin
This month’s homework assignment will be anything cinnamon. The specific item is Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears
but if you can’t be that extreme, anything else with cinnamon will do.
Barbie’s hungry, that’s why she has a MCDonald’s playset
Get your very own Charlie Brown Musical Christmas Tree
Here are the so called nutritional facts for the Planters Nuts Winter Blend
What’cha Been Consumin?
Ranger has been playing a whole lot of Asteroids Gunner on iOS
Ranger also recommends you pick up the new “Lost Children” B Sides release from Disturbed
The Rockstar has been consumin’ a lot this month.
Young adult dystopian fiction including “Divergent”, by Veronica Roth
Tally Youngblood series by Scott Westerfeld. First title: “Uglies”
Castle, Fringe, Big Bang Theory
Start from the beginning, nab “Fringe” season 1
During the Classic Trek discussion, Ranger mentioned “The Captains” documentary that you can find on Netflix
Between The Covers
This month’s homework is “Neverwhere”, by Neil Gaiman
From ArsTechnica, about the bio, “Why Steve Jobs cried”
Ranger mentions the famous TNT movie with Noah Wiley the classic “Pirates of Silicon Valley”
We tend to make references to music, movies and more. Here are some of the more influential ones that we mentioned during this episode.
Our opening quote was from this annual holiday classic featuring some flying forest animal with a brightly colored nose
And keeping up the Seinfeld references, Ranger mentioned the “Puffy Shirt”. Here is the story behind that famous wardrobe malfunction.
The Simpsons quote about “Wings” Ranger mentions comes from a Season 4 episode
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