Hindsight Episode Two

This show…THIS SHOW! The cast has done an AMAZING job at really placing themselves in the nineties. And talk about having the best soundtrack EVER. I felt like I was in middle school all over again listening to it. I now have no doubt that this show will be VH1’s highest rated show ever. Everything about it is so right!

This episode picks up right where the last one drops off. The revelation that Becca has just changed her future begins to weigh on her and only Lolly can help her pick up the pieces. And as a quick statement, yes…I thought Lolly looked spot on as Six from Blossom. And yes, Sarah Goldberg’s Lolly is very quickly becoming one of my favorite television characters. Continue reading “Hindsight Episode Two”

90s Nostalgia: The RARE Day I Became Jaded From Video Games

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I was in the height of my Nintendo fanboy-ism when I wrote this after another lame day of high school. Back then, Nintendo 64 was the scrappy underdog against the PlayStation revolution with Rare as its loyal sidekick. Rareware, as it was known, was in its prime making spectacular games (from Donkey Kong Country to Goldeneye to Perfect Dark).

Banjo-Kazooie was really awesome and pushed the platforming genre a bit. Donkey Kong 64 was just competent but bloated with “stuff.” (I liked the arcade game inclusion, though.) DK64’s a solid 7.0-8.0-rated game, but no mind-blowing masterpiece. It played a little too much like good ol’ B-K.

For some reason I’ve long forgotten, I tried to start a Nintendo fansite. I lack the enthusiasm and money to do that, but here are my thoughts on what Rare should do after the release of Donkey Kong 64. At that point, I started to become jaded of derivative gameplay. Oh, well. At least Nintendo is still the super-niche we know and love. Continue reading “90s Nostalgia: The RARE Day I Became Jaded From Video Games”

Eight Confessions About Enjoying Saved By the Bell & TNBC

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Twenty-one years after the graduation episode, someone decided it’s a good time to revisit Bayside through Lifetime’s Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Movie. Like many impressionable kids, I was a big Saved By the Bell fan. Not only did I like SBtB, I liked shows that were like it at the time.

Since I’ve never made my feelings about SBtB public, I’ve lined up eight confessions about my fascination with Saved By the Bell, creator Peter Engel, and TNBC. Continue reading “Eight Confessions About Enjoying Saved By the Bell & TNBC”

TMNT Visual History Book Contains Much Turtle Power

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History by Andrew Farago should please all Turtles fans. The hardcover book doesn’t disappoint with big, clear sketches, drawings, animation cels, photos, etc. At almost 190 pages, Ultimate is almost a museum on the printed page. Farago puts together an impressive package; even the text shows enthusiasm for the subject and appreciation for their creators and stewards. Continue reading “TMNT Visual History Book Contains Much Turtle Power”

Ping Pong Summer Review

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As syrupy sweet Ping Pong Summer is, there’s a lingering aftertaste after experiencing the nostalgia sugar rush. Maybe others will or have liked it as a novelty, but I’ve become jaded after seeing many teen movies and TV shows. This indie comedy-drama is writer/director Michael Tully a love letter to 1980s fun, but that’s all viewers get. Continue reading “Ping Pong Summer Review”

Bronze, Silver, Gold: Community Enlists "G.I. Jeff"

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It’s time for another madcap animated adventure starring the Wingman, Three Kids, Fourth Wall, Buzzkill, and Tight Ship fighting terrorism wherever it terrorizes. Um… this is not the G.I. Joe show I remembered from my childhood.

For G.I. Joe fans who don’t watch Community, creator Dan Harmon loves to experiment with his show while somehow maintaining some pathos. The base premise for most of Community’s existence involves a ragtag bunch of community college students, led by ex-lawyer Jeff Winger. They’ve done animated episodes like the claymation Christmas one and the 8-bit video game adventure. Continue reading “Bronze, Silver, Gold: Community Enlists “G.I. Jeff””

When Hulk Hogan and Marvel Collided

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One of my favorite bits of trivia about pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is that for many years, Marvel Comics was the owner of the name “Hulk Hogan.” I derinitely noticed the credit to Marvel on some WWF merchandise I had. Marvel Comics potentially had a great opportunity for Hulk Hogan comics, but what did Marvel do with the Hulk Hogan trademark? Continue reading “When Hulk Hogan and Marvel Collided”

Eclectic 80s Hanna-Barbera

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Once upon a time, two men got together and created a cat and a mouse. That cat and that mouse could never get along, but both men didn’t mind. Joseph Barbera and William Hanna’s partnership was very fruitful. Much later, the people had enough of the cat and mouse, so Hanna and Barbera struck out to the frontier known as television.

Through the years, whatever TV craze was there, the Hanna-Barbera studio had a show to take advantage of it. The 1980s were an interesting time. Disney, Barbera asserted in Starlog #125, was built upon a mouse. By the end of the decade, Disney struck gold and animation became less childish. Meanwhile, Hanna-Barbera churned out cartoon after cartoon. Limited animation? The prolific cartoon house’s output was seemingly not limited. Continue reading “Eclectic 80s Hanna-Barbera”