This week in 1986 brought us Hoosiers and License to Ill, then 1996 saw Space Jam slam into theaters while Mr Show began its second season. In 2006, the PlayStation 3 launches in America and Daniel Craig reboots Bond in Casino Royale. Also the worst Sonic game came out this week.
Other topics covered include:
Heat, Hoosiers, Streets of Gold hit theaters, plus we talk up From Beyond.
Conclusion of “Dan’s Operation,” a Night Court two-parter where John Larroquette’s character is literally fucked into a coma. It won JL a best supporting comedy actor emmy.
Conclusion of “Deportation,” a two-parter about Mr. Belvedere possibly being deported when Wesley reports him to INS after Belvedere tells the parents that Wesley cheated on a test.
Jazz From Hell – Frank Zappa
Left Alive – Stevie Ray Vaughn
Darkness Descends – Dark Angel thrash metal
Infected – The The (UK band)
Think Visual – The Kinks
License to Ill – debut album from Beastie Boys, 10m sold. Gotta Fight, Girls, Brass Monkey, No Sleep til Brooklyn
Space Jam soundtrack – I Believe I Can Fly, Space Jam Quad City DJs, 6x platinum
Pre-Millennium Tension – Tricky
About to Choke – Vic Chesnutt
Hard Core – Li’l Kim
Infinite – Eminem, debut album, middling reviews and led to creating “Slim Shady” persona
Losing Streak – Less Than Jake
Nico – Blind Melon
The Doggfather – Snoop Dogg, second Snoop album, final Death Row Records album, 2m sold, Snoop’s Upside Ya Head
The Mirror Has Two Faces, Space Jam, The English Patient all release in theaters
11/12 – The BBC show “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” premieres
The show was a hybrid of panel show, game show, and comedy show, with two hosts leading teams of musicians. On the first episode, Phill’s team was Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Donna McPhail, while Sean’s team was Richard Fairbrass (Right Said Fred) and Mathew Priest (Dodgy).
11/13 – “Larry Sanders Show: Everybody Loves Larry” Larry tries to get rid of guest host Jon Stewart while thinking David Duchovny is hitting on him.
11/14 – Kenny Rogers Chicken Seinfeld episode. A Kenny Rogers Roasters opens across the street from Kramer’s apartment and he suffers from the neon light shining into his room but is conflicted because he loves the chicken. He trades apartments with Jerry, which causes their personalities to change briefly.
11/15 Mr Show season 2
11/15/ – The TV movie Dallas: JR Returns airs, addressing the cliffhanger of the series finale. JR did not shoot himself, just the mirror in his room, and Bobby’s horrified reaction was because JR shot his favorite mirror.
11/15 – The Boy Meets World episode “” features a ton of WWE appearances as Cory and his friends attend a wrestling event to reunite the school bully with his father (played by Vader) at a WWE event. UNFORTUNATELY it’s the same night as Topanga’s Sweet Sixteen OOPS
11/16 – Bob Dole on SNL
11/17 – The X-Files episode “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” posits that The Cigarette Smoking Man killed JFK
MK Trilogy on N64
Tomb Raider – out in EU already but US release this week, 7.5 million worldwide, first major new star since Sonic? Crash sorta counts I guess.
Lots of movement in a fairly realistic 3D space – Mario, Crash etc were very fanciful and this felt more like genuine adventuring. Puzzle, platforming, action, gets more Indiana Jones-y as it goes.
The Singles 1996-2006 – Staind
Konvicted – Akon, mostly know Akon from power bombing a heckler off the stage in 2007. Has #1 song this week, which is Smack That featuring Eminem
Me Myself & I – Fat Joe
One with Everything – Styx
Pick of Destiny – Tenacious D
Bobby, Happy Feet, For Your Consideration, Let’s Go to Prison and Casino Royale debut this week.
11/13 – Final episode of the single-season Power Rangers Mystic Force, which would be followed up next year by Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
11/14 – The Family Guy episode “Whistle While Your Wife Works” featured a famous alternate intro
11/15 – Finale of I Pity the Fool, Mr. T’s reality show on TV Land where he teaches positive lessons to real-life people. It only lasted six episodes
11/15 – Finale of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County after three seasons. The episode, entitled “See You in a Decade” By this point, The Hills had already aired its first season and would continue to air until 2010.
11/15 – First episode of Daybreak, a drama series starring Taye Diggs, who played the main character who would relive the same day over and over… the day he was arrested for murder! It would be cancelled by mid-December
11/17 – Finale of Ice T’s Rap School, a show where Ice T teaches prep school kids how to rap
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 – cheesecake volleyball game on resort island, made for ogling
Yoshi’s Island DS – baby wario!, 2.9m sold, been waiting since 1995
EA Replay – PSP collection incl Desert Strike, Jungle Strike, MLF, Road Rash I-III, Wing Com 1-2
Eragon – based on that movie we all loved!
Final Fantasy III – DS remake of Famicom game, first time we got an official release in the US. Job system, four heroes, mostly important for laying groundwork for 3D FFIV remake. Great music, cool to finally play. If you’re keeping track, FFXIII launched on PS2 two weeks ago, FFV on GBA was last week, and FFIII is on DS this week.
SmackDown vs Raw 2007
Sonic Genesis on GBA – AWFUL port
Sonic Rivals – PSP 2D racing game, think I reviewed it? It was fine
Sonic 2006 – HOO BOY, outside of being a glitchy expensive looking but garbage-handling game, perhaps mostly known for Sonic and human princess romance. Here they are in an Attack of the Clones level scene where princess is bummed and sad and they’ve been hinting at the two kissing for 100 hours
In the game’s defense, their dev team was basically plundered to make deadlines for a Wii Sonic game and Yuji Naka left the team too so there’s no telling what it could have been.
PS3 launch day in the US – Nov 17. Launched with Resistance (Insomniac), Genji: Days of the Blade, Mobile Suit Gundam Crossfire, Ridge Racer 7
Console bursting with hubris, Back in 05 they were touting so many features and excessive bells & whistles that it was hard to keep up, PS2 success was so titanically huge that they kinda went mad with power and took everything for granted. DVD was a major player so they bet hard on Blu-ray (a la UMD, Beta, Minidisc) and the system launched for $600. Compare to Wii and you can see why one took off.
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