This week in 1987, Bruce Campbell defends a cabin and a very special episode of Family Ties tugs at our hearts. 1997 marks 20 years of the remastered Return of the Jedi and the debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 10 years ago Kratos returned to the PS2 and slayed even more Greek gods in God of War II as Stargate SG1 ends its run.
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March 12: Les Miserables debuts on Broadway, runs until 2003
Lethal Weapon is #1
Evil Dead II
Swimming to Cambodia – Spalding Gray…
Down Twisted – Carey Lowell, Nicholas Guest, Charles Rocket, Courteney Cox first movie role – dancing in the dark was 84
3/12/87 – Family Ties: “My Name is Alex” A two-part episode where Alex Keaton’s friend dies and Alex has trouble coping, leading him to seek therapy. It won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards
3/14/87 – A young Mario Lopez appears on Golden Girls. Episode description:
Dorothy tutors a young Hispanic boy (Mario Lopez) whose prize-winning essay results in the discovery that he is an undocumented immigrant. Meanwhile, Rose decides that she must become Blanche’s personal slave for a week to atone for losing a pair of Blanche’s earrings, which it turns out that Blanche herself lost.
3/15/87 – The TV movie “Prison For Children” airs, starring John Ritter and Josh Brolin
3/16/87 – The TV movie “We Are The Children” airs, about a woman tackling starvation in Africa
3/16/87 – NBC airs “In Love And War,” the story of James Stockdale’s experiences as a prisoner of war for eight years in Vietnam, while his wife works to inform the world of POWs. Stockdale would later be the confused running mate for Ross Perot.
Nothin! So some comics notes from listener Chris Dobson:
Avengers #277: the finale of “Under Siege,” where the Masters of Evil take over Avengers Mansion. Captain America sheds a tear after his only surviving photo of his mother is destroyed.
Fantastic Four #300: Johnny Storm marries Alicia Masters, the Thing’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, a relationship that started while Thing was off-planet. The Thing gives the two his blessing. An attempt to make Johnny stop being the baby of the team (it wouldn’t last).
Batman #405: issue 2 of Year One by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli, featuring the iconic “Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well,” scene as Batman confronts Gotham’s mob.
Superman #3: Darkseid makes an early post-Crisis appearance in John Byrne’s run, transporting Clark Kent to his home planet.
Top selling: Uncanny X-Men
The Isley Brothers – Smooth Sailing, 24th album, first without their third brother O’Kelly.
Huey Lewis and the News’ Jacob’s Ladder is #1, from Fore but don’t really remember this one
Let’s Face It – Mighty Mighty Bosstones breakout album, Rascal King, fifth studio album, sold
Still Waters – Bee Gees’ 21st album, apparently sold 5m so people liked it!
Disciplined Breakdown – Collective Soul’s third studio album
MISSED – Ixnay on the Hombre, Offspring’s fourth studio album. After Smash which was like, 8th grade the album (along w Dookie). Gone Away, All I Want was in Crazy Taxi. Sold about 3m
Paul McCartney is knighted
Love Jones – Larenz Tate, dir by Theodore Witcher. Wanted to make a modern african american movie that didn’t feature drugs or violence
Return of the Jedi is #1…
Sarlacc Pit has a beak and more tentacles, new John Williams ending song that replaces Wub Nub, we see the first images of Coruscant in film, Bespin, Tatooine. Sebastian Shaw is still Anakin.
CG Aliens in Jabba’s Palace, new song Jedi Rocks, feeling hot red embarrassment in theater
3/10/97 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuts on the WB. Adapted from the 1992 movie, it took a darker edge and included more teen drama (albiet smartly written teen drama thanks to Joss Whedon). It would run for 7 seasons and 144 episodes.
3/12/97 – The Newsradio episode “Twins” airs, where Matthew introduces the staff to his twin brother, played by John Stewart
3/13/97 – The Friends episode “The One With The Hypnosis Tape” introduces two memorable guest stars; Debra Jo Rupp as the 26-years-older wife of Phoebe’s brother (played by Giovanni Ribisi) who would eventually ask Phoebe to be their surrogate. Also making his first appearance in the episode is Jon Favreau a very rich suitor of Monica’s.
3/13/97 – The Seinfeld episode “The English Patient” airs, introducing Lloyd Bridges as Izzy Mandelbaum, the patriarch of a family who antagonizes Jerry. More importantly, it focuses on Elaine’s hatred of said movie
3/15/97 – HBO airs the comedy film The Second Civil War, a movie about anti-immigration sentiment in the US. It stars James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Beau Bridges, and an SNL favorite as the president
3/16/97 – The Simpsons episode “Homer vs the 18th Amendment” airs, where Homer becomes a bootlegger after alcohol is made illegal in Springfield. It features Dave Thomas as a prohibition-enforcing detective, Rex Banner
3/16/97 – Tempest Fugit X-Files, creepy airplane abduction, mythology heating up
NBA Shootout 97 – think I did play this for a little while, friend of mine got really into NHL Face Off so we migrated to this or maybe the prior one… 1st part, IGN gave it a 9.0 back in 1997
JLA #3: Grant Morrison’s JLA continues its first arc, with new “heroes” revealed to be villains who capture Superman and laugh off the threat of Batman.
Batman: the Long Halloween #4: Batman fights the Joker on New Year’s Eve as part of the Year One continuity.
Marvel: bankruptcy proceedings are more interesting than the comics, as the company continues to try to find a buyer after filing for Chapter 11 in December.
Spawn and Curse of the Spawn are both in the top 10 in sales.
Top Selling: X-Men #62: the X-Men go to Hong Kong and meet Shang Chi.
Dead Again – Type O Negative final album, frontman Peter Steele died of an aeortic aneurysm in 2010. Posed for PlayGirl in 1995. Song bringing us in is Blood and Fire from the 1995 MK soundtrack; this album introduced me to KMFDM, Gravity Kills, Sister Machine Gun, Traci Lords and Lords of Acid, Fear Factory etc. This was their most popular album??
Live slash compilation stuff from Neil Young, Dokken, The Doobie Brothers
This Ain’t a Scene, it’s an arms race is #1 – FOB
Premier magazine, which launched in 1987, is shutting down. It was one of the first entertainment magazines to cover the inner-Hollywood happenings
Dead Silence – Saw creators make a new movie, creepy ventriloquist dummy
I Think I Love My Wife – Chris Rock
Premonition – Sandra Bullock, first movie to be co-distributed by TriStar and MGM, can perceive husband’s coming death but experiences the days out of order
3/11/07 – Two FOX animated shows have episodes of importance. The Family Guy episode “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey” has Peter Griffin becoming friends with former president Bill Clinton. Here’s a scene where they get high together
Also that same night is The Simpsons episode “Rome-Old and Juli-Eh” where Abraham Simpson and Selma Bouvier fall in love briefly.
3/12/07 – The Riches debuts on Showtime. It starred Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as the mother and father of a family of con artists who accidentally run over a reclusive rich couple and assume their identities. It would run for 2 seasons and 20 episodes.
3/13/07 – Stargate SG1’s final episode airs after 10 years. Entitled “Unending,” the crew are beamed onto an uninhabited planet and locked in a time dialation field. They spend over fifty years trapped, and one member has to sacrifice themselves to reverse time.
3/14/07 – In the South Park episode “Cartman Sucks” Cartman doesn’t realize that taking a picture with a sleeping Butters’ penis in his mouth makes him look gay, so he tries to stop the picture from being seen while also getting a picture of his penis in Butters’ mouth to get even
3/15/07 – Andy Barker PI debuts, Andy Richter’s THIRD attempt at a sitcom vehicle after Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Quintuplets. In this show, Richter plays the eponymous character, an accountant who decides to become an investigator after he’s mistakenly hired to solve a crime.
Ratchet & Clank Size Matters – PSP version, these games are always fine. PS2 version next year. Don’t buy armor, you find it and combine it throughout the levels.
CoD: Roads to Victory – another console-sized experience squished onto PSP, middling scores, remember reviewing lots of DS/PSP games like this thinking WHYYYY did you even waste the time and money
Spectrobes, Custom Robo Arena
God of War II
Smash hit late in the PS2 lifecycle, second one is post-PS3 but had more hype around it than anything on PS3 at the time. Vicious, angry, visceral, just a rollercoaster. Over 4m worldwide, battling Greek and heroes
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