Alf Meets Betty White, Ally McBeal is a Barbie Girl, and we gotta Leave Britney Alone – Sept 8-14

This week: in 87, Alf ushers in new Saturday morning cartoons with the help of Betty White, In 97, Ally McBeal hits big for FOX, Barbie Girl lets us go party, and Cube comes to theaters. 07 scolds us for not leaving Britney alone while Green Man debuts on Always Sunny and Eastern Promises kicks ass.

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1987
Movies –

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid: Hanif Kureshi & Stephen Fears’ follow-up to My Beautiful Laundrette

Deadline (aka Witness in the War Zone): Christopher Walken

A Return to Salem’s Lot: Michael Moriarty

TV –

9/11/87 – The Special “Alf Loves A Mystery” airs on NBC.
DESCRIPTION:
ALF uses his computer to create a story where Brian is a gumshoe that is called to explore an old mansion to find a hidden treasure. Clues were given by the stars of the NBC Saturday morning line-up, while conveniently showing a short preview for each show.

9/12/87 – New Saturday morning fare – My Pet Monster

The New Archies (it depicted the characters of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, and other students of Riverdale High School as pre-teens in junior high)

Popeye and Son (popeye, now played by maurice lemarche after the original creator/voiceactor died in 1984, has a son who has popeye’s powers BUT HATES SPINACH)

and I’m Telling (which was a game show that was like the newlywed game for siblings)
FUTURE DEAD CELEBRITY, ALSO MAYBE THE WORST HOST EVER:

Dinosaucers debuts

The TV Movie Bluffing It

Music –

“Primitive Cool,” Mick Jagger’s 2nd solo album, “Bridge of Spies” the debut of T’Pau, “Always Guaranteed” by Cliff Richard, “Together Again” by The Temptations, Big Black’s final album “Songs About Fucking,” “Hold Your Fire” by Rush, “Go On…” Mr. Mister’s final album, and “Crest of a Knave” by Jethro Tull, which infamously beat Metallica’s “And Justice for All” for the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy.

Steel Monkey by Jethro Tull:

1997
Music –

New relasess: “Science” by Incubus; “Mas” by Alejandro Sanz (the best selling album of all time in Spain), “It Means Everything” by Save Ferris; “Behind the Eyes” by Amy Grant; “Vegas,” the Crystal Method’s debut; and Cornershop’s “When I was Born for the 7th Time,” which includes their one hit, “Brimful of Asha.”

Barbie Girl by Aqua:

Movies –

Cube

The End of Violence: Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell

The Game (no. 1 at the box office): Michael Douglas, Sean Penn

TV –

9/8/97 – Ally McBeal premieres
“the series stars Calista Flockhart in the title role as a young lawyer working in the fictional Boston law firm Cage and Fish, with other young lawyers whose lives and loves were eccentric, humorous and dramatic”

9/12/97 – Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation debuts on FOX Kids, the live-action TMNT series

9/13/97 – Saturday Morning debuts – Pepper Ann, The New Batman Adventures, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, and The Weird Al Show,

Games –

Tecmo Stackers…
And FINAL FANTASY 7!

2007
Music –

New releases: “Proof of Youth” by The Go! Team; “Mantaray,” Siouxsie Sioux’s first solo album; “Strawberry Jam” by Animal Collective; “All the Lost Souls” by James Blunt; “Time Stand Still” by the Hooters, including the cover of “Boys of Summer”; “Our Ill Wills” by Shout Out Loud; “Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates” by Kenny Chesney and it’s a big week for hip-hop: “Curtis” by 50 Cent and “Graduation” by Kanye West.

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie is no. 1

Movies –

Across the Universe: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood

D-War: Robert Forster, Craig Robsinson

Eastern Promises: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts

Mr. Woodcock: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott

In the Valley of Elah: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron

TV –

9/10/07 – Another classic internet video

Sept. 9: MTV VMAs: Big winner is Umbrella by Rhianna. It opens with Britney badly lipsyncing, out of shape (thus why we should leave Britney alone). And Kid Rock and Tommy Lee get in fight during Alicia Keys performance.

Sept. 13: It’s Always Sunny Green Man episode

09/14/2007 – Final Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull RIding Challenge airs
Celebrities include: Jewel (Ty’s wife), Leif Garret, Stephen Baldwin, Francesco Quinn, and Surivor’s Jon “Fairplay” Dalton

Games –

9/9/07- Balls of Fury DS

9/10/07 – DK Jungle Climber and Drawn to Life on DS

9/11/07 – Dirt for PS3, NHL 08 for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

9/12/07 – Heavenly Sword for PS3

9/13/07 – PixelJunk Racers for PS3 and Skate for PS3 & Xbox 360

35 thoughts on “Alf Meets Betty White, Ally McBeal is a Barbie Girl, and we gotta Leave Britney Alone – Sept 8-14

  1. I was randomly thinking, if the show goes on indefinitely, what’ll happen when we’re in 2026? Will you guys repeat 1996 info?

    Would be kinda interesting to revisit it with another perspective

    1. I imagine it’d end at the 10 year mark once they’ve looped around and will be talking about 2015 when the show was unlocked on patreon etc

  2. Jesus that I’m Telling game show sounds atrocious. I think I should be thankful I wasn’t watching game shows at that time, or was too young to remember. Asking a brother bout his sister in a 1 or 2 piece? WTF…creepy ass question

  3. Even Jethro Tull thought that award was a bad call. I think it goes to show how out of touch the media can be. With that being said, I fucking love Jethro Tull, even Steel Monkey and Bungle in the Jungle. The Teacher is a badass rockin tune, with a sweet ass groove. Tull is underrated and in my humble opinion better than Metallica, but not at metal.

  4. It seemed like literally every kid’s house I went to in the late 80s had a My Pet Monster, and I wanted one but my parents wouldn’t buy one either. and oh shit, that Dinosaucers song brings back weird memories

  5. I unapologetically love Aqua and Barbie Girl, though their Halloween song is even better.

    I watched Cube as part of my month of Halloween last year, and it fucking rocks. It’s the best exploration of the (now) well-tread concept of a bunch of strangers trapped in a death puzzle and forced to go through rough tasks in the hopes of survival. It’s not gore-obsessed and stupid like Saw is, the puzzles are actually interesting, and the actors are actually pretty good.

    TMNT: The Next Mutation FUCKING SUCKS. I had vague memories of watching it as a child, but recently a friend and I watched some on Netflix and it is an abomination. Maybe still better than TMNT III, but it’s pretty terrible.

    I watched Eastern Promises this summer, and much like A History of Violence, surpassed my expectations, went in a lot of directions I wasn’t expecting, and just generally was a gripping film.

    1. Also needless to say, THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES is an excellent continuation of BTAS, even with a bit lesser quality of animation, and character designs that aren’t as good (in most cases).

      1. While I really wasn’t a fan of the more minimalist designs for most of the villains in the artstyle change, NBA Scarecrow is fantastic.

        1. YES, I love that look. It’s so unnerving and creepy, I’d love to see it used elsewhere. Though I suppose the Arkham series took some inspiration from it with the noose.

  6. I missed out on Dinosaucers when it first aired, but come summer of 1993 it was running on the USA Network, I believe, and I watched it most mornings during summer vacation. I thought it was okay, but I mostly just needed something to occupy my time until American Gladiators came on. Now that was some quality television.

  7. I think that “lowest grossing movies to get a game,” is slightly but significantly different from “biggest bombs to get a video game.” Waterworld is bomb, but it still made $264,218,220 in theaters and has an awesome live watershow that is still going strong. If nothing else, I think it would make a good vidjigame topic.

  8. I have a friend who saw both the My Pet Monster and Dinosaucers shows, he wasn’t too impressed with either. Though Dinosaucers had more “what the fuck” stuff to keep his attention span on like literally fighting the villains with a game of football. If I were to reboot that stupid show, I’d give it the Megas XLR treatment. Oh and I know my sister used to love Dinosaucers, no idea what she thinks of it now.

    But see, those 80’s cartoons and others besides Transformers, G.I. Joe and He-Man? They’re why I make fun of that decade for animation. I like Robotech and Mysterious Cities of Gold though, they’re free from my mockery. (Oh and I knew about Paul Walker on You’re Telling, he looked like an adorable tyke I admit.)

    But Cube is my jam entirely! Cube is a damn solid Horror film. I saw parts of it on the Sci-Fi Channel as a kid and didn’t understand what was going on since what I saw was the third act. I did finally see it again on Tubi TV and it’s amazing to see how much it held up. I like the premise, the ingenuity of how the characters figured out how the thing itself worked but also how each character either breaks down mentally or got so close that you root for them but they had an unfortunate end. There’s just a lot to like about the film really. I only saw parts of the second Cube, never did see the prequel and apparently there are plans for a Cube reboot but nothing since that announcement. It has a short number of films compared to other Horror franchises.

    The Game I did see TV spots as a kid and I thought it was a kids movie because of the title actually.

    My sister did listen to Aqua’s Barbie Girl for a school project. An Anti-Barbie school project. Yeah.

    I admit to having a crush on Calista Flockhart but that’s because of Supergirl a.k.a the best part of that show and nothing else.

    And yeah, I saw a lot of cartoons on ABC Saturday Morning and Kids WB but mostly Kids WB so I watched a lot of the New Batman Adventures and the Superman/Batman Adventures and Pepper Ann. Actually, funny story about Superman/Batman Adventures. I had a bet with my sister over which episode was it going to be between a Batman and Superman cartoon. I bet Batman, she bet Superman and if it was Superman, I’d have to watch Flight of Dragons with her. And it was Superman who won and if I had been into the Pink Panther films earlier, I would have cried out “Swine Superman!” So if Chris didn’t like my comments about the Halloween remake, well, you got your revenge years earlier, don’t worry especially since I don’t like Rankin-Bass.

    But New Batman Adventures, that had plenty of good stuff like Mad Love, another solid Mr. Freeze episode, Holiday Knights, Never Fear, Over the Edge, Girls Knight, Legends of the Dark Knight, Judgment Day and others. I even like the episode Critters given I do like B-Movie stuff. Actually concerning Mad Love, my friend Brittany did make a video mocking that climax of the Netflix Death Note movie due to a particular song choice that made it so laughable (she compared it to Vampires Suck, the Seltzerberg movie) and you want to know what the song was? Chicago’s I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love. Yes, Chicago. Because Adam Wingard had a very off day and still thinks his Death Note film is awesome and critics are wrong.

    Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. Well what I’ve seen it, I’m not too impressed but I did like Scott McNeil as the villain Bonesteel since he’s always a hoot to watch even in bad shows. Also funny enough, my sister was an Incubus fan.

    Also Chris, thank you for telling me about UHF because later that night, I saw it on Movieplex. Worth it.

    D-War I know about, Mathew Buck saw it and wasn’t impressed. He mocked it. Eastern Promises, another one I know about but never saw. I know it’s a Cronenberg movie however and well, I do admit I wish he’ll make another Horror movie again.

    But Mr. Woodcock I saw much of. Not impressed save for only two funny moments; Billy Bob Thorton saying “You disrespectful little shit! I’m gonna beat so you hard…” and something after that, I forget. And the other is when he’s on a gunnery and falls into the pavement after tripping on a pothole and he says, “Nice work, Farley. There’s one pothole in this whole time and you managed to find it” in the most deadpan, sarcastic tone imaginable. That’s about it.

  9. Overall this collection of fhings makes one of the worse 30, 20, 10 weeks since the podcast started.

    Sings a slow, piano only version of the Pepper Ann theme.

  10. I unironically enjoyed the Lil Archies theme song and the Dinosaucers theme. Also you guys forgot one small detail about The Game it’s one of the few non video game roles of Charles Martinet a.k.a the voice of Mario. *Spoilers* Let’s just say he isn’t at landing big jumps as Mario is.

    1. Also, I loved the final round “I’m telling” where they would get to pick out certain prizes from a mountain of toys! Then you knew Xuxa was coming on next!

  11. The baffling thing about the Jethro Tull Grammy is that it won a Grammy in 89 for an album from 87, also “One” by Metallica won best metal song despite I4A losing album which makes no sense because A) after hearing One how can anyone call Jethro Tull Metal and B) Megadeth releases “So far, So Good, …So what?” In 1988 and not only is it better than I4A “In my Darkest Hour” is not only Megadeth’s best song(hot take) but an all time classic and divorced from One’s phenomenonal video a better song yet was nominated for jack squat.

    1. Also I’m aware it’s …And Justice for all, my brain just autopilots to “Injustice for all/I4A whenever it comes up which it rarely does as aside from “One” it’s the weakest of Metallica’s 1st 5 albums.

  12. Funny story about the Macho Man on Weird Al Show. I forgot where I heard it but apparently Macho Man was told about him losing to the hamster on the phone thinks for a second and then asks “Is it a boy hamster”

    1. Oh also I watched Ally McBeal as well if for Peter McNichol but after the fad had burned out, I think it was when RDJ left or was at least being written out of the show due to his problems, but I did see Jon Bon Jovi on the show as a regular. I was a weird 14 year old boy

  13. While I’m apart of the small sector of the LT Community that stands up for Kanye as an artist (at least before the Donald Trump incident), I haven’t really had a chance to explain why exactly. This week’s 302010 is the perfect chance to explain why that is.

    As Diana mentioned, both Kanye West’s “Graduation” and 50 Cent’s “Curtis” dropped on the same day. What she did not mention is that it is a seminal moment for hip-hop a, because it is often referred to as “The Day Gangster Rap Died.”

    I know it’s impossible to imagine now, but when Kanye was trying to make his transition from the hottest producer in hip-hop following Jay-Z’s certified classic “The Blueprint,” West was vilified by his own label. To make a long story short, no one thought that a guy who had no background selling drugs, was never shot or a member of the Crips or Bloods could make a hit, let alone make an album that wouldn’t hurt Def Jam/Rockafella Records reputation as a “real hip-hop label.”

    Boy were they wrong.

    West’s first album, the College Dropout went on to be not only a success, but one of the most influential albums of the 2000’s. What a lot of people don’t note however is the impact it had on the black community, particularly kids.

    As an 11-year-old black kid growing up poor in the projects of Queens, violent crime and drugs was a normality for us. For better and for worse, it was a reality that you couldn’t really escape from, even when it came to music. 50 Cent (who is from Queens) dominated the music charts, transcending hip-hop and becoming one of the biggest names in pop culture at the time. I’m talking “grandma singing P.I.M.P. and In Da Club” popular. And while I and literally all of my peers growing up absolutely loved the Dr. Dre protege, he wasn’t exactly talking about something we could relate to or aspire to be without breaking the law (a drug dealer whose gimmick was “I was shot nine times” isn’t really something any impressionable kid should ideally be idolizing).

    But when West dropped College Dropout in 2004, talking about being self conscious and emotionally vulnerable, aspiring to make your dreams come true, Christianity, not fitting in, loving your mom and family, believing in yourself when no one else does, uplifting the black community, getting guns off the street, working a dead end job, racial injustice, advocating to stop using the word “gay” as a negative because it’s offensive to an already oppressed community, all the while cracking jokes and being a goofball here and there, needless to say it changed EVERYTHING.

    Kids in the projects no longer had to pretend to be someone else. We didn’t have to talk about drugs as a way out of our situation or how cool guns were. We had someone vouching for us around the world that being yourself or being different was cool. And for a lot of video game playing, comic book reading, nerdy skater black kids like myself, it was a massive turnaround.

    Fast forward to 2007. Kanye is on the cusp of superstardom. 50 Cent, feeling threatened by West’s obvious rise to the top, challenges Kanye to a “sales battle,” putting his career on the line and promising to “never rap again” if he lost. Kanye, who was never an artist that needed hip-hop beef to succeed, almost to a comedic extent, shrugged off the declaration of war, telling the media “well I guess the fans are going to get a lot of great music that day.” The fact that he was shrugging off the man who had killed entire record labels with single diss tracks instead of responding with threats (see West Coast vs East Coast beef) was completely foreign to fans of the genre.

    When Sept 11, 2007 rolled around (my first day of high school coincidently), album sales between the two don’t even compare. 50 sold 690,00 units. West sold nearly a million. Mind you, Graduation is an album heavily inspired by arena rock acts like U2 and electronic like Daft Punk. Even then, 50’s “gun porn, gangsta rap” sound become a relic of yesteryear.

    It’s the day that hip-hop’s new sound would solidify itself as what the genre would be from there on out. It was proof that the kids no longer wanted the gangster experience and misogyny, but instead wanted something a bit more universal. It was a healthy change that kept a lot of kids like myself off the streets like destiny had pretty much lined up for me. It also paved the way for artists like Kid Cudi, Drake, Lupe Fiasco and Chance The Rapper who all products of Kanye’s “let’s change hip-hop together” mentality. It also gave old acts like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne a second wind when they too backed off the tough guy personas, and experimented musically and lyrically.

    Obviously Kanye has changed quite a lot in recent years. But it is often lost on his newer (see: white) fans and his haters alike just how important he is to black music. He may be a fuck boy that visits Trump upon release from a mental institution, but he’s literally saved thousands of young black lives, and that I can never take away from him.

  14. This is a long one but a VERY important one that you guys really should mention. Follow me here lol:

    As Diana mentioned, both Kanye West’s “Graduation” and 50 Cent’s “Curtis” dropped on the same day. What she did not mention is that it is a seminal moment for hip-hop a, because it is often referred to as “The Day Gangster Rap Died.”

    I know it’s impossible to imagine now, but when Kanye was trying to make his transition from the hottest producer in hip-hop following Jay-Z’s certified classic “The Blueprint,” West was vilified by his own label. To make a long story short, no one thought that a guy who had no background selling drugs, was never shot or a member of the Crips or Bloods could make a hit, let alone make an album that wouldn’t hurt Def Jam/Rockafella Records reputation as a “real hip-hop label.”

    Boy were they wrong.

    West’s first album, the College Dropout went on to be not only a success, but one of the most influential albums of the 2000’s. What a lot of people don’t note however is the impact it had on the black community, particularly kids. As an 11-year-old black kid growing up poor in the projects of Queens, violent crime and drugs was a normality for us. For better and for worse, it was a reality that you couldn’t really escape from, even when it came to music. 50 Cent (who is from Queens) dominated the music charts, transcending hip-hop and becoming one of the biggest names in pop culture at the time. I’m talking “grandma singing P.I.M.P. and In Da Club” popular. And while I and literally all of my peers growing up absolutely loved the Dr. Dre protege, he wasn’t exactly talking about something we could relate to or aspire to be without breaking the law (a drug dealer whose gimmick was “I was shot nine times” isn’t really something any impressionable kid should ideally be idolizing).

    But when West dropped College Dropout in 2004, talking about being self conscious and emotionally vulnerable, aspiring to make your dreams come true, Christianity, not fitting in, loving your mom and family, believing in yourself when no one else does, uplifting the black community, getting guns off the street, working a dead end job, racial injustice, advocating to stop using the word “gay” as a negative because it’s offensive to an already oppressed community, all the while cracking jokes and being a goofball here and there, needless to say it changed EVERYTHING.

    Kids in the projects no longer had to pretend to be someone else. We didn’t have to talk about drugs as a way out of our situation or how cool guns were. We had someone vouching for us around the world that being yourself or being different was cool. And for a lot of video game playing, comic book reading, nerdy skater black kids like myself, it was a massive turnaround.

    Fast forward to 2007. Kanye is on the cusp of superstardom. 50 Cent, feeling threatened by West’s obvious rise to the top, challenges Kanye to a “sales battle,” putting his career on the line and promising to “never rap again” if he lost. Kanye, who was never an artist that needed hip-hop beef to succeed, almost to a comedic extent, shrugged off the declaration of war, telling the media “well I guess the fans are going to get a lot of great music that day.” The fact that he was shrugging off the man who had killed entire record labels with single diss tracks instead of responding with threats (see West Coast vs East Coast beef) was completely foreign to fans of the genre.

    When Sept 11, 2007 rolled around (my first day of high school coincidentally), album sales between the two don’t even compare. 50 sold 690,00 units. West sold nearly a million. Mind you, Graduation is an album heavily inspired by arena rock acts like U2 and electronic like Daft Punk. Even then, 50’s “gun porn, gangsta rap” sound become a relic of yesteryear.

    It’s the day that hip-hop’s new sound would solidify itself as what the genre would be from there on out. It was proof that the kids no longer wanted the gangster experience and misogyny, but instead wanted something a bit more universal. It was a healthy change that kept a lot of kids like myself off the streets like destiny had pretty much lined up for me. It also paved the way for artists like Kid Cudi, Drake, Lupe Fiasco and Chance The Rapper who all products of Kanye’s “let’s change hip-hop together” mentality. It also gave old acts like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne a second wind when they too backed off the tough guy personas, and experimented musically and lyrically.

    Obviously Kanye has changed quite a lot in recent years. But it is often lost on his newer (see: white) fans and his haters alike just how important he is to black music. He may be a fuck boy that visits Trump upon release from a mental institution, but he’s literally saved thousands of young black lives, and that I can never take away from him.

  15. Sorry about the double post guys, you can delete the 8:16 p.m. one! Love the show by the way! I’ve been a fan since the Tdar days. I don’t comment a lot on the shows, but the lack of hip-hop talk has brought me out of the shadows. Keep up the great work!

  16. I found Cube via the first Resident Evil movie. I was watching the movie with commentary and they got to the scene with the the laser grid. I believe it was Paul W. S. Anderson the director who mentioned he had taken inspiration from a independent movie he had seen. And I did watch the sequels/prequels and they all suffer from wanting to explain the who/what/why of Cube. It works better being vague about the specifics.

  17. I’ve always held firm that David Cronenberg is easily one of the 10 best filmmakers alive. We all know that he made his name and reputation in horror films, but the thing about Eastern Promises and A History of Violence that always really impressed me was how effective he was at directing an action sequence. I remember reading an interview with him where he said he took his influence from SWAT Team and Krav Maga training videos to capture the brutal simplicity of what real hand-to-hand looks like. Seeing those movies really makes me wonder what a movie like Total Recall would have been like had he ended up directing it back in 1990.

  18. Canada had it’s own Newlywed game with siblings Kidstreet!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXM92Bjy-wA

    Clapping over your head was a signature of the show. This and Video and Arcade Top 10 were the two shows I wanted to go on most as a kid but never got the chance.

    Oh and I’d hate to be a Debbie downer, but I really really dislike the seatgeek ads. Nobody should be encouraged to buy tickets for anything from anyone other then the original authorized seller.

    The business model of tricking people into paying more then face value when they don’t have to is gross. For every U2 or Taylor Swift that sells out in a nano second, there’s 10 events that don’t sell out and you should be buying the tickets from the primary seller. Not blindly clicking on the first google search result not realizing it’s a scalper, or in this case, opening up the SeatGeek app and buying from the scalper that’s ripping you off the least.

    Example:

    John Waters Nov 28 GAMH

    Tickets still available from the primary venue for $55. SeatGeek: $180. And I guarantee you that person on seat geek doesn’t have any tickets yet. They won’t buy them until after someone gives them $180. It’s not sold out so why buy them first and risk unsold inventory?

    That app has a business model that shouldn’t exist.

    I’d like if if you’d find a different sponsor. please.

  19. I’m a week late on this, but I wanted to share my Final Fantasy VII story. On Christmas day in ’97, my parents let me open up all of my presents except for one that I had to wait until I got back from my Grandma’s house to open. The big gift that I got from my Grandma was a copy of Twisted Metal 2 that I was very excited to play as a new PS1 owner. I opened up my old last gift when we got home to find a Final Fantasy VII strategy guide. Apparently my Grandma had told my parents that she bought me “that game that I wanted” and they assumed that I meant FFVII. I wouldn’t get the game for months, but I had that guide memorized by then.

  20. Hey guys, love the show but I’m gonna be the sports nitpicker this week.

    You guys mentioned Dirt came out ten years ago this week, and with that, went into why the Dirt series is no longer affiliated with Colin Macrae due to his death in racing. I just wanted to clear up, Colin didn’t die racing but actually died in a helicopter crash on his estate in Scotland ten years ago this month. Anyways, Codemasters kept his name in the title until Dirt 3 when they dropped his name. Which is sad, because Macrae really was a household name for the sport and the games with his name are actually what got me really into watching off road rally races. I try to see one once or twice a year in Norway and Scotland, and they are as exciting as well as pants shittingly scary as they seem from the sidelines.

    Anyways, love the shows. Thanks!

  21. You guys talking about Across the Universe really brought up some strong memories. When that movie came out I was just starting my first quarter as a music major in college. And that movie came out around the time I was getting really into The Beatles. During my one of my Music Theory classes, the instructor brought up The Beatles and discussed how strong the musical foundations of The Beatles truly are. We discussed cord structures about them and how they compared to other music before them.
    Also I showed my dad that movie because he was a huge Beatles fan back in the day. He enjoyed the music, but he didn’t really care for the super trippy drug iniduced scenes of the movie.

  22. Even as a child, I knew the TMNT: Next Mutation show was bullshit for including Venus DiMilo. It wasn’t until later that I realized how horribly sexist it was since she literally only existed to be a love interest for the turtles, but since they’re all related, they had to undo a critical component of the characters — that they’re brothers — and retcon a massive component of the origin back to the Eastman and Laird comics, purely so one could be a love interest. But they didn’t even have to do that — there was an awesome female fox in the Archie comics around this time, named Umeko aka Ninjara, who was in a rocky-but-interesting relationship with Raphael. They had good chemistry, she has a terrific design, looking more like a samurai than a ninja, complete with a few pieces of armor, and she fit the theme of ninjas and Japanese ancestry better than the weird Chinese accented dork on TV. I instantly rejected the show and was glad for it, because the Archie comics were far, far better.

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