Portal is Still Alive, Seinfeld says Serenity Now, Boogie Nights Whips it Out, and The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones – Oct 6-12

This week: in 87, The Jetsons meet the Flintstones as we approach 3 O Clock High. In 97, Dirk Diggler becomes a star in Boogie Nights while Seinfeld coins the phrase “Serenity Now!” In 07, Tila Tequila looks for love, South Park makes a big crap, and Portal serves us cake.

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1987
Movies –

Seven Years in Tibet: Brad Pitt

The Sweet Hereafter: Iam Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

Boogie Nights: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds

TV –

10/11/97 – The most important Walker Texas Ranger episode ever

Team Knight Rider begins its only season of 22 episodes.

10/9/97 – Seinfeld – The Serenity Now

10/10/97 – Boy Meets World – Boy Meets The Real World – Cory tries to make a student film aping The Real World about Shawn and Jack getting along in their new apartment

Sabrina gets set up on a date with a witch named Dante who has trouble not using magic in front of normal people. The episode features a special guest star

10/11/97 – Men In Black The Series debuts

2007
Music –

Radiohead “In Rainbows,” which released Pay What You Will this week.

New releases: “Change” by Sugababes, “Blackbird” by Alter Bridge, “Cease to Begin” by Band of Horses, Electric Six’s “I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master,” “Family” by LeAnn Rimes, “Famous” by Puddle of Mudd, “This is Forever” by She Wants Revenge, “Pull the Pin” by Stereophonics, “Brave” by Jennifer Lopez, and “Rock n Roll Jesus” by Kid Rock, his first total non-hiphop/rap album.

Movies –

Sleuth: Jude Law, Michael Caine

The Final Season: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Tom Arnold

Why Did I Get Married is no. 1 at the box office: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson

TV –

10/7/07 – America’s Most Smartest Model premiers on VH1

10/9/07: A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila premieres

10/10/07 – South Park “More Crap”

Games –

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP remake of original FFT)
Everyday Shooter
And most importantly… YARIS!

Oh… and The Orange Box (Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2, Half Life Ep 1 & 2, and the debut of Portal)

31 thoughts on “Portal is Still Alive, Seinfeld says Serenity Now, Boogie Nights Whips it Out, and The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones – Oct 6-12

  1. Boogie Nights is legit one of my all time favorites and influential movies for me, FSR when I got a PS2 in Nov 2001 I bought it along with Scary Movie and Hallowman(10 year old me had superb taste) and I really felt empathy for those people especially a deleted scene(membah those?) where Don Cheadle and his wife both porn actors try to have sex on their Honeymoon but they “can’t”, they can fuck but they can’t “make love” like a husband and wife because they were porn damaged and it really fucked me up and to this day kept me from ever getting into porn despite being ok with it’s existence. Also as a weird gay kid I totally had PSH “I’m so fucking STU-PID!” moment a couple times and really thought that whole cast was excellent…except Marky Mark he does his damndest to ruin this movie he just has anti-charisma IRL and on screen legend has it Leo turnt down this role to be in Titanic and it bums me out it could’ve been a best picture winner with nearly any other 20s future A-Lister and they literally choose the worst up and comer in Hollywood.

    1. Also Heather Graham! I think I bought this movie because little kid me really liked “Committed” & “Austin Powers 2” and seeing her name in this movie incepted me. I love her she was Allison Brie of her era, wish she could’ve had bigger roles but somehow never them even in her “youth”.

  2. Gotta jump in here and make a major correction: Gene Roddenberry was still alive when The Next Generation aired. He was listed as Executive Producer and even credited as a writer on a couple early episodes (including the pilot). However his was in poor shape, and a severe stroke forced him to completely drop out of any production roles in season 2. He would eventually pass in 1991 during Season 5, ironically right before the big two-part “Unification” episode guest starring Spock. He would receive a special In Memoriam credit on those episodes, as well as Star Trek VI which came out later that year.
    Perhaps you were thinking of Deep Space Nine which began airing in 1993 but which Roddenberry was aware of on a concept level even if he never saw a single episode. DS9 and every piece of Star Trek since has included a “Based on Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry,” including the recent films and Discovery.
    I would never express joy at his passing but by all accounts Gene was a difficult person to work for, TNG got a LOT better once he left all involvement (season 3 is where it gets Very Good) *and* it’s quite likely he sexual assaulted the actress who played Yeoman Rand on the original show (she alleged as much in a book released much later, she has since passed away). So yeah, Gene “created ” Star Trek but he might have been the worst thing about Star Trek.

    1. Dang, and now that you mention that I totally remember the segment in that one documentary where the writers were like, “once Gene died we could basically make the show good.”

      Sorry!

  3. For some reason, Peter Cullen narrating trailers for stuff like Seven Years in Tibet with his Optimus Prime voice is always hilarious to me.

    And because I watched basically every Fox sitcom when I was 10 because my parents told me not to, I have some memories of Women in Prison. I remember thinking it would be dirtier and being disappointed, and I remember exactly one episode plot. There were rumors that a male guard had been fucking inmates but no proof. The white collar “computer criminal” of the group tries to seduce and entrap him so the warden has evidence to fire him, but her ham fisted seduction attempts fail. He’s off the hook, and then her British streetwalker cellmate reveals he’s actually guilty and she’s happy about it. That is way darker and grosser now that we are more enlightened, but at the time it seemed like trashy fun to a kid who barely knew what sex was.

  4. Holy cow, Portal is 10 years old. One of the best games ever… i dont even have a story or memory to share I just want to play Portal again.

  5. YES!!!! More Boy Meets World talk please! (Man, when Topanga stares into the camera to make Cory stop filming…..hot damn!) Great work you guys, as always!

  6. Loved the MIB cartoon. Alpha being the overarcing bad guy was always cool to see. Whenever he returned he looked more fucked up with alien appendages and powers. IIRC, the finale had Alpha destroying MIB HQ, and J/K had to rebuild once it ended.

    1. First season of Monk was shot on location in SF. Following seasons was in Canada but with various locale SF shots sprinkled in.

  7. I noticed it was absent last week, but thought since that episode was so packed you were moving it to this week since the event occurred on October 5th, 1997, but Dave, how could you not mention Hell in a Cell?! The match which now has an entire (mostly bad) pay-per-view devoted to it debuted at WWF Badd Blood: In Your House ’97. Why two D’s in bad? Because it was the Attitude Era, baby! Really though, the match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker is one of the best matches of the 90s and also marked the debut of Undertaker’s half-brother Kane, who went on to have a pretty nice career for himself as well. The match is overshadowed some-what by the performance of Mick Foley in the second Hell in a Cell match in 1998, even though objectively I think this one is probably the better of the two. The match is also some-what devalued by how it’s overused by today’s WWE with very few of the modern matches being able to live up to the first two. Plus another wrestling event from 97 is likely going to be featured on an upcoming episode about a month from now so I can see why there’s some reluctance to feature too much wrestling talk, but I thought Hell in a Cell was worth a mention. Carry on!

  8. I’m a classic rocker through and through, but somehow through my dad I discovered Band of Horses. My dad being the weird guy he is, has always followed new popular music. He is not one of those dudes who still worships Foghat. Having never heard of Band of Horses my dad took me to see them on their first big tour promoting their first album. Believe it or not I really enjoyed it. So when they came back promoting Cease to Begin we went and saw them again and it was an amazing show. So weirdly instead of my dad and I bonding over both enjoying bands like Pink Floyd, we have bonded over seeing Band of Horses multiple times and listening to their albums in the car together.

  9. Worth mentioning that FF Tactics WotL was a particularly memorable release in Europe, as the original never made it to Playstation here. We had a famously shitty time with RPGs of that era, although I continue to count our blessings for Terranigma on SNES.

  10. I’m one of those Canadians that kept wonderfully boring, low budget, slow paced crap like Earth: Final Conflict on the air. It used to be my go to Saturday afternoon slow watch I’d watch every week nursing my underage drinking hangovers and even when I wasn’t hungover I’d still watch it. Loved it. It was the kind of Canadian sci-fi I’m sad barely exists anymore now that the wonderful Dark Matter got cancelled. Give me all the Andromeda, Stargate, the incredible Willaim Shatner borne Tekwar and etc. in the world. Low budget, not taxing at all to watch and perfect Saturday afternoon viewing when your body barely functions.

  11. Hey, I don’t want to be THAT person,and maybe I’m just over-sensitive about recent events happening, but the conversation about Dan Schneider’s alleged behavior got real uncomfortable with the “I’m pretty sure its one of those…he’s a famous guy in hollywood” comment. Whether anything about him is true or not, and irregardless of that, it’s not good to perpetuate the idea that dudes who achieve a certain level of fame in a Hollywood setting are inevitably going to have fake sexual harassment claims made about them. That’s the kind of thing that makes women not want to come forward because they’re not going to be believed for them because “maybe she’s trying to get something out of it”, as if it benefits women in any way to be honest like that and its not something that follows you for the rest of your life. The Harvey Weinstein news just dropped this week, and I can’t tell you how many dudes are probably disregarding ALL the allegations out there because HE’s a billionaire who is super famous and the women who are “after him” are just after their 15 minutes. Really not trying to be overly critical here, I know that’s not what you were trying to imply, but I found the wording upsetting given what’s been happening recently, had to bring it up. Believing women is important, and it’s a straight slope downward to travel the “Well he’s a really famous guy…” path. Love you guys though.

  12. I’ve actually seen Three O’Clock High… at least, part of it. Around ’91, the movie was recommended to my dad by a young man working at a small video store. He claimed it was hilarious, and my dad did enjoy most comedies, so he rented it. My dad, however, was both a teacher and a counselor at a high school at the time, and presumably because of this, he did not like the movie at ALL. We got maybe halfway through it when he turned it off and he later complained at the video store that it was no comedy but was stressful and tense, demanding a free rental.

  13. Has anyone asked Brett about the 20 year anniversary of DS9 that is happening right now? The anniversary of one of best episodes, “The Sacrifice Of Angels” is a few weeks away. Where normal television shows might do a cliff-hanger for the previous season, then resolve it at the beginning of the next season’s first episode. DS9 ended it’s previous season with the Federation and Klingon Empire going to war against the Dominion, and abandoning the station. It took a six-episode story arc to finally retake the station to reunite the everyone. The episode is pure wall-to-wall action, and it is listed as one of the best episodes in the entire Trek lore.

  14. “I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master” is a really good Electric Six album. It’s some of the best intentionally dumb, catchy, rock music ever made. I’d rank it as their second best album behind their debut “Fire”.

  15. I saw 3 O’Clock High twice in the theatre, and I’m so happy that somebody else remembers it fondly. It came out at the tail end of the hell I call Junior High, and every part of it spoke to me, from that feeling that every action you take just making things worse, right up to the revenge power fantasy of takkng down the school bully in front of the whole school.

  16. Every-time someone brings up PF Chang’s, I can’t help but think of Randy’s “Some PF Chang’s” answer to how he was able to generate a poop that big. Also, Michael Caine is still better than Sly Stallone.

  17. As the Laser Time Community’s only Walker Texas Ranger obsessive, I’m probably the only one willing to go to bat for the showand the episodes Lucas part 1 and 2. This episode is actually a pretty sincere effort to humanize AIDS victims in a way that was socially acceptable for the time by using an innocent child that is the son of a AIDS ridden, drug addict mother and a ruthless drug lord. It does an good job for the time of presenting AIDS as just not the “gay disease”, but a disease that can affect everyone. It’s also written by the Chuck Norris and his brother, which is surprising given Chuck’s long history of holding conservative positions on thing (he supported both Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump in their presidential runs) and would have probably agreed with a lot of Reagan’s horrific policies on AIDS epidemic a decade ago. Trust me, there is a lot to make fun about the show, and it’s usually either campy as hell or really bad, but sometimes the show actually tries to make a decent point.

    1. Also this is probably going to be the last time I talk about Walker Texas Ranger until January, when Roddy Piper guest stars in the 2nd worst wrestling related episode on the show.

  18. The Men in Black cartoon was based on the original comic book license from Malibu Comics, not the movie. That’s why it’s a different setup than the movie

  19. My family owns The Jetsons meet the Flintstones on VHS. I loved it as a child! The funny thing is that my mom had an old VHS camcorder for recording home movies. One time she accidentally put this movie in to record a family thing. At the moment Astro and Dino run into each other, the tape gets full of static. (Probably something to do with the dubbing protection nub on the tape.) She must have realized what happened quickly because the movie shortly picks back up when the two families are hiding from each other and attempting to communicate.

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