The first Zelda sequel hit Japan this week in 87, but in 97 the whole world saw Chris Farley’s Beverly Hills Ninja. Then in 2007 Pan’s Labyrinth got a wider release and Jack Bauer returned for a sixth season, while millions experience World of Warcraft’s first major expansion.
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The Supreme Court upholds a California law that gives pregnant employees the right to a four-month leave and guarantees that they get back their own or an equivalent job afterward.
Three Mafia family godfathers and five underlings are sentenced to prison terms of up to 100 years for running “The Commission” that directed murders, loan sharking and racketeering since the days of Al Capone. Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, leader of the Genovese crime family and Colombo family Don Carmine (Junior) Persico were sentenced to 100 years in prison and fined $240,000. The head of the Lucchese family, Anthony (Tony ducks) Corallo also received a 100-year sentence and a $250,000 fine.
The Bedroom Window – Steve Guttenberg / Critical Condition – Richard Pryor, Alan Silvestri music release in theaters
1/13/87 – The Hill Street Blues episode “A Wasted Weekend” airs, notable for being the first thng ever written for television by famed playwriter/movie scriptwriter David Mamet
1/16/87 – In the Mr. Belvedere episode “Inky,” Wesley shows more of his “take no prisoners” approach to get a dog (remember, he almost got Mr. B deported earlier this year because Brocktoon squealed on him and cost him the dog). This time, Wesley fakes the death of his hamster Inky so that the family can get a new pet.
1/17//87 – Ohara – a TV detective show starring Pat Morita premieres. It would last two seasons and 30 episodes.
The cast included the likes of Kevin Conroy and Catherine Keener, while guest stars would include Brandon Lee, Mitch Pileggi and Benicio del Toro.
1/17/87 – In the Golden Girls episode “The Actor,” the girls all act in a local play and three of them end up going on dates with the eponymous actor.
1/18/87 – The TV movie “Warm Hearts, Cold Feet” airs, in which a reporter write a column about wanting a child before telling his wife, which causes awkwardness
Zelda II on the FDS – direct sequel to the first game, making it technically the ONLY sequel to The Legend of Zelda. Link is a teenager, takes place from a side-scrolling perspective, has experience points, levels, very different and intentionally so. Won’t be out until late 88 in the US. We don’t even have the first game at this point – it’s out in August! Hard to talk more about it now because it’s very closely tied to pre-Nintendo-Power era of NOA and that whole time period for the US.
2nd Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin.
Warehouse: Songs and Stories – Husker Du, huge rock / punk band from 80s, Zen Arcade cited
Shake You Down is #1 – Gregory Abbott
Vertical Horizon live album, three years before they kinda blew up on US radio
Rhyme and Reason – soundtrack, movie out in March, hip hop culture, Chuck D, Ice T, Puff Daddy, Dr Dre
Unbreak my heart is still #1
Albino Alligator, Metro, Beverly Hills Ninja release in theaters
1/13/97 – La Femme Nikita premiered on USA, based on the French film Nikita. It would often air after Monday Night Raw, offering a great lead-out for teenage boy wrestling fans to a show about a sexy French lady who kicks ass.
1/15/97 – Jon Stewart guest stars on The Nanny as a Jewish doctor who tries to court Fran. Here’s a weird clip where she imagines them in Dynasty.
1/16/97 – The Naked Truth debuts on NBC’s Must-See block after spending a season on ABC. Like so many other comedies, it would see success on Thursday and then flop elsewhere.
1/19/97 – The Simpsons episode “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” airs, where Marge starts a pretzel-making company when her friends dump her from their pita-making organization. Not really a standout episode, except for this classic scene:
1/19/97 – 54th annual Golden Globes
NBA Hangtime on N64, talked about it on PS1 last year
Beyonce Irreplaceable is still #1
Meet the Smithereens – Smithereens covering Meet the Beatles
DreamCypher – The Cruxshadow
Allegedly an Outkast compliation, part of The Millennium Collection but can’t find more about it
The Hitcher – Sean Bean, remake of a 1986 movie we THEORETICALLY discussed in our February 21 episode.
Cassandra’s Dream releases in theaters, as does Pan’s Labyrinth is its wider, post-holiday release.
1/14/07 – 24 season 6 premieres, with Jack being brought back from China to help catch a new terrorist. The big twist this season is that Jack has other (never-before-mentioned) family members in on the conspiracy
1/17/07 – The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show debuted, airing for 8 episodes on Comedy Central. The eponymous characters were a musical comedy act played by Dave “Gruber” Allen and David Koechner, respectively, and the show covered their adventures on the road. Wanted to like the show due to liking Koechner’s work on his single-season SNL stint, but I couldn’t get into the show.
1/18/07 – The Scrubs episode “My Musical” airs, with the famous song “Guy Love”
1/15/07 – Golden Globes 64. Babel, Dreamgirls, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty are notable winners
WarioWare – Smooth Moves releases on Wii
Phoenix Wright – Justice For All – second game, surprise hit of the first in 05 led to this GBA game getting a DS release in the west. Shu Takumi writes/directs, makes this series work, also Ghost Trick.
WoW – The Burning Crusade. First WoW expansion, which launched in 2004. Sold 2.4m its first day, adds Blood Elves and Draenei, level cap to 70 (it’s now 110), new PvP stuff, just a whole lot updated and it was the first time it ever happened so it was a big damn deal.
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