Sons of Anarchy makes a basic cable splash, the most hyped video game of all-time makes its long awaited debut, and the anxiously awaited follow-up to Rugrats is finally here – Aug 31-Sept 6: Thirty Twenty Ten

Mario make his most embarrassing debut, Hercules and the Thornberrys get a TV show, JCVD teams up with Rob Schneider, Mega Man goes 3D, relive the Black Sox scandal, FX debuts its biggest show of all-time, and NKOTB4EVER! All that and more, this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back at the week that was 30, 20 and 10 years ago!


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10 thoughts on “Sons of Anarchy makes a basic cable splash, the most hyped video game of all-time makes its long awaited debut, and the anxiously awaited follow-up to Rugrats is finally here – Aug 31-Sept 6: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. First, you called Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master as Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors. XD Also, I got my revenge with Freddy vs. Jason making more money than Elm Street 4 as the highest grossing Nightmare on Elm Street film, suck it, Chris! 😛

    (No hard feelings though. Not that I took your “suck it, Nightmare fans” comment seriously. I just still remain unimpressed with the fourth film.)

    Thought surprisingly, I never knew the title of Rocket Gibraltar until you brought it up because I watched the latter half specifically when I was 9 when the film aired on Encore. Haven’t thought about it for years but that last image of the kids burning the old woman on a boat-Viking funeral style was a very striking image. Thanks for informing me, I got to seek it out now.

    Unforgiveable however is being reminded The Flintstones Kids was a thing. Thanks. You’re lucky I don’t haunt people in their sleep-Freddy Krueger style. XD But the Mario show, I only look at it for the celebrity guest star stuff. I know Elvira, Sgt. Slaughter and for whatever reason Inspector Gadget got on. But the Elvira one is my personal favorite, not for reasons you think, get your mind out of the fucking gutter. No, no, Elvira’s just a hoot all around, I find her funny (wait until you get to her movie though, that one I consider her best work) but I also laughed at how it ended because it ended with Luigi trying to kill Mario before the guy woke up from his nightmare.

    I’ve seen much of Hercules: The Animated Series on Toon Disney via reruns. Wild Thornberrys, I’ve seen plenty of episodes but I didn’t much care for it originally since it was just all around “eh, safari stuff.” I was more into Hey Arnold for example.

    But Bottle Shock I have seen. I saw it on Netflix the week Alan Rickman died in his honor but I disagree with it being boring, sorry Sarah. It’s just that I thought it was charming, had its moments. It’s a decent film I wouldn’t mind seeing again. But Rickman was a scene stealer of course. But it’s funny this was an early film for Chris Pine but it also shows Rachael Taylor can act given the last film she was in being…Transformers, fuck that stupid movie, don’t @ me. At the very least, I recommend to Diana to giving it a chance. I did. But now, now, I did also see Die Hard and Galaxy Quest in his honor. Just that I wanted something new featuring Alan Rickman. That and I was recommended it. Though don’t let one of my friends hear you talk smack about the RDJ Sherlock Holmes films, she’ll fight you (insult to injury if you say Benedict Cumberbatch was better).

    I remember Bill Melendez’s death and Don Lafortaine, I still miss them. I do find it interesting with the former, Wes Anderson named him as one of his influences and my introduction to the latter was a Powerpuff Girls commercial and even before that, Gargoyles promos.

  2. Didn’t the Super Mario Super Show start in 1989 and not 1988?

    Glad to hear Fun House get recognized at least. Too many people have forgotten it.

  3. I will admit that I haven’t seen it in over a decade, but based on my memories of it, I will totally go to bat for All I Wanna Do. I don’t remember ever seeing any ads for it at the time, but the trailer you all played definitely doesn’t do it justice.

    I didn’t see it until it was on VHS – my best friend and I were at the video store prepping for a sleepover, we picked it up, and it immediately became one of our all-time favorites. We still quote lines from it as inside jokes 20 years later, even though we’re seemingly the only people in the world to ever watch it.

    It’s not perfect, but from my memory, it’s a fun and surprisingly subversive period piece about the power of friendships between young women, and I’m absolutely going to give it a rewatch this weekend.

  4. Oh dear, Fun House was my first television obsession when I was five. I wanted to be Jackie & Sammie, the twin cheerleaders. I vaguely remember a board game based on the show that my mom bought me, and a part broke on it and we never got to play it!

    NOO, not the Aerosmith song! Their worst song ever. I remember hiding in the bathroom at a pizza joint my sophomore year to get away from that song playing on the juke box. I didn’t have to go…I just stood in there for like four minutes.

    1. Oh! Ha. Pax would show repeats of Dave’s World (Harry Anderson’s second show) and would mute out whenever Beth would say crap, I believe!

  5. THANK YOU for your discussion of New Kids On The Block, particularly Diana’s insights. This reminded me of how NKOTB was a defining aspect of my childhood by virtue of how my non-awareness of them marked me as a “weirdo” at the start of whatever school year/grade they became popular in Southern Illinois. Coming back from summer vacation, everyone knew about New Kids — everyone except me, who effectively lived under a rock. In many ways, NKOTB were what branded me as an outsider and that would I remain one for the remainder of my K-12 experience. My ignorance of NKOTB was the first thing that truly isolated me from my grade school peers. So, even though I was already a weird kid, and this all would have happened anyway eventually: fuck you, New Kids.

  6. Age 10:
    The Super Mario Super Show – Oh man, can I remember how hyped the grade school playground was over this show. I’m sure we read about it in Nintendo Power or something abut the amount of hype over this show was as high as 1988 could get for a kids show. And when we all saw it . . . I can’t be sure but I think we talked ourselves into liking it. We were ten, so we liked garbage (I’m looking at you He-Man and GI Joe weekday cartoon shows) but this show was a notch down from even that low level, but we all loved Mario so very very much that I think there was some willed enjoyment going on. I also remember it being universally agreed upon that Friday, when they showed Legend of Zelda, was the real deal.
    NKOTB: The incredibly quick turn of “Everybody loves them!” to “Gah! How can you not hate them!” was so incredibly fast, it felt like it happened literally overnight. And everyone I’ve talked to remembers the same thing, regardless of how old they were. How did that function? How did a pre-internet kids culture turn around on a metaphorical dime like that? What was the mechanism to spread the world from school to school across the country?
    Age 20:
    The Rise of Google. I remember going through search engine after search engine in 1996-1998, and then I can distinctly remember when I was shown google, it gave me exactly the results I wanted, and then I never looked back. The last few episodes of Halt and Catch Fire do an amazing job of showing the battle for companies trying to become the First Big Search Engine, btw.
    The Death of Akira Kurosawa. I was in college and we had an exchange program with Japan and I can remember the Japanese being shocked that I knew who Kurosawa was and that I was sad at his passing.
    PAX: My only memory of PAX is this really fun skit on The Sopranos edited for Pax:
    Age 30:
    Spore. The hype for this game was… well only matched by the hype for the Super Mario Show 20 years earlier. I remember thinking that it sounded really really cool . . . but I was also old enough that it sounded really really ambitious and I was going to wait and see how it turned out before I bought it. And then the reviews came I was so glad I did and I’ve never felt the need to pre-order anything since.
    Oh, but I totally pre-ordered Fallout 76! Anyone want to play on a server with me when it comes out? Lol.

  7. Hoo boy did that NKOTB track bring back some memories. I was dragged to several of their concerts back in around 2011 when their powers combined with Backstreet Boys for the NKOTBSB tour. My wife and niece are both huge BSB fans and I was the chauffeur. Apparently those bands are still a huge draw these days. The concerts were packed arenas full of women who were tweens and teens when NKOTB was big, their daughters who were tweens and teens when BSB was big, and their daughters/granddaughters who were raised to love mom and grandma’s favorite boy band. The shrieking was almost louder than the music.

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