Jay Leno Meets Mr Miyagi, Saul Goodman Meets Walter White, and the World Meets Spongebob Squarepants: Thirty Twenty Ten – Apr 26-May 2

Disney World’s third park is open for business, Janet Jackson unites with Busta Rhymes, Saul Goodman makes his Breaking Bad debut, Home Movies cheats on adult swim, McDreamy is a 1980’s pizza gigolo, Jim Belushi is upstaged by a dog while Sean Connery is outshone by laser buttz, and perhaps the worst Marvel movie of the decade! All that and more this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago.


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10 thoughts on “Jay Leno Meets Mr Miyagi, Saul Goodman Meets Walter White, and the World Meets Spongebob Squarepants: Thirty Twenty Ten – Apr 26-May 2

  1. Well, I guess I’m the Caroline in the City freak. It’s a little charmer and one of the better also-rans from the Friends/Seinfeld night.

  2. Children of Bodom’s “Hatebreeder” is one of the soundtracks to my high school years. It’s basically the perfect album for a budding metal head who wanted to take on an elitist, snobbish, air over their music. One of those albums that was hard to acquire in the US at the time as the band was pretty far from mainstream so people would hop in my car and I could play the role of enlightener and offer up something lame like “You’ve never heard a band like this, man.” Teenaged bullshit aside, it’s a really cool metal record basically made by a group of teenagers in Finland who grew up on Priest, Maiden, and Venom and made something that sounded like a hodgepodge of those groups. The vocals are practically an afterthought, and they function like just another instrument as they’re growling nonsense half the time. Some of the lyrics aren’t included for certain songs in the booklet because they were just made up on the spot which was actually better than future albums from this group as they have some pretty cringey, stupid, lyrics on subsequent releases. A kick ass record though, and really the only one I return to from Bodom.

  3. I’m surpris d Spongebob premiered as early as 99 as I remember being older I when I first saw it. That being said I distinctly remember sitting down in front of the living room TV to watch the first episode and immediately loving it. I ended up watching Spongebob well through my childhood and even into my late teenage years. Once I was in college I quickly found myself and my friends quoting lines from episodes that were ten years old at that point. In terms I of cultural relevancy I would almost call it my age group’s equivalent to the Simpsons. Although that mantle may have to be shared with Futurama despite none of us seeing it until well later when it first showed up on Adult Swim.

    A quick note about Fiat buying Chrysler; as a car guy that news was huge. They wouldn’t officially become FCA for a few more years, but this paved they way for Fiat and one of the subsidiaries Alfa Romeo to start selling fun “affordable” Italian cars in America again. Fun fact this is the second time to my knowledge that Chrysler has been owned by a European company with the first being the Daimler Chrysler merger in the nineties. Chrysler does still make cars today although their more recognizable and important brands are Dodge, Ram, and Jeep. I remember when this news first broke many speculated that the only reason Fiat bought the company in the first place was to get their hands on Jeep, which wasn’t even Chrsyler’s to begin with as they took it from AMC when they bought and subsequently dissolved them several decades prior.

  4. My (Japanese) girlfriend got the DVD of Collision Course from Netflix just a few months ago, so it is available on DVD. It’s pretty terrible, Jay is really bad, but Pat Morita is good, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him not be good.

  5. Weird was fact about K9, there was a pilot/tv movie that aired on Fox that was literally a Sci Fi spin off of the film. It was about a scientist who plants a computer inside a German shepherd and a chip inside a policeman for him to communicate with the dog to fight crime. And the title? K9000.

    Spongebob Squarepants I watched religiously as a kid. I’m not the biggest fan nowadays but I respect it, still laugh at a lot of jokes and part of me still enjoys it. Like this scene for example, cynical me is telling me no but I can’t help but still laugh.


    Concerning the Kids Choice Awards, about 7th Heaven deserving to win for favorite TV show, *insert Thor Ragnarok gif* is it? Like, I rather All That won than Christian propaganda, you know? Plus, All That is actually funny. Don’t diss Kenan Thompson, yo.

    But X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I didn’t bother originally but when I decided to watch all the X-Men films as I was prepping for Days of Future Past at the time, rewatching some and watch ones I haven’t seen and that unfortunately included this one. Rewatching Last Stand, it was worse than how I remembered. Bad enough I saw that but then came Origins: Wolverine, oh boy. That, I don’t know where to begin. I don’t even know which one is worse! They’re both horrible for a variety of different reasons. But Origins is a case of how not to do a superhero movie. In fact, I don’t want to hear shittalk about Inhumans when you have this film. Like, the treatment of Deadpool was all wrong, the continuity is a total mess especially with Cyclops tossed in for no reason! And by the way, why would X-Men Apocalypse make a shout out to that movie? Honestly!

    And then we have a horrifyingly deaged Patrick Stewart, like wow. But what kills me is the film tried way too hard to be cool and ended up as a generic superhero movie. And what the fuck is with the horrible unfinished looking CGI claws? And why in the same scene was the body horror played for laughs what with him wrecking a bathroom?

  6. I have a weird memory about early spongebob. I guess it officially began season one in July because I remember seeing the promos for this ~new cartoon~ that was gonna start on Saturday July 17th. I was getting too old for nicktoons, but whatever. Well, when I turned on the TV, the coverage of the JFK plane crash was on. Didn’t get around to watching Spongebob.

    David Keith was arrested for drunk driving mere weeks after starting in the Oliver North movie! I found articles about it when I was searching for Gilda Radner’s obituary.

    Until JUST NOW I thought that Caroline in the City was a sitcom about a real animator, kinda like how Dave’s World was a sitcom about Dave Barry’s life. NO. I used to see the animation style from the opening credits in Quilted Northern commercials (I know…) so I just thought this was a famous cartoonist.

    I found Chris & Sarah’s Saturn dealership, its beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh3hGNG36kA

  7. Chris – I can totally back you up with Lover Boy. I have no idea why, but we had this movie recorded on VHS along with another Patrick Dempsey movie (a thriller called ‘Run’) which me and my sisters used to watch on repeat.

    Also, you guys mentioned the murder of UK TV presenter Jill Dando – that was a huge news story in the UK as she was the presenter of Crimewatch – kind of the UK’s version of America’s Most Wanted. I don’t think they ever charged anyone with the murder but because of her job and the circumstances it led to years of theorising about who might have been behind it (whether it was a hit etc).

    It also reminds me of a terrible joke that was going around at the time (very 1999/2000 vintage):

    Diana died. Dodi died. Jill Dando died. Dido must be shitting herself.

  8. “The 80’s [films] should be called, ‘What was on HBO?'” HBO was _such_ a force multiplier for films from the 1980’s. First because HBO was created in the 1980’s the newest of new movies were 1980’s films but if I had to guess I would say that it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that the bulk of their catalog ceased to be 1980’s films. Hmmmm…. I wonder what movies were shown the most time on HBO? Like combined for the channel’s entire existence? My google-fu didn’t find an answer but the data is out there in the form of online records of TV shows. It would be a fairly easy to run some type of program that collected all the titles of everything that showed on HBO and then do a search to see which titles appeared the most time. I’ll tweet HBO and ask them if they know.
    MGM Studio’s is a perfect example of the shelf-life of nostalgia. In 1989 your average grandparent (60+ year olds) had firsthand nostalgia for the Hollywood of the 1940’s and 1950’s (MGM’s heyday) and the parents (aged 30-50 ) taking their kids to MGM Studios had second hand nostalgia thanks films from that era being shown all the time on TV as they were growing up. But thanks to the inexorable march of time by 2019 most of the people with first hand nostalgia of Hollywood’s Golden Age are no longer with us and even those with second hand nostalgia are fading in number leaving the park filled with nostalgia detritus that does not connect to most of their customer base (Most not all! I personally loved going into the Brown Derby even if the place meant nothing to my kids.) A few periods can transcend nostalgia to become genres in and of themselves, such as The Old West (which is almost always the 1865 to 1890 period) but that’s rare and doesn’t seem to have happened since …. The Old West. Oh, and one interesting fact that I think you didn’t mention; 100% of MGM studio’s opening attractions are now closed! Yep, every last one of them. I find that a bit of poor park design and might go so far as to say that MGM was Disney’s worst planned park, yes even worse than Animal Kingdom or EuroDisney, at least from a consumer perspective if not Disney’s bottom line. http://allears.net/2019/04/08/opening-day-attractions-at-the-disney-mgm-studios-gone-but-not-forgotten/
    Chris, I’d very much love to see your video of things in MGM studios that kids won’t get.
    Probably not a hot take: The Great Movie Ride is probably the weridest dark-ride of all time. You think Universal Studios is the Island of Misfit IP’s? It’s got NOTHING on The Great Movie Ride.
    First Disney Executive in 1988: You know who we need to appeal to?
    Other Disney Exec in 1988: (does line of coke) No, who?
    First Disney Executive in 1988: (Does three lines of coke) People who love Singing in the Rain, Aliens, and the Public Enemy!
    Other Disney Exec in 1988: (does all the coke in the world): I can’t go three feet without some saying how they’d pay hundreds of dollars for their family to see animations of those three films all in one ride!
    Loverboy. This 100% had the same connotation as being “a sexy-and-lewd-film-to-watch-for-titillation-purposes” to pre-pubescent me but looking back the idea of a PG-13 film being that is utterly mind boggling. Where there any films like that for the rest of you? If so what PG-13 films did you watch because they were “naughty”?
    Duel of the Fates reaching # 1 on VH1. Why did it reach that high? Well think of someone who liked sci-fi and fantasy in 1998. The top grossing sci-fi films of that year were Armageddon (boo), Deep Impact (boo), and Godzilla (boo). The Previous year? Men in Black (yay!), Jurassic Par the Lost World (boo) and if you exclude the re-releases of 20 year old films then Batman and Robin (boo). The year before that? Independence Day (Yay at the time but meh today), Star Trek First Contact (boo) and Space Jam (sorry Millennials, boo). In 1998 if you liked to watch films about fantastic places and wondrous events those were the type of films you were getting … until 1999, 2000, and 2001. Those few years radically changed geek-dom forever. In that short period you saw the first Matrix, the first real marvel superhero film (X-Men), the first Harry Potter, the first Lord of the Rings, and the first new Star Wars film in a generation. It was truly a transforming time for pop culture and in most ways we are still living in the shadow of that revolution. I’m deeply excited to relive that change with you on thirty twenty ten. http://www.theforce.net/episode1/story/VH1_to_show_Duel_of_the_Fates_Video_too_80785.asp

    The finale of Caroline in the City. I watched 100% of the episodes of this TV show when it was part of “Must See TV” but like the majority of the other 17 million viewers of that show’s first couple of seasons (which to put into context is two and a half times the numbers of eyeballs the final episodes of Game of Thrones are getting) that was overwhelmingly because it was part of the “must see TV lineup.” When it was moved to “Must SHE TV” (apparently a thing – http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9711/04/prime.time.women/index.html which included Suddenly Susan, Fired Up, and The Naked Truth) I just stopped watching it and never thought of the show again. I’d love to see a Lasertime episode about all the shows that were on after Friends and before Seinfeld. Shows that were watched by viewers numbering in the eight figures week after week but that are utterly forgotten today.
    X-men Origins Colon Wolverine – idle thought, what is the movie title with the most punctuation in it?
    Breaking Bad and the first appearance of Saul Goodman. I think Walter White’s journey and Jimmy McGill’s journey may end up being mirror images of each other. Walter White is a man who was unfortunate enough to discover the truth about himself; that he was good at being bad and that he deeply enjoyed it. That is to say his fundamental nature was always to be a ruthless and relentless killer, IE. Heisenberg. He learned that it was “Walter White” who was actually a mask that his life forced him to wear until an event happened that gave him the excuse he always secretly craved to abandon the name Walter White and reveal who he really was; an evil human being. I can’t say for sure until the final season of Better Call Saul, but I don’t think that’s true for Jimmy McGill. I think for him Saul Goodman is the mask and that there is a fundamentally good, but deeply deeply flawed, person underneath that masks and that “Jimmy” genuinely wants to help others, not just himself as his ego like Heisenberg. Time will tell.
    All American Rejects Gives you hell. This is a song about being mad at a person who broke your heart and when I first heard it in 2009 I could still connect with that on an easily accessible emotional level. In 2009 my last break up had only been three and half years in the past. It wasn’t that bad of a break up but I could recall others that had been bad and this song could easily remind me the hurt and anger I felt. Now in 2019 while I can recall those emotions it’s like looking through a smudged and far glass window for the simple reason that my last break up is now 13 and a half years ago. Not only that, but that break up happened to a pretty different person than the man I am today. As such, a song that was relatable in 2009 is now … not. What’s a song that you once felt very connected to but no longer do? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxUATkpMQ8A

  9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was supposed to be a project for Kevin Smith. He was still developing his “Son of Fletch” and the Weinstein Company offered to purchase the rights wholesale if he directed this. He agreed and even set aside time in his schedule to go do scouting. He was then told that he had to cast Ben Affleck as the son of Fletch, instead of his preferred choice: Jason Lee. Smith walked, the Weinsteins never got their hands on Fletch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past bombed like mad.

    Also, at one of the premieres of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there were about 400 fans lined up around the block to see it. Hugh Jackman was so touched that he went over to a local bakery, pulled out his checkbook and told them to start making breakfast for all of them. What a class act!

  10. Later that day, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman decide to look for Saul Goodman in his office. Walt, posing as Badger’s uncle “Mr. Mayhew,” hires Saul to keep Badger out of prison. Citing rumors that Heisenberg’s associate crushed a man’s head with an ATM, Walt asks if Badger should fear reprisals if he snitches. ” The guy who got his head smooshed used to be a client of mine. His wife killed him,” Saul replies. He plans to get Badger “singing like a canary.” “Ten thousand dollars,” Walt blurts out before succumbing to a coughing fit. He doesn’t want Saul to throw the case, but “no talking to the DEA,” he says. Saul then kicks Walt out of his office for trying to bribe him.

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