Somebody Shrunk Saturday Morning, Not a Seinfeld Reunion and it’s Sega’s Final Stand

Sept. 6-12: Jean-Claude kickboxes, randos fight gladiators, there’s an actually good animated movie spinoff, the New Kids are rough, Diana Ross gets handsy, vampires keep diaries, Tyler Perry breaks bad all by himself, Kevin Bacon goes under, Aerosmith live it up while going down and IT’S THINKING. 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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7 thoughts on “Somebody Shrunk Saturday Morning, Not a Seinfeld Reunion and it’s Sega’s Final Stand

  1. Kickboxer. I have suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch a vivid memory of watching this film. Or wait…. Do I? Am I thinking of Bloodsport? I think I’m thinking of Bloodsport. (Googles both movies.) Nope. Not a clue. Even after looking at pictures of both I’ve got no idea if I was thinking of Kickboxer, Bloodsport, or if both films combined in my mind to make one single film. What films blend the most together in your mind? (Can be either a trilogy/series or can be different films that are canonically unrelated just so long as each films blends together in your mind with another film to the point where you are unable to remember what happened in one versus what happened in the other)

    The Saved by the Bell Saturday Cartoon Special. I wish Netflix would do some crazy throwback special like this. Just have the cast of Stranger Things shamelessly shilling out the next season of Bojax Horseman and Bigmouth and Tangled and whatnot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGzeYLxF_gc

    American Gladiators. Young JR soooooooooo wanted to be on this, but he wanted to be on each and every show that had a series of physical obstacles to overcome. Double Dare, Funhouse, didn’t matter so long as it had a zany obstacle course I would watch a least 40 hours of that shit and dream of doing it myself. Regular daily practice with a group of kids my own age at a sport that had professional teams associated with it? Hard pass. But I would have climbed over slippery walls for the chance to climb over slippery walls. Any modern day game shows like that today that would be good for a kid to watch?

    Beetlejuice the cartoon is up there with The Real Ghostbusters for me in that it was a kid’s cartoon show that dwarfed the movie it was based upon, at least at the time. If you liked Beetlejuice the movie and watched it five times, you would have around 8 hours of entertainment. If you watched every episode of the TV show once, you’d have 47 hours of entertainment. As such I think that over time my mental conception of both those universes became dominated by their cartoon adaptations, but only for when I was young. Because while I’ve re-watched Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice sometime in the last 10 years I haven’t watched the cartoons in at least 27 so that childhood mental conception is now reversed and I can recall very little about the cartoons but tons and tons about the movies. Sidenote: The trend of turning movies into TV shows seem less big now than it was in the 80’s and 90’s. Have there been any good TV adaptations of films recently? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzRiIo79tow

    Life Goes On. Sadly there was a kid with Down’s syndrome at my school and he got called “Corky” (Never by me. He was a nice kid. I did a couple of scenes in acting class with him and I still vaguely wonder what ever happened to him) I’m sure there must have been some since this show but off the top of my head I can’t think of any major films or TV shows with a seriously disabled actor being in as major a role as was the case with this show. Good on ya’ 1989.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-z0JzELsxA

    New Kids On the Block – Hanging Tough. I don’t know if it’s just because I was in late grade school / early Junior High but my memory is that there has never been a more polarizing musical group than New Kids on the Block. The intense and deep tribal loyalties that I recall being invoked at the time, all depending upon whether you did or did not like the band, seem insane to me in retrospect. I mean, if I’m recalling correctly, anti-NKOTB side were major antagonists in the New Kids on the Block cartoon and were supposed to be the enemies in an unreleased video game?

    Eminem – army of slim shadies – MTV Music awards. This was my first introduction to Eminem. I had never heard a single one of his songs, never saw him before then, never even heard his name. And then I see some yahoo with an army of lookalikes marching down the street and just laughed at the dude because it seemed like such an egotistical joke for some no name hack to try. It took me years to give Eminem a chance because of how ridiculous I thought he was with that first exposure and now like 90% of the dudes my age “Prove Yourself” is a regular on my exercise playlist and has been for almost two decades. Who is an artist whose first impression caused you to dismiss them for years?
    Eminem – army of slim shadies – MTV Music awards. This was my first introduction to Eminem. I had never heard a single one of his songs, never saw him before then, never even heard his name. And then I see some yahoo with an army of lookalikes marching down the street and just laughed at the dude because it seemed like such an egotistical joke for some no name hack to try. It took me years to give Eminem a chance because of how ridiculous I thought he was with that first exposure and now like 90% of the dudes my age “Lose Yourself” is a regular on my exercise playlist and has been for almost two decades. Who is an artist whose first impression caused you to dismiss them for years?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoua2xc0FOc

    “Best artist website” 1999 – Red Hot Chili Peppers over David Bowie. Oh man. Is anyone good enough with the way back machine to check out what those two websites looked like in 1999?

    Dreamcast Launch. I don’t think I’ve ever been as un-interested in video games as I was in 1999. I’m not sure why. I was heavily involved in USENET, history, and my fraternity at the time and video games just fell by the wayside. But I’ve been busier since then and yet still at least vaguely followed video games and had some awareness of them even if my total play time was low. I’m not sure what turned me to a “former gamer” for a while but I was and as such I wasn’t even really aware that the Dremcast existed until it was already dead and a friend in Japan in 2001 started telling me how sad he was that it died. Have you ever taken a break from video games? If so, for how long and why?

    Why on Earth does Jerry Sienfield have an unreleased copy of SimCity for NES on his shelf?

    Larry David Seinfeld re-union. Here is the vimeo link if anyone is interested. Having never seen an episode of Arrested Development, I’m kind of tempted to just start off on the Seinfeld re-union season. https://vimeo.com/51528394

    Contra Rebirth. I have such fond memories of the original Contra and really loved the Castlevania Rebirth game they did. Is this worth playing in 2019?

    Four amazing shows coming up. We know Freaks and Geeks is one. WITHOUT GOOGLING (otherwise where is the fun?) can you guess what the others are?

  2. Just a bunch of incorrect info at the end I felt like correcting.

    The Rebirth series are very much playable today through emulation or loading them onto a Wii through other means.

    Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash.

    Paul McCartney played a Hofner bass.

    Still enjoyed the episode as always!

  3. Great show! The ‘99 VMAs was also notable for being nine inch nails debut of the song The Fragile from the album… The Fragile. The ‘99 VMAs also had weird interstitials hosted by Ulala from Space Channel 5 because it aired the same day as the Dreamcast’s launch.

  4. A week late, but just wanted to let Chris and others know that the “ReBirth” series of Wii games are preserved, and are out there for download. The biggest one is a whopping 36MB, and all 3 work perfectly in Dolphin.

    Not that we would do so, of course, as we all have the utmost respect for copyright law. But other naughty people out there probably would.

  5. I thought that Love Stinks was the Jenny McCarthy movie where she gets her period everywhere in the store.

    Hard Copy lasted until 1999?! I think Inside Edition with that clown Deborah Norville is the only Hard Copy-ish show still around on syndicated TV. oooo. speaking of her, have we gotten to the point where she takes over the Today Show after Jane Pauley “left”?

    When I visited the MET in 2001, the tour guide joked that they were cleaning the sequins from the lobby from Lil Kim’s outfit for months. I’m sure she was just playin’, but I really want to believe. I saw years ago in a documentary about the VMA’s that the silly dancers in the “Praise You” video were supposed to perform that night but they got cut due to time.

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