Hank Hill says goodbye, Martin Lawrence talks a Blue Streak, and DuckTales solidifies its legacy Sept 13-19

Sept. 13-19: Al Pacino’s back, a doctor named Doogie, Costner strikes out, an attempted Vonnegut adaptation, behind the scenes with Jon Cryer and Jay Mohr, Megan Fox is a femme fatale, Matt Damon’s a dweeb, Archer starts his spy game, classes begin for the Greendale Human Beings and it’s raining meatballs, hallelujah. 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.

DOWNLOAD

Apple Podcasts  |  Spotify  |  Stitcher  |  Google Podcasts  |  Overcast  |  RSS

SUPPORT US ON PATREON

We’ve got an AVENGERS: ENDGAME spoiler-cast ready and waiting, exclusively for supporters of the Laser Time Patreon. Featuring special guest Chris Baker!

Get the latest LISTENERS STRIKE BACK Thirty Twenty Ten Bonus episode by supporting Laser Time on Patreon

Watch Conan O’Brien’s 10th Anniversary Special with us, exclusively on Patreon!

3 thoughts on “Hank Hill says goodbye, Martin Lawrence talks a Blue Streak, and DuckTales solidifies its legacy Sept 13-19

  1. So as mentioned hurricanes are named in alphabetical order and most years they never get all the way to end but there are exceptions. 2005 saw so many hurricanes that they actually had to start using the greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, etc). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Atlantic_hurricane_season

    The Apple portable computer that cost $6,000 in 1989 would cost $12,414.10 today dollars, so yea anytime you are dealing with 1989 prices just double it; https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

    Major Dad was one of those shows I watched because it was on, not because I loved it. But given the ridiculous amount of TV I watched when I was young I’m sure I watched the show at least 200 times, including re-runs and syndication. The only memories I have from the show is a blurry image of Major Dad proposing (first episode) and a clear image of Major Dad refusing to teach his daughter to drive until she understands the mechanisms of the internal combustion engine (episode ???). That seems a pretty poor return for 100 hours of my youth. Do you have any memories of Major Dad?

    Doogie Howser MD I wonder… is Neil Patrick Harris the child star from the 1980’s who has been the most successful at transitioning to adult stardom?

    War and Remembrance won out over Lonesome Dove. I call shenanigans! W&R is a fine book but the miniseries is super cheesy while Lonesome Dove still gets talked about as one of the finest westerns ever made to this day. Have you ever been upset at learning a piece of media lost a prize to another piece of media long after the fact? For me it was Annie Hall and Star Wars.

    I Know my First Name is Steven. I have this very vivid image of this man buying the child a bunch of a toys and then going, “What are you crying for? I got you those toys, didn’t I?” or something of that nature. A random stranger just straight up stealing your kids is actually super rare but as a parent it’s nevertheless a really scarry thought as you can’t be with your kids every second of the day. Googling the real life story, I was shocked to see that “In a 2007 interview, Stayner’s sister Cory said that her brother did not seek counseling because their father said Stayner “didn’t need any.” What. The. FUCK??? That is so completely insane to me. I cannot even image the thought of having my child go through 1/10th the trauma and not seeking counseling for years and years.

    I Know my First Name is Steven. I have this very vivid image of this man buying the child a bunch of a toys and then going, “What are you crying for? I got you those toys, didn’t I?” or something of that nature. A random stranger just straight up stealing your kids is actually super rare but as a parent it’s nevertheless a really terrifying thought as you can’t be with your kids every second of the day. Googling the real life story, I was shocked to see that “In a 2007 interview, Stayner’s sister Cory said that her brother did not seek counseling because their father said Stayner “didn’t need any.”” What. The. FUCK??? That is so completely insane to me. I cannot even image the thought of having my child go through 1/10th the trauma and not seeking counseling for years and years.

    Ducktales for the NES may be the game I have the strongest emotional memories towards. Yes, more than Zelda, more than Mario, more than the Ducktales game pulls at my heart strings like no other game because it was the first time I recall playing as a character I was obsessed with. My love of Scrooge started with the cartoon but eventually I came across a bunch of old Disney comics from the 1950’s that had the same characters from the cartoon show I raced home to watch. And that is when I discovered an artist called Carl Barks and fell in love with his work. Soon I was begging my parents to take me to every pawn shop and used book store tracking down issue after issue and using every dollar I saved from every birthday to buy them. Eventually I got the Carl Barks library and read every single story about Uncle Scrooge from the “good duck artist.” And then came the NES game came out and I got the chance to BE my favorite character. I’d played the Star Wars arcade game before then but it never really made me feel like Luke. And while I loved the TMNT arcade game none of the Turtles seemed to have the personalities that I had for them in my head. But Uncle Scrooge trying to get every last piece of treasure? Oh yea, he would totally do that. And so Ducktales became the first action game where I felt like I was actually the character I was playing. Also, while I had beaten plenty of other video games before then, once I got to the end it was over. But I knew from Nintendo Power that Ducktales had multiple endings (OK, multiple .jpgs) depending upon how much treasure you collected so once I got to the end of Ducktales I started right over again to get more and more treasure (which is exactly what Scrooge would do) until I finally got the best ending possible. The game let me live some adventures with Scrooge in a way I don’t think any other action game before really had. Oh, and excellent point that a comic made in the 1950’s was turned into a video game level in the 1980’s and rematerested to another level in the 2010’s is a crazy continuity chain when you think about it.

    At least 15% of the reason I listen to this show is to experience the sensation of remembering something I hadn’t thought about in decades and HBO’s “Simply the Best” fits that to a T. Some long dormant brain cell suddenly came roaring back from near-death as you talked about it and it is a hard to describe sensation. A bit trippy maybe? Shower thought: I’ll never know when the moment is that I’ll forget something forever. Assume that if I had gone another twenty years without thinking of HBO’s “Simply the Best” it would have been completely earased from my memory instead of just dormant. If that’s true, when I next heard about it, I wouldn’t remember forgetting it. There would simply be one day in which some slight tingle of memory would be felt, and one day in which no tingle would be felt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNx_n4f8L4

    Action. I was a huge into learning about how films were made when this came out but wasn’t watching much TV at the time so I missed it. I eventually heard about it and it’s been on my mental to-watch list for almost 20 years now but I’m taking it off the mental list. I cannot envision a scenario in which I watch all the (much better more recently made) TV shows that are on my mental “to-watch list” way ahead of “Action,” so realistically I’m never going to watch it. What makes you remove a film/tv show from your mental to watch list?

    Jennifer’s Body. What are some of the best films about toxic friendships?

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. It’s a solid well-made funny cartoon. My kids both liked it. They watched it, enjoyed it once and … that will be that. Neither of them ever really wants to re-watch things and they never run out of stuff to watch in this day and age. And I’m happy about that, I like living in a content rich world, but it does make me wonder if any films will ever be special to them the way a whole bunch of films were special to me when I was a kid because they were the only thing I had to watch.
    King of the Hill. What is a show that has never been your number one show but that you will still almost always sit through and enjoy if you happen to catch it on?

    Guiding Light had around 18,000 episodes over it’s 1937 to 2009 run and after all of that it’s post-cancelation life appears to be … nothing? Doing some quick googling there doesn’t appear to be any online fan community, no attempts to bring it back, not even any stories about it being the ten year anniversary of its cancelation. Despite the desire for immortality through art (Que Woody Allen’s quote here) most art is utterly mortal. I’ve recently got some 100 year old copies of Adventure Magazine. At the time it was selling almost a million copies an issue and if you consider that as a proportion to population that is the quivilent of being a top rated TV show today. But the magazine and the vast bulk of the authors in it are utterly forgotten today, except for a few specialists and hobbyists, and that is likely the fate of Guiding Light and every other Soap Opera I think. It strikes me as utterly possible that no one from now to the end of time will ever watch episode 13,248 or 8, 342 or 4,812 of Guiding Light, for instance. And for a piece of art, that strikes me as that piece of art being dead.

    I followed Jay’s battle with Conan in semi-real time and the concept behind The Jay Leno Show struck me, from the moment it began to bomb, as a “New Coke” decision. New Coke is a joke but it wasn’t as if a bunch of Coca-Cola executives just randomly decided upon it. They did studies. They did tests. They researched it. And all that research pointed that people would like New Coke better. Same-same with the Jay Leno show. It’s obvious in retrospect that it didn’t work, but if I was an NBC exectutive at the time I can totally see how I would have greenlit the show. For one thing, Jay Leno is a really funny man. Believe it or not, but one of the best stand up routines I’ve ever seen was Jay Leno. It was during the early 90’s and my father treated the family to his show in Vegas and the man was on fire. I’m talking 10 out of 10, every joke landed, every beat was spot on, Jay just knocked it out of the part. And I watched him on the Tonight Show after that and while it was funny, the man was just way better in person than what I saw on TV. As such, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him based soley on that one joyous memory of him. And if I was an NBC exec who was meeting and interacting with Jay day after day? Yea, I probably would have thought his show was a license to print money. Oh, and side note: I just got done watching Jay Leno do another live performance and … he was good. At least an 8 out of 10. And honestly, to be 25 years older and go from a 10 out of 10 to an 8 out of 10 isn’t bad.

    Archer in some ways isn’t a parody of James Bond so much as sometimes _it’s the most accurate portrayal of Book Bond ever_. Book Bond has a lot more self-loathing, alcoholism, and adrenaline junky nature to him than most films show. In one book do you know why he takes a job (in which he ends up killing people)? Because he was bored. Not because it was an assignment, not because his enemies were involved. Nah. Book Bond was just bored so he decided to fuck some shit up so he wouldn’t be bored.

    Community. I missed the show when it premiered and just started watching it a few months ago. I’ve only hit the beginning of season 4 and one reason I’m thinking about stopping is that, with the sole exception of the Chevy Chase death episode, every single episode the hosts referenced was in Season 1 through 3, which I’ve already watched. That to me is telling and might be a good reason for me to stop and call it good at 3.

    I’m going to go to bat for Toy Story Mania as a great theme park ride. To answer your question of, “WHY is this here?” Kids. It’s for kids! Both my kids absolutely loved it. They got to move around, and spin, and shoot things, and see their favorite characters do silly stuff. The interactive nature of the ride really appealed to them and they are the target audience.

    1. My mom and I watched a lot of Major Dad back in the day, since my dad was in the Navy — and who looked a little like Gerald McRainey. The lady who played the mom, Polly wasn’t a good actress. Gunny was the best character.

      I can’t watch Archer because of his eyes–his eyes are so dead! He looks like my ex’s eyes.

      I remember being mad when Kanye rushed Taylor’s speech back in the day, like ‘ugh that jerk’, but now that I hate Taylor for being a basic b, I kinda love it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *