So about six months ago I did a top 10 list about my favorite space vessel’s in TV and movies. The Enterprise got #1, but I lumped all the versions into one catgeory and shunted other Star Trek ships into the “honorable mention” category. So I decided it was only fair to do a similar list on just Star Trek that I can give them all a little love. And that is what we gave today.
The other day I talked about how many celebrities appeared on Will & Grace, I kind of glanced over the fact Friends had their fare share. Truth is, they had a little more than that! While Friends never hit the crazy levels of Will & Grace’s celebrity appearances there were more than enough so I could do a list for that show also.
Ah, nostalgia. I once talked about how much I loved TV Guide, but that wasn’t the only magazine I regularly enjoyed as a kid. Do they still have these in the day of iPad’s and kindel’s? It’s to bad if they don’t because they were a lot of fun. I am of course talking about magazines based on the popular TV, movies, and cartoons that were on. These weren’t usually that remarkable, they would have puzzles and games with the occasional story or comic regarding the product they were advertising for. Because let’s be honest, that’s what these were. Advertisements.
Ever go to a movie and you think it’s going to be a certain type, and then somewhere in the middle of the film takes a sharp turn into something else? This is something which is more common than I realized, it happens a lot! For instance awhile back I talked about “Good Morning,Vietnam” before as being like that. Uh yeah, a comedy romp it is not! Another one I’ve talked before about is the Adam Sandler film “Click!”. It begins as a typical Sander comedy with low brow humor and all. Then suddenly it takes a left turn into a dark and somber drama. The tone shift in this is just unreal!
From what I can see there a lot of these but here are five examples that I saw. And much like with Click! the tonal shift was so jarring it almost gave me whiplash!
Show of hands, who saw this horrible movie in the 80’s? I did sad to day. I love Diane Keaton, and she was fine in this, but the movie is just awful. The worst thing is how it changes course half way thru. This is a story about an uptight business woman who suddenly has to care for a baby. And hi jinks ensues. The usual cliche’s, she doesn’t like the baby but she grows attached yada yadda yadda. Problem is about half way through, that whole premise gets abandoned and it becomes about her quitting her job and retiring to the country where she makes her own baby food. Huh? When I saw this I was confused as hell!
By the was another baby movie, “Three Men and a Baby”, has a similar problem. It went back and forth between a plot about three bachelors caring for a baby to another plot about cocaine dealers. Really!
Welcome back to Underrated Trek, where I take a special look at Star Trek episodes that I love…which may not be the most popular or even liked by most.I’ve done a few of these now for Voyager but have yet to really talk about Seven of Nine. I did a couple she was in but was hardly featured. She shook up the show and, in my opinion, made it interesting. Here’s an example with an episode that she rocks in. This is :
A few months ago I talked about how some of the props from the original Trek series seem kind of lame today. As far as The Next Generation, they served a little better. Oh sure some of the stuff is dated but not laughably so. The effects on the other hand, not so much. Oh sure some episodes the effect worked fine, more than fine, but other effects either due to financial concerns or just lacking time and resources, were weak and seem silly today. For instance, the awful episode “Manhunt” featured an alien race called the Antedian’s who, well, look like this….
It seems like such a simple concept, take a cartoon and make it live action. All you have to do is have actual actors and viola, no problem! Right? Well it sure doesn’t seem to work out that way most of the time. I mean some get it, like Transformers. Yeah those movies are from perfect but the give what they promise. And I don’t think G.I.Joe was THAT bad. When I watched the first Alvin and the Chipmunks it felt like Alvin and the Chipmunks. And then there’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and while thet may vary in quality none of them are truly awful. Read more
I’ve talked before about how sitcoms have universal occupations that it seems like every show has at least one character who fills it. While Mike Brady as an architect was unique, how many teachers have there been in sitcoms? Or nurses? Or lawyers? But by far one of the most common careers we seen on these shows is the actor wannabe. You know, someone who has decided he would be the best actor in the world even though they have no talent or training. Then we spend a large majority of the series laughing at their exploits. For instance on “Coach”, Hayden’s daughter tried to become an actress (subconsciously trying to get Hayden’s attention) but was so awful she ended up giving up and going into advertising in New York.
As I was discussing He-Man the other day it made think of all the cartoon franchises from the 80’s that are still around. TMNT, My Little Pony, Transformers, and even JEM and G.I.Joe are still kicking ass with lousy movies. He-Man and Thundercats are even still around, though these days mostly in comic books.
Yes I’m stealing this idea from Tamara Chambers, but hey a good idea is a good idea. I wasn’t planning on making this a series but figured I’d give it a try. So anyway…
The other day I talked about movies I have on my must see list. I figured it was time to watch them, and what the heck share my thoughts very briefly. Tonight I broke down and watched “Inside Out”. It seems like a film right my alley and I can’t believe I haven’t seen it. I watched it tonight and……….
Welcome back to Underrated Trek, where I take a special look at Star Trek episodes that I love…which may not be the most popular or even liked by most. Voyager is one of those shows which I will admit is far from perfect. But every once in awhile it manages an episode I just can’t help but love. I already talked about one in “Scientific Method”. Here is another. The premise isn’t that crazy but it’s raised by some bad ass moments. But does that technically mean it’s a good episode?
We all have those movies we never saw, and always wanted to. No matter how much we love movies, there’s always some we miss. Heck Tamara Chambers does a whole web series on the great movies she never saw. Even Disney movies fit that criteria, as hard as it may be to believe. There are Disney movies you’d swear the whole world must have seen at least once. I haven’t, yet.
Here are some examples :
Would you believe I never watched this? A few years ago Doug Walker commented he never saw it because everyone ruined the ending. And…yeah I get that. There’s no impulse to see a movie where the ending is so memorable that it’s damn iconic. I mean, everyone has parodied it! But that’s also not fair since it probably is a good movie. It can’t be popular years later just because of the sad as hall ending. It’s a nice family movie about an awesome dog. And the dog is a normal dog, he doesn’t talk or anything. How rare is that?
So since I teased it last time, let’s discuss crossover’s. There are actually quite a few of them, some involving a guest reviewer on NC and others where NC would appear on someone else’s show. Crossover’s can be hit or miss, especially the one’s where Doug Walker did not do the primary writing. It feels like it was written by someone else. Course there were a slew of them before the NC “retired” and most of those weren’t very good.
Hello my friends this is not a gag or a joke, I am really pissed off. You see for awhile I used photobucket as a way to post pics on here. I don’t remember why initially (this may go back to webs did we have ways to post pics on there?). This stopped when I realized how awesome the media center on the site is, but for awhile I linked from Photobucket. Especially with the articles that had larger photo amounts to not overwhelm this site. My point? Photobucket went ahead and changed their terms of service, now they are a pay site and even worst any 3rd party hosting would require you to purchase the top tier plan. How much is that? Only $400!!!! (a year) Can you imagine my shock when I checked out an old blog and where the pictures should be there were error messages? The pics are all gone for the most part. The good news is that I never use that for anything personal, just blogs. So the pics are easily replaced if I so choose. The bad news is that this was on many blogs and some as I noted were picture heavy. The really bad news is that while I have been working to fix some of them on my blogspot, I just don’t think I have the time to fix the stuff on here. Which means some of my coolest stuff on here is effectively spoiled, which really sucks because that’s basically time tossed away so the article doesn’t look as good as it did. Yeah I know that it’s not the end of the world and it’s just a hobby not a profession, but that’s hours wasted (not to mention the time I have spend fixing what I have fixed) and if someone looks at a blog now it looks awful. All because this stupid photo hosting site decided to be greedy and not give a crap. I stopped using them awhile back and so you’d have to go back a ways to see what I mean. From now on I will only post pics from this site, and I have effectively deleted that damn account forever.
This went on longer than I thought it would, sorry about that and I apologize to ME for all the sloppy looking blogs on “80’s and 90’s Central” now. It’s not spam I promise. If I can fix them I will try but there are a lot and I am not sure how much I can fix in one day (especially with the rules in place, can I edit old articles as much as I want?). Thanks for reading and hopefully this wont be an issue ever again.
so expect to see a lot of these in my old stuff…..
Photobucket, you suck