Got a couple extra episode this time around as we finish up the first season.
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. Sometimes an episode is delayed, causing another episode to be rushed to fill the slot. What we end up with is a less then stellar episode that is more a miss than a hit. This is:
Back in October I talked about how I was returning Analytical Episode Guide after the first of the year. Well, we’re a week into January so here we go! I explained the focus but in case you missed that article, for the next several months I will be looking over:
So, why this show? I could say that it was because it isn’t that old and I think is more familiar than other stuff. But the real reason is because this show fascinates me! It isn’t that remarkable, and yet got critical praise and tons of awards when it was on. I should hate it, these characters are awful, and yet I love the show. Why? I have talked about how much I hate Debra, but a lot of women I know roll their eyes at Ray and call him an idiot. Which he is. I think this show is popular because we recognize these characters, whether we want to admit or not, and these situations. I have a lot to say about this and despite attempts in other articles I still have never covered the series as well as I’d like. Here I intend to discuss less on story and more character analysis. In most cases, the stories aren’t really that remarkable. Oh sure they’re well written but still. It’s these characters that interest me. Why is Marie so bossy? Why is Frank so angry? Is Robert really second banana or does he just like playing the victim? Is Debra really a witch, or is she entitled to be moody living with an idiot like Ray? Why is Ray so damn horny?? Read more
Happy 2017!! And don’t worry my friends I promise while the Trek articles will continue they will not be as many as I did last year. 🙂 So as we enter a new year I thought it would be fun to rate the pilot episodes of each Trek series, which holds up the best? And I am not including The Cage, yeah that was the very first Star Trek pilot but it also didn’t sell the series. I am also not counting the animated series because, well, why would I?
I’m not the first to put this out there but for whatever reason we lost a lot of good people this year. This may have been one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Go through a full list you wont believe it, especially in the world of music. But since my foray is classic TV I wanted to focus o that area. Because we lost a lot of great talent who kind of got forgotten by the larger names out there.
I’ve talked a lot about Christmas in TV, movies, and even in books. The one area I have apparently ignored are comic books. And that’s a huge oversight on my part. Comic books are great at Christmas time, with some really memorable stories out there. Christmas has been appearing in comic books almost since the start of the medium! Not only in single issues of ongoing series but also one shot specials, either featuring one character or anthology comics with stories involving several characters. Some of these specials are reprints, others brand new material.
Earlier this year I talked a lot about ear worms. You know, when a song gets stuck in your head no matter how annoying it is or how hard you try to get rid of it? Of course Christmas can be guilty of these. And why not the way some songs are relentlessly played on the radio over and over and over again!
Home Alone came around in 1990 and was an enormous hit. It was a smash and became one of the most successful comedies of all time. It’s also a pretty decent Christmas movie, with plenty of Christmas music and colors in the movie. I didn’t take to it right away but these days it’s a much watch every holiday season. However, while I do enjoy the movie there is still some things in the film that leave me scratching my head. Here are five things I hate in Home Alone.
When I was a kid it always fascinated me when I’d see an re-run of an early episode of a well established series, and some actor who I was used to appearing in the opening credits was missing. Instead stuck in the closing credits under “co-starring” or “also starring”, or even “special guest star”. Why do TV shows do this with characters who are meant to stick around? Unless they dont want to pay the actor? And I always hated that term “co-star”, it felt like it was saying yeah they’re in this but they’re sure not the main star!
Back at Halloween I talked about how very often a Halloween episode will have little to noting to do about the actual holiday. The holiday becomes a small B story, if that! Sometimes it’s just decorations in the background. Of course, this also happens with Christmas episodes. Usually Christmas episodes are fantastic, but once in awhile we get one that has almost nothing to do with the actual holiday. So little at times you almost have to wonder, why’d they even bother?
It’s easy to have an animated animal in a commercial, having a real live dog appear is a little hardly. Sure having a dog appear in your commercial seems to be a very popular idea since dogs are cute and trainable. Except for Morris you don’t see many big time cat icons because cats pretty much just, lie there (which is why established characters like Garfield are often used). But it still takes a special something for the mascot to become popular. Even harder when they appear in ads for things other than dog food, though the chuck wagon dog is funny. Sometimes these ads are so popular and the characters do so well liked that they are merchandised and become as popular as any celebrity.
Three years in a row now I have celebrated Thanksgiving with a special review of a Thanksgiving episode or episodes. After doing The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and Frasier (and with my look at Everybody Loves Raymond coming next year) the last few years, the next logical choice was an easy one.
Alright folks I think we all need a little cheering up. So even though we’re a week from Thanksgiving, here is a Christmas article to put a smile on your faces. Enjoy!
Back in July I talked about how a lot of movies will have a Christmas scene or two in them even though there is nothing at all Christmassy in the movie. But the funny thing, some of these scenes are wonderful Christmas scenes!