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October 5, 2017

Episode 80 - U is for UHF!

We've made it to the letter U, and after toying with the idea of covering everybody's favourite pre-mix cans, UDL's, we instead look at the 1989 "Weird Al" Yankovic feature film, "UHF".

Both Mitch and Joe were big fans of this as youngsters, so was a lot of fun re-watching it and letting the memories roll back in.

 

 

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With the end of the A to Z getting nearer, this episode is the letter T so we look at a favourite from our youth, Transformers.

We concentrate mainly on G1 stuff, with a rundown of the toys we had as kids, the original TV series and the animated movie, plus we talk comics, video games and what they got right and what they got wrong in the new movie franchise.

 

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We’ve made it to the letter S, so this episode we look at one of the most loved TV tropes, the Spin-Off.

We talk a little about the definition of a Spin-Off, some notable Spin-Offs in TV history, and then we concentrate on one of our favourites, “Happy Days”, which in itself is actually a Spin-Off, plus the multitude of shows that where spin-offs for it.

 

 

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We’re up to the letter R this episode, so we look at one of our favourite actors. No, not Ryan, but Burt Reynolds.

We both loved his films when we were younger, so we picked three of his classics in the 1972 survival adventure “Deliverance”, driving the iconic black Trans-Am in “Smokey & The Bandit” and teaming up with an all-star cast for the cross country road race of “The Cannonball Run”.

We do go pretty spoiler heavy on these films, but hey, if you haven’t seen them by now, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself!

 

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This epsiode we look at the letter Q and the lesser known Marvel hero, Quasar.

 

Seeing as Joe knew next to nothing on this topic, we bring in expert help in the form of Scott to help Mitch gush over one of his favourite comic characters.

 

We look at the origins of Quasar, some of the better story arcs and have a bit of a general chat about the current state of comics, and what got us into them back in the day.

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This episode we take advantage of our new recording set-up and have special guest, Scott, join us via Skype to cover the letter P and the 1967 cult classic, “The Prisoner” co-created and starring Patrick McGoohan.

It’s the story of a secret agent who is abducted and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal resort called The Village, re-named Number 6 and constantly drilled by his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.

There are a couple of audio issues with this ep, seeing as we’ve never tried a Skype guest before, but please bear with us, as Scott’s knowledge and passion for “The Prisoner” well out-ways the bleeps and bloops.

 

 

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As the A to Z of Massive Attack continues, we also continue with our look at dystopian futures now past with the 1971 sci-fi movie “The Omega Man”.

Based on the Richard Matheson novel “I Am Legend” that was also the inspiration for the 2007 Will Smith movie under the same name, Charlton Heston stars as the supposed  last man on Earth battling a horde of mutated vampires in a post- apocalyptic Los Angeles.

We do a pretty thorough re-telling of the plot, so spoiler alert if you haven’t seen this nearly 46 year old film, and we also look at the similarities and differences to the Will Smith version, plus some of the other works inspired by the original concept.

 

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It's time for us to get a bit cultured, so this ep for the letter N we look at a book. Well, moreso a movie that was based on a book, but it's the thought that counts, as we look at the George Orwell tale of dystopian futures with the novel "Nineteen Eighty Four" and the version of the movie released in 1984 with John Hurt in the Winston Smith role.

 

We also look at the predictions of the future Orwell got right, and some of the later works influenced by this classic. Plus it gives us a chance to finally use The Eurythmics song "Sexcrime 1984" as our end song.

 

 

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It’s back to the 80’s again this episode, and possibly one of the best TV theme songs ever, when we look at the letter M for MASK.

We look back fondly at the cartoon series from 1985, the line of toys by Kenner, and the recent re-boot in comic form, and once again there are a couple of confessions from one of the hosts.

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It’s the letter L this time around, so we look at something that has been a part of both our lives from childhood all the way up until now, the iconic toy brick from Denmark, Lego.

We cover the history of the Lego company, how they evolved from making plastic bricks to putting their name on video games, TV shows and movies, and even have a couple of confessions about our adult Lego indulgences.

 

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The A to Z continues on, and this time around it’s the letter K and the totally cheesy TV series, “Knight Rider”. 

We look back at the original run from the 80’s that was famous for it’s talking car, awesome theme song and the bad acting of David Hasselhoff, and then jump ahead to the later versions, including the telemovies “Knight Rider 2000” and “Knight Rider 2010”, the 90’s “Team Knight Rider” and the 2008 re-boot

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The A to Z of Massive Attack rolls on, and this episode we look at the letter J and go back to everyone’s favourite animated girl group, Josie and the Pussycats.

We look at their origins in the “Archie” comics of the 60’s, the cartoon series from the early 70’s and it’s outer space spin-off , the 2001 feature that was a box office bomb, and their brief return to the small screen in the new series, “Riverdale”.

Mitch also goes on a little tangent about “Archie” in general too.

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