01st Aug2005

Did You Know They Reuse Sets In Hollywood?

by Will

“You gotta have blue hair!”

So, here’s an interesting bit of old school TV trivia that surprised even me:

The main living room set on “What’s Happening?!!” is the same exact set from “Sanford & Son”, without all the junk.

This reminds me of other times when shows shared sets. Let’s take a trip through the 90’s…

-The first episode of “Living Single” was in the “Family Matters” house.

-The first episode of “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” was in the “Growing Pains” house.

-The high school hallway/staircase used in “Saved by the Bell” were also used in “The Wonder Years” and “Power Rangers”.

-The dorm suite in “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” is the same suite used by the kids on “USA High”

-Actually, ALL Peter Engel shows recycle sets AND actors. TNBC was one big free for all. Watch any of them, and you’ll find yourself saying, “Hey, isn’t that Tony Wicks from ‘California Dreams’ standing in the middle of the ‘SBTB:TCY’ dorm room with that chick from ‘Malibu, CA’?” Trust me, if you’ve ever seen the second season of “USA High”, you know exactly what i’m talking about. Wow, I think I just referenced the most obscure shows in the Peter Engel teen dynasty. Half of the ones I mentioned didn’t last longer than 2 seasons…

Yup, I know I’m impressive….you scared yet? 😛

08th Jun2005

“Ranger” Really Isn’t That Cool-Sounding…

by Will

You know, it took me 12 yrs, but last night, it finally hit me: “Power Rangers”?!!

I mean, what the Hell is a “ranger”? Yeah, you’ve got park rangers and all, but find me one person who thinks they’re cool (Hanna-Barbera employees excluded)! How are you gonna market “rangers as coolness” to kids?

“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”? How did something so unnecessarily convaluted become a household name?

Everyone knows that cops are where it’s at. Especially badass cops!

“Quick-Change Power Cops” has a MUCH better ring to it!

I can hear the kids in the schoolyards now:

Kid #1:”Hey, did you see QCPC yesterday?!! Those cops are badass!”

Kid #2:”Word, Kid #1! Hey, isn’t that Michael Jackson behind those bushes?”

Someone, please tell me why I’m not working in advertising…

31st Oct2004

2004 Battle for Halloween Supremacy

by Will

*Cue Bombastic Synth Music*

Will: And Welcome to the 2004 Battle for Halloween Supremacy! Here we are at the half, and this yr’s top contenders are Spider-Man and the Power Rangers.

Liam: That’s right, Will. It’s been a banner yr for the wall-crawler. He’s had a blockbuster sequel, along with the introduction of organic web-shooters in the comics. There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Spidey this yr, and the kids are showing their support through their costumes!

Will: So true, so true, Liam…But there are rumors of cheating going on in the Spider-Man camp. One must remember that a red ski mask does not a Spider-Man costume make! Also, the Power Rangers are entering their 11th yr as the #1 selling toy franchise amongst American boys, and they don’t show any signs of losing steam! We’ve seen representation from several recent incarnations of the Rangers, from Wild Force, Ninja Storm, and Dino Thunder. When it comes to a packed roster, the Rangers definitely have the advantage!

Liam: With that in mind, there’s also a third contender that’s been gaining a lot of attention recently. That’s right, Batman’s making a strong showing this yr, moreso than in the past five Halloween’s.

Will: That’s a great point, Liam. The Caped Crusader has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to the debut of “The Batman”, a new cartoon on Kids WB. It’s a hit amongst the kids, and it shows by the amount of Bat ears in the crowd. While Bats didn’t make the finals this yr, 2005 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bat. With a new movie on the horizon, there are strong predictions that Batman will be a top contender in this match-up next Halloween!

Liam: There are also a couple of notes from this yr’s match-up that were surprising. First up, contrary to predictions, there was a lack of Superman representation. It was believed that the passing of Christopher Reeve would inspire a tribute amongst the youngsters, but I guess it just goes to show that he was their Daddy’s Superman. If something had happened to Tom Welling, it would have been an entirely different ballgame. It just goes to show the generation gap at play.

Will: Speaking of generation gaps, we’ve gotta give honorable mention to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While believed to have been part of the 80’s nostalgia hype, the Turtles have done a great job this season introducing their brand of pizza-eating, ninja justice to a new generation. While their post-season showing was nothing compared to Spidey or the Rangers, we’ve gotta give ’em credit for trying. As you can see by the crowd, there are a lot of folks out there who haven’t forgotten the meaning of “Turtle Power!”

Liam: (laughing) “Turtle Power”, indeed! Well, it’s anybody’s game at this point. Spidey’s played a fierce game, and there’s been no escaping him this night. But there seems to be a Ranger lurking aroun every corner. This brings up the difference in playing styles. While Spidey’s a wise-cracker, the Rangers tend to take the silent approach, except when Zords are in play. Since this one’s for the title, there are no Zords allowed, causing the Rangers to rethink their gaming strategy.

Will: It’s too close to call right now, but it’s definitely gonna be a long night. The judges are gonna have to work long into the night to come up with a ruling. It’s just too close, but it’s certainly one for the record books. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a call for a recount when all is said & done. In my 18 months of web journalism, I’ve never seen a match-up with such intensity.

Liam: I concur, Will…I concur.

Will: Well, that’s all we have for now. Join us for the wrap-up after the game!

*Cue Bombastic Synth Music*

04th Sep2004

Shaolin Soccer Is My Homeboy

by Will

My new favorite movie (yes, I realize I have a new fave movie every week these days) is “Shaolin Soccer”. At first, I thought this thing was crap. I didn’t really get it, and I thought it would be a little more…dramatic.

But come on, how can you make a dramatic movie about a bunch of former kung fu students who form a soccer team? I mean, this has “Jamaican Bobsled Team” written all over it!

After watching this thing more than 3 times over the past week, it has joined the ranks of “Office Space”. Yes, folks. I said it. I put “Shaolin Soccer” in the same league as “Office Space”. May the gods of comedy strike me down where I sit.

OK, the plot of the movie follows: Sing is a Kung Fu master who has studied the Super Kick of his hero, Bruce Lee. Sing sees Kung Fu all around him, and he feels that humanity would be better served if everyone could embrace Kung Fu in their lives and see how it is simply everywhere.

Sing struggles to find a way to spread the gospel of Kung Fu to the masses, and stumbles upon Iron Leg, a former soccer great who is now crippled and working as a servant for the nefarious coach of Team Evil, who is also the one who crippled him yrs ago. Desparate to make his mark on the world of soccer once again, Iron Leg is astounded when he witnesses Sing’s awesome kick.

Sing becomes convinced that soccer is a good vehicle to get Kung Fu out to the masses, and he and Iron Leg set out to recruit his now-out-of-shape Kung Fu brothers. Hilarity ensues…

The special effects can be kinda “Matrix-y” at times, which most people seem to love. I think my only gripe is the fact that the ball is SO obviously CG at times. I mean, some of that stuff can’t be done with a soccer ball, and I guess I should be thankful that there’s technology that can get the job done. Also, some of the effects are very “Power Rangers” in caliber. Don’t get me wrong, PR effects have improved by leaps and bounds over the years, so we’re talking more PR: Wild Force than we are MMPR.

Anyway, go out and rent this movie. It’s definitely got an absurd bent that I do so love. I guess it’d be more fitting for me to put it in the same category as “Napoleon Dynamite”, but I figured I needed to name a movie everybody loved, like “Office Space” to convice you to check it out. So check out “Shaolin Soccer” now, bitch!

17th Jul2004

Marvel vs Disney

by Will

I’m beginning to think Marvel Enterprises LOVES the courtroom. They’re involved in so much litigation, I’m surprised they haven’t tried to make a comic/movie franchise out of their trials. First, Marvel sues Sony. Then, Stan Lee sues Marvel. Now, the big one….

Marvel vs. Disney!

This is like “Allah vs. God”. There’s no real winner here, since they’re both guilty of similar transgressions, and they both seem poised for world domination. Although, Disney never seems to lose these kinds of affairs.

Apparently, when Disney bought ABC Family from Fox and Haim Saban, Marvel got screwed over since Disney got to continue to show Marvel programming, such as the Spider-Man , X-Men & Hulk cartoons. At the same time, Disney got tons of mileage out of these shows, while preferring to promote shit like Beyblade; basically Disney only promoted Disney shows. Well, Marvel wants it’s cut. And, frankly, they deserve it. But I don’t know if Disney’s gonna see it that way. Meanwhile, Haim Saban’s wiping his ass with twenties, still wondering how such a whacked-out concept like “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (I still love you, baby!) made him a billionaire…

03rd Dec2003

Greatest Ranger of All Time

by Will

Well, I’m certainly happier than a pig in shit! Jason David Frank is coming back to PR. If you know me, you’ll know what that means!!! 🙂 After 11 years, he’s finally coming back…then again, he ALWAYS comes back.

22nd Nov2003

And Now, A Message From The Power Rangers

by Will

To this day, I still say that the meanest thing I’ve ever heard was on a “Message from the Power Rangers” public service announcement from about 10 years ago. it was about how kids should be nice and considerate to others. Of course, they had to have an example of a bad kid, but this guy was a Grade A motherfucker.

He comes into the Juice bar, and addresses the owner of the establishment. “Hey, Ernie, I used to have a shirt like that…until my father got a job!” That statement was wrong on SO many levels. Keep in mind, Ernie was a grown man and looked like he was about to cry. These were tears from a place long forgotten, unearthed by this little bastards desire to be big shit.

Over the years, I’ve reflected upon this exchange, and the sadness in my heart only grows upon each reflection.

“…until my father got a job”. Man, that’s fucked up.

28th Aug2003

10 Years of Power Rangers

by Will

10 years ago today, August 28, 1993, “Day of the Dumpster” first aired on American television. Little did we realize that it would spawn the Power Ranger empire that still reigns today. I have been watching this show for 10 years?!!! Not only do I feel like a tool, but I feel like an OLD tool 🙁