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Highlander - Movie Series
In defense of Highlander 2, the film was beset with budgetary difficulties which stemmed from runaway inflation in Argentina (the filming location) while the movie was being made. Creative control over the movie ended up passing to the bonding company, which did a hasty slap-together job that became the original theatrical version, which director Russell Mulcahy disliked in the extreme (and that's STILL putting it mildly). Mulcahy eventually released a Director's Cut DVD (subtitled "The Renegade Version") which was miles better, in no small part because the BS plotline about Planet Zeist was excised. The Renegade Version DVD also includes a featurette where Mulcahy provides a more detailed explanation for why the theatrical version was such a turkey. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 24, 2014, 11:49 pm

Walking Dead, The - TV Shows
The show gets ripped on for having unlikeable characters, but IMO it adds realism ... well, as much realism as you can have in a zombie-apocalypse setting. Who says only NICE people get to live through the end of the world? To the contrary, it's quite realistic that jerks and assholes survive the apocalypse, too. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 4, 2014, 10:48 pm

Capital One - Random Topics
The Viking/Barbarian ad campaign has run its course and is no longer funny, just tedious. (Management note: Comment originally submitted by BrewMaster on 26 May 2012. Re-added following merger of duplicate "Capital One" topics.) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 4, 2014, 10:34 pm

Justin Bieber - Celebrities
Not that it's a BTF moment, but did anyone else notice that Bieber was a dead ringer for Miley Cyrus in his mugshot? Creepy ... -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 26, 2014, 12:12 am

Son of the Beach - TV Shows
Still rocks when you put it into perspective. At first glance, the show comes off like a bubble-headed juvenile trash-TV comedy. Juvenile comedy did abound on the show, but what it was REALLY doing was parodying just about everything else on the air at the time -- most obviously, Baywatch and Survivor -- and it did that quite well. Son of the Beach did what it set out to do, and never really had a BTF moment, so by that standard it still rocks. In the interest of full disclosure, this show doesn't even make the top 100 list of DVD boxsets I'd want to buy, but I do have to give it due credit for achieving the goal it set for itself. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 4, 2013, 8:29 am

Oregon Trail, The - Random Topics
I remember playing this game in junior high in the late 70s/early 80s ... You had to sign up for time on the school library's computer terminal (connected to a mainframe), convince the librarian and/or teacher that you really were caught up on all your work and had time to play games, play the game on the terminal's hard-copy dot-matrix printer interface, and then hope you could finish before your time was up. Cool game, and still rocks for the nostalgia value alone. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on October 23, 2013, 8:27 am

Good Christian Belles (GCB) - TV Shows
SFTS; too much like real life. Back in my churchgoing days, I knew too many women like this (Chenoweth's character in particular) for this show to be of any entertainment value. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 16, 2013, 3:42 pm

Al Sharpton - Celebrities
Similar to JoeBagOfDonuts' assessment, I tend to refer to Mr. Sharpton as "The Irreverent Al Sharpie". For a while in the 90s, when Sharpton was calling for boycotts seemingly at the drop of a hat, I would go out of my way to support whatever product or organization was his "bug-up-the-@$$-of-the-week". -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 29, 2013, 8:51 pm

Mork & Mindy - TV Shows
Even as a tween/teen watching the show when it originally aired, I thought it went downhill fast with the multi-episode story arc of Mork and Mindy's wedding and subsequent honeymoon on Ork. jmac9909's and elainewood's comments are right on -- viewing Mork & Mindy 30-odd years later is a perfect demonstration of how our concept of humor evolves (or SHOULD evolve) as we grow up. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 16, 2013, 7:53 am

Pauly Shore - Celebrities
Pauly Shore was in the Goofy movies? Interesting ... I may have to revise my assessment of him up a notch ... but ONLY a notch. :-) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 16, 2013, 7:41 am

Pauly Shore - Celebrities
Encino Man is quite watchable **in spite of** Pauly Shore. Brendan Fraser (in the title role) really carries the movie. Shore's character isn't all that likeable. Through the 2000s/2010s pop-culture lens, he comes off as a cross between an 80s valley-guy airhead and a modern-day metrosexual ... in other words, think of what the end result would be if Jeff Spicoli and Rajesh Koothrappali raised a child together. Anyway, Encino Man was the first thing I saw Pauly Shore in, and ever since then, I've never been much impressed with him. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 16, 2013, 7:39 am

Josie and the Pussycats - TV Shows
Archies knock-off and Day 1 BTF. Also, in retrospect, you gotta wonder about those outfits ... was there some fetishism amongst the show's creators? If someone floats idea of women prancing around a stage wearing cat costumes, Saturday morning cartoons is NOT the venue that comes to mind! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 29, 2013, 9:39 am

Brady Kids - TV Shows
For me, this show was an obvious Day 1 BTF, because 1) the BTF point for the original live-action show was when the kids started their singing group and 2) in the cartoon, the kids sang ALL the time. I think each episode ended with one of their songs, and their might have been one or two in the course of the episode. I didn't see that much of the show as a kid, but I distinctly remember some of those songs severely getting on my nerves. In retrospect, it's clear that this show was a cheap Archies knock-off and a hook-line-and-sinker buy-in to the 1970s paradigm that every cartoon teenager (or almost-teenager) who was a lead character had to be in a rock band. Similar to Las Vegas, what happens in the 70s, by and large needs to stay in the 70s. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 29, 2013, 9:33 am

Brady Bunch, The - TV Shows
I never saw any of the episodes with Cousin Oliver. Or if I did, I've forgotten about them -- for which, if that's actually the case, from everything I've heard I should count myself fortunate. Anyway, after having my memory jogged by seeing some reruns on classic TV channels, for me the show went BTF when the kids started up their singing group and it seemed like they were singing at the drop of a hat. I wouldn't go so far as to say they couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, but it did need to be a fairly small tune and a pretty big bucket. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 29, 2013, 9:23 am

Grammy Awards - Random Topics
@JayD: It seems that for the last few decades, every generation of music has at least one song that is completely bubbleheaded, yet inexplicably popular. For example, from the 60s, the song "Reach out of the Darkness", better known by its often-repeated lyric "So Groovy Now". Right now it's "Call Me Maybe"'s turn, but soon enough it'll fade off the pop-culture radar and be replaced by something else. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2013, 7:25 am

Target - Random Topics
Target's musical commericals keep their advertising interesting, but sometimes they miss the mark. For example, a few years ago they had an ad with the theme (and prominent lyrics) of "gotta get it right now". The ad was done in a punk-rock style, and the singer sounded like she was either half asleep or experiencing some severe gastroinstestinal distress when she recorded her part. This year, we've got "Ula Ula", with some other lyrics that sound like they're in Spanish, all over the advertising landscape, and ... what the hell is up with that? What are the lyrics supposed to mean, and who the hell's idea was it to make an ad out of that. All I know for sure is that "Ula Ula" is NOT Spanish for "I was smoking something really weird when I wrote this", since I do know how to say that in Spanish. Anyway, that song's enough to make me think several times before spending any time at a Target this summer, just on the off-chance that whatever drugs the songwriter and ad people must be on are also being aerosol-released into the stores. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 24, 2013, 7:06 am

Food Network - Random Topics
@JayD: I don't understand your comment. It sounds like you have a negative opinion of Paula Dean, yet when the Food Netwwork cans her that's an indication of the Food Network going BTF? I'm not saying that's an impossible position to take, but it seems so self-contradictory that it needs more explanation. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 24, 2013, 6:49 am

Onions - Random Topics
Random comments on a random topic: 1) Washington's state vegetable is the Walla Walla Sweet onion. 2) Onions on pizza are great. The trip through the oven takes just enough of the bite out that they don't taste bitter, but leaves enough in that the onions still contribute flavor as well as texture to the pizza. 3) Onion rings are a roll of the dice. Some places are better than others at making them. Surprisingly, Jack in the Box has pretty good onion rings. 4) Onions and hamburgers are another winning combination, but it depends on the onion. Wendy's, for example, has onions that are strong enough not only to walk, but also to chase you down and beat you up. If the onions even touch the sandwich, it's ruined as far as I'm concerned. Worse, some Wendy's restaurants seem to have a collective inability to comprehend the phrase "no onions". At those places, the only way they consistently get it right is if you say "food allergy" as well as "no onions". -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 20, 2013, 8:44 am

Major League - Movie Series
As others (including myself) have already posted, Major League 2 had a multitude of problems. The thing that stuck out like a sore thumb, though, was Wesley Snipes' being replaced in the role of Willie Mays Hayes by Omar Epps. It wasn't that Epps was horrible -- he was actually pretty good -- but that he just didn't bring quite the same flair to the role that Snipes did. As far as I'm concerned, we had Hayes in the first movie and "fake Hayes" in the second. It wouldn't have made that much difference in the overall quality of the movie, but they would have been better off writing Hayes out of the movie and putting Epps in as a totally new character. In real life, of course, the reason Snipes didn't return for the second movie was because he'd gotten his acting career established on his own, and ML2 had an obvious reference to that by depicting Hayes as having starred in an action movie during the off-season. But since Snipes was gone, Hayes should have been gone as well. That wouldn't have turned ML2 into high art, as it had plenty of other problems, but at least it wouldn't have been **as much** of a fish-fest. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 14, 2013, 8:30 am

Star Trek: The Animated Series - TV Shows
@ParkerTillman: The name of the three-armed alien crewmember was Arex. He was treated as a full-fledged member of the crew from the get-go, which is why the show was never in danger of boning by the "New Kid on the Block" reason. Arex (as well as the felinoid female crewmember, M'Ress) was an example of the show's creators taking advantage of their medium to incorporate less-human-appearing aliens into the cast of characters: It's a lot cheaper to animate an alien than to spring for makeup/costuming/FX to make him/her/it appear on a live-action screen. Arex was also the butt of a sly in-joke (but in a nice way) in the Star Trek Log series of books, i.e., the Alan Dean Foster novelizations of the animated episodes. You remember all those scenes in the original series where some outside force would shake the daylights out of the Enterprise and knock everyone out of their chairs? And we the viewers wondered, "Why the hell don't they have seat belts?" In the A.D.F. novelizations, there was a repeated motif where, as usual, some outside force would start shaking things up. Unlike TOS, though, ONE crewmember would stay in his seat: Arex, reaping the benefits of having an extra arm. It struck me as being a little funny, as well as a mild dig at the TOS writers. Anyway, Arex was the guy's name, and he was NOT a BTF character. TAS still rocks, and A.D.F.'s novelizations are pretty good, too. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 10, 2013, 8:29 am

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