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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

Survivorman - TV Shows
@jimdcarter: Since you've never watched the show, you're not in a very good position to dish on it. I won't dispute your point that reality TV shows in general have either gone BTF or are pretty close. I hardly watch any reality TV, so I'm not in a good position to argue with that point, and since I don't care much for reality TV in general, I'm not very inclined to argue with that point, anyway. But I have seen all the episodes of Survivorman, and where this show is concerned I'll dig my heels in and say that you're totally wrong. It kept its premise very simple: There is a situation and we see how the host deals with it. The basic premises of most other reality shows, however, rely on some kind of gimmick or con, which IMO places them on shaky ground from the start. (For that reason, the original Apprentice is one of the very few reality shows I've actually liked.) Anyway, Survivorman kept it simple, didn't stray from its premise, and also closed up shop before it had a chance to bone. Yes, Les Stroud's reason for quitting was the extreme physical demands of doing the show, but by a happy coincidence the timing also ensured the show would never bone. Still rocks in reruns!! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 29, 2013, 7:27 am

Bert is Evil - Websites
Bert is evil 'cause he's got that perpetual scowl on his face. And also because he's the wet-blanket pissing-in-the-cornflakes sourpuss counteragent to Ernie's fun-loving nature. As for Elmo, he's loopier than a truckload of Froot Loops cereal, but he's not evil. One could well speculate what drugs he might be on, though. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 26, 2013, 1:20 am

Diff'rent Strokes - TV Shows
The show boned for me when I saw how the cast members' personal lives went off the rails after the original broadcast run. Like Chubby said, when you know what's going to happen to these people in real life, it makes the show pretty much unwatchable. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 26, 2013, 1:04 am

Flo (Progressive Insurance) - Random Topics
Flo's constant perkiness can be annoying, and I could certainly understand someone choosing that as a BTF reason for her. However, she does do her job, as an advertising character enhancing the brand awareness of what she's promoting. And in her own odd way, she's kinda hot, particularly in the ad where she's outdoors in a rainstorm. However, Flo herself (actually her actress Stephanie Courtney) would be quick to disclaim the hotness factor, as she's been quoted as saying that the GEICO gecko "puts out more sexual vibes than Flo does". -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 13, 2013, 7:31 am

Arrival - Movie Series
The first Arrival movie (starring Charlie Sheen) underperformed at the box office but has since become a cult classic. It combines the best elements of the sci-fi, mystery, drama, and even conspiracy-theory movie genres. It also far predates Sheen's "winning" trip off the rails in 2011, so it shows Sheen at his acting best. For all those reasons, the first movie is well worth watching. The sequel, however, falls short of the original in every way possible: acting, writing, characterization ... you name it, the sequel blew it, with the exception of the special effects being at least decent considering it was direct-to-video (and thus budgeted accordingly). If I recall correctly, Arrival II didn't even handle the alien story consistently with the first movie, but I have no interest whatsoever in re-watching it to double-check the details. If the idea of sci-fi seasoned with a bit of mystery appeals to you, by all means you should check out the first movie. However, ALL parties are advised to take a VERY broad pass on the sequel, unless they've got some kind of morbid interest in bad movies. I'm not sure what genre(s) the second movie was aiming for, but whatever it was, it ended up as a healthy serving of fish. For the first movie, break out the popcorn; for the second, coleslaw and lemon juice. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 8, 2013, 2:29 am

18 Kids and Counting - TV Shows
I saw a news story blurb online recently about the Duggars taking snorkling lessons. The story emphasized that the Duggars wore regular clothes instead of swimsuits into the water because they felt that the suits were immodest. I know that as far as modesty is concerned, there are different standards for public vs. private. But even so, doesn't it seem a bit odd that two people who have conceived that many children together would have modesty hang-ups regarding swimsuits? -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 8, 2013, 2:06 am

Paris Hilton - Celebrities
Just tossing a couple of thoughts into the mix ... I first heard of Paris Hilton when she made her sex tape. I was going to school at the time and one guy in my class would talk on and on about the tape every time he had a chance. Later I looked her up online and learned about her "famous for being famous" pedigree, and about the sex tape being the main thing that put her on the pop-culture radar. So apparently, when it comes down to it, Ms. Hilton's fame is based on "lady parts" (I was going to use a slang term which is synonymous with "cat", but backed down): First, by sliding out of the right set of lady parts; and second, by getting her own recorded on video. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 4, 2013, 12:48 pm

Justin Bieber - Celebrities
While I (like a lot of other people, apparently) found Bieber's comments at the Anne Frank House to be both shallow and self-serving, there is some truth to his saying that she would have been a "Belieber". Back when the Frank family went into hiding (i.e., when they moved into that house), one of the first things Anne did was put a bunch of popular music stars' photos on the wall of her room. If I recall correctly, they're still on that wall. As famous as Anne became for her diary, she was very much a typical teenager ... if Bieber had been a phenom back in the late 1930s / early 1940s, his photo probably would have gone up on her wall along with the others. Anyway, as has already been said, since the Anne Frank House said they don't have any beef with the "Belieber" comment we need to just let it go and move on. Bieber gets a pass on that comment, but he's done (and most likely will do) plenty of other stupid s**t worth ripping on him for. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on April 23, 2013, 8:34 am

Hail to the Chief - TV Shows
I think every character on the show was SUPPOSED to be a one-dimensional stereotype -- think "SOAP goes to the White House" and you've pretty much got the general idea of the show's premise. The concept only works for so long, ratings-wise, though ... between SOAP and Benson, the viewing public had already had enough of that sort of satire, so they took a pass on this one and it died a quick death. The show did have a few funny moments (such as Mansfield's late-night phone call to the Soviet premier where the topic ranged from Mansfield's nightwear to missles in Cuba), but it was a Day One BTF. To be fair, though, the blame lies as much with the pop-culture context ("satire saturation", as detailed above) as it does with the show's own shortcomings. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 4, 2012, 7:55 am

Doobie Brothers, The - Music Groups
I got to see the Doobies in concert last summer. In spite of all the personnel changes in the band, they've still got it. Still rock, without a doubt. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 23, 2012, 10:10 am

Nicole Richie - Celebrities
Granted, she was a complete train wreck for a few years, no doubt about it. That said, I do give her credit for growing up and gaining some perspective on how she ended up going off the rails. Her (adoptive) parents' divorce and custody fight when she was a child didn't help her cause any, but it looks like she's taking responsibility for her own mistakes instead of taking the easy-way "blame the parents" road. In recent years, she's even managing to carry enough weight that she looks healthy, unlike the "walking screcrow" look she used to have. I wish her luck and I hope she's learned her lesson! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 23, 2012, 10:05 am

Simple Life, The - TV Shows
Back in the "Scottish Site" days, my assessment of this waste of film was "Season 1, shark jumper; season 2, shark bait; season 3 (and, in retrospect, thereafter), chum slick." The passage of time has not changed my assessment one iota. Without a doubt, it sucked, bit, and blew -- not only from Day 1 but also from the moment some doofus decided it would be cute to put Parasite Hilton into a reality show. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 23, 2012, 9:43 am

Last Man Standing - TV Shows
Better put this show on the BTF watch list when its second season premieres in November: There will be one cast change among the main characters, two among recurring characters, and, most ominously, they're age-advancing the baby from two to five. Sound yellow alert and arm the photon fish scalers, Mr. Sulu ... -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on October 3, 2012, 2:00 pm

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
@Travoltron: I've read about half of the Zombie Simpsons blog entry, and it makes for VERY illuminating reading. To anyone who loved the show in its heyday but feels guilty about not liking it in recent years, I say read the blog and "Stop guilting yourself!", as Nelson might put it. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 17, 2012, 8:17 am

Enos - TV Shows
@stryker: Enos wasn't a BIG reason for the Dukes of Hazzard being a hit, but he was a popular minor character on the show. He had a long-standing but never-resolved attraction to Daisy which was constantly played for comic effect. And by "never-resolved", I mean that Enos was so naive that while his engine was all stoked for Daisy, when it came to actually doing anything about his attraction, the train never left the station. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 17, 2012, 8:07 am

Enos - TV Shows
I actually saw this one when it aired. I remember it as being goofy, but not THAT bad. It did develop a signature sight gag which was kinda cool: Turk would hold out his hand, plam up, for Enos to give him five, and Enos would instead put a "thumbs-up" into Turk's palm. Initially, it was because Enos didn't know how to respond, but it became the partners' trademark. In retrospect, though, the show spent its whole run milking the "fish out of water" angle of Enos being in L.A., and Enos just ended up coming off like a badly executed carbon copy of Radar O'Reilly. Since M*A*S*H was still on the air at the time, that probably didn't do a thing for the show's efforts to establish a fanbase. Even though I've got some fond memories of the show, the objective verdict is "sucked from the start". -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 17, 2012, 7:59 am

Michael J. Fox - Celebrities
@Jp: The war film you're trying to think of is "Casualties of War". It's a pretty gritty flick and established Fox as a serious actor, IMO. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 11, 2012, 7:56 am

Dragon's Lair Games - Random Topics
When Dragon's Lair came out in the mid-80s, I was in the peak of my video-game playing days, but I took a pass on it. Unless you had the sequences (and timing) of moves memorized down to the last detail, it was a total quarter eater, as others have said. Cool as the concept was, in practical terms the game only had entertainment value if you were the sort of videogamer who got their jollies from memorizing the Pac-Man patterns, OR if you were fortunate enough to be in the arcade when such a person was on the game. Again, the game was a cool idea, but because it was ahead of its time, the implementation was where the de-skeletonized ichthyoids lurked. SFTS. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 13, 2012, 8:20 am

Carrie (1976 film) - Movie Series
PT, a couple of things about the shower scene: 1) Just because you haven't heard of it happening (the period-teasing) doesn't mean it never happens. There are some things that girls seldom if ever talk about to guys--even their husbands. When Stephen King wrote the novel he was a bit uncomfortable writing from the female point of view and ran a lot of scenes by his wife to make sure he got it right (his need for accuracy in the writing that was putting bread on their table trumping the above-implied "girl honor code"). No doubt this included the shower scene, to make sure he portrayed the other girls' cattiness, teasing, and general reactions realistically. 2) In the context of the novel, Carrie's being teased and bullied about her period makes perfect sense. These are a bunch of girls who have known each other since they started grade school, and for all that time Carrie's been picked on for being different. Now fast-forward to the shower scene and Carrie's doing something REALLY different: getting her first period at age 16, being frightened out of her mind because she thinks she's bleeding to death, and having no idea what to do (although you can certainly blame her mother for the latter two). It's been the community norm for as long as anyone can remember to tease Carrie for being different, so it's no wonder the other girls just totally unloaded on her. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 28, 2012, 9:16 am


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