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Here’s to the Underdog

We all consume media (I think we all agree on this one) and watch the popular shows.

No wait, I'm going somewhere with this.

Well, what about the lesser known shows? The TV shows and movies that were good but just weren’t a commercial success? This one is for them. (For the record, I’m talking about the lesser known stuff, which may or may not include cult classics. When I say cult classics, I mean good ones, not bad ones that are the homeless bums of dark alleys in the movie world that are loved by annyoing people, and definitely not the horrible ones.)

Shaddup.

The first one dear to my heart is Eerie, Indiana. This show, as freak-39 on imdb.com described it, was the X-Files for little kids. This show only aired for one season in 1991-92 and it still brings back fond memories of scary things that challenged my 4-year old world…on a related note, my therapist says I can re-enter society. Seriously though, this show wasn’t your typical entertainment. The premise was that Marshal Taylor moved to Eerie, Indiana from New Jersey, and apparently Eerie is the center of the universe for werid things, and remember, this was 1991, before the weird things of the internet. Marshal and his friend encounter strange things and try to collect evidence about them, i.e. if they met Lady Gaga, they would  follow her and try to take photos or videos of her.

"So you say there's a Madonna-like singer whose breast were on fire? You've been listening to too much Grunge!"

One episode I remember was called “Foreverware”. Marshal and his friend discover a product like tupperware that keeps anything from getting old, including people. A set of twin boys have been sleeping in the Foreverware for years and remain young, like the stars of Disney Channel. (Do they even allow grey hair on that network?!) At the end of the episode the seal isn’t as tight as it should be and the boys turn into adults overnight. It was a interesting show, to say the least.

The other show I want to give a shout out to this entry is Bucky O’ Hare, a show set in a parallel dimension where a humanoid animals are fighting a war between reptiles and mammals, and Captain Bucky (a green rabbit with a red-and-yellow outfit) leads an elite crew of mammals, including a four-armed one eyed duck and a psychic cat.

If you think that's strange, wait 'til I tell you about a blue hedgehog and his companion fox with two tails...

Also from 1991 and lasting a season, this cartoon had it all: lasers, explosions, and a one-eyed robot. Ah, the good ol’ days when cartoons didn’t have to teach anything…This show also spawned a Nintendo game, and an arcade game, (that game was at Chuck E. Cheese so I know some of you played it) among other things.

Not all of them good.

This show nows seems cheesey with bumbling enemies and raises questions: how can a one-eyed robot with no mouth (or anything resembling one) talk? Why does the only main female character have to be a cat? Why not zebra? And how come  this show got cancelled along with Eerie?

That’s it for the moment, and apologies for taking so long in posting an entry. Now, chime in. Which old TV shows, movies or whatever do you love that never really became mainstream? Also, what else would you like to see me talk/rant/have a conniption over in the future? (It can be anything relevant to media, even something I already talked about) Thanks for reading and stay in school.

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It doesn’t seem to matter why the Earth is doomed, or the reason, it doesn’t matter. Whether its due to the core of the earth, glaciers melting, Mother Nature’s favorite TV show gets cancelled (why Deadwood? WHHYYY!?) it will unfold the same way.

Should of read my blog.

Step 1: The Warning

In a remote station out on the hills of Tibet is a researcher that’s been studying  monkey poop. It helps if the researcher is a kind-looking old man who been doing this for 11+ years. He notices that there’s been an incredible spike in monkey-pooing and wonders whats causing this. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., a young, brilliant geologist/meteorologist/scatological researcher tries to alert government officials the earth shows signs of global warming to the point of where your armpit hair will burst into flames. His warning is pooh-poohed (pun intended).

It knows what's goin' down.

 Step 2: Minor Catastrophes

Things start to happen: people sweat more, sheep evaporate, and it rains lava. Politicans consult Republican scientists, who assure them that it’s completely natural, and it will all go away by next Tuesday. The young scientist in Washington alerts his family and very hot girlfriend to what’s going on. The monkeys that the scientist in Tibet is studying have nearly passed out from the strain.

"The sheep melted because they didn't love America enough."

Step 3: Major Catastrophes

It’s now undeniable: the seas have risen 100 feet, Africa has melted, and Gibbs from NCIS is looking nervous. The president demands to know why the hell he wasn’t told of this earlier, before he went to the “Orphans Building Homes for Puppies out of Lollipops” ribbon-cutting ceremony. The government starts listening to the young scientist, who tells them to evacuate everyone to some third world nation because they will be safe there, which is some sort of commentary on global politics or something. The monkeys in Tibet have crapped themselves to death. Fun fact: Did you know that you can tell how bad the disaster is by the color of the president? It’s true!

We just might pull through this.

Game over, man! Game over!

                   

Step 4: The majority of the Special Effects Budget   

Everything in the world is going wrong and everyone knows it. Iconic cities and landmarks are being demolished, people are dying but not very graphically, and  the very last tamagotchi in existence is destroyed. We now watch the young scientist and his hot girlfirend run from a wave of destuction for a half-hour. They make it, but just barely. The scientist in Tibet muses morality and philosophy, never offering to get off his rear and help people however he can. The President and what’s left of America get on airplanes to the safe third-world country.

"Hey, I can see my house getting utterly destroyed from here."

Step 5: Disaster(s) Suddenly Ends

For no real reason other than the movie has reached the hour-and-a-half mark, the disaster subsides. Now that the major characters and most of the minor ones have made it, we see that the surviving people try to take a lesson about how to treat the Earth better. They don’t seem too bummed out about civilization being destroyed or how they are powerless to stop this from happening again. Instead they vow to re-build and repopulate the Earth better than before, even though most of the people who could do that are now dead.

More or less.

Now, comment folks! Do you think you could survive a disaster movie, and if so, how? Also, what’s one thing you want to see in future disaster films? Thanks to those who have checked this blog for updates, I shall keep this thing going. That was meant as a promise, not a threat.