Ep. 65: The Chicken Nuggets Show

We’ve got another brand new episode for you and, boy howdy, is it a doozy. We close up the Six Weeks of Horror with the original SAW, check out ABC’s new series THE MAYOR, check the progress on all of the sports and even throw in a little WWE action! And if you thought that was all, you’re sincerely mistaken as the boys get into serious chicken nugget conversation including Gomez grading all the new offerings from our favorite fast food locations! You better be sitting down for this one, but even if you have the whole seat, you’ll only need the edge of it!

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The Not-Power Rangers!

In Episode 25, we speak about the trailer for the upcoming POWER RANGERS movie and Gomez tells us how big a fan he was as a kid. This, of course, leads into us discussing the fugazi knock-off Power Ranger-like shows that sprung up because of how popular it was.

Joe was immediately familiar with VR Troopers and even sung us the song:

But Gomez, after getting confused as to which of the knock-offs he preferred, then figures out that he was also into something called Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad. This featured Matthew Lawrence and doesn’t seem to be that memorable as even Gomez couldn’t remember the name despite his professed fandom.

Both cheesy. Both reeking of the early-90s and both distinctly NOT the Power Rangers. What a time to be alive.

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Ep. 25: SpaceJam & Legends of the Hidden Temple

Hey! Our new episode is up for your listening pleasure! This week, we recap our Thanksgivings and how that led into both of us diving into The Simpsons marathon on FXX. We also discuss the new LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE movie that aired on Nickelodeon and, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, we revisit the 90s classic: SPACEJAM. Enjoy!

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Jim Henson’s “The Storyteller”

In this week’s episode, we talk about watching a couple episodes of a Jim Henson show called “The Storyteller”. Each episode is based on an old fable and is put to visuals by the expected Jim Henson-puppetry fare. It’s pretty interesting and fun to look at since this form is basically non-existent in today’s day and age.

We received some feedback about this show, so to make it easy on you, here are the two episodes we watched and spoke about. You can find more with an easy YouTube search.

The Soldier & Death

Hans My Hedgehog

Have a look and tell us what you think.

Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.1, E.3: “A Thing About Rats”

Welcome again to another episode of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! So far, you’ve apparently been into this as evidenced by the uptick in our web traffic so I hope to keep you coming back after today’s offering.

Season 1, Episode 3: “A Thing About Rats” Original Air Date: 12/16/1987

OK, so after the big fight from yesterday, we open with Splinter recovering at home. He’s pretty worn out and who can blame him? This was a lot of action for the old guy after years of sitting in a sewer meditating about being kicked out of Japan. The Turtles decide to go searching for the Technodrome so they can force Shredder to turn Splinter back into a human being. They’re incredibly thoughtful.

At this point, we cut away and are introduced to Baxter Stockman. Or – as I called him aloud while watching this – “Oh, shit! It’s that dude!” I completely forgot that this was a guy in this despite him being a black scientist who looked like Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor in the most recent movies. Intense google research has shown that apparently Baxter was always a black guy until this cartoon and was magically transformed into a caucasian. Now, that, I did not know. I wonder how much of an uproar that would have caused if we had the internet in 1987. Probably a fuckton.

Yeah…what? Oh, um…Baxter, yeah. So he’s a regular old Mr. Science and he’s developing Mouser robots that are specifically programmed to catch rats. He’s thinking he’ll make a killing selling them to pest control companies. He’s wrong. The pest control man refuses to take on robots at the expense of human jobs. He’s probably a union guy.

Shredder has some fucking HD surveillance cameras basically fucking everywhere and sees Baxter getting rejected by the pest people and decides to bring him in for a meeting to discuss business since he has a rat problem.Shredder has a new base set up in an abandoned mansion. Personally, I’d like to know who his real estate guy is that was able to hook him up with such a place in the middle of New York City. I’d assume Krang is the money guy on it, but Krang is also being a bitch about getting the new body that Shredder keeps putting off building so maybe he’s tightened the wallet for the moment. I don’t know. I don’t even know why I think about some of these things.

Shredder tells Baxter to build an army of Mousers and to make a master control so he can have them carry out his plan with the push of a button. It sounds like a lot of work, but apparently Shredder’s got a full-blown factory in the mansion and they’re able to pump out hundreds of these Mousers in like ten minutes.

Splinter is home meditating when he’s attacked by a bunch of the robots. He fights valiantly, but is close to defeat when the Turtles do the hot run-in, save him and destroy the Mousers. Each one has Baxter Stockman’s stamp on the bottom, so the Turtles do their best Sherlock Holmes impression and decide to go ask him some questions. Before doing that, they make a quick stop at April O’Neil’s apartment to leave Splinter with her and so she can use her computer to get Baxter’s contact info. Sure.

Baxter is released by Shredder after building all these fucking Mousers, but Shredder has him tailed by Foot Soldiers because the dude knows too much. Just as the Foot are about to make their move, the glass shatters and BY GAWD, THAT’S THE TURTLES’ MUSIC!

The Turtles save Baxter from being injured and destroy the Foot Robots. The persuade Baxter to give up Shredder’s location, but upon realizing how easy the Mousers were able to track Splinter the first time, they head back to April’s to find her and Splinter under attack from a massive wave of Mousers. Our heroes are able to save their friends and barely escape the apartment building right before it collapses because of the damage the Mousers caused. Let’s take a brief time-out here.

Repeat: “…right before it collapses”.

The entire fucking apartment building collapsed. Rubble. Down to the floor.

HOW MANY FUCKING OTHER PEOPLE JUST DIED IN THIS FUCKING APARTMENT BUILDING COLLAPSE?!?!?!

Neither the Turtles nor April show any concern for her neighbors. Emergency services are not dispatched. The News doesn’t even cover this catastrophe. There may be survivors in there. We’ll never know.

But April does provide a humbling word as she takes a look at the destruction where her home once was, “Boy, they sure don’t build them like they used to!”

*FACEPALM*

With a dearth of dead innocents in their rear view, the Turtles focus on getting to the Mansion. Donatello attempts to control the Mousers using Baxter’s remote, but Shredder’s overrides the control. Michelangelo tries sneaking into the Technodrome, but is captured by Shredder who then sends the Mousers to combat the other Turtles and Splinter.

Krang saves Michelangelo because he’s a salty fuck about not having a body yet and tells him where the Master Control is located so he can save his friends from the wrath of the Mousers. Michelangelo baits Shredder into FUCKING SHOOTING at him and ducks out of the way so Shredder basically takes out the master control. Donatello is then able to use his remote to send the Mousers for the gas pipes. Everybody fucking bails as the mansion goddamn explodes and another building it brought to rubble.

 

Final Thoughts:

What in the greenest of fucks just happened here? There are definitely dead people. Probably lots of them. And nobody gives even the remotest of damns. Holy shit.

Beyond the scores of innocent lives probably lost, the show continues to roll along with a pretty good story and good fun. Sure, I got caught up on the building collapsing on  people, but that’s just me. Apparently, nobody else in the show seemed to care about that, so maybe I shouldn’t either.

Outside of that, this was another solid installment that advanced the story, introduced us to Baxter and introduced the Turtles to Krang who – up until this point – had yet to see/know of him.

I’m a fan and look forward to tomorrow. Grade: ***1/2*.

❤ Joe

 

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Ep. 20 : “Treehouse of Horror”

This week’s episode was action-packed! We start off talking about the new season of THE WALKING DEAD and the new Lady Gaga album, “Joanne” in addition to our memories of the Columbia House CD club.

Then the six weeks of horror continue with TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL and a Halloween episode of “Castle”!

This week’s main event has the boys tackle every Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror special ever including an attempted rating before concluding with the Big Finish and our first ever on-air fight!

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Ep. 19: “Luke Cage”

Hey! It’s a new episode! This week we talk about the new Netflix series “Luke Cage” and continue the six weeks of horrow with KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and a Halloween special from one of our favorite shows ever, “Community”. We also spit some sports because…well, we like sports. Enjoy!

 

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Ep. 18: Freddy or Jason?

On this week’s show, the Six Weeks of Horror continue as Joe watches his first Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhies movies. The boys also discuss the first South Park Halloween special, “Pinkeye” and include some general fuckery. Enjoy!

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The Drak Pack

In this week’s episode, the TV I selected for Gomez to watch was a little-known series from the early 80s called “The Drak Pack”. It was based around three teenagers (Drak, Frankie and Howler) who were the descendents of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. The whole premise is that they’re regular teens until a situation with their arch nemesis, the villainous Dr. Dred, arises and then they transform (or “Drak Whack”…yeah, I have no idea why they call it that, but, ya know…) into monsters to put an end to Dred’s shenanigans.

We spoke about it on this week’s podcast and – for some reference – have included a couple of episodes here if you’re interested to check it out.

The series was limited to 16 episodes and most of them can be found in pretty good quality on YouTube from the same user. It’s not the best thing you’ll ever watch, but if you’re a fan of the monsters characters, it’s a new interpretation to check out.

❤ Joe

Episode-A-Day! MASK: Ep. 1 “The Deathstone”

Welcome to a new feature of Car JoeMez! Since I love vintage cartoons, I thought I’d tackle a series episode by episode and keep you abreast of what’s going on and what I think. Maybe you’ll be inspired to check out a show, maybe not.

As you heard on the podcast, I’ve been wanting to get into MASK for a while as I remember it from my childhood, but it was never something I was really into. I finally picked up the DVD set during the Amazon Prime Day sale and figured it’d be a good show to start with since I’d pretty much be seeing all of it for the first time.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the debut episode of MASK entitled, “The Deathstone”!

Plot:

A meteor crash lands in a mountainous area somewhere where ‘s there’s not many people or places. Some kind of archeological team is dispatched to retrieve it where they are then ambushed by agents of VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) who steal the stone and then attempt to sell it to all kinds of militant groups from around the world for the price of $50 million.

Professor Stevens who was the head archeologist meets with Matt Trakker who puts together a unit of MASK (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) agents to chase down VENOM and retrieve the stone.

Thoughts:

This is not an origin episode. You have no idea who MASK is, why MASK exists or what the beef is between Matt Trakker (independent rich guy leader of MASK) and Miles Mayhem (independent rich guy leader of VENOM).

A little background would be nice to get some insight into all that, but maybe that will be revealed in a later episode. For now, you are dumped straight into the middle of what seems to be just another day in the life of MASK. I assume the agents on both sides will both be delved into a bit as we go on because everything is treated as if you should already know what’s going on and the specialties of each person. Spoiler alert: you don’t.

The show has a very GI Joe-ish vibe concerning the conflict between MASK and VENOM, but GI Joe has a much better cast of characters to have fun with thus far. Although, the rumors of a possible GI Joe/MASK crossover movie do begin to make some sense after watching this.

All in all, not the episode I would have liked to see first, but hey, I’m committed to this so I’ll keep going.  Like I said, hopefully, we’ll get some more background on the alliances and conflict as we go.

PSA:

This episode features an ending PSA as did a lot of other cartoons during the 80s. I assume there will be one for every episode going forward and I genuinely am excited for that as those were some of my favorite parts of both GI Joe and Masters of the Universe.

For this episode, we learn about the dangers of crossing the street making sure to do so in the crosswalk and to look both ways. Solid advice.

Final Grade:

Like I said, I was hoping for an origin episode and I didn’t get it. Without any background, it becomes tough to follow who is who and why they are doing what they’re doing. Probably would have been a perfectly fine episode had it not been the first, but because of that, I throw it just ** on the Meltzer scale. We’ll see how they build off this going forward.

❤ Joe

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