I’ve finished both the detective handbook for Fridays and the first disc of the Jonny Quest DVD set, so I’m going to take it easy this week. Weird anecdote from my adolescence on Wednesday!
(Episode: “Calcutta Adventure”)
Synopsis: It’s Hadji’s origin story! The awesome orphan meets the Quests for the first time and helps foil a plot to manufacture nerve gas. Also on the scene is Hadji’s friend, the greedy Pasha Peddler, who has a knack for making timely rescues profitable.
Tip 30: No need to reinvent the wheel.
When you’re in a tight spot—if, say, your boss started a mini-avalanche and got captured by the bemasked minions of a secret nerve-gas factory—there’s no need for a new plan if you can adapt an old one.
That’s why Race decided to make some alterations to the old Cleopatra gag.
Next time: We find out if I can make a blog post out of two glossaries.
Next time on TQfM!: What not to do in a secret nerve-gas factory.
Things I’ve decided not to do till next week:
Things I plan to do this week:
….yes, that last one means “watching Highlander.”
See you all Monday if not before!
Stream-of-consciousness film/words nattering ahead…
Back in the Blacula post, I noticed I’d referred to the movie as a “cultural artifact.” This seems to be my go-to term for movies made in the ’60s–’80s that have very specific period-appropriate styles: If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, Blacula, and Valley Girl are all cultural artifacts, for example, in their language and costume and general look.
Oddly, I don’t often find myself describing movies from before 1960 as “cultural artifacts,” even though the world I live in more closely resembles Dracula AD 1970 than The Third Man or His Girl Friday. In some cases, I suspect this is genre-related: a noir is a noir is a noir, and usually the only thing that changes is the level of gore/sex shown, the weapons used, and the quality of telephony.
So there’s a gap of thirty to forty years between what I think of as “period clothing” (flappers and earlier) and “cultural artifact” clothing (chest medallions, polyester miniskirts), even though there’s a big difference between Hildy Johnson’s suits in His Girl Friday and Donna Reed’s dresses on her titular show, to pick two examples out of the gap. Perhaps it’s because some of the ’60s-plus paraphernalia was in common use during my lifetime?
At any rate, the tl;dr here: I am far too young to think of Leave it To Beaver as some sort of aesthetic baseline, yet some part of me clearly does. Weird.
Episode: “Treasure of the Temple”
Synopsis: An Australian-sounding adventurer tries to stop Team Quest from exploring an ancient jungle temple the looter has his sights on, even going so far as to subjugate the natives. This show not being called Guy Who Would Almost Certainly Be Played By Tim Roth In The Movie Version, though, he does not prevail.
Tip 19: Don’t trust nature to do your dirty work (a lesson some of us learned around tiger o’clock in the last episode).
There’s simply too much chance of someone stopping by to help—and to communicate by speaking English loudly and slowly.
Just don’t risk it. I mean, what if your victim and his rescuer can actually understand each other? Total disaster.
Next time: Finally! Friday meets Blacula.
Next time on TQfM!: More Scooby-Dooing among the pyramids.
(Episode: “Pursuit of the Po-Ho”)
Synopsis: A scientist friend of Dr. Quest is kidnapped by credulous Amazon tribespeople who wish to sacrifice him. Dr. Quest ends up captured too, and it’s up to Race Bannon to do the silliest thing he can in this vaguely racist cartoon in order to save everyone.
Tip 11: This is the most important animal you will ever see (in the Jonny Quest universe, anyway):
Don’t bother looking for him again—we’ll find him. He’s quite the globetrotter.
Next time: On Friday I’ll finally stop torturing myself with these things and torture my readers instead, as it should be. The next time I decide to watch Beyond Therapy and An Awfully Big Adventure within months of each other, for heaven’s sake someone stop me.
Next time on TQfM!: Errrrr…
At any given moment, if I am not actively working, I am probably pondering one or more of the following:
*Not at work, of course: in general. My TV heroes-in-outfits dance card is pretty full.