Nova is a great show on PBS. They have the full episode about Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy playing computer, up on their site.
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I’m just going to leave this right here. Yep. Permit me a stroll down memory lane.
I wish you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy a wintry cartoon!
One commercial I dearly wish was still on TV is this one right here.
The reason it’s great is because, even though it embodies commercialism, it’s the one time that Fred willingly shares his Pebbles with Barney, and they share a real moment of bonding. This always struck me as strange, considering that Fred and Barney are dear friends. Wouldn’t Fred be offering him Pebbles like modern men offer each other beers in exchange for friendship? Plus, why is Barney so antagonistic towards Fred in the Pebbles commercials to begin with? They’re best buddies, like Snoopy and Woodstock. It boggles, I tell you.
I admit that I am not a big Sherlock Holmes fan. It’s not that I don’t like it, see, but more that it’s always just been there. My coworker is a huge Sherlock fan, in the same way that I’m a huge Bionic Commando fan. Anything at all to do with Sherlock Holmes, and he’s on it. So when this new Sherlock series produced by the Beeb was out, he just had to have it. He shared a bootleg DVD of it with me, which I proceeded to watch in one long Saturday marathon. It was indeed interesting. Now the series is airing here in the United States in full HD glory, and I highly recommend that you watch it, even if you aren’t particularly interested in Holmes. The writing’s well enough that I think it would entertain most anyone, even if they’ve never heard of Holmes at all.
It does look a lot better in real HD than in a bootleg, that’s for sure. I also think the soundtrack is a bit underappreciated. It’s very British and trying to invoke a Victorian feel, yet is too fleshy and betrays its modern composition. I’d issue this series as highly recommended.
Any show that has a random montage to Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” is a winner in m book. It amazes me how much they get away with. For instance, every character is clearly drinking beer, “lady pecs” are referenced liberally, and nearly every second is awash in subversive undertones. I’m amazed that Cartoon Network is letting them get away with this, but I am not complaining, for it is AWESOME.
Do yourself a favor and look it up on youtube, as some kindly soul has apparently uploaded the episodes. The POWER compels you!
I think back in May or so the Daria complete series DVDs were released. I’ve finally gotten them on my Netflix queue, for I was too broke to actually buy them for a period of time. Now that they’ve actually arrived at my house and I’ve had a good chance to rewatch a show I probably spent too much of the 90s watching, I’ve started to remember a lot of things.
I’ve also forgotten a few things too, like how much of the gags I didn’t get at the time. I was a teenager in high school during the show’s prime, and it’s target demographic. Having an extra twelve years or so on your teenage self helps a lot in getting things, I guess. Still, a lot of the gags from before still resonated, with Jake still being the biggest laugh-getter from me. His perpetual victimization and personalty lead to strange non-sequiturs like thinking every insightful quote was from Thomas Jefferson.
I think it’s funny that MTV bankrolled Daria, considering that the channel has changed so much these days and probably wouldn’t make another show like it again. It’s such a great send-up of high school life, and it’s not afraid to poke holes in the main character’s logic and worldview either.
The one real bummer about the DVD set is that all of the music has been replaced with strange soundalikes due to licensing issues. Daria never had much of an original soundtrack; much of the original music was instead actual songs during the time the show was being produced. I hear that the series creator put an apology note inside the DVD box set for this situation, which I thought was a nice gesture. In the choice of Daria with no soundtrack or no Daria at all, which would you choose? Ultimately I watched the show for the writing, not the songs, so it’s an easier decision for me to make. Not that the music wasn’t critical to the show, but it wasn’t the soul of it.