My two-week boycott of ESPN begins today

You heard me correctly.  I will not watch ESPN for the next two weeks.  I will not listen to ESPN on my car radio on my way to or from anywhere.  No Mike and Mike, no NFL Countdown, none of that.  This boycott begins now, and will end on October 24, 2017.

And this is because ESPN suspended one of their smartest and most talented on-air personalities, Jemele Hill, for two weeks.

For the dumbest reason ever.  Well, maybe there is a reason. ESPN are craven cowards who are afraid of Donald Trump and of Jerry Jones.

Let me explain.

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Did The Orville plagiarize a 1970’s sci-fi TV series last night?

I’m becoming more and more intrigued in watching The Orville, Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi comedy-drama homage to Star Trek.  Yeah, I know, people who watch The Orville are frustrated Trekkors who think that the new Star Trek: Discovery is a Trek show that lost its way, and that The Orville is the Galaxy Quest TV series we deserve.

Okay, enough of the meta.

Because last night’s episode of The Orville – entitled “If The Stars Should Appear” seemed to me, rather familiar.

Almost TOO familiar.

To the point where a certain Hollywood sci-fi writer should be contacting his legal team.

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Blood Drive: 2017-2017

It was fun when it started, but it limped to a finale.

That’s my overall review of the Syfy homage to grindhouse cinema, Blood Drive.  After last night’s final episode, the series’ producer announced that Syfy would not bring the show back for a second season.

And you know what?  I totally understand why the show died a slow, painful death.

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Agro’s Cartoon Connection – a children’s show that’s not for children?

Every so often, I find a vintage television show on YouTube that catches my interest.  And for various reasons, I want to find out more about it.

Such is the case with an Australian program called Agro’s Cartoon Connection.

If you tuned on your Oz TV in the mid-1990’s, you might have seen a puppet show with a wombat and a human co-host, with an intro that sounds like it was cribbed from an old Saved By The Bell episode.

This was Agro’s Cartoon Connection.  It had live-action clips interspersed with various cartoons.

Seems normal, right?

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The day Captain Kangaroo visited Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

I had a warm, fuzzy flashback this morning.

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was the Captain Kangaroo children’s show – with the Captain, Mr. Green Jeans, Dancing Bear, Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, the cartoons, all the fun stuff.

Another one of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, where the gentle and affable Fred Rogers would bring us to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and provide us with gentle, fun entertainment five afternoons a week.

So imagine my pleasant surprise when I found this video clip of Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo – appearing together in a rare television episode.  Scuse me while I change into my sweater and sneakers and grab a bowl of Rice Krispies.

This clip is waycool – in that not only do we get Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers talking together, we also get a nice episode of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, with Bunny Rabbit visiting King Friday XIII’s castle.

This is so cool… and let’s face it, how many kids watched these shows and learned wonderful life lessons at the same time?

Trust me… in times like these, I’d rather watch Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood over the latest newscasts in a heartbeat.

Who’s with me on this?

 

Blood Drive 1.03: “Steel City Nightfall” episode review

When we last left our intrepid road racers Arthur and Grace, they were racing to Utah with the rest of the Blood Drive teams.  Arthur continued to gather information about the Blood Drive and the participants, while Grace stayed hyper-focused on winning the race to rescue her sister Karma from the mental institution.

Yep, it’s another episdoe of Blood Drive, the homage to 1970’s low-budget drive-in movies.  And this week, we get to visit the “mutation” genre, where a town or village experiences a chemical mutation that turns their people into vicious monsters.

This should be fun.  As always, please note that Blood Drive is rated TV-MA and is only intended for mature audiences.  Seriously.  Don’t watch this show with your kids. 

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Blood Drive Episode review 1.02: “Welcome to Pixie Swallow”

Part of me really loves trashy, so-bad-it’s-good television.  Heck, that’s why I did those Amish Mafia episode reviews years ago.

And now that I’ve found a new television series – Blood Drive – that’s so far over the top it lands in the next county – I’m hooked.  Not only does the show – a cross-country road race where the cars are fueled with human blood – pay homage to every 1970’s late night double feature drive-in movie, it does so with the full and complete knowledge that the viewers are in on the joke.

Episode 2 of Blood Drive – the wryly named “Welcome to Pixie Swallow” – encompasses that trend.  Note – this review is of a television show that is rated TV-MA, and this review is recommended for mature readers only.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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