When Master Chief chills out, he like to go to a space bar, take off his helmet and SING! Then someone who looks sort of like Erin Grey from the old Buck Rogers show passes by, and then a Borg turns up, and a gigantic Yoda, and some redneck-looking dude… ouch, my head. [via Topless Robot]
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Oddly, a lot of things that happened 20 years ago this week are either similar to or have connections to current events.
On TV, Newhart aired one of the most memorable series finales, a fact that many publications have mentioned this week. Airing their series finales this week were Ghost Whisperer, Melrose Place, and Lost, among others. Family dramedy Life Goes On was renewed for a second season, just as current family dramedy Parenthood has.
At the movies this week is MacGruber, based on Saturday Night Live’s parody of the MacGyverTV series. In 1990, it was in its fifth season.
The #1 song was “Vogue” from Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. Not only was its music video recently parodied on FOX’s Glee, but the cast’s album of Madonna covers is currently selling well.
This is probably just a coincidence, but it is still a little eerie. Are there any more connections to 1990 going on this week that I missed? If so, comment about it below!
The great Documentary Heaven presents this BBC film that delves into the early days of synth music, and features a list of contributors that includes Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant. From the official description: “In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.”
True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
Releasing: 25 May
Yet another True Blood soundtrack is releasing tomorrow, this time with a bevvy of new tunes from the likes of Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, as well as Beck and Robbie Robertson. The set is rounded out with old songs from Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller and many more listed below. You can sample the whole thing over at Entertainment Weekly‘s site.
01 “Howlin’ for My Baby” – M. Ward
02 “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock
03 “Bad Blood” – Beck
04 “How to Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
05 “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
06 “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
07 “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
08 “Gasoline and Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
09 “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10 “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11 “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12 “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation
13 “New World in My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan
It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.
ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.