Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Golden Age of Bad TV

You often hear the complaint that modern television is terrible, followed up by the question: “Why can’t they make good programs like they used to in the old days?” Most often this lament is linked to the prevalence of reality programs. While I completely agree that there’s a great deal of bad TV on the… Read more »

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Dirinda’s Blind Date

In the late 1940s, Parents’ Magazine produced a variety of wholesome magazines and comics aimed at the youth market. These publications serve as good source material for the study of social expectations placed on young women in the post-war era. Girls in those days had many of the same problems that girls do now, namely… Read more »

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Lew Burdette’s Home Run

Ah, the good old days of television, back before the advent of the VCR. You could get away with a lot more in the 1950s than you can now. These days, every frame of a program can be easily analyzed by anyone with a DVR or a DVD player. Mistakes are quickly spotted, and goofs… Read more »

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Convergence

Having been rewatching old Star Trek original series episodes as well as reading old Archie Comics lately, I was happy to come across this. This was from early 1977, so it’s a little too soon to be riding the wave of the first motion picture, which was 1979. Star Trek had been making a bit… Read more »

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Crazy Crabs

Crabs? Yes. Crazy? Perhaps. Or more likely irresponsible. There are so many things about this ad that scream WTF. You have to love the drawing of Suzy, though, but would any of you out there who own a hermit crab name it Sexy Snooky? I hope not. And I love the “actual ‘crazy crab’ photos”… Read more »

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Who Mourns for Adonais?

Next up in my examination of the original series Star Trek is the early second season episode “Who Mourns for Adonais?” Like “The Apple”, this episode also explores religion, the ancient Greek religion to be exact. The story, however, isn’t anti-religious in tone. Indeed, it features one of those rare times in TOS when someone… Read more »

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