In Search Of In Search Of

Anybody remember this series from the Seventies? I used to scare myself silly watching it on Saturday afternoons as a kid. This episode (Killer Bees!) in particular freaked me out. I was convinced we only had months to live.

Entries about Bigfoot, The Bermuda Triangle, and UFOs also left an impression. And that theme song is the shit!

Other episodes here.

This Might Be the Best Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Specifically for any bastards who read Conan the Barbarian books and comics, or maybe came of age around the time Heavy Metal was released.

Korgoth of Barbaria is a pilot episode for what was originally planned as an American animated television series created by Aaron Springer, a storyboard artist, writer and director for Dexter’s Laboratory, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Samurai Jack, and SpongeBob SquarePants … Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, directed the animation for the pilot, and was not the only time he’s worked on a pilot created by Springer, as Tartakovsky also produced and directed Periwinkle Around the World.

It was first aired in the United States on June 3, 2006, at 12:30 AM (EST) on Adult Swim. On June 18, 2006, Adult Swim ran a bumper announcing that Korgoth of Barbaria was officially picked up as a series, because of its critical and commercial success with garnering high ratings. Later events, including a formal petition to revive the show and an Adult Swim bumper announcement mentioning its cancellation, indicate that it was dropped before production began due to high production costs.

My Thoughts Exactly

Some guy on the Internet, regarding last night’s Game of Thrones episode …

As a stand-alone piece of entertainment it was excellent. As a piece of the narrative of a long running show, it was trash.

Pretty much.

Also, this guy’s comment with SPOILERS …

Okay, see, what I thought they were building to with Dany was “Her desire to retake the throne ultimately overshadows her noble ideals and brings out her tyrannical side.”

Not “Well, we already won, but guess I’m the Mad Queen now, time to burn everything!”

It’s just so clumsy. They wanted a Big Moment and raced to get there, but there’s no real sense of interiority with the character anymore. The moral of the story is “Some people are just crazy!”

Everything felt just very rote and lifeless. All the actors look bored. The same generic looking peasant woman gets horribly brutalized about 5 different times. Arya finds a horse. The whole thing stinks of the kind of edgy nihilism people accused the show of being, but which I don’t think it actually slid into before. Until now.

Remember This Money-Grubbing Asshole?

This was televangelist Robert Tilton’s usual spiel, swindling every last penny from poor folks who were at the end of the proverbial rope. What a piece of shit.

And I’m sure you’re all familiar with this series of videos in which some video-editing genius used Tilton’s ridiculous facial expressions, pauses, and verbal tics to hilarious effect.

But I had not seen this video. This is another kind of genius. Anyway, enjoy or don’t.

Oh, And This

DON’T WATCH THIS until you’ve seen Game of Thrones, season eight, episode tres.