Criminal Minds: "Amplification"

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The Umbrella Academy is in my "pile" of as-yet-not-watched shows.

Just finished Umbrella Academy season 3. I quite enjoyed it, especially the central puzzle, and that the latter half of the season was only 10 characters in a claustrophobic setting. That made it feel a little like a play, and forced a lot of character interaction and growth.

I don't think my wife enjoyed it all that much, though.

Coincidentally, the Popeye cartoon "Olive Oyl for President" (1948) and the Our Gang short "Election Daze" (1943) in which [SPOILER] Janet is elected club president over Froggy and Mickey. [END SPOILER] Both are relevant today.

Been re-watching Matt Smith Doctor Who.

Captain Comics said:

I assumed that the seasons were six episodes each because each season would cover one book. Yes? No?

I don’t own the Hillerman books. One source called my attention to Dark Winds season 1 not being based on the book titled Dark Wind (singular), but on events from the books Listening Woman and People of Darkness. Reading the plot summaries for these two books, that seems to be the case. According to Wikipedia, People of Darkness (the fourth book) had the first appearance of Jim Chee. In the series titles, they prominently identify Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin as producers. Martin’s previous series, Game of Thrones, took its name from a single book. I think they are doing more or less the same thing with Dark Winds.

The only thing I don't like about the show is that their on-screen translation of Navajo in light/medium blue, which is hard to make out against the background. 

Also from Wikipedia:

"Redford previously produced four other adaptions of the Leaphorn & Chee series: The Dark Wind (1991), Skinwalkers (2002), Coyote Waits (2003), and A Thief of Time (2004)."

Good to know, Richard.Thanks!

FLASH GORDON: It has now been eight years since I last watched the Flash Gordon serials, but I failed to take my own advice, namely, to watch the third one second or, better still, just skip the second one entirely. As a matter of opinion, the only one that's really worth watching is the first. 

POPEYE: I am all thr way through the 1940s now, and it appears that's where the series stops (the series of DVDs, I mean; not the series of theatrical cartoons). I grew up (in the '70s) watching the cartoons from the '60s, and they sucked hard. I was able to find a DVD of '60s cartoons, but the entire decade of the '50s seems to have been skipped for some reason. (The final  DVD of '40s cartoons was released in 2019.) In the '60s ones, Bluto had been replaced by Brutus and Popeye was occasionally shown to have two eyes. I thought that was purely a sixties thing but, no, a surprised Popeye in one of the 1949 cartoons revealed he had two eyes, making him "Squinteye" instead of Popeye. I remember three of the early ones specifically: once he blew smoke out his eye hole; another time he whistled through it; a third time he spat through it. I guess having a character missing an eyeball was too upsetting for the kids of the '60s (although it was perfectly fine for their parents). 

OUR GANG: I finished watching the post-Roach MGM set (1938-1944) and it wasn't very good. By the end, Spanky and Alfalfa had both aged out to be replaced by Froggy and Micky. (I guess I didn't realize in how few the tenures of Alfalfa and Froggy overlapped.) Most of the last ones are of the "Let's put on a show" variety, with little or no plot. In at least one of them they dismiss the entire pretense of a plot and go straight into the "show" part.

I have since discovered the "ClassicFlix" restorations (six volumes covering 1929-1938). Although I will probably end up buying them all, we started with v3 (1932-1933) and the introduction of Spanky. I'll tell you, I don't remember the last time Tracy and I both have so consistently laughed out loud. 

OBI-WAN KENOBI: Our plan had been to follow up Stranger Things (s4) with Only Murders in the Building (s2), but that one's only about half in the can at this point, and we like to watch them straight through, one episode per night. the recent Star Wars TV shows (Mandalorian, Bob Fett) have been better than most of the movies, and we have high expectations for Obi-Wan. (Other than Luke Skywalker, Obi Kenobi is my favorite character.) We watched the first episode last night, and apparently Leia as well as Luke are going to be part of this series as well. For the past 45 years I have equated "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker" with those of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers, but perhaps I should have been thinking Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

POPEYE: I am all thr way through the 1940s now, and it appears that's where the series stops (the series of DVDs, I mean; not the series of theatrical cartoons). I grew up (in the '70s) watching the cartoons from the '60s, and they sucked hard. I was able to find a DVD of '60s cartoons, but the entire decade of the '50s seems to have been skipped for some reason. (The final  DVD of '40s cartoons was released in 2019.) In the '60s ones, Bluto had been replaced by Brutus and Popeye was occasionally shown to have two eyes. I thought that was purely a sixties thing but, no, a surprised Popeye in one of the 1949 cartoons revealed he had two eyes, making him "Squinteye" instead of Popeye. I remember three of the early ones specifically: once he blew smoke out his eye hole; another time he whistled through it; a third time he spat through it. I guess having a character missing an eyeball was too upsetting for the kids of the '60s (although it was 

Interesting. I always thought he was "squinty-eyed," despite the name.

Bluto had become so completely identified with the Fleischer Brothers cartoons that King Features believed Fleischer/Paramount owned the character. As is likely well-known at this board, Bluto had in fact been created for the original comic as a one-off villain, and just happened to be in play when the cartoons were made. As a result, he became Popeye's arch-enemy in the cartoons. For a time Brutus and Bluto were regarded as the same character. Later, they were retconned into twins:



I guess having a character missing an eyeball was too upsetting for the kids of the '60s (although it was perfectly fine for their parents).

Probably not for the kids, but for the worrywarts that think they have to protect the kids. Similar to not having Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam armed and dangerous. Just like no kid (I'm willing to bet) ever jumped off a roof thinking they could fly like Superman, I don't think any kid thought that just because Daffy Duck could get shot and be healed in the next moment that that meant a kid could do that.

People seem to think their kids are brainless.

Richard Willis said:

I guess having a character missing an eyeball was too upsetting for the kids of the '60s (although it was perfectly fine for their parents).

Probably not for the kids, but for the worrywarts that think they have to protect the kids. Similar to not having Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam armed and dangerous. Just like no kid (I'm willing to bet) ever jumped off a roof thinking they could fly like Superman, I don't think any kid thought that just because Daffy Duck could get shot and be healed in the next moment that that meant a kid could do that.

People seem to think their kids are brainless.

Not to mention, even if one kid was dumb enough to jump off a roof thinking he could fly like Superman, that the rest of them are equally dumb. 

  1. ClarkKent_DC said:

Richard Willis said:

I guess having a character missing an eyeball was too upsetting for the kids of the '60s (although it was perfectly fine for their parents).

Probably not for the kids, but for the worrywarts that think they have to protect the kids. Similar to not having Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam armed and dangerous. Just like no kid (I'm willing to bet) ever jumped off a roof thinking they could fly like Superman, I don't think any kid thought that just because Daffy Duck could get shot and be healed in the next moment that that meant a kid could do that.

People seem to think their kids are brainless.

Not to mention, even if one kid was dumb enough to jump off a roof thinking he could fly like Superman, that the rest of them are equally dumb. 

We discussed the "kids jumping off rooves, thinking they could fly like Superman" trope a few years back. It was in the posted commentary, starting on page two, of this Deck Log Entry of mine:

https://captaincomics.ning.com/forum/topics/from-the-archives-deck-...

"In California a very handsome six-year-old boy on his way home from school one day trudged to the top of a steep cliff. An ardent comic book reader, he had translated his reading into practice and made for himself a flying cape or magic cloak. Taking a brisk run he jumped off the cliff to fly as his comic-book heroes did. Seriously injured, he told his mother, 'Mama, I almost did fly!' A few days later he died from the injuries he had received."

--Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent

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