TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 13: "Cyber City Oedo 808 & Danger Mouse"

TV Good Sleep Bad #13: “Cyber City Oedo 808 & Danger Mouse”

London, England*. And in a basement in moneyed Mayfair** lives the greatest guardian of cult television the world has ever known. Yes, Elwood Jones, the secret agent so secret that even his code name has a code name. And with his trusted assistant Daniel Lackey (code-named “The Jigsaw,” because whenever he’s faced with an episode of Buffy, he goes to pieces), he has delivered the thirteenth terrific episode of TV Good Sleep Bad!

* He actually doesn’t live in London.

** And if he did, he certainly wouldn’t live in Mayfair.

Special appearance by "that bloody duck."
Special appearance by “that bloody duck.”

In this episode, we discuss:

Cyber City Oedo 808 episode 1, “Memories of the Past” aka “Virtual Death” (1990): In the twenty-ninth century, three ruthless, hardened criminals are given the chance to reduce their sentences by taking on missions too dangerous for regular police. It’s up to these three antiheroes to save the 50,000 occupants of a massive skyscraper when the structure’s central computer puts the building on lockdown. But who’s controlling the computer?

Danger Mouse season 2 episode 6, “The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse” (1981): Baron Greenback kidnaps Penfold and issues an ultimatum to Danger Mouse: collect the ingredients for a powerful ritual the Baron wants to enact, or the hapless hamster gets it in the neck. But can even the world’s greatest secret agent claim a piece of the legendary Fog Monster of Old London town? And is television ready for a certain showbiz-obsessed vampire duck?

Next month: Bottom and Kindred: The Embraced.

TV Good Sleep Bad #12: “The Prisoner & Masters of Horror”

Good morning, citizens! Numbers 15 and 16 present a new episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the cult TV podcast that will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!

In this episode, we discuss:

The Prisoner 1.02*, “Free for All” (1967): Number 2 encourages Number 6 to run in the upcoming Village council elections. But our hero soon learns that so-called free elections are just another form of mind control in the Village.

* According to the A&E DVD boxed set.

Masters of Horror 1.06, “Homecoming” (2005): Soldiers killed in action in Iraq come back to life…to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote. Which might not be a good thing for the incumbent administration…Starring Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).

Next month: Cyber City OEDO 808 and Danger Mouse.

TV GOOD SLEEP BAD EP. 11: "Rick and Morty"

TV Good Sleep Bad #11: “Rick and Morty & The Outer Limits”

It’s time for another episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, the cult-TV podcast that is not born into this world fumbling for meaning! It was created to serve a singular purpose which it will go to any lengths to fulfill!

(Well, not any lengths, not really. I don’t think we would have shot someone for the opportunity to watch Sapphire and Steel.)

In this episode, we discuss:

Rick and Morty 1.05, “Meeseeks and Destroy” (2014): Morty convinces Rick to let him lead their latest adventure, one that ultimately results in him being trapped in a restroom with a lecherous jellybean. Meanwhile, Rick gives the other Smiths a little something to get them off his back: magical creatures who exist only to help them improve their lives. But things take a dark turn when they can’t help Jerry take two strokes off his golf game.

The Outer Limits 1.15, “The New Breed” (1995): A terminal cancer patient injects himself with his future brother-in-law’s body-repairing nanites, but things go disastrously wrong. Starring Richard Thomas (The WaltonsItThe Americans) and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis).

Next month: Masters of Horror and The Prisoner.

TV GOOD SLEEP BAD EP. 10: "Jess Archer Vs."

TV Good Sleep Bad #10: “Jess Archer Versus & Speed Racer”

Here it comes, here comes TV Good Sleep Bad! It’s a demon on wheels!

In this episode, we discuss:

Jess Archer vs. the Ex (2011) and Jess Archer Versus. 1.01-1.04 (2016): Sardonic high school Jess Archer may fantasize about kicking zombie ass, but her real life features adventure aplenty as she investigates a stolen comic book and a football team frame-up, all the while trying to convince her BFF Chase that it’s a bad idea for him to just come storming into the ladies’ room whenever he feels like it.

Speed Racer 1.01 & 1.02, “The Great Plan (parts 1 & 2)”: Speed enters his first real race, hoping to win the money Pops needs to upgrade the Mach 5 into the most advanced racing car yet. But who has hired the dastardly Ace Deucey to steal the secret plans for the new Mach 5…?

Next month: The Outer Limits (1995 revival) and Rick and Morty.

TV Good Sleep Bad #9: “Sapphire and Steel & Dark Season”

When Elwood and Lackey discovered that their next assignment would be to team up with Jay Cluitt of the LAMB and Life vs. Film and review episodes of Sapphire and Steel and Dark Season, their reactions were something like this:

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In this episode, we discuss:

Sapphire and Steel 2.07-2.10, “Assignment IV” aka “The Man Without a Face” (1981): Joanna Lumley and David McCallum are troubleshooters from beyond time who find themselves pulled into strange occurrences at an abandoned junk shop, including a mysterious man with no face, the sudden appearance of Victorian-era children, and a young woman who spends three straight episodes “getting ready for work.”

Dark Season (1991): A trio of precocious students face off against the villainous Mr. Eldritch, a man with a number of sinister technological toys and a deep, abiding loathing of human life. Best known for launching the careers of Russell T. Davies (creator of Queer as Folk and inaugural showrunner of the Doctor Who revival) and Kate Winslet (expect you’ve heard of her).

Next month: Jess Archer Vs. and Speed Racer (’68).

TV Good Sleep Bad #8: “Mystery Science Theater 3000 & Ultraman”

Sorry this episode is much, much later than it ought to have been, but mad scientists kidnapped Elwood, Lackey, and special guest Brian “The Last Angry Geek” Heinz, shot them into space, marooned them on an orbital satellite, and forced them to watch cheesy cult science-fiction television shows. (They needn’t have bothered; we watch this kind of thing by choice.)

In this episode, we discuss:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 4.04, “Teenagers from Outer Space” (1992): This week’s experiment: a 1959 Warner Bros. cheapie about aliens who plot to turn Earth into a breeding ground for giant lobsters.

Ultraman 1.10, “The Mysterious Dinosaur Base” (1966): Ultraman takes on a mad scientist who has been breeding a massive dinosaur beneath the waves of Lake Kitayama.

New month: Dark Season and Sapphire and Steel.

...and sentenced to TORTURE!

…what do you think, sirs?

TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 7

TV Good Sleep Bad #7: “Doctor Who & Japanese Spiderman”

Elwood and Lackey are back to take on two slices of late-night television goodness, in the form of Tom Baker-era Doctor Who and Japan’s tokusatsu take on Spider-Man. Yowza!

In this episode, we discuss:

Doctor Who 17.05-17.08, “City of Death” (1979): The Doctor and Romana arrive in contemporary Paris and stumble across a tentacle-faced alien, dangerous time-travel experiments, and a plot to steal the Mona Lisa.

Supaidāman, episode zero (1978?): Takuya Yamashiro, a motocross racer with superpowers granted by alien technology, joins forced with Interpol’s Secret Intelligence Division to take on Professor Monster and his evil Iron Cross Army.

Next month: Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Ultraman.

TV Good Sleep Bad #6: “The X-Files & Kolchak: The Night Stalker”

It’s time once again for another episode of TV Good Sleep Bad! This month, to celebrate the return of The X-Files to our television screens, we examine not only an episode from the show’s creative peak but also an installment of one of its strongest influences. Featuring special guest Will from Exploding Helicopter.

In this episode, we discuss:

The X-Files 4.02, “Home” (1996): Mulder and Scully investigate a clan of hideously deformed inbred freaks, and yet somehow manage to slip in a reference to Babe.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1.03, “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be…” (1974): Dead zoo animals, disappearing lead ingots, and the appearance of a strange tar-like substance distract the iconic reporter from something really important: the Cubs making the World Series.

Next month: Doctor Who (original series) and Japanese Spider-Man.

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TV Good Sleep Bad #5: “South Park”

Howdy ho! It’s time for the fifth episode of TV Good Sleep Bad! Gee, it sure does smell all nice and flowery!

In this episode, we discuss:

South Park 1.09, “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (1997): The residents of South Park struggle to stage a Christmas play that won’t offend anyone, while Kyle starts talking to a piece of holiday-themed fecal matter.

South Park 8.14, “A Woodland Critter Christmas” (2004): A group of woodland critters entreat Stan to help them save their Christmas, with disastrous consequences.

Next month: Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The X-Files.

Hail Satan!

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TV Good Sleep Bad #4: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer & The Booth at the End”

Once in every generation, I will have to grit my teeth and watch an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Surprisingly enough, I found a few positive things to say about it, although it didn’t exactly convert me into a Buffiac or whatever the property’s fans call themselves.

I also found an unintended theme linking the two shows we discussed this episode: things that involved, in some way or another, someone named Xander.

Xander Berkeley stars in THE BOOTH AT THE END.

In this episode, we discuss:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.08, “I Robot…You Jane” (1997): A demon uploads itself onto the internet and immediately starts macking on Willow. I bet he still lives in his parents’ cellar, downloading pictures of…

The Booth at the End season one (2010): John Connor’s foster father in Terminator 2 sits in a diner and makes Faustian bargains with people. You read that right–we covered an entire season, but keep in mind that’s only five 20-minute episodes.

Next month: Two festive holiday-themed episodes of South Park.