TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 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, episode 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?

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TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 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, episode 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, episode 5: “Two Episodes of 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, episode 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.

TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 3: “Tales from the Crypt & Tales from the Cryptkeeper”

Hello, boils and ghouls! In this month’s episode of TV Good Sleep Bad, Elwood and I take a look at the HBO classic Taaaaaaales from the Crypt (and admit it, you heard the Cryptkeeper’s voice in your head when you read that). Our special guest this episode is Bubbawheat, whose media empire includes Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights, Channel: Superhero, Filmwhys, and probably a cable news channel.

In this episode, we discuss:

Tales from the Crypt 6.13, “Comes the Dawn” (1995): Michael Ironside goes to Alaska to poach a grizzly. Hilarity ensues.

Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1.01, “While the Cat’s Away” (1993): That’s right, Tales from the Crypt spawned a Saturday morning cartoon spinoff. In the pilot, two adolescents break into a house, looking for loot they can fence to buy a dirt bike. Hilarity ensues.

Next month: The Booth at the End and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

TAAAAAAAALES from the Crypt!

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TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 2: “Dick Spanner P.I. & Mr. Show with Bob and David”

Elwood released the second episode while I was in Austin, so I’m only getting to this now. Sorry!

In this episode, we discuss:

Dick Spanner, P.I., “The Case of the Human Cannonball” (1986): A hard-boiled robot detective takes on a convoluted case that may cost him his life in one of Gerry Anderson’s lesser-known efforts.

Mr. Show with Bob and David 3.05, “Please Don’t Kill Me” (1997): This episode of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’s seminal sketch comedy includes skits about swearing preachers, obsessive landlords, hunger strikes, and sandwich spreads.

Next month: Tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.

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TV Good Sleep Bad, episode 1: “Ultra Q & The Outer Limits”

Scenes from "Defeat Gomess!" and "Soldier"

Elwood Jones (of From the Depths of DVD Hell and Mad, Bad, and Downright Strange) and I have a new podcast; it’s called TV Good Sleep Bad, and it’s all about us taking on Cult TV pretty much at random.

In the first episode, we discuss:

Ultra Q 1.01, “Defeat Gomess!” (1966): Two prehistoric monsters duke it out in the debut episode of this Japanese kaiju series.

The Outer Limits 2.01, “Soldier” (1964): A soldier from Earth’s far future finds himself inexplicably transported to mid-’60s America in this Harlan Ellison tale.

Next month: Dick Spanner P.I. and Mr. Show with Bob and David.