Aug 17, 2018
Their schtick is paranormal investigation:
"Queen Mary: The Night We Talked to Demons"
"Escaping a Haunted Psych Ward"
"Exploring an Abandoned College"
"Satanic Ritual in an Abandoned Brewery"
In July and August they're going on a tour of the U.S. and Canada to talk about their adventures.
They also do pranks and humor videos.
Usually shirtless, of course, You don't get to be an internet star without having a chest.
My favorite video is "Boyfriend vs. Best Friend Challenge," where Colby finds out if his best friend (Sam) or boyfriend (Brennen Taylor, right) knows him better.
I don't know if Colby and Brennan are really boyfriends or just doing a schtick . It's so hard to figure out with millenials, where straight guys pretend to be in love with their bros and gay guys pretend to be married to their gal pals.
I guess it doesn't make much difference unless you want a date with one of them. Or if you want them to be role models to queer youth.
This is better than scripted tv, how?
Oh, right -- he takes his shirt off.
Aug 16, 2018
But it is ridiculously beefcake-free. On the original series, you could count on Kirk or another crewman getting ripped out of his shirt every couple of episodes, but on Next Generation, the cast is uniform-bound. The most you can hope for is a leisure suit cut in the middle, which they generally wear on shore leave on Risa the sex planet.
It becomes all the more frustrating when you notice the parade of hunks. Apparently the casting director had an eye for the men, and hired Playguy-quality supermodels to play ensigns, science officers, aliens, and miscellaneous "blink and you miss them" uniform-class background players.
Here are the standouts in the episodes we've watched during the last few weeks.
Sorry, finding shirtless pics of less-well known actors from 26 years ago is not easy, so we'll have to make do with a face shot and fantasy.
Jonathan Del Arco is gay in real life, and now works with GLSEN in anti-bullying initiatives.
Daniel Stewart is primarily a stage actor, but he returned to tv on an episode of Blunt Talk, playing the son of Patrick Stewart's character again. He is not married.
8. "Rascals" (October 1992). The crew is zapped into the bodies of children. With David Birkin as a teenage Captain Picard.
Aug 15, 2018
I looked at the screen.
A naked man on the operating table.
Seeing shirtless guys on tv was almost unheard of, and here was a guy totally naked. Chest, shoulders,arms, belly.
Everything beneath the belt.
I had heard of the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows -- the older kids all grooved on tortured vampire Barnabas Collins. But I didn't watch, so I didn't know that Barnabas was trying to cure his vampirism by by transferring his life force into a young hunk, a man built out of the spare parts of bodybuilders. I don't think I had even heard of Frankenstein.
But there was a naked man on the operating table!
It was a busy summer, with Vacation Bible School and the move from Racine to Rock Island, and then starting out at a new school in the fall, so I caught only glimmers of the plot.
After a few weeks of grunts, the man, dubbed Adam (Robert Rodan), becomes eloquent, super-strong, and vicious. An altogether formidable foe, but all he really wants is a date. First he tries for Caroline, and then he forces Barnabas and Julia to build him a mate, Eve. His storyline ends in December, when he goes off to a clinic to have his scars removed and fade into obscurity.
He never got naked on screen, but he did in my memories. A lot.
He had a few minor roles: an episode of A Day in Court (1963), a musical, Looking for Love (1964), and the comedy Goodbye, Charlie (1964). Then he moved to New York and began modeling for magazines and auditioning for the theater.
A soap opera gig sounded like a good steady paycheck.
When he went to the Adam audition wearing regular clothes, Robert was intimidated by the guys in full Frankenstein makeup, but he had three things that they didn't: he was tall, dark-haired, and blue-eyed, characteristics that, according to Robert himself, producer Dan Curtis found especially sexy.
Wait -- is he implying that there was a gay casting couch going on?
That explains why half of the male cast members were gay.
After Adam, Robert returned to L.A. and started auditioning for movies. But he was only offered villains and monsters.
After a few commercials and the softcore porn thriller The Minx (1969), which a Swedish producer bought and turned into an X-rated movie, Robert hung up his headshots, turned back into Robert Trimas, and went into real estate.
But I'll always remember him as the naked man on the operating table.
See also: Barnabas and Willie
Aug 14, 2018
Besides, it starred the amazingly cute William Ragsdale from Fright Night. Coincidentally or not, his costar on Fright Night, Amanda Bearse, the most visible lesbian on tv before Ellen, was on Married...with Children. And the cast included two of the voice actors from another Fox show, The Simpsons.
Besides, the phrase "Herman's Head" sounds dirty.
There were even some queer elements.
The premise: a young man negotiates the various crises of his job, his friends, and his hetero-romances.
The gimmick: we can see inside his mind, a room stocked with various memories, anxieties, and hopes, where four aspects of his personality argue over his various schemes. Each is trying to one-up the other and steer Herman toward their preferred outcome.
2. Animal (Ken Hudson Campbell, center), his drinking, belching, crude-joke-making side, concerned with partying. And getting laid.
3. Genius (Peter Mackenzie, left), his logical, intellectual side, concerned with career advancement.
One wonders if the components of Herman's psyche also have sentient components in their psyches, so it's little rooms full of arguing beings all the way down.
Occasionally other components appear, such as Jealousy (Bobcat Goldthwait).
God appears in the guise of Leslie Nielsen (well, what does your image of God look like?)
In the final episode, Herman is dying (1990s sitcoms often had tragic endings) and his soul makes an appearance to say goodbye to the components, as he is the only one who will live on.
A lot -- A LOT of attention is paid to Herman's love life. He screws around more than Jerry Seinfeld, over on NBC: his amours include Heddy, Louise, Mr. Bracken's daughter, Mr. Bracken's niece, Crawford's girlfriend, two supermodels, a Playboy playmate, a rock star, a female executive at the company, a female senator, a visiting princess, guest star Maureen McCormick, Eve (as in the Biblical Adam and Eve), and about a dozen regular girlfriends.
Come on, William Ragsdale isn't that cute. But neither was Seinfeld.
No beefcake, no gay characters except for one of Herman's exes, now a lesbian who wants him to be a sperm donor.
But the fastidious Genius is gay-coded, and having a woman play part of Herman's psyche gave the show a queer feel. It was rather fun to listen to Angel promoting various dating shenanigans: "I want that woman. I want that woman bad."
Not a bad way to spend the half hour of downtime between Married..with Children and bed.
See also: Married..with Children.
Aug 13, 2018
Talk about hard-hitting investigative journalism!
I roiled at that. Woody Woodpecker is the most annoying cartoon character of all time. I'd rather watch a Scrappy-Do marathon.
Lantz rolled out the anarchic bird in 1940, as a foil for his established character Andy Panda. He was an ugly, unpredictable psychopath, causig mayhem for its own sake (as opposed to Bugs Bunny, who fights back against aggressors). Apparently he was popular enough to rate his own song, mostly about his heterosexual prowess:
Though he can't sing a note, there's a frog in his throat
All his top notes come out blurred
He's the ladies' first choice, with a laugh in his voice...and then that annoying ha-ha-ha-HA-ha.
When I was a little older, Woody Woodpecker a bottom-of-the-rack selection of Gold Key Comics (1963-78), not really worth spending my hard-earned 15 cents on. On the occasions that I did read his comics, I found him domesticated, a single father living in 1960s suburbia (although still talking like it was the 1940s, which I suppose is understandable; I occasionally throw a "radical" into my conversations today). He was raising his niece and nephew, Knothead and Splinter, distinguishable only by the hair and skirt, guiding them through crises involving bullies, paper routes, and science projects.
The Great Riverboat Race
Ghost of Gold Creek Gulch
Sub-Marooned in Neptunia
Similar to what you would find in the Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig comics a little higher up in the rack, or Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics at the very top, but with some significant, deal-breaker differences.
1. Woody lived in a human world, with only occasional animal characters. Granted, so did Bugs Bunny, but:
2. No buddy bonding, like Bugs and Porky or Donald and Uncle Scrooge had had on their adventures. Heck, even the other main Lantz character, Andy Panda, had a boyfriend, Charlie Chicken, with a sort of id-superego, rushing headlong into danger/worrying if he left the stove on sort of dynamic.
3. Woody was daft over dames. Bugs, Porky, and Donald had girlfriends as foils only, but Woody was obviously daft over dames, throwing himself into a bosomy woman's lap every five seconds.
4. The art was pedestrian, and the stories cliched.
Years later, I learned the slang meaning of "wood," which transformed "woodpecker" into a dirty word. I don't think it's enough to redeem Woody Woodpecker.
See also: Bugs Bunny Meets the Drag King
Nope. 22 episodes, tanked.
Scot Weinger went on to voice Aladdin.
Only the Torgeson twins got a glimmer of teen idol attention, although Jeffrey Licon became popular later in The Brothers Garcia, and Jason Marsden (top photo) became an adult beefcake star.
See also: The Torgerson Twins