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  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  2. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  3. The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror series
  4. South Park’s “Pinkeye”, “Spookyfish” & “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”
  5. Roseanne episodes “BOO!”, “Trick or Treat”, “Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down”, “Halloween IV”, “Halloween V”, “Skeleton in the Closet” & “Halloween: the Final Chapter”
  1. August 1, 2010 and earlier: Lisa Simpson’s (almost) wedding from The Simpsons episode “Lisa’s Wedding” which premiered March 19, 1995
  2. 2005: The Death of Optimus Prime from “Transformers: the Movie” which premired August 8, 1986
  3. 1991: The Ape uprising from “Conquest of the Planet of The Apes” which premired June 29, 1972
  4. 2001: The voyage of the Discovery One in “2001: A Space Odyssey” originally published 1968
  5. 1984: The breaking of Winston Smith from “Nineteen Eighty Four” originall published June 8, 1949…of course Winston isn’t even sure if it actually was 1984 because that could have just been another one of The Party’s lies.
Of course, the greatest future is still to come: October 21, 2015 from Back to the Future, Part II.
  1. The Land Before Time
  2. Transformers (Dinobots count!)
  3. Dino-Riders
  4. Denver the Last dinosaur
  5. Dinosaucers
  1. Al Bundy (from “Married….with Children”)
  2. Cotton Hill (from “King of the Hill”)
  3. Arlo Givens (from “Justified”)
  4. Frank Reynolds (from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)
  5. Ben Linus (from “LOST”)

I thought this was an appropriate list what with the holiday this weekend and the fact that I just saw the finale of “Justified” as I’m catching up on the shows I missed while in Canada. Also while I went with Ben from LOST it’s worth noting that just about every male character on that show is a bad dad and while he’s not as awful as say Anthony Cooper, I enjoy him much more.

I’m watching Rocko’s Modern Life right now for the first time in years and seeing my memories of it completely validated.  It reminds me of what Art Speigelman got out of MAD Magazine: “The message MAD had in general is ‘The media is lying to you, and we are part of the media.’”

The message of Rocko’s Modern Life is “Life is complicated and hard, even if you don’t understand it now, it’s not going to get better.”

  1. Ron Howard in “Arrested Development”
  2. The trio of William Conrad of “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show”, Edward Everett Horton of “Fractured Fairy Tales” and Paul Frees of “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”
  3. Alec Baldwin in “The Royal Tenenbaums”
  4. William Dozier of “Batman”
  5. Daniel Stern of “The Wonder Years”
  1. He Got Game
  2. Futurama episode “Time Keeps on Slipping”
  3. The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island
  4. The Wire episode “Game Day”
  5. Teen Wolf
This was actually a hard list to come up with.  I did it in honor of the upcoming NBA finales, but I actually don’t care about basketball so I don’t seek out the game or something with the game in it.  Actually, the basketball just snuck into each of these things I already like.

I don’t have much else to say before the final episode other than I’m still looking forward to it. There is a lot riding on it, but I can’t wait to see how it all comes out. And I’ll be surrounded by some great people who’ve gotten me through the years. But I will make a few predictions and comments.


continue reading "Last Lost Predictions"

Tonight is the unofficial part one of the three part LOST finale and bears the wonderfully ominous title “What They Died For.” And that’s exciting because I really want to see if the show can stick the landing.

Lost is actually really great at endings, of a certain type.  They can do wonderful cliffhangers that have me jumping from my seat and looking at the calendar to see how long I have to wait until the next episode. Days? Weeks? Months?

But tonight is their last cliffhanger and after Sunday they’re nothing left to look forward to.  There will be no thoughts or anticipation about what the creators could have planned.  It will all be up on the screen for good or bad.

And mostly people have considered what we’ve seen this season to be bad. There have been things I’ve like and things I haven’t but generally this is the show I thought I would see. It had a strong beginning, introduced vague and mysterious new characters and locations, strained its believability, took long journeys on side trips and draggggged in the middle.  What season of Lost hasn’t done that? Why should this season be any different?


continue reading "LOST: Big Wheel Keeps On Turning…"

1. Jerry Orbach

2. Vincent D’Nofrio

3. Richard Belzer

4. Lynne Thigpen

5. J.K. Simmons

The original show was canceled today.  Finally.  I used to really like it but the “ripped from the headlines” format got boring when it became so over powering. Once they were only interested in doing a story I already knew “but with a twist” instead of focusing on what makes a strong standalone episode I was done.  And the constant spin-offs just diluted the brand and it stopped being worth the time.  They were making hours not art.  But there were some great people on the show.

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