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Histeria!


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For two or three years around the turn of the 21st century, there was a show on the Kids’ WB called Histeria. Something about the wacky humor, somewhat bizarre cultural references (including to Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Justice League, Monty Python, and others) mixed with a genuine approach to teaching history to kids stuck watching TV got me hooked on it.

Some of my favorite bits that I can remember off of the top of my head include:

  • Episode 24: Pee Wee Herman-like character as General Sherman — complete with full intro song “Sherman’s Campsite” set to the tune of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”
  • Episode 2: An entire song-and-dance number about Philo Farnsworth, the under appreciated inventor of television.
  • Episode 41: The Yalta conference represented as Stalin, Churchill, and FDR fighting over a bunch of food.

The good news is that, even though the show has been off the air for several years now, we can still enjoy it through the magic of the internet. AOL Time Warner put Histeria, as well as several other shows up on the AOL Video website. Check it out at http://video.aol.com/video-category/histeria/1576.

 

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Stoked


Some things that I’m currently stoked about/for:

  • 27 June 07 – Live Free or Die HardHere’s a trailer for the next (last?) sequel in the most awesomely awesome action movie franchise evarrrr.
  • 11 July 07 – San Francisco – I just heard the news today that I’ll most likely be taking a trip to SF for a “visit” at this time. I remain cautiously optimistic.
  • 23 Sep 07 – The War – Ken Burns’ epic 14-hour-long documentary on World War II has apparently been 6+ years in the making. There’s a trailer/teaser up on the website.
  • 16 Oct 07 – GTA IV – Check out the first trailer on their website. Awesomeness. I’m such a GTA junkie that this will also be when I buy a next-gen console (although I haven’t 100% decided which one). This game is so anticipated, that they’ve pre-announced that the next trailer will be available on the site on 6/28.

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Heroes == Awesome


I finally got around to peeping the latest episode off of the DVR last night. Pure. Television. Goodness. Amanda referred to it as the best hour of television ever. Now, I wouldn’t go quite to those lengths, but it definitely ranks right up there in my book as the best thing to come through my cable box in quite some time. At several points I found myself sitting on the edge of the couch practically hooting at the screen. Here are some observations:

  • The scar on Peter’s face was bothering me the whole episode. Yes, it makes him look quite bad-ass, but since he supposedly has Claire’s healing power (at least we’ve seen him use it in the past) how would he have a scar? hmmmm? It’s been suggested by others that perhaps in this timeline he didn’t meet Claire, or share her power. My theory is that he just chooses not to heal it in order to increase his “bad-ass-ity.”
  • The Sylar as Nathan swap-eroo plot twist was gold. He really is a magnificent bastard.
  • That fire vs. ice Peter vs. Sylar rig at the end. Awesome. ‘Nuff said.
  • The X-men / post-9-11 opression allegory has the potential to be a bit heavy-handed, but they’re pulling it off nicely. It was, after all, quite obvious to me at least that this is the direction the show is headed in.
  • There is indeed hope for continued goodness in the second season. Someone said the other night that the only way the show can continue to kick ass beyond this “save the world” season, is if they “get their shit together and go all X-men.” I’m paraphrasing here, but as per the previous bullet, it seems like that’s what’s happening.

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