Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×02 “On the Fence”

Episode: On the Fence (1×02)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Jeff Sherman
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: DeJuan Guy
Original Air Date: October 1, 1993

Teaser

The new sheep.  Or goat.

The new sheep. Or goat.

Lunchtime at Cory’s school.  Bowlcut’s place as the sheep/goat has been filled by a random black kid.  Unlike Bowlcut’s, RBK’s haircut made an unfortunate comeback.  Today’s scintillating discussion topic is… which superhero the young lads would want for their dad.  Uh… weird thing to do.  Unless, of course, the discussion is limited to superheroes whose powers are hereditary, in which case the real point would be… whose powers would I want to inherit?  I’d vote Superman (infinitely powered Silver Age version, of course, minus Supes’ arrogant personality and the Super Sons).  RBK and Shawn vote Batman and his Batmobile, but Cory’s totally right about Superman being the one to go with.  Shawn notices class dweeb Stuart Minkus sitting alone, so he whips out his “2000X Hydro Saturator” Super Soaker knockoff, and takes aim.  RBK pulls out his own “Hydro-Sat 3000Z,” which he used his connections to obtain, because the toy isn’t even on the market until the upcoming Christmas season.  Having had enough, Minkus opens his french horn case to reveal yet another souped-up non-Super Soaker.  Having no water toy of his own, Cory fills up a water balloon at the water fountain, but then he turns around to see that every single kid was armed and had their sights trained on his body.  “I’ll get one, I promise!” he pleads as they assault him with water.  The kids tuck the water weapons away just as Mr. Feeny walks through the door.  Upon seeing Cory’s wet shirt, Mr. Feeny scolds, “Mr. Matthews, the water fountain is not a toy.”

Ambush!

Ambush!

Continue reading

Advertisements

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×02 “High Five”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

A note to readers beforehand:

Because the first season is 60 episodes (and many episodes are the same basic plot), I will be highlighting 26 episodes in total.  The ones I will focus on either introduce something new weapon-wise, key plot points in the over-all series, or had some interesting relevance to the series overall.  And then of course my favorite episode is being included, because, well, it’s my blog series and I can :).

This note has been retconned into the original post.

Also, an apology on the delay, we had an AC Unit malfunction that displaced me from my DVDs for a few days.

Episode: High Five (1×02)
Director: Adrain Carr
Teleplay: Steve Kramer
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 7, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the communicators and Blade Blasters. Also was one of the original 5 episodes released on VHS.

This is how you know it's a Trini-centric episode. Sort of.

This is how you know it’s a Trini-centric episode. Sort of.

ACT ONE

Jason is proving to everyone that he had no problems with middle school gym class by climbing the rope to the ceiling in the Juice Bar.  Kimberly is wearing a particularly early 90s outfit. Trini warns Jason to be careful before revealing that she is terrified of heights.  Billy arrives to tell the Rangers something, and somehow ends up with Jason’s legs wrapped around his head, swinging from the rope.

Yeah, this joke writes itself.

Yeah, this joke writes itself.

Continue reading

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×02 “Bundt Friday”

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996-2000) Logo Time

Episode: Bundt Friday (1×02)
Director: Gary Halvorson
Teleplay: Norma Safford Vella
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Tom McGowan, Curtis Andersen, Ella Joyce
Original Air Date: October 4, 1996

Cold Open

Zelda attempts to help Sabrina with her magic, by explaining the overly wordy and complex spell.  Hilda calls her a stuff-shirt, and shows her the “fun” section called Magic for Dummies.  Zelda whines about it being the oldest trick in the book, and that mortals are doing it…and shockingly, it is.  Sabrina pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

Yes, it is the oldest trick in the book.

Yes, it is the oldest trick in the book.

Continue reading

Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×01 “The Pilot”

BOY MEETS WORLD (1992-2000)

This is the first of “Claudia only” posts.

I first saw Boy Meets World in local syndication, at some point in the late 1990s.  At this time, the show was still producing its first run on ABC, so I caught some of these newer episodes as well.  Since the series ending, it has been syndicated on The Disney Channel, ABCFamily, and MTV2.   Between local and national syndication, I managed to watch every single episode several times.  Because of how I watched this show, I have never seen the episodes in a perfectly consecutive order.  I am also thinking that since Girl Meets World is coming… well, as of publication date there is no premiere date set.  It’s going to premiere in 2014 sometime, according to the most recent news.  But it’s a perfect time to give Boy Meets World a detailed look.  This re-watch gives me the opportunity to properly watch each episode of this wonderful and oh-so 90s show in its intended order!

Episode: Pilot (1×01)
Director: John Tracy
Teleplay: Michael Jacobs, April Kelly
Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris (credit only), Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Stars: Chauncey Leopardi, Cynthia Mace, Krystin Moore
Original Air Date: September 24, 1993

Cold Open

Both are brave for eating from the vending machines.

Both are brave for eating from the vending machines.

Establishing shot of school.

The show’s first line: Cory: ‘Good morning, Mr. Feeny.’  Bookends somewhat with series finale, but where nowhere near discussing that yet.

Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) chides Cory (Ben Savage) for eating junk food from the cafeteria’s vending machine, prompting a sassy at-least-I’m-not-eating-astronaut-food comeback from Cory.  They banter a bit, with Mr. Feeny getting the last word (noted in The Wisdom of Mr. Feeny), then Cory and his milk sit down with random bowlcut kid (thankfully this show does not have a ton of actual bowlcut haircuts) and Shawn (Rider Strong).  Bowlcut is sitting at Cory’s right hand, and Shawn is on Cory’s left.  Is the whole “place of honor” thing switched around for southpaws?

Bowlcut is the sheep... or the goat?

Bowlcut is the sheep… or the goat?

Shawn’s character is apparently not quite anti-homework yet, because he has his textbook open.  I know, weird, right?  Their conversation is set to shuffle (could CD players do that back then?  Mine sure couldn’t), the topics being, why Cory wouldn’t suck up to Mr. Feeny this year  (“At least this way, I’m taking him with me”), a new teacher sitting next to Mr. Feeny at lunch, and how late into the late night talk show the boys managed to stay up.  Well shoot, I was asleep by the end of the late night news every night, so I would’ve come in last in this contest.  The school bell rings.  “Four hours until lunch,” says Cory as the students leave for class.

Continue reading

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×01 “Day of the Dumpster”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

This is the first of “Geoffrey only” reviews.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, for me, is one of the most 1990s things you can possibly get.  This is a show that defined most of my middle elementary school years (2-4 grades).  I came to the party a little late; the series began in August, and it was while I was down sick with walking pneumonia at the end of April that I discovered the show.

This show was the imputes for this blog’s creation. I recently received the morphenomenal Seasons 1-3 box set, and was hit by how awful and yet still wonderful the physical show was.  So, what will follow will be part snark, part nostalgia, and part respect for the show.

Because the first season is 60 episodes (and many episodes are the same basic plot), I will be highlighting 26 episodes in total.  The ones I will focus on either introduce something new weapon-wise, key plot points in the over-all series, or had some interesting relevance to the series overall.  And then of course my favorite episode is being included, because, well, it’s my blog series and I can :).

Episode: Day of the Dumpster (1×01)
Director: Adrain Carr
Teleplay: Tony Oliver and Shuki Levi
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: August 28, 1993/January 2, 2010 (re-boot)

This isn't a bad idea, no...

This isn’t a bad idea, no…

Continue reading

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×01 “The Pilot”

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996)

Logo Time

This marks the first of our jointly-reviewed TV shows.  After this post on the pilot, we intend to do one post of two episodes a week and will cover Seasons 1-4.  The reasons we are not going to continue with Seasons 5-7 are simple.  Season 5 began in the fall of 2000, which puts it out of the main scope of our blog.  At the same time, it moved from ABC to the WB, and the show had a massive overhaul, which Geoffrey felt was for the worse.

A general statement before we begin:

Geoffrey:  I loved this show in the 90s.  It was fun, clever and it had magic…something I desperately wanted to have.  It spoke out for us nerds and underdogs bullied at school, and yet somehow, Libby was still likable.  I am definitely looking back at the show with some nostalgic love.

Claudia: So, I did not watch Sabrina growing up.  I did catch a few first-run and syndicated episodes here or there, while at friends’ houses or in waiting rooms.  I don’t think I had much specifically against the show (I did like Melissa Joan Hart from the few episodes of Clarissa Explains It All that I caught growing up).  The “magic-based” shows were just not my favorite, at that point in time. 

But, I had friends who watched it during its initial TGIF run, so I was familiar with the Aunts and Sabrina and Libby… and didn’t Harvey get a likeness doll at some point?  (Ebay says “yes!”  I remember commercials.)  There are a few widespread things that my generation loved in the 90s that I just didn’t *get* at the time, but now appreciate (bubblegum pop and cargo pants immediately come to mind).  So, I think Sabrina the Teenage Witch may be worth a revisit, as well.

Episode: Pilot (1×01)
Director: 
Robby Benson
Teleplay: Nell Scovell
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Robby Benson, Penn and Teller, Debbie Harry
Original Air Date: September 27, 1996

Cold Open

The series kicks off with Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) levitating over her bed in her sleep, while her two single aunts, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) watch on.

Sabrina's First Levitation

Geoffrey: You know it’s the mid-90s because of the lava lamp.

Claudia: Aaand the pilot episode exposition begins.

Continue reading

The Rugrats Movie (1998)

THE RUGRATS MOVIE (1998)

Directors: Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien
Screenplay: David N. Weiss and J. David Stem
Main Cast
: E.G. Daily, Tara Charendoff, Christine Cavanaugh, Kathie Soucie, Cheryl Caser, Cree Summer, Busta Rhymes, David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Margaret Cho, Edie McClurg, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Iggy Pop, Beck

A different poster than the standard.

A different poster than the standard.

Some notes before the movie in general:

Geoffrey: I did not see this movie in 1998.  While I did watch the show at my grandmother’s, and she was going to take me…something internally told me not to watch it.  One day, I’ll remember to listen to that internal something-or-other.  Recently, I tried to re-watch the series (which I did love as a kid) and found it pretty unwatchable…but having never seen the movie, I wondered if it was something better.  

Claudia: I probably saw Rugrats the Movie in the summer of 1999.  In those days, on the hottest summer days, mom would take my siblings and me to the local $1 movie theatre so we could cool down while watching a G-rated movie.  Whichever G-rated movie was playing, regardless of personal interest and film quality.  The films we saw ran the quality gamut from Babe to The Pebble & the Penguin.  Rugrats the Movie fell somewhere between those two.  Since that summer, I had not seen this movie.  Not being a fan of the Rugrats TV series, I remember feeling that it was a decent enough way to pass a hot summer afternoon, but I would not go out of my way to watch it again.  Would I change my opinion after a second viewing?  

Continue reading