Old and New

Old and New

Kris and I subscribe to a couple of streaming services like Disney+, Paramount+ and Netflix.  We love watching all the new stuff like, “The Mandalorian”, “Asoka”, “Ms. Marvel”, “Star Trek: Discovery, Brave New Worlds and Lower Decks”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Wednesday”, and “One Piece”.  We also had Amazon TV for a while just to watch, “Thunderbirds are Go” – still waiting for the third and final season.

But we also watch some of the free streaming services like Tubi for the retro stuff.  We’ve watched a lot of the original Gerry and Silvia Anderson shows like, “The Thunderbirds”, “Super Car” and “Stingray”.  We’ve rewatched some Britcoms like, “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Mr. Bean”.  And recently Tubi picked up the Sid and Marty Kroft shows like, “H.R. Puffinstuff” and, “The Bugaloos”.

We’re also big fans of cartoons and anime, so we were really excited to here that on June 25th Frndly TV is launching a new cartoon channel, MeTV Toons.  I recognize almost all the shows shown, but I’ll give you the ones I’m looking forward to.

Fourth row, second one over, “Duck Dodgers in the 23rd and a half Century”.  This was one of the best uses of the classic Loony Toons characters.  A spoof on a lot of space sci-fi shows, particularly Star Trek with the Tasmanian Devil as a Klingon type character.

Fifth row, second one over, “Freakaziod!”  This was a fast paced, Spielberg production filled with pop-culture references, “Floyd the barber does his hair…”  This is also a very Khan-like villain who is always after the secret to Freakaziod’s powers.

Seventh row, first one, “Marine Boy”.  One of the earliest animes I watched.  Not as early as “Astro Boy”, but nothing is.  It would play in an afternoon block with “The Amazing Three”. Now that’s one I really wished they’d bring back.   But from what I’ve read, a lot of the English dub episodes are missing.  It was by the same creator as “Astro Boy”, Osamu Tezuka.

Ninth row, second one over, the original, “Rocky and Bullwinkle”.  The new one on Amazon was fun, but nothing beats the classic.

Tenth row, fifth one over, “Speed Racer”.  Another classic and early anime I watched.

Eleventh row, fourth over, “Top Cat”.  A Hanna-Barbera classic that predated “The Flintstones”. I remember watching it, but I don’t remember any of the plots.  The character of Top Cat was based on Phil Silvers – long before I knew who Phil Silvers was.  I had just been thinking about the show and did I search to see if anyone was playing it.  I found that in 2013 they did a CGI movie, “Top Cat:  The Beginning”.  How did I not hear of this?

And finally, bottom row, first one, “Shaolin Showdown”.  This was shown on Cartoon Network, but not produced by them and not in their prime-time block.   I think it was one of their most underrated shows they had.

It’s going to take a lot to get me away from the television.  Tubi has just picked up a dedicated viewer.



215th blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  76,641 words.  ß Past 76,000.  Goal:  80,000.

Second Steampunk novel: 783 words. 

Second Steampunk screenplay:  157 pages.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.

Also, on June 1st, Cartoon network is airing a new season of “Total Drama Island”, available the next day on MAX (formerly HOB Max).  This is the only “Reality TV” show I’ll watch.

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