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: Butt Patrol
December 8, 2022 6:50 PM - Season 4, Episode 2 -
Our heroes hatch a plan to present this week's terrifying future, but it involves a radical change to the team.
kittens for breakfast
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Random Notes (episodes 1 and 2):
*The song at the top of the premiere is "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)," a classic standard by raunch metal band W.A.S.P. (We Are Sexually Perverted). Per Wikipedia, "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" was originally intended as a track on W.A.S.P.'s 1984 debut album, but it was deemed "too controversial" and dropped (it was later released as a single, and the track was eventually added to reissues of the album). W.A.S.P. is probably best known for incurring the wrath of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a censorship advocation group spearheaded by Tipper Gore, wife of then-Senator Al Gore. W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless
suggested in a 2004 interview that Gore's crusade against the band (and explicit metal and rap lyrics as a whole) began when she discovered her son rocking out to "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast),"
but to be honest, it's very hard for me to imagine the scion of two such deeply lame, albeit well-intentioned, individuals doing any such thing. Regardless, forty years later, the song that may have launched a thousand record burnings is here, in a TV show about superheroes fighting a man with a giant metal dick, and the world just keeps on turning like nothing happened at all.
*The "Immortus" Willoughby Kipling learns of is almost certainly General Immortus, an archenemy of the Doom Patrol who first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963). Comics characters on this show tend to be pretty far afield of their comic book antecedents, so speculation is probably kind of pointless.
*"Agents Wolfman and Perez": Writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez created Cyborg, and debuted him in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980) -- and not, as one might suppose, in New Teen Titans #1, which followed a little later. This is an especially nice tribute since George Perez, a wonderful artist who by all accounts endeared himself to everyone he ever met, passed away this May, just 67.
kittens for breakfast
on December 8, 2022 [
Ok, so that was neato - a gag on an "
" for the butt colony.
I'm of two minds of Rita's disavowal of heels.
Someone on the writing staff must have liked 'Alien: Resurrection' at least a little bit,
Been digging Fraser's Cliff since day one. This arc is well done by me.
on December 9, 2022
Yeah, I'm hoping they manage to find the right balance between story and soul searching this season. I mean, I like the soul searching, and it's probably useful to get some of those concepts out there for people, but the last couple of seasons occasionally got a little too far up their own navels for their own good?
And I can't remember where the zombie side of things came from - the brief dead boy detectives episode? I think I've hit DC crossover saturation, and I can't keep my stories straight any more.
on December 15, 2022
I'm glad it's not just me. It took me a while to try to pull the pieces together, and even then, while I have the broad strokes (zombies and butts), I couldn't remember the name of the farmer zombie or where he fit in to save my life. This is one of those times a "previously" or an "editor's note" would have been appreciated.
on December 18, 2022
W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless suggested in a 2004 interview that Gore's crusade against the band (and explicit metal and rap lyrics as a whole) began when she discovered her son rocking out to "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)," but to be honest, it's very hard for me to imagine the scion of two such deeply lame, albeit well-intentioned, individuals doing any such thing.
Given my very strong feelings about the PMRC and the bullshit they tried to pull in the 80s, I don't grant Tipper Gore much in the way of good intentions -- or Al either, at least on this issue.
That said, Al Gore said on record during the PMRC hearings that he was a big Frank Zappa fan, as a preface to the committee's questions to Frank after his testimony, although maybe it was before Frank spoke, don't remember the exact order of events. Anyways, Al is a dweeb, but at least he has/had an adventurous taste in music, and maybe that rubbed off on Gore Jr.
on January 3
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