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Wait, What? Ep. 135.5: Teen Titans Spotlight

Graeme McMillan

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Behind the scenes of the latest podcast.

Jeff Lester No More! Okay, that’s not entirely true — he’ll back back next week.

The Lester Travel Schedule meant that he wasn’t available to record this week’s podcast, and so I took it upon myself to record the first (and, hopefully, only) solo Wait, What? ever because both Jeff and I felt really, really bad about springing another skip week on you with no notice. It’s not really a real episode — it’s only 22 minutes long! — but it does, finally, see me tackle the remainder of those questions you lovely listeners asked of us way back in December last year. Who said this isn’t the Mighty Marvel Age of Taking A Really, Really Long Time To Get Around To Things?

The ep should be up in iTunes very soon, but you can also listen to it here. Everything’ll be back to normal next week, I promise.

Wait, What? Ep. 135.5: Teen Titans Spotlight

17 Responses to “ Wait, What? Ep. 135.5: Teen Titans Spotlight ”

  1. Felicity Kendall was in the Good Life. I only know of this fact and the show at all because it was parodied on The Young Ones. I have only watched a bit of Blake’s 7, been meaning to watch more, but it certainly seems like it had the reboot Battlestar Galatica’s brain but only the original Battlestar Galatcia’s brawn.

    Thanks for doing this episode Graeme. I appreciate you doing something special instead of skipping another week.

  2. As for Monkey Brain books I was only reading Bandette but I really enjoyed the first issue of The Real West which plays nicely into legend versus fact and how we view the mythologized frontier times. I’ll check out a few more suggestions from your list.

    And thank you for doing a special mini-sode if nothing else.

  3. I’d like to see Jeff on the Young Ones, just to see Vyvyan’s reaction to the beard.

  4. Best. Skip. Week. Ever.

    Thanks, Graeme!

  5. Are You Being Served? was a great show. I even liked it when I was a kid and my parents watched it on KQED. The characters were just so funny and the tone was bizarre. And the theme song was my favorite. I remember hearing Money by Pink Floyd for the first time and thinking, man, they really ripped off Are You Being Served?

    Good little show. Congrats on making it through the questions. You and Jeff should definitely keep Al Kennedy busy if you can work it out.

  6. How have I never noticed that the theme tune to Are You Being Served? is disturbingly … wonderful? Could it be the persistently wretched show it was attached to? Sadly, the sit-com was so terrible that I can’t yet detach its vices from its theme-tune, but I hope to live long enough to be able to do so. (More decades of non-exposure will be needed.) If only that song had been the opener for a vicious Theater Workshop satire of shop life: then I could enjoy it and not tremble with shame…

  7. Oh Colin! How could you not adore Mrs Slocombe’s … oh suit yourself :)

    Thanks for the extra, Graeme, such fun!

    Apparently The Good Life went out as Good Neighbours in the US (Mrs Dolly Mountshaft reminded me).

    I wonder if you knew that Josie and the Pussycats actually DID go into outer space. Sadly, they came back.

    I can still sing the theme song.
    http://youtu.be/oEPfGXHszAQ

  8. Ah, Blake’s 7: the best way of describing it was the cynicism of the remake of Battlestar Galactica with the production values of 70’s Doctor Who (not surprising as it was made by many of the same people at the same time). It’s creator was Terry Nation, who also created the Daleks, and he thought Blake’s 7 was about Robin Hood in Space fighting the evil empire. Thankfully, his script editor thought differently, and the more the series progressed, the more it was about a bunch of terrorists who were as bad as the thing they were fighting.

    The best summation of Blake’s 7 is to watch the final seven minutes of it’s final ever episode: after two years searching for the eponymous Blake, who had gone missing, his second in command finds him. And then this happens:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiZNW-g7lMw

    Now that’s how you end a tv series.

    As for the lead villain: Graham is completely right, and Servalan gave strange stirrings to adolescents around the UK in the late 70’s. Imagine the personality of Margaret Thatcher in the body of an incredibly sexy woman… well, just do a search on You Tube!!

    And yes, I can imagine Jeff in the Good Life… but does that make you Margo or Jerry Ledbetter, the next door neighbours, Graeme?

  9. Graeme ! I miss Jeff but thank you so much for putting this up.

    Of course the funny thing about Blake’s 7 was that there were only six members.

    The ‘Are you being served’ theme reminded me of the single greatest TV show theme (and opening sequence) of the 1980s and any time before or after that…

    Behold !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCFVEvZvo3g

  10. @supergodmasterforce: Man, that is a pretty damn awesome TV show theme and sequence. Lines up nicely with three of my faves:

    Ironside: http://youtu.be/zGfnoORaC2c (familiar to all Kill Bill fans)

    Barnaby Jones: http://youtu.be/jonoCXm9sQM (Quinn-Martin productions always made up for dull shows with great themes)

    and still my favorite, SWAT: http://youtu.be/1Iwp1d7eKbA

    But damned if I’m not going to go back and watch yours (and wait three hours to approve my comment since it has more than one link in it).

  11. Streets of San Francisco also has a fantastic theme. I like to think Jeff walks around the city, playing this song in his head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F0wlfmxKdU

  12. All this talk of classic TV themes took me to YouTube and while I can’t match the funkitude of the cops shows (if you listen closely to The Professionals, you can hear motifs used later in Barney Miller), but I went to old SF shows.

    First, UFO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pRmy2NktRc

    Then this amazing “every The Avengers”, which began very Saul Bass in the Honor Blackman days, through what I remember, on to more Paul Rand (look at the framing against and color of the backgrounds), then on to the newer ones I never saw, which, Lumley love it, were almost Mike Post-y: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7IrO3g-snY

    Made my night, The Avengers montage.

  13. Oh yeah Jeff – it’s really something isn’t it ?
    You can’t go wrong with an opening shot of a car driving through the window of an office building.

    Love the Barnaby Jones theme !

    you should ask Graeme about ‘The Sweeney’ sometime.

  14. On a side note, I think I found the template DC used for all it’s Villains Month issues:

    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/02/21/comic-critics-106/

    Seriously, almost every one was written like that parody comic.

  15. @T.

    I don’t know. It’s just not obvious enough. I guess that’s what distinguishes a Vertigo book from a DC book these days.

  16. Graeme: I really can’t remember the name of the Stan Lee novel. He wrote it sometime in the 1990s and it was about a New York culture reviewer (I believe he was the food reviewer), who was cultured and well-mannered, that ended up gaining flash-like superpowers and taking down a corrupt official before dying, seemingly from embarrassment. While it was post-modern superhero story (a sort of “What if Stan Lee tried to write a 1980s Superman story in the style of Alan Moore?”) it also read as a take-down of New York reviewers that saw Stan Lee’s work as low-culture and juvenile.

    I don’t see it anywhere on Amazon the web. I know I read it and Stan Lee was the writer (because they promoted it as “A novel written by the creator of Spiderman, Fantastic Four, and the Hulk”). And I know that the super hero was named Blue Streak. But I can’t seem to find the book anywhere.

    – Gary

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