Have you ever seen the original 1950s Mr. Clean commercial, the one with the catchy song? It starts out by singing “Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute./ Mr. Clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it!” I won’t write out the whole thing here, but a male and female singer go back and forth asking if Mr. Clean can clean this and that, which of course, the answer is always that he can, until they get to the last question, which is, “Can he clean a diamond ring?/ Mr. Clean cleans anything!” Anything? Really? Hold on, let me get on the phone to P&G real quick. Hello? Yes, my name is Michael, and I’d like to order two hundred gallons of Mr. Clean. I’d like it dumped on a TV studio lot owned by the CW. There’s a huge mess there. Which lot? Oh, it’s called Riverdale.
Well, folks, it’s finally happened. After seven years, 155 episodes, a 13-episode spinoff, and a novel, “Once Upon A Time” is finally over. Despite it being my 32nd Showcase written more than two years ago, the stuff I wrote about it was still relevant right up to the end, which I think shows a great deal of consistency with the show itself. But was the ending any good? And how about the final season in general? Here’s just a few thoughts I have about how the show ended.
So, let’s talk about the show I’ve been the most excited about in a very long time. After watching the original “Lost in Space“, I was elated to find out that Netflix was making a darker, more dramatic reboot. But there were concerns, mainly the ones involving any modern remake of a classic bit of entertainment: sure, the trailer makes it look good, but will it be trash and shame the original series (like “Riverdale“, for instance)? And were there Easter eggs in this series that refer to the old one? Let’s once again board the Jupiter 2 as we discuss “Lost in Space” 2018.
I was recently in the mood for a specific type of podcast/audio drama. I didn’t quite know what I was looking for, but I knew I’d know when I’d found it. After listening to pilot after pilot and being bored by all of them, I came across this show. And the odd thing was, it wasn’t at all what I was looking for. But after hearing it, I had to have more. What is it that made this show so good? Let’s find out with a look at “The Amelia Project”.
This show was introduced to me when it was still relatively new, and I started watching it about five or six years ago. Since then, I have been on a quest to finish it without paying through the nose for Amazon Prime or CBBC. “But Michael, Amazon’s not that expensive.” Yeah, but I’m a poor twenty-something with college loans and more on the way, and I’ve already got Netflix, so I’m not really keen to pay Hulu and Amazon for the one show I want to watch on each. Tell me you watch more than a couple of shows on Hulu or Amazon. And no, I’m not freakin gonna pay for Apple or Disney when they have their own dumb streaming sites! Woah, what was I talking about? Oh right, this awesome show that took me five years to watch. I’m really happy that I finally get to write this post, and to talk about how to get a modern and young audience into what is essentially silent comedy. So let’s head on down to the farm and take a look at “Shaun the Sheep”.
For the first time ever on this blog, I am writing about a completely non-fiction show. Well, I mean, I guess there was the Candy Crush game show rant, but this is a show I actually liked. The very first time I heard this show, going in blind, I thought it was fiction. Let me explain why this show is brilliant as we take a look at “Serial”.
Woah, what’s this!? A review about a show that no one’s ever heard of or cares about? From this blog? Who would’ve guessed? This show’s got an interesting story behind it, because I was going to write a Showcase about it a year ago, but then decided not to, and then decided to pick it up again. It’s got something worth looking at, and I want to do that, so set your time machines for 2017 as we look at “Time After Time”.
So, it’s been a while since I wrote anything, and it’s been a really long time since I did any TV Showcases. But fret not, dear readers: there’s some exciting stuff happening in the world of TV and podcasts, and I want to hit on some of that, and other ideas I have for the blog as I embark on year three of One Man and His Banjo. So let’s just get all this stuff outta the way.
As I’ve recently been writing about musicals, I thought it might be beneficial to address something that I’ve run into when talking about movies and shows that incorporate musical numbers. I’ve had a tendency to label some of these high-quality musicals as Broadway, only to be told by music or Broadway buffs that it’s not accurate to label productions that haven’t been on Broadway as Broadway musicals. But if it’s exactly the same kind of music and show, then where’s the distinction? Let’s talk about it.
As long-time readers of this blog will know, I highly enjoy finding bits of entertainment that are deemed out of the ordinary, unlikely to succeed, or even to some degree “impossible”. Over the years, I’ve found two TV musicals, a silent audio drama, a silent piece of music, and even a choose your own adventure audio show. And while I continue to search for odd combinations such as these, I can finally cross one of them off my list: a Broadway-style, well-made musical audio drama. But typically, a musical uses music as an audio complement to the visual story, so how does an audio complement work when it’s all audio to begin with? Let’s go down the list as we look at “36 Questions”.