Saturday, April 30, 2022

JOHN DOE "He's Got All The Answers Except One" (2002)

"John Doe" was a 2002 TV series that ran for 22 episodes before getting cancelled. I only heard about it last week, so it's new to me, and that's why it's tonight's Saturday Night Special!

This John Doe was not in the band X.

This was the pilot episode of the show. Where John Doe is, where he came from, and what he's doing are all mysteries!

The only really solid thing we know is that he's buck naked and in the middle of freakin' nowhere.

It's quite an enigma to know everything there is to know in the world except who you are, and that's what John Doe is facing. Try wrapping your brain around that one!
Dominic Purcell is John Doe.
 He has also been Mick Rory/Heat Wave in various DC projects

John Doe is rescued, and ends up in Seattle, Washington of all places, but the show was actually filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

We all know the world is not just black and white, but that's the way John Doe sees it.

Because he has the mind of a computer, John Doe literally knows everything, and by knowing all the information about each horse in a horse race, he can easily figure out which horse is going to win each and every time, but there's one thing that even the biggest brain can't predict, and that is happenchance.

One factor he couldn't compute was that any given horse might lose it's rider and totally upset the odds, and he almost loses all his new found wealth, but he does manage to win it all back again.

The black and white scenes provide contrast that is quite refreshing.......

......And give the viewer a good perspective on what John is having to deal with.

Because of what he can do, John Doe gets involved with the local police to help them find a missing little girl. This simple laundromat token provides a lot of information to somebody as intelligent as John Doe.

Looking for clues............

One of the missing girl's drawings.

The Mother is aghast when she finds out the truth.

I found John Doe to be pretty entertaining, at least for this one episode, and I'm looking forward to finding a little spare time to watch some more, and that's something you might want to consider yourself if you like this sorta stuff, and you can figure that out right here!

Friday, April 29, 2022

WOODY WOODPECKER In "Wrestling Wrecks" - 1953

We have another cartoon about wrasslin' (they misspelled it on the title card!) today, this time our little pal gets caught up in the mania, as usual.

So, Woody's watching the wrasslin' matches on TV and is really into it, he just can't wait to cheer on his favorite brutes... Check out the announcer's baseball gear!

Probably the most interesting part with this cartoon is when the announcer gives the lineup of wrasslers in the upcoming bouts. Hey, I don't think that's legal!

This is pretty cool artwork, they would make a nice card set. There are actually many more characters announced than I show.

These are my favorites, actual monsters!

Anyway, Woody's Great Dane destroys the TV set when it goes for a T-bone steak shown in a commercial. Woody runs out the door, and...

He gets a ringside seat, only to have his hand stepped on! Wait, birds don't have hands!!

In the championship bout, the wrasslers go at it. Love this photo.

After playing pat a cake, the champ gets drop kicked a goodern!

Then there's this pic, the challenger gets looney-tuned. Pretty funny.

Woody gets tangled up in the action!

The champ gets sling shot out of the arena and directly into a hospital!

And this is how he ends up. Now, this pic looks like a Garbage Pail collector card! Really great artwork!

Woody goes bananas after his guy ends up in the hospital, he's ready to challenge the challenger for the championship belt.

And after Woody takes care of the challenger...

He wins the belt, which is a few sizes too big for him of course, but who cares, it just a cartoon for a Friday, hope you have a decent weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NEW WAVE THEATRE - "Episode # 5" (1982)

It's a New Wave Wednesday in The Dungeon and this week I've got another episode of the 1982 TV show "New Wave Theatre" for you to ponder.
This one is Episode #5, and once again the host is the profound Peter Ivers.

Just in case you're not familiar with the masterful music of Peter Ivers, here's a song called "Eighteen And Dreaming" from this 1985 LP called "Nirvana Peter."

After Peter does his opening spiel, we're introduced to the first L.A. band on the program, The Stepmothers. The band was fronted by this guy named Steve Jones, who went on to be in the band The Unforgiven.
The song performed by The Stepmothers was titled "If I Were You" (I'd Lay Off Me), and came off of this 1981 EP released on Posh Boy Records.

Next up was a power punk band I liked quite a lot called The Generals.

The Generals dressed up in military garb, and here they perform a very cool song called "Officer Material." Since they were "rejecting art in favor of fundamentalism," it's not surprising that I couldn't find any records by them, or really any information at all.
The next group were by far the most successful of all the bands on this show, John Doe and his lovely wife Exene Cervenka as seen here from the band X.
The song performed by X was from this 1980 LP, and was titled "The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss."
Without a doubt, Peter Ivers had his own unique style!
Following X was the hardcore punk band called Church.

Church is another band I couldn't find a whole lot of information about, but I do know the song they did on the show was called "Warning."
The last group on the program was a band of movers and shakers called Andy And The Rattlesnakes.

Andy And The Rattlesnakes were fronted by Andy Krikun, and are still rockin' today! Here's their website if you'd like to find out more about them!

The song performed by Andy And The Rattlesnakes was called "Patience," and can be found on this retrospective CD from 2006.
Better late than never!!

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