Well, there’s a LOT to comment on for this one. So much so that I need to load the clip for another bout of rapid fire...
- Wouldn’t you have just loved it if they started playing that tape and saw grainy, black and white footage of a well, followed by a flickering ring? What do you think -- would the Bebops’ crew be any match for Sadako?
- The hilarious thing about this episode is that most kids today would probably consider Beta tapes to be as exotic an antique as these far-flung-future characters do. My family actually had a Beta when I was a wee lad and, wouldn’t you believe, most of memories of those tapes actually do revolve around them jamming, unspooling and getting all garbled on the TV because the tracking was off. Actually, I imagine the same situation applies to laser discs, now, too.
- Jet and Spike jerks to him?) was that the porn industry was what ultimately decided on VHS becoming the preferred format. I don’t know what the reasons were (better flesh tones, perhaps?) but their preferences carried over into the mainstream. Supposedly, that’s the same reason why Blu Ray ended up winning over HD- DVD in the latest “format war.”
- Here's another really solid episode and a better example of a told-in-one. You get an intriguing hook, a caper (into the hallowed halls of the lost shopping mall!) and then a rather poignant final scene.
- Along that line, this actually had a lot of resonance for me. Faye goes to the horse races and I’ve been going to races since I was a kid (since Beta!) because my grandfather owned a ranch (and I had to shovel all his colts' manure!). And her time capusle video reminds me a LOT of the home movies my big sisters made in the 80s. It almost hits * SNIFF * too close to home. Honestly, this episode did much more to make her sympathetic to me than that whole one with her lost love did.
- I love how all the schmucks in this future have buck teeth. You think orthodontists would’ve eradicated that by then - - even for the terminally stupid!