Now, when I say Tribute, usually this video/song comes to mind for some or most:
But this only starts to explain what I'd like to mention. When I think of a tribute, I think of something that pays an homage to something in a way so great/awesome/comedic that it just can't be ignored. One of those things that has been done within the past decade or so was a little show on Cartoon Network/Toonami called 'Megas XLR'. What is that, you ask? To me, it was one of the greatest cartoons out of this past decade. Don;t believe me? Just check out this intro for the show.
Now, as good as that intro is, wouldn't have been nice to have a little teaser sometime between one of your other 'toons during that period? Well...
I think I've exhausted all the promotional material I can for it. So what the hell is this show, to be exact? Well... it's about a guy in Jersey, circa 2005, saving the world from the Glorf, a race of aliens from the distant future (a millennium into the future, give or take a decade) that want to destroy human civilization as we know it. Their only snafu is their "Avatar" unit that was repo'd by the humans and redesignated Megas. Unfortunately, the unit got shipped to the past (our oresent), and with it the Glorf and Kiva- a human resistance fighter who went back with the unit to help save humanity from total destruction. Unfortunately... the unit got into the hands of an overweight slacker by the name of Coop and his skinny slacker friend Jamie.
So what's notable about all of this, you ask? Well, for starters, Steve Blum's
in every episode as Jamie. Not familiar-sounding enough? Okay- he's Roger
from The Big O
. So yeah... he's something of a big deal to otaku. But what about the likes of Michael Dorn (Lt Cmdr Worf on Star Trek: TNG) and Clancy Brown as Glorf? They're well-respected actors in their own rights for various sci-fi/fantasy works (Mr. Brown being noted more recently for his role on Spongebob Squarepants as Mr Krabs). And the occasional guest stars- with the likes of Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead) and Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime in almost every stateside 'Transformers' release)- is nothing to snuff your nose at.
But the storylines? Yep... they parody and pay homage to just about anything you can think of in there- one notable episode they fight a being labelled the Regis Mark 5, with abilities and a tendency to destroy/kill as much as its inspiration in the 1990 cult classic 'Hardware'. Let's not forget the various mech references throughout the series as well... but that'd be a whole lot to cover.
Now if this isn't the best homage blog to an homage done, I dunno what is.