Oh, this is chock full of awesome. Thanks.
2008-08-12 06:04 am (UTC)
Man, I LOVED SeaQuest DSV.
Glad to finally meet you, Javi! (Les brought you across the aisle!)
That last one was me - James Owen. Stupid lj logged me out!
Daaang, I only got like, half of these. Bravo!
My favorite moment in an episode chock full of them was seeing Wendy's geeky smile at Guy's "Scotty" reference. Pure joy.
Oh, this is great! Would you mind if I linked to this for my LJ comm? (We compile all the references we can find and explain them for those who might not catch them. We're over at middlenotes.livejournal.com - come check us out!)
Thank you so much, and for finally saying what "pugnantes malos, no hos pugnetis" means. (It's been bothering me to no end!)
2008-08-12 12:11 pm (UTC)
It's actually "ne hos pugnetis," which the closed captioning happily got right. There is no "no" in Latin. I was translating it formally, so I got "Fighting evil [men], lest you fight them," but the colloquial version is much sweeter.
2008-08-12 12:20 pm (UTC)
What about these
I think you left off two of Middleman's exclamations: "Halls of Montezuma!" and "Shores of Triploi!" are both nuggets from the Marines' Hymn.
And thank you for showing the Middleman logo. That's beautiful!
I love how much attention one must pay to this show. I mean, it's fun and clever without seeing how many references you can get. And then seeing you missed so many! Wow!
This is truly impressive, and made for a really rich and delightful episode. Possibly my favorite to date, though last week's might still take the cake.
Also, you've got people to make sure you don't go "too geeky"? First: too late, and second: I don't think you need to be worrying about that. Thank you for constructing this show entirely out of awesome, and keep up the great work!
Yay "Beyond the Beyond"! I haven't seen She-Wolf of London in a million years, but now I want to go find that ep.
This whole list was hot. I didn't realize I missed so many. :D
any reference to anything close to The Young Ones gets 2 full seasons of loyalty from me no questions asked.
Just *loved* this episode. Batter of the Bulge? LOVE IT! James and I would drive many miles to any place that served "Luftwaffles" and "PanzerCakes." Brilliant! I want one of their menus. :)
2008-08-12 06:03 pm (UTC)
We're going to get some sort of "Pop-Up" toggle for the DVDs that point all these out to us as we watch, right?
"jelly babies" - homage to the fourth doctor's favorite candy
Ah man! I actually thought I was clever and that the jelly babies was intended as a veiled reference to The Beatles, and "Help!" (which of course spoofs James Bond too). Early in their career, the Beatles apparently commented they loved jelly bellies, and they were inundated by fans sending them -- so much so, that on one of their Christmas 45s (and the Christmas album), they implored fans to stop sending them...
Now, of course, I realize it was "jelly babies," not "jelly bellies." I wonder if they even are the same thing. At least it was, in fact, another British icon that was intended to be referenced ... Oh well, I don't feel so smug or smart anymore.
Based on one story I heard about the Beatles, jelly babies are a little softer than our jelly beans, so that when American fans (not knowing there was a difference) would throw them onstage, the Beatles got more than a little pelted.
In fact, I don't watch Doctor Who, so I would have thought that it was a Beatles ref, too, if it weren't for this list...
I never managed to watch an episode of Middleman straight through because we spend so much time rewinding to catch all the stuff we missed because we were shrieking with awed laughter.
If we buy all the episodes on itunes will that effect the network's bottom line and make them more likely to renew the show?
Because now that I have met a world with Middleman in it, I do not want to imagine a world without it.
I am deliriously happy after watching this episode! Harry Rule and the Contessa!! I thought I was the only person on the planet who knew Protectors. It was my first fandom. I fell out of my chair, rewound, then fell again!
And then you hit my second button - Lost in Space! Guy and Mark! I can not tell you how much I love you guys. Where do I send the chocolates!?!?
2008-08-13 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh please make an ongoing feature of your blog revealing rules for Shboomie.
A NOTE ABOUT ANGSTROMS: yes, we're aware that an angstrom is not a unit of weight or volume.
Oh good. You had me confused about whether I remembered basic science.
I heard the Lucas-apologist "we were talking about their navigational ability" explanation. I think linguistic shift is a much better pseudo-explanation any day. But MM can't use it. :)
2008-08-15 09:15 am (UTC)
I love this show!!
I hope to see many more seasons!
2008-08-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
Casanova Charlie - "Pictures of Monica"
Okay, first of all, I'm doing this from memory so if the song's name isn't exactly "Pictures of Monica", my apologies. I know it features the name Monica, anyway.
So, here's my theory: is this perhaps a well-hidden reference to the band Counting Crows? Perhaps episode writer Tracey Stern is a fan? I mean, there's the obvious alliterative connection between the two band names; plus actress Courtney Cox-Arquette, who played Monica on "Friends", dated Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz, and was in at least one Counting Crows music video, for the song "A Long December".
I don't know, maybe I'm just overthinking things a bit too much here, but I was bored at work and figured I'd get paid to dink off online for a while.
This episode, by the way, was far and away the best of the series so far, and I say that as a committed fan who's enjoyed every episode. This one was a real step up for the series, though, and I think demonstrates the true potential of what this show could become if it ever gets the chance. More like this one, please, if we can!
2008-08-15 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Casanova Charlie - "Pictures of Monica"
I forgot to identify myself earlier when I posted this. name's JD, you can find me at email@example.com
(I mistook this for "Schultzy" and squealed like a dolphin but alas...)
I would have gotten the Jake 2.0 bits if that show was on DVD. I miss that show. Having worked for/with Greenwalt for two years (and Tracey Stern for a couple of months) I'm semi-surprised if he was the one saying not to go too geeky on Jake.