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all right, here is a guide to all the references... [Aug. 11th, 2008|10:31 pm]
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...in the middleman, episode 1009, "the obsolescent cryogenic meltdown"

- "batter of the bulge" - reference to the battle of the bulge
- "the invasion of crete" - famously referenced by alexei sayle as "benito mussolini" in "the young ones"
- nolan bushnell - founder of atari
- tipper gore - founder of the PMRC, wife of al gore and overall moralist of the 1980's
- "gut wrencher 1" - callback to "gut wrencher 3," one of wendy's favorite games in the pilot
- "don't get all mushy on me princess" - paraphrase of han solo
- "he cut off my leg!" - callback to the jake 2.0 episode "the good, the bad and the geeky"
- "tyler ford shall smite you!" - callback to a line i wasn't allowed to put in the jake 2.0 episode because it was deemed "too geeky"
- "story of o!" - referencing the erotic novel of the same name
- "blueberry pudding pops and the elliptical machine" - uh, that one's personal
- "with great power..." - spider-man
- "klebb's fine jewels" - homage to lotte lenya's portrayal of SMERSH baddie rosa klebb in "from russia with love," the man standing behind her was cast to look like robert shaw
- "alexander scott/kelly robinson/we work for the pentagon" - homage to "i, spy"
- "dr. solaris" - homage to the matt helm film "murderer's row" (with some editorializing about the various films based on stanislaw lem's novel)
- "fabulous face" - homage to the film "in like flint"
- "fragments of moonrock!" - exclamation spoken by dr. zarkov in the 1980 "flash gordon" (while gazing upon fragments of moonrock)
- "lloyd cramden" - homage to the derek flint films
- "toaster" - homage to "battlestar galactica"
- "balthorium-g" - homage to "dr. strangelove"
- "thrifty nickel" - is indeed a supemarket classified newsletter
- "harry lime" - homage to "the third man"
- "you bet your sweet brioni" - brioni is james bond's tuxedo of choice
- "i'm not some comical throwback to the summer of love" - rebuke of austin powers
- "hai karate" - a popular men's fragrance in the 1960's/70's
- "fleming's commander jamaica rum" - ian fleming's original title for "dr. no" was "commander jamaica"
- "casanova charlie" - is not a reference to charlie from "lost," honestly
- "jelly babies" - homage to the fourth doctor's favorite candy
- "pugnantes malos, no hos pugnetis" - latin for "fighting evil so you don't have to"
- "guy goddard" - made up of the names of the two manliest men in sixties television: guy williams and mark goddard of "lost in space" (my friend lee goldberg first hit on this name combination when naming a character in his satirical novel "beyond the beyond" and graciously allowed us to continue the tradition here)
- "the whisper stream" - term used by andrew vachss in his burke novels
- "lord jeremiah purcell" - homage to the remo williams novels of warren murphy and richard sapir
- "shibumi" - homage to the spy-fi book of the same name by trevanian (and please, do NOT try the "delight of the razor" at home!)
- "govinda" - homage to the assassin "gobinda" played by kabir bedi in "octopussy"
- wendy's leather catsuit is an homage to diana rigg and honor blackman in "the avengers"
- "harry rule/caroline di contini" - homage to the ITC series "the protectors"
- "anatol gogol'" - homage to the james bond character
- "count manzeppi" - homage to "the wild, wild west"
- "the scot" was cast and dressed to look like sean connery
- "the missing eighteen and a half minutes" - refers to the erased portion of richard nixon's white house tapes
- gogol's stake in the game was intended to reference the "coeur de la mer" from james cameron's "titanic"
- "ripley's believe it or not!" - uh, homage to "ripley's believe it or not"
- "maybe scotty can beam us up" - reference to an obscure sci-fi show from the 1960's, you've probably never heard of it
- "dsv 4600" - homage to my first writing gig, "seaQuest DSV"
- "halls of montezuma/shores of tripoli" - homage to the marines
- guy goddard's red wetsuit is an homage to sean connery's in "thunderball"
- "honey ryder nightmare" - homage to ursula andress in "dr. no"


A NOTE ABOUT ANGSTROMS: yes, we're aware that an angstrom is not a unit of weight or volume. we just thought it was kind of cool. kind of like doing the kessel run in less than twelve parsecs makes no sense. unless the kessel run is a rally race: a test of navigational acuity. in which case it makes perfect sense. so if balthorium-g is somehow measured in length rather than weight or volume, this makes total sense.
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[User Picture]From: mekkio
2008-08-12 05:58 am (UTC)

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Oh, this is chock full of awesome. Thanks.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-12 06:04 am (UTC)

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Man, I LOVED SeaQuest DSV.

Glad to finally meet you, Javi! (Les brought you across the aisle!)
[User Picture]From: coppervale
2008-08-12 06:06 am (UTC)

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That last one was me - James Owen. Stupid lj logged me out!
[User Picture]From: northofantastic
2008-08-12 06:13 am (UTC)

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Daaang, I only got like, half of these. Bravo!
[User Picture]From: caindog
2008-08-12 06:56 am (UTC)

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My favorite moment in an episode chock full of them was seeing Wendy's geeky smile at Guy's "Scotty" reference. Pure joy.
[User Picture]From: middlegirl
2008-08-12 07:32 am (UTC)

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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!)
From: schmuela
2008-08-12 12:11 pm (UTC)

Latin correction

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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.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-12 12:20 pm (UTC)

What about these

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I think you left off two of Middleman's exclamations: "Halls of Montezuma!" and "Shores of Triploi!" are both nuggets from the Marines' Hymn.
[User Picture]From: paradisacorbasi
2008-08-12 01:01 pm (UTC)

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Most delightful!

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!

[User Picture]From: _stranger_here
2008-08-12 01:05 pm (UTC)

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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!
[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-12 01:54 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2008-08-12 04:16 pm (UTC)

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This whole list was hot. I didn't realize I missed so many. :D
[User Picture]From: tarpo
2008-08-12 05:19 pm (UTC)

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any reference to anything close to The Young Ones gets 2 full seasons of loyalty from me no questions asked.
[User Picture]From: merujo
2008-08-12 05:27 pm (UTC)

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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. :)
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-12 06:03 pm (UTC)

the DVDs

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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?

[User Picture]From: glvalentine
2008-08-12 06:24 pm (UTC)

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Another really strong episode; this show gets better and better.
From: monte_noiq
2008-08-12 10:34 pm (UTC)

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"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.
[User Picture]From: middlegirl
2008-08-12 11:52 pm (UTC)

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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...
[User Picture]From: jadelennox
2008-08-13 01:29 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: cyn_loves_tv
2008-08-13 07:43 am (UTC)

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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!?!?
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-13 03:25 pm (UTC)

Shboomie!

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Oh please make an ongoing feature of your blog revealing rules for Shboomie.
[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-08-13 04:41 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: sinspired
2008-09-09 03:29 am (UTC)

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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. :)
From: view3dtv
2008-08-15 09:15 am (UTC)

I love this show!!

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I hope to see many more seasons!
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-15 06:52 pm (UTC)

Casanova Charlie - "Pictures of Monica"

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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!
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-15 10:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Casanova Charlie - "Pictures of Monica"

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I forgot to identify myself earlier when I posted this. name's JD, you can find me at jdprovorse@gmail.com
[User Picture]From: unovis
2008-08-22 05:12 pm (UTC)

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Schatzi?
(I mistook this for "Schultzy" and squealed like a dolphin but alas...)
[User Picture]From: aka_becker
2008-08-27 06:09 am (UTC)

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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.