themiddleblog (themiddleblog) wrote,
  • Music: john barry - "on her majesty's secret service"

all right, here is a guide to all the references...

...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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