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here are all the pop culture references in episode 1010... [Aug. 18th, 2008|08:47 pm]
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[Current Music |ladytron - "ghosts"]

...the vampiric puppet lamentation."

- "miguel bose" - panama-born spanish singer (presumably, tyler's sister got to know his work during their time growing up in latin america)
- in the dream sequence, lacey is eating "fatboy industries vegan cocoa-gasm" ice cream
- Joe 90 continues to be our homage to the eponymous gerry anderson series
- "does usagi yojimbo kick serious ass?" - wendy name checks stan sakai's samurai rabbit comic book series
- "carl sagan's book" refers to "the demon-haunted world" sagan's treatise against pseudo-science and new age thought
- "is it 4:20 already?" - referencing the universally agreed-upon time for smoking the hippie lettuce
- 1895 - the year in which bram stoker's novel "dracula" was published
- "van helsing' - referencing bram stoker's "dracula"
- "i'm-a get my buffy on!" - referencing "buffy the vampire slayer"
- "until i get my rent money, you're gonna get more than you bargained for - i'm your [BLEEP-BLEEP] partner - paraphrasing marion ravenwood in "raiders of the lost ark"
- "a. dixon" is also the author of "bitten by zombies, a coping guide" seen in episode 1005 "the flying fish zombification" (and is a recurring prose author in all of andy reaser's episodes regardless of what series he is working on at the time)
- marv wolfman and gene colan created the character "blade" during their run on "tomb of dracula"
- christopher lee has played dracula more times than any other actor, peter cushing oftentimes played his nemesis in the hammer studios dracula movies of the sixties and seventies
- "three of the major syndicated canadian vampire shows" - actually, we only know of two major syndicated canadian vampire detective shows ("forever knight" and "blood ties" - but that just goes to show how much bigger a geek wendy is than we are)
- altair auction house - reference to the val lewton-produced film "the ghost ship"
- nikolas pherides - reference to the val lewton-produced film "isle of the dead"
- "man, i don't EVEN have an opinion" - quote/homage to marvin's last line from "pulp fiction" (before he is shot in the face by vincent vega)
- "look. it's trying to think!" - homage-by-quote to "twin peaks"
- "i've seen every one of the 'blade' films, i know my way around suckheads" - reference to blade's slang term for vampires
- "bram stoker's widow!" - homage in dialogue to the author of "dracula"
- renfield - homage to the character in bram stoker's "dracula"
- "john seward home for the criminally insane" - homage to the character in bram stoker's dracula, who ran an insane asylum
- the interrogation of renfield rehnquist is an homage to señor wences character "johnny" a face drawn on the ventriloquist's hand
- "dr. judd" - homage to the character in the val lewton-produced film "cat people"
- "transylvania 6-5000" - homage to the 1985 horror comedy starring jeff goldblum (which is in itself a parody of the glenn miller song "pennsylvania 6-5000")
- irina dubrovna - homage to the main character in the val lewton-produced film "cat people"
- "1010 arthur holmwood drive" - homage to the character from bram stoker's "dracula" as well as to this episode's production number
- the montesi formula - homage to the marvel comic series "tomb of dracula"
- "chucky's grandpa" - reference to the "child's play" films
- mcfarlane & gray - homage to the two main characters of the val lewton-produced film "the body snatched"
- "pipe down, pinocchio" - reference to the disney film/carlo collodi children's story
- "you give love a bad name" - a bon jovi reference tossed in to show we are hip with what "the kids" are listening to nowadays
- "ride lonesome, huh?" - callback to the randolph scott film last referenced in episode #1007 "the cursed tuba contingency"
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-19 04:33 am (UTC)

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"three of the major syndicated canadian vampire shows" - actually, we only know of two major syndicated canadian vampire detective shows ("forever knight" and "blood ties" - but that just goes to show how much bigger a geek wendy is than we are)

I'VE BEEN WIKI-ING FOR HOURS, YOU KNOW.

*shakes tiny fist*

For this, you get the Ultraviolet icon.

ETA: of course I still love you, you know. Platonically, and without puppets of any kind.

Edited at 2008-08-19 04:42 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: speakerwiggin
2008-08-19 04:51 am (UTC)

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at least it's the good ultraviolet with Steve and not the bad one that was a movie here in the states!
[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-19 05:11 am (UTC)

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Same name; different properties completely. The film folks never kenw about the UK series--or the US pilot remake with Idris Elba reprising his role.

or so they say.

You, OTOH, get the Being Human icon. because Toby Whithouse's vampire Mitchell is ♥. And a total dork. Which is why I love him.

I can't believe I got rid of all my Blood Ties icons, and suddenly need them all again.....
[User Picture]From: speakerwiggin
2008-08-19 01:05 pm (UTC)

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Oh, I know they're totally different - but I did NOT know they tried a US remake.... The important thing is, did Jack Davenport reprise him? (I wuvs him!)


Also yay... and LOL

You get my custom made B for Burgdetta icon cuz... I think it's awesome.
[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-20 04:38 am (UTC)

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I wuvs him to (NOT platonically, tho coincidentily also without puppets). But no, Idris was the onyl returning original castmember, tho I think for some possibly Fantasy Island-related reason Madchen Amick played the Susanna Harker role.
[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-08-19 06:15 am (UTC)

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Oooh, I'm going to be watching Ultraviolet soon!
[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-19 06:25 am (UTC)

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I fully support this idea.
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-08-19 06:43 pm (UTC)

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You are making me want to rewatch UV! With your Eeeeeevil Powers Of Armed And Royally Pissed-Off Mike Suggestion!! And I do not have time!! *waaaaaail*
[User Picture]From: speakerwiggin
2008-08-19 01:05 pm (UTC)

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I second - motion passed, meeting adjourned.

Get to it.
[User Picture]From: bassfingers
2008-08-19 12:52 pm (UTC)

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Heh. Yeah... I was trying to list them, myself.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-03 05:11 pm (UTC)

The 3rd Syndicated Canadian Vampire Series

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Well duh, people.
Dracula: The Series

From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-03 05:14 pm (UTC)

Re: The 3rd Syndicated Canadian Vampire Series

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note:

It's kind of a joke response so no one's underpants burst into flames plz.
The series didn't actually have a real detective but kids battling Dracula who moved into their neighourhood.
[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-09-03 05:17 pm (UTC)

Re: The 3rd Syndicated Canadian Vampire Series

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Alas, while Uncle Gustav and the kids were awesome good times (who knew we'd eventually end up with "The L Word"?), not as much detectives....
[User Picture]From: goingcrazyhere
2008-08-19 04:39 am (UTC)

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*does "!!!!" face*

best episode ever!
thank you, Javi and co.!
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2008-08-19 06:07 am (UTC)

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It ought to be up by tomorrow. I think it doesn't go up until after it's aired in all markets.
[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-08-19 06:15 am (UTC)

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Ladytron!! Well played, sir.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-19 06:33 am (UTC)

Middle-Toy Mania

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Mr. Grillo-Marxuach,

The Lacey puppet seems like the perfect time to let you know the MiddleLEGO are up for public view:

http://members.cox.net/djoakes/lggl0120.htm (http://members.cox.net/djoakes/lggl0120.htm)

Any chance of getting full length photo reference of Ida 2.0 posted to the blog? Hint, hint...
[User Picture]From: green_queen
2008-08-19 02:52 pm (UTC)

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"you give love a bad name" - a bon jovi reference tossed in to show we are hip with what "the kids" are listening to nowadays

LMAO. WIN.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-19 04:09 pm (UTC)

You're to blame

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Not to mention the "shot through the heart" bit. ;)
[User Picture]From: passionless_me
2008-08-19 04:50 pm (UTC)

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I APPROVE OF YOUR ICON.
[User Picture]From: green_queen
2008-08-19 04:54 pm (UTC)

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Piz > life.
[User Picture]From: passionless_me
2008-08-19 05:08 pm (UTC)

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I just started season 3 with two VM newbs (I'm making them watch the series before the summer ends), and we've only watched the opener so far. I kept yelling POSTER when an image would go by that I had printed out on big paper in hi-res. Like this one:
http://www.vm-caps.com/caps/displayimage.php?album=77&pos=617

But I am neutral when it comes to the boyf choice, so I also have this one:
http://www.vm-caps.com/caps/displayimage.php?album=77&pos=69

...sigh...
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-08-19 06:46 pm (UTC)

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actually, we only know of two major syndicated canadian vampire detective shows ("forever knight" and "blood ties" - but that just goes to show how much bigger a geek wendy is than we are)

Clearly, in the Middleverse, Darkest Night is actually real and airing, and not just that show Tony works on in andpuff's later books... ;->

Also, MONTESSI FORMULA FTW!!! I may have squealed. And clapped my hands like a small child at the circus.

Edited at 2008-08-19 08:10 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: scavgraphics
2008-08-19 11:54 pm (UTC)

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yeah, I cheered for the Montessi formula too!
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-08-20 12:58 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure whether I should feel proud, pathetic, or both that I remember all the pseuodo-Latin of it. And the slight variances between the text that possessed!Kitty started casting in the X-Men annual and the one Dr. Strange and Co. used to wipe 'em all out.
[User Picture]From: the_afterlight
2008-09-05 06:30 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, in the Middleverse, Darkest Night is actually real and airing, and not just that show Tony works on in [info]andpuff's later books... ;->

Is it sad that I actually thought of Darkest Night first, and Blood Ties and Forever Knight second? Of course, I did just read the Smoke books for the first time. ... In twenty six hours. With sleep.

<-- rather enjoyed them ;)
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-09-05 06:34 pm (UTC)

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Amusing, yes. Sad, never. :-D
[User Picture]From: teenygozer
2008-08-19 06:55 pm (UTC)

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I screamed, "FOREVER KNIGHT REFERENCE!" We figured "Blood Ties" was another, and "Blade" was the third, but I guess that last one was wrong as you didn't reference it in the list. Angel was L.A. all the way and could not be considered syndicated, but I felt the fact that there were vampire puppets alone was a nod to that show. The only thing cooler than Angel as a living puppet was when he vamped out while still in puppet form.
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-08-19 08:12 pm (UTC)

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Someone pointed out a Wikipedia list of categories earlier that included Blade. Which made me a bit head-scratchy, as it was certainly Canadian, but not all that detectivey. Unless you count Krista starting out in amateur-detective mode. After the pilot, though, she was really more of an undercover double-agent...

:: has been trying WAY too hard today to be as much of a geek as Wendy...and probably doesn't need to... ::
[User Picture]From: jedifreac
2008-08-19 08:20 pm (UTC)

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was Noser's roommate (Anvil, was it?) a reference to Angel from Buffy? He sure looked a lot like David Boreanez in season 1 of Buffy (sic?), especially in the wifebeater. Angel/Anvil?
[User Picture]From: riddo
2008-08-19 09:38 pm (UTC)

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I just don't know who played the auctioneer... he was soo familiar to me... does anyone knows his name?
[User Picture]From: shadowhuntress
2008-08-19 10:29 pm (UTC)

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That was Steve Valentine, who used to play Nigel in Crossing Jordan!
[User Picture]From: riddo
2008-08-20 06:52 am (UTC)

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Ohh, thanks!
Now I remember where I saw him, at House :D
[User Picture]From: webeh
2008-08-19 10:26 pm (UTC)

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Dude, Mona the Vampire! Canadian syndicated vampire detective show (sort-of) #3. It was a France-Canada co-production. :)
[User Picture]From: webeh
2008-08-19 10:45 pm (UTC)

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There's also Dracula: the Series. I remember watching this on YTV as a kid. Not sure if this would qualify as a Canadian syndicated show or even as a vampire detective show.
[User Picture]From: wiliqueen
2008-08-20 12:54 am (UTC)

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Three out of four ain't bad. ;-) And you could stretch a point and claim that Gustav and the kids did a fair amount of detective work.

I have never heard of Mona. I am distressed by this hole in my vampire geekdom, and am now off to remedy it...
[User Picture]From: webeh
2008-08-20 05:12 am (UTC)

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It's a kid's show that was once a children's book series. I only know it because it was a popular thing to read when I was a kid and googlefu reminded me of it's existence. :)
[User Picture]From: cljohnston108
2008-08-20 01:06 am (UTC)

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But the question remains: What DO you do if a vampire offers you soup?
[User Picture]From: webeh
2008-08-20 05:12 am (UTC)

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Say thanks and ask for a pinch of garlic?
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-20 04:17 am (UTC)

Barnabas...where were you?

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How did a whole episode of vampirey goodness go by without any Dark Shadows reference? HOW?

pbsbelle
[User Picture]From: joukido
2008-08-20 04:38 am (UTC)

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I was secretly hoping for more than just one reference to Buffy, but I'll take what I can get.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-20 09:11 pm (UTC)

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Indeed, but the one we got may be Natalie's single best gag-line delivery in the entire series so far. I probably listened to her say that line half a dozen times before moving on with the episode.

Yep, total dork.

-JDP
[User Picture]From: kilted
2008-08-20 08:39 am (UTC)

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Oh Javi. There is so much win...
From: jdprovorse
2008-08-20 09:58 pm (UTC)

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"ride lonesome, huh?" - callback to the randolph scott film last referenced in episode #1007 "the cursed tuba contingency"

Okay, I can't think of a better place for this so bear with me, if you don't mind.

MM has never seen all of "Ride Lonesome" after numerous attempts, yet he still holds it and its star, Randolph Scott, as icons of heroism. It's about as close to hero-worship (in a very literal sense) as you can get.

So what inspires that kind of devotion, especially if he's never even seen the entire movie? What keeps him coming back time after time, trying to see it all?

Randolph Scott's character in "Ride Lonesome" is named Ben Brigade.

There appears to be a theme of double-initial names amongst the Middlemen (or Middlemen-in-training), at least based on the two we're aware of: Wendy Watson and Guy Goddard.

My theory: MM has such an advanced hero-worship for Randolph Scott, specifically tied to "Ride Lonesome", because his real name is, in fact, Ben Brigade. Perhaps he was even named after the character by a father who loved "Ride Lonesome" himself and wanted to instill those values in his son. Perhaps that's all part of why MM is the kind of guy he is. He was named for a classic hero, and has devoted his life to being worthy of his namesake.

I don't know, just a thought.
[User Picture]From: caindog
2008-08-22 08:51 am (UTC)

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Or his real name is Scott Randolph. (It could happen.)
From: monte_noiq
2008-08-22 05:39 pm (UTC)

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"three of the major syndicated canadian vampire shows" - actually, we only know of two major syndicated canadian vampire detective shows ("forever knight" and "blood ties" - but that just goes to show how much bigger a geek wendy is than we are)"

Perhaps Wendy was referring to Spike TV's now-cancelled "Bade: The Series", which was filmed in Canada? I don't know if that counts as syndication, though -- or more importantly, "major."

Surely, though, there must be a Canadian vampire-hockey epic somewhere -- right?