Awesome! Can't wait! I'm a relative newbie to MM - I missed the first half of the season - so I'm desperately hoping the show is aired again. Regardless, I'll definitely be buying the DVDs!
The "beryllium sphere" was also in Galaxy Quest, wasn't it?
Sadly, I'll be up in the sky flying back home to Holland on monday...
Guess I'll just have to read the awesome comic.
I read this before reading the disclaimer. Oh well. I love Escape From New York though. (Not so much Escape from Los Angles...)
And I was standing in Javi's parking space yesterday waiting for a package from the other show at that building. (I'm a courier, not a stalker) Seeing the empty space and no Star Wagons next to it was sad as it meant, no filming that day. I really hope you get picked up and get put on DVD. (When is Jake 2.0 going to be on DVD? I asked Keegan once a long, long time ago, and she said she heard rumors from an exec-producer, but I've heard nothing since then)
Holy Crap, you mean I'm not the only dude on the planet who knows who The Shadow is?
I love that movie. Just watched it, along with The Rocketeer and some olf Flash Gordon serials, at a friends' Pulp Movie Night a while back.
2008-08-30 07:55 am (UTC)
Escape From New York
I caught part of "Escape From New York" on AMC the other day. I was born in St. Louis a few months before it came out in 1981. It's hard to believe parts of the city were that awful back then. These days, it's not too bad. Many of the locations in the film have since been renovated, restored, and gentrifiied.
Looks like fun. I can't wait... (Well, okay, so I guess I don't really have a choice. Guess I'll have to play the game where I see the references first and then try to picture the scene. Miss Saigon, ggl... Tyler's new job interfering with his relationship already?)
2008-08-31 05:28 pm (UTC)
Too much coolness for mere mortals to handle
How ever will our intrepid hero and the Middle-chicka survive? How will we survive the horrendously long wait to find out?
Serously, we need a Middle-marathon to hold us over until DVD release-age.
2008-08-31 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Too much coolness for mere mortals to handle
No, we need a Middle-MIRACLE to hold us over 'til (hopefully) the 2nd season. What will happen tommorow, the season finale!!! Only you know. That sounded weird.
RE: Escape from NYC
The Middleman? I heard you were dead!
This episode? Fanfreakingtastic. Amazing job.
this episode was awesome
but i'm having a total freakout over the end.
am I the only one who thought that sounded like finale finale material?
2008-09-02 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: holy grail.
Which would make me cry.
Am I hearing things, or was Father Pip's "Come with me if you want to live" a throwback to Terminator?
Great episode. Even my dad chuckled at some of the references.
Yeah, the T2 reference needs to be added to the list.
I'm also curious what the number typed in the keypad was. I was figuring a 1138, but that wouldn't work as a date for Daddy Watson's disappearance. (Personally, I vote for Waldo Watson, but Wendell could work too, in a pinch...)
2008-09-02 03:17 am (UTC)
Did ABC cut out like 20 minutes or something?
There were two very strange narrative jumps coming back from commercials. In the first, we go to commercial with Wendy talking about looking for a place to hide in the parallel universe, and when we come back she's in the middle of her conversation with Noser.
The bigger one was at the end - Wendy and Lacey are trapped in Fatboy HQ, we go to the break, and when we come back apparently alt-Middleman has rescued them at the cost of his bike?
I assume these weren't intentional, right? This was supposed to be a 90-minute episode and ABC just botched it or something?
2008-09-02 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Did ABC cut out like 20 minutes or something?
i think your cable company had issues...saw all of the stuff you missed here.
2008-09-02 03:21 am (UTC)
Dr. Horrible /Middleman crossover
I would like to mention that the ray gun that was used in the palindrome reversal palindrome has been seen before. It's the Freeze Ray from Dr. Horrible.
2008-09-02 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: Season 1 Finale
Awesome finale!!!! Many thanks to all who worked on this series. The best one in a long time. Any word on renewal? I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed. Any way we can help? At least get us a DVD set if all hope is dashed!!! Thanks for the references too...it goes so fast I miss some. GREAT show!
Love, love, loved this week's episode, although I wish I knew for sure that there were more coming in the future.
If that's all
she he you guys wrote, though, it's been one gosh darn heck of a ride, and I loved every second of it.
Awesome episode! Even better than last week's. Where do I send M&Ms to ensure more delicious Middleman?!?
2008-09-02 04:32 am (UTC)
For making one of the best shows on Television. I would rank you guys up there with Buffy, and Angel..and I hope you get to do as many episodes.
"My Little Pony!" Im so glad i voted...
2008-09-02 04:57 am (UTC)
I caught the Escape from New York references... If only because it was late night once with not much else on... So I stuck on the first thing I could find XD
And the rest of my comment was me going into a whole thing of thinking Manservant Neville was evil... (As his Mirror Universe counterpart was apparently good or turning so) but I learned that I should seriously look into more about the series than just watching this show every Monday... (Though it leaves me to wonder... Tyler is good in M.U., So the one from the other universe... O_O My brain is going to explode...)
Though lord knows I missed something on that...
Excellent Episode Guys!
Here's to hoping that we see you again next summer. I'll keep my fingers crossed and my mouth squawking about the show to anyone who'll listen, if nothing else I can at least get some people to download it on iTunes!
So what am I not getting with 11:52am in the evil hallway and he other non-palindromic times?
the beryllium sphere was the mcguffin in "the shadow"
Yes! I knew that sounded familiar. I love that movie.
homage by name check to the law enforcement army in "escape from new york" and to actors kurt russell and lee van cleef, stars of the film
Waaaait a second, Lee Van Cleef was in that??? Because I watched Escape from New York for the first time a month ago, but I just recently watched For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so that's the Van Cleef that comes to mind.
niels bohr - homage by namecheck to the danish physicist and nobel prize laureate
That was awesome.
the coordinates given by the middleman correspond to the constellation serpens - the snake - a VERY subtle homage to snake plissken of "escape from new york"
Ha ha ha ha. You're awesome. Also, I sort of wish I liked the movie more. I know it's a cult classic, but I didn't see what was so awesome about it. It had its moments, though. With the beating up and killing.
Oh, and I thought the "88 seconds" was a Back to the Future reference (88 mph). Or, now that I think about it, given the later Kill Bill reference, it could have been a Crazy 88s reference. Or you just like the number 88.
Because it's a palindrome.
Finally, this post is amusing now that I have the Spaced DVDs and have been watching the series with the Homage-O-Meter on. You guys really need to do something similar with your DVDs. But better, with your added color commentary instead of just naming the source of reference like they do.
Edited at 2008-09-02 06:26 am (UTC)
2008-09-02 06:26 am (UTC)
Yay! No cliffhangers, well besides that...
What I've always appreciated is the compactness of the show, in that stories don't needlessly get stretched out for a few episodes. If this were any other series, the finale would have ended in a cliffhanger with Wendy still stuck in the Mirror-Verse. I also feel the same way with the Sino-Mexican Revolution. If the show had been in other hands, Wendy wouldn't have flown off to the rescue in the Middlejet until the next episode. Although, there was a missed opportunity in omitting a graphic of a map tracing a red line for Wendy's flight to the temple...sigh. All of which is not to say that I wouldn't appreciate a multi-part Middleman storyline, just as long as the situation really warrants it.
Now for the real cliffhanger, series renewal, which will in part, be based on DVD sales. Will this be DVD only, or will there also be a simultaneous Blu-ray release? I've only just been able to appreciate The Middleman more over the course of the last three episodes since DirecTV went live with its HD feed.
Long may The Middleman wave!
2008-09-02 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay! No cliffhangers, well besides that...
Although, there was a missed opportunity in omitting a graphic of a map tracing a red line for Wendy's flight to the temple...sigh.
Scratch that. I just realized that this gimmick will never be used if Megaurbanopolis is the starting point of the journey. Tracing a path on a map can only happen if Em-Em and Dub-Dub are continuing an adventure from another named location.
2008-09-02 07:01 am (UTC)
This joke still hasn't gotten old for me.
And another thing, by my count, there have been five instances of a conversation happening in the foreground, while some sort of other activity, such as a "Jack Bauering", would take place in the background. I still love this joke, and really do hope that ABC Family gives you guys an opportunity to keep on using it.
2008-09-02 09:50 am (UTC)
In soviet russia like evil universe...
You can add the Manservant Neville serves you poster to the list which is a nod to the russian reversal: http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Russian_reversal_(joke)
So the poster is reversed: In evil mirror universe, Manservant Neville serves you!
2008-09-02 02:57 pm (UTC)
so the mirror manservant neville is an idealistic humanitarian - sigh.
Doesn't bode well for Tyler, does it? :( I knew Fatboy Industries was nothing but trouble