Friday, July 11, 2014

SBTB 03.22 - Rockumentary

Honestly, where do you start with an episode like this?

Do we make fun of fashion?
Really, Kelly? Flower pants?
Do we point out the crude Michael Jackson and Madonna rip-offs?
Sadly, the King of Pop has never looked more rapey.
Do we put on our big kid pants and realize the grammar is all wrong on the CD title?
Why is "A" capitalized but "we," "ever," and "have" ignored?
Do we point out that the newspapers all have their headlines taped on?
You can see where the paper covers pre-exisiting print. Also, the paper color is noticeably different.
Do we point out that one of the headlines was mistyped?
Was Borat on the staff that day?
Do we assume that Ryan Gosling went back in time to attend a Zack Attack concert?
I think he was a Mouseketeer at this time.
Seriously, so much stuff was packed into this one episode. And this is all beside the plot!

So let's get into some of the guest stars. We'll start with Casey Kesem.
Casey Kasem
You may recall him from the very first SBTB episode "Dancing to the Max." Mr. Kasem is a legend. He is probably best known for hosting the "American Top 40" radio show. In fact, he is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was also a producer and voice actor. I've switched to the past tense here, as Mr. Kasem recently passed away. But his unique voice will always be remembered.

Not a legend: Brian Fate.
Nick Brooks
Brian Fate, the across-the-pond music producer that just happened to be running by the Zack Attack practice space, is played by Nick Brooks. His resume is sparse, to say the least. The thing you would recognize is a stint on "Quantum Leap," though I guess he should get some credit for his role as Paratrooper Joe from "Saving Private Ryan." (I haven't seen the movie, but I'm pretty sure it's not a major character, as I can't see Tom Hanks shouting for Paratrooper Joe to join him behind enemy lines.)

His music-producing counterpart is just as bland:
Stacie Foster
Stacie Foster plays Mindy Wallace. (Doesn't it sound like Mindy Wallatzer in the show?) She had very small roles in some things, like being a doll mom zombie in "Night of the Living Dead," and better roles in the baby brothers of bigger shows. (What does that mean? She had a role in "Baywatch Nights."Not "Baywatch," but it's gimpy little brother. Also, "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" - not as Mindy.)

Now, I know I am forgetting something...
Right. Shut up, Dustin Diamond! You marry a cheerleader. This doesn't count for this segment, you say? Linking arms isn't enough, you say? How about girls ripping off his clothes, then?
Yeah. That totally counts.

And now I've got to find some way to get "Friends Forever" out of my head.

Feel free to share what stood out to you in the comments below.