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January 13th, 2006


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01:12 am - The Hurting Begins
Hey. You ever see the pilot for the Remo Williams TV show?

For most people, I bet the answer is of course not, because A. it was shown once in 1988 and was pre-empted in most areas for a speech by Ronnie Reagan, and B. it stank to high heaven.

I'm watching it now. Actually, I watched the first five minutes of it and had to stop because A. the opening credits sequence featured AWESOME ACTION CLIPS!1 from the film, and B. it stank to high heaven.

I can accept the fact that maybe Joel Grey wasn't available for filming that month or maybe his rent was paid up for a while, so they went ahead and put Roddy McDowall in yellowface for to play Chiun. (McDowall actually gets the best line so far, breaking the fourth wall in the beginning and telling us to change the channel.)

I can accept the fact that maybe Wilfred Brimley also didn't have any major outstanding expenses when they cast this pilot, cause he ain't in it as well.

But seriously, what could Fred Ward have been doing that was better than this? Why did they instead cast...



Jeffrey Meek, Soap Opera Hair Man, as Smirky Remo?



With fashions by Marty McFly, apparently.



I'm not amused either, Most Honorable Fake Asian Roddy McDowall!

I suppose I'll watch some more of it later tomorrow, and feel compelled to provide more insight into this ultra-sooper-rare TV gem. I mean, germ. I guess there's a reason some things stay hidden, sure, but by gum I'm chuffed to pieces to be able to even check this out.

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From:mdm_sosostris
Date:January 13th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
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There was a Remo Williams TV show? Why was I not informed? I lurve that movie--especially when the car rolls down the hill and the (American) door handle disappointingly breaks off in Chiun's hand.

Damn.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Well, you probably hadn't been informed because A. only the pilot had been made, aired once, and the series wasn't picked up, and B. the aforementioned high heaven-stinking.
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From:mdm_sosostris
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Still, someone should have sent me the memo.

Dare I ask how you came across it?
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 14th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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INTERNET

I love the Internet
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From:antiquated_tory
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
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Likewise. The film was fun and it was based on one of the few of those 1000-issue pulp paperback series to have a truly redeeming sense of humor (unlike say, The Executioner, which deserves Steven Segal in the title role).
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From:antiquated_tory
Date:January 14th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Never heard of Able Team before this. I thought I was on my own, writing sickly funny mercenary short stories. (In High School this is how I channeled my considerable frustration, writing about the Filthy Five: "Death in Iran," "Death in Colombia: Coke Adds Death," "Death in Italy: The Off-White Brigade," etc. I'd be embarrassed to write anything like that now. Especially with the various levels of racism I included, in my teenaged dumb f**k way. Now that I'm Mr Well-Adjusted Center-Left Utilitarian Cultural Relativist, I don't think I could come up with any good cardboard villains.)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 14th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I would totally read an adventure story titled "Death in Colombia: Coke Adds Death." And teenaged dumbf**ckery is totally forgivable.

I'm sure there are series out there, especially in today's political climate, that pander to the "Repel The Heathen Musselmen And Swarthy Spaniards At All Cost" demographic, but I didn't see too much of that in the stuff I was reading at the time. The Destroyer was satire, so it pretty much skewered everybody's sacred cows, but I even remember Mack Bolan going after white supremacists and and right-wing militia guys in a number of books. "A terrorist is a terrorist" seemed to be the philosophy, which I agree with even today.
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From:maga_dogg
Date:January 13th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Fake Asian? I was guessing the Pope.
From:lydian
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I confess I enjoyed each and every minute of that short-lived masterpiece, particularly the scene where the Most Honorable Fake Asian, putting his Fake Asian healing rays to good use, brings Remo back to life after he's been shot by evildoers. It's heartbreakingly poignant.

DO NOT JUDGE ME I WAS VERY YOUNG
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From:infinitehotel
Date:January 13th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
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To be fair, the show never claimed Van Cleef was Asian. They just claimed he was the only westerner ever to be deemed worthy to be trained in the ancient ways of the ninja.

Yep, get me a dork hat too...



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From:scholargipsy
Date:January 14th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
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"John Peter McAllister: the only Caucasian ever to receive training as a ninja...."

Got two dork hats to hand? God, I loved that show.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 13th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Rooney by a rong shot.

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