Dave Actually Watches: Guardians of the Galaxy

Allow me to introduce myself; I’m the nerd who didn’t see The Avengers and doesn’t want to. In fact, I didn’t see any of the Marvel movies except Iron Man, and I’m okay with that. I’m not interested in superheroes, so I’m glad the fans are pretty pleased with those films, but it’s not really my thing.

Guardians of the Galaxy is part of that shared superhero universe; despite it being outer space, it’s set in the present day. It sets up a bad guy who is presumably going to tangle with the Avengers or someone in another movie or so, and in the ending credits bit we find out that The Hulk is Star-Lord’s father. So it’s of a part with those other movies, so there was every reason to pass for me, but it looked like fun. A fun sci-fi adventure movie? I often like those.

We hit the matinee this weekend, opted for 2-D, and settled in. And dammit, it was a really fun ride. It was exciting and moved at a great pace without overwhelming. The bad guys were sufficiently bad, the good guys were sufficiently ragtag, and the universe was constantly interesting. The writing even takes characters like Peter “Star-Lord” Quill and Rocket, the Raccoon, who could easily have been obnoxious “irreverent” characters and instilled them with depth and personality that allowed each of them to not be, “100% a dick”, to quote someone.

I’ve never really followed Marvel comics faithfully, but through osmosis I know some stuff. I know who Thanos is, what the MacGuffin in the story is, and I’ve heard of the Kree. So I have a tiny bit of a leg up on an untrained viewer, but I don’t think not knowing these things would get in the way. At first the number of people interested in the MacGuffin was daunting, but they soon settle down and you’re okay with who’s who. If it fits in with the other movies that’s a bonus for Marvel enthusiasts, but I can report that it stands perfectly well on its own.

I’m pleased that the classic rock soundtrack makes sense, and in fact is pretty well used through the movie. When I first heard it in the trailer I rolled my eyes, but I have to admit they worked it in effectively. And hey, I’ll always take “Moonage Daydream” over “Everything is Awesome”.

People have actually been comparing GotG to Star Wars and that’s kind of a tough one since, for me, I don’t think even Star Wars is Star Wars anymore, but I think it’s an apt description. Like Star Wars, this is a sci-fi movie that is not concerned with big important ideas and gravitas, but just a rollicking adventure flick. Unlike a lot of other science fiction movies these days it’s neither ponderously self-important nor assuming that it doesn’t have to try very hard because you’ll see it anyway.

It’s strange to call a colossal-budget marketing juggernaut like Guardians of the Galaxy, “a breath of fresh air” but that’s kind of what it was for me. I was perfectly pleased by it and yeah, I’ll see another one. Still don’t care about an Avenger, though.

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I Can Buy Boardgames Again

Back in April I told you about the Ultimatum List. Briefly, I had bought a bunch of boardgames that turned out to be poor choices, some of which I knew were poor choices at the time. So I picked ten games I owned that were either un- or underplayed and declared that I could not buy any more until those ten got played.

The final one got played on Friday. Let’s take a look back at the list and see how they did!

Merchants of Venus – This is a reprint of an older game that I’d played before. I was super hot for the reprint but it didn’t get much play. Part of that is because it’s LONG. It’s an old 80s game it shows it. For this play it took a few hours, an we were only two players and were playing a short game. But I think once you know it you can get even a 3-player game done in a reasonable time. More to the point, it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy this one, and I’d rather spend the time playing it than some current trading in the Mediterranean nonsense. Verdict: IT STAYS

Core Worlds: Galactic Orders – Galactic Orders is an expansion that smooths some of the rough edges of Core Worlds, though possibly too much. Core Worlds is a game I think I want to like more than I do, and the time and table space it requires aren’t really worth the gameplay. I like it, but I might be able to live without it. Verdict: ON THE FENCE

Wiz-War – Another reprint of an older game. I bought this even though I like the game well enough, but I’m not super crazy about it. You really need four players to make this work, and this version requires some tweaking to the card distribution, and honestly, I’d probably just rather play something else. It also doesn’t help that the people in my regular group don’t like it much and the one person who does also has a copy. Verdict: IT GOES

Invaders – We played this three times in a row and none of the games were terribly satisfying. There’s probably something here if you stick with it, but I already have a bunch of two-players games I like without having to work at it. Verdict: IT GOES

The Manhattan Project – Man, I want to like this game. I like the theme, disturbing as it is. I like the design. I like the fact that there’s more interaction to it other than just “ha ha I took the space you want”. But the airstrike mechanism is weak, the espionage mechanism is obnoxious, and there are about eight thousand other worker placement games to choose from. It’s one of those games that people say, “Oh hey, I like that one!” but yet it never gets played. I don’t need it. Verdict: IT GOES

Nations – This one took a long, weird journey along the way, including one awful, awful session (because we missed a key rule), but now it’s one of my favorites. I talk more about it here, but the short version is, it’s probably the best of this bunch. Verdict: IT STAYS

Wiraqocha – It has some interesting things going on and an unusual theme, but it’s a little half-baked, and I can definitely live without it. Verdict: IT GOES

Flash Point: Fire Rescue – The only “crime” this game has committed is that it’s cooperative, and unfortunately too many of the people I game with will veto it based on that alone. It’s a great co-op, though, full of tension and genuine discussion of best strategies. I intend to push harder for it. Verdict: IT STAYS

Triumvirate – This is a really cool two-player trick-taking game. You wouldn’t expect that to work very well, but it does. Deserves a lot more attention than it’s gotten, and I really want to get more plays of it.
Verdict: IT STAYS

Gang of Four – Tichu is a card game everyone except me absolutely adores. I like the idea of Tichu, but there are some weirdo things about it I don’t like. Gang of Four has its origins the same place Tichu does: in Big 2, a card game popular in Asia, only Gang of Four gets rid of the stuff I don’t like. This is a good, four-player, drink coffee and play cards and hang out game. Probably not for hardcore gamers, but I think I can get it played elsewhere. Verdict: IT STAYS, FOR NOW

So that’s not too bad, even if a bunch of them are now in the trade pile. So I’ve played them all and I’m free to buy games again, which is good, because Gen Con is right around the corner and I know I’m buying stuff there. In fact, three of the games in this list that are going are already more or less gone, thanks to the Gen Con math trade (it’s a trade, though, so three more are taking their place.)

What this taught me even more than buying more carefully is that honestly, I don’t need to buy that much at all. I already own a lot of good games. There’s no need for me to be constantly chasing the latest box of cardboard. Although I had burned out on a lot of the shiny newness, I was still buying stuff. I really don’t have to do that, and I’m going to cut down some more. In fact, a further purging may be on the horizon.

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I Had That! #25: The Empire Strikes Back Comics Adaptation

To this day, I can’t remember what I did. Left my bike out and the garage door unlocked? Could be. But I don’t know for sure. What I do remember was the punishment, handed down from my dad. I could not see The Empire Strikes Back.

This was devastating, as you can imagine. Everyone I knew was looking forward to this and couldn’t wait. We’d been talking about “Star Wars 2″ for years. We all had the Boba Fett action figure and were dying to see what this cool looking guy did. We saw the article in Time magazine with the sneak photos including Han Solo looking like he was trapped in metal. I had to see this movie, but I couldn’t.

Instead, I had this comic adaptation (as well as any magazine that had photos in it). So I knew the movie backwards and forwards anyway, with one major exception: in the comic, Darth Vader’s revelation is treated more ambivalently. There’s a hint that it’s not necessarily the truth. I tried to argue this, but my friends said, “No, it’s pretty clear in the movie.”

It’s worth pointing out here that this was the first Star Wars comic I’d gotten in some time. I had bought the original Marvel version of the first movie, and an issue or two of the stories beyond the movie, but they just didn’t grab me. And after I got this one, I still didn’t continue buying them. I was crazy about Star Wars, but the comics just weren’t the real thing to me.

One day, before my punishment was up, my dad said to get my shoes on because we were going to the mall. I didn’t particularly want to go to the mall, but he insisted. We ended up seeing the movie. I don’t know why he had relented; perhaps he figured out that my cousin Trey and I had already seen it about four times while I was visiting relatives and was left with Trey to roam around the Natchez Mall at will.

Empire is regarded as the “best” of the movies, but I don’t agree and even as a kid I felt disappointed by it. The opening battle on Hoth is incredible, but after that, nothing much happens. You have the asteroid field and the lightsaber battle but also a lot of standing around and talking. All that “dark” and “mature” stuff is incredibly boring when you’re 12. And it bugged me that it didn’t have an end. I’d already had to wait three years (plus) for this movie, and they left it hanging? What the hell kind of cruel trick was that?

Nevertheless, it made for some cool action figures and toys, and I took to Yoda and Lando Calrissian, even though my t-shirt of the latter got me some pointed remarks from my Southern peers. Even disappointing Star Wars was better than none.

When did I get it? As soon as it was available in 1980..

Do I still have it? No. I’m not sure when I got rid of it.

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May I Interest You in Some Comics?

Comics! Yes, I have been reading them, even if I haven’t talked much about them lately. In fact, let me tell you about three comics in particular I think you should take a look at.

Sexcastle, by Kyle Starks, is an action-adventure book about Shane Sexcastle, a renowned assassin, Secret Service agent, and framed convict who is trying to leave his old life behind, but his past has found him! This is a genuinely hilarious homage to 80s action movies, but because Kyle Starks is a good writer, it’s not just a stream of “lol, ninjas!” jokes. In fact, beneath the tattooed and scarred skin of the story beats a warm and human heart, as Sexcastle genuinely tries to become a better person. It’s one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in quite some time. Right now it’s available in limited quantities for $20. Definitely worth it, and while you’re there, you’d do well to buy his other books too.

Scarred For Life is by Jordan Witt, is a tough book to describe. A pair of FBI agents (as well as an intern) are handling typical FBI tasks, only here’s the thing: one of them has some kind of alien mouth on his stomach and no one, including him, is really sure what it is or how it got there. As you can imagine, that adds a little extra level to the goings-on. The characters have a great chemistry (I loved the dialogue) and react to the stomach-mouth in a fairly realistic way with regards to trying to figure out what it is and what it can do. Scarred for Life is a bunch of fun and you can buy it here for $15. Once again, I suggest you also pick up some of Jordan’s other comics, like Haint Hasslers and The Pretzel.

2299, Volume One is a digital anthology of science-fiction comics, edited by Dylan Todd, and featuring writing and art by Nolan Jones, Timothy Weaver, Andrew Weiss, Keith Pille, Kyle Starks, Derek Charm, Kevin Church, Jordan Witt, Carlos Aguilar, Caleb Goellner, Max Huffman, Max Bachhuber, Josh Trujillo, Lonku, Josh Krach, Matthew Digges, Robert Wilson IV, and Dylan Todd himself. Whew! It’s a great collection with stories of varying tones and styles. I was going to highlight some of my favorites, but honestly there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch. And the best part about it is, it’s available here for only two bucks!

Full disclosure: I “hang out” with a bunch of these folks on Twitter. However, I’m not just praising their stuff because they’re pals. On the contrary, I value them as pals largely because they are able to make such great stuff. I’m lucky to know such talented folks. I genuinely urge you to check out these books; they’re well worth your time.

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X-Files, Season One

Me watching the episode “Young at Heart”.

Not long ago I started rewatching The X-Files for some reason. It was just a whim and I didn’t think I’d stick to it for long, but yesterday I finished the first season. Here are some thoughts about it, and then I’ll talk about the episodes in more detail.

First, I have become spoiled by modern TV. Twenty-four episodes in a season is ridiculous. You could have easily made this into a 13-episode season and lost nothing, in fact, you would gain an incredible season of TV. I started to run out of steam around the last third, especially when I hit three clunkers in a row.

This is especially frustrating because the show hits the ground running. From moment one things are moving, and the characters immediately find their footing. We don’t even waste a lot of time pulling Scully into it because although she’s a skeptic, she is also a professional, and is there to work with Mulder.

Mulder starts out totally on-target. The disappearance of his sister, which is mentioned in the fourth episode, helps establish him as not a complete kook, but instead a man on a mission, and this helps. But even without that, the idea of a brilliant FBI agent who discovers there’s a trove of unsolved weird-ass cases in the basement and wants to investigate those — who can argue with that premise? It also helps that Mulder seldom introduces a paranormal hypothesis to the exclusion of a mundane one, but as another possibility. (And, it should be mentioned, that it of course helps Mulder’s character that the show is on his side.)

Scully does pretty well, too, though not as well as she could. Although she is miles ahead of many other female characters in genre TV, she’s still got a ways to go. Despite an episode devoted to her (one!), she has little life outside of being Mulder’s partner and foil. Although intelligent, she exists almost solely to be wrong, since the show insists on there always being an supernatural explanation. She’s imperiled often, though she is usually shown to be quite capable of handling herself in those situations.

What I like most is their relationship, which is strictly platonic and professional. They become friends, sure, but as adults, not as teenagers with carbonated hormones. I’ve discovered that this is a dynamic I really like in TV. I think it’s worked well in Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, Doctor Who (with Donna), and so forth. I’ve never worked in a place where all the employees were dating each other, and I’m not sure I’d want to. The two leads have a great dynamic with each other, and it becomes believable that they would come to trust and rely on one another.

The show wisely jumps between UFO stories (most of which are in service of the conspiracy arc) and “Monster of the Week” stories, although I know this will later hamper the narrative. Still, at this point, when the conspiracy is still very ethereal and distant, it works that they only brush up against it somewhat. That said, the idea that the conspiracy starts strong and only eventually nosedives is flat out wrong, as we will see.

One thing that helped me get through the season was Kumail Nanjiani’s podcast, The X-Files Files in which he and a guest go through the episodes and talk about them. It’s a fun show, though a little maddening to me, since I was actually there and have a working memory of the early 90s, so the things they get wrong bug me, but still, it’s a good source of commentary on the episodes. They don’t cover them all, and if I continue this into the second season I’m pretty sure I’ll start skipping episodes as well.

Okay, so here’s a rundown of the first season.

Pilot – A great introduction to the series. As I said, the characters and their relationship are locked down almost right away, and the mystery they encounter is sufficiently creepy and bewildering. There’s the gratuitous Scully in her undies scene, but otherwise everything is spot on, down to the Cigarette Smoking Man hiding the evidence at the end. This is just a first-rate episode.

Deep Throat – This one carries on the momentum of the first episode, and serves to raise the stakes almost immediately. “They’ve been here for a long time, Mr. Mulder,” says the titular Deep Throat at the end, after Mulder has, for the first time of many, had evidence in his hands, only for it to be taken away. Also there’s a wee little begoateed Seth Green in this one!

Squeeze – And then suddenly the show changes gears, to take us away from UFOs and aliens, instead giving us “only” a stretchy mutant immortal guy who eats livers and hibernates in a cocoon. This could have gone south so easily, but Tooms is such a creepy, compelling weirdo that you are ready to buy into whatever they want to tell you that makes him more unsettling.

Conduit – This is one I remember liking a lot, and I still found it spooky and neat, even though the X-Files Files (XFF) and Shaenon Garrity’s Monster of the Week comic kind of ripped it apart. What they criticize is what I like about it, that there isn’t a pat narrative here, and you really feel like you’re just seeing the edges of a larger story. It hit a lot of right notes for me, and I still dig it.

Jersey Devil – Aaaaaand, thud. Holy cow this episode is terrible. Mulder is completely nuts here, we conflate a feral person with an actual prehistoric one, and none of it works at all. It’s a strong contender for Worst of the Season.

Shadows – Another weak episode. It’s actually not too bad, dealing with ghosts and such, but by the end of the season the “revenge from beyond the grave” will play out at least four more times and although this may be the best of the bunch, it’s not a great bunch.

Ghost in the Machine – This is one that gets upvoted by folks a lot (even XFF liked it) but man, it is dumb, dumb, dumb. It’s not just dumb because of the outdated technological mumbo jumbo, it’s just bad completely all around. However, there is this exchange:

WILCZEK: Well, not your average phone freak, that’s for sure. But there’s plenty of kooks out there. Data travelers, Electro wizards, techno anarchists. Anything’s possible.

which is solid gold. I still fancy myself something of an electro wizard.

Ice – We follow a trio of weak episodes with one of the strongest episodes in the entire series. It’s an homage to “The Thing”, but it does a good job of taking it down its own path. Especially notable here is how well it shows the progression in the relationship between Mulder and Scully, who at one point have guns drawn on each other and have to test their trust.

Space – I was really looking forward to this one because I had not seen it the first time around an it has a reputation as being one of the hands-down worst episodes of the series. It was…honestly, it was boring, but not as terrible as I was imagining, especially with “Jersey Devil” and “Ghost in the Machine” so recently before it. I think part of the hate for it is the reliance on the “face on Mars” for the creature, which, even by 1992, was pretty lame stuff. Unlike other bad episodes, I didn’t find it to be aggressively irritating, just kind of dull and dumb.

Fallen Angel – This is a really interesting episode. It’s a story that will be repeated even in this season — Mulder has to race to get alien evidence before the government can cover it up — but it adds an element that makes it rise above the usual, and that’s Max Fenig. Max is a UFO researcher of the non-handsome-and-somewhat-respectable kind, the kind you just call a kook and move on. Unlike some characters we’ll meet later, though, Max isn’t played for laughs, he’s a sympathetic, nuanced character, and he has a deep influence on Mulder as well.

Eve – Oh yes, now this is a classic. Twin murders on opposite sides of the country, same method, same time, and both victims have daughters who are…twins? The girls playing the twins are fantastic, and the actress playing Eve does some great scenery chewing. As XFF points out, it’s easy to see this episode was written by a non-regular, because some weird, off-key stuff happens (like when Mulder and Scully walk into a secret government project without any problems). Still, it’s a good, creepy episode with some great moments in it.

Fire – Oy, this one goes wrong in so many ways. Amanda Pays guest stars as an old flame (nyuk nyuk) of Mulder’s. We find out Mulder has a fear of fire, unlike anyone else. The bad guy has weird, dumb, contradictory motivations. None of it works. Best forgotten, like Mulder’s fire-phobia. Guest stars Mark Sheppard, who you may remember from everything.

Beyond the Sea – Not just one of the best X-Files episodes, but a damn good hour of TV, period. When you have Brad Dourif as a guest star you just shut up, point the camera at him, and let him Brad Dourif as much as he wants. Scully gets an expansion on her character here, and it works, despite her belief system still mostly just running counter to Mulder’s (who, for some reason here, absolutely refuses to accept anything paranormal is happening). It’s a big step forward for her character, and it shows what she could be adding to the show if it would let her be right every now and then. Honestly, the only thing not working here is Mulder, so it may even work better if watched in isolation than as part of the series.

Gender Bender – And now you’re in for a rough patch, starting with this thing. Faux-Amish possible aliens that exude overpowering pheromones and can change gender at will. That’s about the same amount of nonsense that we piled on Tooms, but it doesn’t work here because none of them have much of any personality, either solo or as a group. In addition, for an episode about sex, it has this weird scolding tone and doesn’t seem to understand that there are people in the world who aren’t heterosexual. Just bizarrely half-baked, this one.

Lazarus – The second “revenge from the grave” episode. In this one two men, a good guy and a bad guy, “die” at the same time, but the good guy is revived…only is it really him? You’ll find it hard to care. Entire episode could have been avoided with one simple trick.

Young at Heart – And then, the third RFTG episode. In this one, a nemesis of Mulder’s, thought dead, it turns out isn’t dead and is looking for revenge and has a salamander arm and oh god this one was so damn boring and dumb. I hated this episode, and this is the point where I just hit a wall in the season. This might not be the worst episode of the season, but my will was sapped and it was the low point in my re-watching.

E.B.E. – It stands for “Extraterrestrial Biological Entity” or something, usually abbreviated “ET”. This is the first appearance of The Lone Gunmen, fan-favorite characters who, unlike most of their brethren, were not brought back repeatedly and aggressively until you never wanted to see them again (though I never watched their spin-off show, but that doesn’t distinguish me from anyone else on Earth). I was pumped for this one, as it’s held in high regard, but it was disappointing. It’s the first, major conspiracy arc story and it pretty much sums up the entire conspiracy arc. Deep Throat lies to Mulder, then possibly lies about lying, and when he’s confronted with it, has some bullshit reason why he did it. There is little to no explanation of why a truck is even carrying such an important thing across the country instead of an airplane. The whole thing seems to be not so much something actually going on in the world that Mulder stumbles into, but an orchestrated series of events specifically arranged for him, but which has no purpose. The tone for the conspiracy is set here, and it will continue soon.

Miracle Man – I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, but it turned out to not be too bad. Of course, following on the previous four, I might have just lowered the expectations bar enough.

Shapes – Werewolves and Native Americans are a recipe for a really unfortunate episode, but it’s actually not too bad. It seemed to my pasty white self that the Native Americans were treated fairly well here (though how come ethnic characters always have to have dealings with their appropriately ethnic monsters? Why not Native Americans becoming vampires or mummies or something?)

Darkness Falls – Drink every time they say “monkey wrencher”! No, I really like this one because it changes the dynamic. Instead of a prolonged “weird stuff is going on” phase, Mulder and Scully know right away that something bad and dangerous is happening, and it involves these weird bugs. No fights about whether the bugs are bad — that’s established right away. At that point it’s just a matter of trying to survive. And they nearly fail. Though there was one phrase, other than “monkey wrencher” that nagged at me throughout this episode, and that was: “BUILD. A. FIRE.”

Tooms – Tooms returns, and it might be a little too soon, though the series hasn’t yet gone to the “genetic freak who eats some weird body part” well too many times yet. Still, the episode is fun because you know what he is, and you know what he’s going to do, and you are just waiting for him to squeeze into action. He gets a pretty horrible send-off as well.

Born Again – RFTG number four here, as a murdered cop is reincarnated into a little girl’s body. At this point they’re just running out the clock.

Roland – Could it be? Yes, it’s RFTG number five. Dead scientist (but they saved his brain!) remotely controls his mentally handicapped twin brother to murder jet propulsion techs. Monster of the Week snarked on the character of Roland, but I thought the actor did a pretty good job with the role, making Roland sympathetic and personable without being cloying. Okay, fine, without being too cloying.

The Erlenmeyer Flask – We dive straight into the conspiracy pool here and find it to be just as shallow as we’ll eventually admit. Again, as in “E.B.E.” we see a conspiracy that can’t figure out what the hell it’s even hiding from who. They have an alien fetus looking thing (which Deep Throat can get Scully access to and she can take out of Warehouse 13 or wherever with no problem at all) that they use for some kind of experimentation but then murder anyone who gets results from the experimentation and then at the end Cigarette Smoking Man shoves the fetus in his secret stash which, yeah, nice callback to the first episode, but don’t you want that back at the other secret conspiracy place? It’s a lot of noise and flash but no substance, other than this fantastic exchange, which deserved better:

Scully: [Scully is refusing to follow a vague lead with Mulder] Who is this Deep Throat character? I mean, we don’t know anything about him. What his name is, what he does…
Mulder: He’s in a delicate position. He has access to information and indiscretion could expose him.
Scully: You don’t know that this isn’t just a game with him. He’s toying with you. Rationing out the facts.
Mulder: You think he does it because he gets off on it?
Scully: No. I think he does it because you do.

That’s a great line, but it thuds in this episode because of all the other nonsense surrounding it. And that’s the conspiracy arc in a nutshell: a series of individually interesting ideas wadded together artlessly with a bunch of dumb plotting.

Season One ends with Deep Throat killed and the X-Files department shut down. If the series had ended here, that would have been something of a disappointment. But it didn’t, it was allowed several more seasons to become a crushing disappointment.

According to Wikipedia, the DVD release of the complete first season features Chris Carter doing commentary on 12 of the episodes: “Pilot”, “Deep Throat”, “Squeeze”, “Conduit”, “Ice”, “Fallen Angel”, “Eve”, “Beyond The Sea”, “E.B.E”, “Darkness Falls”, “Tooms”, and “The Erlenmeyer Flask”. I have little desire to hear Chris Carter talk about much of anything, but as a guide to which episodes in the first season are worth watching, I can’t argue with that list (I might add “Ghost in the Machine” as a shout out to my fellow data travelers.)

I’ll probably continue into Season Two, maybe not as enthusiastically and certainly not hitting every single one. I’ll probably, for the most part, follow along with The X-Files Files, skipping whichever ones they skip. After all, you got Flukeman coming up and I gotta see me some Flukeman.

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I Had That! #24: Mork and Mindy Suspenders

This is going to be a short one because even I don’t want to dwell too much on this. Mork and Mindy hit in 1978, when I was in 4th grade. I was a huge fan, and when I saw these suspenders — just like Mork’s! — for sale, I was desperate to have them.

For some reason the TV show never focused on people pulling them from the back to try and snap them against you. Which doesn’t really work, just wrecks the ineffectual metal claws that hold them up. Soon you’re left with a pair of suspenders that you couldn’t even wear if you wanted to because kids can be cruel.

When did I get it? Probably around 1978.

Do I still have it? No. I don’t think I kept them for very long at all.

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