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10 August 2009 @ 09:48 am
Better Nostalgia Through Television  
Throughout high school, it was my habit to record some show that aired during the day, and watch it when I got home- in the basement, alone, with the lights off for theatrical effect. It was my anticipated treat for making it through another day. I didn't want to tape over anything I'd recorded, so I wound up amassing quite the collection of VHS tapes. I taped all or most episodes of the following series:

Beast Wars
Mummies Alive!
ThunderCats
Sailor Moon R
Pokemon
SWAT Kats
Star Trek: TOS


I also taped South Park off prime-time, and I taped War Planets and Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Saturday mornings. Oh yeah, Beast Machines too- at least the three or four episodes I lasted before the suck became overpowering.

I'm slowly in the process of obtaining the DVD releases of many of these series so that I can let go of the tapes, which take up a lot of room in a tiny apartment. It means that I get to watch stuff I haven't seen in years from a new and hopefully more mature perspective, which ends up being pretty cool. Cringe-inducing sometimes, but cool overall.

I have all of Beast Wars, SWAT Kats, and TOS. I just ordered what promises to be a complete collection of Mummies Alive! (yeah, several of these don't have official releases and probably never will). I haven't started collecting ThunderCats yet; I just haven't had that itch to watch it. Ditto South Park (except for the ninja weapons episode, OMG that's hysterical). I'm guessing there are only two or three other people on Earth who even know what the hell War Planets is. I don't care about Sailor Moon anymore. Pokemon I still consider amusing, and it was actually a dub I liked, but I'm not really craving any of those either. MST3K is easily downloaded. Beast Machines? Pfft, I'd rather light my money on fire.

...I can't believe these shows are anywhere from 12 to 40+ years old now.
 
 
 
though she be but little, she is fierce: joiegolden_d on August 10th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Mummies Aliiiiiiiive! Oh man, the memories. :)
Miusheri: hello_cthulhumiusheri on August 10th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
=D That show is still completely hilarious and under-appreciated.

After several moves, I've done my best to prune down my worldly possessions as much as possible, but Mummies Alive! takes up a good chunk of my remaining "I have no use for this but I can't bear to part with it" pile. I have the VHS and DVD that were officially released (both only have a couple of episodes on them), almost every action figure and vehicle that were made (mint in boxes), and all my high school tapes.

They never made a Nefertina action figure, which saddens me. Well, actually they did, but it was only released in Europe. Back in the late 90s, such figures were going for as high as $600 (!) on eBay. I haven't checked, since I don't have a desire to sell, but I'm pretty sure my entire collection wouldn't net a tenth of that today.