Rick Roirdan Presents

Rick Roirdan Presents

My children and I are huge fans of Percy Jackson. We absolutely adore The Kane Chronicles and The Magnus Chase Series. Roirdan’s writing style is both intelligent and funny. Though often dealing with darker themes, he keeps the tone light with his keen sense of humor. His books just flow effortlessly and leave us wanting more.

So, when we heard that Rick Roirdan was going to present other young adult books centered on other cultures and mythologies, we knew we were going to love those as well! We trusted that if Rick Roirdan attached his name to these books, that they were bound to be good. And, they were.

The Storm Runner

The first book we read was The Storm Runner by JC Cervantes, which was published in September of 2018. I enjoyed the Mexican or Aztec mythology. The plot was good, but the characterization of Zane Obispo left something to be desired. It was annoying how fixated he was on his dog and his friend Brooks. This repetitiveness took away from the overall story. We decided not to continue reading this series.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

We went back and read Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, which also came out in 2018. I had previously read The Star Touched Queen and fallen in love with her poetic prose. Aru Shah was considerably less flowery in its descriptions, but there was still a great deal of beauty in her words. Learning about Hindu mythology was a great deal of fun and found ourselves looking forward to reading more books in the series as they came out.

The Dragon Pearl

I read the Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. This Korean themed book surprised me by taking place in Space instead of Ancient Korea. I found the Science Fiction twist interesting. My son said this was one of his favorite Rick Roirdan Presents books overall.

Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in The Sky

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia provided us a glimpse into the mythology of African-American and West African Mythologies. While Mbalia’s style is a little bit more dense or difficult, I found his work to be both colorful and creative. The metaphors in the book are incredibly moving. The books could have easily become too heavy handed in dealing with slavery, but Gum Baby’s sass lightens up the tone a great deal and makes the series a fun read.

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

Then we moved onto Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. This series focused on the idea of a Multiverse with a Cuban twist. It was very different than the other books, which drew on specific myths. The series made me think of Fusion Cuisine. It was a unique blend with personality to spare. There is hint of Santeria or Magic in the book. Though Sal and Gabi have Demigod-like abilities, the focus is more on science than myth. My favorite part? The AI toilet!

Race To The Sun

Next we tackled Race To The Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, which came out in 2020. The book explores Native American Mythology—specifically Navajo. I had no idea the Navajos had such a complex mythology of their own and was excited to explore that universe. I am not sure what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Paola Santiago and The River of Tears

We finally arrived at Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia. I had only been marginally acquainted with La Llorna. I had seen her on an episode of Grimm, but that was it. This book enlightened me quite a bit. Although the book dragged a bit in the middle, it swelled to a satisfying conclusion. It was interesting the book touched on the real life horrors of racism. And we just loved the little Chupacabra named Bruto. We plan on reading the next book in the series when it comes out.

The City of the Plague God

Next up? City of the Plague God by Sarwatt Chadda. I love Mesopotamia and am looking forward to learning more about their mythology. I have read The Epic of Gilgamesh, but my children have yet to enter this strange and wonderful world. An added bonus is that the theme of plague is particularly relevant right now!

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Race and Religion in Star Trek Deep Space Nine

Race and Religion in Star Trek Deep Space Nine

As I watched Star Trek Deep Space Nine Season 1 Episode 19 entitled Duet, I was struck by the parallels between the Cardassians and the Nazi’s. The idea of a labor camp reminded me of the Russian Gulags. However, the torture and experiments carried out were also very much in line with Nazi Concentration camps during World War II. Certainly, Kira’s interrogation of Marritza was inspired by the Nuremberg Trials.

Star Trek is great at discussing sensitive issues like race with breaking things down into simple black and white issues. One thing that always impresses me is how the alien races have names and features that are not just creative, but symbolic.

Take the Cardassians, for example. The name Kardashian means someone who is from Armenia. The spelling of Cardassian is not far from Caucasian. The label Caucasian was created for the Aremenians who wished to be separated from thier Mongolian neighbors. Although scientists tell us there is really no difference between so-called races, historically people have tried to find biological and legal ways to separate themselves from other groups.

In Star Trek the Cardassians have severe facial ridges and thier skin tone boarders on grey. To make them blonde and blue eyed would have been too obvious of a choice. Still, they are paler than the Bajorans that they colonized.

Bajorország is a Hungarian word that means Bavaria. Bavaria is part of Germany that was settled by Gauls. Bavaria won its indpedence but then was absorbed back into Germany during World War II.


The Bajorans are known for their religion as much as their problems with the Cardassians. They believe in the prophets and the celestial temple. The Prophets are aliens that came through the wormhole, but have been worshipped as deities. They left orbs behind, which are religious artifacts. In the Season 1 episode In The Hands of the Prophets, there is a conflict between The Federation’s Human Secularism and the Bajorans Zealous Religion.

The episode highlights the problems with politicizing religion. The Evangelical nature of the Bajoran cleric Vedek Winn creates tension. She believes that Keiko should include the Bajoran beliefs in her teachings about the Wormhole. When Kieko refuses, that causes Winn to protest and pull Bajoran students from Keiko’s class.

Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe says the episode maintains the consistency of Gene Roddenberry’s vision for Star Trek:: “I have no argument with someone having a fundamentalist belief in Christianity or Islam or Judaism or Buddhism or anything else, but I do have a serious objection to people trying to impose their values on other people. And that’s what this episode is about. No one has the right to force anyone to believe the things that they believe. That’s one of the beautiful things about Gene Roddenberry’s vision of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations), and that was one of the things that we really wanted to hammer home here. Sisko does everything he can not to impose his values on the Bajorans, but Vedek Winn is determined to impose her values on everyone..”

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Calendar Themes

Calendars Themes

Celtic Mandela Tree of Life

1989 Willow Movie Calendar

1990 Helen Steiner Rice Inspirational Calendar

1991 Heather Cooper Art

1992 Earth 365 Days

1993 The Rain Forest by Hallmark

1994 Moments To Remember by Lynn Hollyn

1995 Breathless Hunks by Cleo Calendars

1996 The British Museum Egyptian Art Collection

1997 Maxfield Parrish by Borders

1998 Impressionists by Cardinal

1999 Alfonzo Mucha by Mucha Foundation

2000 Antique Maps From Bridgeman Art Library/Dorset Press

2001 Celestial Sun and Moon by Dan Morris

2002 Celtic Mandela by Jen Delyth

2003 Llewellyn’s Witch Calendar

2004 Fearyland by Barnes and Noble

2005 Georgia O’Keeffe by Graphic Que De France

2006 Harry Potter Movie Scenes

2007 Lost TV Series Scenes and Westfield Insurance Nature Scenes

2008 Camelot by Barnes and Noble

2009 Tuscany by Silver Lining

2010 Asian Architecture State Farm Calendar

2011 Colorado Interstate Gas Nature Scenes

2012 Colorado Interstate Gas Nature Scenes

2013 Colorado Wilderness

2014 Victoria Frances Gothic

2015 Game of Thrones and Llewellyn’s Steampunk

2016 Fractals Cosmos by Alice Kelley

2017 Ram Dass with Sue Zipkin

2018 Rumi Quotes with Persian Art by Farah Ossouli

2019 Women Who Rock by Rachel Grant

2020 Women and Dragons by Nene Thomas

2021 Catrin Weltz-Stien Surreal Calendar

Catrin Walz-Stein
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Diary Entry Titles

Moxie

I’ve kept a diary since 1990, but I didn’t start adding titles until about 2010. As I began typing up my entries and putting them into volumes, I found the entries easier to identify and keep separate by adding titles to them. Dates are easily confused and easily forgotten. I already centered each entry on a theme, so the titles were easy to add once I identified the theme.

As my writing evolved, I found myself blending the diary of daily events with both a journal of feelings and the more formal essay. I created hybrid that I think that keeps the diaries engaging and interesting. The main component of this hybrid is that it has to have some sort of theme or central idea. I open with the main idea and then try to circle back to it at the close of the entry.

Themes and Titles come from a variety of sources. It could be from a book I read that week or it could come from a song or poem I quote in the entry. Sometimes I take particular word and explore its meaning and relation to something I am thinking or feeling at a particular moment in time. Sometimes a phrase will just pop into my head, other times I have to work to tease the word or words out for the entry. Let me give you some examples.

Here are my diary entries and their titles for 2020:

  1. January 7, 2020 Execration
  2. January 20, 2020 Wolf Moon
  3. January 30, 2020 Baymont
  4. February 12, 2020 Cloudy
  5. February 23, 2020 Locke and Key
  6. March 1, 2020 To Be Continued
  7. March 6, 2020 Once Were Warriors
  8. March 16, 2020 Crown
  9. March 23, 2020 Social Distancing
  10. April 2, 2020 Quality
  11. April 12, 2020 Pensive
  12. April 21, 2020 Uncertainty Principle
  13. May 5, 2020 Repurpose
  14. May 14, 2020 Infinitesimal
  15. May 21, 2020 Wedding
  16. June 2, 2020 Quiet Here
  17. June 17, 2020 Moxie
  18. July 3, 2020 Panem
  19. July 20, 2020 Song Birds and Snakes
  20. August 5, 2020 Sink Back In
  21. August 18, 2020 The Worst
  22. September 2, 2020 Good Trouble
  23. September 15, 2020 Kyoshi
  24. September 30, 2020 Tar Baby
  25. October 15, 2020 Lurking
  26. October 31, 2020 Blue Moon
  27. November 15, 2020 Normaler Things
  28. December 13, 2020 Home and Garden
  29. November 30, 2020 Winter’s Bone
  30. December 31, 2020 Discovery
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Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek Discovery aired on CBS Access in 2017. I didn’t get to see it since it was on a paid streaming service. It looked good and I wanted to check it out. Alex Kurtzman produced it, which is cool. He also worked on Xena, Alias and Fringe—not to mention the recent Star Trek movies. Anyway, I finally got it on DVD from Netflix. It is the 7th Star Trek series on TV. It has had mixed reviews, but overall people seem to enjoy it. I know Ray and I enjoyed it.

Kurtzman pulled in a lot of his previous work into the new series. I can see hints of Alias in the idea that the ship is like a Spy ship, working undercover to win the war. It is also covert science and the science is Fringe science. The idea of a Spore Drive strikes me as something that would have been explored by Walter Bishop.

Star Trek Discovery Spore Drive

I liked the whole Spore Drive thing. It made sense to me, but I can see where some fans would find it silly. The show didn’t do a great job of connecting the dots between biology and quantum physics.

We know that light particles travel within a stream or wave. Those particles can jump to anywhere within the path of that wave. That is a quantum leap. We have observed the jumps, which shouldn’t be possible. Although they don’t know for sure why it happens, it seems that the particles are interconnected or entangled. They can leap to where a sister or brother particles is in the stream because of this connection. It isn’t as random as may seem at first.

Quantum Physics

We also know that trees use fungus networks to talk to each other. The fungus acts as a sort of conduit between living things. This fungus travels for miles and miles and seems to be a part of one huge organism. Scientists compare it to the internet. It is a subject that I know little about though. I have only read a couple of articles on it. I would like to know more.

In any case, someone recognized the parallel between how quantum waves behave and how these fungus networks behave. They wondered if perhaps there couldn’t be some overlap. Maybe fungi can behave like these particles and then it would be possible to travel across them.

Fungi

When I first saw the creature aboard The Glenn, I told Ray it looked like a Tardigrade. In the next episode, they start studying the creature. And low and behold, they call it a Tardigrade. Instead of being microscopic though, it is bear size. Tardigrades are fascinating creatures, but I am not sure what they eat or if it would be possible to grow one to that size. I do know they are found in the most inhospitable places on earth and are known to people to survive the depths of outer space. They are an unfathomably old species and are damn near indestructible. I suppose it isn’t totally crazy to imagine the Tardigrade could consume the fungus and be able to have a symbiotic relationship with it, but it is perhaps the biggest stretch of the whole theory. The way in which the Tardigrade and Fungi communicate is not at all explained. It is left for the viewer to fill in the blanks. Perhaps they thought the casual viewer wouldn’t care, but Star Trek fans can be more than a little particular. They pick apart everything.

Tardigrade

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The Many Looks of Cari Lynn Vaughn

Peachy Cari Lynn Vaughn

My look keeps evolving. As an adult, I have had fun changing my hair style and the type of clothes I wear. I still enjoy dressing up–or as they now call it–Cosplay. The picture above is my most current selfie. My hair has the reddish blond highlights I love so much. I chose a peach shirt my kids bought for me, which went well of the background of my turquoise shower curtain.

Pixie Cut Cute Cari Lynn Vaughn

Most of my life, my hair has been fairly long. The shortest I had it was a inverted bob in the late 1990s. I chose a pixie cut in 2018 because I was going in for surgery. My hair was just one more thing to worry about, so I decided to cut it short. I think the short hair cut looked cute, but it drove me crazy when it started to grow out. It was such a pain to get it back to shoulder length again. As much as I hate the feel of hair on my neck and how hot it makes me, I just don’t think I can do it long term. I like have the option of wearing my hair down. It was nice at the time, but I am not sure I would cut it that short again.

Brown Haired Babe Cari Lynn Vaughn

I love the dark eye look. This was my effort at the smoky eye with lots of eye liner. While I love this look, eye make up tends to make my eye itch. Even when I get a hold of the supposedly hypoallergenic make-up, my eyes itch and water. So, I generally don’t wear eye make-up on the daily basis. I love this picture because my rich brown hair and dark make-up highlight my natural beauty. It is a good look for me.

Lounging in Lavender Cari Lynn Vaughn

I had wanted to dye my hair purple for a while. When I was between jobs in 2014, I took the chance to try it out. I think I pull it off. I used a kit that required me to bleach my hair first and then use the lavender dye. It faded quickly to pink over the next few months. If I did it over again, I would skip the bleach and try a darker shade.

Steampunk Cari Lynn Vaughn

I fell in love with Steampunk in 2012. I wanted to put together a Steampunk outfit for Halloween that year. I had a shoe string budget, so I put together this outfit from odds and ends at Walmart. They didn’t have a lot of brown, so I had to settled for black. One of these days I am going to spend the big buck on a real corset and all of that good stuff.

Basically Bollywood Cari Lynn Vaughn

I love scarves and I love belly dancing. I put together this outfit one day in 2011 while I was playing around. It isn’t really a Sari, although it looks like one. It was a blue crop top with an orange scarf, but it worked well to create the illusion of the Sari. I wouldn’t mind owning an actual Sari though. Notice, my hair here is blonde. I had dyed it a lighter color than usual. I think I wanted to feel light and fun during a dark time and the hair color helped with that.

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Parallels Between Willow and The Mandalorian

Parallels Between Willow and The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian with Gorgu

As I watched the second season of The Mandalorian, it struck me that there were some parallels to the 1988 film Willow. Although one is Science Fiction and the other is traditional Fantasy, they overlap in plot and theme.

Willow’s basic plot can be boiled down to the Magician Willow plucking a baby from the river. Elora Danan is a foundling with mysterious powers. Willow is the father-figure who is eventually tasked with returning Elora to her rightful home. Willow is not a warrior, but along the way he meets the wildcard warrior Madmartigan. Madmartigan is more like the Mandalorian, but without the beskar armor. Together Willow and Madmartigan protect Elora to the best of their ability. However, Elora is captured by the villain and Willow has to get her back. The movie ends with Willow returning home and leaving Elora to be raised by Sorsha and Madmartigan in Tir Asleen.

In the Mandalorian, Din Djarin is a foundling himself. He is alone in the world as a bounty hunter. His parents were killed and he was taken in by the Mandalorians. He has no wife or children. He doesn’t even really have any love interests. When he is tasked with procuring “the asset” his life changes. He finds that “the child” is too precious to hand over to the what is left of the empire. Mando gets the baby back and goes on a quest to figure out who to give Gorgu to. Mando has no idea what type of creature the child is or where he might call home. He only knows that Gorgu is very special, but his role remains to be seen.

The dynamic between The Mandalorian and Grogu embodies a theme of parenting and fatherhood prevalent throughout The Mandalorian. It is also the same theme that winds its way through Willow.

George Lucas envisioned Elora going through a transformation like Anakin. In the novelizations that followed the movie, we find out that Elora is in danger of going over to the dark side. Throughout The Chronicles of the Shadow War she redeems herself and saves the world instead.

The question is what will Gorgu do? The Jedi Ahsoka Tano (whose parallel would be Cherlindra in Willow) believes it is too late to train Gorgu to be a Jedi. He has formed a deep attachment to Mando and that means Mando is probably stuck with him. Gorgu is not going to be able to be dropped of and trained by random Jedi. So what is Gorgu’s part in the balance of the universe then? Will he be used for good or evil? How does this side story play into the larger story arcs? It will be interesting in finding out.

Willow and Elora

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White Fragility: Why It is So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It Is So Hard For For White People To Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo, 2018

Robin DiAngelo is a Diversity Trainer who specializes in Identity Politics. In her experience, it has been very difficult to really address Racism with White People. Why is that? 1) We White People don’t see ourselves in Racial Terms 2) Our opinions are uninformed 3) We don’t understand the role socialization plays in our views and 4) We have a very simple idea of race.

White people often respond by saying they can’t be racist because they have African American co-workers, neighbors or friends. They often respond by talking about how the Irish and Italians were also discriminated against. These responses serve to shut down the conversation without really understanding or discussing racism.

The definition of Racism is problematic. We view racists as immoral and mean. While that may be true of some, it is not true of all people who uphold the racist system. People take offense right away and feel like you are insinuating that they are immoral or bad people.

Racism isn’t a single act or single phrase uttered. It isn’t always extreme or violent. Racism is a part of our Socially Constructed System. It is a part of our culture and our daily lives. It is everything from slavery and lynching to mass incarceration and media portrayals. It is even in our word choices.

Racism is directly connected to the idea of White Supremacy. Slavery was built upon the idea that African Americans were somehow subhuman. If they were less than it made it easier to enslave them. If they were closer to animals than humans, then it was easier to work them like animals.

Racism is not an individual idea. It prejudice that is backed up by a system. Even in Colonial America, the courts began creating and supporting racism. How? The Courts were always trying to classify who was white and who wasn’t. For example, Armenians were considered white or Caucasian. The Japanese were considered Mongoloid, therefore not white. The poor working class were not always considered white either. They were treated as dirty and dark and related to people of color.

Racism is different than just prejudice and discrimination. Discrimination is acting on a prejudice. Actions may include; ignoring, excluding threatening, ridiculing, slander and outright violence. Racism is a system that builds upon a group identity that excludes other identities. Legal Authority and institutional control is put in place to uphold control by a particular group over another. Ideology is reinforced by society and we are all conditioned to accept it as we grow up.

People of color may indeed be prejudice against white people or other groups of people, by they are not legally backed by social institutions. They have no authority to act against white people.

Individual whites may be against Racism, but they are still benefiting from a system that privileges white people. Whiteness is a position of status in the community whether white people realize it or not.

Who runs the institutions in the USA? It is currently about 90% white people who are at the head of the government and the heads of businesses. Many white people try to distance themselves from White Supremacy, but it still exists and will continue to so long as people of color hold so few positions of power.

Things are framed within the White Race. White neighborhoods are considered nice, safe and more likely to be middle class. Black neighborhoods are considered to be dirty, unsafe and usually full of poor people. White schools are seen as good and have a lot of funding. Black schools, in comparison, are often urban and are considered a bad place to get an education.

Read the book Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and Persistence of Racial Inequity. People think the proper thing to say is that they don’t see color, but that is the wrong approach. It denies black people their unique experiences and their voices. Most of bias are largely unconscious, which makes it difficult to address.

Well-intentioned White people might exhibit ignorance by being overly nice or friendly to make up for their awkward feelings. They may try to mimic black speech or mannerisms. Others may avoid terms that address race or labels relating to race. They may also use code words to talk negatively about people of color.

How does Race shape White people? White people have a sense of belonging and inclusion. They are free from the burden of race. They have freedom of movement. Some may be nostalgic for the good old days when White Authority remained largely unchallenged. White people are often innocent and ignorant of what it means to be defined in terms of race.

Socialization and Racial Patterns that have emerged in today’s culture: there is a lack of understanding of what Racism is, we see ourselves as individuals and not subject to the socialization attached to race. White people assume everyone is having the same experiences that we do. We dismiss what we don’t understand. There is a lack of empathy and ability to listen to what people of color are telling us. And some of the problem is just an inherent lack of interest in the African American experience or point of view. There is also a need to stick to the white solidarity we grew up with. Lastly, we feel like good intentions are good enough.

There is a bad racist and good guy dichotomy. White people are quick to point out that either they themselves are good people or that the accused racist is a good person. If they are upstanding citizens and good people, they can’t possibly be racist. Racist people are stereotyped as ignorant, old, uneducated and (often) Southern white person. Non-racist people are stereotyped as young, progressive, educated and (often) Northern white people. You can still be a good moral person and benefit from a white privileged society.

Racism is not just about intolerance to black people. You can work with or be friends with black people and still be a part of the racist system in place. You can still have hidden biases. Friendships between black and white people is often full of tension. True conversations about race are difficult even for the best of friends. The white friend will often shut down any attempt to communicate about words or actions that they find offensive or hurtful. White people still see things in terms of individual identity and not in terms of group identity, which is problematic in many inter-racial relationships.

Affirmative Action is one of the most misunderstood parts of the Civil Rights Movement. Many white complain about it just being about filling quotas and not being a fair system. Affirmative Action was put in place as a way to level the playing field. It was meant to give people of color the same chance at a job as a white person. It was not meant to favor blacks or other minorities over whites. It was supposed to help employers become more inclusive. Affirmative Action is not about exclusion or specifically excluding potential white employers.

Anti-Blackness is rooted in misinformation, fables, perversions, projections and lies. Our projections allow us to bury the trauma of what we did to them. We dehumanize the Black people and blame the victim.

Movies and books portray white people as saviors. It is as if we have to be responsible for rescuing the impoverished and disadvantaged person of color. The message blacks receive is that they can only succeed with some white person’s assistance. Blacks are stereotyped as being from the ghetto and being a part of a gang. They have a history of violence and can only get out of the ghetto through sports. On the surface these stories appear inspiring, but they often send the wrong message.

When we try to address these issues with White people, they become triggered. They get angry because it is a challenge to their solidarity or authority. White people often feel like they speak for all of humanity. It insults them to think there are other voices and view points out there. They are triggered by people of color in leadership roles. The election of Barack Obama really triggered a lot of White people. And other Black people in powerful roles rile up White people as well. Even Black people in movies can piss White people off—particularly if the Black person plays a central role in the movie or isn’t stereotypical.

White people need to understand why their comments and actions can offend the Black people in their company or in their life. We have to understand the context of the comment and why they might be hurt by it when another white person might not find it offensive at all. Racial awareness and sensitivity is important. Just being educated about different points of view and learning to be compassionate can make a huge difference. Efforts to address diversity in the work place have been labeled as Traumatic for White employees. It doesn’t have to be.

White Fragility functions as a formal of bullying. It is the attitude that “I’m going to make it so miserable for you to confront me—no matter how diplomatically you try to do so.” The white person feels like any sort of challenge to their status quo requires them to put the person in their place. White people just get ridiculously defensive with feedback from anyone of color. They don’t want to change their approach or anything about how they interact with Black people.

The problem is that White people control the conversation. If the conversation is going to change, we have to be the ones to do it. White people can pretend that Racism is a Black problem. It is a White person problem. WE ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO CHANGE.

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Zack To The Future 15

Episode 15

Episode 15 is called King of the Hill. This was the original pilot. It is the first day of school and Zack is obsessed with Kelly. We find out Slater is new to the school and he is competition for Zack. The scenes in King of the Hill are long, but are needed to set up the show. The production crew wasn’t the normal crew and didn’t a great job. We can see the Ferris Bueller inspiration from the beginning with breaking the fourth wall and everything.

Dashiell Driscoll noted the busy hallway complete with Skateboarders. It gives it a cool California feel, which is different from the Good Morning Miss Bliss setting of Indiana. There are pop culture references as well. Slater says, “I’m Roger Rabbit.” That was a popular movie that came out not too long before the show.

Screech pulls out a Dustbuster and cleans his locker. This prompted a discussion about vacuums. The Dustbuster came out in 1979 from Black and Decker. It was designed for Astronauts. Mark-Paul has many vacuums. Dashiell Driscoll has three vacuums total. Mark-Paul didn’t like the Rumba he had. He prefers to vacuum himself.

Dashiell notices Mr. Dewey is back or rather this is the first time we would have seen him if the episodes had aired in order. The wave from Kelly is kind of awkward. This same awkward wave is repeated in Fatal Distraction.

Why do the kids all go the Max for lunch instead of the cafeteria? Seems a bit expensive. Jessie does make a comment about it in the pilot, but it is never brought up again. Ed Alonzo makes his first appearance as Max. His is in the first few seasons, but not all seasons. He is in roughly 20 episodes total.

Ed Alonzo was the special guest for this podcast. He talked about choosing Saved By The Bell over a pilot for another show. He felt he chose correctly since Saved By The Bell went on to be a hit. The jokes or gags that Dashiell Driscoll complained about were all written by writers who didn’t know magic. Ed Alonzo just had to make the best out of what they wrote. It was agreed that The Max was modeled after Ed Bedevils 1950s Themed Restaurant

Ed Alonzo recalled teaching Mark-Paul to drive in the parking lot. Mark-Paul confessed that he had already known had to drive at the time. He sometimes took his Mom’s car and drove it around without permission or a license. He felt like since his paycheck helped buy the car, he should drive it.

Ed Alonzo also talked about how he often said, “Oh, quit that.” And Dustin Diamond stole the line. The writer’s gave that line to him instead of Ed Alonzo, which frustrated him. He was also frustrated with Dennis Haskins. Although they generally got along, Dennis didn’t seem to like having more than one adult in a scene. He was kind of distant during the taping of the show, but then friendlier once the show ended. Alonzo also remembered how he messed up Peter Engle’s birthday cake He thinks that is part of why his part on Saved By The Bell came to an end before the show ended.

Dashiell Driscoll mentioned that the actress who played the Shakespeare teacher, Pamela Cosh, had recently passed away. Then they announced a brief break over Thanksgiving before returned to the Podcast for Season 2 of Saved By The Bell.

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Zack To The Future Podcast 14

Episodes 14

Episode 14 is called The Zack Tapes. It is all about Zack Morris having some brainwashing fun. The sister episode to this one would probably be Fatal Distraction. Once again, Kelly can’t make up her mind who to take to the dance. This dance is another sort of Sadie Hawkins type dance where they use hearts to indicate who they are taking to the dance.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar comments on his visor hairdo. Dashiell Driscoll talks about the presence of the Beau Revere tapes. Beau Revere is made up for the show and the song in the episode was recorded by the same person who wrote the theme song—Scott Gale. The song is also included in on the Saved By The Bell Soundtrack that was released. The title of the song is “Don’t Leave Me With Your Love.”

There is a discussion about the gag of the balloons in Lisa’s locker with Screech’s face on it. Mark-Paul Gosselaar admits that he doesn’t have many souvenirs from his time on Saved By The Bell. He took more from NYPD Blue. And now he hoards stuff from Mixed-ish.

Dashiell mentioned the use of the Beach Boys songs. He was surprised that Saved By The Bell could afford to pay for the rights to use the songs. Anyway, Carol Lawrence played Ms. Wentworth, the Biology teacher. She talks about subliminal advertising, which is really a thing. James Victory noticed that if you flash a picture of popcorn and coca-cola on the screen for even 2 seconds, that sales went up.

There was a discussion about boom boxes and mixed tapes. Mark-Paul looked it up and found that the boom box was first made in The Netherlands by a company called Phillips. “Go Dutch!” he laughed. Anyway, a typical boom box you would use to make a mixed tape, wouldn’t have the ability to turn the voice track up or down like a sound board. Dashell asks Mark-Paul if he had a tape he listened to like the character’s listened to Beau Revere. He said it had to be his Beastie Boys tape that he wore out.

Belding mentions Zack’s Mom being his favorite California Girl. Have we met Zack’s Mom? Not yet, but we will in later seasons. We see Zack’s Dad first though. Zack mentioned the fact that they all treated Screech like crap, but that it didn’t seem too unrealistic. Slater and Kelly seem to have a normal, healthy relationship. Zack is more or less stalking Kelly relentlessly. Their relationship seems a bit more toxic. Maybe Zack had a borderline personality disorder.

Anyway, the Nerds on Saved By The Bell are based on the movie series Revenge of The Nerds. Alan is Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s favorite nerd. There are two nerds, one named Edgar and one named Allen. It is probably not a coincidence. One of the nerds had a subliminal message of being the master to a slave, which is kind of kinky!

So Screech dresses up as a woman and calls himself Barbara Bush. He plants the tapes. The girls have a shared thought bubble afterward, which is kind of cool. Zack Morris calls himself “A blond Tom Cruise.” Mark-Paul had seen Top Gun and loved the movie. Hadn’t seen Cocktail.

At the end they teach Zack a lesson by being zombie-like stalkers. He is freaked out. Kelly says something about Zack being two 5’s instead of a 10. Mark-Paul thought that it didn’t make much sense for her to say that. That kind of dis should have gone to Jessie.

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