Day: March 5, 2017

Space Precinct – The X Files – Michael Moore’s TV Nation – tape 2106

This tape opens with a trailer for a couple of documentaries, It’s For You and Off Your Trolley. Plus a trailer for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Then, we have (for the second time in my collection) the pilot episode of Space Precinct called Protect and Survive. I’ve already looked at this, so I won’t repeat myself. (That’s code for “I’m not watching it again.”)

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th September 1995 – 18:00

Recording continues with a trailer for the Friday Night Comedy Zone. And a cute one for Live and Kicking with a couple of kids who are probably in their late twenties by now.

Then, an episode of The O Zone starts, featuring Jamie Theakston. It starts with a profile and interviews with Blur, but after a few minutes, recording switches to later in the evening, and the end of an episode of The Travel Show.

There’s a trailer for Degrees of Error.

Then, The X Files with an episode called Sleepless. A man wakes up to find a fire in his apartment. When the firefighters arrive they find no sign of fire, but the man’s dead.

Mulder is partnered up with the shifty Alex Krycek, a man who looks like he should be delivering Trump talking points on Fox News.

Alex Krycek

Tony Todd was part of an army program investigating sleep deprivation and medication to reduce the ill effects. Now he’s doing some kind of Freddy Krueger nonsense on his old comrades.

Tony Todd

At the end of the episode we learn that Krycek is reporting to the cigarette smoking man.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th September 1995 – 21:00

There’s a trailer for Love Bites: Loved Up.

Then, Michael Moore’s TV Nation and it’s Canada Night. Mike does a fairly good job at singing the Canadian National Anthem at a baseball game.

Rusty Cundieff sees what it takes to smuggle Canadians into the US across the border.

Smuggling Canadians

Another TV Nation poll shows the kinds of understanding that inexorably lead to Brexit.

Britain Belongs to France now

Louis Theroux looks at an electronic nose, which uses “advanced stealth bomber technology” to detect odours.

Louis Theroux

“81% of those who have seen two or more Police Academy movies believe that OJ is innocent”

Police Academy Viewers on OJ

Mike looks at whether the newly passed ‘Contract with America’ means that he has all the same rights as members of congress. Spoiler: He doesn’t.

And Rusty Cundieff goes to Mississippi as they are the last state in the union to ratify the 13th amendment abolishing slavery. So before that happens (yes, it only happened in 1995) he decides to buy himself some slaves.

Rusty Cundieff buys some slaves

He also look for the national dish of Canada. What else could it be but Poutine?

Poutine

Crackers the Corporate Crimefighting Chicken is on a US tour.

Crackers the Corporate Crimefighting Chicken

He looks at a town where a lead smelting plant is polluting and poisoning the local population with lead. How things have changed.

“55% of gun owners believe that “If I were a member of the opposite sex, I’d want to be gay.”

I'd Want to be Gay

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th September 1995 – 21:45

After this, recording switches to the end of Indoor Bowls. Then trails for Top Gear, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Heartbreak High and Dear Dilemma.

Then, another Space Precinct, called The Snake, also looked at on a previous tape.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 25th September 1995 – 18:00

After this there’s a trailer for the start of Deep Space Nine on 2, and a trailer for Tim Westwood’s Rap Show.

Then, an episode of The O Zone starts, but that recording stops almost immediately, and underneath is an older recording, with the end of Newsnight. Another trailer for Love Bites: Loved Up.

Then, there’s most of a Face to Face interview with Anthony Hopkins.

Anthony Hopkins

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 18th September 1995 – 23:15

The tape runs out before the end of this, but there’s quite a lot of it, which is nice.

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