Earth 2 – ER – tape 2226

First on this tape, Earth 2. The colonists discover a frozen alien body, and start having strange dreams.

Danziger burns the body because it’s freaking everybody out, then they encounter Roy Dotrice, who we saw in another episode, and he tells them that the frozen body was some kind of magical store for all the evil of the alien people. Or something.

OFFS. They are literally doing ‘The Thing’. The evil on the frozen alien body has now taken over one of the colonists, and they’ve got to test which one it is. This is painfully derivative stuff.

The wrinkle they’ve added is that their test for possession is just a fake – they’re hoping to smoke out whoever is the alien.

And another wrinkle is that it’s our hero, Clancy Brown, inevitably reverting to type as a villain.

But there’s a touchy feely ending, involving ‘the power of the planet’.

After this, recording continues with the start of Picket Fences, then switches to Channel four just in time to catch the end credits of a short film, Fathers, Sons and Unholy Ghosts.

Then, an episode of ER called And Baby Makes Two.

Susan Lewis is having to decide to give up the baby – I think it’s her sister’s.

Lucy Liu plays the mother of a small child with Aids.

Valerie Perrine plays Lewis’s mother.

After ER, recording continues with Friends and The One with the East German Laundry Detergent.

Chandler is trying to break up with Janice.

And Ross is helping Rachel with her laundry, it being a metaphor for her making it on her own, without her parents’ support.

After this, there’s an episode of Moviewatch. This really is peak 90s ‘yoof’ TV. Check out the introductions section where the four young reviewers introduce themselves. It’s not so much the things they’re saying, banal though they are, it’s the relentlessly artless energy that’s being expended in trying to make this short section seem interesting by fast cutting between different random zooms of the same static head shot. If they were trying to ‘find it in the edit’ they needn’t have bothered. It wasn’t there to begin with.

Gary, in particular, looks like he’s been cloned from a lock of Mark Kermode’s quiff.

The films reviewed are

Oddly, The Harvest was a film from 1992, and it was the favourite of the new films that week.

There’s an interview with Spike Lee about Clockers.

The show is sponsored by Nokia – at the time, makers of widescreen TVs.

There’s a frankly incomprehensible location report from the Spanish horror film The Killer Tongue in which director Alberto Sciamma says the inspiration was Terry Wogan, The Eurovision Song Contest, and Nescafe adverts from 1973.

Following this, there’s most of a compilation programme, The Best of Dan Aykroyd. Lots of sketches from Saturday Night Live. You tend to forget how old those shows are now, but look at the fashions in this one, with Steve Martin.

Here’s a sketch with Margot Kidder

here’s Aykroyd as Richard Nixon and John Belushi as Henry Kissinger

The tape ends before this programme finishes.

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One comment

  1. Moviewatch could be very eccentric in the conclusions, I remember one week when Steven Berkoff’s Decadence was judged the best over the would-be blockbusters, a film co-starring Michael Winner and Christopher Biggins.

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