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In 1970 the Federal Communications Commission, acting under the direction of Congress, adopted new regulations regarding children’s programming. This was primarily done in reaction to Mattel’s “Hot Wheels” cartoon of 1969, which was met with stern opposition by various parental busybody organizations. These regulations effectively had three goals (1) Remove death and violence from all cartoons, (2) Cartoons can not be used as long-form commercials for toys, and (3) any cartoons produced after 1970 had to include educational content.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: "Contact" (Episode 1)

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Once upon a time, there was an anime series called “Macross.” This was pretty much the best thing humans have done since we climbed down out of the trees. Yeah, granted, the last six episodes were kinda’ weak, but the thirty prior to that were varying degrees of amazing. “Macross” was exposed to American audiences in a somewhat adumbrated fashion as the first third of “Robotech” in 1985, but it was still pretty amazing.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Daddy Likes The Googie

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So my current obsession - and it has been for probably most of the last year - is a more or less extinct style of architecture/design with the unfortunate name of "Googie." (So labeled because the first known example of it is a Los Angeles coffee shop called "Googies") Also known as "Populuxe," and a variety of even worse names, it was an outgrowth of the Streamline Moderne movement which, depending on who you talk to, was either an outgrowh of Art Deco, or a subset of Art Deco, or a completely independent design school that was concurrent to Art Deco.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The Big Leagues” (Episode 9, or possibly 7)

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Tick and Arthur are invited to join The Superhero League, which upsets Captain Liberty since they only accept white dudes. (And Arthur, who’s Jewish, yet surprisingly that doesn’t come up in this episode). The League is run by “The Champion,” a not-particularly-well-cast Superman type. Meanwhile, Cap decides to sue the League for discrimination, and ends up hiring a lawyer who is, in fact, the secret identity of The Champion. Hilarity utterly fails to ensue.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Fall of Night” (Season 2, Episode 22)

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Following the Cylon sneak attack that destroyed their homeworld, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a lonely quest to…oh, wait, I meant “Centauri” and not Cylon. And it’s a Narn heavy cruiser, not the other thing. Sorry.

Anyway, when the war ended, there was one Narn warship unaccounted for. It shows up at B5, exhibiting *really* bad timing.

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