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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Cheap-Arse Film Review
Hosted by: Liam Barrett
It's the Cheap-Arse Film Review, where a young(ish) man finds out if it's possible to live the life of a cinephile super-nerd on the strictest budget possible. Inspired by growing up in the wilds of Essex, England (that's only partially a joke, by the way) and the current harsh economic times, Liam only reviews DVD that can be purchased for £1.00p or less!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The DVD Shelf
Hosted by: David Rose
Life is short, so skip the bad movies and let your host David Rose reveal, review, and recommend the ones you should have on your own DVD shelf. The DVD Shelf is a film-lover's safe haven to bask in the warm glow of cult favorites, over-looked cinematic gems, rediscovered classics, and downright fun flicks on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Solkir
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
Joshua the Anarchist
Hosted by: Joshua Bell
Charged with the crime of liking Batman & Robin, Joshua the Anarchist has been declared insane and committed to Arkham Asylum. Locked away in a padded cell, he'll endure movie after movie as doctors attempt to "treat" him. He may not have gone in a madman, but he soon will be.
Movie Dorkness
Hosted by: Sofie Liv
It's the show formerly known as Red Suitcase Adventues! Join Sofie Liv, a nice Dane (who may not be as negative as everyone else!) as she dissects pop culture phenomena to explore both the good and bad in popular films.
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Mystery Madness
Hosted by: Full of Questions
Mysteries are awesome! And who's better suited to examine the wonderful, the terrible, and the adequate of the movie mystery genre than a teenager with nerdy glasses and substandard editing software? ...Many people, probably, but enjoy the show anyway!
PGSM Summaries
Hosted by: Nycea
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (PGSM for short) is a hilarious live-action retelling of the Sailor Moon story. On this show, your host Nycea summarizes and riffs on this gloriously bad series—one episode at a time.
Reel vs. Reel
Hosted by: Animated Heroine
Animation isn't just for kids; it's also for adults who never learned how to grow up. In Reel vs. Reel, the Animated Heroine looks at two similar animated films to see which one comes out on top and why. Her love for good animated films is only matched by her cynicism towards the bad ones.
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Outrageous Okona” TV Recap Page 6 of 6
Posted by Dr. Winston O'Boogie Posted on: April 30, 2004
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Back in the dull Romeo and Juliet rip-off (which, somehow, is even more of a rip-off than that story Mr. T told about Jackie and Ricky), Okona talks to Lady Capulet, reminding her of all the things she's done for Timberlake, and vice versa, and how they truly do love each other, blah blah blah. The orchestra swoops in as Capulet proclaims her love for Timberlake and Timberlake asks her to marry him. And, of course, she says yes.

Okona whistles to get Timberlake's attention, and then tosses the Jewel of Thesia on over. For a "national heritage", they sure have no compunction about treating it like a softball. Also, I'm getting less "national treasure" from this object than I am "cheap broach from Zales". I'm just sayin'.

Well, the two lovebirds hold hands and another stupid bit is made out of the dads arguing about which planet they'll live on. Picard comes over and is like, "My name's Paul, and that's between y'all" and tells them to get the hell off his ship already. He says the Enterprise has some "business" to attend to, namely, the business of ending this insipid plot. Okona beams proudly as the dads say, "My grandson!" to each other. Oh, a minute ago it was all "bastard child", now it's "my grandson". What's that all about?

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Meanwhile, a spotlight comes on at the Holodeck Comedy Club. Piscopo does Data's introduction, calling him the "android of antics" and the "lieutenant commander of mirth". Data comes out to applause. He's currently wearing a tuxedo and holding a cigar, and he does the Rodney Dangerfield collar-tug.

Wow! Black people and white people both love the comedy stylings of Data!


Doing the stupid George Burns gestures, he says, "Good evening, ladies and germs!" And the crowd laughs uproariously. Wow! They must have got the studio audience from a UPN sitcom to sit in! Data is enthralled by this response. He does a Johnny Carson-style golf swing with his cigar, and the crowd eats it up. Another joke about coming from a small town and having a "fraction for a zip code" goes over the same way.

"We didn't have a godfather of crime," Data says. "We had a nephew!" More laughs ensue as Data happily looks over at Piscopo and Guinan in the rafters. Piscopo gives him the thumbs up, and Data returns the gesture. The crowd laughs again. Data shows his thumb to the crowd, which gets even bigger laughs. Haha! They're right! That thumb is fucking hilarious!


—"So, how 'bout letting me be Center Square for a week?"
—"In your dreams, pal."


Data tells a joke about hanging a pork chop around his neck so his dog would play with him, and the audience laughs before he even finishes the joke. Not that you couldn't see the punch line coming from a mile away, anyway. After telling a couple of jokes in a completely half-hearted monotone, Data finds he still gets the same laughs. Finally, he resorts to just lifting up his hand and doing weird gestures to get laughs. Now that's comedy!

Eventually, he says, "Audience program off," and they all laugh themselves straight into oblivion. A sullen Data turns to Piscopo and says, "Discontinue comic," and Joe Piscopo vanishes. Hey, so that's what happened to him! Good work, Data! Now see what you can do about Whoopi!

"Shatner is so big..."


Data tells Guinan, "It was a Holodeck audience. They were programmed to laugh at everything!" Well, here's a big sack of Duh coming right your way, Commander. Data considers reprogramming them to laugh accordingly, but Guinan tells him that getting people to laugh "is not the end-all and be-all of being human!"

Data insists, however, that there's nothing more "uniquely human". And after enduring this long, painfully boring ordeal, we get absolutely no resolution on this plot, because the two just leave to the "fairy dust settling" sound effect. Geez. At least have Joe Piscopo's head explode or something.

Cut to the bridge, where Riker is telling Wesley to disengage the tractor beam. Meanwhile, Okona is back up on the viewscreen, returned to his own ship. Okona says thanks and Picard says farewell. Despite his bitterness, Wesley can't forget his first love, so he throws in his own special little goodbye. Okona gives him a thumbs up, but strangely enough, the whole audience doesn't laugh.


"By the way, Data, Joe Piscopo never made a movie that got one of these."


Wesley turns to Data and says, "Say goodbye, Data!" And you know what comes out of his mouth. Do I even have to say it? Everyone chuckles at Data's reply, and true to form, Data scans his Head DB for the original source of the joke, which turns out to be Burns and Allen, 1932. Unfortunately, Data doesn't know when to quit, so he starts telling a joke about a nudist colony. Thankfully, Worf completely shuts him down.

God help me, but then Data actually says, "Take my Worf... please!" and there's pained looks all around. Wow, it's exactly like a TOS ending. They even re-used the Clarinet of Spock and everything! Finally, the anguish ends when Picard orders the ship to go to warp. The end.

It may not be "And the Children Shall Lead", but this episode was pretty damn excruciating. I suppose you could make the case that there were some relatively talented guest stars, even if they weren't given anything interesting to do. And I suppose if you like Data and his story arc, there's a chance you might find something redeeming here.

For the rest of us, however, it's 45 minutes of sheer pain. Thankfully, a major shakeup in the TNG writing staff was right around the corner, and things would rarely get this bad again. Unfortunately, the same thing can't be said for Joe Piscopo's acting career.

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