May 30, 2017
Amazing Stories “Life on Death Row” (part 1 of 2)
It’s time once again for another Patrick Swayze Christmas! At long last, I’m bringing back the Agony Booth tradition of recapping something featuring Patrick Swayze for the holidays.
What does Patrick Swayze have to do with Christmas, you ask? Well, other than being the subject of the memorable “Let’s Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas” song performed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (video here), not a whole heck of a lot. Actually, the original intent around these parts was for December of 2005 to be a “Patrick Swayze Christmas Month”, but various wacky circumstances led to it becoming a regular Christmastime thing.
Of course, these recaps started long before Swayze was diagnosed with cancer, and long before he passed away in September of this year. And as much as I would love to write a fitting eulogy for the man, I don’t have a whole lot to say about him. I mean, he seemed like a pretty good guy, lots of people liked him, he took on a few roles like To Wong Foo that other famous actors never would have touched, and he showed real dedication in continuing to work on The Beast despite his declining health. And not least of all, he left the world plenty of cheesy, overly heartfelt movies.
But other than that, I don’t have that much to say about Swayze. Plus, I think I already said it all in my Road House recap. So I’ll leave the eulogizing to the people who actually knew him, such as the inimitable Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, and instead offer this current recap as a tribute. It’s one of Swayze’s forgotten roles, as a condemned murderer who gains special healing powers in an episode of Amazing Stories.