Marc Singer battles Rip Torn before he fights the lizard-like version of Freddy Krueger in 1982’s The Beastmaster.
JediShua and shazbazzar revisit the ’70s and ’80s by playing Space Invaders, watching Thundarr the Barbarian, and drinking the milk from the bottom of their cereal bowls — or at least someone’s cereal bowl.
A Barbarian, the Beastmaster, and Bombing Invaders from Space
The hunt for the #TechnoRetro Easter Egg has begun, and though we have no idea what the ultimate reward will be, we’re sure it will be fun to play along the way, with creepy-kooky puzzles that could confuse even a Duke’s son. So listen carefully, whether you’re a cultured sophisticate, an elitist intellectual, a nerdy geek, or even a bumbling barbarian.
In the NEWS
Tetris player Jonas Neubauer (NubbinsGoody on Twitch) inadvertently broke a record while trying to set an entirely different record on the classic Russian block game. Thanks to observant watchers of his Twitch stream, he found out he’s better than even he thought he was! Holy Hollywood! Los Angeles welcomes a museum devoted to the 1966 Batman movie and TV show with Adam West and Burt Ward. It’s got everything from heroes to villains to (you guessed it) merchandise. Mark your calendars for another eclipse this year, America! The blue moon eclipse will hit skies near you at the end of the month.
We Love Our Cereal…
Steve and Chip from Too Much Scrolling find their way back in time to our present with a largely positive review of General Mills’ successful trolling of Kellogg’s with its challenge to make Frosted Flakes better — by combining sugar-coated corn flakes with the iconic Lucky Charms dehydrated marshmallows. The guys from Too Much Scrolling will make your mouth water for a milk-filled bowl of Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes. PLUS: The Emperor of RetroZap.com (Joe Tavaono) turns us on to a new brand of milk: Bottom of the Bowl Milk is just what you would expect: the remnants of great cereals flavoring the milk from the bottom of the cereal bowl.
Although cartoons are no longer just Saturday morning fare, we still link sugary cereal with Saturday mornings and cartoons since that’s how we did it in the old days. Back in the early ‘80s, a futuristic barbarian with his knock-off Wookiee counterpart and well-educated princess take down the baddies every week in a post-1994, cosmic-disaster Earth that borrows the TechnoRetro mysticism that captured pop-culture in 1977 and has maintained a healthy share of the market for the past forty years. Thundarr the Barbarian wields his sunsword as Princess Ariel figures out how to defeat evil wizards and their minions on Saturdays as Ookla the Mok attempts to speak. We think Ookla’s lack of communications skills is what causes him to resort to violence so often.
The son of a king born of a cow (no, that’s not a slam on the queen) is gifted with the ability to communicate with animals in a very insightful way as he strives to defeat an evil priest who has seized power on an alien world. Dar, played by Marc Singer, teams up with a black tiger, two ferrets, and a golden eagle to confront Maax in Rip Torn’s breakout role as a villain. Tanya Roberts comes along for the ride as the token scantily-clad female in The Beastmaster, another iconic movie from 1982.
“He’s hooked! He’s hooked! His brain is cooked!” Before the song, there was the game. Space crabs, squid, and various other invaders invaded spaces in bars, retail outlets, restaurants, and arcades in the late 1970s with this challenging and colorful game that was designed to get your heart beating faster and faster as you successfully eliminate enemies from outer space. It’ll make you want to drop a quarter in the slot and grab a joystick when you hear the sound effects and music and remember the smell of popcorn at Hills Department Store…well, shazbazzar does. Space Invaders may be the TechnoRetro Dad of all arcade games.
Jonathan Bell discovers Pumpkin Spice at a local Steak N Shake. Geeky Dad tries to tempt shazbazzar to try Kellog’s Frosted Flakes with pics of boxes of Chocolate Frosted Flakes. SpiderShan gets blue with Cap’n Crunch when his wife brings home a box of Cap’n Crunch’s Blueberry Pancake Crunch. Darth Hound discovers Freddy Krueger was almost played by Sark (from TRON, another great movie from 1982, Dave Dollar). And speaking of TRON, the dark-side dog continued on Twitter with a chuckle about the computer jargon noted by Flynn. PLUS: voice mails and voice messages from Darth Taxus and Adam from Wisconsin.
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Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the ’70s and ’80s as they share the fun and also fandom of their youth with their families, friends, and EarBuds. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars, The Beastmaster, and classic video games. TechnoRetro Dads creates new stories as old legends are passed down from one generation to the next.
If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just appreciate the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is definitely for you!