TechnoRetro Dads: It’s … Not … That … Bad.

by TechnoRetro Dads

Post Post-Celebration Blues, JediShua and shazbazzar get ready for a week of #TechnoRetro fun in fandom with Star Wars Day and Guardians of the Galaxy — PLUS a new addition to the Arcade… Defender!

The time for recovery is past as May starts off with Hawaiian Lei Day.  No.  That’s not it.  May the Fourth Be with You this Thursday on Star Wars Day.  Then check out Volume 2 of Guardians of the Galaxy.  And remember Defender with us.

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It’s … Not … That … Bad. (?)

Now that’s a way to entice viewers (and listeners) to what you have to offer.  Whether the discussion is about 1987’s Masters of the Universe, snow at the end of April, missing school or work for something other than Star Wars, or the tragedy of podcasting movie lovers claiming 1989 was a superior year for movies in comparison to 1982 (We’re looking at you, Deucecast!), “It’s…not…that…bad” is just the thing to put you in the mood for what’s in store on today’s TechnoRetro Dads.

The first week of May is filled with loads of pop culture greatness with Star Wars Day on Thursday, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 on Friday, and loads of TechnoRetro News for EarBuds everywhere.  Join shazbazzar and JediShua as they emerge from the hurried and harried month of April to bloom with a variety of colors in May.  You know… Mayflowers.  Like Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.

TechnoRetro Dads Defender


In the NEWS…

Guardians of the Galaxy is coming Friday — forty years after Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights” hit the top slot on American Top 40. He-Man is back in the news with Sony’s announcement of the release date for Masters of the Universe on shazbazzar’s birthday in 2019.  Without any information about a director or any casting, there’s little room for speculation except to say we’re hopeful for a good sci-fi/fantasy film in December 2019.  Classic arcade game Rampage is also coming to theaters in the future featuring “The Rock” with a plot that tosses the game’s storyline out the window.  At least we can expect to see gigantic animals crushing city buildings, smashing military vehicles, and eating citizens.  A popular fan theory about Stan Lee’s appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe gains traction as Kevin Feige responds to watchful (and imaginative) eyes.  EarBud Joey (in Tuscon) tweets about a new LEGO Dimensions expansion pack that is filled with #TechnoRetro glory.  Two dozen Midway arcade games make their way into the LEGO universe for Gamer Boy to play to the best of his ability.  We’ve got to pick this up!  Captain Jack Sparrow appears LIVE in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

We Love Our Cereal…

…and so do our EarBuds!  JediShua claims that Cinnamon Frosted Flakes aren’t that bad, but shazbazzar isn’t convinced…yet.  Danielle Smith, a high school student in Tustin, California sells cereal to fund the purchase and upkeep of a cow in an Ethiopian orphanage.  Certainly, the babies need their milk, but the kids need something to pour over their cereal, too!


TechnoRetro Arcade

Williams Electronics’ horizontal shooter Defender makes its way to the TechnoRetro Arcade.  The ‘Dads remember their days playing this classic from 1981 in the arcades of their youth as well as finding it in today’s retro arcades.  Featuring truncated versions of songs centered around Defender from the ’80s by Lou Reed, R. Cade and the Video Victims, and Buckner & Garcia, you’ll remember why shoving a fistful of quarters into this colorful game was “not that bad”.


History Lesson

The origins of Star Wars Day are discovered to predate the prequels by more than three centuries.  Gulliver evidently needed the Force to be with him on his travels, launching his voyage from Bristol on May the 4th in 1699.

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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 WarsTRONBattlestar Galactica, and Defender. TechnoRetro Dads is a blend of new stories as old legends are then passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or simply realize that the ’70s and ’80s aren’t that bad, then this podcast is definitely for you!

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