Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ep. 37: Feeling Adventurous

Hi! My name is Terry J. Aman and this installment marks my 37th episode of "VideoFuzzy," my twice-monthly progress report on cataloging more than 2,700 VHS transfers and digital recordings. In this installment, titled "Feeling Adventurous," I open with my Friday Night Feature, discussing the pilot episode of "The Sarah Jane Adventures," which turned up in my collection on disc 560. The show, a spinoff from "Doctor Who," aired for five seasons, and while I was in the Who-niverse, I took the opportunity to talk a bit more about "Doctor Who" as well.

Shifting to my classic VHS-to-DVD collection, I found a few episodes of "Eli Stone" and "Medium," and a few frames of an episode of "Samantha Who?" which, since it has not turned up in my catalog before now, may have been lost forever.

In my current direct-to-DVD recordings, I talked about the fourth season finale of "Better Call Saul," the continuing ethical conundrums they're facing on "The Good Place," the pilot episode of the "Charmed" reboot, brief comments on "BoJack Horseman," "Superstore" and "American Horror Story: Apocalypse," and I'm officially done bothering with "Murphy Brown." Enjoy!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Catalog Post #037

Classic Collection

  Desperate Housewives S4x12 "In Buddy's Eyes"
  Brothers & Sisters S2x13 "Separation Anxiety"

  The Sarah Jane Adventures S1x01 "The Invasion of the Bane"
  The Simpsons S19x16 "Papa Don't Leech"

  Samantha Who? S1x12 "Butterfiles" [scrap]
  Medium S4x13 "A Cure for What Ails You"
  Boston Legal S4x17 "The Court Supreme"
  Eli Stone S1x10 "Heartbeat"

  Eli Stone S1x10 "Heartbeat"
  Eli Stone S1x11 "Patience"
  Eli Stone S1x12 "Waiting For That Day"

  Eli Stone S1x13 "Soul Free"

Current Collection

  Title 1: Syfy presents "Insidious 2" (2013)
  Title 2: Doctor Who S11x01 "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"
  Title 3: FX presents "Hotel Transylvania 2" (2015)
  Title 4: Bob's Burgers S9x02 "The Taking of Funtime One Two Three"
  Title 5: Sundance presents "Spaceballs" (1987)

  Title 1: commercial: anti-Cramer SMP: Tariffs
  Title 2: Supernatural S14x01 "Stranger in a Strange Land"
  Title 3: The Good Place S3x03 "The Snowplow"
  Title 4: AHS Apocalypse S8x05 "Boy Wonder"
  Title 5: BoJack Horseman S1x03 "Prickly Muffin"
  Title 6: Superstore S4x02 "Baby Shower"
  Title 7: Will & Grace S12x02 "Where in the World is Karen Walker?"
  Title 8: Better Call Saul S4x10 "Winner"
  Title 9: Syfy presents "Insidious 3" (2015)
  Title 10: Murphy Brown S11x03 "#murphytoo"
  Title 11: commercial: pro-Cramer, town halls
  Title 12: commercial: anti-Cramer, tariffs, SMP
  Title 13: Bob's Burgers S9x03 "Tweentrepreneurs"
  Title 14: commercial: Amazon, the small business
  Title 15: commercial: anti-Heitkamp: Two Heidis, Senate Leadership Fund
  Title 16: commercial: pro-Armstrong: family farms

  Title 1: Bob's Burgers S9x04 "Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street"
  Title 2: commercial: T-Mobile, bears
  Title 3: Doctor Who S11x02 "The Ghost Monument"
  Title 4: Doctor Who S11x03 "Rosa"
  Title 5: commercial: pro-Cramer; family
  Title 6: commercial: anti-Heitkamp, immigration SLF
  Title 7: commercial: pro-Heitkamp, adoption & family
  Title 8: commercial: pro-Armstrong, business climate
  Title 9: commercial: anti-Cramer, trade issues
  Title 10: commercial: pro-Heitkamp, independent voice
  Title 11: commercial: anti-Cramer, trade issues, SMP
  Title 12: Superstore S4x03 "Toxic Workplace"
  Title 13: The Good Place S3x04 "Jeremy Bearimy"
  Title 14: Will & Grace S12x03 "Tex and the City"
  Title 15: The Good Place S3x05 "The Ballad of Donkey Doug"
  Title 16: AHS Apocalypse S8x06 "Return to Murder House"
  Title 17: AHS Apocalypse S8x07 "Traitor"
  Title 18: Superstore S4x04 "Costume Competition"
  Title 19: Will & Grace S12x04 "Who's Sorry Now?"

  Title 1: Charmed  S1x01 "Pilot"
  Title 2: Supernatural S14x02 "Gods and Monsters"
  Title 3: commercial: The CW "Open to all"
  Title 4: Supernatural S14x03 "The Scar"
  Title 5: Full Frontal S3x25 Mailbombs • Migrant caravans • Trump removing protections for trans people • 
                  Vermont governor race
  Title 6: BoJack Horseman S1x04 "Zoës & Zeldas"
  Title 7: BoJack Horseman S1x05 "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen"
  Title 8: Syfy presents "American Psycho II: All American Girl" (2002)
  Title 9: Murphy Brown S11x05 "The Girl Who Cried About Wolf"

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ep. 36: The Podcast That Fell to Earth

Hi! My name is Terry J. Aman and this installment marks my 36th episode of "VideoFuzzy," my twice-monthly progress report on cataloging more than 2,700 VHS transfers and digital recordings. In this installment, titled "The Podcast That Fell to Earth," I open with comments and reactions to the 11th season premiere of "Doctor Who" featuring new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, in What I've Been Watching.

In my Friday Night Feature, I explore my reactions to a fourth-season episode of "Boston Legal" I found on disc 557, in which Jerry Espenson is accused of sexual assault, Nantucket wants a nuclear warhead and Shirley Schmidt explores end-of-life care options for her ailing father.
My classic VHS-to-DVD collection turned up a scrap of dialogue from a 2007 episode of "The Shield" in which Internal Affairs investigator Jon Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault by Vic Mackey's ex-wife, which was interesting on a couple different levels. I also found a few more episodes of David Tennant's "Doctor Who," which touched off my renewed call for Whittaker's Doctor to go searching for her daughter.
In current direct-to-DVD recordings, I rip on a few Nerd Shows I recorded, one which appears to have been cobbled together from a couple different programs, and another, "StarTalk" with Neil deGrasse Tyson on National Geographic, which needlessly superimposes a comic talk show structure on advances in scientific inquiry.
In other viewing, I took in episodes of Netflix property "BoJack Horseman" as edited for rebroadcast on Comedy Central, the "Murphy Brown" reboot on CBS, "Superstore," "The Good Place," "Will&Grace" and the season 14 premiere of "Supernatural" -- lots of moving parts on that one.
And shoutout to the script archive hosted at, where I double-checked some of the dialogue I recreated for this recording. Enjoy!


Monday, October 8, 2018

Catalog Post #036

Classic Collection

  The Shield S5x06 "Rap Payback"
  The Shield S5x07 "Man Inside"
  The Shield S5x08 "Kavanaugh"

  The Shield S5x09 "Smoked"
  The Shield S5x10 "Of Mice and Lem"

  The Shield S5x10 "Postpartum"
  The Shield S6x01 "On the Jones"
  TDS (4/17/08): Final debate between Obama and Clinton • "No disrespect" • The question of "elitism" • 
     Uma Thurman
  TCR (4/17/08): Hillary Clinton takes on technical difficulties 

  TCR (4/17/08): Final debate between Obama and Clinton • calling out Obama's patriotism • Rep. Patrick Murphy • 
     Sen. Barack Obama puts "Manufactured political distractions" on notice
  Battlestar Galactica S4x03 "The Ties That Bind"
  Reaper S1x13 "Acid Queen"
  The Riches S2x05 "Trust Never Sleeps"

  Boston Legal S4x16 "The Mighty Rogues"
  Medium S4x12 "Partners in Crime"
  Doctor Who S3x13 "Last of the Time Lords"

  The Shield S6x02 "Baptism by Fire"
  Torchwood S2x13 "Exit Wounds"
  Doctor Who Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned" (2007)

Current Collection

  Title 1: FX presents “Ghostbusters” (2016)
  Title 2: Breaking Bad S5x04 “51”
  Title 3: commercial: pro-Heitkamp: anti-human trafficking
  Title 4: commercial: anti-Heitkamp: illegal immigration
  Title 5: commercial: pro-Cramer: tax cuts=economic growth
  Title 6: commercial: anti-Cramer: pay increases while on PSC
  Title 7: commercial: anti-Heitkamp: Concerned Women for America anti-abortion
  Title 8: commercial: American Standard self-cleaning toilet
  Title 9: AHS Apocalypse S8x03 "Forbidden Fruit"
  Title 10: BoJack Horseman S1x01 "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"
  Title 11: Full Frontal S3x23 "Carrie"-ing re: Kavanaugh hearing • equal rights for NFL cheerleaders • 
                   Enthusiasm gap during midterms • Zendaya is Meechee and voting is cool now
  Title 12: Better Call Saul S4x08 "Coushatta"
  Title 13: The Good Place S3x01 "Everything is Bonzers"

  Title 1: Murphy Brown S11x01 "Fake News"
  Title 2: TNT presents "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (2016)
  Title 3: LSSC: Kavanaugh allegations, calendar • Rosenstein job status • Flight of the Conchords "Father and 
                Son" • Trump at the U.N. • Cosby sentenced • Stephen shaves • Cruz heckled • Chik-fil-A offers 
                centenarian free food for life • Mascot bloopers: Gritty • America Ferrera • Nas "Adam and Eve" • A few 
                laughs at the U.N. • Kavanaugh hearings • Trump's press conference • axe-throwing bar regs • name 
                change at Dunkin' Donuts • Candice Bergen • Jon Batiste "Hollywood Africans" • Dr. Ford/Kavanaugh 
                testimony • Trump's press conference • Seal throws an octopus • Gosars campaign against their 
                brother • "Who's Boat is this Boat?" published • Jeff Bridges as Trump's attorney • Kristen Bell • 
                Nik Dodani
  Title 4: Bob's Burgers S9x01 "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now"
  Title 5: Family Guy S8x07 "Jerome is the New Black" (scrap: Quagmire goes off on Brian)
  Title 6: commercial: anti-Cramer three ads, three lies, Majority Forward
  Title 7: IFC presents "Wayne's World" (1992)

  Title 1: Better Call Saul S4x09 "Wiedersehen"
  Title 2: How The Universe Works S6x08 "The Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets"
  Title 3: The Planets and Beyond (How the Universe Works S1x08) "Moons" (aka "Alien Moons");
                 "Jupiter: The Sun's Secret Twin"
  Title 4: Star Talk  S3x05 Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Brian Greene; discussion with Maeve Higgins and 
                 David Chalmers; man on the street conversations with Chuck Nice, insight from Bill Nye
  Title 5: Superstore S4x01 "Back to School"
  Title 6: Will & Grace S12x01 "The West Side Curmudgeon"
  Title 7: IFC presents "Wayne's World 2" (1993)

  Title 1: AHS Apocalypse S8x04 "Could It Be … Satan?"
  Title 2: BoJack Horseman S1x02 "BoJack Hates the Troops"
  Title 3: Murphy Brown S1x02 "I (Don't) Heart Huckabee"
  Title 4: The Good Place S3x03 "The Brainy Bunch"
  Title 5: TCM presents "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974)
  Title 6: LSSC: FBI investigation on Brett Kavanaugh • Trump insults female reporters • Eric Idle • Kavanaugh 
                throwdown post UB40 concert • Trump family finances • Trump mocks Dr. Ford • Trump text • Jodie 
                Whitaker • Cat Power "Woman" • FBI report on Kavanaugh investigation • Senate vote scheduled • 
                Lady Gaga • Kavanaugh beer commercial • Trump announces USMCA agreement • Melania overseas 
                visit • EPA standards • Hurricane Florence aid • Sam Elliott
  Title 7: commercial: Heidi Heitkamp armwrestling ad

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ep. 35: And the Award Goes to ... Huh?

Hi! My name is Terry J. Aman and this installment marks my 35th episode of "VideoFuzzy," my twice-monthly progress report on cataloging more than 2,700 VHS transfers and digital recordings. In this installment, titled "And The Award Goes to ... Huh?" I depart from my usual format to discuss the Emmys and my complete lack of interest, mainly due to the fact that I can't even see a lot of these shows without some kind of premium cable or subscription service.

In my classic VHS-to-DVD collection, I talk about an episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" that showed up around the same time as part of his "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." I rip on "Criminal Minds" and "NUMB3RS," and chat about such other shows as "Boston Legal" and "Dexter," which anchors a segue into comments on my current direct-to-DVD recordings of "Supernatural" and then "American Horror Story: Apocalypse."

In what I've been watching I finished season 2 of "The Good Place" in anticipation of the Season 3 premiere this past week, and highlight a viewscreen from the season 1 finale listing the largest contributions to Eleanor Shellstrop's negative rating.

Also, I list corrections going back to March, and determine that I'm just going to correct errors as I encounter them. Finally, one of the podcasts I listen to, "In Our Time: Science," hosted by Melvyn Bragg through BBC Radio 4, has resumed releasing episodes and you can access them here. Enjoy!


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Catalog Post #035

Classic Catalog

  The Simpsons S17x10 "Homer's Paternity Coot"
  The West Wing S7x12 "Duck and Cover"
  The Simpsons S17x11 "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere"
  Family Guy S4x09 "Breaking Out is Hard to Do"
  Family Guy S4x10 "Model Misbehavior"
  Arrested Development S3x10 "Fakin' It"

  Bones S2x04 "The Blonde in the Game"
  Criminal Minds S2x01 "The Fisher King: Part 2"

  Grey's Anatomy S3x01 "Time Has Come Today"
  Fox Movie Channel presents "Alien Nation" (1988)

  Close to Home S2x01 "Community"
  NUMB3RS S3x01 "Spree"

  Veronica Mars S2x22 "Not Pictured"
  Prison Break S2x05 "Map 1213"
  Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip S1x01 "Pilot"

  Battlestar Galactica S2x18 "Downloaded"
  Battlestar Galactica S2x19 "Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 1"
  Battlestar Galactica S2x20 "Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 2"

  Battlestar Galactica S3x01 "Occupation"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x02 "Precipice"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x03 "Exodus: Part 1"

  Battlestar Galactica S3x04 "Exodus: Part 2"
  Dirt S2x06 "And the Winner Is"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x05 "Collaborators"

  Battlestar Galactica S3x06 "Torn"
  Battlestar Galactica S4x02 "Six of One"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x07 "A Measure of Salvation"

  Battlestar Galactica S3x08 "Hero"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x09 "Unfinished Business"
  Boston Legal S4x15 "Tabloid Nation"
  Battlestar Galactica S3x20 "Crossroads: Part 2"

  Battlestar Galactica S3x20 "Crossroads: Part 2"
  South Park S10x07 "Tsst"
  Doctor Who S3x11 "Utopia"

  Doctor Who S3x12 "The Sound of Drums"
  Medium  S4x11 "Lady Killer"
  The Riches S2x03 "Field of Dreams"

  Torchwood S2x11 "Adrift"
  Torchwood S2x12 "Fragments"
  The Shield S5x03 "Jailbait"

  Dexter S1x09 "Father Knows Best"
  The Riches S2x04 "Slums of Bayou Hills"
  Dirt S2x10 "In Lieu of Flowers"

  Desperate Housewives S4x11 "Sunday"
  The Shield S5x04 "Tapa Boca"
  The Shield S5x05 "Trophy"

Current Catalog

  Title 1: Supernatural S13x17 "The Thing"
  Title 2: Supernatural S13x18 "Bring ‘Em Back Alive"
  Title 3: Supernatural S13x21 "Beat the Devil"
  Title 4: commercial: RJC anti-Heitkamp: Iran plan
  Title 5: commercial: pro-Heidi, looking out for pensions
  Title 6: Family Guy S8x12 "Extra Large Medium" [scrap: "Down Syndrome Girl"]
  Title 7: Supernatural S13x22 "Exodus"
  Title 8: commercial: SLF anti-Heitkamp: rubber stamp
  Title 9: Supernatural S13x03 "Patience"
  Title 10: commercial: NRSC anti-Heitkamp: inaccurate and misleading ads
            commercial: anti-Cramer: soybean tariffs
  Title 11: AHS Apocalypse S8x01 "The End"
  Title 12: Better Call Saul S4x06 "Piñata"
  Title 13: LSSC: Trump-Woodward reconstructed interview • Twitter testifies • Rightwing activist
              shut down • Alex Jones confronts Marco Rubio • Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong • 
              Comedian Kathleen Madigan • Jay Rock "WIN"
  Title 14: LSSC: Les Moonves steps down • NYT Op-Ed • Colbert "interviews" VP Mike Pence • 
              Woodward's book "Fear" • Plaid shirt guy • Obama rally

  Title 1: LSSC: Emmy shoutouts to John Oliver, John Legend • Bob Woodward "Fear" • [ad: Brave 
               Beginnings] • The Knocks f/ Foster the People "Ride or Die" • [ad: Stihl commercial] 
               Trump on Hurricanes Maria and Florence • Stormy Watch • NASA and naming rights 
               Alex Trebek's beard • Paul McCartney impropriety • Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Space
               Force, "Accessory to War" • Michael Rapaport • Tweets ahead of Hurricane Florence • 
               Stormy Watch: New book • Manafort in talks on plea agreement • Kavanaugh questionnaire • 
               Beto vs. Cruz ads • Beto O'Rourke • Trump tweets 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico were politically
               motivated • Sessions on the way out? • Trump tries to ban Braille in Trump Tower • crack pipe 
               vending machines • John Heilemann and Alex Wagner • Tucker Carlson on Stormy and Avenatti • 
               Midterm outlooks • Michelle Obama memoir • Headshop altercation • Older people toking up • 
               Big Pharma • Waffle House index • Waffle House Song • Anne Marie "2002"
  Title 2: Full Frontal S3x21 So-called "Blue Wave" countered by GOP gerrymandering, court-jacking 
               and voter suppression • Full Frontal develops "This Is Not a Game" app
  Title 3: Supernatural S13x23 "Let The Good Times Roll"
  Title 4: FXM presents "Kung Fu Panda 3" (2016)
  Title 5: The Sinner S2x07 "Part VII"

  Title 1: FX presents "10 Cloverfield Lane" (2016)
  Title 2: Breaking Bad S5x01 "Live Free or Die"
  Title 3: Breaking Bad S5x02 "Madrigal"
  Title 4: commercial: Majority Forward anti-Cramer: Internet
  Title 5: commercial: DSCC anti-Cramer: pre-existing conditions
  Title 6: commercial: Senate Leadership Fund anti-Heitkamp: Sylvan Melroe veteran funding
  Title 7: Full Frontal S3x22 Stormy's tell-all • Dr. Blasey Ford's allegation • the case for 
               universal healthcare • Chuck Jones, blue-collar leftie on Full Throttle • T-Mobile 
               commercial: real-life superhero • "This Is Not a Game" ap
  Title 8: LSSC: Stormy's tell-all • Dr. Blasey Ford's allegation • Stormy Watch: Toad from Mario 
               Cart • Colbert at the Emmys • Hurricane Florence recovery support • Bert and Ernie: 
               writer says gay, CTW says no • Jane Fonda • Willie Nelson • Willie Nelson "Summer 
  Title 9: commercial: NRSC pro-Cramer: developing energy resources
  Title 10: The Sinner S2x08 "Part VIII"
  Title 11: LSSC: coordinating Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony • Trump declassifies unreviewed documents
               • Trump visits hurricane victims: "Whose Boat is This Boat?" • Prince album release  
               "Piano and a Microphone" • Japan middle-aged man rental: Colbert's Middle-Aged Man 
               Wisdom • commercial: "Fahrenheit 11/9" • segment: "Dear Famous People"

  Title 1: AHS Apocalypse S8x02 "The Morning After"
  Title 2: LSSC: Trump on Senate spending bill and funding for The Wall • Texas Ed Board pulling 
               Hillary Clinton, others from history books • mascot T-shirt cannon mishap • Hillary Clinton
  Title 3: Better Call Saul S4x07 "Something Stupid"
  Title 4: FX presents "Straight Outta Compton" (2015)
  Title 5: Breaking Bad S5x03 "Hazard Pay"

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ep. 34: Everything is Fine

Hi! My name is Terry J. Aman and this installment marks my 34th episode of "VideoFuzzy," my twice-monthly progress report on cataloging more than 2,700 VHS transfers and digital recordings. In this installment, titled "Everything is Fine," I continue working through weirdnesses in my music collection, and my Friday Night Feature welcomes the first appearance of "Arrested Development" episodes in my catalog.

In my classic VHS-to-DVD collection, I talked about Dana Delany and her curious collection of printed material regarding humanoid Cylons on "Battlestar Galactica."

Heading into my current direct-to-DVD recordings, I caught a few movies including "Sausage Party" and "The Book of Life" on FX and "The Fifth Estate" on TNT, which I wasn't nearly so enthusiatic about as the film was for its subject, Julian Assange and the establishment of Wikileaks. "Preacher" closed out its third season, "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" was a hoot, and as of this past week I've nearly finished watching Season 13 of "Supernatural," just in time for the 14th season premiere, set for next month.

Nerd shows this week included the Science Channel presentation of The Lost Gospels, which generally were not "lost" so much as they were rejected and suppressed as heretical, as well as discussions on the internal structure of the sun and nuclear fusion from several different sources, including "How the Universe Works" on the Science Channel, The "In Our Time: Science" podcast put together by BBC Radio 4, and "The Most Wanted Particle" by Jon Butterworth, physicist and ATLAS project lead at CERN.

Finally, in what I've been watching, I plowed through the first season disc set for "The Good Place" over Labor Day weekend, and am very much looking forward to watching the second season disc set ahead of the third season, premiering later this month on NBC.