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History Channel Department
Peter Paltridge records the history of stuff.
- Chickification: Discussed in "Superman's Hall of Super-Shame!" The "Stepford Lois" section laments how The Fifties eliminated Lois Lane's strong-willed personality to make her a Damsel in Distress who dreamed only of marrying Superman.
- Grandfather Paradox: In "Why I Don't Want to Travel Back in Time", Peter theorizes that if Marty McFly from Back to the Future had indeed failed to make his parents fall in love, he would cease to exist, and therefore never prevent his parents' meeting in the first place, which means they would get married and give birth to Marty, who would eventually go back in time and make himself cease to exist...
- On the last page, he realizes Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show also caused one after he pushed the History Eraser Button, and appeared to erase his own birth, raising the question of how Stimpy would push that button...
- Hilarious in Hindsight: When reviewing a TV special about Bugs Bunny's 50th birthday in "Dr. Ruth and Chuck Norris: Together At Last", Peter notices Raven-Symoné wishing a happy birthday to Mickey Mouse and Donald Ducknote , even though this special aired several years before Raven started appearing in Disney Channel movies and shows.
- Kids Are Cruel: "Kellogg Middle School: The Happiest Place on Earth" epitomizes this trope completely. As such, it's one of the darker articles on the site.
- Phlebotinum Induced Stupidity: "Magazine Alley" warns that Highlights For Children can cause this if you read it too often.
- Shout-Out: The description in "The 1980 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" for the Superman balloon contains the following nod to Superman: The Movie:
1980 was also the year the largest balloon in Macy's history (at least up to that time), the Superman balloon, made its debut. It was created by Goodyear and made out of tire rubber. How did it play out? What did Ed say about it? You'll never know, because the tape ended before the parade got to his spot. Unless Superman flew around the world really fast, turned back time, and positioned himself into the parade earlier, that's all we got. (I just checked; he still hasn't.)
- Spiritual Successor: Peter wrote one for X-Entertainment's recaps of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Platypus Comix's Dark TV Vault (see below) contains at least one sequel.
Interactive Entertainment Celebration Section
Hollywoodland/The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials
Peter Paltridge reviews movies and TV shows, and occasionally delves into obscure facets of screen history.
- Badass Decay: "Fall of a Movie Monster" discusses how scary cinematic villains gradually become less scary due to media overexposure, using the Xenomorph from Alien as an example.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Referenced in the review of The Hudsucker Proxy.
- In Memoriam:
- Irony: Two of the channels listed in "Cable Networks That Never Made It" still exist, but have undergone Network Decay since they began. MTV's inclusion was Played for Laughs ever since Peter first wrote the article, but he has admitted that he didn't learn about CBN's transformation into ABC Family until after the article's publication.
- Needs More Love: The review of The Hudsucker Proxy begins with Peter lamenting on how few of his readers even heard of that movie.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Peter has acknowledged "Failed TV Pilots," a recap of an ABC special about failed TV pilots, as a negated moment:
Unfortunately, after [a LOST
promo] the tape ran out and I didn't get the last quarter of the program. And it's a real shame...If I had been able to give you the full scoop on that one pilot about the midget private eye in Las Vegas, that would have pushed this page into "Greatest Page On The Entire Site" territory.
- Retroactive Recognition: "Proto-Stars" contains some commercials featuring actors who would each later get a memorable role in a famous movie or TV show.
- Sequel Hook: Probably unintentional at the time, but "Jack Valenti's Movie Ratings System" ends with Peter concluding, "Movie makers think the system is too strict and parental activist groups think it is too lenient, and no matter what happens, they always will. I have to wonder...does the Canadian Ratings Board have to put up with this?" Years later, he would learn that Canada actually has more than one movie ratings board, including one (the British Columbia Film Classification Office) that attached a silhouette of a cougar to movies that the MPAA would rate "R". Cue a tribute to The Restricted Cougar.
- Trailers Always Spoil: In his review of The Hudsucker Proxy, he chastises Warner Bros. revealing Norville's big idea on the DVD cover.
- Vanilla Edition: The review of The Hudsucker Proxy acknowledges a complete lack of bonus features on the DVD, so Peter links to a Hudsucker-themed excerpt of Entertainment Tonight as compensation.
- Actually Pretty Funny: The review of For Better or for Worse: The Bestest Present dismisses most of the special as sappy and predictable, but praises some of Mike's snappy remarks.
- Aesop Amnesia: Peter accuses Ted E. Bear of this in the Christmas half of Ted E's Thanksgiving:
Ted: I can't go down there....what can one bear do against all those monsters?
Peter: They're "nothing," remember? I guess he doesn't remember.
- Bears Are Bad News: A 2008 installment deems The Great Bear Scare "the King Moonraiser (sic) of the misfits" due to its very cheap animation and nonsensical story elements. The networks that syndicated it didn't even air it during the proper holiday, as it was originally intended for Halloween.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked in the review of the Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer special.
- Book Ends: In a way. The first article related to Ted E. Bear is The Great Bear Scare. The third and final article is Ted E's Thanksgiving, which features a back-up Christmas story called Christmas Comes to Monster Mountain. Both of these specials feature Dracula as the Big Bad.
- Continuity Nod: A 2011 update to the menu added references to Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Up on the Housetopnote , Robbie the Reindeer, The Great Bear Scarenote , and A Wish For Wings That Worknote .
- Dumbass Has a Point: In his review of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, he admits that the villain's lawyer bringing up the question of why Santa would commit a hit-and-run is a valid point that he did not expect the special, which he found otherwise execrable, to address.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: In Why the Bears Dance On Christmas Eve, Peter transcribes part of the bears' rallying song as, "Get it together, (unintelligible)!"
- Hypothetical Casting: Peter recalls in his review of A Wish For Wings That Work that Bloom County creator Berke Breathed designated the late Sterling Holloway as his #1 choice to voice Opus. Peter admits personally finding that an inappropriate choice, but adds that he could relate to Breathed because of his unfulfilled desire for Brittany Murphy to voice Electric Wonderland's Aerynn Arlia.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: In reaction to the "batting average" pun in The Great Bear Scare, Peter posts an image collage of various characters facepalming.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: In 2007, Peter once decided to review two specials that copied It's a Wonderful Life: It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (reviewed here), and It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special (reviewed here).
- It's Been Done: The review of The Star Wars Holiday Special only has two sentences because negative reviews of the special had already become numerous by that time. It doesn't even get a "Why didn't it fit in?" section like the other specials.
- Mondegreen: Peter was hardly paying attention to Why the Bears Dance On Christmas Eve leading him to mishear "the evil Snurfs" as "the evil Smurfs".
- Narm: The review of Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July lampshades this by pointing out some "Golden Lines" that Peter found "...so bad [he] can't help but love."
- Nonindicative Name:
- He accuses Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Party (aka Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree) of having one, since Mr. Willoughby/Willowby doesn't appear often, and only the last scene takes place during his Christmas party.
- The review of A Merry Mirthworm Christmas makes it seem too depressing to have the word "mirth" in its title.
- Sequelitis: Peter thought this hit Ted E. Bear hard when he reviewed three of his specials for "The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials". Peter deemed the second special, The Great Bear Scare, the worst Christmas special he ever saw, as mentioned earlier. He then admitted he found its predecessor, The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, "...much better than The Great Bear Scare, but most things on Earth are." The third, Ted E.'s Thanksgiving, had better timing than The Great Bear Scare, but even cheaper production values.
- After learning that A Snow White Christmas focuses on Snow White's daughter, and that said daughter has the exact same name as Snow White, Peter remarks, "I guess that makes the Queen Snow White like Cranky Kong or something." Later, he borrows some lyrics from "The DK Rap" and a Saved by the Bell promo to describe the giants in the special. Once the cartoon finishes, Peter claims that after watching that and various other cheesy programming from The Eighties, he now has "...more sympathy for poor Sam and Lindsay Weir than [he] did before."
- From the review of For Better or For Worse: A Christmas Angel:
- Peter makes this comment on Taylor from The Elf on the Shelf Presents: An Elf's Story:
- Peter says of Laura Lindsey from 12 Wishes of Christmas:
It's not just you....Laura looks like a human Derpy Hooves in a lot of these shots.
- In Ted E's Thanksgiving, when Ted E. Bear realises that he can just deliver presents while Dracula is busy with his re-election campaign, Peter comments, "It's a job so easy, a Geico Brand Caveman could do it."
- During the Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July review, Peter describes what the North Pole was like before Santa Claus came along:
- Something Completely Different:
- In 2010, Peter announced that he would take a break from reviewing rare specials by writing an article about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the most rerun Christmas special of all time. Instead of giving an actual review of Rudolph, the article shares and critiques some commercials found on his recording of a 1979 telecast, as well as the edits that CBS made to the special.
- The review of The Twelve Wishes of Christmas bears the header, "The Island of Christmas MOVIES", because "It takes four times as much commitment to sit through a bad Christmas movie as it does to sit through a bad Christmas special."
- Peter's coverage of The Flight Before Christmas notes that most of the the Christmas Specials he reviews are in two extremes, saccharine and stupid, or "edgy" and un-cuddly. The Flight Before Christmas is different as it's actually an Epic Movie.
- Take That:
- Take That, Audience!: Peter begins the review of Christopher The Christmas Tree by admitting that he found the special boring when he first saw it, and only wrote a review because many of his readers demanded it.
What I'm saying is that if you hate what you're about to read, it's your own fault.
- Trade Snark: The review of Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen does this to lampoon the frequent and obvious Product Placement seen in the special. The review for An Elf's Story also does this since it's an obvious tie-in to the Elf on the Shelf toy.
- Written Sound Effect:
Stupid Kid Show Area
Peter Paltridge helps you learn about the past of children's pop culture, mostly cartoons from the 1980s and '90s.
- Clueless Aesop: The review of Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams points out some hypocrisy behind the creators of Disney's cheap and pandering direct-to-video sequels making shorts that try to teach little girls not to take the easy way out of their tasks.
- Forced Meme: Errors in Corporate Judgement included several failed attempts for entertainment materials to appear relevant to late '80s-early '90s children. Among them, a Magic Eye puzzle using "Froggy" as a synonym for "awesome." Peter subsequently decided to close the article by declaring "Froggy" official slang for his website.
- Mary Sue: When Peter reviews Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams in "When Disney Magic Goes Wrong: The New Adventures of Aurora and Jasmine", he becomes aggravated at how Aurora has gone from a princess with literally no personality, to a princess with no fatal flaws. He deems her Enchanted Tale uneventful as a result, except for the final act.
- Popularity Polynomial: " Can Batman survive without Scooby-Doo?" comments that during the '90s, Spider-Man had become less popular than Batman, who had Batman: The Animated Series to bolster his popularity. However, Batman & Robin eventually killed Bats' reputation, while Spidey regained fame through Sam Raimi's movies.
- Time Marches On: "Why you may never see some of your favorite childhood shows on DVD" originally included The Real Ghostbusters among the shows whose fans needed to Keep Circulating the Tapes. After Time Life went and released all the episodes on DVD, Nicktoons and ReBoot took its spot on the list. Later, Shout! Factory managed to release DVDs of those, so they got removed from Paltridge's article without any replacements.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Discussed in "Five Best 'Aladdin' Episodes", when four Aladdin: The Series episodes with Dark Magical Girl Sadira share a slot.
The Full Experience
- Actually Pretty Funny: The Jabberjaw review makes the series seem dull and unoriginal, until Jabberjaw tries to distract a villain by donning a Paper-Thin Disguise of an exotic dancer.
- Catch Phrase: Ever since the third installment, Peter has begun each article by putting the show into historic context, then pointing out today, one could enjoy the episodes on DVD. Then, he segues into the rest of the article with, "That's all well and good. But it's not the FULL EXPERIENCE..."
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The series consists of reviews of the first episodes of Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, accompanied by videos of some of the commercials and bumpers that played during the cartoon's premiere. The first article recaps the day Pokémon began airing on Kids' WB!, but Peter decided not to review the episodenote because the series seemed Strictly Formula. Also note that article has three pages, while others (such as the Beetlejuice review) only have one.
- For even more weirdness, the original version of the Pokémon installment only had one video. The rest of the commercials simply got written descriptions and pictures.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Peter has admitted that for him, Beetlejuice begins and ends with the cartoon. He didn't see the movie Beetlejuice until after he saw the show. When he did, he felt disappointed that, among other things, Beetlejuice was a seldom-appearing villain instead of the star, and that he and Lydia were enemies instead of friends.
- Misaimed Marketing: Peter closes the Animaniacs article by wondering why his local Fox Kids station showed a commercial for a wine-tasting event during each episode from the first season.
- Oddball in the Series: The second installment, covering the premiere of The Pink Panther Show, was written on Peter's Toon Zone blog instead of at his website. Unfortunately, this inadvertently lead to the videos ceasing to work after a site update.
- Take That: From the page about Animaniacs:
Those cheesy Power Rangers
could go jump in a lake; Animaniacs was 1993 to me.
Educational Rockin' Fun Zone
Surfin' The Web Section
Things To Do When You're Bored Division/The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising
Peter Paltridge has gathered a random selection of things to do when you're bored.
- Call Back: Part 2 of the ABC Afterschool Special ad gallery references one of the oldest specials when Peter jokingly remarks that the 100th special, The Gift of Amazing Grace, could have benefited from Timer the Cheese Guy exploring Tempest Bledsoe's brain.
- Couch Gag: Volumes 11 onward each use a different font for the volume numbers in their respective introductions.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: In response to a Ryan's Hope ad in "Spring 1980/Pink Lady and Jeff" featuring Delia getting carried off by a gorilla:
It's my sincere hope that this isn't some kind of weird metaphor and that there was an actual giant gorilla on this soap opera.
- Hilarious In Flashback:
Not sure what this is. Something about a cheerleader? I'm sure there's something about it in a couple places on the Internet. I think there was a 1992 film by the same name, and then the guy who wrote it didn't like how it turned out and made it as a series instead.....who knows how it'll go. Maybe the geeks will get into it?
- Harsher in Hindsight: Lampshaded:
- One of the pictures in "Spring 1984" promotes a Love Boat episode, in which several Miss America winners gather to honor the then-newest Miss America, Vanessa Williams. Peter subsequently asks, "Why do I get the feeling this episode was going to live in infamy for a while?"note
- The Neil Goldschmidt quote in one of the TV special ads included in "1988 Writer's Strike" mentions giving teens "special attention." Below the ad, Peter comments, "...Neil Goldschmidt really meant it..."note
- In Name Only: "Winter 1992" comments that the animated series Fish Police had almost nothing in common with the comic of the same name. Peter theorizes that after Hanna-Barbera finished coming up with the concept for the show, they found out It's Been Done by an independent cartoonist, and subsequently paid him to use the title so that he wouldn't sue them for using a similar premise.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: "V-The Final Battle" ends with some intriguing advertisements for various movies playing that year-Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
- Mistaken for Gay: "Spring 1980/Pink Lady and Jeff" includes a link to a website containing further information about Pink Lady And Jeff, but marks it as NSFW on the grounds that no working man would want the other employees to see him visit a website with so much pink.
- Mood Whiplash: Happens in the installment about ABC Afterschool Specials, as ABC's fluffy children's specials give way to Darker and Edgier, teen-oriented stories.
- Older than You Think: " 1988 Writer's Strike" includes a cover promoting a 1988 TV movie of the novel The Bourne Identity, prompting Peter to remark, "Everything's a remake these days."
- Popularity Polynomial: "Bicentennial", written in 2008, comments on the then-current domination of live-action over animation in popular children's television by pointing out that live-action shows dominate the ads for children's television in 1976, suggesting that "history is cyclical". Indeed, just as the '80s brought an abundance of new children's cartoons, so would the 2010s a few years after that article's publication. Part of "Winter 1992" recalls how animation went from becoming popular enough to get its own network, to almost disappearing from that channel in favor of live-action programming, to becoming a large draw for it once again.
- Quote Mine: In reference to an ad in "Dallas" for CBS' miniseries Master of the Game:
TV Guide reviewed it as "a masterpiece of incoherence and bad acting," which was undoubtedly edited in the network promos to read as "A masterpiece! —TV Guide."
- Retroactive Recognition: When discussing an ad in "V-The Final Battle" for The Duck Factory, Peter points out that the man making goofy faces looks familiar-it's Jim Carrey.
- Self Plagiarism: The ABC Afterschool Special gallery calls Summer Switch, "...the one that teaches you not to plagiarize!", since the plot sounds nearly identical to that of Freaky Friday. Plus, the books that inspired Freaky Friday and Summer Switch both have the same author, Mary Rodgers.
- Something Completely Different: "Parents' Guide to Kids TV" does not show any retro ads. Instead, it comments on how the Moral Guardians writing the children's television previews sometimes had overly strict standards, and also incorrectly predicted which shows would become successes and which ones would never catch on.
- Shout-Out: "Spring 1984" accompanies an ad for Carbon Copy, a movie starring Steven Segal as a Jewish businessman with an estranged African-American son, with the lyrics to "My Black Son", a song from the Family Guy episode "Road to Rupert".
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: After "Spring 1980-Pink Lady and Jeff" features an ad for The Stockard Channing Show, starring Stockard Channing as an undercover TV reporter, Peter wonders why such shows as Pepper Dennis and Anchorwoman couldn't mine all the comedic and dramatic potential that could arise from a reporter on a gimmicky news program hunting down criminals.
- Unusual Chapter Numbers:
- Volumes 8 and 9, which contain slideshows of ABC Afterschool Special ads, have a drawing of a computer mouse instead of a number at the start, possibly to reference how much more clicking the reader has to do compared to previous volumes.
- Volume 10, a slideshow of ads for the first two seasons of The Simpsons, begins with the awesome smiley replacing the number 10.
- "Parents' Guide to Kids' TV" does not have a number at all.
- Viral Marketing: "V-The Final Battle" shows how NBC used this during May 1984 sweeps to promote the second V miniseries.
- Wolverine Publicity: Discussed in the Simpsons slideshow, regarding episodes promoted with ads that make Bart Simpson appear to have a larger role than he actually does.
- The first ad in "V-The Final Battle" features a special promoting EPCOT Center by featuring then-developing technologies that could revolutionize the future. Peter points out that among the seven predictions listed in the ad, three or four of them had failed to come true by the time EPCOT turned 25.
- "Spring 1980/Pink Lady And Jeff" kicks off with a wildly exaggerated description of how the Intellivision could change the TV-viewing experience.
The Section Only I Will Care About Reading
Peter Paltridge will share a few details about his life, his interests, and Platypus Comix history to those who care.
- Cynical Mentor: "My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough" plays this for laughs as Peter tries to give tips on winning The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to someone with a habit of saying stupid things.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: "Tour My Christmas Tree" declares "the greatest tree ornament in all existence" one that Peter made of a construction paper tree with, "Oh, Yeah!" written in glitter. Peter claims that he could make anything better by writing,"Oh Yeah!" on it with glitter.
- From Bad to Worse: Why I Couldn't Update This Week! details a week in which Peter had to stay in a cheap hotel during his house's remodeling, then got sick. Fortunately, it has a Throw the Dog a Bone ending.
- Homage: The Section Only I Will Care About Reading resembles John Kricfalusi's blog. It also includes a link to the blog, so visitors could compare them.
- Long List: This list of every comic series Peter has ever made.
- The list of every comic Peter made and posted online also has a rather daunting length, since it even mentions stories no longer included in the Platypus Comix archives.
- Self-Deprecation: When asked in "My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough" why he decided to write a walkthrough that no one might use, Peter answers, "Because it's fun. I'm also crazy."
- Stealth Insult: When Peter's protégé in "My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough" exclaims that he/she can't think of someone more annoying than Navi, Peter says he knows someone worse, but doesn't say who.
- Take That: From "My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough":
said there was a hole in the maze that I could drop down, and battle two Wolfos inside for money! I can’t find it...
This is why you can’t believe everything you read in Nintendo Power...remember, they described the Gamecube
’s memory capacity as “Fatter than Jennifer Villarreal!”
Why do people complain about Final Fantasy
games having too much cinema if this game has about the same amount?
Because they need an excuse to slam Square
. A more accurate reason to bash them would be Final Fantasy 8
, or the fact that the next FF
will be online and they think that type of game counts as another number in the series...
- Terrified of Germs: "Why I Couldn't Update This Week" depicts Peter as this, at least when staying in an old hotel room.
Thing Where The Totally Rad Videos Go
Peter Paltridge posts some rare and interesting videos, including plenty of music videos.
- Amazon Chaser: In "The Top 10 Best Videos from MTV'S First Day", regarding his rules for what makes a good song in his opinion:
#5: I really, really, really, really like it when a woman sings about how she's going to kick my butt. And number 5 is 90% of Pat Benatar
's repertoire, so it's no wonder.
- Blatant Lies: He claims that the videos in "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special" look blurry and distorted because he "applied a special filter" to protect readers from the cheesiness of The Seventies.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: One part of "Starship HBO" warns that if the HBO logo has aliens inside, they might want to subject people who enter their ship to a Sex and the City marathon, which he calls, "...worse than an Anal Probe."
- Incredibly Lame Fun: Peter claims in "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special" that if Kenner still sold the Trailtracker during his childhood, he and each of his friends would have wanted one. He even wishes to buy one now. All this amazement for a toy truck that traces lines drawn with a crayon.
- Lyrics/Video Mismatch: On Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time":
I'd always thought 'Time After Time' was a beautiful song about a couple looking forward to their future together. But according to Cyndi, it's about that one time she was living in a tin trailer hugging a plastic dog and watching old Bette Davis movies. Oh Cyndi, you're so unusual!
- Network Decay: Discussed in "MTV's Top 20 Videos of 1984" as part of an conversation he imagines having with a cable man in the present day.
- Shout-Out: "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special" ends a description of a CBS Newsbreak segment with, "And that's the way it is."
- Significant Anagram: "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special" has three, all of which involve spelling a word backwards:
..I'll just mention TOBOR is ROBOT spelled backwards
, in case you didn't know. But now you do.
HSUBL is BLUSH spelled backwards!
There were a TON of undergarment ads during the Star Wars Holiday Special. And by TON I mean NOT. Because NOT is TON spelled backwards.
- Take That:
12 is Billy Idol with 'Why did people ever think I was cool?
- Take That, Audience!: Played for Laughs in "Cynical Ad Campaigns of the 90's.
- Think of the Children!: Regarding the Sheer Indulgence pantyhose commercial in "The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special":
I would say they should have thought of the multitudes of children watching that night, but the part with the Wookiee watching the erotic video had already aired, and that was WAY more traumatizing
- Totally Radical: Mentioned in the section's title.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit: Discussed in these pages:
Where did all those pills go? 73% of the OTC products mentioned here are either no longer in production or just don't advertise. Are they recycled under new names, like when "Ecto-Cooler
" became "Bieber
Bloom County County
Lair of Alternate Projects/For Portlanders Only
"Other People's Cartoons" Area/Worst Comix Ever!
Dark TV Vault
(no menu exists yet) Peter Paltridge reviews some short-lived TV shows and rare TV specials.
- Anti-Shipping Goggles: Peter objects to Winnie and Thomas from Free Spirit becoming a couple, due to Thomas having a blander personality than any of the other main characters.
I just can't support it. Sticking the best character in the series and the worst character in the series together is a terrible idea.
- Crazy Awesome: The Free Spirit review praises Magical Nanny/Blithe Spirit Winnie Goodwin's unwillingness to enforce limitations on her magical abilities.
- '80s Hair: Peter takes time in his article about the Free Spirit Halloween special to admire Winnie's unruly hairstyle:
I even loved her character design, which is an odd thing to say about a real person — but I'm referring to her bird's nest of a hairstyle, which is your only visual clue that something is off about her, but not enough to raise suspicion. And the thing is......given eighties fashion, I'm not sure if that was intentional or not. Winnie really picked the right era to hide on Earth in.
- Later, he comments that the breeze from broomstick-flying caused Winnie's and Jessie's hair to look "..even more 80's than before."
- I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Peter admitted that he expected to find Free Spirit as lame as most ABC sitcoms from The Eighties, but Winnie Goodwin enchanted him so strongly, he plowed through all the episodes he received just to see more of her. After he finished, he even decided to write some comics about Winnie and her friends.
- Nerds Are Virgins: When discussing the Free Spirit Halloween special, the sight of Winnie using her witchcraft to perform stage magic prompts Peter to recount which comic marked the debut of Zatanna's father, Zatara the Magician ("...Action Comics #1, right after Superman."), since the two of them also used that shtick. He then offhandedly admits that he doesn't have a girlfriend.
- Special Effect Failure:
- Take That, Audience!: Originally, reading the Free Spirit review on Internet Explorer caused this message to pop up in spots where readers with different browsers would find HTML5-encoded clips:
If you're reading this instead of seeing a video, why are you still using Internet Explorer?
- The message disappeared after Peter allowed readers to choose whether to use HTML5 or Adobe Flash to watch the clips.
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