What if Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, a show from the late 80s, happened about a decade earlier, in The '70s? The Rod Squad--In Color! is the Fan Fiction answer to this question. It was written by The Enduring Man-Child of Home Is Where You Hang Upside Down fame under the pseudonym of D.B. Cooper.
It all started out at The Acorn Cafe, the main Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fan forum, when the Cafegoers imagined a 1970s version of CDRR. As an illustration, an artist named Kat drew a picture of Gadget in bell-bottom coveralls. This in turn inspired The Enduring Man-Child to write this fic. It was published around 1998.
As for the plot, The Rod Squad is about Chip Baretta and his team being hired by baseball manager Charles O. Finley to try to find out who is behind announced riots against Disco music and stop them. That said, this fic isn't about the story, it's about 1970s lingo and 1970s Shout-Outs.
The title is a play on the TV series The Mod Squad.
These ripped-off tropes will HASSLE you in this fic, man:
- Alternate Universe Fic: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, but in The '70s. Also, Monterey Jack is Gadget's father, Foxglove has been renamed Foxy Glove, and, of course, everyone wears different outfits than in the show.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: The Enduring Man-Child invoked one that's probably from 1979 and contains examples like:
Foxy Glove: So what hassle or ripoff has brought you into the gritty inner city, my main man?
- variations of "hassle" (20 times, and this is a short story)
- variations of "boogie" and "boogey" (11 times, all of which stand for locomotion involving a dune buggy)
- "gritty inner city" (10 times)
- "Right on!" (6 times)
- variations of "ripoff" (6 times)
- Blaxploitation Parody: Dale and Foxy Glove seem to come right out of this genre, especially Foxy, hence her changed name. And Dale gives chipmunk power salutes (Foxy doesn't, she's a bat).
Foxy Glove: Besides, the call was probably made from a pay phone. It's not like someone can carry one of those things in his POCKET!
- While comforting Tammy, Foxy Glove predicts cable TV.
- She also hints at cell phones way ahead of their time.
- The City: Also known as the "gritty inner city".
- Costume Exaggeration: What is not exaggerated in this fic?
- The late Seventies were an era of wide neckties. Chip has one that's so big it doubles as a surfboard.
- Gadget's platform shoes. The dress-up variant requires a crane to get into them.
- Crossover: Briefly with Kojak.
- Funk: Dale has got two tickets for P-Funk. Also, apparently the "chukka-chukka" theme tune.
- Funny Afro: Yes, this is pulled off in a fanfic with no illustrations whatsoever.
- Dale wears a big afro.
- Foxy Glove wears an even bigger afro in comparison to Dale's.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: You know your platform shoes are too high if you can't put them on without the help of a crane. Gadget has such shoes.
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: In-Universe, Disco for people into Folk and Country Music. The Rod Squad has to keep the Disco Demolition Night from happening at the Oakland-Alameda County Colosseum.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: Dale speaks like this sometimes.
- Malaproper: Dale, as usual. England Dan and John Ford Coley become England Jim and John Wilkes Booth when he mentions them.
- The Man: Dale describes his girlfriend Foxy Glove as "[t]he chick who's protecting the people from HASSLES and RIP-OFFS by the MAN".
- Martial Arts Fic: Averted, much to Dale's dismay because he couldn't put his kung fu skills to use on this case.
- Nice Shoes: Gadget wears platform shoes. When she dresses up, she wears platform shoes so high that she needs a self-made crane to put them on.
- One-Shot Fic: It's too short to have multiple chapters.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Chip, Dale and Gadget at the end.
- The '70s: All rolled up in one Period Piece of a fic written in The '90s but by someone who has experienced The '70s first hand.
- Theme Mobile: The dune buggy which the Rod Squad uses to boogie everywhere, including but not limited to the gritty inner city.
- Totally Radical: The '70s flavor, man.