Nerd Lunch Podcast 39: Test of Time – G.I. Joe

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 39: Test of Time – G.I. Joe

Doug Frye from the Schlock Treatment podcast signs on as the fourth member of an elite commando unit with Jeeg, Pax, and CT.  Our mission is to determine if the 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon still holds up. Listen to find out if the Joes can defeat the most lethal foe of all, Father Time. In our Nerd To-Dos we hear about Keifer Sutherland’s debut in the D&D universe, the Solomon Kane movie (again), novel writing, and the arrival of some nerd progeny.

By | 2017-03-18T03:58:36+00:00 May 29th, 2012|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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  1. Chrisloc1701 February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Great episode guys. I too loved this cartoon as a kid but sadly I could only watch it on VHS as none of our local stations carried it. I bought the season 1 part 1 DVD a few years back hoping that it would stand the test of time…and for me it didn't.

    This show had a lot of great concepts and if done properly has the possibility of being timeless. But they were stuck trying to sell toys and it suffered creatively. i remember loving the comic books as a kid, in fact I shared a elevator at my hotel with Larry Hama, probably the best known Joe comic writer this year at the Calgary Expo.

    One thing i love about GI:Joe is that the villains are just as interesting and compelling as the heroes. In fact I would go so far as to say I liked them more than the villains. They even have their own 'Cobra' comic at IDW. Seriously thinking about checking that out.

    Again great episode.

  2. Shawn Robare February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Listening to the show now, but I thought I's post this. I think Nicholson was chosen as the inspiration for the voice of Shipwreck because of the film The Last Detail…

  3. Cordy Stepp February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Great episode! Hearing you guys talk about the cartoons brought back a lot of great memories for me. BTW – I’m not planning on watching the cartoons again any time soon. It really sounds like they don’t hold up very well and I don’t want another cherished childhood memory to be tainted. I remember racing home to my grandparents’ house to watch the first series. Unfortunately school let out at 3:05 and it took at least 5-10 minutes to get there so I was really only seeing about half of each episode.
    I collected the comics for years (still have quite a few of them, I think). I was a little disappointed to hear about the treatment of Serpentor in the cartoon. I remember him being a lot cooler in the comics even though he ran around with a giant snake cowl on his head, no shirt and a cape. Okay, maybe he wasn’t all that cool. Cobra went around and collected the DNA of historical commanders and rulers (and Storm Shadow) to create Serpentor. When he was brought to life he had memories of leading men through battles as those commanders. All of this took place during the story arc covering the creation of Cobra Island and their fight to be recognized as a sovereign nation. Good stuff.
    My second favorite story arc: the destruction of the Pit (the one located under the Chaplain’s Assistants School or some such nonsense). I’m pretty sure it wasn’t too long after that things started to go downhill and I got away from the comics.
    Keep the episodes coming!

  4. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I agree. Overall, the villains in G.I. Joe were much more fun. There are several Joes that I like, but some of the guys were pretty vanilla.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, but I always thought Alias (TV show with Jennifer Garner) was the perfect live action G.I. Joe TV show. Over the top villains, forced familial connections, code names, disguises, sci-fi mixed with spy/military, and a colorful cast of characters. Would have loved for Abrams to have taken over the G.I. Joe franchise rather than Star Trek.

  5. Chrisloc1701 February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I meant to say I like the villains more than the heroes. Loved the power struggle between Cobra Commander and Destro, I had hoped CC would have killed Serpentor. Maybe he did, not sure. if done right this would make for a great live action series on HBO.

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