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The 70s, Part One

by Manimal April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One

Outside of frat house. Byron and Eileen are kissing. More exposition. Byron's going to law school at Columbia and he asks Eileen to come with him. They're interrupted by fire sirens. Dexter comes running out and tells they that they're burning down the ROTC (he pronounces it "Roht-zee") building. ["That's how we pronounced it in college -- is that weird?" -- Sars] Everyone rushes over to the Roht-zee building. It's going down in flames -- just like any credibility this miniseries had. The Gang watches, horrified, as students chant something about how bad Nixon is and dangle a mock-Nixon in front of the fire. Byron, all manly and Republican in his indignation, rushes forward, but Eileen, doing her best Whiny Winona impression, grabs his arm and pulls him back. Apparently Byron has the IQ of a cucumber if he thinks a dummy that is meant to represent the president is worth fighting for. Students chant, "Make Love Not War," and "Hang Nixon!" An Authority Figure yells at everyone to go back to their dorms, that they're destroying government property and are going to be in Big Trouble. An extra -- sorry, a "Background Artist" yells, "The government has destroyed Cambodia!" by way of response. More students protesting, more Authority Figures yelling, "If you don't go back, we're going to be forced to call in the National Guard!!" Byron nudges Dexter. "That's you, man!" Dexter shakes his head and says that he only entered the National Guard to "stay out of this crazy war," and Christie says solemnly, "The freaky thing is, now the war has come home to us." The freaky thing is that whatever Amy Smart says always has these weird pauses and inflections, like she's fighting not to say "like" and "um" all the time.

Subtitle: May 4, 1970. Shots of National Guard troops getting weapons. Dexter takes his, looking mighty freaked out. Actual '70s voiceover talks about how student protesters are not going to be allowed to take over the campus while Creedence Clearwater Revival sings "Fortunate Son." I can't believe how many songs NBC shoehorned into the "miniseries" -- most of which aren't even included ON the CD collection. Tanks roll out, troops line up, blah blah blah tensecakes. Eileen and Christie walk by the troops and realize Dexter's with them. They smile and Eileen throws a peace sign. Dexter smiles back and looks resigned, scared, and a little disgusted with the situation. Byron (Brad "My Career is the Pitts" Rowe) walks out, this time wearing Tammy Wynette's bangs and Robert Redford's wardrobe from All the President's Men. He does a funny hop-shuffle-step to avoid the crowd and kisses Eileen on the cheek. Someone starts ringing a bell. Students start converging on the grassy knolls and chanting. The National Guard troops mobilize. Creedence keeps singing. Christie wanders into the thick of it, like a big, blonde, idiot bunny. Students and National Guard troops start facing off in earnest. The Guard shoots tear gas, and, in a surprisingly accurate touch, students run forward and toss the tear gas back. The Guard advances some more. Byron and Eileen decide to find Christie.

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The 70s, Part One

by Manimal April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One Outside of frat house. Byron and Eileen are kissing. More exposition. Byron's going to law school at Columbia and he asks Eileen to come with him. They're interrupted by fire sirens. Dexter comes running out and tells they that they're burning down the ROTC (he pronounces it "Roht-zee") building. ["That's how we pronounced it in college -- is that weird?" -- Sars] Everyone rushes over to the Roht-zee building. It's going down in flames -- just like any credibility this miniseries had. The Gang watches, horrified, as students chant something about how bad Nixon is and dangle a mock-Nixon in front of the fire. Byron, all manly and Republican in his indignation, rushes forward, but Eileen, doing her best Whiny Winona impression, grabs his arm and pulls him back. Apparently Byron has the IQ of a cucumber if he thinks a dummy that is meant to represent the president is worth fighting for. Students chant, "Make Love Not War," and "Hang Nixon!" An Authority Figure yells at everyone to go back to their dorms, that they're destroying government property and are going to be in Big Trouble. An extra -- sorry, a "Background Artist" yells, "The government has destroyed Cambodia!" by way of response. More students protesting, more Authority Figures yelling, "If you don't go back, we're going to be forced to call in the National Guard!!" Byron nudges Dexter. "That's you, man!" Dexter shakes his head and says that he only entered the National Guard to "stay out of this crazy war," and Christie says solemnly, "The freaky thing is, now the war has come home to us." The freaky thing is that whatever Amy Smart says always has these weird pauses and inflections, like she's fighting not to say "like" and "um" all the time. Subtitle: May 4, 1970. Shots of National Guard troops getting weapons. Dexter takes his, looking mighty freaked out. Actual '70s voiceover talks about how student protesters are not going to be allowed to take over the campus while Creedence Clearwater Revival sings "Fortunate Son." I can't believe how many songs NBC shoehorned into the "miniseries" -- most of which aren't even included ON the CD collection. Tanks roll out, troops line up, blah blah blah tensecakes. Eileen and Christie walk by the troops and realize Dexter's with them. They smile and Eileen throws a peace sign. Dexter smiles back and looks resigned, scared, and a little disgusted with the situation. Byron (Brad "My Career is the Pitts" Rowe) walks out, this time wearing Tammy Wynette's bangs and Robert Redford's wardrobe from All the President's Men. He does a funny hop-shuffle-step to avoid the crowd and kisses Eileen on the cheek. Someone starts ringing a bell. Students start converging on the grassy knolls and chanting. The National Guard troops mobilize. Creedence keeps singing. Christie wanders into the thick of it, like a big, blonde, idiot bunny. Students and National Guard troops start facing off in earnest. The Guard shoots tear gas, and, in a surprisingly accurate touch, students run forward and toss the tear gas back. The Guard advances some more. Byron and Eileen decide to find Christie.

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