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The 70s, Part One

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

Cocktail cover of "Happy Together" plays. Swanky Republican party. Byron spouts off party- and anti-McGovern-jargon like the boring-as-shit blowhard that he is. LGL interrupts him to "introduce him to John Mitchell." Why even watch this dumb miniseries? You could get a pop-up book about major events of the '70s and play a Donna Summer tape and get the same general effect. And another thing -- I don't think I've heard the LGL's actual name mentioned once so far. John Mitchell tells Byron that they need bright young men like him to spread disinformation, discredit the other party, and "put a bug up their butts." Well, I sure know what I'd like inserted in certain orifices of certain parties, but I don't see "John Mitchell" offering to help ME get my goals accomplished.

Stock footage of Republican/Democratic conventions from the '70s. Lots of shots of Nixon, McGovern, Muskie. We see Byron picking up shoes outside of hotel rooms. Next, an empty press conference room. Back to the hotel, and a bunch of complaining, shoeless reporters. Byron passing out Wallace fliers, telling passersby lies about Wallace and Muskie. John Mitchell looks on approvingly. Byron, sporting a tight button-down shirt and a simply enormous peace medallion, walks into the Democratic National Headquarters at the -- da da DUM -- Watergate hotel and volunteers.

Dexter's talking with a movie distributor, who's trying to sell him a John Wayne flick or a love story. Dexter is having none of it -- he wants Sweet Sweetback's Baaaaaad Ass Song. Next shot: the Atlas theater showing Cleopatra Jones, one of the best blaxploitation flicks of all time. The crowd is lovin' it. So far the only good thing about this miniseries for me is that I get to see even a tiny bit of Cleo again.

Next scene: Dexter talking with Yolanda and Brother Quincy, another Black Panther ["and Elena's first-season skeeze boyfriend on Felicity" -- Sars]. They persuade him to come to the meeting blah blah blah radical black power rally the community at a black theatercakes. Dexter starts talking about how he wants to develop the theater and offer all kinds of outreach programs to keep the boys in blue on their toes.

"Sisters United" bookstore. Christie and Eileen walk in to join Wendy and a bunch of other women in a consciousness-raising thingie. Wendy asks who wants to start. Everyone giggles and smiles. Christie bursts out, "I got a job today. I'm a Martini girl!" Everyone immediately rags on her for letting herself be objectified. Christie protests, "But I'm getting paid! Isn't that what feminism's all about?" Wendy, pontificating as if to a lesser being, says, "They pay prostitutes, too, Christie." Christie says, "Thanks for sharing." Pause. "And screw you!" She storms out of the bookstore. Eileen follows. Christie yells at Eileen for letting the hypocrites in the bookstore attack her without even trying to stand up for Christie. Eileen says she's sorry, but the women in there really respect themselves, and it's about sisterhood, and that she still is Christie's friend. Christie says obviously Eileen's ashamed of her, and that's no way to treat your best friend. Eileen says that the women in the group are helping her find her individuality. Christie snorts that all Eileen does is complain about her job and mope about Byron, and if that's feminism, Eileen can have it.

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The 70s, Part One

by Manimal April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One Cocktail cover of "Happy Together" plays. Swanky Republican party. Byron spouts off party- and anti-McGovern-jargon like the boring-as-shit blowhard that he is. LGL interrupts him to "introduce him to John Mitchell." Why even watch this dumb miniseries? You could get a pop-up book about major events of the '70s and play a Donna Summer tape and get the same general effect. And another thing -- I don't think I've heard the LGL's actual name mentioned once so far. John Mitchell tells Byron that they need bright young men like him to spread disinformation, discredit the other party, and "put a bug up their butts." Well, I sure know what I'd like inserted in certain orifices of certain parties, but I don't see "John Mitchell" offering to help ME get my goals accomplished. Stock footage of Republican/Democratic conventions from the '70s. Lots of shots of Nixon, McGovern, Muskie. We see Byron picking up shoes outside of hotel rooms. Next, an empty press conference room. Back to the hotel, and a bunch of complaining, shoeless reporters. Byron passing out Wallace fliers, telling passersby lies about Wallace and Muskie. John Mitchell looks on approvingly. Byron, sporting a tight button-down shirt and a simply enormous peace medallion, walks into the Democratic National Headquarters at the -- da da DUM -- Watergate hotel and volunteers. Dexter's talking with a movie distributor, who's trying to sell him a John Wayne flick or a love story. Dexter is having none of it -- he wants Sweet Sweetback's Baaaaaad Ass Song. Next shot: the Atlas theater showing Cleopatra Jones, one of the best blaxploitation flicks of all time. The crowd is lovin' it. So far the only good thing about this miniseries for me is that I get to see even a tiny bit of Cleo again. Next scene: Dexter talking with Yolanda and Brother Quincy, another Black Panther ["and Elena's first-season skeeze boyfriend on Felicity" -- Sars]. They persuade him to come to the meeting blah blah blah radical black power rally the community at a black theatercakes. Dexter starts talking about how he wants to develop the theater and offer all kinds of outreach programs to keep the boys in blue on their toes. "Sisters United" bookstore. Christie and Eileen walk in to join Wendy and a bunch of other women in a consciousness-raising thingie. Wendy asks who wants to start. Everyone giggles and smiles. Christie bursts out, "I got a job today. I'm a Martini girl!" Everyone immediately rags on her for letting herself be objectified. Christie protests, "But I'm getting paid! Isn't that what feminism's all about?" Wendy, pontificating as if to a lesser being, says, "They pay prostitutes, too, Christie." Christie says, "Thanks for sharing." Pause. "And screw you!" She storms out of the bookstore. Eileen follows. Christie yells at Eileen for letting the hypocrites in the bookstore attack her without even trying to stand up for Christie. Eileen says she's sorry, but the women in there really respect themselves, and it's about sisterhood, and that she still is Christie's friend. Christie says obviously Eileen's ashamed of her, and that's no way to treat your best friend. Eileen says that the women in the group are helping her find her individuality. Christie snorts that all Eileen does is complain about her job and mope about Byron, and if that's feminism, Eileen can have it.

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