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The 70s, Part Two

by Manimal April 30, 2000
The 70s, Part Two

Snaps to Sars, who filled me in on the last ten minutes of the miniseries after my VCR barfed.

Previously: Four kids go to Kent State and get caught up in the horror that is a sweeps-week miniseries. Then, after some historic tragedies and social movements are exploited and simplified, they end up as gruesome caricatures: Dexter is betrayed by one of his own as a Black Panther; Byron ends up disillusioned and indicted because of his participation in Watergate; Eileen ends up in NYC working as an overqualified secretary in an ad agency; and Christie starts out a model and ends up depressed after her music producer boyfriend ODs on coke.

And now. The completely ludicrous final installment. Of The 70s.

Stock footage, Nixon talking about ending the war in Vietnam. More stock footage of American troops coming home.

Some Eric Clapton song plays. Fade up on Dexter getting put into an ambulance, and Yolanda getting upset. Cut to Nick getting wheeled out of the apartment and Christie crying to a cop. Byron walks along a freeway and tries to run away some more, only to finally get caught by the G-men and handed a federal subpoena. His bangs glitter in the lamplight.

Dexter hooked up an IV. Cut to Byron talking to "Mitchell" in a parking garage and whining about how these guys aren't messing around, that he's been subpoenaed for Watergate. Mitchell reassures him, in robo-voice, that the investigators are just fishing, and not to give in. Byron says if he goes down, so does Mitchell. Mitchell not-so-subtly threatens him, then asks how Byron's "friend" in California is doing -- implying that he had something to do with Dexter's accident. This entire scene is shot just like the Cigarette-Smoking Man scenes from The X-Files. Byron, in his MacGyver outfit of black turtleneck and pants, takes off running.

Next scene, Byron in a suit and tie -- apparently he adheres to strict dress code rules, depending on which illegal activity he's performing -- is riffling through the FBI's files and pulls out Dexter's. Inside are photos from Dexter's wedding -- the ones Quincy took. Ruh roh. Byron continues reading the file, and impressively enough, his lips don't move as he reads. An FBI agent comes in and dryly asks if the FBI has been of help. Byron slams the drawer shut on the file and says he owes the agent one. The FBI agent says no, he doesn't, since this never happened. If only such words could be applied to this blot on Brad Rowe's acting résumé.

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The 70s, Part Two

by Manimal April 30, 2000
The 70s, Part Two Snaps to Sars, who filled me in on the last ten minutes of the miniseries after my VCR barfed. Previously: Four kids go to Kent State and get caught up in the horror that is a sweeps-week miniseries. Then, after some historic tragedies and social movements are exploited and simplified, they end up as gruesome caricatures: Dexter is betrayed by one of his own as a Black Panther; Byron ends up disillusioned and indicted because of his participation in Watergate; Eileen ends up in NYC working as an overqualified secretary in an ad agency; and Christie starts out a model and ends up depressed after her music producer boyfriend ODs on coke. And now. The completely ludicrous final installment. Of The 70s. Stock footage, Nixon talking about ending the war in Vietnam. More stock footage of American troops coming home. Some Eric Clapton song plays. Fade up on Dexter getting put into an ambulance, and Yolanda getting upset. Cut to Nick getting wheeled out of the apartment and Christie crying to a cop. Byron walks along a freeway and tries to run away some more, only to finally get caught by the G-men and handed a federal subpoena. His bangs glitter in the lamplight. Dexter hooked up an IV. Cut to Byron talking to "Mitchell" in a parking garage and whining about how these guys aren't messing around, that he's been subpoenaed for Watergate. Mitchell reassures him, in robo-voice, that the investigators are just fishing, and not to give in. Byron says if he goes down, so does Mitchell. Mitchell not-so-subtly threatens him, then asks how Byron's "friend" in California is doing -- implying that he had something to do with Dexter's accident. This entire scene is shot just like the Cigarette-Smoking Man scenes from The X-Files. Byron, in his MacGyver outfit of black turtleneck and pants, takes off running. Next scene, Byron in a suit and tie -- apparently he adheres to strict dress code rules, depending on which illegal activity he's performing -- is riffling through the FBI's files and pulls out Dexter's. Inside are photos from Dexter's wedding -- the ones Quincy took. Ruh roh. Byron continues reading the file, and impressively enough, his lips don't move as he reads. An FBI agent comes in and dryly asks if the FBI has been of help. Byron slams the drawer shut on the file and says he owes the agent one. The FBI agent says no, he doesn't, since this never happened. If only such words could be applied to this blot on Brad Rowe's acting résumé.

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