On this week’s episode of SPACE CASE, it’s a “very special episode.” In late 80s all through to the late 90s, big TV networks were given incentives and payouts in exchange for weaving anti-drug storylines into their shows. Some were more subtle than others but a lot of these once popular ratings darlings have frankly aged like sh*t. So, listen in as we go through various lists and give examples of these offenses INCLUDING how much the networks were paid to air the episodes.

Show Notes:
https://thecolumn.substack.com/p/in-the-90s-the-us-government-paid?s=r
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:2lX-bajGvesJ:https://screenrant.com/worst-weirdest-very-special-episodes-tv-shows/+&cd=16&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
https://nofilmschool.com/tv-very-special-episodes
http://www.vh1.com/news/23895/cheesiest-very-special-episodes-80s-90s-sitcoms/
https://www.ranker.com/list/very-special-episodes/devon-ashby
https://medium.com/atta-girl/very-special-episodes-that-defined-my-childhood-9f445979a92f
https://www.moviefone.com/news/unforgettable-90s-very-special-episodes-ranked/

On this week’s episode, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic film BLADE II. But, we can guarantee that it’s NOT in the way you would think. In the late 90s to early 2000s, online blogs were becoming a driving force of clicks on the internet. Independent publications and individuals started to have unprecedented influence and clout in an industry that had prided itself on the elite nature of keeping others out. Within this newfound infrastructure Harry Knowles and AINT IT COOL NEWS became one of the most viral and respected independent online websites for film criticism. But, let’s just say, it wasn’t for his deep insight into movies… *NSFW TOWARDS THE END YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

Show Notes:
THE BLADE II REVIEW: http://legacy.aintitcool.com/node/11793
https://slate.com/culture/2022/03/harry-knowles-aint-it-cool-news-blade-ii-review.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/2000/09/17/seducing-harry/309628be-2ed5-4e1b-9d18-78096364a6a0/
http://web.archive.org/web/20010219035506/http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/news/980519/1.html
http://legacy.aintitcool.com/node/1631

On this week’s episode of Space Case, we investigate a social experiment gone WRONG. In a random town in New Hampshire, an online forum idea turns into an IRL venture that takes over an already existing town. Can a group with no civic experience create a community governed utopia? Not if the brown bears have anything to say about it! What the hell do we mean? Listen in to find out!

On this week’s episode of Space Case, we’re taking a walk! After stumbling upon an outpost for AVA-America’s Walking Club in San Antonio, we HAD to know more about the organization dedicated to “volkssporting” What exactly IS volkssporting? Well, listen in, and head down the Texas Trails with us!

Show notes:

https://cb.ava.org/
https://ava.org/
https://www.instagram.com/americaswalkingclub/?hl=en
http://www.houstonhappyhikers.com/
https://texastrailroundup.org/other-local-area-year-round-ava-walks/

*CLASSIC EPISODE – ORIGINALLY AIRED 2/1/21*

On this episode of Space Case it’s a rock n roll mystery that’s sure to leave you saying, “far out?!” Gram Parsons was an iconic and influential figure in the LA rock scene in the late 60s; he rocked hard and partied HARDER. *NOT SO SPOILER ALERT* he partied a little too hard and suffered an untimely death, but that’s not the mystery. The real story is what happened a day later… Listen in to find out!

Referenced in this episode:

Rolling Stone, “Gram Parsons: The Mysterious Death – and Aftermath

Wide Open Country, “The Bizarre Story of What Happened to Gram Parsons’s Body After He Died”

Louder Sound, “How I Stole Gram Parsons’ Body”

Caitlin Doughty, “Iconic Corpse: Gram Parsons”

Independent, “Why I stole my best friend’s body”

On this week’s episode of Space Case, we’re looking for the seafood lover in YOU! Red Lobster is a restaurant chain STAPLE in American culture known for it’s crazy deals on menu items. But, there’s one promotion that haunts Red Lobster to this day. How much food is TOO much food? AND is a food truly endless? Can your customers push themselves to the limit just to save a buck? Listen in and find out!

On this week’s episode of Space Case, we’re headed back to exciting world of retail! We usually investigate retail failures and bankruptcy on the pod, but this time, we’re doing something a little bit different. Target is the 8th largest retailer in the US and one of the most aesthetically recognizable. Back in 2013, they tried to go international by way of Canada and it crashed and burned. But, somehow, the iconic retailer popped up in a VERY unexpected place. Listen in to find out!

First actual Space CASE of 2022! On this week’s episode, we honor the late great Betty White (who would’ve celebrated her 100th birthday next week) by cracking the case on what we think is one of the greatest ideas for a talk show in TV history. THE PET SET was a syndicated talk show created by Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden where celebrity guests would bring themselves AND their four legged friends to chat with Betty and learn about pet care and wildlife conservation. At one time, THE PET SET was considered lost media, but now, it has been found! We dive into some selected episode and talk about what made this show great.