show all entries...

Because the Best Shows Explain the Premise in the Theme Song

March 5, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Am I the only person on Earth who found Clone High USA utterly brilliant?

How can you not love a show about teenaged clones of Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, JFK, and Cleopatra all attending high school together? Where the vice-principal is a robotic Mr. Belvedere who wears a magical cardigan? Where Marilyn Manson, the school nutritionist, sings about the food pyramid? (I'm not a Marilyn Manson fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I did laugh at this gag.)

Well, maybe they'll release it on DVD someday. After which I'll probably discover that it doesn't stand up to repeat viewings nearly as well as other shows.

Holy cow. It is available on DVD. In Canada. Since 2005.

You know, I could swear I looked more recently than that.

Please forgive me, faithful credit card.


Melinda Snodgrass March 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm
Oh, God, are you about to get me hooked on another show? I mainlined DEAD LIKE ME after you introduced me to the show. If there weren't entertainment I'd get so much more done.
Ian March 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm
You know, now that I think about it, Dead Like Me is an exception to the "great shows explain the premise in the theme song" rule. (Well, it was more of a random guess than an empirical rule, I suppose.)

Anyway, speaking of Dead Like Me, the direct-to-DVD movie should be coming out this summer, I think. Very excited about that.

Richard March 8, 2008 at 8:38 am
Mystery Science Theater 3000. In fact, if it weren't for the theme song I don't think you'd know what was going on at all.
Jason Powell March 24, 2008 at 3:27 pm
I think Marilyn Manson was just a celebrity guest, not the school nutritionist.

That show did rule. I was so excited when I found out it was on DVD in Canada.

The best episode is the film festival one, says I. "Say whaaaaaa?" "Say what." "Say whaaaaaa?" "Say what." ... "What is that you saaaaaaayyyyy?"

Ian March 25, 2008 at 8:41 am
You're right, Jason. I just watched the series last week after the DVDs arrived. Marilyn Manson was a one-off guest star, and not the nutritionist. (I seem to have misremembered a number of things about the show. But not its awesomeness.) Good call! I bow to your superior Clone-High Fu.

I have to agree, the film festival episode is terrific. So is the three-act rock opera about raisins.

"When life gives you lemons, you clone those lemons. And make super lemons."

Jason March 26, 2008 at 2:04 pm
I had only seen three episodes before I ordered the DVDs. Isn't it horrible that it ends with such a monumental cliffhanger?

"Love is just an abstract concept. It can't knock down stuff!"

Ian March 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Yeah, no kidding. Now we'll never know if Scudworth ever managed to build Cloney Island!

I only wish I had seen Clone High back when I was in high school. Then I would have known better than to use a helicopter or a talking fetal horse when trying to impress potential prom dates.

I would have used a whale and a bunch of tigers.

recent blog entries