still recouperating & more GI Joe
September 12, 2011
In hindsight, I’m realizing some things about the summer. But since I would like to avoid being one of those people who talks incessantly about my health, I’ll skip the details. Suffice to say, I started the summer with a nasty ear infection, and ended it with a cold that had been building for weeks in the form of a sore throat that wouldn’t go away. This means I was never really at 100% energy wise through about a dozen conventions and conferences, book signings, and my big move. I just keep thinking, wow, no wonder I’ve been struggling.
But I’m home now, with no travel scheduled for a month, and I plan on nesting and writing and reading and catching up on Doctor Who (it’s getting very hard to avoid the mega spoilers out there…) and all that good stuff.
So. I finally caught a couple episodes of a new animated GI Joe on obscure cable. GI Joe: Renegade, in fact. The first episode had already started, and it took me awhile to figure out what was going on. Apparently, a small squad of Joes — Scarlett, Duke, Snake Eyes, Roadblock, and Tunnel Rat — are on the run and getting in various episodic trouble. (One notices that this is the classic anime five-some: light hero, dark hero, token girl, big guy, little guy.) In this one, Duke got arrested for. . .something. . .and thrown in a jail run by a crooked warden who is staging prisoner cage matches on the internet. It’s up to the Joes to expose the racket. But in actuality we spend half the episode watching Scarlett go through one stupid failed attempt after another to spring Duke by subterfuge. First she poses as his lawyer and fails miserably. Then she poses as — wait for it — a pregnant white trash floozie demanding to see her baby’s daddy.
At which point I decided that I did not like this version of the show very much at all, no sir. (This trick also did not work. The gang required Flint and Lady Jaye to swoop in for the rescue.)
But I watched one more episode, in the interest of fairness. At which point I caught the opening credits, which informed me that the squad is on the run for a crime they did not commit. OMG IT’S THE A-TEAM! And apparently, Scarlett is playing Murdoch.
But Remember when I asked for a GI Joe/A-Team crossover? I swear, sometimes I don’t know my own power.