Monday, February 13, 2006

My Adventure of Having Adolescent Infatuations

We’ve woken up early on Saturdays or Sundays or rushed home from the sekolah agama to catch the latest episode off our favorite cartoons. The 80’s was filled with top quality cartoons as compared to what is being stuffed down our throats nowadays.

Let’s face it, Mr. Trekker and his Mobile Armored Strike Kommand battling the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem was more entertaining then watching a Cow and err… a Chicken.
Part of the attraction was due to the gorgeous, Aphrodite-like bevy of beauties whom did not fail to impress us in each and every episode. Though they're no replacement for the real thing, they've served as alluring fantasy figures for our pervy adolescent minds.

Here are my personal favorites of the top 5 cartoon babes of the 80’s;

#5. Judge J.B. - Bravestarr

Lock me up and charge me with first degree love.

J.B. was the highest ranking judicial officer in New Texas and thus making her a magnet of scum and villainy in the new frontier which resulted in her being rescued by Bravestarr in almost every episode.

A damsel in distress she may seemed, but she delivered her share of ass-kicking alongside the Marshall and his equine partner, 30/30. With her 'Hammer of Justice', she was the cartoon equivalent of Judging Amy, but with a cooler outfit and oozing sensuality from every stitch of her judge's uniform.

#4. Steel Heart – Silverhawks

Emily Hart, along with her twin brother Will, flew alongside the other Silverhawks raining smackdowns from above to Mon Star and his cronies. Sure she was a cyborg and getting it on with her would be complicated enough as we didn’t know what part of her was flesh or metal.

Her metallic uniform accentuated her curves nicely, and you have to agree that she was so hot in that skin tight metal get-up. and boy what I’d give for chance to fly one over her cuckoo’s nest.

#3. Niko - Adv. Of the Galaxy Rangers

She had telekinesis. This babe could lift objects with her mind, create force-shields and look demure and hot whilst doing it. Her white Ranger uniform wasn’t bad as well. In addition she had clairvoyance so she would already know if your filthy intentions would be successful or not

Not a bad thing really.

Unfortunately, she was romantically likned with with Goose, the twin gun-toting Ranger throughout the series. I imagined him getting run over by a star cruiser most of the time.


#2. April O’ Neill, -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Did we lover her for her street smarts and a good nose for the news? Maybe. Did we love her because she delivered ass-whooping with our 4 mutant amphibian friends? Perhaps.
Or did we lover her for her tight, cute yellow one-piece jumpsuit? Definitely!

We owe so much to her in providing us some eye candy in a story where they had 5- foot amphibians battling a gooey brain-like alien and a guy naming himself after a kitchen appliance.

#1. Lady Jaye - GI Joe

Yo Joe!

This GI Jane fought for freedom over land and air with the other Joes, but she was the only one that made fighting COBRA looked good.

She was a bit butch though with her rugged look and short-cropped hair. She wasn't the best looking, as compared to Scarlett and the Baroness . but the fact that she fights injustice with half the buttons of her blouse undone ensures that it is Lady Jaye who comes in at #1.


I’d better do this before I get sued; thanks to the following sites for the kewl images!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My Adventure of Not Having a Life II

My adventure of not having a life started with a sci-fi show on TV2 called Space: Above & Beyond. It ran circa 1997 and it caught me right from the start, hook, line and sinker.

If I’d remembered correctly, the show revolved around a group of young Marine pilots, fighting in space, against an invading alien horde, "Chigs". Unfortunately, the show was untimely & unjustifiably axed after just one season.

So obsessed with the show that my cousin (who had no life as well, apparently), an ardent fan of the show hunted down other die-hards from Malaysia. Soon after, the 88th Firebirds was born.

The 88th Squadron was the Malaysian branch of the
59th Ready Reserves, which is part of an internet fandom, petitioning for the producers to bring back Space: Above and Beyond. Citing cost cutting measures by the film company, production halted and the show suffered an early demise.

Not having any other apparent useful purpose in life, (though one was a lawyer and the other a doctor), we would get ourselves online every chance we had to chat about the show. Our exploits reached the far corners of cyberspace and soon our membership of 8 swelled. By last count there were 50+ members. So committed we were that even a regular cast member of the show dropped a comment or two and we, as the geeks we were, made Joel de la Fuente , an honorary member of 88th Firebirds. Our exploits ranged from the simply bizarre to the most extravagant, as you would have noticed when patronizing the website.

Alas, all good things must come to and end. We lost contact over the years. E-mail addresses became void, phone numbers changed, and people outgrew their obsessions. Looking back, we did have a life and it evolved around a small group of friends who shared a similar passion. Those were fun days. Days of making copies of the series and watching them over and over again. Then, getting on the internet to gripe & moan about everything and nothing.

Over the years I imagined what would it be like now, if the show had allowed itself to run for more seasons. Maybe the 88th would still be around now.

We’ll never know.