Tag: Trash Culture

  • Trash Culture’s Final Fantasy Retrospective Part 5: Mystic Quest

    By Chad Denton Wasn’t the ad campaign for this game a horrible lie, even by the standards of ad campaigns? Okay, okay, I’m going to come out and admit that it’s not fair to call Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest a bad game, not in a strict sense anyway.  It set out to provide a basic, watered-down introduction […]

  • Trash Culture’s Final Fantasy Retrospective (Part 1A)

    By Chad Denton “Final Fantasy” fans who got hooked in the ’00s don’t know how lucky they were. Being an old-school fan, who was literally with the franchise from the start, was a weird ordeal for anyone living outside Japan and wasn’t enough of a hardcore gamer to own a genuine Famicon and have the […]

  • The Trash Culture Literary Corner: Worlds of Power: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest: Prelude: Revenge of the Colons

    by Chad Denton It’s come to my attention that certain people have called into question the scientific rigor of this blog, and in fact the entire field of “trash culture studies,” so to deal with the ever persistent issue of genre elitism I’ve turned away from comics and video games toward the world of literature. […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The First Doctor (1963-1967)

    by Chad Denton What’s remarkable about William Hartnell’s interpretation of the Doctor is how much of a lasting foundation it has been, after so many decades and quite a few seismic shifts in culture. Hartnell’s Doctor is an eccentric with an insatiable curiosity and willingness (if not eagerness) to meddle in anything and with anyone; […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The Tenth Planet (1967)

    by Chad Denton It’s 1986, and the release of “Crocodile Dundee” isn’t the only thing that’s noteworthy. An international space agency has just launched the “Zeus IV” rocket on a routine mission from its base in Antarctica. Afterward the base’s crew are shocked when they spot the Doctor, Ben, and Polly sightseeing the wasteland of […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The Smugglers (1967)

    by Chad Denton The Doctor is furious when Polly and Ben show up in the TARDIS and tries to explain to them that they’re now stuck with him indefinitely because he still can’t control where the TARDIS lands. They end up somewhere on the shore of Cornwall. Although they’re shocked to be so far out […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The War Machines (1966)

    by Chad Denton The Doctor lands in 1966 London with Dodo. Right away the Doctor notices a newly constructed tower and tells Dodo he can sense something “alien” and “powerful” about it, similar to the feelings he had when he first encountered the Daleks. Pretending to be a scientist and his secretary, the Doctor and […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The Savages (1966)

    by Chad Denton This time the Doctor and his companions found themselves on a planet that appears uninhabited by intelligent life except for a single city. The Doctor sets out to explore, leaving behind Steven and Dodo, and finds himself taken to meet the Elders, who run the technologically advanced society within the city. Both […]

  • Trash Culture’s The Simpsons, Season 1, Episode 3, “Homer’s Odyssey”

    by Chad Denton Well, it didn’t take them that long before they made a reference to the Odyssey.   Now I did say that I didn’t want these write-ups to be “reviews” in the strict sense, mostly because I’m more interested in exploring The Simpsons as a cultural phenomenon (but also because I think I suck at reviewing […]

  • Trash Culture’s Dr. Who Reviews – The Gunfighters (1966)

    by Chad Denton Looking around their next surroundings for a dentist to help with the Doctor’s toothache, Steven and Dido find out that they’re in the town of Tombstone in the Arizona Territory. Dido and Steven are equally excited, which only irritates the Doctor, still complaining about his tooth. Right away, Steven and Dido get a little […]