Admittedly, there hasn’t been much in the way of decent blog material running through the oft-troubled mind of holySmith! lately. You won’t see holySmith! on any of those Nike commercials making claims that his creativity is more creative than your creativity or that his funny is haha funny and funnier than your funniest funny — or however that goes.
No, these are dark and stressful times for holySmith! and the will to blog is at low tide. The forecast calls for fair-to-partly crappy with a 90% chance of shitty. Believe holySmith! when he tells you you don’t want to know.
Three paragraphs in and now we can get to it. Amidst all this gloom, I found a moment of relief in the form of an old TV show that I watched as a very young kid. The show is Emergency! and while old and dated by today’s standards, it was right up there with the Dukes of Hazzard, CHiPs, Salem’s Lot, Bowling for Dollars, the A-Team, the original Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, and Bill Dance Outdoors as my favorite television shows (not counting cartoons) as a kid.
I couldn’t sleep the other night, so with the help of my trusty laptop, I went to the NBC website, which cleverly is located at www.nbc.com and in their list of full length shows available for instant viewing, they have sprinkled in with the newer stuff a handful of classics like Emergency!
Emergency! was a great show back in the 70s and early 80s and it actually inspired a lot of the medical dramas that have come since. Not only that, but it made a lot of kids want to be paramedics, doctors, and firefighters. holySmith! and holySmith! The Brother both had Squad 51 fire helmets back in the day.
The show was about two paramedics (John Gage and Roy DeSoto) who would go out and rescue people, then radio into the hostpital with the situation. The hostpital was called Rampart, which is where the Wayne’s World reference comes from in case you were wondering (“we’ve got to get him to Rampart, stat!”). Yeah. Anyway, Rampart had the dashing A-hole cocky doctor (Dr. Brackett) and the hot nurse Dixie McCall, as well as all her hot nurse support staff. Couple all the hotties with the drama of fire and rescue, and you’ve got yourself a winning formula, not unlike the powerhouse combos of hotties and explosions (The A-Team), hotties and motorcycles (CHiPs), hottie Erin Gray flying space ships (Buck Rogers), as well as hottie/fast cars jumping rivers (The Dukes of Hazzard). All great formulas, all great shows.
Kudos to NBC for offering not only the newer shows on their website, but also for throwing in some oldies. If you get a minute, I highly recommend taking a look. At the very least, check out the episode of Buck Rogers where he goes to the planet of Amazon women and gets molested. A classic. Besides, if you are going to waste time watching videos online, these old shows are way better than YouTube crap like the numa numa guy or the creepy Chocolate Rain song.