October 4-11, 1986

Some weeks there is just no time for tv. For me this week we a whirlwind of rehearsals, meetings and buying a new car. Television, both new and nerd list had to take a back seat. Only 4 entries got checked off the nerd list this week: 2 episodes of Ewoks, a Doctor Who and the movie Peggy Sue Got Married.

Ewoks Season Two has fallen into a pattern. Wicket and his friends (though mostly Wicket) get up to some mischief which puts the tribe in danger. This week he needed a present for his mother. You would think the name "Forbidden Temple" would dissuade the young Ewok from entering, but no, Wicket convinces his friends that this would be the best place to find a gift. Piles and piles of jewels are discovered after the Ewoks narrowly escaped various ancient death traps. The kids escape with just 2 jewels, which of course turn out to actually be the eggs of the dragon that guards the temple. Needless to say, chaos ensues.

The Doctor Who episode, Mindwarp Part 2, aka Trial of a Timelord Part 6, is Colin Baker at his worst. The Doctor has had the titular mind warp and appears to have switched sides, favouring the bad guys. He threatens and tortures poor Peri who just wants to go home. It's not fun watching your hero act so against his nature and hurt his friends both physically and psychologically.

That leaves Peggy Sue Got Married as the pitch of the week. A fantasy film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage, Peggy Sue is the story of a 40-ish woman who finds herself reliving her high school days after passing it at her 25th high school reunion. Turner is one of my favourite actresses of the 1980s. She was Oscar nominated for her role in this film. This is one of those movies where all the minor players are "that guys". Those actors who show up in so many films but never get a starring turn. Catherine Hicks, the whale scientist from Star Trek IV is Peggy's best friend. Bigger than "that guy" Jim Carey shows up as Cage's best friend.

The issue for me with this film is that there doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason for the time travel. Once Peggy arrives in 1960, she makes some different choices than the first time she lived through things, but nothing really changes when she gets back. Cage's character, who Peggy is divorced from in 1986, is just an annoying jerk, and yet Peggy decides to stay with him. I just don't get it.

But having said that, the movie looks great, had good music and has a strong performance from Turner. The less said about Cage, the better.

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