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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for September 8

Martin Freeman was born on September 8, 1971.

Martin Freeman is Born

Known for his acting work for the original British version of The Office TV series, playing Dr. Watson in Sherlock, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit films and the bad guy in the first season of the TV version of Fargo, Martin Freeman was born on this day in 1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. Though his Roman Catholic parents didn't push “religion” on him and he has struggled with it at times, he said that his faith helps to keep him grounded. His next movies include Cargo (2017) and the Marvel Comics' Black Panther (2018).


'Super Friends' debuted on September 8, 1973.

'Super Friends' Debuts

It was on this day in 1973 that young DC Comics fans rejoiced when the first episode of Hanna-Barbera’s new Super Friends cartoon aired for the first time on ABC. Based on the Justice League of America comics, the show featured the grouping of Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman working together to fight crime. During the first season, the show introduced two average teens (Wendy and Marvin) and Marvin’s “Wonder Dog” who "helped" the superheroes with their missions. The show aired its last episode in August of 1974, but due to the rise of popularity of superheroes, reruns of the show were brought back to the air during the fall of 1976. In 1977, the show changed its name to the All-New Super Friends Hour and dropped Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog. The trio were replaced by Zan and Jayna (The Wonder Twins) and their pet monkey, Gleek. Jayna could turn herself into any type of animal while Zan was limited to transforming himself into bodies of water. The show continued on through 1986 taking on different titles: Challenge of the Super Friends (1978-1979), The World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979-1980), back to Super Friends in 1980 to 1983, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984–1985) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985–1986).
Star Trek the original TV show debuted on NBC September 8, 1966.

'Star Trek' Premieres on NBC

Star Trek should not be as popular as it is. The original pilot for the series starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike was rejected by NBC, but they offered the crew a second chance. The science fiction adventure show created by Gene Roddenberry debuted on this day in 1966 with high ratings but dropped to 52nd out of 94 programs by the end of the season. NBC threatened to cancel the show during the second season, but huge fan letter-writing campaign persuaded the network to carry on. The show was moved to Friday nights and given less of a budget to work with. Upset with the situation, Roddenberry resigned as producer and rating continued to fall. But the show became extremely popular with syndicated reruns, enough to warrant a new film franchise and a bunch of TV spin-offs many years after the original had ended its airing.

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