A controversial cartoon concerning Martin Luther King Jr. will be screened at UCO.
As part of its “King Week” activities in observance of Monday’s national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the University of Central Oklahoma has a unique screening planned: an episode of the Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks.”
Based on the daily comic strip by Aaron McGruder, “The Boondocks” has proven both popular and highly controversial since beginning its run on Cartoon Network’s late-night block in 2005.
At 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19, you can see why. The first-season episode “Return of the King” will be shown in Room 300 of the Nigh University Center. Originally aired on King’s 77th birthday, the ep won a Peabody Award in 2006, but not without some serious feather-ruffling.
“Return” imagines that King wasn’t felled by his assassin’s bullet. Instead, he plunges into a three-decade coma, only to awaken to find he doesn’t like the African-American leaders who have emerged in his absence: “Is this it? This is what I got all those ass-whoopings for? ... I've seen what's over the horizon, and I promise you, you niggas have nothing to celebrate! And no, I won't get there with you.”
No stranger to complaining to the press, an offended Rev. Al Sharpton demanded an apology and that the episode be pulled. Instead, the network issued a statement that read in part, “We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King's bravery, but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for.”
A discussion will following the screening, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 974-3588. —Rod Lott
Comedy Rod Lott
To enjoy 21 Jump Street, one need not have been a fan of the 1987-91 Fox TV series of the same name. You might even enjoy the film more
if you hated the show, notable only for making Johnny Depp a star.
While not an outright parody per se, the action comedy does poke fun at
how ridiculous the series' premise was.
Now in its final season, TV’s 'Breaking Bad' has a winning formula, with science help from an OU chemistry professor.
Features Rod Lott
University of Oklahoma chemistry professor Donna Nelson helps cook up
big batches of methamphetamine. Not in real life, mind you, but as the
science adviser for the Emmy-winning television show Breaking Bad.
Grab your blanket and lawn chairs, and spend some quality time with Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and The Edge.
Recently reopened after Project 180 renovations, downtown’s Myriad Botanical Gardens at 301 W. Reno has ushered in its new digs with “Movies Under the Stars.” The weekly Wednesday series began last week with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Shrek played last night, but several more screenings are scheduled, all free, all beginning at 9 p.m.
For the rest of the summer, expect: • July 25, Grease • Aug. 1, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (pictured, duh) • Aug. 8, West Side Story • Aug. 15, Never Cry Wolf • Aug. 22, U2: Rattle and Hum • Aug. 29, Sherlock Holmes
That’s quite a lineup compared to the usual suspects of such free film series, with U2: Rattle and Hum striking me as a particularly inspired choice. I have fond memories of seeing that music doc three times to a largely empty theater at the long-ago-closed AMC Northwest 8. (Yes, kids, this thing we call “you too” was the Justin Bieber and Katy Perry of my day: They were so big, they had their own picture show!) Suddenly, I have an itch to dig out the soundtrack.
Please note that coolers are permitted, but not open containers of *hic!* alcohol. For more information, call 297-3995 or visit myriadgardens.org. —Rod Lott
Television series Rod Lott
As beloved as Lynda La Plante’s long-running crime series Prime Suspect is, her Above Suspicion
deserves equal adoration. It’s another example of how the British leave
viewers wanting more, rather than taking the American approach of
burning them out, because the first two seasons — all seven episodes
between them — come collected on Acorn Media’s two-disc Set 1. This leaves two more seasons as yet unreleased, so I pray we see a Set 2 soon down the pipe.