A stroll down memory lane – 19 things Memberberries made us member
With the latest season of South Park comes some of the oddest, but most weirdly endearing fruit I have ever seen – South Park season 20 unleashed upon the world a cluster of happy little critters known as Memberberries. These nostalgic little buggers serve to make the eater fondly remember some of the best parts of the past: Movies, characters, and people that we all grew up loving, things that have become staples for modern pop-culture.
Naturally, as South Park season 20 is only in three episodes deep at the moment, we don’t really know what the heck is going on with the Memberberries, nor do we know where they really come from or what their deal is. It’s all still really mysterious, but I’m sure there’ll be some hilariously stupid explanation for them. I, for one, am looking forward to discovering the plot behind Memberberries and hope that they show up in some way in the upcoming game: South Park: The Fractured but Whole. But anyway, I’m sure you’re waiting for me to just get on with the topic at hand, and the main reason for this article, so let’s get on with it, shall we?
Today, we here at The Nerd Recites shall be giving into the temptation of these wonderful little berries and diving into a sea of nostalgia. So, my friends, let me ask you: “Member:”
Unfortunately, I don’t. I mean, I know of The Six Million Dollar Man, sure, but it isn’t something I have actually ever seen; though I have seen enough references to it on TV shows and in movies to be familiar enough with it. I know many of you out there will look back fondly upon the show though as it is most definitely considered one of the most iconic series of the 1970s. I’ll get around to watching it eventually.
Heeeeeeeeeey, you guuuuuuuuuys. Remember The Goonies? Because I sure as shit don’t. I know the basic storyline, the characters, the truffle-shuffle, and such, but as you’ll soon find out with the Ghostbusters, I’ve never really been all that arsed about live-action films aimed (or semi-aimed) at a younger audience. I don’t really know enough about The Goonies to fill this space, and I’m not going to lie to you by pretending that I do know anything about it, so let’s quickly move on, shall we?
Well, I can’t say I actually remember anything from the 80s either, at least not first hand, as I was born at the arse-end of the decade. I am a 1989 baby, so everything I know of the 80s I learned from television, movies, and music. …Seemed like an interesting time. Excellent music, some amazing films, actually, some truly outstanding music and films came out in the 1980s. It was a decade for us to be thankful for (if you ignore the terrible shit that went on in the world during these years). It did have the weirdest fuckin’ fashions I’ve ever seen outside of a modern fashion show though. What were you people thinking?!
Ahh, this is the decade I remember. Things were so much simpler (mainly because I was a child and had no responsibilities, but still) – Jurassic Park, Small Soldiers, SMTV Live, Pokémon, and all the cartoons that you look back upon fondly and wish they would return (obviously ignoring the fact that you probably wouldn’t enjoy them as much now anyway). Yes, my friends, the 90s became the time when people started to get back to their senses in regards to dress-sense, when the Goosebumps books were released upon the world, but not only that, we had Batman: The Animated Series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Space Jam, The Big Lebowski. Okay, so I know I’m listing a bunch of movies and TV shows, but seriously, it was a golden-age …for the most part.
Honestly, I was never really a fan of Ghostbusters as a kid. That’s not to say that the movies are bad, not in the slightest; it’s just a franchise that I simply never got into. Having said that, I do happen to know a good deal about Ghostbusters, and that most certainly is a noteworthy accomplishment for any series – to have themes, characters, costumes, and vehicles instantly recognisable to people even if those people were never into it. I know not to cross the streams, I member Zuul, Ecto-1 (the car), the P.K.E. Meter, the proton packs, and obviously I know the theme (and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!). If there is one thing everybody would recognise from Ghostbusters, it will be the lovable next entry on our list:
Of course it’s Slimer. I am aware that there’s a good number of people out there that seem to dislike Slimer, but look at him, he’s amazing. Slimer is a character that is synonymous with Ghostbusters, you simply could not have a Ghostbusters movie or video game without including this slimy little guy. He is as much a part of this universe as the aformentioned proton packs and the P.K.E. Meters, and …ghosts. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a luminescent little green blob that oozes everywhere and eats everything? Crazy people, that’s who!
Yeah, I’m not a Trekkie, I’m sorry. It’s just another franchise that I never really got into, but once again I am fully aware of so much of the general lore from this particular universe. Kirk, Spock, Picard, Worf, Data, McCoy, Janeway, and so on. Star Trek is a franchise that is cemented into the minds of the population, there is just no possible way for anybody to fully avoid such a monolithic wonder as Star Trek. If you tell me you don’t know who Spock is, I’m just going to call you a dirty liar! Don’t bullshit me with that crap. Despite my lack of familiarity with the more intricate details of Star Trek, I am, naturally, familiar with the character of Spock. Although this next point is more to do with Leonard Nimoy than Spock himself, I adore Nimoy for fully embracing his role as Spock. So many actors fight to distance themselves from their more popular roles due to fear of being type-cast, but not Leonard Nimoy, oh no, he made that role his own, he endeared himself to fans from across the world, and even to those such as myself who never got into the show. R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy.
The Torture Droid?
Now, this one I’m not sure about. I know I remember a torture droid, but I don’t know if the berries mean the interrogation (torture) droid from A New Hope or that torture droid from Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi. Either way, both droids are great. The interrogation droid is freaky – can you imagine that spherical little twat coming towards you with a needle that size?! Fuck that. Poor Princess Leia, she had much more resistance than I would in that situation.
The Trash Compactor?
The moment that almost saw the end of three of our favourite space heroes – Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie. What a twist it would have been if these Star Wars legends were crushed and it turned out that the trilogy was actually going to revolve around C-3PO and R2-D2. Can you even imagine? And let’s take a moment to remember that weird little cycloptic bog-monster that attacked Luke. Surely this creature would have been crushed to death at some point by the trash compactor. R.I.P. little guy.
Do I need to even write anything here? You don’t remember Chewbacca? Don’t lie.
Ahh, I doubt you’ll remember the cantina from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope at all. It was only in the movie for a fleeting moment or two and nothing really important happened there. WHO THE FUCK AM I KIDDING? There’s not a cat’s piss chance in Hell that you don’t remember the cantina scene from A New Hope if you have seen the movie. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, y’know, except for Han Solo and Chewbacca, those guys were cool. It was so amazing to see this scene for the first time as a kid; to see this sleezy den full of a myriad of different alien species was so captivating and exhilarating to a child’s imagination and sense of awe.
What can I even say about Jawas? What the fuck are they? It’s fascinating just how little we really know about this species considering how well known they are to we geeks of the Earth.
Ah yes, the terrifying, mass murdering military force of the Empire that cannot actually hit anything for shit. The Stormtroopers are as iconic as their inability to aim properly. It is a little unfortunate that these guys are famed for their terrible accuracy, because if they were depicted as actually dangerous, they would be amazing. That’s actually one of the things I enjoyed best about The Force Awakens – while the village scene was actually quite sad, it was so cool to see the Stormtroopers as a genuine threat.
Okay, I guess if you insist – Chewbacca is the lovable Wookie smuggler and Rebel hero from Kashyyyk, a beautiful forest planet. Helping to save the galaxy with his best friend Han Solo, Chewbacca, like almost every other inclusion on this list, has become a staple in modern culture, and everybody knows exactly who Chewie is whenever they see him on screen, somebody cosplaying as him, or when he turns up in animation, not to mention his ferocious roar. You cannot help but want to give this big bastard a hug.
The word ‘iconic’ can easily be applied to so many aspects of Star Wars, whether that be the characters, plot-points, vehicles (we’ll come to those in a moment), or planets; In this case we’re talking about the most iconic planet in the entire series: Tatooine. Birthplace of both Anakin Skywalker, and his son Luke, this (almost) desolate sand-dune of a planet serves as the very first planet we saw in the Star Wars saga, unless of course you only got into the series after the release of the prequels, in which case I imagine you saw Naboo first. We have returned to this planet time and time again throughout the first six movies, and I have no doubt that we will see it again before the new trilogy is through, though it may have been replaced by Jakku. We’ll have to wait and see.
My very first article for this website was about the greatest dinosaur moments in the Jurassic Park movies, so you’re goddamn right I remember Jurassic Park! When I saw this movie as a child I became hooked on dinosaurs to the point of obsession, just like many along with me. The Brachiosaurus, the raptors, the T-Rex! Ah man, the T-Rex. Oh aye, and by the way, if you haven’t read the book, please do so – you will not regret it.
Seriously, the ship and fighter designs for Star Wars are nothing less than spectacular. These compact, one man fighters are instantly recognisable to even those of you that do not like the Star Wars franchise. I love the sound these things produce during flight, it’s as recognisable as the craft itself. Throughout both the canon and the ‘legends’, multiple variations appeared of the TIE-Fighters, such as the TIE-Advanced x1, and my personal favourite – the TIE Interceptor. Regarding the updated model of TIE-Fighter for The Force Awakens, I actually really like the design, though I would’ve loved to have seen a bit more evolution and variation in the overall look of the fighter – Where were the TIE-Bombers, the Interceptors, the TIE-Defenders? Ah well, just a tiny nitpick in an otherwise tremendous film.
Star Destroyers are my absolute favourite class of ship in the Star Wars universe. They seem so complex yet so incredibly simple at the same time, and who could ever forget that very first opening shot from the Star Wars franchise? The Tantive IV attempting to outrun the “Devastator”, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, as the Star Destroyer itself slowly looms towards its pray from the top of the screen, it was so good. But even better, when we reach The Empire Strikes Back, we see these colossal beasts dwarfed by a rather special Star Destroyer – the Executor, Darth Vader’s personal flagship of Darth Vader himself. It was so fuckin’ immense!
Of course you remember Jeff Goldblum he’s fantastic. Who would ever possibly not remember or love Jeff Goldblum? The man is a US national treasure!
And that there, my good people, is a bloody good list of some wonderful memories. Did you enjoy our stroll down memory lane? I sure did. Those lovely little Memberberries do bring back some great memories (just make sure you don’t get a bad bunch, seriously). Once the current season is over (or maybe during the next break if there is one, we’ll see), we’ll return with another nostalgic trip for you good people out there. I hope you had a good time reminiscing as much as I did.