I’m in a remarkably upbeat mood for several reasons today. The first item that made a day a bit brighter was a post from beverage maven Matt Hinrichs at Scrubbles.net announcing a new line of soda pop from the Pepsi Company that will eliminate the high fructose corn syrup from Pepsi-Cola (and I’ve only heard a rumor or two, but supposedly this corn syrup stuff is bad for ya) and replace it with good old-fashioned sugar. (Cowabunga, kids!) All seriousness aside, they do manufacture soda brands without the corn syrup but you either have to purchase or import it from Mexico (Mexican Coke, the beverage of choice of Lloyd at mardecortasbaja.com) or wait til’ Passover (Kosher Coke and Kosher Pepsi). The sugar-sweetened beverages—which are scheduled to come out around April—will be known as Pepsi-Cola Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback (or more than likely, Mtn Dew Throwback). I’ve tasted Mexican Coke and thought it worlds better than the Coke available here in the States (though I’m still pretty much a Pepsi man at heart) so I’m hoping the Throwbacks will catch on and become a permanent part of my grocer’s shelves.
In TV-on-DVD news, TVShowsOnDVD.com announces that Universal Studios Home Entertainment has awakened from their slumber and will release the third season of the classic medical drama Quincy, M.E. to disc June 2nd. For those of you who’ve also been asleep or living in a cave, it’s been four friggin’ years since the release of Seasons 1 and 2—and although I should probably be cross and send Universal to bed without supper I’m just glad they’re on the ball and are prepared (knock blog) to continue releasing this program’s remaining seasons on DVD. (Now, all we have to do is light a fire underneath them to finish out the 1967-70 run of Dragnet.) Good show, fellas.
Finally, as I was lazily glancing over some of the old material that I posted when Thrilling Days of Yesteryear was still being hosted by Salon Blogs, I noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve done any serial reviews (the last one was the 1946 Republic chapter-play Daughter of Don Q in August 2007). As fortuosity would have it, I recently picked up a pair of serials on DVD from AC Comics (they had a half-price sale) and since I already wrote about one of them (The Black Widow) back in 2006 I’ve decided to tackle the second, G-Men Never Forget (1948) beginning tomorrow and running each Saturday for the next 12 peril charged weeks. (I just love that title—it sounds like the result of what would happen if Douglas Sirk had tackled a cliffhanger.) G-Men has quite a reputation among some serial fans—others look at it and say “Feh…”—but you can judge for yourself.