November 1, 2007

Playing with Power

Filed under: Halowe[']en — tomemos @ 11:12 pm

If it’s November, it must be time for me to blog about my Halloween costume. I went as Captain N, the Game Master, star of a half-hour cartoon commercial for Nintendo that aired on Saturday mornings in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I never watched the show, and honestly had forgotten all about its existence until a friend mentioned that it was available on Netflix. So Julie (who did watch the show, I’m just saying) and I rented it, and, well. Hmm.

Here’s a test to do when you’re considering renting a cartoon you remember from your childhood: do you have a single positive memory about watching that show when it was first on? If not, stay far away: that show is too terrible even to be funny, and it even doesn’t feature the toy ads which were half the reason you were watching in the first place. We made the exact same mistake by renting the Legend of Zelda cartoon one night and watching it with a friend. Between the three of us we couldn’t come up with enough jokes to make it worth it.

But nonetheless the guy’s hair looks like mine (visual reference here), so that’s what I went as. More Halloween ’07 photos are available at my long-neglected Flickr account, including the glorious sun and the three different people playing Hunter S. Thompson in I’m Not There, Either, the new Todd Haynes movie about Hunter S. Thompson.

As for next year, who knows. I enjoyed dressing up this year, including the usual quests to get the costume together—thrift store shopping, driving out to a used video game store in Torrance on the day of the party to buy the controller and gun, sewing on the N—but I can feel the enthusiasm ebbing out of me, and I can see myself being done with costumes by, oh, age 30 or so. What an early bloomer I am—that’s only seven years after I learned to drive!



  1. Man, that happened to me with Captain Planet. I was all excited when I found a site where I could watch all the episodes, and couldn’t get halfway through the pilot. Damn childhood.

    Comment by BWJ — November 3, 2007 @ 12:26 am

  2. 1. Captain N! YES! That show came on after Mario Bros. and was the win. He went into the game, Tom. INTO THE GAME. The fact that I remember these things should get me into pop culture grad school without applying. You’ll back me on that, right?

    2. You cannot be done with costuming. Ever. Costuming is what separates us from the animals. When’s the last time you saw a bear dressed up as a slutty nurse or a slutty Dorothy or a slutty anything? If it’s more recently than never, take pictures. There’s a market for bears in slutty costumes that we haven’t yet tapped. Rich, I tell you, RICH!

    3. I miss you and Julie and once we get rich off of the aforementioned bears in slutty costumes, I swear I’ll come visit.

    Comment by Cimorene — November 11, 2007 @ 12:47 am

  3. Oh man, what a great costume!

    Comment by Ashfae — November 12, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

  4. Very good costume.

    Comment by Luin (Power Ranger Halloween Costumes) Fionekasy — October 14, 2008 @ 10:46 am

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