Category Archives: television

SHTISEL, Robbery Episode

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/11/03/shtisel-robbery-episode/

I have some thoughts about the episode “Akiva’s Portrait“ (season one episode 7).

( SPOILERS)

In one key scene, a Haredim man sees all the various cash in Gitti’s apartment. He comes back a few minutes later with a stocking over his head and a box cutter in his hand. He attempts armed robbery against Gitti.  All Gitti has to do is yell at the robber passionately enough to get him to run away.

It is amusing enough that all she had to do was yell at him. He was armed with a sharp object and was ( presumably) physically stronger than her. But her passionate “mama bear” energy was enough to get rid of him.

What is interesting is that this is a TV show about a group of people who themselves never watch television.  None of them have TV’s in their homes.  I’m sure they know what TV is, and may have seen some bits of TV programs in their lives. But they don’t live in front of it like most Americans do.

The average “westerner” like most of us has seen dozens, if not hundreds or maybe even thousands of crime TV shows. Whether it was scripted dramas or documentary shows, there is hardly any kind of violent crime we haven’t seen or heard described in detail on TV. We have seen countless robberies and seen how the Police catch robbers, and the things ineffective robbers have done to get caught and the things clever, effective robbers do to get away with their crimes.

Although I hope none of us would ever DO any violent crimes, we know LOTS of ways to do do it.  If one of us sees a TV show or even just reads a newspaper story about a crime, we can see right away what they did right or wrong.

When that Haredim man came back with a box cutter, I could barely tell he even had a stocking on his head. Its 100% obvious who it was, it was the same guy from the previous scene.

If this happened in an average American neighborhood, the crook would have thought of dozens of ways to rob that money.

He wouldn’t come right back, he wouldn’t wear the exact same clothes… he would have come up with a better disguise than just a stocking ( and where would a Haredim man even GET a woman’s stocking? Haredim women don’t wear those do they?) .  

He might have waited outside the apartment a while to see if the women had left, or would have thought of the dozens of other criminal techniques he had “learned” from TV. Gotten a better knife or gun…. and used much more violence and aggression, something else “learned” from western TV.

 

planks constant, stranger things

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/07/11/planks-constant-stranger-things/

Don’t lie, you googled plancks constant after seeing Stranger Things Season 3

 

you probably misspelled it…

 

its is plancks  not planks

 

its is

6.626070150(81)×10−34

 

 

http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/P/Planck%27s+Constant

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_constant

 

 

and oh yeah:

if you called the phone number that you saw on Murrays Rotary Dial number 6186258313   you would hear:

 

 

PS:

Muppet Verse?

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/06/17/muppet-verse/

Random Sesame Street thought(s)

We can assume that The Sesame Street characters and The Muppet Show characters live in a shared universe. After All, Kermit the Frog is in both right? And they were both (co) created by Jim Henson, right?
Big Big showed up on The Muppet show in the 70’s.


Did any of the other Sesame Street characters show up on the 70s Muppet Show? Did they show up on any of the other later Muppet TV Shows? I know Big Bird has a cameo in the first MUPPET MOVIE:

And (almost) all of the Sesame Street muppets show up in the wedding scene of “THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN.” ( 1984)

And there is the marvellous “Muppet Family Christmas” ( 1987) With most of the muppet characters interacting with Sesame Street Characters and the Fraggles!

But here is a thought that is buzzing around my head:
I’ve always assume that the Muppet Theater is supposed to be somewhere in New York City. They never said that, I just assumed its in some weird off Broadway theater where vaudeville never died. And its NOT a TV show to THEM…. its a live weekly vaudeville show….. we never see TV cameras in the Muppet theater do we? They maybe did that on later versions of the Muppets but that wasn’t in the 70s original was it?
If they’re in a shared universe, theoretically Miss Piggy could leave the Muppet theater and walk down to Sesame Street and get something at Hoopers Store…. and interact with the other Sesame Street denizens, right?
BUT….
On the Muppet Show Miss Piggy says to Big Bird : “Aren’t you on that cute childrens show with the puppets?”
So that means that within the world of the Muppet Show, Sesame Street is NOT REAL but it’s just a TV Show and Big Big is just an Actor on the show. So perhaps Miss Piggy could travel to the TV studio where they shoot the show, but its not real.
And in the Muppet Movie, Big Bird tells Fozzy Bear ” I’m going to New York City to try and break into Public Television!” So again, this shows that Big Bird is an ACTOR on a SHOW called Sesame Street, The Street itself isn’t real to the Muppets.
Which brings up other thoughts….
On the original Sesame Street that I grew up on in the 1970’s …. Kermit the Frog was not ON Sesame Street. He was a TV newscaster in skits on almost every episode… but he was never ON the street was he? Did we ever see Kermit talk to Big Bird, Oscar, the Humans or any other characters? The same with Grover, Bert & Ernie and the Count. Grover was only seen in the restaurant with the rude customer and sometimes with children. Bert & Ernie were only ever seen in their apartment…. we never saw them outside it did they?

The Count was only ever seen in the room of his castle, never ON the actual Sesame Street was he?
I saw them all together in the movie “Elmo in Grouchland” but that’s not the same as seeing them on the show. Do they show them all together on the TV show now?

And then theres THIS, proving that Sesame Street is in the Star Wars Universe:
RD-D2 and C 3PO visit Sesame Street.

 

https://www.sesamestreet.org/

https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074028/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079588/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Elmo in Grouchland  on imdb.

Muppet Family Christmas   on imdb.

 

 

Storage Wars with Steven Mango

mattkprovideo.com/2019/04/12/storage-wars-with-steven-mango/

Storage Wars with Steven Mango

Steve Mangos IMDB page:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3571017/

His web site:

http://www.stevenmango.com/

One of several web articles about Steve Mango:

https://tonyortega.org/2016/08/25/steven-mango-who-appears-in-theroux-film-calls-police-to-scientology-facility-over-assault/

https://www.instagram.com/stevenmango/?hl=en