74. “Now it’s ‘Mississippi Burning.'”

The episode:The Atomic Brain,” ep. 518

The riff: Observed by Crow as a car with a dead guy in the trunk drives around a backwater town. (Note: Sorry, I can’t post any video of this one, as the episode randomly isn’t online.)

The explanation: They’re referring to a 1988 film of the same name that starred Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman as FBI agents investigating the deaths of three civil rights activists in the deep south in 1964. I think the reference is solely due to the impression that these guys are about to dump a body somewhere and it’s in the country, but there may be more to this riff that I’m not seeing.

Novelty factor: Never heard of the film, but it sounds decent. The fact that R. Lee Ermey, Brad Dourif and Michael Rooker are all in it is intriguing. Anybody have a recommendation on whether this is worth seeing?


2 thoughts on “74. “Now it’s ‘Mississippi Burning.'”

  1. Yeah, it’s worth seeing. Not only for the stellar cast, but for the historic perspective. It’s scary that what is portrayed in the film was actually the norm in our country in the not-so-distant past.

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