Recess portrays the lives of six fourth graders—popular and confident Theodore Jasper “T.J.” Detweiler (Ross Malinger, Andrew Lawrence), athletic Vince LaSalle (Rickey D’Shon Collins), tough girl Spinelli (Pamela Segall Adlon), gentle giant Mikey Blumberg (Jason Davis), genius Gretchen Grundler (Ashley Johnson), and shy new kid Gus Griswald (Courtland Mead)—as they go about their daily lives in a highly clichéd school environment at Third Street Elementary School.
A major satirical point of the show is that the community of students at school is a microcosm of traditional human society complete with its own government, class system, and set of unwritten laws. They are ruled by a monarch, a sixth grader named King Bob, who has various enforcers to make sure his decrees are carried out. The society has a long list of rigid values and social norms that imposes a high expectation of conformity upon all the students. Recess is illustrated to be a symbol of freedom—a time when children can express themselves and develop meaningful relationships. Most episodes involve one or more of the main six characters seeking a rational balance between individuality and social order. They are often defending their freedom against perceived threats by adults and school administration or social norms. The group’s leader, T.J. Detweiler, tends to have the most complete vision of this struggle, though even he has times when he inadvertently leads the group too far toward an extreme of conformity or non-conformity, and needs to be drawn back to even ground by his loyal friends. This interpretation is confirmed by the Cold War motifs found throughout the show. For example, Miss Grotke’s eccentric and activist attitudes (attributed to her belonging to the counterculture of the 1960s), is juxtaposed with the strict and conservative attitudes of her colleagues such as Miss Finster and Principal Prickly. The presence of government officials either confiscating objects for national security (Episode 37, “The Substitute”) or removing persons for thwarting authority (Episode 71, “The Spy Who Came in from the Playground”), serve as subtle reminders on the authority of the US government. Several references by the show’s characters convey the fraught political realities of the Cold War period. In Episode 85, “Here Comes Mr. Perfect,” Randall suggests blackmailing a student for being a supposed Communist, while in Episode 37, “The Substitute,” Mr. E demands a student write an essay on why it’s wrong to bully people, “unless it’s in the geopolitical interests of the United States.” Cold War themes are most seen in Episode 101, “The Secret Life of Grotke,” where Miss Grotke is suspected by the Recess gang as an anti-American spy due to her mysterious after-school life, as well as Episode 118, “The Army Navy Game,” where T.J. masquerades as a Soviet spy to bring Gus and Theresa’s military fathers to reconcile. The show’s introductory music, art design and style often evoked the feel of prison escape movies such as The Great Escape, and the playground hierarchy and school administration were often depicted in ways that paid homage to common themes in such films. Additionally, many episodes parody classic films such as Cool Hand Luke, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
This set is made with high quality paper, case and media. I have cleaned the files and upscaled them to 720p HD. The screenshots are taken from my 60” LCD TV playing on a standard Blu-ray player.
I included a bonus episode from the Lilo and stitch show that is a crossover episode with the recess team call “Lax”. Enjoy ????
The intro to this set does have some Russian text in it but it’s just text in the intro and the first seasons episode name but I provide a menu with the English names to all the episodes. The entire sets audio is in English the Russian is text only. There are no subtitles in this set. This was done cause I want to provide the high quality I possibly can. ????
There is a interactive menu to navigate to each episode easily with chapter skips within each episode.
Here is the episode list: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Recess_episodes
Standard Blu-ray player: This has the highest playback of all options. I recommend this option if available to you – please make sure your Blu-ray player is fully updated for the best playback experience.
PlayStation 3: I have tested my sets on my PS3, I have a generation 1 FAT model with a firmware of 4.43 and it plays fine. Remember that playback of PS3 is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
PlayStation 4: This has the highest playback of the PlayStation systems. Quality of playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you are currently on. Make sure your system is fully updated for the best playback.
Xbox One: Based on customers reports Xbox has the lowest playback of all game systems. There are some ways to improve playback by updating the system and making sure the Blu-ray app in the system has the newest update. Playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
All of this information is based on customer reports and personal experience. I would urge you to go through my feedback to see other customers experiences with playback. Many customers have had great success playing these on game systems. I put this here to be open and honest with you so you can have the best experience possible.
Running these Blu-rays on a video game consoles could result in playback issues based on all the information above.
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