‘Mother’ lovers of course know that “Robin Sparkles” (Cobie Smulders) was Robin Scherbatsky’s stage name as a teen pop star in Canada. In previous installments, we met Miss Sparkles through her actually catchy “Let’s Go To The Mall” music video, then learned of her ill-fated romance with James Van Der Beek via “Sandcastles In The Sand.”
This time around, we lay witness to ‘Space Teens,’ an educational-ish kiddie show that costarred “Robin Sparkles” and her onetime BFF “Jessica Glitter” (played by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger). The catch is that, viewed in retrospect, the gals’ out-of-this-world adventure comes across as double entendre-laden porn.
Perhaps testing the limits of what can be done on television at 8 o’clock, we see Robin and Jessica tugging suggestively at a videogame controller as space commander Alan Thicke eggs them on. And then there is the ‘Space Teens’ theme song – “Two Beavers Are Better Than One,” which is intended as an innocent homage to Canada’s national symbol.
Indeed, the turbulence-induced jiggling the girls do in this preview clip is wholly tame compared to what else the episode serves up:
I’m a huge fan of “Robin Sparkles” and how her not-so-great exploits in the Great White North poked good fun at Ms. Scherbatsky’s Canadian origins while simultaneously parodying 1980s music videos.
The ‘Space Teens’ mission falls short, however. Missing a chance to lampoon kiddie “edutainment” shows (and all but abandoning clever riffs on Canadian culture), it instead goes out of its way to set up broad and heavy-handed porno dialogue. I believe I preemptively groaned the instant I saw Alan Thicke enter a scene toting two pieces of wood.
Will you give Robin Sparkles’ latest appearance a look-see?