'Best Good Happy Sector Hour' was an unfortunate experiment in vidprogramming for juvenile citizens. The seemingly indestructable traitor Roy-G-BIV was only the most infamous of its legacies. While Best Good Happy Sector Hour was not the direct cause of the Toothpaste_Disaster, its impact on the mental stability of a generation of citizens can hardly be unrelated.
The animated program known as Best Good Happy Sector Hour was created after the Computer, in its benevolence, determined that epidemic bedwetting and other forms of undesirable leakage among juvenile clones might be related to stress. Best Good Happy Sector Hour was therefore designed to be maximally loveable and soothing. It featured the adventures of singing clones and day-glo bots in the fictional Best Good Happy Sector, and taught messages of loyalty and proper dental hygiene with repetitive sing-song themes. Each episode was seven minutecycles long.
Certain overzealous members of HPD & Mind Controls Special_Brain_Freshening_Unit_K, concerned that Best Good Happy Sector Hour might not reach mandated levels of soothingness and lovability, added no fewer than nine flavors of subliminal instruction, memetic retroviruses, and invasive neurolinguistic brainwashing to each episode. The result was a hyperactive psycho-cocktail that slammed through the brainmeat of Alpha Complex juveniles like a hot sledgehammer through Cold Fun. Best Good Happy Sector Hour was not only highly addictive, it triggered massive seizures and psychotic episodes in virtually every clone who watched it. (Episodes aired without the subliminals and neuroprogramming were found to cause 55% fewer episodes of murderous psychosis.)
After the Best Good Happy Riots were finally quelled, the program was deemed treasonous and all known copies were destroyed. But nobody could predict what would occur when a generation of former Best Good Happy Sector Hour addicts reached maturity and positions of responsibility in Alpha Complex. Until the Toothpaste_Disaster.
(Programming note: The All-New Best Good Happy Sector Hour Revue begins airing this Seasoncycle, every Twoday and Fourday at 07h15!)
Commentary: For the record, I used to watch it all the time while growing up and look at me! I turned out great!
Oooohhhh, we're all Alpha Complex vat inspec-tors...
And we love it here in Best Good Happy Sector...
All the 'bots are nice and shi-ny clean,
And our Ser-vice Firm is the opposite of mean!
Ooooh we love our Best Good Happy Sector...
Our home a-way from hoooommmeee!
Ah, yes. Remember that great episode where they're about to finally catch Roy-G-BIV but Butt-R-TOP messes it all up for everyone and then Bigg-Y-BUD chases him around the Vats while everyone else laughs?
Oh. Actually, now that I think about it, that was every episode.
Egad! Don't sing that theme song within earshot of those lower-clearance citizens, Brush-U! They're the right age to have watched the thing and they haven't had the yearcycles of corrective therapy you've had. You'll trigger an episode!
You see? They're gouging out their eyes with sporks. Can we get a scrubbot in here?
In defense of the Best Good Happy Sector Hour, I've found, in my short tenure as sector supervisor, that even the most simplistic depiction of Bigg-Y-BUD can induce feelings of nostalgia and well-being in the vast majority of clones of the proper age. Additionally, while the entire themesong has the, ah, unfortunate effect Don-U is describing, short snippets of it can produce mental looping and temporary obsession (well, usually temporary) in almost any clone familiar with it and without the corrective therapy.
It's proven useful.
Still, we'd better keep a close eye on the weekly IntSec filesharing reports; if The All-New Best Good Happy Sector Hour Revue leads to an upswing of Old Series Theme downloads, PLC could be hit by a spork shortage of epidemic proportions.
Interesting you should mention that. OAT sector has had a statistically improbable number of spork shortages over the last few monthcycles.