The Gweeb Files
By Aris Janetakos|
speculate where or what town Kids Incorporated took place in? Whose garage
they in actuality practiced in? Or where all these doors really led to? I
thought it was about time to actually have some of these questions answered
instead of relentlessly brooding them year after year. You must think I have
a lot of time on my hands writing this editorial instead of doing something
more practical. Personally, this is one of the things I have wanted to pen
for quite some time as these questions are constantly asked to me. This
editorial will be broken up into several parts and released in installments.
Part 1: The Garage
It’s sort of funny how from the very creation of KIDS
Incorporated the acclaimed “Garage” was supposed to be Mickey’s, but through
the seasons it became other cast member’s garages.
In Season 1 the garage was Mickey’s (Jerry Sharell) and a lot
of time was spent in there. It appears that he lived somewhere in/near the
Magic Shoppe or the Coco Club, but we can’t really discern for sure. We
don’t even know where anyone lives on Kids Incorporated. The kids did a
number of songs in there such as Hindsight 20/20 and Cover Me.
Moving onward to Seasons 2 through 4 (1985-87), it was
now well thought-out to be Kid’s (Rahsaan Patterson) uncle’s garage. The
writers perhaps assumed that it was superfluous to explain the reasoning
behind this because of the viewer’s lack of perception. In the 1986 special,
Rock In The New Year, Stacy comes out of the upstairs door and finished
helping the Kid’s mom with the dishes. They were practicing numbers for
their big New Year’s bash and when Riley’s latest invention ruined the
inside of the P*lace, he asked the Kid’s uncle to use the garage. The only
thing that would even remotely make sense is that the Kid and his mother
live with Kid’s uncle. Would it be the Kid’s mother’s brother, or would it
be his father’s brother? Who knows, these are the kind of plot holes that
didn’t mesh well for continuity in the series.
Time marched on and we turn happily to Seasons 5 and 6
(1988-89) and there is no justification as to whose garage it is now. They
seemed to be practicing quite a bit in the garage as well as Connie
inventing a time machine, but at this time we don’t know whose it is or if
it was just turned into a jam room for KIDS Incorporated.
It wasn’t until Season 7 (1991) that it became Ana’s
(Anastasia Horne) garage. Ana was Robin’s (Love Hewitt) cousin on the show
and apparently moved into town and magically came into the band (as with
Robin in 1989). After Season 5 (1988), no episodes were geared to bringing
in new members they were just sort of ‘there’ and no explanation was given
of Stacy’s absence in Season 7 either. From season 7 until the last episode
in season 9, the garage was Ana’s.
The next part will cover the Magic Shoppe, Coco Club, and the Bookstore!