Hey Tumblr folks - just floating this to see if there’s enough interest to justify doing it. I’m thinking of doing a short-run Patreon for reviews of Season Eight of Doctor Who. Would be straightforward: $1 per review, with some rewards throwing out free ebooks for every hundred backers. So basically, every week you give me $1 and I send you an episode review, with the whole season costing $12.
Be so kind as to just hit “like” on this if you’d be interested. Thanks.
i will see your “like” and raise you one reblog.
Episode One, Part Twenty.
This bit of FEELS is based on an actual exchange between me and my friend Sean. While watching a dude freestyle in the dorms lounge before classes had even started, we both independently had the thought “so this is college.” Which was funny, because this night proved to be nothing like college turned out to be at any point. Also because thinking “so this is college” to yourself is soooo silly.
Make sure to read this coming thursday’s FEELS for the punchline to the “college” joke.
ANNOUNCING (the poster for) BRAIN FRAME 19 :: 3rd Anniversary and Grand Finale! This 5-color screen print will be on sale for just $15 at the show. Designed by Lyra Hill and Lillie West.
Saturday, August 9th, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St. Ages 17 and over.
TICKETS :: $12 advance // $15 at door
Arrive early to soak up live experimental ambient music, sign Yearbooks, worship at the Death Altar, and commune with the Brain Oracle. Stay late to dance into the bright future, full of unseen wonders. Brain Frame forever.
6PM - 8PM :: Pick up your Yearbook and collect autographs! Buy Brain Frame posters and comics! Explore interactive art installations in opera boxes. Contribute to a “reality TV show.” Featuring performances and installations by:
Efrén Adkins and Colleen Allen
Will Bishop and Grace Needlman
Flux Bikes (Rob Frye)
DJ Pluto (Ben Marcus)
Emma Rand, Brad Rohloff and Lillie West
8PM - 10:30PM :: Watch the most incredible, ambitious Brain Frame ever. Featuring performances by:
Jessica Campbell and Aaron Renier
Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky
Emily Hutchings and Ian McDuffie
and live accompaniment from Tyson Torstensen
10:30PM - 1AM :: Hang out, dance, party!
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! LAST CHANCE EVER!
Please come, I will only ask once (jk i will keep asking.)
Back with a bang tomorrow.
I have fond memories of watching DB an Moby perform this on tv, and wondering what name theyd spell out in the bridge, and being confused when they spelled out “B L A C K,” because i hadnt yet heard the original.
Episode One, Part Nineteen.
yeah these are nice though (btw point of fact theres a print of yrs on my bedroom wall it is a constant conversation piece)
memories of the struggle, 2011-2014
You know the worst and cruelest thing about the phrase “Volume One?”
The word “two.”
(Can’t wait to read it.)
rip chris’ desire to hear “dont sit down”
alright — time to add Jerry O’Connell’s real-life/mediocre actor of a brother to the team of SLIDERS
He might not be a great actor, but at least Colin was interesting. Not like Maggie. Her entire character was sex appeal.
Whoops, sorry I turned this into a Maggie bash.So apparently Sabrina Llyod (Wade) Thought the same thing, and started not getting along with the people in charge, and they ended up writing her off the show in that really disgusting way (Trapped at a Breeding camp, aka, getting raped every day) and I just think that is fucking awful.
Oh definitely. I think that was the producers way of saying thank you to Sabrina for her years of service to the show. Keep in mind that producer was David Peckinpah so honestly I didn’t expect anything less from him.
Let’s back up. Obviously Peckinpah’s handling of Wade was atrocious, and forced the show into damage control mode because of one line he thought was “funny.” The only reason we even had the episode “The Dying Fields” is because of one throwaway line of dialogue. Peckinpah is a capable action-television director. He’s even fine as a writer, from a plot standpoint (“Murder Most Foul” is a highlight of Season Three, deal with it.) But dialogue and especially humor was never his strong suit. And exceedingly unfortunately, that weakness often resulted in casually sexist garbage.
As for Colin— Charlie O’Connell has an extremely limited range. That’s inarguable. But the problem doesn’t really lie with him— it lies with a production team that is unwilling/unable to write scripts that play to the strengths he does have.
Marc Zicree understood this range— just look at “O Brother Where Art Thou” and then “Slidecage.” “O Brother” has Colin played slightly slapstick, the “bumpkin in the future” cliché. Which could have been fine, but Charlie doesn’t really play it well. He plays it too camp, which ends up being egg in his face.
But in “Slidecage,” he gets some of the only real meat in the episode— he gets a speech where he talks about everyone in his family dying of flu. And it’s brilliant. Charlie O’Connell can do quiet rage. That’s where he’s best. Quietly burning against the injustices of the universe. But no other writer than Zicree ever tries to work with that, so Colin ends up this eternal nimrod, and Charlie just can’t elevate the character past it— that isn’t where his strength lies.
Maggie, though. Maggie is the most underappreciated character on the show (outside of Mallory, who is actually awesome.) Yes, her character in season three was awful. She was mean, and terrible, and the worst, and not actually a real human being.
But the show veered away from that immediately. Production worked really hard to make Maggie into a workable character, without straying too far from her original concept. And it worked. By Season Five, Maggie is a good person, with a clear set of motivations and internal struggles. And the staff, way more often than not, writes Maggie towards Kari Wuhrer’s strengths. She too is limited. When the show writes her as the action hero they thought she wanted, it’s silly. But when the show gives us stories that follow up on her recently deceased husband, she really sings. It gives Kari something more to do than just quip.
And yes, often the show would occasionally try to steer Kari back towards “sex appeal.” But it is to the everlasting credit of the production team that the sexist trash of “The Breeder” never ever fucking happened again. They knew they had more than just a pair of 18-34 demographic-baiting breasts.
Sliders is an extremely flawed show. It’s a show that’s worth reading too far into sometimes. Amidst the ample garbage, there’s gold.
Ian McDuffie and Emily Hutchings offer this preview to their performance, a conversation about the Self, at Brain Frame 19, our 3rd Anniversary and GRAND FINALE on Saturday, August 9th. Tickets available HERE.
Episode One, Part Sixteen.
"everyone go hang out with each other"
This time we are joined by special guest Nicolas Menard. In this episode we talk about The Social Network, Girl with the Dragon tattoo, Newgrounds, animation film festivals, and social media in general. Thanks for listening!