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So, amid all the chaos that is the United States presently, there have to be distractions to keep us all sane. I do beading and cross stitch and both the husband and I have our entertainment.

In May, “Twin Peaks” is returning to television on Showtime and I am very excited to see how that’s going to turn out. I got The Secret History of Twin Peaks for Christmas and read it in two days and last night we started our re-watching of the ‘Complete Mystery,’ as the blu-ray package calls it.

I decided we should start with David Lynch’s prequel film, “Fire, Walk With Me.” I wouldn’t recommend starting with the movie to anyone new to “Twin Peaks” but since I’ve seen the show many, many (many) times, the film doesn’t have any spoilers for me. 🙂

The film has some truly freaky shit in it and some of it still scares me. Killer Bob (Frank Silva) may look like a normal, scruffy dude, but Silva’s performance always sends a shiver. Ray Wise, who plays Leland Palmer and is known as the Master of Crying in our house, manages to give a performance both sinister and pity-inducing. You can always tell when Bob takes over and Leland’s confusion and fear is palpable.

Literal Puppet
Literal Puppet

It is a shame that the film had to be reduced to its current running time as so many great scenes were cut. The blu-ray in the Complete Mystery set includes all of those scenes as bonus features, but I would love to see it all put together. The movie is enjoyable but it so often feels choppy and truncated – because it is.

My favorite Kiefer Sutherland Performance
My favorite Kiefer Sutherland Performance

And it’s always better to have more Bowie. As my husband pointed out, he even had his red shoes on and was ready to dance the blues.

Put on your Red Shoes and Dance on the Blue Carpet
Put on your Red Shoes and Dance on the Blue Carpet

Just don’t ask him about Judy.

Pertwee Awesomeness

Jon Pertwee is still my favorite Doctor (although I love all of them for their varied strengths and flaws) and here are a few examples of his awesomeness.

First – he taught us that reversing the polarity will fix anything. ANYTHING.Pertwee_reversepolarity

Second – he taught us that it was all about the journey, not the destination.

Pertwee_straightlineAnd third – his Doctor didn’t take crap from anyone. No matter how well-armed. I think our newer Doctors need a bit more of this, if you ask me.

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. For many “Twin Peaks” fans the film was just an added frustration, posing more questions than it answered. But for the rest of us it was another chance to delve into the dark and twisted life of a small town homecoming queen and her fellow townspeople.

In celebration of the anniversary, CoproGallery in Santa Monica California is hosting a group art exhibit of pieces inspired by the film.

Some are beautiful pieces of representational art:

...another one of Gordon's Blue Rose Cases
...another one of Gordon's Blue Rose Cases

Some are ingenious little sculptures:

"Laura? Don't go there."
"Laura? Don't go there."

Some are a bit more abstract:

The Owls are Not What They Seem
The Owls are Not What They Seem
"That gum you like is going to come back in style."
"That gum you like is going to come back in style."

And some are just downright whimsical:

Something to do while waiting for eternity...
Something to do while waiting for eternity...

For more information about the exhibit, visit the gallery’s web site.

Good…could’ve been great

First off, a site note: The site looks wonky because I’m in the process of redesigning. I’m testing different things out so things will keep changing until I’m happy.

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PrimevalFor the past few weeks The Husband and I have been watching the British science fiction drama “Primeval.” We had heard many good things about it and wanted to check it out. Despite the low picture quality via Netflix streaming we started watching.

The premise: All across the world (although primarily in Britain, apparently) anomalies have started appearing in all their glowy, crystally glory. Through these anomalies creatures from the past pop in and out. Each anomaly goes to a different time period and in the beginning there was no way to tell where they were, when they would open and where they would lead to.

A group of scientists lead by college professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) are assigned by the government to check out these anomalies, identify any creatures that escape and get them back through to their own time. In addition to this task, they have Cutter’s (believed-to-be-dead) wife popping in and out of anomalies wreaking havoc with the groups mission and their lives.

With this premise I could have really loved this show but sometimes I can barely tolerate it – and here’s why: for characters that are supposed to be so smart, they are so damned stupid.

After a deadly spore that is spread by touch is brought through an anomaly, any self-respecting scientist would approach the next anomaly with some kind of protective gear, right? Apparently not.

After deadly creature after deadly creature strolls through the glowing spheres, any intelligent human being would bring backup or at least wear protective clothing before getting near it, right? Wrong again!

And after going through an anomaly to almost die from an attack by a pack of ferocious, nasty, future beasties, the next time these geniuses went through the same anomaly you would think they’d bring along an army, wear copious amounts of body armor and carry more than a backpack full of stuff that they can’t reach without stopping and pulling it off first, right?

I think you get my point. For characters that are supposed to be the smartest in their field, they don’t learn anything. And it all comes down to lazy writing. If these characters behaved ‘in character’ it certainly would make the writers’ jobs much harder to get them into nearly-unsolvable situations. They only act smart when it fits the plot.

I like a good overall plot – and Primeval has that – but for me to really like (or love) a television series, the characters have to be strong or at least consistent. The 80’s are over – this kind of writing should not be making it to the air.

The ‘mythology’ of Primeval is strong and that is why I continue to watch it, but I often make fun of the characters as I do so – and not in a fun way. We watched the last episode last night (a new season is apparently planned) and when they walked through that anomaly without a shred of protection on their person other than their oh-so-stylish flannels and t-shirts I said, “They all deserve to die and I don’t think I’ll care if they do.”

That is not how a show should come off to a viewer, especially one aimed at sci-fi geeks who are notoriously loyal.

And when a major character dies – especially THE main character – I should at least think “Gee, that’s sad,” instead of . “Huh. Didn’t expect that. Oh well.”

That being said, I will continue to watch through Netflix but this is definitely not a series I will ever need to own.

Does it always have to be so dramatic?

This is the synopsis of an upcoming Doctor Who episode called “A Good Man Goes to War.”

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love Doctor Who but, quite frankly, I’m becoming a bit weary of the new series. I used to think it was just my intense dislike of Amy Pond (which hasn’t improved with the few episodes I’ve seen of her second season) but now I think I’m just getting really tired of the end of the world happening every freaking season.

The Girl in the FireplaceThis started back with Tennant’s last season. The entire planet Earth was moved to a different region of space. Then, Matt Smith’s first season ended with all of reality being completely rebooted. Now, there’s this Silence thing going on and we’re about to see the ‘Doctor’s darkest hour.’  How are they going to end this season? They’ve already rebooted the freaking universe. How do you top that?

It would be nice if the show runners could just back off a bit and let the Doctor have more adventures that don’t have the fate of the universe, the time lord race, the Dalek race, the human race or all of reality hanging in the balance. A few more “Girl in the Fireplace” or “The Unquiet Dead” episodes would be nice. And could we have a season-long story arc that doesn’t lead to utter destruction?

Oh, and while we’re at it, could we have a new companion that isn’t the most important person in the universe? God, that’s getting old, especially when the most important person in the universe is a narcissistic bitch in a micro-skirt.