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Trailers, Quotes and a 1998 Tape Tale

‘The 100’ season 3 promo

‘The Veil’ trailer
25 years after a cult committed a mass suicide at the behest of the leader (Thomas Jane), weirdness happens. Looks good!

Roasted and salted pistachios - good.
Lemon yogurt - good.
Orange brittle - yum.
Chocolate dipped honeycomb - okay.

Chanel 5 of ‘Scream Queens’ was in ‘Signs!

‘Tracy Ullman’s Show’ was terrible.

‘Millennium’ Quotes:
“Proved so inept they were mistaken for brilliant parodies.”

“Made Proust seem pallid.”

“Read by unsuspecting masturbators.”

“An out of work actor high on drugs beating up paparazzi because they wouldn’t take his picture.”

“Don’t be dark.”

“Dark gloomy brooders.”

“Evil incarnate can’t sue.”

“Cackling with snotty glee.”

‘The Guardian’ Quotes:
“He assumed a dark, brooding look - his best Brandon Lee impression.”

“Punished for asserting her innocence.”

“Told to build him a house like Tony Montana’s.”

“Psychologically coercive interrogation.”

“Stumbling into gutters and transvestite bars.”

“Value relativism.”

“Five crazed minutes.”

“Massive imposition.”

“Disinterest in him.”

“Narrative shred.”

“Breaking a raw egg into his mouth.”

“Social compliance.”


“Too hood.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Alarmed to find the mother absent from the family home and strangers present who were in no fit state to look after the children.”

“She told her husband that if he didn’t ring the woman in her presence and tell her it was over, he could move out.”

“Mirror back to you what is going on.”

“It becomes unsafe to give in,”

“They need to be right,”

“Both paid homage to but also constructively disrupted.”

‘The Daily Telegraph’ Quotes:
“Eel thin with the face of a starved child and the teeth of a pike.”

“A liking for bewildering obfuscation.”

“A cold, alienated quality.”

“Increasingly negative path.”

“No meaningful conflict.”

“Cultural vampirism.”

“She has as much insight into the human condition as a walnut.”

“Deeply personal significance.”

‘Irish Independent’ Quotes:
“Done utterly without artifice or irony.”

“Enduring brilliance.”

“Jaded, bloated, comfortably wealthy ageing rockstar who had waved goodbye to artistic relevance a long time ago.”

“Extremely odd vampire erotica.”

“A non-linear Gothic Drama hyper-cycle.”

“Relentless mantra.”

“Unfairly apportion.”

“Cryptic, defiant farewell.”

“Must have surely known what was coming.”

“His image changed almost beyond recognition.”

“Lacked ambition or bombast.”

“Cosmically audacious.”

“Damaged art-rock.”

“Torrid art-rock.”

“The ravages of a life often lived in the fast-lane.”

“Conceptually quite hard to swallow.”

“Made her look like a tarty mermaid-”

“It looked very trailer-park trash.”

‘The Times’ Quotes:
“He was not a man to show off his emotions.”

“The bones of the giant Dalmation pelican.”

“The most momentous, consequential thing you can do.”

“Prodigious cocaine use.”

“Grotty clubs.”

“A rock act, than a stripper.”

“Enforced obsolescence.”

“Fevered atmosphere of recriminations.”

“Awaken false hopes.”

“Ambiguous words of apology.”

“Scandalous scenes.”

“Psychological broadcasts.”

“Candlelit, grape-fruit-scented rooms.”

“Shriek the kind of perky inspirational mantras.”

“Incredibly uncompromising.”


“Prevailing moral prejudices.”


“Enhance interest.”

“Unannounced activity.”


“Middle-class conventions.”

“A pleasant idler.”

‘The Simpsons’ Quotes:
“Being at sea level gives him nosebleeds.”

“Surprised to see me at sea level?”

“Could you stop being creepy for just a minute?”

Cleared out a 1998 tape. It began with a ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ ep ‘Hooves & Harlots’ in which Gabrielle becomes an Amazon. There is 90s hair, fights and this was not credible. Then came a ‘Babylon 5 ‘ ep ‘The Illusion of Truth’ in which the crew trust the now evil ISN in a breach of the cultural fundamentals of sense. This looks cheap and low budget and the B5 crew are worryingly stupid. This ep was an irrelevance. Sheridan’s carefully calculated tantrums and misdeeds are awful but TPTB went to increasingly frantic efforts to hide it. Ivanova’s character is in stagnation and she has saucer-eyed reverence for Sheridan. Why are the clothes so very beige?

Then came an ‘X Files’ ep ‘The Beginning’ in which the show was teetering towards self-parody and was no longer gorgeously strange just on par with cheap drugget carpet. Finally there was a ‘The Pretender’ ep ‘Ranger Jarod’ in which Jarod gets some. There are useless flashbacks and nobody cares about Broots, Sydney and Miss Parker’s sonata of bewilderment and the long festering social wounds they caused. This was egregious.


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