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|Current music:||Coast To Coast AM---George Noory, WOC AM 1420|
If Anyone Needs To Be Smoking Pot Here, It's You
You know how much I love Susan Sarandon, so I don't have to tell you how sad and disappointed I am that they killed her off last night (The Big C Season 3 Episode 8: KILLJOY http://www.sho.com/sho/the-big-c/season/3/episode/8#/index). I'm going to tell you anyway, though, a little because you love it so much whenever I tell you anything, even when it's something you already know but mostly because it's a neat clean transition to Marlene.
She was the first one off the bus after it turned Joy into roadkill and she had been AWOL for far too long. And before I get too heavily into how Janet's (Well, she was technically Joy in this case but she'll always be Janet Weiss to me) death reminded me of all the great deaths from Dead Like Me (http://www.deadlikeme.tv/), I have to mention another great show that was the inspiration for every supernaturally twinged TV show from Bewitched all the way up to and including last night's The Big C: The Twilight Zone.
Rod sometimes gets credit for all he did but not often enough for my taste. And I could trace his inspirations---because just as Johnny Carson didn't invent the talk show (Steve Allen did but he didn't because you can trace it further back than the Tonight Show, which Steve created), Rod didn't invent scary thought provoking entertainment, he just perfected it---back through all the radio programs that were like TZ---Most notably The Mercury Theater---and beyond, back to the legends that predate even the printed medium but I can't because I don't have all day.
I barely have enough time to say how cool it is when dead people like Marlene come back and act as if they had never left in the first place and how doubly cool it is when they imply that the Afterlife is just what we always hoped it would be. If there is an Afterlife and whew, when it comes to topics we don't have time to get into, that one takes the cake.
So let's get back to Marlene and how her appearance means Janet...Or Joy, if you insist...can come back too and how important that is. Because I don't know about you but it doesn't matter if I'm writing, directing, producing, acting in or merely watching a TV show, I don't like the idea of signing a major star and then killing her off with no hope of getting her back after going to all that trouble to get her on the show in the first place.
That's just wasteful and wrong, whereas ghosts are green. I don't know where Al Gore was last night but I'm sure he stood up and applauded when Marlene stepped off the bus and said, "Some people miss the bus. Some people, not so much.” That was right after the bus bearing her picture on the front---That's the part that brought back Dead Like Me so vividly---struck and killed her.
So does that mean that Marlene is a Jason/Freddie like demented undead killer now? And will Joy discharge her court ordered postmortem community service (I'm certain there is no God but I'm just as certain that if there is an Afterlife, there is a huge unfair, ineffective and inefficient justice system attached to it because Jesus said, "It is on Earth as it is in Heaven") by counseling Sean through his breakup with Tim and Giselle and bringing Adam and Cathy and Paul back together?
I suppose Marlene will deal with Dave and Maxine...even though what Cathy did to them seems to be plenty enough to me. I don't know if you've ever been forced to strip to your underwear at gunpoint in the middle of nowhere in Minnesota in the wintertime and then be abandoned but it is no fun. So I've heard.
And it seems to me that it should be adequate payback for any sin you may have committed. But then I'm not a judge or jury and I've never been promised a baby that doesn't exist. So Cathy's opinion may differ from mine. Though I'll never understand how not getting a baby could ever be considered a bad thing.
Speaking of promised babies that never get delivered, I also wanted to talk about the neat clean way Selina's writers ended her little problem last night (http://www.hbo.com/veep/index.html) but I'm being told we don't have time for that either. And I suppose that also means that we won't be able to into everything that happened with Jackie and Hannah last night, too (http://www.sho.com/sho/nurse-jackie/season/4/episode/8#/index & http://www.hbo.com/girls/index.html).
That's a real shame because Maynard...Adam, if you're a stickler for unimportant details...and Hannah are getting more interesting than ever. But not nearly as interesting as Jessa and Marnie are getting. I wish we had all day to talk about them. But we don't and does it ever do any good to cry over space and time constraints? Probably not, so why don't we just end this gracefully and elegantly by quoting Selina, "A suck-up isn’t going to fix a fuck-up." I don't know what that has to do with anything but I like it.
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