Joshua had a Millennium question. Cool!
There was an episode where a woman is drugged, and we get this whole hallucinating dream of hers before she dies, set to a song, and it lasted at least six, seven minutes. As long as the song!
And it was far out, dude. It totally freaked me out, and was by far one of the best things I'd seen on television, definitely the most risky, because she wasn't going through something pleasant, but whoa.
I remember thinking at the time - Whoever chose to do that has got some serious sack!
So now for my question.
What was the episode, what was the song it was set to, and how was that particular creative choice made, was it the writer, the creative producer, etc?
Serious sack. Heh. The episode was the season two finale, "The Time Is Now." Lara Means, a visionary like Frank Black, goes insane for an entire act to Patti Smith's "Horses." This was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, either; this was planned out earlier. I know because we chose a Patti Smith song for an earlier episode and Glen Morgan said he was going to make Lara go insane to "Horses." Go here for a bit more on it. I loved the sequence. The whole episode showed the world of Millennium just falling apart. I thought it was quite a risk; the kind you don't see very much on TV these days. Glad it stuck with you!
A comment from Crystal:
I didn't know that Huckabee snuck in. Thanks for telling me. I'm just happy that my candidate proved that he was the friend to unions he says he is... former Senator John Edwards, who joined the picket line at NBC Universal in LA, and in NY... and from what I was told by someone on the line, John had appeared at the picket lines more than the twice I knew about.
A friend of mine, who's a Democrat more than for a specific candidate yet, I think, came out with me to the John Edwards-attended rally, but she was telling later about a trip Obama made afterwards -- and I said, did he come out to the picket line? Her excuse was that he was only there for a day. Well, for me, coming for your fundraisers and not coming out to the writers on the line says something to me and my vote.
Interesting the difference between Huckabee sneaking in and a debate being cancelled because Edwards said he wouldn't cross the picket line and then Obama and Clinton echoed him.
It's funny how low the bar is now. If a candidate doesn't sneak past a picket line to appear on a talk show, he should be a front-runner. I'm right there with you on Edwards, although I'm afraid that the best he can do is to probably be a king-maker. As for the Huck, his recent statement about changing the Constitution to reflect the "word of God" made me wonder if he's just fucking with everyone.
2.) That commentary on the NetGen'ers is one of the smartest things I have ever read, bar none.
I'm so glad to hear that! This is something I really believe in. Maybe one day, when I'm a rich, powerful fuck, I can make some internet TeeVee and put this into practice.
Of course if you asked most of the moguls, they would identify themselves as liberals.
They would, indeed. We've seen them proudly driving their Priuses. Makes me want to flip one over, with Katzenberg in it. I suppose we must describe them as socially liberal and fiscally conservative, although I know people like that and they would never treat people the way the moguls are treating all of Hollywood.
Cameron, thanks very much! I appreciate it. Hold the line, and hopefully we'll all come out okay.
As for Maher, Mazin, Leno, Carson Daly, and all the rest of those secret scab writers to cowardly to pull a Ridley, I hope they all rot in Hell.
Apparently, people don't like it when the "free speech" shoe is on the other foot. More on that below. But I'll clarify the issue I have with the people who are speaking out. My problem isn't that they disagree with the leadership, or think things should have been done differently, or think that there are witch hunts within the guild that are attempting to quash dissent. They are members of the guild, speaking out in public during a seriously delicate time. They do not believe that this requires sensitivity, or that this should be a discussion best had amongst guild members. The insinuation that inevitably follows is that those of us who aren't speaking out, or who wish they were keeping it in the family, were led astray by the Big Bad Leadership. The extrapolation is that they know best, and the rest of us are fucking idiots who need to be taught. Having gotten that from virulent right-wingers, I recognize the tactic and I don't appreciate it. This isn't a question of being found right or wrong at the end of all of this. The ONLY issue is that the WGA get a fair deal.
I've been accused of being too angry, too threatening, too violent. There have been some pretty nasty, insensitive comments lately, and I know that there has been a peculiar outside focus on this blog as of late. I'm not inviting it, and I don't like it. Unlike others, I have no agenda other than to speak my mind. If you don't like it, go start your own blog. A blog is as fluid as, say, a labor movement. Think of it as a journal. I write what I feel and think at the time. It's easy to go back, read something and go, "Huh. Did I REALLY think that?" But that's a part of blogging, if you're honest about it. I'm not about being calculating here, or anticipating how somebody's going to react. Because obviously, why on Earth would I welcome these comments?
I'm not part of a faction, or a cabal, or any other evil secret society that's out to undermine the "opposition," whatever THAT is. I'm not trying to make any statement here, aside from what I'm thinking and feeling and seeing. I don't give a shit about the politics. I'm nobody's patsy. There are more important things at stake here, and there are a lot of people who are becoming enmeshed in petty squabbles and are losing sight of the goal. Which, if it's slipped your mind, is a fair deal.
It's no secret that I support what we're trying to achieve, and I support the leadership. If you're confused as to why, it's because I strongly believe that their only goal is to get us a fair deal. If I see somebody undermining that, either on purpose or not, it's going to piss me the fuck off. And I'm going to say so. Why is it okay for these dissenters to speak out and say the rest of us drank the Koolaid, but it's not okay for me to get everloving pissed about basically being called a cult member? And when you come off the picket line at nine in the morning, after fucking freezing for three hours, there is going to be a reaction to this shit.
Just in case the above is too wordy for some, I'll boil it down. I am obviously NOT going to punch anybody in the heart. Because REALLY. It would hurt. I'm not a Mayan shaman. I don't have super shaman powers. And you'd think that writers, of all people, would get down with a little hyperbole. But ironies never cease, I suppose.
We all have our own interpretation of this strike. Most of us sacrifice, and we all do it differently. I'm detailing my own experience, and you don't have the right to tell me otherwise. If your experience is different, then that's how it is for you. I'm not going to get bogged down in semantics. I don't read Nikki Finke or Craig Mazin, but snippets of their blogs (and they are BLOGS, not NEWS SOURCES, for Christ's sake) keep showing up elsewhere. If what they say bothers me, then it does. And I won't apologize for it. If I complain about someone here and they're hurt by that, or just fucking pissed off, they should let me know. If you post something on a public site, people are gonna read it. They will either like what you say, or they will disagree. If you act like you're the king of everything, I suppose it stands to reason that when people disagree with you, that's gonna bring you up short. But that's not my problem.
But this site wasn't intended as a bully pulpit for or against the strike. It just happens to be what's for dinner now. But like I said in another post, I'd like to talk about other things, too.
So I won't be responding to any more comments having to do with what an asshat I'm being about the strike. It's boring for everybody reading. Besides, I'm the one on strike, so nobody has the right to tell me how I should behave or what I should think. I already know how to behave -- like me, not like somebody's mouthpiece. Anonymi, that means you. Tim, that means you, too. Think whatever the fuck you want. Post whatever the fuck you want. I'll approve the comment. But I won't respond to it. This does not, by the way, mean that anyone else who wants to take the assholes on in comments shouldn't do so. By all means, feel free.
There's nothing more irritating and maddening than a concern troll going, "There's so much anger here. Everybody needs to calm down." You know what? You're just talking to yourselves, hepcats. So I invite you to be honest. Go ahead and say you're frustrated, and angry, and scared. Let's bond over that feeling of uncertainty, regardless of you feel about the leadership or the way the strike has gone. It's a lot healthier than faking a concern troll, isn't it?
I've said this over and over again, and I've had people slam me for it, but I don't care if or what deal the DGA gets. Unless it's a good deal (and it'll probably be different from what I personally want) for the WGA as a whole, then fuck it they shouldn't sign.
It seems simple, doesn't it?
I'm sure that by now, everybody has seen the tentative DGA deal. You may have seen the John Wells letter. Before the deal was announced, does anyone remember the hue and cry from the concern trolls? "Let's look at it first. We can't make any decisions until we see it. YOU RADICALS WHO EXIST EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T PROVE IT, YOU'RE RUINING EVERYTHING!" Remember that? Now that the deal has been announced, these self-same folks are declaring that it's a great deal and we should take it. With no sense of irony or shame whatsoever, I might add.
Now the groups are mobilizing!! Factions are forming!! The showrunners are pissed and want the deal! Those out of work want to stay on strike!! The feature writers want to make their movies! Except for a few of them! They want to stay on strike because they can afford it! The directors gave away the internet!! No, no -- IT'S A GREAT DEAL! We can revisit the internet later!! Are you high?? No we can't! THEY'RE LYING TO US! Shut up! They are not!! Yes they are. What about the free streaming?
Here's the reality, gentle readers.
1. This is not our deal. It's the DGA deal. The DGA hasn't even presented it to their membership.
2. The WGA NegComm hasn't even looked at it yet. They are making no recommendations until that time.
3. It may be a decent deal. It may suck. But it's never going to be the perfect deal we wanted. It's also not going to be the perfect deal the AMPTP wanted. Why? IT'S A NEGOTIATION.
4. Because this isn't our deal, there are elements of a WGA contract that aren't gonna be in a DGA contract.
5. Nothing anybody says at this point is going to make a Goddam bit of difference. Why? See #2.
Calling for the WGA to accept or reject a deal that ISN'T EVEN OURS is laughable. So here's a thought: take the fucking weekend OFF. Everybody. Just go do something else. There's nothing you can do. I understand where we all are right now. This is actual information, which we haven't had in weeks. There's something to chew on and by God, we're gonna chew on it. It would be lovely if we could chew on it in private, but hey, apparently I am the only person who feels that way.
I am not commenting on this deal one way or the other until I hear from the NegComm. And I don't know if I'll "drink the Koolaid," as a "moderate" so helpfully put it. There are things I'll look for, and then I'll weigh those things against the bleeding obvious -- do I think this is the best deal we can get? It really comes down to just that.
I have one thing in this world that I want right now -- to make a living doing the thing I love. For the slow ponies in the field, that would be writing. This has become a lot fucking harder lately, and the strike made it even more difficult. I get to be pissed off. I get to worry about whether or not there will even be television after all of this, and then whether or not I'll fit into the new paradigm. There are, hopefully, going to be great opportunities in other arenas. So maybe next time, I'll muse about the thing I suck at more than anything else -- creativity in self-promotion. Seriously. You have no idea how much I suck at that.
Or maybe I won't, because that's just too depressing to talk about. There are other comments I'm going to get to in another post because once again, look how LONG this is!
And lemme know if y'all like the new format.
np - Hope of the States, "The Lost Riots." Of course.