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[sticky post] MASTERPOST [Sep. 21st, 2015|10:39 pm]
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Welcome to the Eerie, Indiana community on LiveJournal! Thank you for stopping by, and congratulations on your excellent taste in kids’ TV from the early nineties.

This post will eventually contain links to all the fanworks, challenges, prompts, memes, series rewatches, character discussions, episode discussions, interesting interviews or news articles, and everything else you might need to know about the Eerie fandom in general or eerie_indiana in particular.

It is currently unfinished and likely to remain a work in progress as this fandom is amazing and creates new fanworks faster than I can tag or index them.

In the meantime, I suggest you check out our "fanworks" and "comm event" tags to see what is on offer. Consider starting with a trip to Better Weird Than Dead: An Eerie, Indiana Fic Fest, a quick look at the information below, and maybe working up some tasty fandom treats of your own?

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Comm Events: Rewatch 2015
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Comm Events: Hocus Pocus Halloween Rewatch 2015
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Comm Events: 25th Anniversary Rewatch 2016
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Fanworks: Fic

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Mike K reviews Mr Chaney [Dec. 5th, 2016|01:11 pm]
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It makes sense that there would eventually be a werewolf episode, what with this show’s love of classic horror movie nods - here the title character’s name is of course a nod to Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man, and there’s also mention of The Howling (Joe Dante has directed a few episodes, but not this one). I also detect just the tiniest bit of The Wicker Man in the plot as well: Every 13 years, Eerie sends a Harvest King out to the woods to find the “Eerie wolf”, which will bring the town plentiful crops and “lower taxes”, and this Harvest King has a tendency to disappear. Marshall is chosen as the new Harvest King (Dash-X overhears a plot to fix it so he’d win the raffle, so he fixes it so Marshall will win instead). Marshall is sent with Mr. Chaney to find the wolf, and of course, Mr. Chaney is the wolf. Apparently they’ve just been sacrificing people to Chaney so he doesn’t run rampant on the town instead.

While the episode still keeps with the show’s largely tongue-in-cheek tone, it also doesn’t ignore the unsavory fact that the town is letting a kid get eaten every 13 years just because it’s the easiest, most discreet way to deal with the problem. So surprisingly, this is the first episode with a “message” of sorts in a while.

Side Notes:

Dash-X isn’t constantly Nicholsoning it up, but it’s still there… Enough so that I fully support this theory. Oh, and this is the first episode where we get a good look at his hand markings, though you can also see them in The Hole In The Head Gang if you know what you’re looking for.

Mr. Chaney himself is none other than Stephen Root, which I didn’t realize until I looked it up. I enjoy his mannerism of always stuttering when saying the word “wolf”.

Twin Peaks comparisons must have been made while the show was still on the air too, hence Dash getting the line “Well, it sure ain’t the log lady”.
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Mike K reviews the Hole in the Head Gang [Dec. 5th, 2016|01:09 pm]
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This is the first episode to feature Dash-X, who’s going to become an important recurring character for the remaining five episodes. We don’t learn a lot about him just yet, just that he’s a young homeless amnesiac with a mysterious past. The plus and minus symbols on his hands that he named himself for aren’t even brought up, therefor the audience doesn’t actually know what to call him yet.

The plot actually starts out tricking the audience into thinking it’s going to be an episode about Dash-X, and therefor that he’s probably just going to be another antagonist of the week: Marshall and Simon go out to investigate a supposedly haunted abandoned mill, only to find that he’s been living there and faking the paranormal occurrences Scooby Doo style. But of course, because this is Eerie, the place does turn out to be haunted anyway - The rest of the episode gets decidedly more comical as Marshall finds himself forced to assist the ghost of an incompetent bank robber (played by Claude Akins, best known as Sheriff Lobo from B.J. and the Bear). Eventually Dash returns, helps resolve the plot, and quickly vanishes to return another day.

The silliness of the rest of the plot could be considered a little anti-climactic after the initial and still unexplained Dash-X hook, but this is actually quite a funny episode. Claude Akins is naturally perfect for this sort of role, and it does lead to some memorable gags.

Side Notes:

The other notable change this episode brings is John Astin replacing Archie Hahn as Mr. Radford, owner of the World O’ Stuff. Mr. Radford is a minor enough character that they could have gotten away with switching actors with no explanation, but they make an amusing gag out of this: It turns out that the “Mr. Radford” we’ve known up to this point is a compulsive impersonator, who tied the real Radford up in the basement and took over the store. The impersonator is dragged out of the store, but the real Radford won’t press charges because the impersonator was a great salesman and drove up business. Even better, Hahn then shows up as a teller at the Eerie bank, which only Marshall notices.

I didn’t remember Dash-X having such Jack Nicholson-esque mannerisms. Maybe it’s something they toned down for the rest of his appearances, maybe it was something I just plain didn’t get as a 12 year old (though I’m pretty certain I had seen Nicholson play The Joker by that point).

As a big fan of this show’s continuity nods, I love that one of the creepy moms from Foreverware shows up as a bank customer.
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Photo Five Picture Prompt [Dec. 5th, 2016|12:01 am]
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So, after a mobile phone video of a lighthouse in the rain prompted this awesome fic from lipstickcat, I thought we could use some picture prompts here at the Eerie, Indiana fandom. On the 5th, 15th and 25th of the month, I'll put up a post where we can share photos or pictures that evoke a sense of Eerie, and these can be used as prompts for fic or art or a poem or icons or whatever shakes loose.

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BonetheFish forum thread on Eerie, Indiana [Dec. 4th, 2016|10:58 pm]
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Love reading other people's memories
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Mike K reviews Tornado Days [Dec. 4th, 2016|01:06 pm]
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I like episodes like this one because they involve the community of Eerie itself a bit more: Eerie isn’t just a magnet for weirdness, it’s also supposed to be weird in and of itself, so it’s fun to see an episode once in a while where the plot is actually set up by the town’s strange customs. Here, the Eerie citizens are preparing a picnic and festival in honor of Big Bob, a tornado that approaches the town the same day every year. While the action mainly follows Marshall, Simon and quirky one-off adult character of the week Howard Raymer (Hey, it’s Matt Frewer of Max Headroom fame) in their attempts to head off the rage of the conscious tornado, we do get a lot of funny moments at the festival itself. I particularly like Syndi’s bizarre tornado-shaped dress and matching hair accessory, Elvis leading the town in singing “Nearer My God To Thee” when disaster seems imminent, and the fact that the World O’ Stuff is marketing battery powered fans as “Little Bob”. Come to think of it, the focus on the town as a whole and the fact that it’s one of the more humor-based plots makes this episode feel a lot like Pete & Pete with a slight supernatural twist.

Side Notes:

The hurricane effects and stock footage are pretty goofy, but in a way that adds to the campy b-movie appeal of the show.

I love that Marshall ends the episode with the inevitable cartoony wind-swept hair look.

According to the credits, Big Bob appears “as himself”.
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SkoolDays reviews Eerie, Indiana [Dec. 4th, 2016|12:47 am]
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This ultra-quirky sitcom was notable for any reasons. Not only did it place the family sitcom in a unique setting and situation, its sophisticated handling of its paranormal elements also paved the way for later non-sitcom shows like The X-Files and Roswell.
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SUNDAY CHALLENGE [Dec. 4th, 2016|12:01 am]
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Sunday challenge time. Today's prompt: untested
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Mike K reviews Marshall's Theory of Believability [Dec. 3rd, 2016|01:04 pm]
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This episode is a bit of a change of pace, as there are some plot-important supernatural happenings, but for the most part about something mundane: Namely, Marshall meeting and becoming disillusioned with a paranormal-investigating idol of his. Of course, because this is Eerie, Indiana, the hoax Professor Zirchon is planning happens for real, but that’s more in the backdrop, and the focus is instead on Marshall being disappointed, but ultimately learning that even when your heroes let you down, you shouldn’t stop believing in the possibilities that they represented to you.

Side Notes:

Few things in this show have made me laugh as hard as Bigfoot wearing a big pink bow on it’s head.

Even though he doesn’t do much in this episode, I appreciate it whenever Old Elvis shows up - here, he’s inexplicably shown as being in some position of power in the town, seemingly helping the mayor negotiate the price of a small UFO.

I just now realized that minor recurring character Sgt. Knight is played by Harry Goaz, best known as Deputy Andy Brennan in Twin Peaks.

Whenever an episode prominently features a one-off adult character, I’ve learned to comb through the actors’ imdb page with interest - they always seem to be a respected veteran film/tv actor who generally tends to not get starring roles. Here Professor Zirchon is John Standing, who I figured out I recognized from V For Vendetta.
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Empire Online reviews Eerie, Indiana [Dec. 2nd, 2016|10:56 pm]
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Empire Online reviews Eerie, Indiana
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