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Eerie, Indiana rewatch 2015: episode thirteen, Broken Record [Oct. 24th, 2015|04:00 pm]
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No-one understands you, no-one digs your dreams... put black shoe polish in your hair and crank up your Pitbull Surfers album, because it's time for... Broken Record.
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[User Picture]From: slinkhard
2015-10-25 11:04 am (UTC)
So this would have aired before the Dash reboot?

Anyway, I love this one, it's very much of it's time with the whole record urban legend base, but I think it has a stronger point to make than most.

I mean, there's semi messages to some episodes (I like the foreverware one as a counterpoint to the classic sitcom 'honey, the house is a mess!' bit, it's like a junior Stepford Wives) but generally they're spooky/funny rather than identifiable.
(Not to say it wasn't well-written, with depth.)

It's got a good balance with humour - I love how Simon, despite identifying with Tod, is almost a 50s sitcom kid himself in this episode, with the Carpenters obsession, and the 'Like go fishing!' bit. Tod is hurt and shows anger, Simon's desperately seeks approval and tries to be good.

It's interesting that Marshall reaches out to Tod in the same way he does Simon, asking him to dinner; but when they argue, his concerns are all 'Family is family', whereas it's Simon who notes that Tod's dad is 'going to kill him' and objects to the running away because of Tod's safety, not his dad's feelings.

It's also pretty dark for a kid's show, you get the feeling that Tod's dad has a bunch of issues - lots of rightwing fear with the 'commie liberal garbage' bit (although Marshall describes the Surfers as 'Nazis' - dunno if that's just in reference to the Butthole Surfers or whether they're supposed to be legitimately hate-fuelled. They did play Carnegie Hall, after all, lol.) and the drugs reference (pretty bare bones for a kid's show); but there's also a slight gender thing with the whole 'horror music - Tod's taking down his sports posters and missing practice!' Like how it's specified he might wear 'leather pants' and that it's his "mom's earring" he's wearing.
(I also get the feeling it just slightly bugs Mars, who's pretty corrective about norms - with Simon earlier and his 'we need to talk' re: his musical taste; and with Tod and how he 'can't even' rebel and how he's still the kid who got helped with his math homework. Like the idea of Tod posing with his hilarious 'I'm a headbanger, I don't fish!' bit annoys him in a way it doesn't Simon - I guess since Simon's no stranger to changing his image because he doesn't like himself.
Even Dash gets that sort of accusatory 'What's with the hair?!' comment off the bat. For someone who feels like a freak in Eerie, Mars is surprisingly conformist in some ways.)

The supporting cast are great too, that spooky part where the dad's just listening to himself... and the poor mom. And the dramatic cop! And finding out Syndi's full name (any link to the Tellers being Elvis fans and Elvis being their neighbour?) and even getting a sub-plot! Yay, 'Broken Record', lol.
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-11-01 02:29 am (UTC)
For someone who feels like a freak in Eerie, Mars is surprisingly conformist in some ways.

Yes! It's a part of his character that's brought to the attention of the audience in various ways more and less subtle throughout season 1, but not something Marshall himself is every explicitly forced to acknowledge or confront. Makes me wonder about what might have been in future seasons.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:35 pm (UTC)
It would be amazing if it had been allowed to continue to see if he ever got called out on it, and how the show would handle it
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:34 pm (UTC)
So this would have aired before the Dash reboot?

According to IMDB, this episode didn't first air til 93. I don't remember ever seeing it on TV myself, but there was a lot I saw on DSVD that I didn't remember from the first time around.

Tod is hurt and shows anger, Simon's desperately seeks approval and tries to be good.

Ooh, that broke my heart - we've literally just seen how angry and abusive Tod's dad is, and Simon's like, hey, if you make all the effort and reach out to him, maybe it will fix it. Like he puts all the onus for the father/son relationship on himself and Todd, not the grown ass men who brought them into the world.

It's interesting that Marshall reaches out to Tod in the same way he does Simon, asking him to dinner; but when they argue, his concerns are all 'Family is family', whereas it's Simon who notes that Tod's dad is 'going to kill him' and objects to the running away because of Tod's safety, not his dad's feelings.

and the drugs reference (pretty bare bones for a kid's show);

Yeah, it;s right there as well, no dancing around it

but there's also a slight gender thing with the whole 'horror music - Tod's taking down his sports posters and missing practice!' Like how it's specified he might wear 'leather pants' and that it's his "mom's earring" he's wearing.

Ooooh, this, so much this!

The supporting cast are great too, that spooky part where the dad's just listening to himself... and the poor mom.

The actor who plays the dad was amazing - every line he delivered was as hard to watch as a dad slapping his son, and he did it with his voice and body language

And the dramatic cop!

"Rats!" *puts gun away*

And finding out Syndi's full name (any link to the Tellers being Elvis fans and Elvis being their neighbour?) and even getting a sub-plot!

Riots at the bingo parlour! and the Tellers are all, isnt it great we have an Elvis impersonator just down the street! And Officer Derek, who is weepy and ridiculous and the perfect counterpoint to Sgt Knight!
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[User Picture]From: slinkhard
2015-11-02 09:21 pm (UTC)
I did watch it on TV (in the UK, tho, dunno if there was much of a delay from the US. I was in primary school, so '93, '94 sounds right.) Me and my friend had crushes on Omri Katz, lol. (Also, weirdly enough, we both remembered a part with Dash where Mars asks why his hair is grey, and he says 'You don't wanna know.' Which never happened. Dunno if we were writing nascent fic or are just really suggestible, lol.)
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-03 05:50 pm (UTC)
I vote fic writers in training!
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 10:42 pm (UTC)
This episode is so heavy. So good, though.

The moment when Tod's dad is like "This is what ruined my son" and then he hears his own words playing back is just...wow.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'll be honest, I skipped it til I knew we were doing Hocus Pocus and the Dash-centric episodes because I find this one really hard to watch and I needed something to cheer me up right after
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-11-02 08:39 pm (UTC)
that is very, very understandable
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-11-01 02:22 am (UTC)
I am finally catching up to this point in the rewatch.

This episode...I don't know. Even knowing exactly how it ends, it still gets me every. Single. Time.

Oh, dear. Simon’s taste in music. I picture lots of epic maneuvering to make sure Simon is never the one in charge of the radio on long road trips in the future.

“Does your dad know my dad? They could start a club.” Ouch.

I'm still not sure where on the timeline this was originally meant to air, but I know it was before Mr. Cheney, which means the McNulty's lost their farm during the time of prosperity (and low taxes) for everyone else, which somehow makes it seem extra rough.

I adore that Syndi gets not only some character development, but an entire subplot! It's a shame that this was not a trend that continued.

Syndi Marie Priscilla Teller. Love it.

I also love all the background details in this episode. The kid and the man with fishing poles who walk by at that exact point in the dialogue, the tuba player at the crash scene, the return of the twins.

“Todd, this isn’t some stupid song, this is the real world!” Yes, and when Marshall Teller accuses you of not dealing with the real world...

Yeah. Still one of the most powerful episodes.

Wish we could have seen Todd and family again.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:37 pm (UTC)
The kid and the man with fishing poles who walk by at that exact point in the dialogue

I totally missed that one!
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm still not sure where on the timeline this was originally meant to air, but I know it was before Mr. Cheney, which means the McNulty's lost their farm during the time of prosperity (and low taxes) for everyone else, which somehow makes it seem extra rough.

Oh. OH! So obvs the McNultys did something that pissed off Eerie's powers that be and that impacted them. Given how many kids don't make it to adulthood in Eerie, maybe Tod was down to be written off, his parents were like, fuck no, and Eerie was like NO FARM FOR YOU, oh my GODDD!
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-11-03 01:43 am (UTC)
Headcanon accepted!
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-03 07:59 am (UTC)
obv there needs to be mcnulty family centric fic now
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Simon’s taste in music. I picture lots of epic maneuvering to make sure Simon is never the one in charge of the radio on long road trips in the future.

Pfft, the Carpenters are great. Simon can soundtrack all my road trips.

“Does your dad know my dad? They could start a club.” Ouch.

IKR, my heart!
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