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Eerie, Indiana rewatch 2015: episode fifteen, Mr. Chaney [Nov. 7th, 2015|04:00 pm]
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Not gonna lie, guys; this is easily one of my top five. I still get really happy when I see Stephen Root in anything, purely because seeing him makes me think of this episode. Without further delay, prepare yourself for the amazing awesomeness of... Mr. Chaney!
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[User Picture]From: merrymelody
2015-11-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
Guess Marilyn's right on the 'paternalism' of Eerie, 'men of Eerie' enter the lottery and gets women as rewards. (Interesting that Marshall immediately rejects that as a temptation.)

Radford's pretty dark - that part where he complains about the nerve of Dash 'scrounging for food' while he counts his thick wad of money is downright villainous, as well as his longterm association with Chisel and Chaney. (Although it might harm the awesome theory suggested last week re: Suggs being the original Radford.)

I love the Mars/Dash in this episode. The little shoulder pats and Dash actually asking Mars what the plan is, and the 'I go where you go'. (Especially sweet it's Dash reaching out physically, as when Chisel puts his arms around the boys, Dash looks uncomfortable.)
They both reject the traditions of Eerie in a way even Simon doesn't (notice how Simon picks up on the catchphrases of adults around him 'You can't beat the price!' and '...And low taxes!' And also how being a 'hero' to Eerie is important to him in a way it isn't to Mars, until he's persuaded by cheerleaders - who he initally ducks from, lol - and...cows?)

Although Marshall's 'Huh, I wonder why Dash doesn't want to buy a ticket' is pretty dim. Like, he lives in a mill, is stealing food and is keen enough to avoid detection that he brings out the electrodes.

This is also an interesting episode for Dash's development. Whatever issues he has with memory, he's literate enough to research effectively, use a videocamera and open a cash register.
He also steals stuff other than food, which is odd - whether it's a psychological thing (I think he takes a magazine in this episode, and a ball in the next) or a desire for attention or to spite Eerie or what...
He also looks particularly drawn in the eavesdropping scene, idk if the makeup was done differently or what, but there's dark circles or bruises under his eyes. (Wish I still had Eerie capped to share for these posts!)
Also...how is the Mayor aware of him?

Stephen Root is awesome, I agree. Here I love his deadpan 'What difference does it make?' and 'no one will miss him.'
(Although if Radford was that opposed, he could have read out 'The Kid With the Grey Hair' anyway.)
Does Mr Chaney age? Since he seems to have been doing this for a long while, unless there are several Chaneys like there are Radfords.

Dash to the rescue once more! I love this, very fairytale, especially Marshall's 'it's you!' ala Beauty and the Beast. And Dash is so embarrassed about it!
This is also Dash's first indication of being interested in money and fame outside of survival. I wonder if there's any connection there to his love of the movies and tv, and his role in 'Reality Takes A Holiday'. (Also like how Mars and he take the self-interest tack: Dash wants to kill Chaney and profit, Mars says he's 'my werewolf'; but poor Simon wants a vet.)
Dash also helps up Simon when he's downed, adopts the Mars nickname for Marshall, and Simon groups him in with Marshall when he tells them 'I'm okay, guys'; just like grace notes that there's a slow kinda-friendship developing there.

Love the political commentary with the Mayor, and Radford's getting ready to solve the Warren Commission, 30 years too late.
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-11-11 07:00 pm (UTC)
I love the Mars/Dash in this episode. The little shoulder pats and Dash actually asking Mars what the plan is, and the 'I go where you go'. (Especially sweet it's Dash reaching out physically, as when Chisel puts his arms around the boys, Dash looks uncomfortable.)

Yeah, me too. I love that Dash is always the one initiating contact with Mars, and also Simon when he's knocked down by the werewolf, here but would clearly rather avoid it from anybody else...his "ew" reaction to Chisel is priceless!

They both reject the traditions of Eerie in a way even Simon doesn't

This is one of those episodes, like Tornado Days, that reminds you Simon is a native of this place, and Eerie traditions are the traditions he's known his whole life. If it weren't for Mars, he might have grown up taking the weirdness for granted.

until he's persuaded by cheerleaders - who he initally ducks from, lol - and...cows?)

The going over the back of the couch to escape the cheerleaders scene is the best.

I wonder whatever happened to the cow. I love that in the scene later in the Teller house, you can clearly hear it moo in the background.

Although Marshall's 'Huh, I wonder why Dash doesn't want to buy a ticket' is pretty dim. Like, he lives in a mill, is stealing food and is keen enough to avoid detection that he brings out the electrodes.

This is one of those times when the most logical explanation totally escapes Mars. No, clearly the mysterious stranger who doesn't have money and doesn't want attention must not buying a lottery ticket because he knows something the rest of us don't!

He also steals stuff other than food, which is odd - whether it's a psychological thing (I think he takes a magazine in this episode, and a ball in the next) or a desire for attention or to spite Eerie or what...

Also, I think, an eggbeater. I wish we would have had more episodes. Is he stealing stuff for no reason? Does he actually have as much knowledge of what everything is and what it's used for as his skillset when it comes to navigating the real world without memories would otherwise suggest? Is he building something, much like Ned and his giant TV/portal thing, and is at least some of this stuff being used to do it?!

Also...how is the Mayor aware of him?

Aware and concerned enough about him to be asking around about his name, which "nobody" seems to know.

Does Mr Chaney age? Since he seems to have been doing this for a long while, unless there are several Chaneys like there are Radfords.

I always thought it was the same guy, which is interesting for his character. Given that he's been cured, even though the gang didn't kill him, have they ensured he's going to age and die someday now?

Dash to the rescue once more! I love this, very fairytale, especially Marshall's 'it's you!' ala Beauty and the Beast. And Dash is so embarrassed about it!

I adore this whole scene!

Dash also helps up Simon when he's downed, adopts the Mars nickname for Marshall, and Simon groups him in with Marshall when he tells them 'I'm okay, guys'; just like grace notes that there's a slow kinda-friendship developing there.

And Radford, who's been so hostile to Dash up 'til this point, just kind of lets him hang around once he's established himself as part of Mars and Simon's group.

I also love how at the end, when Mars is ready to walk away, it's Dash who forces him to sit down and drink the cure.
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-11-11 07:26 pm (UTC)

And other reactions...

“The Howling…I love that movie!" Nice self shout-out there, Joe Dante!

So Dash has been keeping away so far since his abrupt fade at the mill, but Marshall Teller has made enough of an impression on him that he's learned and retained his full name.

Seriously, what happened to the cow?!

This is the one and only episode where we actually get to see the Eerie Library, or at least a tiny corner of it. I sill wish there would have been a full library set they could have visited regularly. (I'd kind of get this wish fulfilled later by Buffy, I guess.)

Somebody’s created a thematic wolf display shelf for the harvest season, which is nice.

Also, the newspapers from the '20s are in incredibly good shape, aside from stuff being cut out of them. What is the secret? Foreverware as a preservation strategy?

Decent monster shift for a low budget show. I think Stephen Root's acting helps sell it as much as anything.

"It's you!" followed by the Twin Peaks reference is one of my favorite moments in the entire series.

Dash is…so not quite sure what he’s doing here saving Marshall's life and all, but he really doesn’t want anybody else to find out about it. Poor, confused grey-haired kid.

Dash does not know what a flesh wound received from a werewolf means. Also, that stakes are for vampires. (Though it's good to see Marshall paying more attention to the lore than he did back in Dead Letter.) Why does Dash's pop culture knowledge not quite extend as far as the stuff he probably most needs to know for survival?!

Why don’t Marshall’s parents wake up? For that matter, why are they even asleep? Even being oblivious to the forces of weirdness, they seem more the type that would at least attempt to stay up all night just to make sure Marshall got home from his trip to Wolf Mountain safely. Also, Syndi seeing werewolf and thinking giant raccoon. Was something in one or more of the food products the farmers gave the family?

Love Chisel’s spit take.

Do we ever see Simon touch pie again after this? Poor Simon.

Seriously, everybody yelling at Radford is not exactly the best way to make sure he shoots straight.
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