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Eerie, Indiana rewatch 2015: episode one, Foreverware [Aug. 1st, 2015|04:00 pm]
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Rock out your fifties hairstyles, make sure your lids are sealed tight, and enjoy vacuum-fresh food, because the 2015 Eerie Indiana rewatch kicks off tonight with the pilot episode that made half of us afraid of packed lunches... ladies and gentlemen, fire up your DVD players, and let's watch: Foreverware!
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:06 pm (UTC)
Love the opening to the pilot episode - the dramatic music as Mars goes up to the secret spot and opens the evidence locker, and then it cuts to the lighter faster-paced upbeat stuff as he goes out and about in Eerie on his paper route.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:08 pm (UTC)
and then it shows the lawnmower dudes and the gun-toting mailman and it's all, chords! chords! have some dramatic chords! and then the theme tune we hear every episode starts up.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:10 pm (UTC)
Marilyn takes a bite of the strawberry, makes a face, tells Mars not to eat them... and then puts the half-eaten strawberry back in the fridge!
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:12 pm (UTC)
Jesus, check out Betty Wilson's look of pure rage when Mars is playing with one of the Foreverware tubs, and again when Edgar walks in yelling about leftover stuffing. Police your facial expressions, you crazy bitch! Nobody wants to buy from a judgey judger.
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-08-01 05:33 pm (UTC)
That woman has the best facial expressions.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 09:13 pm (UTC)
I love the bit where Mars and Simon are running away from her house and she's leaning out the window with this sickly green-yellow light flashing behind her and laughing maniacally. Hamhamham.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, Simon's introductary scene: "I let him hang out because his parents don't seem to want him around." It's dropped in so casually, but it's so horrible when you stop to think about it. He's Marshall's best friend, and even his best friend's go-to description is, "oh yeah, his parents are awful and hate him..." Eesh.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:24 pm (UTC)
This is my first time watching Eerie on a new TV, and I've never noticed before that Betty Wilson's car has bumper stickers saying "ask me about self-preservation."

Likewise, it's the first time I've been able to read the stickers on the twin's Foreverware beds - love that they actually have the "press to close" stickers in the corner, and that apprently Walt Wilson thought someone would have a dishwasher big enough to load a "people keeper" into.

Also, I really want a Foreverware button now.
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-08-01 05:34 pm (UTC)
omg. You know he was totally gonna invent the people keeper washer next. And then he croaked.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 09:16 pm (UTC)
I bet he had a whole creepy "house of tomorrow" design in the works, with a "clean room" that sterilized all your Foreverware so that no nasty little time particles could get in there.
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-08-01 10:01 pm (UTC)
everything about Foreverware is ridiculously terrifying...
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, seriously. Starting with, why is a Tupperware saleswoman giving me samples with food already in it? Creepy and gross and inappropriate, and then it gets worse...
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[User Picture]From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-08-03 07:23 pm (UTC)
*shudder*
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-03 07:52 pm (UTC)
Plastic. Covered. Couch. That's all I need to see to decide someone's sketchy and terrifying.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:26 pm (UTC)
The marketing department for the DVDs definitely missed a trick not releasing a collectors edition box set where the case was a Foreverware tub. Maybe we'll get it when the series comes to blu-ray?
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:32 pm (UTC)
If Marilyn had been successfully assimilated into the Foreverware Ladies Group, would she have had to dress only in one colour, and who gets to decide what colour that is?

We mostly see her in blue, but Phylis Stoffer already has that.

What happens if her favourite colour is taken? Do they have a
housewife-off to see who has the greatest right to it, or does she just have to pick from a list of available, pre-approved colours?
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:35 pm (UTC)
I've noticed the plastic covered couch before, but now I can see the lampshade in the background is also covered in plastic wrap. Apparently Betty Wilson doesn't rate fire hazards above dust and staining.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:36 pm (UTC)
Eight hours a day may keep the wrinkles away, but exactly how much quality sleep is she getting with that fucking tape recorder bleating in her ear every night?
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:43 pm (UTC)
There's something really sad to me about the way Betty kisses the photo of her dead husband before she goes to bed.

I think it's because of that scene in the Teller house when she refers to him as "my late husband Walt" and then mentions that if the lid on your Foreverware isn't sealed tight, the aging process gets accelerated.

Combined with the fact that the twins specifically say that she started sealing them up after their dad died, it makes me think he had some horrible mishap with the People Saver, and that Betty woke up one morning to discover a rotten glob of green goo where her husband had been sleeping the night before.

I'm not saying it justifies everything she's doing, but it does make me feel sorry for her, just a little.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
How menacing are the twins after Mars frees them from the Foreverware?

"We'll take care of Mother", intone the dumpy little Norman Batesalikes in unison, smacking their fists rythmically against their palms.

Even Mars is like, "Alright lads, I'm not sticking about just so I can see you punch the shit out of your mum, peace!" as he climbs out of the window.

Fucking hell, boys. I'd tell you to be less creepy, but I've already seen the rest of the series, so I know that will never happen.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:52 pm (UTC)
Considering Marilyn went on a housekeeping binge towards the start of that episode, the fridge is once again a total disaster by the end of it. Probably because she keeps taking bites out of stuff and randomly throwing it back in there.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ugh, the grown-up twins. Someone needs to make a gif of them from the end of this episode; the creepy wink at Marshall, the weird smile they give each other after Mars and his mum leave, and the part where they chorus "no, thank you" which has Marilyn going all "DO NOT WANT!" and getting the fuck out of there.

They even hold their hammers in identical poses at the end of that scene, which for some reason really adds to the creep factor for me.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-01 04:09 pm (UTC)
I love Marshall's voiceover at the end - "a kid's got to grow up fast in Eerie, or he might not grow up at all."

I like the way it subverts the usual meaning of that phrase, and how it sets up later episodes where we see that both meanings can totally apply in this town (Devon, Tripp, possibly Steve on the one hand, Janet and arguably Tripp again on the other one).
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