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Eerie, Indiana rewatch 2015: episode four, the Losers [Aug. 22nd, 2015|04:00 pm]
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Hold on to your loose change, take a tight grip on your socks, and accept that your ball point pen caps are gone forever, because tonight we're taking a trip behind the numbers seven and eight dryers at the Eeriemat, and visiting the Bureau of Lost. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to watch... the Losers!
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 09:00 pm (UTC)
"He's pushing 35, you know..." Oooh, man... I'd old in Marshall's books... D:
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 09:33 pm (UTC)
ikr? im practically dead by his standards!

(also, as IF he had mars when he was 22. edgar is so not 35.)
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:11 pm (UTC)
God, don't make me actually think about how old Mars is... o_O

How old do you think Edgar was when he had Marshall?
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
haha, sorry!

I think he had to have been in his late twenties - no way he had marshall right after he finished his undergraduate degree and then went on to become an actual scientist. he would have been in highschool when marilyn got pregnant with syndi.
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense, I was thinking that he could have fit having Syndi in first, but I hadn't factored in actually getting an education... ;P
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-24 07:03 am (UTC)
I kind of want some flashback stories about edgar and marilyn now.
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[User Picture]From: deifire
2015-08-23 08:32 pm (UTC)
I just realized you're right: This would have put him trying to juggle two young kids and graduate school at the exact same time.

Poor, poor Edgar.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-24 07:02 am (UTC)
the tellers would have been soooo shattered in the early 80s
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 09:05 pm (UTC)
Love the soundtrack. Very swing.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 09:34 pm (UTC)
its AMAZING isnt it? totally gets in your head. I was tapping away to it the whole time I was writing my rewatch thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:12 pm (UTC)
Love it. That needs to be released on a soundtrack.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 10:34 pm (UTC)
I would totally buy an ei soundtrack. with the foreverware song, the dogs weird chat, the loyal order of corn song, the theme tune, the bureau of lost theme and that crazy world o stuff jingle, just for a start... it would totally be worth it.
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 09:26 pm (UTC)
So if code 5 is human, what's code 4?

Huh.... at 12:50 minutes into the ep Lodgepoole and Marshall are climbing some steps next to a TV set.... On the left hand side of the screen a human arm swings into view... Kinda creepy XD

All in all, Marshall and Simon are lucky to get out of there - not all missing people end up in the lost hour in Eerie... some end up cryogenically frozen in the Bureau, according to the tie in book...
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
I guess animals? or maybe something alive but not a human?

I love the random arm! I assume its a crew member, but it could totally be some other unfortunate code 5, trapped and hiding down there and living off lodgepooles scraps. or just another dude like al, dropping off a new load of misappropriated junk.

I am SO buying that tie in book now.
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe animals.... But then Lodgepoole first mistakes Marshall for an animal...?

LOL. I like that thought, considering how mostly unconcerned Lodgepoole is that Marshall is there, maybe someone else stumbled down there and is now condemned to wander around because no one can be bothered to show him out.

*g*
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
ooohhhh... maybe something human shaped but not alive? like mannequins or corpses?

lodgepoole is basically every busy person whose had to deal with a herpderp visitor ever. except hes old and cranky so he actually lets his feelings of irritation show...
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:58 pm (UTC)
Mannequins would make sense, seeing as they seem to have a whole room of the things... the same one even... Perhaps Al has a blind spot for them and every time one comes down the chute Lodgepoole is all ".... *sigh*.... Code 4..... We call it a code because we don't want any more of them. Ever."
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-23 08:36 am (UTC)
maybe the codes.dont relate to the actual object, but to how badly al has screwed up the system. code 4 is "fuck you, this is massive and we dont need it and wheres it gonna go, fool!" code 5 is "great, its sentient, it will tell the world.about our secret biz, youre a fucking idiot".
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-23 09:28 am (UTC)
LMAO!!! I could see it! He's so abusive of Al, but at the same time, does things by the book, so giving his rants to Al a code is good shorthand and also adds that impersonal touch ;P

There's a code 6 wandering around down there too... you don't want to know what a code 6 is..... o_O
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-24 07:39 pm (UTC)
I TOTALLY want to know what a code 6 is! unless its a spider. dont tell me.if it is a spider.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 09:28 pm (UTC)
The Losers takes place on "day 94". Does that mean Mars has been in Eerie for 3 months by this point, or are "numbered" days his way of marking off when jacked-up biz.happens? Like, is it 94 calender days, or is this the 94th fucked up incident to happen to him since moving to Eerie?

I love how Marilyn and Edgar interact at the start of this episode - she makes that joke about his screws falling out and kind of leans in towards him as she walks past. its cute and domestic and I love it.

I can totally believe in a dude accidentally putting his briefcase in the fridge. I once put a textbook in a box of weetabix and didnt find it til a week later when I needed some warm breakfast.

So Things, Inc. are totally okay with putting petroleum in the water supply. Petroleum. In the water supply. In. The. Water. Supply. The fuck is wrong with this company?!

I like how this episode is mostly about a secret organisation that goes around stealing and hiding your stuff, but also kind of about how freaked out you get as a kid when your parents fight.

As an adult, the scene where they look for the briefcase is mostly Edgar and Marilyn being irritated and probably a bit stressed and pressed for time (Im assuming the whole episode takes place in one day, so Edgars going to work to do a massive presentation on a Saturday morning, fuck that noise), but Mars is totally convinced Edgar could lose his job, and then "we might lose everything" - his parents marriage, the house, basically Marshalls whole life could be impacted by this.

Ewww, I just noticed the ventriloquist puppet chasing Simon in the credits. Grossssssss.

As a kid, I had no idea what the old people disease Marshall references was; now Im like, really dude? an Alzheimer's joke?

Look how concerned Simon is about Marshalls parents fighting. Augh, my feels.

"It's a claw. It has an airplane in it." Well, obvs. Also, love seeing the boys do something normal and not immediately relating to weirdness investigation for once. I know it ties in almost as soon as they get their lines out, but it starts as "hey, wanna build a model kit Evangelion with me?"

UNKIND ONES. I love this gang, I am so bitter about the shows short run for so many reasons, and one of them is that I never got to see any more of these guys. Their patch would be a grim reaper, like the SoA, but instead of an anarchy ball he holds a smiling puppy and instead of a scythe that is also an AK47, he's got a fishing line with a dollar bill hanging on the end of it. Also, in my brain they totally predate the hells angels.

The one guy who looks like a gnome makes my day, especially.

And the leader straightens Marshalls collar! Hes like, heres your lost allowance, go have respectful fun, ya crazy kid!

Eerie Bus Terminal and Supper Club actually sounds a bit awesome. Plunging Bus Tours sounds horrific, though. Love the itinerant musicians hanging out on the steps too.

Also a thing I love, the graffiti that says "grow corn forever" in the alley al goes into. the loyal order of corn really DOES have its roots everywhere!
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
There is a lot of thought that goes into the details of Eerie, for sure. Most other series wouldn't bother to come up with so many different locations, even just in one ep, never mind spanning the whole of the season. I think I saw a promo map of Eerie somewhere not long ago, but I doubt it was a proper thought out street plan...

Maybe we should pull together a whole Eerie cosplay group and descend on a convention en mass XD
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-23 08:40 am (UTC)
theres an annotated (presumably by mars) map in the leaflet that comes with the dvds. theres also a map that shows in the opening credits of foreverware that mars puts a massive."weirdness" stamp on, and the aerial map (possibly photo?) of eerie from the retainer. I had a quick skeet on google images, but nothing else came up. it would be amazing if someone actually did a fully thought out one - that would go on my bedroom wall for sure.

that would be amazing. I guarantee, tho, no matter how much preplanning went into it,youd end up with multiple dashes.
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[User Picture]From: lipstickcat
2015-08-23 09:33 am (UTC)
The promo map I saw was probably the same as the one you have in the DVDs. A fully thought out one would need to include an underground section too...

LOL! But if we had a group of Dashes and then they all split up to do their own thing at the con maybe at some point people would start going "what is this fandom? It's so popular! We should join it..." And then Jason would be invited to do a UK con and life would be good.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-23 12:11 pm (UTC)
need to make friends with a proper cartographer dude and get them to make one!

oooh, and it would be awesome and we'd get super sweet ei anniversary blu rays with extra stuff on, yeah!
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-08-22 09:32 pm (UTC)
in fact, so much stuff I love in this ep, from the concept onwards, but especially the set design of the bureau itself. the old fashioned computer banks, the card index, the reject tube, the vaulted ceiling, the microphone... oh god the whole set is freaking amazing! also the bureau's theme tune thing rules.

wasnt the thing with the hubble telescope that it needed, essentially, glasses? note to self - look that biz up.

also, in this scene, you can totally see a crew members arm in the shot for a couple of seconds.

loving mister lodgepooles weird linguistic gymnastics to justify not giving mars the briefcase back.

simon with the ballpoint pen cap on a fishing line! and then he follows al to the laundrette, and finds his way through the dryer to the bureau, on his own. he is so wasted being the sidekick.

I also love how the bureau has its own jargon - code four, code five, "misplaced" its such amazingly vivid world building, and its done ina twenty two minute episode of a kids tv show.

can anyone read what that pink sign with the big NO in the eeriemat says? Im pretty sure the second word is soap, but cant make out the first and third. and I love that the comic which simon is reading has actual adverts on the back -I wonder if it was a mocked up comic specifically for the show, or if they found a horror comic with eerie in the titlefor him to read. the whole attention to detail in this episode is amazing, its easily one of my favourites in the whole run just for stuff like that.

STRAITJACKET LADY!

and mars is all, woe, im gonna die down here, and simons like, fuck that noise, hypercompetent sidekick, awaaaayyyyyyy!

so mister lodgepoole works for the bureau for forty years, temporarily loses one stamp, and he gets demoted? fuck that place. he gets the last laugh, tho -that claw blatently does not have an airplane in it.

how fun would a mister lodgepoole/al at the bureau coslay be? I mean, thered be like three people who got it, but still, awesome. totally digging al's spats.

and then marilyn and edgar are back to being awesome and lovely and going for cute saturday walks together, and...awesome bureau theme tune to close us out, yeah!

one of the actors who played the biker gang members is called billy million. thats now the name of the leader of the unkind ones, ive decided.

why does one of the coffins from the end credits have a birdcage on, are those cow heads the heads of extinct cows, and why are old fashioned toys so gross and creepy? mostly that third one, actually.
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