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Eerie, Indiana rewatch 2015: episode fourteen, Hole in the Head Gang [Oct. 31st, 2015|04:00 pm]


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It's Halloween, and how better to celebrate than by watching Dash X make his big introduction... as a guy in an old mill trolling the local paranormal investigators? Sit down, and accept that your policy about guns will never ben respected, and watch the Hole in the Head Gang

From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 10:55 pm (UTC)
things you probably shouldn't twirl around: rusted guns
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From: deifire
2015-11-01 12:03 am (UTC)
Yes, seriously! If someone ever taught Dash gun safety at any point, it was a memory he lost along with all the rest of them.
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From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 10:59 pm (UTC)
Also when Simon's asking why Radford didn't press charges against Suggs? And Radford's like "He's a good salesman!'

psh. uh huh


you were in on it, Radford. you were so in on it.
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From: deifire
2015-11-01 12:05 am (UTC)
*nods* He was totally in on it.

And I love how he doesn't even try to give the kids any reassurance that they have any way of knowing whether he's the real Radford.
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From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 11:02 pm (UTC)
"This isn't all for one and one for all, this is every man for himself. And Eerie against every man."

hard truths from Dash X
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 07:47 pm (UTC)
I love that line. Did you ever watch American Gothic? It's, again, small town, creepy happenings beneath a veneer of bon homie. But there's this sheriff dude who may or may not be the antichrist, and he's set up as the main villain, but there's a bit in the show where he says that free will is an illusion for everyone and that he and everyone else in Trinity are there because Trinity chose them, implying that as sinister as he is, the town itself is aware and malignant.

It came a few years after Eerie, and was also tragically cut short, but that line of Dash's always makes me think of Sheriff Buck and what might have been.
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From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 11:03 pm (UTC)
why does the nun need that much cash?!
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From: deifire
2015-10-31 11:19 pm (UTC)
I was just coming here to ask that! $1,300,000 in a suitcase, and we never find out why!
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From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-10-31 11:07 pm (UTC)
ah, I love this ep.

Haunted toaster, Mars in a dress, Dash X...

John Astin
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
John Astin! Everything is better with him in.
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From: deifire
2015-11-01 12:26 am (UTC)
Poor Simon. Nobody ever respects his policies.

Bats! Did Dash have many bats for roommates the whole time he was living in the mill? Did he try to make friends with them?

Foreverware at 50% off is a nice background detail.


“What’s the story here, you guys some kind of teenage neighborhood watch gone insane?”

Why does Bill pick Marshall to be the one to help him rob the bank? Was it random, or did he consider it, decide Simon was too small and recognize the touch of chronic backstabbing disorder in Dash?

For that matter, how does his know what a mini mall is, but not that horses are no longer the dominant form of transportation?

"Does this kind of stuff happen to you a lot?"
“At least once a week.”
Fourth wall still intact but leaned on hard. At some point, I'm pretty sure Simon does try to take up stamp collecting. And, it being Simon's life, something both weird and dangerous happens.

For that matter, “What would Marshall do?” is not safest and sanest of all possible life philosophies.

Poor Dash. I wonder what he's been through in the three months up until now.

It is the inevitable result of certain other fandoms that I can no longer see a random guy in a fez in a scene without thinking, "Time Lord?"

“You can’t beat the price.”

I just Googled recipes for Swedish toast. The Swedish sugar toast ones sound kind of tasty.

“I don’t even like toast, and now I broke a nail.” *snerk*

And I just Googled whether this episode came into being before or after the flying toasters screensaver. Just after. Possible shout out there.

I love how Marshall is at this point just kind of automatically including Dash in the group, and Dash has already noped out of there. Given what's happened to Marshall's friends of the week up until this point, he is probably wise.

"Something tells me that guy's going to get us in big trouble. And we don't even know his name."
“That’s okay, neither does he."
Ominous foreshadowing is ominous.

And Fred Suggs is still trying to unfold that paper.

This is not the strongest episode of Eerie--compared against next week's Mr. Cheney, for example--but I love it a lot for so many things. Especially bringing us "the kid with the hair" for the very first time.
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From: eviinsanemonkey
2015-11-01 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw Fez and thought Time Lord :D
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[User Picture]From: ftrbestseller
2015-11-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
My cousin and I lovingly refer to this as the "Perfect Hair Episode" *points to icon* Marshall's hair is just so PRETTY in this episode. And Dash's hair needed to be styled like this the remainder of the series... I'm thinking they got lazy.
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 08:10 pm (UTC)
It is so pretty!
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[User Picture]From: merrymelody
2015-11-02 10:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, Dash! <3 Loved the show before, but the episodes with all three are my faves. Gotta love the little guitar theme they give him.

Anyway, stuff that's cool:

* Simon the smart one, with his question to Radford.

* The shot where Dash is reflected in the mirror.

* Mars' standing up, pissed off, when Dash tells Simon 'Shut up, Shrimpenstein'. And Simon repaying it with the hero worship: 'What would Marshall do?'

* Mars screaming and taking a photo at the same time. Maybe when he and Syndi are older, they'll bond over the shared journalism interest.

* Mars' snarkiness, and how Dash and Bill immediately shoot it down with threats. ('I think you're an idiot...with an incredibly brilliant plan!' and 'Beats me, I guess we better be going!')

* For a guy with no memory, Dash sure knows a lot about pop culture.
(And despite the hair, hand marks, and no memory; apparently classifies himself, like Marshall, as a 'normal' in comparison to the rest of Eerie; despite pretending to be 'crazy' to scare the guys.)
Also, although he's fairly guarded, he's pretty quick to spill to Simon, maybe because Simon's a sympathetic listener in a vulnerable way himself at that moment; or maybe because he's so excited to speak to another person after three months of loneliness.

* They reuse the 'Dash is out for himself, but relents' plot on like, every one of his episodes. (I never get sick of it, personally, but it's funny to note when watching in order.) It's only really 'Reality Takes A Holiday' where he doesn't cave (although that's Omri, not Marshall, lol.)

* I love how offended and accusatory Mars sounds about Dash' hair.

* I also love how there's no explanation to why Bill assumes Marshall will be his sidekick, it's just 'cut to Mars tying up the others.'

* Simon's so sweet, reassuring Bill he'll 'make new friends'. But even Mars is friendly enough to refer to Dash as well as himself and Simon as 'us'. I guess he's used to the rivalry/friendship/ho!yay thing from Devon.
(And his 'that guy's gonna get us into trouble!' thing is a bit rich. Dash apparently lived there 3 months without waking Bill, if anything you got him in trouble.)
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[User Picture]From: froodle
2015-11-02 11:10 pm (UTC)
And his 'that guy's gonna get us into trouble!' thing is a bit rich. Dash apparently lived there 3 months without waking Bill, if anything you got him in trouble.

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