Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Addams Family Television Series 1964-1966

It would be no overstatement to say that I'm completely and utterly besotted with The Addams Family television series, from the 1960s. I always had very fond memories of loving it as a child, but regrettably it had fallen off my radar in recent times. All that changed last year, however, when my friend, Richard (Thank you, Ricardo!), gave me the series on DVD for my birthday, and... well...  let's just say, The Addams Family fanatic-within was re-awakened.

One of the unforeseen bonuses was that my son, James, took to it instantly. I had absolutely no expectations of him liking it, and in fact, I thought the black and white might be off-putting for a kid of his generation. But no. To my pleasant surprise, he finds the antics of Lurch and Uncle Fester hilarious, and he digs Gomez pouncing upon Morticia's arm with kisses every time she utters a phrase in French.

James has since watched the Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston movie versions, but although he really enjoyed them he thinks the original television series is better... that's my boy!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Delightfully Dark Finds

Dance Like No One (Living) is Watching

I've already missed two self-imposed deadlines for opening my Little Gothic Horrors, Etsy shop. Thanks to some of life's unexpected little challenges, best laid plans have gone awry over the past few months. I'm trying to be philosophical about the delays, so in the meantime I thought I'd share the first in a series of delightfully dark finds that I have stumbled across during my travels around the Etsy-verse and beyond.

I'm crazy about this picture by photographer Lori O'Connor, from Etsy shop, BACLORI, and the title is just as endearing as the image itself. It's available in Lori's shop here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Supernatural - Season 6

I managed, no thanks to Australia's Ten Network, to see the season finale of Supernatural this week. Endless stops, starts, rescheduling, and channel-shuffling have meant that Australia is, woefully, only partway into Season 6. So if you haven't seen the finale yet, be warned, this post contains spoilers.

For some reason, somewhere towards the end of Season 5, I developed a conspiracy-theory mentality towards Supernatural. Even now, despite the fact that none of my conjectures have been validated in any way, I just can't seem to let go of them or take anything I see on the show at face value. I've been convinced that there was a bigger plot brewing beneath the surface story, and by big, I mean even bigger than soulless Sam and Castiel going rogue.

I got this idea in my head that the smashing glass in the Season 6 opening titles was hinting at some type of mirror-world. Death suggested to Dean that all was not as it should be, so I have been toying with the idea that by changing destiny the boys are now in some kind of alternate reality. With hindsight however, I guess the smashing glass was probably more symbolic of Sam's shattered mind. Then again... maybe I'm just over-thinking that, too, and it was nothing more than just a cool visual effect.

I'm going to partly lay the blame for all my wild speculation on the season's departures from established Supernatural mythology, like the revelation that there exists a cure for vampirism. Also, apparently, demons can now be destroyed if their original human remains (I've got a tiny  issue with demons even having original human remains, by the way) are burned. (On a side note, if these are the new rules, then presumably, the creation of any future demons could be permanently halted by the disposal of bodies via cremation rather than burial, right?)

Balthazar: “I’m officially on your team… you bastards.”

Of course, despite my niggling, unanswered questions, there's always plenty to love on this show. For a start, Crowley returned, and I can never get enough of him. I was sure, last season, that Crowley was God, and although that theory hasn't panned out, it still seems there's more to him than meets the eye. (See, I can't help myself!) Balthazar has become a new favourite of mine, so I'm crossing my fingers that his demise won't be permanent, and oh-how-I-hope that Death continues to be a recurring character.

Season 6 contained plenty of Supernatural's trademark angst and tragedy, and as usual, Dean seemed to cop the worst of it. If he wasn't fretting over his soulless brother, he was agonizing over the safety of Lisa and Ben, and Dean was always going to be the one hit hardest by Castiel's betrayal. Part of the show's charm however, is the way it balances the drama with humour. The meta episode, The French Mistake, where Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate universe was hilariously self-deprecating. The fairy episode also stood out, for me, as one of the funniest of the season, plus, it featured David Bowie's, Space Oddity, which was an extra bonus.

So, until Season 7 starts, I suppose I will just have to be content with my compulsive over-analyzing of the storyline thus far. Like, whatever happened to the all-powerful child-Antichrist, Jesse, from Season 5? Wasn't that episode titled, I Believe The Children Are Our Future? Maybe the kid's responsible for everything...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse 2011

Those of us living in Australia were treated to the spectacle of the total lunar eclipse before dawn, this morning. The moon turned an eerily beautiful blood-red, worthy of any gothic horror.

The picture is of the moon viewed from Adelaide, via Australia's ABC News.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lack of Acknowledgement for Genre Television at The Emmy Awards

I stumbled across a great article, from the Los Angeles Times, discussing the manner in which the Emmys, more often than not, snub all the excellent genre shows on television. I couldn't agree more with Mary McNamara's assessment, particularly her observation that John Noble, from Fringe, richly deserves a nomination for his performance.

As I'm not especially interested in the fashions on the red carpet (I know, apparently I missed that memo on compulsory female predilections), I rarely watch the awards shows because the television I like is virtually never represented. If you're interested, you can read the article here.