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  1. I think the Philosopher's Stone is a deadly lure. I think Brough put it in to tempt us into our doom. On the other hand, I've boosted the high score on 2 characters with it. The two new characters are two new clever ways to play. One is the day-night, which is high-strung and awesome. The other one... the monk... verrry interesting but not my favorite to play. It's a huge change to not be able to kite enemies, and it's not always a change I enjoy playing with. And I'm really struggling to effectively use the new charge mechanic. But I agree, I went to Cinco Paus, and I still go back because it has a magical feel that I love, but Cinco Paus can only really be played one way. I haven't purchased 868-HACK yet...
  2. Also worthy of note: yesterday (4/9/18) Michael Brough released another Imbroglio expansion:
  3. As I listened to this episode, suddenly slid into place with an audible click, like that Nintendo Switch *snap* sound... Chris: "... sitting here next to Robot Nick..." robot nick... oh my god.... CLICK I'm sure I'm the last one to realize this.
  4. We miss you, Nick. I look forward to Nick2.
  5. I got in an elevator while listening to the podcast, and I learned the truth about elevator-close buttons as I rode to my floor. Neat coincidence, and I was able to immediately try it for myself. Can confirm - our buttons do nothing but hoist. MJD
  6. This episode was Lynchian. Great work. I'm a big fan of the post-production effort you're putting in Chris. It reminds me of the early days of Thumbs. And I, too, close my eyes when flicking a lightswitch. I think it is to ease my eyes, just a little, into the sudden change in brightness.
  7. Much like the deepest lodge lore, Jake's requests for the Pissing Wizard last week have led to an entire pissing wizard discussion this week! And this drawing. Which, like this episode, ejected more and more madness the more I proceeded. In defiance of the episode title, the wizard herein was reused.
  8. Thank you. And thank you for the Jakest of reactions :D.
  9. Oh heavens. Now that you said that, even I am trying to solve this as a rebus, and I know that's my own name. crunch noisy So... an over-loud crunch? I guess? With a Pissing Remo wizard next to it... sparkle urine magical crunch noi-- Madness! Please accept my apologies. Also... heh.
  10. But what gives life meaning? I think it is a happy ending. There lives aren't that sad. Nice house, nice cars, high-up connections in the community. They have a child who probably goes to an OK public school who will grow up and make Janey-E proud. Plus, their neighbors are well armed.
  11. So one might say that Coop was the driving force behind the finale.
  12. Freddy! Not James! I love it. My favorite thing at the moment is Freddy. James could have been The Hero in a conventional narrative. All the pieces are in place across the corpus of the show. It would have been an excellent arc. Everything Freddy did could have been written for James (they were literally standing next to each other for all of Freddy's scenes). But Frost and Lynch were having none, none of that. All of the heroes, all possible tidy arcs, are subverted. And in these final two eps, we were instead given much needed additional emotional resonance. Very happy. Also, maybe Freddy is James' Tulpa. Or what James dreams of being.
  13. Only had time for a rough sketch but I thought I'd throw this in this week...
  14. So, now that Richard Horne is dead, we can look back at his legacy. Assault in the Roadhouse bar Destroys a child with a car Attempted murder of neighbar Not all of this was necessary to depict the character. I almost checked out after the lazy cruelty of the hit-and-run. But similar to the unfortunate, underwritten use of "he raped me" for Diane, I think you have to take the good-bad with the bad-bad in Twin Peaks. If Frost and Lynch are going to go to these dark places and come back with rich fictional constructs, they are also going to delve into those dark places and come back with shallow plot devices, sometimes. The point is, they go there. It doesn't always work out. Sometimes you end up with "get some potatoes" and sometimes you get "i am the fbi." AND YET. The thing that makes Diane's scene double disappointing was the potential layers were right there in the text. She herself mentioned that he kissed her and it had happened "one time before." Hey, really? Now, that's interesting. They'd had a romantic moment as Good Coop! There's a bittersweet-to-dark tale to unwrap there! Instead of unwrapping it, they just blasted right to lazy horror. AND YET. Armchair rewrites on pieces of text in an 18 hour screenplay... geez. I am just gonna give Flynch a break and move on. Good-bad, bad-bad -- we got 18 hours of Twin Peaks.
  15. Has anyone else tried "talking Dougie" in real life? Try it when you are with a large group, or at a loud party. I'm an introvert, and so it was a helpful device... ... and holy fuck it works frighteningly well. Just be careful trying it on a spouse. Anyway, a moment of silence for Dougie. When he arrived, he seemed like an unworkable gimmick. Reality had to warp so hard to accomodate him. But it grew into a rich story, and watching the drama dance around it was the fun. How the story is told matters so much. And, of course, that's easy to remember when when things are backwards-talking or monochrome or special effects. But a doofy mute in a suit? How can this make for good TV? Oh, it did.
  16. Holy Crappers. (and I think Jake has hit something. If that's not the case, it darn well should be! re: the Roadhouse reflection) edit: I quoted the wrong post! Um. Duh.
  17. It's not pathetic. It's a difference of opinion. Twin Peaks' existence was literally born out of the abuse, rape, and murder of one woman. Lynch has always tread deep into this subject matter. That's not an apology, that's just the way it is. It's icky. There's quite a bit of Lynch that's icky, I think he is misogynistic sometimes. And yes, I mean sometimes. But there's no reason to tolerate it. You should not watch it. It is odd that people would keep watching his oeuvre expecting him to change.
  18. Spectacular. I AM THE FBI. Even the "rape" revelation was good, because it was not quite... "He Raped Me!" I sagged in disappointment. Really, that's as layered as this is going to get? But wait! TULPA. Red Room. "Someone manufactured you!" That's the layers I was hoping for! Did Mr. C rape her, or was the Tulpa just saying that because that was the easy conclusion that both the FBI characters and the audience were expecting... enough to get our guard down so she can shoot us all. But no, she was manufactured by Mr. C, which means... we can't trust anything she ever said, including "He Raped Me." Well, well played.
  19. Important If True 26: Get Hype

    Okay, this episode reminded me powerfully of a piece of nonsense I did last year. Even as I was drawing this, I remember thinking to myself, "I'm an old man; nobody says this anymore..."
  20. Well, that is a better explanation than my "15-3" explanation. which was: He was supposed to go through the 15 outlet (3pm in military time) and become good coop (a federal government employee... government/military handwavey-close-enough thing here) Naido tricked him into space and threw the switch. It changed into a "3" outlet (3pm in civilian time) so he got sucked out as civvie Dougie. I'm having a lot of fun watching. But every time I try to connect the dots, I end up creating a Rodkin-style riff. I have a feeling that we'll all be happy with the ending, but the answers will not be clear or complete. I can't believe it's almost over.
  21. Good catch. I was going off memory, and the vagueness is totally intended. I'm back on the coma train! Even though 25 years in a coma is a hideous, rare, but not impossible thing. But hey, the Hornes could afford it. Or is she in a different lodge??? The BROWN lodge.
  22. I just realized that Audrey probably... probably isn't in a coma. Richard tells Coop that she's his mom, and that she told Richard about Cooper. So that means... Ah, I guess I'll just wait for Sunday!
  23. This is very interesting. But, on the other hand, KyleMc and Lynch have done such a very good job of making him pervade each scene with evil... like even with the arm wrestling scene, and 20 "bad guys" around him... you never once questioned that he was the most evil person in the room. Overwhelmingly, powerfully evil. I'd also take the note that the warden was not a murderer, and his killing was very much a "fuck you too" killing. Mr. Strawberry or not, that hit was the plot of a scorched-earth evil man. And obviously the people he employs (Tim Roth and wife) are completely reprehensible. nevertheless, an enticing thought experiment. And not impossible. It was refreshing to see Mr.C get in a little over his head this week. For the first time, he had to raise his voice. For the first time, he was desperate for what he wanted ("WHO'S JUDY?") and he didn't get it. MJD
  24. I loved this episode. Thoughts: Audrey is definitely in a coma. BadCoop might be in over his head. Dougie probably isn't dead. And James definitely isn't cool. By the by, Last episode was in memory of Davie Bowie, the man. This episode was in memory of Margaret, the character. Odd choice.
  25. ... and I'm thinking that Mother will end up being Sarah Palmer? Those naked teens watched the glass box in New York, like watching a TV. Then they were killed by the Mother Video Effect. Meanwhile, across the country, Sarah Palmer was watching violence on TV intensely. Not pictured: she took off her face, jumped through the TV, and killed those teens.