Tuesday, February 25, 2014

True Detective - Rust Never Sleeps



 "It's better to burn out than to fade away."

Can anyone imagine the character of Rust Cohle fading away?  He's already seemed to reach burn out status, or at least, that's how he wants to be perceived.  Judging by the broken brake light as seen in the picture above, he never seems to stop either.

I was thinking of Neil Young and Crazy Horses magnum opus album from1979, "Rust Never Sleeps" in the context of Detective Cohle's dogged pursuit of the Dora Lange case.  Young wrote the concept album about avoiding artistic complacency.   By the end of the last episode, Haunted Houses, I marveled at the tenacity of Rust Cohle and how he's progressive just like Neil Young was in his day, fighting the good fight for artistic integrity and preserving his own sense of theatricality in order to keep things real and new.  Or in Cohle's case, to keep people off balance.  I shook my head as the credits rolled and said to myself, "this guy never sleeps, he's tireless!"

Rust never sleeps.

I'd like to think that True Detective writer and creator, Nic Pizzolatto, is familiar with Neil Young's work.  His character, Rust, is something that has corroded over time.  Something that was once made of finer steel.  How long can he endure?  Where is his breaking point?

It's become apparent, at least to me, that this season of True Detective has increasingly become the story of Rust Cohle.  It's certainly not your classic "whodunit."  And as much as Martin Hart's character was central in the whole cover up and web of lies following the end of LeDoux and his wife's Maggie's act of revenge.  It's Cohle that has this story at it's center.  As Cohle said to his partner, "Without me, there is no you."

You have to ask yourself how much of Cohle's story is calculated by him.  Did he deliberately get himself fired by confronting Tuttle in his ministry?  Did he pour salt in his own wound by going back to the barracks allowing Marty to brawl with him out in the parking lot?  Has the corrosion reached such a level that he can't think straight anymore culminating with is assignation with Maggie?  Or, by doing all of the aforementioned did he give himself the freedom to act on his own much as he did when he pursued the leads that led him to the Iron Crusaders and he went "off reservation."



Will the rust corrode to such an extent that Cohle will crumble before the weight of his objective?  If his behavior isn't calculated then what was his breaking point?  Was it the interview where he learned the case wasn't closed?  Was it seeing Kelly, the girl he rescued many years before, break down in the sanatorium that is now her home?

No, the breaking point came many, many years before.  It was the death of his daughter and the dissolution of his marriage.  Cohle has been burning out ever since.

Marty Hart told the investigators he thought Cohle had reached his breaking point with the confession of the "Marshland Madea."   I don't think that was it but it was a turning point and it revealed to me what was Cohle's end game.


After revealing the enormity of what "Madea" had done and it's consequences, he left her with little choice in what to do.

In researching, "Rust Never Sleeps" I came across the fact that Neil Young was horrified to find his line, "it's better to burn out than to fade away" was contained in the suicide note of Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.  Young made it a point to emphasize the end of "Hey, Hey, My, My" by singing out, "Once you're gone you can't come back."  Finality is forever.

What is Rust Cohle to do when the case is finally closed?



He's aware of the enormity of all his acts.  The self abuse, performing outside the law, betraying his partner and the web of lies.  He was never one to burn out and after all this he can't just fade away. When all is said and done Rusten Cohle will find his peace and he will take his own advice. 

And once he's gone, he'll never come back.








Sunday, February 23, 2014

Helix - The Willis Hypothesis



Of all the crazy things to come out of the last episode of Helix the connection to the Willis Hypothesis may be the craziest.

Here's what Wikipedia Says about the the turn of the nineteenth century botanist, John Christopher Willis and his "Age and Area" hypothesis.


"In 1896 Willis was appointed director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) until 1912 when he was appointed director of the botanic gardens at Rio de Janeiro. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1897, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1919.[1] His notable publications include “A Manual and Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns” in two volumes and “Age and Area: A Study of Geographical Distribution and Origin of Species”, published in 1922. He returned to Cambridge in 1915, and later went to live in Montreaux, Switzerland. He died in 1958 at the age of 90 and was posthumously awarded the Darwin–Wallace Medal by the Linnean Society."

Age and Area.

"Willis formed the Age and Area hypothesis during botanical field work in Ceylon where he studied the distributional patterns of the Ceylonese vascular plants in great detail.[3] According to his hypothesis the extent of range of a species may be used as an indication of the age of that species. He also maintained that the "dying out" of species occurs rarely, and that new forms arise by mutation rather than by local adaptation through natural selection.[4] Willis defined his hypothesis as:"
"The area occupied at any given time, in any given country, by any group of allied species at least ten in number, depends chiefly, so long as conditions remain reasonably constant, upon the ages of the species of that group in that country, but may be enormously modified by the presence of barriers such as seas, rivers, mountains, changes of climates from one region to the next, or other ecological boundaries, and the like, also by the action of man, and by other causes.[5]"


 So what have we learned from Mr. Willis and how does it connect to Helix?

First off we may have learned why Arctic Bio-Systems is located in the great white north.  As Willis stated, "the ages of the species of that group in that country, but may be enormously modified by the presence of barriers such as seas, rivers, mountains, changes of climates from one region to the next, or other ecological boundaries."  I'd say the Arctic clime serves as a sufficient boundary.

So why are we dealing with the thoughts of an obscure botanist?  I think the answer lies with Hatake.  I've always wondered why he so much plant life in his private lab and the entrance way to his secret stairway.  We've always known he's been interested in the mutation of species, in our case, the human species.  He's been experimenting with viruses as vectors and the manipulation of genetic code to change people "from the inside out" as Doreen stated it.

 We also know Candace Sutton was all for starting a new species and was very impatient for the "dying out" of our current species.  Hatake referred to her solution as "genocide." Hatake, I feel, had a different solution and that would be mutation instead of natural selection.

I think Hatake has taken Willis' work and adapted it to the human condition.  As Willis observed, "also maintained that the "dying out" of species occurs rarely, and that new forms arise by mutation rather than by local adaptation through natural selection. "

Simply put, Hatake has been experimenting with the mutation of plant life and adapting it towards the human species withinin the constrictions of Willis' theory.  The end game would be a kind of plant/human hybrid.


I'm willing to guess this has something to do with Julia's photo-sensitivity.  As we all know, plant life needs light and or sunlight in order to process it's "food" through photosynthesis.  If Julia is a plant/human hybrid then her skin, of better yet, her silvered eyes, may be a conduit for light.  The contacts may be a filter to help with the hyper-absorption of light.

Willis was concerned with the "age" of a species and it's "dying out."  If Ilaria was seeking the same goal through Hatake's work then it would make perfect sense to create a new super species of human using Willis' theory and Hatake's adaptation.

It seemed as though Sutton disagreed.  When she learned of Hatakes work she dismissed it as an "abomination."  She was looking at the torn picture of Hatake with the young Julia but I don't think she was speaking of Julia specifically, but the Willis work instead.  I think she thought it a failure and it may have left them with the silver eyed condition we know of.  Something she and Hatake shared and was quite angered with.  Hence the "abomination" remark.


If we are to extrapolate upon this theory further then we may look upon the severed heads in a new light.  I think the heads are being kept so they can be "regrown" again using Hatake's plant/human hybrid technology.  Are they to be reattached to their former human forms?  Possibly.  I think rather the heads can grow a new body through some massive petri-dish experiment or perhaps in direct connection to a hybrid plant species that has been genetically spliced with the human genome.

Or better yet, the heads can be re-attached to the perfected vector virus infected species!

Don't worry Candace and Dr. Hvit, we'll soon find a suitable human/plant/vector species and you'll soon be starting a new "family tree" in no time.  (Bad pun totally intended.)  Hopefully by the season conclusion if not season two.


Can we connect the filing of Sutton's teeth to all of this?

Most herbivores have flattened teeth in order to gnash and process the plant life they need to consume.  If Hatake's plant/human/vectors have become herbivores then flattening teeth would make sense.  So why flatten them if you are a mutation?  Why are they not growing flat?  Has the mutation led then to be hyper-sharp?  The better to process the consumption of meat like a good carnivore?  

Humans are already a crossover of herbivore and carnivore.  Hatake's imperfect mutation must have tipped the scales too far in one direction.  

Remember Julia's famished state when she came out of level R and sat down to eat with Alan and Sarah?  (And that hilarious "Alien" homage.)  Perhaps being a hybrid means you super process your need for energy and strict absorption of light isn't enough for your plant like state.  Meat is also essential hence the super carnivore teeth that Candace insisted on filing down.

No wonder Sutton thought Hatake's earlier work was an abomination.  She's living proof of it.  So is Hatake and so is Julia Walker.  This also explains Hatake's anguished tears at what Julia has become.

An abomination.


Okay, one last observation for the hyper-toothed human/plant hybrid.

As pictured above I think that is why Julia has been muzzled.  Not to keep her quiet but to keep her from using those nasty new teeth she is going to grow.  With the increased need for consumption comes the increased need for the super teeth.  You eat more efficiently with the hyper teeth in order to sate your heightened need for energy.  Sutton knew this and had Julia properly restrained.

Boy, I can't wait see one of these human/plant hybrids in all it's glory.  Do you suppose they will face off against the vector/human/head transplant species in a battle for Earth supremacy?




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

True Detective - Revelations



I thought I'd be clever and title this post "Revelations" because of all the significant things we learned in this episode.  In other words the "reveals."  The clever part comes from the tie in to the Book of Revelations but just as a passing reference.

Let's dispense with my lame attempts at cleverness and take a more serious look at what turns out to be the competing philosophical and religious maxims at play.

As the last episode of True Detective came to a close we followed two parallel story lines wherein Rust Cohle was espousing his latest religious screed to Detectives Gilbough and Papania and the inter-cut scenes of Cohle reopening his investigation to the '95 murders.

The haggard Cohle explains to Gilbough and Papania that "Death created time to grow the things that it would kill.  You can't change your life and that is the terrible and secret fate of all life."

As Cohle has learned in his investigation of the murders, the Yellow King and the thoughts of Reggie LeDoux everything is a circle.  We may think we live in a sphere but from the outside looking in, our existence is just a flat circle that is destined to repeat itself.

That flat circle and it's philosophy is exemplified in the wreath of vines and roots that Cohle discovers (pictured above) as he goes back to the Dora Lange  murder site.  It is pagan, and as such, a thing of nature.


In the book of Revelations we get an opposing point of view and that is the finality of all things.

Revelations teaches of the apocalypse and as the prologue states, "I am the Alpha and the Omega."  The beginning and the end.  Rust Cohle doesn't strike anyone as a true believer.   (If you remember from the episode, "The Locked Room," he looked upon a tent full of true believers and remarked none of them will be "splitting the atom anytime soon.")  But it is my thinking there is no greater believer in the finality of all things than Rust Cohle.  In that finality, in that Christian biblical sense, Cohle will finally get his peace of mind.

I don't believe that Cohle buys into his own screed as professed to Gilbough and Papania. Instead I believe he intends to break the circle and free those that have suffered from these horrible crimes and bring them finality and rest.  This also includes himself and his tortured existence due to the death of his daughter.  He has to prove it to himself and to the memory of his daughter that these things won't keep repeating themselves and that life has meaning.

This is what drives him.


As Martin Hart has told us there is no greater "box man" that Rustin Cohle.  Ironically, in this episode his work in the "box" represents a failure as he inadvertently sabotages a confession and simultaneously learns his previous case is not closed.

What we have also learned from Hart is that as Gilbough and Papania have been trying to get a read on Cohle, he has already gotten a read on them.

Remember when Cohle storms out of the interview and dismisses the detectives as "company men."  If they want to see what he has, then they better get a warrant.

He's deliberately baiting them.

Cohle does have a read on them and I believe he believes he can trust them.
 
To this point, Cohle believed the earlier Task Force that wanted their case was in on it.  Now when he stomps out of the interview it is an invitation to follow him.

He's found his allies,  It's time to break the circle.


There may may be another clue right in front of the detectives and the viewing audience.

Rust Cohle has carved out a set a figurines from the beer cans  he's consumed.  They stand before him just before he exits his interview.  What do they represent? They seem to be standing in a circle.

Are they symbolic of the children that have been so brutally murdered?

Or.

Are do they represent the body count that Cohle has compiled in pursuit of closing the circle?

I'm hoping it's the children that stand before him , cold, stark and unfeeling.  Yet still standing waiting to be laid to rest.  Waiting for the the last person we'd take as a true believer.

Waiting for Rust Cohle to complete his mission from God.


Are you a believer?


Monday, February 17, 2014

Helix - Strange Bedfellows



Ah, the shifting sands of alliances, partnerships, and coalitions continues to swirl about Helix as the strange bedfellows that go inside and outside the sheets begins to heat up.

Hmmm, shifting sands in an Arctic setting?  Things "heating up" in that frozen wasteland?

Sure why not?


After last week's sexual romps during "Aniqatiga" it looked like we were in for much of the same once Sergio and Constance were left alone.  Naturally, they fell into each others arms.  It looked as though Constance was going to beat something out of him but it turns out he just likes it a little rough.  Sergio has gained an ally and a powerful one at that.  Things looked pretty dim for our Brazilian friend as he was brought handcuffed and humiliated before Daniel and his security team.  As it turns out this was just an avenue to create a new alliance between Anana her long lost brother, Miksa.


The power couple that ended the last episode in each others arms seems to have tempered a bit.  Alan and Sarah were just a bit self conscious over their deed and felt it better to stay focused and opt to find a cure.

Was this a mistake to split?  Shouldn't have Sarah kept Alan close?  As we were to find out later it seems to be a mistake.

 
There was one alliance that seemed to gain strength and that was the one between Hatake and Julia.   Hatake's response to seeing Julia with the silvered eyes was a lot more than I expected.  The man was truly anguished.  His personal stake in her well being goes a lot deeper than I thought.  Instead of something akin to brother and sister, at least in a figurative sense, it now seems to have taken on the bond you find between father and daughter.  Julia isn't quite aware of this but she has become more trusting in the man and was willing to follow him to safety.


Hatake's relationship with Julia may come in handy as his power base was seriously deteriorated by Daniel finding out the true nature of his relationship with Anana and that of Hatake. Daniel professed earlier he just wanted to be trusted.  Now that need for trust has surely evaporated.  Add to this the disapproval by Constance Sutton and her willingness to slap Hatake in every manner means Hatake's little empire is sure to crumble.

 
Sarah bore witness to a connection that was close to being severed.  As Hatake has grown closer to Julia, she in turn fell into the arms of Alan.  This bodes well for Alan.  As Hatake finds Julia invaluable so does Alan.  This troika may be the most powerful group of them all.  Each has powerful stake in the other.  Hatake needs Alan to complete the cure (as does Sutton), Alan needs Julia for her RNA expertise, Julia needs Alan because, well, check out the picture above, and they all need each other to survive the scorched earth policy Sutton has for her end game.


Is there a loser in all these goings on?  As mentioned earlier Sarah may have misstepped when she went all professional with the post coital Alan.  Now she is on the outside looking in.  Her one card to play is the secret pact she made with Alan to keep the cure a secret.  She just needs to move Julia out of the picture.  Hatake for his part can dangle a cure in front of Sarah.  Okay, all is not lost for our "pretty" just a little dim at the moment.

The Silver Eyed Club


What's the most powerful group of them all and they don't know it yet?  How about our silver eyed friends?  Julia has now joined the ranks with Hatake and guess who else is a memeber?


Constance Sutton has that moonlit glow to her peepers which means she has also fallen victim to the virus and it's semi-effectual cure.  

Did I say cure?  Maybe I should have said curse.  Judging by Hatake's tears he may have saved Julia but also doomed her.  Stabbing headaches may only be one symptom of the silver eyes.  Something salved and hidden by contact lenses.  I fear there is something alot worse to come.


Sutton grinding down her teeth is our best clue. Silver eyes, stabbing headaches and the ability to ward of rampaging vectors is all very useful but is there a downside?

How about sharpened fangs for teeth?  I think that is what Sutton was doing in order to hide her condition.  I'm guessing anyone with the silver eyes also manifest strange other physical attributes.  The fangs may be just the tip.  

Are we ready for this show to take a supernatural turn?  Will our silver eyed friends take on the appearance of something vampiric or that of the werewolf?

Raise your hand if you are ready for that.

No one?


Ready or not something is about to give.  It looks like the Vectors have made it to level B and this particual group has an agenda.

Infect!

Hiyo Silver is all I  say!  It won't be long before they are forced together for the good of the greater population.  Will their alliance last?  As long as they need each other it will.

What was that old saying about keeping your friends close but your enemies closer?

Oh, Helix, where are you taking us next week?


Almost Human - Russian Dolls



So we get a new episode of Almost Human but it's one of the ones that is out of order and I thought to myself, "Uh, do I really want to blog on this?  The continuity will be messed up and it won't follow what is going on in the previous episodes."

I just didn't have the energy to pursue something the show-runners weren't that invested in themselves.

I caught the Russian nesting doll and thought, "I know, I'll pick on something incongruous or slight like I used to do with Fringe and see how much meaning I can attach to it."  Fringe was famous for seeding stuff into their set design and it was always fun to see if it had a deeper meaning or if it acted like an Easter egg we could pursue as the series ran on.

Nesting dolls are cool, they're an interesting toy wherein they represent a puzzle of sorts that also tells a story.  They're metaphorical because they represent chapters to a story that have to be divined like peeling back the "layers to an onion" to find the real meaning deep inside.

Surely I could get something out of that because I'm damned positive the episode will be a bore.

Wrong.


This is the type of episode that makes Almost Human special.

My eyes were half shut and I was exhausted from a weeks work which included a substantial amount of overtime at the utility I work for.  Then came the line that nearly knocked me off the couch.

"You learn to appreciate the beauty in flaws when you are surrounded by perfect things."

The camera cut to Dorian and I was hooked.


 Time to wake up Dave!

Now I understood the complexity of this episode.  The subtle nuance .  The intricate and elegant poetry of it all.

Suddenly the three girls were Russian dolls.  Inside each one of them was another mystery, another story. And when you reached the end there was Lila.  The girl that wasn't perfect.  She wasn't engineered or pasted together.  Yet she was left wanting.  Despite being good as she was it wasn't good enough.

What is Dorian supposed to think when faced with  enormity of this human experience?  In many ways he seeks to be more human yet he is perceived as a machine that is perfect in every way.  He recently found out that the original generation of Dorians had started to commit suicide because they couldn't cope with they saw.

Now he sees a young lady in Lila that was gifted in many ways but when faced with the perfection of her chrome enhanced classmates she dismissed the beauty of her own flaws and like the Dorians couldn't cope with what she saw.

How sad to see a young life ended because the enormity of her expectations and those around her were not met.

It's mind boggling to keep up with the irony of the many characters of Almost Human as they seek to define who they really are.  I can see them in a room together, each pointing a finger at one another and saying, "You are better than me."  "I am not as good as you."  "I wish I was more like you."

No wonder pharmaceuticals and memory wipes are so prevalent in their age.





 There are two other Russian Dolls we can add to out list.

How refreshing to see some layers added to the character of Detective Stahl.  It seems there is some complexity beneath the complexion after all.  And what an interesting twist to her own struggle to being almost human.

We find out Valerie is a chrome but a chrome in denial.  Is this healthy?  She's been keeping her true nature from her compatriots as an act, I can only assume, to blend in.  She doesn't want to be treated any differently than anyone else and I'm sure she wants to achive her goals without any special preference.  She's the type of person Lila saw as a threat and I can't help but feel she would come off as threatening to others if they really new what she was capable of.

I wonder if Dorian could learn from Valerie or better yet, learn from each other as one struggles with artificial humanity and the other with, well, artificial humanity!

Valerie comes from the Latin, Valerius, it means denotes "strength, health and boldness."  All of which I'm sure Stahl possess but chooses to inhibit.  It's too bad the writers chose to withhold this for so long.  We may have grown some more appreciation for her and not see her as the flawless pretty face.



I think we are aware of the complexity of the last of our Russian Doll, Anna.

The one time lover to Kennex turned traitor and now what?  Puppeteer?  The cute little knick-knack that spun our story in a whole new direction turned out to be a listening device.







I never thought of it before, but surely Anna knows John survived her deadly ambush. Has she been pulling his strings and using him for information via her device?   It would seem so.  She certainly hasn't sought to finish him off.  His continued presence has kept her group one step ahead of the police.  I wonder how John feels about being duped once before and being used in a similar fashion now.



Complexity, intricacy and entanglement.  All the great facets of the human condition and the basic tenets to the make up of a brilliant tale.  The Russian Dolls opened up before our eyes and the story they brought forth added further dimension to Almost Human.

Pity it took this chapter so long to reach us.  I'm sure they are using it to set up the last three episodes where John will meet Anna once again.  That's fine and Karl Urban is the star.  However, it is no secret that Michael Ealy's Dorian is my favorite character.

That's the story I am keen to follow.  The human trapped inside the body of an android.  I should mention the meaning of the name Dorian.  It's rooted in the Greek, Doris, which means "gift."   Perhaps Dorian will be the gift that mankind needs or perhaps Dorian will receive a gift that will add further meaning to his life.

Dorian also comes from Gaelic, Dorieann, which means "tempestuous weather."  Both definitions seem to apply to Dorian although I foresee stormy seas ahead for our favorite DRN as the first season comes to a close. 

Can Dorian survive the maelstrom of what is to be almost human or will he choose the path of Lila? Her name comes from the Polish, "of the people" something she sadly rejected but I hope something Dorian chooses to embrace.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

True Detective - Needle Point



One of the most intriguing aspects of True Detective is it's incredible characters.  The most formidable of which is that of Woody Harrelson's Martin Hart and Matthew McConauhey's Rust Cohle. 

True Detective has been criticized for a little lack of originality.  Especially when it comes to the main crime story line.  Satanic ritual, sadism and the sexual degradation of women  have been done.  They are not any more acceptable, just done.

As noted above the real draw to the series is it's fascinating characters and the enigmatic paths they have chosen.  To that end I'd like to pursue some further insights into the characters of Hart and Cohle plus a tease of sorts about their fate and that six minute tracking shot everyone is buzzing about.

Rust Cohle


The ever inscrutable Rust Cohle took center stage again and if learned anything, he is a man on point.

Cohle is so driven that he is willing to elicit the inner demons that bedevil him by rubbing the genie's bottle of drug addiction.   His plan includes acting outside the police force, stealing from it's evidence locker room, infiltrating his old biker gang and running a gauntlet of drugs that would kill a lesser man.


Before this, we see the Rustin Cohle we've come to know.  In the past, I've characterized his heart as a "lump of coal" worthy of his surname.  In this most recent episode, we see him torture the hapless inmate of Charlie Lange with the knowledge of Charlie's sharing of his wife's Polaroid's led directly to her death at the hands of Ledoux.

This shocked Martin Hart and when he called Cohle out on this he responded, "He asked about his end first"  

"So?"

"So fuck him."

Cohle treats those who act outside the law with extreme disdain.  Yet he is not afraid of acting outside the law himself.  Is this a double standard that the "on point" Cohle is not aware of?  Or does this disdain extend to himself and his own deep seated self loathing?

It seems the torture he is willing to inflict on others extends to himself. 

Truly it is a wonder he hasn't ended his own life he seems so guilt ridden and tortured.  But, as evidenced by the 2012 interviews he is alive and kicking.  Apparently suicide would be the easy way out.  Perhaps he feels the self torture is deserved and must be endured.


Cohle's laser like focus manages to burn his partner once again by totally disregarding  Hart's anguish over losing his family.  He coldly observed what was going on at the dance and intimated this loss is exactly what Hart deserved.



Cohle's fatalism is confirmed by his retention of the "box of fun" he's kept in case he needs to slip over to the dark side once again. If automatic weapons weren't enough, a grenade or two might come in handy, some extra ammo and a bottle of whiskey.  Truly this man lives for the apocalypse.

It makes me think we'll learn a little more about the day his daughter died.  I feel there is something left out of that story by Cohle.  At the very least, does he feel he betrayed his daughter's loyalty the way his father accused him of the same?

Hart


Rustin Cohle does not have a monopoly on self inflicted pain.  Marty Hart is a charter member of that club also.

He nearly wills his family into abandoning him by openly taunting Lisa Tragnetti outside the courtroom.  Even with his self admitted fondness for "crazy pussy" he still can't resist humiliating her.  

When Hart confronts Maggie at the hospital he still can't come to grip with his own complicity.  He instantly becomes faultless  and accuses Maggie of betrayal.


Marty manages to retain his focus but only through the temptation of solving the crime and entering the very worlds that invoke it.

The above image is taken from the "meth rave" Marty infiltrated in pursuit of Tyrone Weems.  I was struck by it's yellow hue and it made me think of something.

The Tease

With Marty bathed in yellow it me think of "The King in Yellow."  The King is part of Ledoux's writings and I wondered to myself, if they are setting Marty awash in yellow are we to make the connection that Marty is somehow responsible for the murder that happens 17 years later?  This implication has been teased out by the show's writers as evidenced by the interviews Marty and Rust have had to endure.  Is Marty a copy cat of the original "King."

The other tease we get is the trailer for next weeks episode.  If you purposely avoid all teaser trailers then skip this next paragraph. 

In the trailer Marty asks, "You tell me right now why you are all over Cohle."  The implication here is that the investigation is turning towards Cohle as a suspect.  I see this as a red herring.  I think the show-runners are planting the seed of doubt in the viewing audience in order to fuel the idea that either Hart or Cohle are responsible for the copy cat killing of 17 years later.

Conveniently left out of all this is the back story for the year 2002 when Cohle and Hart had their falling out.   What precipitated it?  They solved the '95 crime and locked away their man.  What went wrong?  I've shared part of this theory on twitter already.  I'm thinking they may have gotten the wrong man back in '95.  In addition, they finally got the right perp in '02 and had to act outside the law, read murder, said perp in order to close the case. 

More to come I'm sure.

Six Minute Mayhem



 Much was made of the six minute tracking shot that closed the episode.  It drew comparisons to "Children of Men" and it's famous long tracking shot.  Others dismissed the shot as much ado about nothing and it distracted the viewers from what was just a so-so episode.

I have to admit this episode doesn't stand up to the previous three quite as well.  But, oh, what an ending it was.  If the the episode truly was pedestrian (it wasn't that bad really) then this vignette truly saved it.  I haven't had a reaction to such a tableau since I watched the miniseries, "The Pacific."

As some of you that watched that series may recall there was a sequence when the Marines were taking a Japanese held airfield on Guadalcanal.  As they approached the airfield's tower complex they were repulsed.  In fact, this "repulse" turned into a counter-attack and nearly a rout.

The only thing that saved the day for the Marines was the timely arrival of a squad of Sherman tanks.  I giggle to myself as I type this as I recall how relieved I was.  I was so tense I could barely sit on the couch.  I'm sure my teeth were clenched and my eyes were locked on the screen and nearly driven to tears.

That's the kind of relief I felt when Marty arrived to rescue Cohle and his ginger.  I don't think I could have slept after that, seeing how bad it had gone.  I'll refer you to my reaction after the Game of Thrones "Red Wedding" scene.

I slept this time.  Did you?  Or are you haunted by other visions?


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Helix - Sexual Healing and Twins


Helix cranked up the sexual overtones in the their last episode entitled, "Aniqatiga."  And to what end I wonder. 

The episode started rich with mythology and teeming with answers most notably the fate of Sergio Balleseros  and the continued hallucinations of Julia.

But I couldn't help be distracted with the overt placement of sexual or romantic situations.

Let's start with Alan Farragut and his mixed messages towards Sarah Jordan.  This is a quick lesson on not how to impress a lady.  Alan tells Sarah he needs Julia (she wrote the book on gene splicing) and then he tells Sarah they "only have each other" and how he "can't afford to lose her either."

Did you see the look on her face? 

She switches between being crushed and elated with the wink of an eye.  Wow, Alan, this is the lady that isn't exactly in a good place what with her morphine indulgence.  And now you're teasing her about being the last two standing? Are you trying to push her over the edge?


If the sexual innuendo of between Alan and Sarah weren't bad enough we switch to Sergio and his new found "friend" Anana. 

Not only did this encounter have sexual overtones it was spiced with some S&M!  Really?  A shirtless Sergio handcuffed to the bed?  It gets better(?) when a furious Anana confronts Sergio with his escape attempt and actually mounts him in order to make her point.

"What am I a hostage?" he asks.  Her response, "We can make this as dirty as you want it to be."

Well now, we get it Anana!

It even gets steamier by the end of the episode when Alan and Sarah decide to let go of their inhibitions and find a release.

So why all the overt sexuality?  The cynical side of me would say sex sells and the way to keep people watching and draw in new viewers is to come up with some sexual situations in order to up the titillation factor.  I did giggle at a few of the scenes but when you invest yourself with a show like this and it's sci-fi appeal doesn't this cheapen things a bit? 

I suppose everyone knows what a "shipper" is.  Someone that is invested in the relationships of a show.  It seems every show has to have it's shipper quotient these day but do we really need it on Helix?  Or is it at least, too soon?

Aniqatiga

If there is one thing all the shipper/sexual nonsense did bring us it was the revelation of the missing children and Daniel's twin, Toluk.  Or should we refer to Daniel as, "Miksa."


Anana has a brother and that brother has a twin!  Aniqatiga means "my sibling" in the Inupiaq language.  (Inuit of Alaska.) This opens up a whole new kettle of fish.  Not only does this mean the missing children may have been part of Arctic BioSystems experimentation, but it also means Daniel is one of the missing and through his unique stature as a twin it affords ABS with someone to experiment on and then sample the other twin as a control subject.


Julia

My mind immediately leapt to the Julia storyline and that of the mysterious little girl.



As the episode progressed I began to work out a theory that Julia's latest vision was really an avatar of her childhood self.  This wasn't a big leap and it was later confirmed by "dream Peter."  But can we tie this in with the missing children of the Inuit tribe?  Was Julia a missing child at one point?  I'm still torn over Julia really been held as a child and experimented on and/or her being held as an adult and through experimentation she reverted psychologically to a childhood state.

Does Julia have a twin?


 In a manner of speaking maybe she does and that twin may be Hatake.

This may explain his fascination with her and it may explain her lack of NARVIK - B viral symptoms by the end of the episode.  It seems Hatake has provided Julia with a cure of sorts the only lingering affect is the eyes she's now inherited that are much like Hatake's.


They may be just twins in a metaphorical sense but I sense this goes deeper.  As Alan said earlier, Julia is the master of gene splicing.  Did her genetic make up get spliced with that of Hatake's?  Did it happen during their respective childhoods?  Were they both experimented on as children and are they "twins" because of the genetic makeup they share and their shared experience?

To add fuel to this fire, remember when Julia noticed how fast Hatake's wound has been healing?  He looked at her with a wry smile and said, "I must have good genes."

Good "shared" genes and that's why the cure worked so well with Julia.

Embrace your twin Julia.

This may not go back to their childhoods.  Although, I hope it does.  Julia and Hatake may have been experimented on as adults and have the same shared trauma that reverted them to a childlike state.   But it would be a lot creepier if they actually grew up together in the lab.  Don't you remember that vacation Julia?


The inclusion of the family dinner scene may help solidify this theory of mine.  Metaphorically speaking , they did all sit there as a family and everyone is related to one or the other in some respect.  Either as a sibling  (uh-oh Alan, watch your back) or by marriage or by "affair".  Hmm, all except Sergio.  What's your relation Sergio?  Do you have a sibling somewhere?  (I bet he find out he does.)


This story may have had a misplaced sexual context but it opened the genie's bottle to a whole new wing of mythology. 

Twin, siblings and children, oh my!  Good luck getting out of this land of Oz Julia!