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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 03:36:46 PM »

I'm rewatching 17 and 18 this morning and getting all those details again i forgot to write about like Brigg's disembodied head, Evil Coop cage, Andy's picnic basket, superimposed Coop head saying we live in a dream, and we haven't even gone to February 23rd, 1989, where Cooper was tofind Judy.

Indeed, Evil Coop infiltrating the White Lodge only to end up in a "projection" of Twin Peaks, which happened to be the Twin Peaks that we know, led to an "oh shit" moment for me. And of course, Coop's "we live inside a dream" solidified it. ... What was inside the picnic basket?

These episodes have been swimming in my head since last night. Two more things. Evil Coop was searching for Judy, just like Coop was. They both got help from Jefferies. His direction for Coop seemed to be on the money, even though he got there in a roundabout way. Which makes me wonder if Evil Coop did/will end up meeting with Judy as well. Finally, the nature for Cooper's help was quite different. It wasn't coordinates, but a figure-8.

EDIT: Ah, now I get it. Evil Coop was headed for Sarah's home, but the Fireman intercepted it, sending him to Twin Peaks Sheriff's Office (and the trap he had laid there).

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:20:54 PM »
Here's some of "Void's" seminal work:

Felt so lucky he agreed to be on the show.

Like how some people were of the mistaken opinion that Casca only ever loved Griffith and never really reciprocated Guts' feelings.

That's a good one! Consider it q1 for a future follow up podcast.

Or how some have come to believe that Griffth really turned a new leaf after the Incarnation Ceremony.

I don't think we addressed this in exactly the way you phrase it, but we do spend time on Griffith as a false savior.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:25:39 AM »
Shock is a good word for it.

I don't even know where to begin. When you start messing not only with time, but also pocket dimensions, AND David Lynch is at the helm, I'm not exactly sure how anyone is expected to follow along. I'll just lay out where my head is at the moment.

Fairly sure in Ep 18, they were in a pocket-dimension, where the real Laura was being kept. Hidden perhaps after she was snatched from Cooper's hand? And Coop probably wasn't supposed to take Laura back to her home. Chalfont/Tremond is of course, the name of the old woman and her grandson, who also owned the property where Chester Desmond disappeared from. The powerline was also a Black Lodge giveaway. Perhaps the house was a kind of trap, set there in case something like this happened. Then the trap sprung upon Laura's appearance (and the apparent appearance of Sarah/Mother). Just before Laura screams, you can hear Sarah's moaning (from the scene at the end of ep 17).

Or they were in a timeline where Laura was never killed. Makes less sense, but who the fuck knows?

In ep 17, Cooper looses hold of Laura's hand when they're near that big ass tree. The same one that asshole-face "died" next to? What the fuck does that signify?

Oh yeah and Cooper didn't remember "Richard and Linda," and I'm not sure why we were supposed to.

I love/hate how Lynch bothers to bring back Twin Peaks ostensibly to tie up loose ends after the abrupt ending, only to leave us with another one with even MORE loose ends. :ganishka:  :judo:

That ending though, holy shit. Gonna stay with me.

PS: Funny thing I learned by Googling "Odessa Twin Peaks," there's a Hooters-esque sports bar in Odessa, TX named Twin Peaks.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:37:01 PM »

Episode 90: Berserk Mythbusters (1h 46m)

Walter and Aazealh are joined by a special, brainy guest to answer some of the most-asked questions about Berserk. Is there really a difference between fate and causality? Maybe apostles aren't so bad? What's an idolm@ster, anyway? Listen along as we decapitate every misconception in existence.

Timestamps for all questions:
00:02:40 - 1. What's the difference between Fate and Causality in Berserk?
00:07:55 - 2. Why doesn't Guts just use the beherit to get more power and defeat Griffith?
00:11:30 - 3. Did Griffith even have a choice at the Eclipse? Is there "free will" in Berserk?
00:15:13 - 4. Griffith's sacrifice is incomplete because Guts and Casca are still alive.
00:17:05 - 5. If Griffith is the Falcon of Light does that make Guts the Falcon of Darkness?
00:22:15 - 6. Why were they on the boat for so long?
00:27:49 - 7. The Dragonslayer must have gotten a big upgrade from killing the sea god.
00:30:05 - 8. What happened during the Incarnation Ceremony?
00:37:13 - 9. Who is the "moonlight  boy?"
00:44:43 - 10. What is "evil" and "evil" power in Berserk?
00:48:18 - 11. What are the apostles, and how are they made?
00:51:19 - 12. What happened on top of Ganishka anyway, and why did it result in the world changing?
01:01:55 - 13. What is the Beast of Darkness?
01:05:52 - 14. What's the relationship between the Beast and the Berserk's Armor?
01:09:19 - 15. Beherits require blood to use.
01:10:52 - 16. Is the Idea of Evil real? Is it considered canon?
01:13:17 - 17. Casca enjoyed being raped / Casca was already raped by apostles.
01:19:04 - 18. Misconceptions about Kentarou Miura
01:33:20 - 19. Why are astral wounds different from physical wounds?
01:37:20 - 20. Elves only encompass winged beings like Puck and Ivalera.
01:40:25 - 21. The Black Swordsman Arc spoils the Golden Age Arc.

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I always use CD Japan. Shipping isn't too expensive, particularly if you get several items at once.

Here's his listing :

I love when I find a cool Hirasawa song I haven't heard before

Definitely, you should listen to that whole album Kyusai no Gihou. It's my favorite of his solo works:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Beasts of No Nation
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:50:52 PM »
Yep, I saw this last year. It's a good adaptation, but what it misses is the language of the book, which was part of what made it special. If you liked the movie, you should definitely check the book out.

Opening paragraph: "It is starting like this. I am feeling itch like insect is crawling on my skin, and then my head is just starting to tingle right between my eye, and then I am wanting to sneeze because my nose is itching, and then air is just blowing into my ear and I am hearing so many thing: the clicking of insect, the sound of truck grumbling like one kind of animal, and then the sound of somebody shouting TAKE YOUR POSITION RIGHT NOW! QUICK! QUICK QUICK! MOVE WITH SPEED! MOVE FAST OH! in voice that is just touching my body like knife."

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 28, 2017, 07:32:28 PM »

Does it bother you at all that this could have been the 3rd or 4th episode and gone from there? :ganishka:

It was, in fact, the very first thing that passed through my mind after my elation at Cooper's return subsided.

So if Diane was a tulpa all along, what was the point of her apparent relation to Janey-E? Was that real too, or another fabrication? One would have assumed that (or the ring inscription itself) would have led Gordon and his team to Cooper, but we saw how that search ended up.

I'm not entirely jazzed about the entire season wrapping up next week, even though this episode was firing on all cylinders. It seems to me that it's going to be over too quick, after too long waiting for things to start cranking.

And when Coop's about to wake up, Bushnell hears the tone from the Great Northern, right? "Listen to the sounds." :SK:

Yep, which confirms it to be a lodge manipulation (black or white?), but still sure what the sound in the Great Northern is supposed to represent, unless that's where shit is going to go down in Twin Peaks next ep.

Were all the Roadhouse scenes, which often appeared to be somehow disconnected to the rest of the show in terms of characters, part of her dream? No, that makes no sense, there were familiar characters sometimes. What the fuck's going on? Best show of all time.

Yeah, it doesn't really add up with the information we have right now. There were certainly "real" scenes that happened at the Roadhouse, since James and Hulk Hands were arrested for that fight. A number of possibilities remain.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 28, 2017, 12:47:47 AM »
Well, I'm glad someone decided to hit the go button finally.  :daiba:

Cooper is back ("finally"  :ganishka:), and he doesn't miss a goddamned thing. He doesn't need anyone to catch him up on events. He's good to go. Let's transform and roll out motherfuckers, we've only got 3 episodes left.

Diane was a "tulpa" all along, like Dougie. Evil Coop was indeed the father of Richard Horne, which means he raped Audrey (and Diane, apparently, with a hint that Bob was part of it -- his face/smile -- CHRIST).  Anything else you'd like to cash in on this payday episode, Mr. Lynch?!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:53:01 PM »
If Wikipedia is correct, today is the 28th Anniversary of Berserk.
Congratulation Miura Sensei  :guts:

Pretty sure it's October 1989, with no known date. Source:

Also, when Young Animal celebrated the 20th anniversary of Berserk back in 2009, it was in the October issue.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:52:48 PM »
Guts as a raccoon, from the makers of Just Cause:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 23, 2017, 06:15:56 PM »
... Sarah Palmer being possessed isn't something that was created for this season it was something seeded within the 1st 2 seasons of the show.

...You've lost me, but at least I got to use my own patronizing ellipsis!

If you recall what she says at the RR Diner in the season 2 finale "I'm in The Black Lodge with agent Cooper" and in 3x15 it confirms the Jumping Man is inside her.

I recall that scene, but it's ambiguous. It doesn't mean she's been possessed all this time. She could have been used as a medium for whatever was communicating from the Black Lodge at that time (taunting Briggs -- who else but Windom Earle).  Possessed later? Possibly. The connective tissue since the beginning with Sarah through the Return is that damned fan.

That and remember episode 3 when we were 1st shown Dougie while Cooper was in that dimension with Naido in the room that had alternating numbers on the wall : 3 (Dougie Arrival ). 15 (Dougie End). aka 3x15 The Return of Dale Cooper.

That's seriously off the deep end, dude. What makes you think Lynch hides clues in season+episode numbers? I think you've been reading too much Reddit.

Why would that be real...?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 22, 2017, 06:51:51 PM »
Early on, there was a theory thrown around on Reddit that Richard Horne was the child of Mr. C and Audrey Horne. I disregarded it at the time for a few reasons. First, it's downright disgusting if Audrey was indeed in a coma when Mr. C did ...that (though we do know he visited the hospital after that incident). Second, the idea came from Richard's erratic, maniacal behavior, but that's explained in one of Audrey's first lines to Cooper: "emotional problems run in my family." Third, how utterly cruel it'd be for Audrey... But over the past two episodes, we've seen Richard and Mr. C paired together, and now they're riding in the same truck. And the last thing Richard said to him was "Audrey Horne." I'm really starting to worry...

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:07:05 PM »
I think that list is pretty solid, Griff, though I'll admit to forgetting what happened in Eps 9-10.

I wouldn't say I'm angry at the show, just a little disappointed that I don't have strong feelings one way or the other anymore. I feel like the show has squandered much of the goodwill it garnered in the early episodes, when I was more forgiving of its meandering way of telling its story. Recently I've found myself looking at the time while watching, thinking "wow, 20 more minutes of this, huh? Minus 5-6 minutes of the Roadhouse music video." That certainly wasn't happening in the first 6 episodes or so, and it's definitely changed how I've felt about the whole thing. I don't know if that's on the show for being inconsistent or me for being foolish in hoping for more.  A lot hangs on these final episodes to turn that sentiment around.

And I'm even okay with virtually no "answers," since that's never what compelled me about Twin peaks to begin with. And so much of the lore is explained in the margins, not on the screen (though I maintain that if Lynch and Frost were going to re-open Twin Peaks as a story, I'd expect a few more answers) I just want to enjoy the show again.

Then again I loved Steven and his gross face's vacuous story and how nightmarish and anxiety inducing his last scene was so maybe I'm just an easy target for Lynch's usual themes.

I guess I just don't know what his story was supposed to do for the audience. And also, I was premature in implying that Steven is DEFINITELY dead and written out of the story. We saw Carl being informed about the incident, and there's a chance he'll encounter something in the woods in the next episode (or the next).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:10:15 PM »  :ganishka:

Regarding last night's ep:

I kept waiting for the significance of Steven's character to be revealed, and now he's dead, so I'm really wondering why we were subjected to his gross face at all.

As Dougie stared at the socket, I stood up. He's going to do it! He's going to return to the Lodge and retrieve that golden ball to make him "whole" again. Nnnnope! Oh, Dougie! Still, that zap might have had some effect, given the significance of electricity in this show .

Good for Ed. Clear skies for him and Norma. Not sure why that took 25 years...

Jeffries as a disembodied gas emitting from a supernatural cauldron caught somewhere between dimensions? Sure, why not? But as cool as that whole sequence was, and as long-awaited as Jeffries' reveal was, it didn't really seem to add much to the mix. That line from Jeffries: "So you're Cooper?" And then Mr. C's stare, ignoring the question. Positively Void-like  :void:

As soon as I saw the woman who opened the door for Mr. C, I thought it might be Judy. Not that it makes any sense  :guts:

Any clue who the assassin was in Las Vegas? That seemed to have come from out of nowhere. If it's not Jeffries, then it's probably the same person who's been working against Mr. C since the start.

And finally, of course, RIP Log Lady, a fitting tribute, though I'm starting to expect a bit more with so few episodes left, and though they're quickly pruning the unessential cast, a lot of the new additions didn't amount to much anyway.

I could be reading too much into it, but her death happening now instead of later in the show I think signals that we're in for some shit in the coming episodes. And to reiterate my feeling from last ep, there's a LOT to cover in the last 3 eps...

Finally, regarding the Log Lady's final words: Watch out for the one under the moon. Here are some relevant screengrabs, via reddit:

It isn't over yet. It's all just started! Now the whole world will be different for ever!

Technically the Age of Darkness began on Jan 20, 2017.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Coolest moment in ALL of Berserk ?
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:26:23 PM »
As far as "badass" or a spectacle, I think it's a tie between Skull Knight's surprise entrances: at the Eclipse and on top of Ganishka.

But my favorite moment in the series is still when Griffith faces Guts after making his decision, and with a peaceful smile on his face, makes the sacrifice.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:07:07 PM »

...I'm beginning to think that Sarah is the mask for "The Experiment" the mother figure that bore BOB into the physical plane. And that Naido is the current form of the being that The Fireman created.
Yeah, the water cooler talk today was whether she was the girl that ate the Bob bug.

In any case, there seems to be way too much still unexplained for it to all be resolved naturally in a four-episode span. And while I wouldn't normally expect Lynch to explain things, he seems to have made it his business to open so many new threads in this series, I do expect some of them to be resolved.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:05:38 AM »
Non sequitur impressions of Ep 14:

Took this long to get to Jack Rabbit's Palace, eh? Oh well, it was an action packed episode after the slow and plodding nature of the past couple. A visit to the White Lodge. The giant = the fireman confirmed. Andy's empty head was like a vessel for whatever he's been programmed to do. Truman can't mention the key to Gordon? Fire Walk With Me connection re-established for sleepy viewers. The girl who appeared in the forest, Naido (according to credits), is the same who helped Cooper escape, but fell off that building. Her mother was the terrifying thing banging on the door. I wonder if the creature that appeared in the Box is her doppelganger?

Finally, was Sarah Palmer always a being from the Lodge, or was she somehow turned over the years into ... whatever that was in the bar. She opened her face like Laura opened hers.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:18:12 AM »
I finished Knights of the Old Republic on Sunday and started playing Metal Gear last night.

That HK-47 huh?  :carcus:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 08, 2017, 11:43:09 AM »
...Here is another thing to mull post finale : nothing is in chronological order scene wise on The RETURN.

Could you unpack that a bit..? Clearly there are many scenes that are in chronological order, or the story would make no sense.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:22:30 AM »
Griffith, I don't understand why you're taking Twin Peaks this seriously. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm really enjoying this season, but I don't understand the urge to find depth or consistency about Twin Peaks (this isn't Berserk) because... There really isn't.

There is plenty of consistency between the various iterations of the series. That's almost its charm. From solid artifacts like the electricity pole to the flashing lights and set designs, to more ephemeral things  like atmosphere and  mood, I'm not sure what you find inconsistent about Twin Peaks as a series.

As for depth, if you're watching Twin Peaks for the thumbs ups, and references to coffee and cherry pie, then more power to you, but many others find depth in the world and characters.

I mean, literally everything about this third season is arbitrary (because it could have been anything "25 years later", there's no necessity).

It was always going to be about what happened with Cooper after he was trapped in the Lodge.

I mean, even the origin of "Bob" is an happy accident: a man working on the set appears in a mirror (which is hilarious).

That's his origin on the set, not in the world of Twin Peaks. So I'm not sure what point you're making. Bob's a seriously creepy, dangerous character in the show.

The adventures of Dougies Jones are entertaining but, when you think about it, it could have been a spin-off or a series that has nothing to do with Twin Peaks.

Again, what's your point...? No one's surprised Twin Peaks has comedic elements. And Dougie only works because we know who he really is. Take that away, put in someone else, that's a different scenario, and a different show.

Anyway, there's also a lot of cynicism involved (like Lynch himself appearing in too many episodes... He's having a blast as an actor).

Who here has complained about Gordon's appearances?

There's also the fact that the third season has been financed by the French tax-payers.

..What about it? This post is baffling.

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