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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.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Forum nostalgia
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:37:31 PM »
1) How did you get to this forum?

I started Skullknight.NET's forum after the original US-based Berserk forum, Black Sun Over Midland, stopped being updated regularly around 2000. There weren't many of us back then, a few dozen active members? Of them, the only ones from those days that are still active are myself and Griffith.

2) Do you have some funny/interesting anecdotes?

Boy... there are a lot. I'll share one though. Before Shootin' The Breeze, there was another general forum with ~6 years worth of accumulated posts (a few thousand). As a joke, and as kind of a social experiment, I announced that everyone had admin priveleges for that section only. They could edit posts, move posts, whatever they could imagine! It was a free-for-all. I thought it would be exciting to see what people would do. But what actually happened was super obvious and lame. Everything just got deleted. Nothing really fun about that. I should have seen that one coming...

3) Do you miss another user that is not in the forum anymore?

Sure, lots of people have come and gone over the years. Apart from BSOM's creator, Skull Knight (affectionately known as Skully), who I did track down a decade or so ago, I probably miss CnC more than the others. He was another BSOM guy, and did some amazing colorings of the manga art, and was a professional artist himself. And like Grail, I also miss TheSkyTraveller.

4) Do you miss something in particular of the old days regarding forum stuff? (Idk how to express it...Maybe you miss a chatbox or an old forum style)

Not really. At the time I really enjoyed the immense activity back in 2003-2005. But I was young and had more time. These days, I can't engage in threads to that level. And I've grown to enjoy the slower, more deliberate pace of threads these days.

5) Did you make friendships here that go beyond the forum? I mean, if someday when Berserk ends and this forum closes or you just leave, would you keep in touch with someone you met here?

Yep, I talk to Aaz every day. Flew to visit him and Puella in Paris a decade ago. I also met up with Griffith to watch X-Men 2 (still the best!). Berserk ending won't stop our conversations.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:27:56 PM »
As pointed out to me on Reddit:

Mitchum brothers: What kind of gift should we buy for your son, Sonny Jim?
Cooper: Gym.

Okay, that's pretty good...

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:22:49 AM »
So, that ending song. That was David Lynch making fun of James, right? .... Right?

Welcome Griff, to the glory of watching Twin Peaks LIVE!  :ganishka:

Anyway, whoo boy... another episode where I'm counting the minutes rather than being engaged in each scene. 15  minutes of arm rasslin, 15 minutes of Tom Sizemore antics. 5 minutes of James' song. Bye bye most of the episode.

Still, some revelations. We know a bit more about the ring's powers. It seems to bind souls to the Lodge. That tracks with what happened with Laura (which also prevented Bob from possessing her). Also, I wonder about Audrey's scenes now, after her thought about not feeling herself. Last we heard from her, she was in a bank explosion... Hmm...

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 06, 2017, 03:32:56 AM »
No time for a proper reply at the moment but:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 05, 2017, 02:41:13 AM »
I would love to hear you guys take on the wacky theories and do a bit of myth busting as you work through the material.

Been working on that quietly in the background for a while. Maybe now is the time?

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:02:34 PM »
Good job guys, an interesting listen, as usual.
Thanks again for taking the time to make these as they are always a pleasure.  This was one of the best I've heard.
Always love when a new podcast is posted. Love the rereads! thanks guys and girl!

Thanks everyone! As always people like the re-reads way more than I initially thought. I'd like to get on a quicker pace for them, but real-life often gets in the way.  :farnese:

I've been considering changing something about the re-read format, but would love some input from listeners. The page-by-page nature of these is what takes time. What if we continued rotating narrators between eps, but instead of going page-by-page, we talked summarily about our impressions and observations about the episodes?  The high points, as it were. I'm thinking about how most people must absorb these. Without having the volume in hand, going along page-by-page with the re-read, I'm not sure what the function of going over each panel is, since we can't really describe the art. Thoughts?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 03, 2017, 06:06:56 PM »
I was surprised how focused and ultimately short it was, actually. I was expecting kind of an extended cleanup of the mess that is the latter half of season 2 and then an ending to redeem it, but that was cast off judiciously and it pretty much was just the redeeming black lodge horror and weirdness, so that was cool! What an awful cliffhanger on which to go on a 25 year hiatus though (of course for me it was no wait at all, they were just 25 years older in the next episode). :ganishka:

I didn't think of it like a cliffhanger, as much as a dark ending. Also, I think Fire Walk With Me gave fans a different kind of closure to the series, such that most weren't rabid for a return.

Of course, I was also impressed by the "see you in 25 years" thing. Considering the brief production turmoil that went into this specific revival they just made it. =)

Yep, and you might already know but here are just a few of the hiccups purely on the human capital side of things: Log Lady (Catherine Coulson) died shortly before the premiere, along with Albert (Miguel Ferrer). The Man From Another Place (Michael Anderson) refused to be in it, along with Harry Truman (Michael Ontkean) though his on slightly better terms he's just done with acting. They only got Doc Hayward back for that weird Skype call because he's co-creator Mark Frost's dad. And it seems that his involvement was only necessary because Ontkean wouldn't come back to give his perspective on Coop after he returned from the Black Lodge.  :puck:

I wonder if that will stay and he'll become a new sort of Coop or will it be a bit sad if he fully snaps out of it and "Dougie" is simply no more.

Yep, how they handle that is also a fear of mine. I also prematurely feel bad for Naomi Watts' character. But maybe that'll work out in the end, anyway. 

BTW, what the hell was/is Dougie!? I'm assuming the doppelganger used knowledge from Jeffries (probably no Bowie either :judo:) and Briggs, and perhaps even his body, to create another doppleganger to cheat the system with the ring, whatever the system is, but... "What the hell!?"

He vomits up garmonbozia just as he dies, so he's a creature of the Black Lodge. The real question is who "manufactured" him and why. Evil Coop was supposed to die/return to the Lodge when Coop came back into the world, but instead, Dougie was taken into the Lodge and Evil Coop ended up spared. That benefits him, but it doesn't seem to me that Evil Coop knew about Dougie.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 03, 2017, 03:42:32 PM »
7 into season 3 and here are some impressions:

Wow, you really cruised through it! What'd you think of the Season 2 finale...?

I feel like little has happened really, yet almost every moment of the show is captivating. I find myself probably enjoying and relating a bit too much to the new out of it Cooper. =) Yet no matter how much his return is delayed I'm enjoying watching the journey and process (him reconnecting with coffee was a big deal). Typically, I would hate this kind of arbitrary deferment as it were, so I have to acknowledge that with my praise, and maybe I wouldn't like it so much if I weren't able to binge these at my leisure,

Well, I've been watching since it aired, and I've had no real problems with the deferment of the inevitable return of Cooper. Personally I'm loving Dougie. On top of the overall comedy with his scenes, there's quite a bit of Cooper in his reactions to things, too. And seeing those glimpses of  him THROUGH Dougie is great. Crying at the realization that he has a son, even through his opaque perceptions, was a powerful moment. The scene of him with the statue of the police officer (at the end of episode 5), made me think he was reminded of his friend Harry. And it's indeed sad that odds are very low that we'll get the REAL Harry Truman in this series. As you said, probably the biggest bummer of the entire endeavor. He wasn't a crucial character for the story, but he's part of the heart of Twin Peaks.

as much as I like Robert Forster I can't say I really agree with the thankless way they've handled the situation by de facto recasting but technically not. I'd rather Harry just be dead, Hawk be Chief, and Forster someone else altogether but we'll see how it plays out or pays off.

It's pretty gross to me how they've replaced him but not replaced him. The book that somewhat bridges the Season 2-3 gap wrote Frank into the story as if he were there all along. Mmhm.  :azan:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: August 02, 2017, 04:44:59 PM »
Back in the day, around 2002/2003, I was eating Mall Chinese food. My fortune cookie said "today your mind will be fucking blown!" Thinking nothing of it I walked into one of those video stores that no longer exist. And there it was, in all its glory, that beautiful red DVD case. 2017 and my minds still blown

I don't think I've ever had a fortune cookie tell me anything that colorful.  :isidro:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 02, 2017, 04:38:21 PM »
I've watched part 12 yesterday. Well...That scene with Gordon and the french woman made me have the same face as Albert during the whole scene... like we are only 6 parts before the ending and they are able to add this kind of boring scene

I actually ended up skipping parts of that episode, which is unheard of. I even watched the full sweeping scene and laughed at the end of it. Long scenes are fine with me, but some of these recent ones were ridiculous. Just long, meaningless pauses between dialogue. The Gordon-Albert one was particularly bad, because it's just a reprisal of most of their conversations, offering nothing new other than a few wasted minutes of everyone's lives. And their conclusion in that talk regarding Diane didn't move the needle anywhere. Basically wait and see, like it's always been.

(but some are going to call this "genius" because it's Lynch)...

The community seems pretty split on it, honestly. Based on the feedback, I'd say a good half hated it, and the others are confusedly defending it. Then there are the crazies. I came across one guy saying it was his second favorite episode of the season.  :magni: The defense that I've read include things like long scenes lending atmosphere, and helping us understand characters better. Mmmmmhm. :schierke: In truth, I felt like the sweeping scene, this was an authoritative jab at the audience by Lynch, letting them know that it's his story, his characters, and he can tell it how he wants, even if it's not always pleasant. He's making it for him, and if you happen to be along for the ride, so much the better.

That, and I want to see Jacoby getting skull-crushed by the woodsmen while he's broadcasting (Like Sarah Palmer said: "And men are coming...), I can't stand his scenes anymore.

And yeah, his recent rant felt like it was pushed from hilarious/entertaining to "oh boy, he's still going huh?"

One (exceedingly) bad episode doesn't make much of a dent in my overall great experience of this season. It just made me sad that they're idling away the final few hours of this show.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:00:45 PM »
So should I skip this episode of the new season when I get to it and just go straight to the next!?

 :ganishka: ... You probably shouldn't even be in this thread  :azan:

We are up to episode 17 of season 2 and have already watched Firewalk with Me to break things up a bit (we also had a weekend guest Sunday that had seen the series but not the film). I figured out the secret to really enjoying the season 2 grind, which is to drink beer continously throughout (to keep a good even buzz on ala Magnum).

That's good to hear. Season 2 definitely benefits from a low-stakes entry point. I don't know how anyone could get through the James-Donna-Maddy stuff with a completely sober watching experience. You might have watched Fire Walk With Me a bit too early though, since it relates to the finale.

Since that worked out rather wonderfully, we're now a stone's throw away from season 3 and whatever changes and secrets it holds. I imagine it won't feel quite the same as watching it years ago and truly "returning" to Twin Peaks after such a time.

Yep. Dale Cooper's been in our heads for decades, so it's going to be a bit different for you, I think.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:46:10 PM »
Thanks for the podcast guys, enjoyed this one a lot.

Thanks! Talking about ep 175 was really special, since it's probably my favorite episode in the series.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 31, 2017, 01:09:15 PM »
It made me very aggravated. I'm currently watching "Best of Steve Brule" compilations to try to wind down.

Sometimes Lynch can make a painfully long scene pay off, like when Gordon took a drag off of Diane's cigarette. But CHRIST, there were a number of scenes in this episode where I felt like we were intentionally being dragged across 10-12 minute scenes with no real revelation, all just to damage us. What did we do wrong? :judo:

I almost thought that Gordon's girl was a "Lil" situation like in Fire Walk With Me. But no, doesn't appear to be the case at all.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:53:08 AM »

Episode 89: Arrival [Vol 21-2] (1h 58m)

One of the series' biggest moments is here. We go through each page of the incarnation of Femto and close out the Conviction Arc.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 31, 2017, 01:29:20 AM »
Boy that was a real stinker, huh?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:05:05 PM »
This is where I'm running into trouble, because if the best is behind me, and what's behind me I didn't find so great, and even the fans think this part's not so great... then where's the great part again!? Is it the sum of the parts? Ugh! I guess it happened and I just don't get it. *puts on dunce cap* :???:

Hey, you made me watch all those crappy Magnum P.I. episodes before I could get to the good ones!  :farnese:

I don't think the best is behind you, though. I don't think I fell in love with the series until the season 2 finale, and it and the movie gave me a new appreciation for everything. There is something special about those early episodes, but they feel quite tame now, almost cute, with everything that's transpired since. 

The way that I'd explain the appeal of the show is that there's never been anything like it on TV, and I think it helped set the stage for the modern-day hour-long prime time TV dramas. It's got an atmosphere, characters, and a sense of humor that only Lynch can provide. He'll take a sharp turn in an otherwise terrifying or sad scene to show something like Andy crying next to the train where Laura was murdered because he's too emotional. Little moments like that, of which there are a half-dozen or so each (good) episode, are constantly playing with your expectations. I think the "whodunit" that launched the series got played out early on, and I stopped caring at a certain point. I don't think that's what the show did well. I just wanted to keep seeing what the characters were up to.

Also, I think your earlier perceptions of the show might have tainted your viewing of it. The legacy of the show really isn't its randomness. I think that's just how some people in the '90s perceived it before the revelations in the finale and the movie.  The series' supernatural elements really aren't weird for weirdness sake. Watching those early episodes now, there's a pattern to almost everything. Just like Dark Souls isn't great because it's "the hardest game of all time!" Twin Peaks isn't great because it's "the strangest most surreal thing you've ever seen!"

watch to the middle of season 2, where I understand it kind of gets away from the Lynch/Frost MO anyway, then read summaries of the following episodes as Wally suggested, jump to the finale, the movie, and start season 3.

There's very little about Season 2 that you need to see to make sense of the finale and the rest. Really, there are just two characters which don't take much time to explain. I wouldn't feel too guilty about skipping past most of it if you really aren't feeling it. Though you're going to miss some great stuff with Leland and of course Leo's shoes.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:11:40 AM »
Pause the staircase scene in the latest ep. There's some familiar, floral wallpaper in the background. Might have seen it in a particular painting of a doorway from Fire Walks With Me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:22:38 PM »
She's a singer not an actress, and a friend of Lynch's, who likes to hang around hot young ladies. Her singer persona is kinda oversexed as well.

My concern is more with the leering nature of some of her scenes. The butt of the joke in one scene is literally her righteous butt. It just feels cheap in an otherwise sll-star production. But hey, "SHE'S GOT THE GOODS," so maybe I just need to "fix my heart or die."  :iva:

I find Dern as Diane way more annoying.

You may as well complain about the character at this point, since no one has portrayed Diane before.

Regarding last night's ep, the standout scenes for me were the R+R shooting and of course, Gordon's experience with the vortex (at 2240 Sycamore). I was also pleased that the Jim Belushi scenes are seemingly coming to a close, after feeling long-in-the-tooth 2 episodes ago, christ. Only 7 more eps.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:27:11 PM »
Is anybody else bothered by Tammy's distracting wiggle-walk? I wonder if the actress was specifically directed by Lynch to do that. It just doesn't look natural.

I find a lot about her problematic.

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