July 12th, 2005
|09:42 am - Napoleon Dynamite Jeans Day e-mails|
And the reminder:
Y'see how Uncle Rico and Napoleon are wearing their stickers? I doubt anybody else is going to notice that. The stickers say "VOTE FOR JEANS," unless somebody in Administrative Support decides that "Jeans Day" would be better.
Current Mood: Sweet.
Current Music: Wendy Carlos -- The Well-Tempered Synthesizer
*grumbles about how stupid Napoleon is*
Yeah, yeah, yeah...
Napoleon Dynamite is a movie that either really does it for you or really doesn't. Even speaking as somebody who found it immensely entertaining, I can totally see why a lot of people didn't. I chose it as a jeans day theme because everybody in our call centers (i.e., people around my age) would recognize it. Next time I'm thinking I'll use the movie Office Space.
Why is it always frickin' Napoleon? not that I didn't enjoy the movie or anything...but it always seems to be people quoting him and that movie lately. Rather sick of it...
Chose something else next time...
Of course I'll pick something else next time -- it's always something different. But I have to pick things that people are inoffensive, non-political, and recognizable. This one has gotten more positive responses than the time I used Homestar, so obviously people like it. I'd love to do my personal favorites, but, well, nobody remembers Twin Peaks, Rocky Horror could rub people the wrong way, and not enough people would recognize Invader Zim.
Twin Peaks...as in the TV show or the movie? I remember that it was only good for one season and then it sucked from there on out (the writers forgot to write)...hrm...
Hey now... I thought the entire run of Twin Peaks was pretty good It only lasted two seasons, though.
Yeah, it only lasted 2 seasons because the writers forgot what their job was...
See... That's just plain wrong. Twin Peaks got cancelled because the episodes never had self-contained story arcs, and people ended up being totally lost if they missed a single episode. I don't think the writers ever forgot what their job was, but I do think that a lot of people got caught up in things that were meant to be minor plot details during the first season. When these people figured out that the show was more about Bob and the Black Lodge than Laura Palmer's death, they freaked out. There's a reason Josie Packard's ended up trapped in that drawer pull, dammit, and if people had been paying attention they'd understand...
I never actually watched the show. I remember my mom watching it and I wondered why a lot...
My mom watched it too, and I wondered why... until I met Colin and he described it for me. Now I want to get together to do a marathon.
Uh huh. You don't want to get into a fight with me about Twin Peaks because I will not back down.
Anyway, here's why Twin Peaks got cancelled, and why the movie bombed:
From the very beginning, Twin Peaks was a very non-standard soap opera. First of all, there were about 30 main characters, no secondary characters, and a handful of tertiary characters. Each episode equalled one day in the story and repetition of plot points was kept to a minimum. The good thing about this is that each character had a lot of depth thanks to more screen time than most shows would allow. The down side is that the episodes weren't self-contained; if you missed a single show, you were usually screwed.
The story also confused a lot of people. Was it a murder mystery? Comedy? Supernatural horror? The best description I can give is Northern Exposure meets The X-Files, but the first episode introduced a murder mystery which was meant to be a minor catalyst to make the story worth telling. Casual fans latched onto the murder mystery, but the original plan was that the murderer would never be revealed. This made them angry, and finally ABC demanded that the murder investigation be wrapped up in the middle of the second season. It wasn't a good idea.
What really did the show in though was the fact that it changed timeslots. It had been running on Thursday night, but ABC felt that they were losing weekend viewers to Pay-Per-View TV and video rental, so they moved the show to Saturday. Poor ratings cancelled the show almost immediately, but the fans wrote in and got the show back on the air on Thursday nights again. ABC was still unhappy with the ratings, though. It's a hard show to start watching mid-season, and they cancelled it (at the worst possible time in the story, too).
The movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me bombed because it wasn't what a lot of fans were expecting. It was a prequel and didn't wrap up the story. The big thing that made people angry -- and this is a really stupid thing to complain about -- is that the movie ruined the characters. I say this is stupid because people tend to complain about how the murder victim -- Laura Palmer, the homecoming queen -- is depicted in the movie as a drug-addicted whore. Of course, this is brought up in black and white terms in the first episode of the show, but apparently seeing it onscreen is too much.
Did you read that whole thing? No? I don't blame you.
I skimmed it a bit. Perhaps I'll have to watch the entire first season to see what the hell it's really about. Because right now, I'm not so sure I understand what's so great ;)