Okay, enough is enough. Things in Florida should be decided by the time this goes up, but the way things have been going there's no guarantee. I've mostly avoided mentioning anything about politics (with the exception of that JibJab link), but I've got to say something. Those of you who are sick of politics, or are Democrats, should probably skip down to my episode commentary.
Let me preface my remarks by saying that I voted for Harry Browne.
I don't really like the idea of Bush or Gore in office. This entire
election seems to me, in Jane's words, to be a chronicle of the anarchic
death spiral of Western civilization (although I wouldn't say anarchic,
as that's far too optimistic a word). Neither side has been acting
notably ethically this year, but the Democrats have really gone over
the edge. From bribing homeless guys with cigarettes to Gore holding
-- on national TV, no less -- a campaign rally inside a polling place
to this latest silly "sunlight test" on hand-counted votes to the
incredible bias among Democratic appointees... how can anyone vote
for these people?
The only good thing out of all this is that whoever the next President is (at time of this writing, I don't know, and I'm sure not going to feel like rewriting this later) the next four years are going to be gridlocked. This is a good thing, since government won't be able to grow as much as otherwise. I'd definitely prefer a shrinkage there, but it's not happening this year (one thing you won't hear in the press -- it's been a bit overshadowed -- is that the Libertarian Party got more US senate and house votes than any other third party in history), so I'll take the next best thing.
Something I do find disturbing is what I've seen of the political climate within the Daria fan community. Although there are some other libertarians around, the majority seem to be pretty solid (by which I mean party-line) liberals. I just can't reconcile this with people who identify with a hard-core cynic. Please consider Daria's opinion of things done just because they're popular.
Finally, over to "Mart of Darkness." Unfortunately, I currently
have not found out who the author is. My copy is missing the end credits,
and my quick check online hasn't revealed anything yet. It fits firmly
in the fourth season mold, however, trying to do too much with too
little. None of the Fashion Club scenes served to do anything more
than highlight Stacy's insecurity, not something that was particularly
necessary. Same goes for the Kevin and Brittany fighting.
Okay, Tom and Jane have yet another fight, continuing their streak. It takes Daria talking to her for Jane to finally realize how silly she was acting. The start of this show was rather contrived, simply highlighting this, as most of the gummy bears were still there (although Tom seems to eat them by the handful) and were probably enough for Jane's project. In other words, there really wasn't any reason for Jane, Daria, Tom, Trent or Jesse to be in the store (or for a big fight between Jane and Tom). We don't really see much about Tom, just that he wants to apologize for something that wasn't really his fault, and that he was getting really impatient with Trent (and no wonder).
That really only leaves Daria and Jane. Most of their interaction
was great and in character. That by itself can't lift this episode
out of the okay area, but it gets a slight boost from the nice Andrea
scene. Unfortunately, it also gets a big minus.
This last matter has replaced male-bashing as my pet-peeve of the show. With Tom around, the male-bashing isn't a major complaint. In a show heavily based on stereotypes we only need one exception to make a statement. Daria making exceptions to her principles is not the direction the show should take.