May 18, 2001
Quick update while I still can... there's a new Daria episode on Monday. Quinn is going to try to pick a steady boyfriend, and Tom is going to brave the dangers of a family dinner with the Morgendorffers.
May 15, 2001
Okay, my hosting company has been doing a transition to new servers, and they royally messed it up. I've been without ssw.net e-mail for almost a full week, so if you've sent me anything during that time I haven't received it. Sadly, this is the first time since then I've actually had FTP access, so this is the first I could make mention of it. Doesn't look like the mail will be functioning properly until the 20th to 24th.
To anyone looking for web hosting... don't use Digiweb/Interliant.
April 17, 2001
Okay, I've finally got DSL back and my e-mail straightened out. I'll be putting up a number of updates over the next few days, so keep an eye out.
April 1, 2001
Despite the date, this is not an April Fool's joke. Just wanted to
post a note about what's going on over at my end of things.
March 28, 2001
That was a bit of a surprise, no? Peter Elwell's other efforts have
been rather less than spectacular, but now he's got the best episode
of the season (so far). Now, we do know that Glenn touches to a greater
or lesser degree almost every script that goes out, but there's no
way of telling just how much influence that had here.
This was one of the very rare working ensemble episodes. Most of the regulars were show to one degree or another, and almost none of it felt wasted. My biggest problem with the episode is a character one, namely Jake. The Inspector Clouseau reference fits him too well. The way he's been acting recently, I really do not understand what Helen ever saw in him. He's a giant, emotionally unbalanced goofball. I understand that he needed to be ignorant to give Quinn a chance to make her big realization, but Jake has been way overplayed in this direction. It's getting to the point where I'm going to have to start complaining about male-bashing again, even with Tom around.
I'll touch on some of the other minor appearances next. Joey, Jeffy
and Jamie were used well, very in character without spending the whole
episode panting after Quinn. Jodie and Mack got a couple lines, giving
us a short glimpse at their relationship. Charles showed up without
getting into face-slapping territory, which is unusual. Brittany got
a couple good lines and was used more-or-less as usual. Kevin is proving
himself dumber with each passing minute. They only got a few lines
each, but they were still in danger of being overused. Kevin is very
much a one-joke pony.
Which brings up teachers. Mrs. Bennett wasn't in the episode much,
but was shown running as a go-between for Ms. Li. We've seen her in
conference with Ms. Li before, and it seems like she and Angela have
some sort of special relationship going. Even if they aren't exactly
best-friends, Mrs. Bennett seems to be the only person Ms. Li is willing
to confide in, at least as far as school business goes.
Jane and Trent weren't really major players this episode. Too many other people getting some screen time to leave much room for anything but the main plot. However, as far as they are used they are used well.
Helen and Jake are used briefly. I've already state my complaint about Jake, but Helen was handled well. Her half-listening-to-Quinn scene in the kitchen was great, especially Daria's reaction to it.
Tom even gets a cameo and, wonder of wonders, he and Daria don't have a big fight. If this is what their relationship is normally like there's hope for those two yet.
Then we've got the Fashion Club. Tiffany is either as dumb as she
appears or is putting on a very good act. It would be interesting
to find out that she's using her gormelessness as a mask to fend off
obnoxious males. I sincerely doubt this is the case, but it's fun
to speculate anyway. She continues to get good lines, and at least
she's picked up the tempo a bit.
I'm actually going to cover Daria before Quinn this time around.
Daria and Jane's interaction this episode was great, just like they
used to be. I guess Jane really is over the Tom thing by now. Hopefully
the way Daria was acting around Tom this episode is the way their
relationship normally is. She seems just as comfortable around him
as she is around Jane. Even if he really was looking forward to that
Quinn is really the center of this episode. She starts the episode
just as we've come to know her, and worried about having Daria near
her in case it hurts her popularity. Then she gets totally flustered
when Daria gives her a compliment and gets very worried about living
up to Daria's standard. This is a first for on-screen for her, but
it's likely mostly because Daria is now in a position of authority
over her. Then Quinn realizes that some of her brain cells have indeed
survived the constant hairspray assaults and her fluffragette companions.
This is something that she started to figure out on "Is It Fall Yet?"
but it took until now to really get through to her. At this rate she
will be able to get into Pepper Hill, but she doesn't have much time
to make up for the rest of her school career, so she can't count on
Overall, this is the first great episode we've seen since third season's "Lane Miserables".