May 25, 2001
Okay, short update today. My e-mail problems are partially solved. The forwarding is finally working, so I seem to be getting new messages. However, I have over two megs of unread mail from the past several weeks, and I can't get to it yet. I have no idea when I will, so it'd probably just be best if you resent it.
Next Monday's episode is about Jane's new boyfriend, who has been described as "living 50 years in the past." Who knows, maybe the Fonze will show up.
May 20, 2001
I know; delays, delays, delays. This Rambling has been rather delayed, but I've had stuff to do, not to mention hosting and e-mail problems to contend with.
Before I get into the episode, I've got a little story to relate.
This is something that happened to me the other day on my way to work,
and is a great example of what (thanks to Robert Anton Wilson) I call
the Bavarian Firedrill Effect. I was driving to work, on a three-lane
highway, when I noticed a couple police cars with flashing lights
ahead. Thinking they were at an accident or something, I got into
the rightmost lane to go around them. Well, they didn't want that,
so one of them pulled into the same lane. They were blocking off the
entire freeway, so I had to stop, as did a guy on a motorcycle who
was in the lane to my left. Well, it wasn't long before the feeder
road was blocked off as well, and I could see lights in the distance
that indicated the traffic going in the other direction was blocked
off as well.
Might as well get the Fashion Club out of the way first. They all
fall into their usual roles this episode. The caricaturist has either
heard about them or inferred rather a lot from their little conversation
in front of him.
Mystic Spiral tries to make a music video but bring down the house.
Gazebo. Whatever. I do have to wonder how you're supposed to look
nihilistic. Blue-shaded eyeglasses, maybe? In any case, they aren't
overused and they make their usual humorous appearance. Nice to see
them working on their band some, even if they do take a couple weeks
off at the drop of a roof.
Helen does another stressed-out-lawyer. Not surprising, since she
is one. It's interesting to note that we never actually see her condescending
to the girls, even after one of them has apparently asked her to get
the artist grounded. Not to say that she didn't do so off-screen,
but she's perfectly willing to explain legal terms in not-offensivly-dumbed-down
Gary the gallery owner. Lacking in naming imagination, but probably a good thing for Jane to have stumbled onto. Although I would suspect that reproduction galleries are on the low end of the art-status totem pole, Jane now has an in with a gallery owner, and one who likes her work and respects her ability. And, perhaps more importantly, has made a good amount of cash off her work in a short time. This could be a big help to her in a couple years.
Brittany gets a cameo. Mostly she's her usual vapid self, but she does get one interesting line. The bit about Daria and Jane not being her friends, just Daria and Jane pretty much sums things up for them at school, doesn't it?
Tom wasn't really in the episode much, not really any more than is necessary to show that he and Daria actually do things together. That tune he whistles sounds vaguely familiar, but I can't place it (and can't help but suspect that it's a commentary on the scene).
Wind is pretty out there, but he certainly seems typical of the family. I can just imagine why he wanted to change his name at some point (why Ronald is still a question; McDonalds fan, perhaps) and the reaction from Vincent and Amanda seems their style. Most interesting about those two is that they were both off to the same place at the same time, not something we have real confirmation of before.
Daria's pretty much herself this episode, but playing the supportive friend. Her relationship with Jane seems to have totally stabilized to pre-Tom levels, which is a good thing. The upcoming episode with Jane's new beau ought to be interesting, although I'm not sure double-dating would be a good idea for these people. Not much else to say about Daria this episode. Well, except "nice horse".
Jane learned something about herself this episode. She's never going
to be happy in a job that doesn't allow her to do exactly what she
wants to do. She may be able to paint enough reproductions to get
by, but she's not going to be pleased about doing so. This makes me
wonder more about what she's going to be doing after high-school,
and I really do hope this is addressed (without a deus ex) before
the series ends.