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1997-10-04 00:00:00 - Revelations of 'Becka Paulson - (Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com>)


Not as bad as some here made it out to be. Comedy on 'The Outer Limits' has always been a dicey prospect, from the dark humor of "Controlled Experiment" to the out-and-out unfunny "Behold, Eck!". I thought "Revelations.." fell somewhere inbetween. It had some quite humorous moments. The ending, however, left much to be desired. It felt tacked on, as if the hour was up and the story had to be ended somehow. Catherine O'Hara (SCTV, Bettlejuice) was a standout. Without her comic timing & presence this ep. could've fallen flat very quickly. Does comedy work on "The Outer Limits"? For those who didn't like this ep., was that one of your objections?

1997-10-05 00:00:00 - Re: Revelations of 'Becka Paulson - (stoodin101@aol.com)


> Does comedy work on "The Outer Limits"? For those who didn't like >this ep., was that one of your objections? My objections were: A. It certainly has no aspect of science fiction in it. If it hadn't been written by Stephen King, I guarantee it would never have made it to OL. To be honest, I don't think it would have ever been in PRINT if it hadn't had Uncle Stevie's name on it. A better King story would have been "I Am The Doorway" or "the Jaunt". B. It looks like a Tales from theCrypt episode and plays like one as well. The exaggerated characters (Caricatures!), the slummy setting, the wretched direction. Madness, hallucinations, electrocutions, these are all typical on "Crypt", a show I hate as much as I like OL. C. I didn't even know it was intended as a comedy until Brad Wright mentioned it somewhere in passing. A bad horror show or rotten SF program can be watched as a comedy, but a comedy that falls flat has NOTHING to recommend it. D. For my money, not only is this as funny as cancer, but it is the worst episode of ANY show called "The Outer Limits", whether it was helmed by Stefano/Stevens, Ben Brady, or the boys at Trilogy. "Behold Eck" looks like Thurber material beside this disaster. And why is Catherine O'Hara in so many LOUSY movies and TV shows? She is a good actress/comedienne. Does comedy work on OL? Well, it worked in "Controlled Experiment". There are plenty of light-hearted SF stories around --- Kuttner's Gallegher series, Fyfe's "Manners of the Age" (Particularly relevant in our cybersociety), deCamp's "Hyperpilosity"....I highly recommend that OL search the classics of SF rather than the abysmal dungheap where they dug up "Revelations". If they want to do comedy. Personally, I don't tune in OL for laughs, but for the untethered flight of dark imagination the best eps present. If they never did any comedies it would be fine with me. But if they are going to do them I would like to be able to tell they ARE comedies, instead of some sort of disjointed Dadaist nonsense. My rating: this episode is laced with plutonium, tainted with mercury, and smells of cyanide. Watch it at your own risk. NECRONOMICON, all-instrumental electronic music inspired by H.P.Lovecraft, now available on c-60 cassette. E-mail StoOdin101@aol.com for details.

1997-10-06 00:00:00 - Re: Revelations of 'Becka Paulson - (Jennifer T Ng <jng6@uic.edu>)


I agree. It was a gruesome episode that wasn't even that strange. I hope it turns out better next week, or I'll have to boycott for a while. >A. It certainly has no aspect of science fiction in it. If it hadn't >been > written by Stephen King, I guarantee it would never have made it to OL. >To be > honest, I don't think it would have ever been in PRINT if it hadn't had >Uncle > Stevie's name on it. A better King story would have been "I Am The >Doorway" or > "the Jaunt".

1997-10-08 00:00:00 - Re: Revelations of 'Becka Paulson - (acutabov@ix.netcom.com)


>Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com> wrote: > Not as bad as some here made it out to be. Comedy on 'The Outer > Limits' has always been a dicey prospect, from the dark humor of > "Controlled Experiment" to the out-and-out unfunny "Behold, Eck!". > I thought "Revelations.." fell somewhere inbetween. It had some quite > humorous moments. The ending, however, left much to be desired. It felt > tacked on, as if the hour was up and the story had to be ended somehow. > Catherine O'Hara (SCTV, Bettlejuice) was a standout. Without her comic > timing & presence this ep. could've fallen flat very quickly. > Does comedy work on "The Outer Limits"? For those who didn't like > this ep., was that one of your objections? This is an episode that I don't really like. To me, the opening spoils it, and everything after grates on my nerves. *Housewife finds gun in closet, while standing on flimsy box. *Says she doesn't like guns but picks it up anyway... examines it... *shakes it around...and stares into the barrel... "Hmmmmmm...", I say to myself, "Don't do that lady, that box is gonna collapse and you're gonna shoot yourself in the head!" Guess what happened next?