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1997-02-01 00:00:00 - Gripes about "Paradise Lost" (SPOILERS) - (cook@sos.sos.net)


Ugh. Spoilers... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 THE (yuk yuk) SCIENCE: Well, gotta start somewhere..there's an explosion in a sea-side uranium mine, and overnight we've got a giant, mutated, burrowing worm critter. What *is* it with TV writers and mutation via radiation? Say you expose an organism to radiation. It might get cancer within five years or its children might be born with lukemia or no eyes, but it does not turn into a man-eating, life-extending, dragon. This stuff could have come straight off of the bottom half of a 50's drive-in double feature. OK, so this thing exists, and eating its goo makes you live an extra fifty years. And the moment you die, your body instantly and smoothly morphs into its true age. Riiight. And where did those soccer-playing kids come from? Are they stuck at that age, or are the townsfolk still having children? If they are, shouldn't there be more people around? The critter is breeding. BREEDING? Where the #!^#@ is the father? The townsfolk constantly referred to it as "she", so I assume it's not a hermaphradite. (Of course, how did they know? Did someone go down to the critter and check?) I suppose the male of the species could be some small inoffensive worm, but still.. Awful considerate of the worm to place its victims in suspended animation and not even muss up their hair or makeup. Of course, Arturo's hair is always messed up, so with him, you can't really tell. Getting away from the worm, there's the new timer. At least they mentioned it, but doesn't the timer just activate the machine back home? It's not the sliding mechanism itself. So now, they are using some sliding machine on Egyptworld? And if they're using the new timer, shouldn't they always land in roughly the same area? THE PLOT: While Quinn pairs off with the cute fellow scientist, poor ol' Wade gets stuck with *another* jerk. She's batting a thousand with these twerps. Let's see.. giant burrowing worm that can't travel through rock eats the inhabitants of a small town. A female geologist persues it with a seismograph. At least TPTB are ripping off good material. (The film Tremors did it first, and did it RIGHT.) The same people have lived agelessly in this town for fifty years, and NO ONE has noticed? And what are all of these poeple living off of, since the mine closed? Even if you robbed people before feeding them to the worm, you victims are the dregs of society, and won't have much money. And if the twerp's wife was so horrified by what was going on, why hadn't she gone to the outside world? The stroke stopped her now, but surely it didn't happen forty years ago.. Then there's Wade following the local yokals into the celler for their candle-light goo-eating ceremony. She did get caught, but you'd think these people would be more careful, when there are strangers in town. Also, the sheriff's comments were all *wrong*; this is not what a man says after doing this for fifty-odd years. This is what a man says when Getting A Plot Point Across To The Audience. I wonder what the sheriff's reaction would be if someone proved to him that the eggs existed. Would he have destroyed them? I know zilch about guns, but Rembrandt's shotgun sure seemed to have an awful lot of ammo in it.. A BETTER PLOT: During the above ceremony scene, the plot almost veered into Lovecraft territory. They should have played up on this- the (origin-unknown) creature should have lived in the town for several generations, and with each generation of inbreeding and the life-extending goo causing *real* mutations, the people had become less and less human, maybe even coming to worship the thing and feed it ritual sacrafices. (I'm basically reworking Lovecraft's story The Shadow Over Innsmouth here- great, creepy, little tale.) Well, that's enough for this week. Now I have three weeks to wash the taste out of my mouth. Robert M. Cook cook@sos.net http://www.sos.net/home/cook/index2.htm

1997-02-02 00:00:00 - Re: Gripes about "Paradise Lost" (SPOILERS) - (denmar@ix.netcom.com)


In <5d06a4$3e6$1@barad-dur.nas.com> cook@sos.sos.net (Robert Cook) writes: >THE (yuk yuk) SCIENCE: Well, gotta start somewhere..there's an >explosion in a sea-side uranium mine, and overnight we've got a giant, >mutated, burrowing worm critter. What *is* it with TV writers and >mutation via radiation? Say you expose an organism to radiation. It >might get cancer within five years or its children might be born with >lukemia or no eyes, but it does not turn into a man-eating, >life-extending, dragon. This stuff could have come straight off of the >bottom half of a 50's drive-in double feature. Notice that the last two episodes have featured an overgrown mutant creature- the giant scarab last week, and the giant worm this week. I guess the writers have decided that adding a giant mutant creature into the mix is a good formula for ratings.

1997-02-02 00:00:00 - Re: Gripes about "Paradise Lost" (SPOILERS) - (denmar@ix.netcom.com)


In <5d06a4$3e6$1@barad-dur.nas.com> cook@sos.sos.net (Robert Cook) writes: >Getting away from the worm, there's the new timer. At least they >mentioned it, but doesn't the timer just activate the machine back >home? It's not the sliding mechanism itself. So now, they are using >some sliding machine on Egyptworld? And if they're using the new >timer, shouldn't they always land in roughly the same area? If I remember correctly, the reason they are sliding about aimlessly is because they slid from Earth Prime at the wrong time. With the Egyptian timer, they shouldn't be lost (relative to Egyptian Earth), and with Egyptian Earth as their new Earth Prime, could return to that world (not that they'd want to, except for maybe Quinn, because of Apollonia).

1997-02-03 00:00:00 - Re: Gripes about "Paradise Lost" (SPOILERS) - (TDJ <tdj@OSC.STATE.NY.US>)


denmar@ix.netcom.com(Dennis) wrote: >If I remember correctly, the reason they are sliding about aimlessly is >because they slid from Earth Prime at the wrong time. With the >Egyptian timer, they shouldn't be lost (relative to Egyptian Earth), >and with Egyptian Earth as their new Earth Prime, could return to that >world (not that they'd want to, except for maybe Quinn, because of >Apollonia). It seems to me that the Egyptian timer was used in "Paradise Lost" only as a gag line--"Oooh, our landings are *so* uncomfortable now!". And speaking of Egyptian Earth and Appolonia, am I the only one bothered by the fact that the supposed half-attraction/half love between Quinn and Wade has been dumped this season? I thought that thread saved a couple of questionable stories from being truly mediocre ("Gillian of the spirits" comes to mind--it would have been unbearable to watch without the whole tension between the two). --TDJ