Life on the Fast Lane

Life on the Fast Lane

My Recollection Homer buys a bowling ball for Marge’s birthday. The raw sexuality of bowling. Homer no-selling getting hit in the head with a baseball. The Episode This episode was originally titled Bjorn to be Wild because it was about a seductive Swedish tennis instructor but that would have necessitated Homer buying a tennis racquet which would …

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From the Desk of Gabriel Morton: That could have gone better but it could have gone much worse.

From the Desk of Gabriel Morton: That could have gone better but it could have gone much worse.

[dictation mode activated] The sun’s at my back and I’m happily striding toward the edge of the Open Zone, my Charles Grodin Millipede is now a Charles Grodin Butterfly and I’m pretty sure I’ve thrown up all the hands so today is turning out okay. Things got a little tricky there for a bit. I’d …

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The Telltale Head

The Telltale Head

My Recollection The end is at the start. A serious tone. Not very funny. The Episode There’s a few reasons why a narrative may start at its own end before returning to explain how they got there. The first is that it’s a hook. Starting a story with something that demands an answer is an …

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The Sensorites

The Sensorites

Science fiction is a lovely genre because it can wrap great moral questions and challenges to social order up in stories about fuzzy, telepathic scrotum men. The Sensorites, named after said scrotum men, is a largely well meaning,  archetypal sci-fi story, burdened by counterproductive minor conflicts and plot points. There’s something about Doctor Who, outside of …

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From the Desk of Gabriel Morton: I Loved You in “Real Men”

From the Desk of Gabriel Morton: I Loved You in “Real Men”

[dictation mode activated] [deep inhale] Ahhhhhh… You know, Charles Grodin Millipede, there’s something to be said about air that still has stuff in it. It could be dangerous stuff but that was what the old world was all about. Unpredictability! Not the buttoned-down world filled with millenial– [hideous primal squawk] See now, that’s just shoddy. …

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