my top five favorite Studio C sketches

I don’t like every sketch Studio C puts out.  In my opinion, they have a tendency to take one small, not-very-funny-the-first-time joke too far (aka, turning it into a five minute sketch).  But when I do find them funny…I can rewatch one sketch a million times.  So here, in no particular order, are my top five fav Studio C sketches!

Movie Trailer That Spoils Everything

Why I love it: Jason’s “You can’t hide from meeeee!”  And everything else.  Especially the Indiana Jones thing.

The Crayon Song Gets Ruined

Why I love it: That intro, tho.

Sherlock Meets His Match

Why I love it: Matt is a SPOT-ON Moriarty and the whole premise of this sketch is great.

French Revolution Manhunt

Why I love it: The Scarlet Pimpernel vibes are strong with this one.  And it’s just…super cool because at the beginning it’s deadly serious and idk, I just find that very compelling.

Bollyside Story

Why I love it: I have no idea what’s going on, I just know that it’s hilarious.

What are some of your favorite Studio C episodes?

Eva

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the fantastical and felicitous fictional character blog tag

Emily, over at The Altogether Unexpected, created this rather awesome tag and was kind enough to tag me.  I LOVE fictional characters and talking about fictional characters and all that, so I’m super excited to fill out the questions.  But first, the rules!

  • Answer every question honestly. (duh.)
  • Use as many gifs and images as possible.
  • Incorporate at least one YouTube video with a favorite scene of a character.
  • NO VAGUE ANSWERS ALLOWED. Explain why you chose that favorite character to fit that description. I love details, my friends.
  • If you can’t choose just one, that’s okay – give us a few answers and geek out if that’s what it takes.
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Use fictional characters from any fictional story.
  • If you get nominated and/or decide to participate in this tag, please put a link back to this post in your post and credit yours truly as the creator.
  • Have fun and obsess over fictional characters!

Goody-two-shoes: A character who was just so morally good

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Captain America/Steve Rogers.  You knew I’d have to fangirl over him at some point, right?  I’ve seen very few Marvel movies, but I have seen the Cap trilogy and it’s basic perfection.  From the first few minutes of The First Avenger to Cap’s almost-defeat at the end of Civil War, I’ve been spellbound by his character.  His innate goodness inspires me to practice more goodness myself.  He never leaves a friend behind.  He loves purely and truly (familial love, brotherly love, romantic love).  And, in my mind’s eye, he’ll always be that kid from Brooklyn who couldn’t walk away from a fight.  Who leaped on a grenade to save others.  Who sacrificed everything for the world…and for his best friend.

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Heartbreaker: A character who made you cry

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So many!!!  How am I supposed to pick just one?!  But after sifting through all the possibilities, I’m going with Marian (BBC Robin Hood).  She doesn’t get enough credit and I think that’s a shame because she’s truly one of the greatest heroines I’ve ever known.  And I can’t even count the number of times she’s made me cry.  When her father was killed.  When she punched Guy and ran away.  When she ‘died’.  When she actually died.  When she reunited with Robin.  Whenever her theme music plays.  SHE MAKES ME FEEL ALL THE FEELS, OKAY???

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Parrot: A character who won’t stop talking

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I really dislike characters who won’t stop talking.  So this isn’t going to really be a fangirly answer, but I’d have to say Miss Bates (Emma).  I recently reread Emma and I found myself skipping almost all of Miss Bates’s long, loooooong speeches because #mindnumbing.  But Emma should still have known better than to mock her (and not just at Box Hill). *sigh*

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Devilish: Your favorite villain

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Haha!  I just wrote a post about villains.  I’ve already written at length about my all time favorite villain, Ben Wade, so I’m going to talk about my favorite Disney villain today.  And that would be Ratigan (‘The Great Mouse Detective’).  Some of you might be all “huh?” right now because TGMD is a sadly underappreciated Disney film but, trust me, Ratigan is the BEST.  He says the most chilling/hilarious things.  He’s deliciously, Disney-villainy (all that kidnapping and scheming and speechifying!).  Vincent Price voices him (#yourargumentisinvalid).  And he gets TWO villain songs, both of which are villainous greatness with a side of evil.

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Love interest: A character who, if alive in reality, you would want to marry

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Can I say Steve Rogers again?

But no, let me think about this.  It’s actually kind of hard because any characters I really love are so awesome that I can’t imagine them putting up with me. 😛  I think Barry Allen (CW’s The Flash) would be a pretty sweet, supportive husband.  Also, kind of random, but Sean Maguire (‘Good Will Hunting’) because HE’S SUCH A GOOD GUY (and I need someone who can deal with all my Problems).

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Sidekick: A character who was always loyal no matter what

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John Watson (any Sherlock story, but I’m talking about BBC Sherlock this time).  The first time I watched the show, I was sure that John was going to believe Moriarty’s “I’m just an actor!” bit, if only for a short time.  But he DIDN’T and it was awesome.  It’s a bit surprising that John stayed so loyal to Sherlock through so many of his frustrating/deathly adventures, but he did.  And that’s a huge part of why I love John. (Yes, there was that bit after Mary died, but we won’t talk about it.)

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Complicated: A character you love and hate

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Scarlett [she has so many last names idek] (Gone With the Wind).  Scarlett is selfish, grasping, and small-minded.  There’s no doubt about that.  Many of the things she does in the course of the story make me shake my head.  But I also admire her grit and determination.  She follows through on her promises.  She does whatever it takes to keep her family alive.  She rebuilds her life from scratch.  There’s a stubborn tenacity about her that invites admiration, even when you disapprove of her in general.

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Oddity: A character who was strange, but you loved them that way

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Winter Hayle (Lunar Chronicles).  All the characters in this series are strange, in one way or another, but Winter is probably the strangest (and my favorite).  She’s vowed never to use her Lunar gift on anyone after a traumatizing event from her childhood.  Because of her disuse of the gift, she begins to see freaky, completely realistic visions of bleeding walls and lopped off heads…and, as you might expect, it messes with her mind.  Honestly, Winter might seem really strange at first but she’s one of the strongest, most admirable character in the series.  I love her.

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King: A male character who you admire and aspire to emulate

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Atticus Finch.  Atticus has been my go-to hero ever since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird and nothing can topple him from that position.  Not the oddly pieced together first draft of TKAM (aka Go Set a Watchman).  Not all the op-eds now saying that Atticus is merely a ‘white savior’ trope and, as such, shouldn’t be taken seriously.  Nothing.  Atticus doesn’t just stand up for what he believes in – he moves others to stand up as well. (Literally and figuratively.)

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Savior: A character who oddly reminds you of Christ

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(I’m not going to say Aslan because he’s from an allegory so it isn’t the same thing.)

However, the character I’m drawn to again and again is Diana/Wonder Woman (new Wonder Woman movie, not the comics ’cause I haven’t read those).  The whole ‘deserve versus believe’ thing that Steve Trevor spells out near the end of the movie always hits me in the feels, particularly because we, as humans, don’t deserve God’s love.  But when we believe in Jesus, that love is given as a free gift. (Plus, Diana’s not wrong about ‘only love can save the world’, though something tells me she isn’t thinking of God’s love.)  Anyway, Diana is a hugely imperfect reminder of Christ (sacrificing her life in  Themyscira to save people and all that) but the fact that she/the film got me thinking about Him at all is rather surprising.  And it makes my heart happy.

See what I mean:

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I tag:

Let me know what you thought of my answers!  I’d love to discuss all things fictional characters in the comments.

Eva

in which eva classifies alllll the villains

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The big thing keeping me from writing my semi-promised villains post (why I like ’em, why I don’t, etc) was that I couldn’t figure out what angle to write from.  How to sum up all my feelings about villains in a succinct, understandable way.  But as I ate lunch today, I decided to classify villains I like (or loathe or whatever) by category.  The categories are based on how I feel, personally, about the different villains I list. (That sounds totally confusing, but I think it’ll make sense…)

ATTRACTION

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I am attracted to some villains.  It’s something about their coolness, how they wield their power, and a bunch of other rather undefinable qualities. (Also, movie and TV people keep casting gorgeous actors as villains, so…?)  The three main villains that come to mind for this category are Ben Wade (Glenn Ford, not Russell Crowe), Moriarty (BBC Sherlock version), and Bucky Barnes.

Bucky is more of an anti-hero.  And when he’s doing all the villainous stuff in Winter Soldier, he’s brainwashed so it isn’t really him (but I still class him as an attractive villain, kinda).  Moriarty is a full-on villain though…I like how he livens up certain episodes of Sherlock and he’s hilarious and super clever and, yeah.  (Though I know I’d hate him IRL.)  I spent a whole blog post talking about Ben Wade.  He’s simply the best.

(Oh, and I also find any Sean Bean villain wildly attractive.  Because…Sean Bean.)

FEAR

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To date, there’s only been one villain who’s inspired actual fear in me and that is Anton Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men’.  I watched the film by myself (probably contributed to the fear) and the utter soullessness of him, coupled with all the murders really made an impression.  Absolutely terrifying.

LIKING

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Liking a villain usually happens when they become sympathetic in some way.  It’s hard to like someone who’s as morally corrupt as villains usually are, but it does happen.  To me, anyway.  I like Loki because I understand his motivation (and because he’s such a fleshed-out character).  I like Maleficent (‘Maleficent’), Hans (‘Frozen’), Cath (Heartless), Slade (CW’s Arrow), and even R’as al Ghul (‘Batman Begins’) because I understand them, I know why they do what they do, and a lot of the time they have pretty good reasons. (Not that’s it’s an excuse, but at least they’re a little more approachable because I know.)

There are also villains who are so delightfully fiendish and hilarious (and even campy at times) that I can’t help but grin and like them.  Ratigan (‘The Great Mouse Detective’) is someone who instantly comes to mind.  I mean, when you have a villain gleefully exclaiming (in Vincent Price’s voice no less), “Oh, I love it when I’m wicked!” you can’t help but laugh.

HATRED

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Just like ‘fear’, there aren’t many villains I actively hate.  But I’ve discovered that whenever I hate a villain, it’s because they treat my favorite characters horribly.  So, I hate Ernesto (‘Coco’) because he poisons Héctor, tries to kill Miguel, the whole nine yards.  He’s an awful person and I hate him.  I also LOATHE Alexander Pierce (‘The Winter Soldier’) because he tortures Bucky and almost gets Steve killed.

Honestly, though, I’m having a hard time coming up with villains I hate (or even who I dislike).  They’re just too interesting in general.

INDIFFERENCE

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The worst category, in my opinion. 😛  Sadly, there are many forgettable villains and so much of the time, they don’t have to be!  I was talking with a friend at church about old Disney villains versus newer Disney villains and he said that new Disney villains aren’t as memorable.  I think it’s because, for the most part, villains in earlier Disney films embraced their villainy.  They didn’t pretend to be the hero’s friend so that there could be a surprise reveal.  Instead, they were larger than life and incredibly freaky and scary (Jafar, Ursala, Maleficent, and sooooo many more).

Mother Gothel is a notable exception.  Yes, she appears nice to Rapunzel at first, but the audience can see through her right away.  But, overall, Disney villains have become a little lackluster lately and I’d really like to see more openly villainous villains from them.

IN CONCLUSION

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There are many reasons why I’m intrigued by villains: from clever plans to tragic backstories to sparks of humanity hidden deep inside some of them.  So what about you?  Are there certain villains you like or are you not interested?  And are there any  other great villains I should know about?

Eva

 

my top five favorite Saunders-centric episodes of Combat!

While my favorite Combat! character is Doc (played by Conlan Carter, not Steven Rogers) I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Sergeant Saunders (Vic Morrow).  And since this post is an entry in the Vic Morrow Blogathon, I’ll be talking about my favorite episodes of Combat! that focus on Saunders.  It was super hard to narrow down my options, especially since Saunders is an integral part of so many episodes.

But here’s my list.

‘Far From the Brave’ (Season 1)

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This is one of the Combat! episodes I’ve watched the most – and with good reason.  It’s one of the best in the show, diving into Saunders’ character and the squad’s interactions. Though the banter between Billy and Littlejohn is one of my favorite moments, this really is Saunders’ episode.  One of his best friends, Grady Long, is killed in the episode’s opening and the rest of the story is him (and the squad) dealing with the fallout from that.  Even though Saunders behaves rather badly to the guy who comes to replace Long, you get where he’s coming from.  A poignant episode all around.

‘One for the Road’ (Season 1)

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Allll the feelings.  The squad finds a baby and, of course, they have to take it with them because it won’t be safe otherwise. (I mean, it probably isn’t too safe with a bunch of American soldiers in enemy territory, but they can’t just leave it with no one around.)  Saunders is dead-set against the whole idea but he eventually thaws and it honestly does make me cry. :*)  I think this episode is some of Vic Morrow’s finest acting on the show (and that’s saying a lot).

‘The Long Way Home’ (Season 2)

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More of a ‘whole squad’ episode, but I believe it focuses on Saunders enough to qualify for this list.  The squad gets captured by and thrown into a POW camp.  Saunders has to keep morale up and figure out a plan of escape while fending off (and enduring) attacks from the camp’s sadistic commandant. (I’ve never been able to trust Richard Baseheart since.)  Saunders has to make some tough decisions; the whole situation adds yet another dimension to his character.

‘Mail Call’ (Season 2)

Saunders get put through the wringer again.  In this episode he receives a letter stating that his brother (who I believe is fighting in the Pacific) is missing in action.  He doesn’t tell anyone about the letter’s contents, though the whole squad knows that something is up.  Saunders is quiet, detached, and abrasive to the new guy who joins the squad. (If this sounds like a rehash of ‘Far From the Brave’, it’s not.  Some of the plot points are similar, but both episodes are unique.)  Us viewers don’t actually know what’s wrong with Saunders until near the end of the episode, which is kind of nice.  It puts us in the squad’s shoes as they try to cheer Saunders up + figure out what’s up with him. (Spoilers: his brother makes it out okay. *happy tears*)

‘A Gift of Hope’ (Season 3)

This episode will always be special to me because Hamlette and I watched it together.  It was an awesome experience (one that I hope can be repeated with other Combat! episodes).  But even if I didn’t have that connection with it, this episode would still be on this list because it’s superb in its own right.  A friend of Saunders, believed to be dead, makes a reappearance and Saunders has to prove that said friend isn’t a deserter (his friend’s name is Avery and he’s the coolest, awesomest side character on Combat!).  There’s so much going on in this episode, character- and action-wise, that I can’t stop re-watching it.

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Saunders is a very special character and that’s thanks (in large part) to Vic Morrow.  His spot-on acting skills made Saunders who he is (though the writers played a part in that as well).  I watched ‘Blackboard Jungle’ a few days ago and Morrow’s role in that surprised me all over again because Artie West the polar opposite of Saunders.  It’s a tribute to what a good actor Vic Morrow was…just like this post and the blogathon it’s written for.

Take the point!

Eva

 

the fugitive episode review: ‘nightmare at northoak’

This review is part of the 5th Annual Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon.

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‘Nightmare at Northoak’ was the first episode of The Fugitive I ever watched (or at least the first one I remember watching).  I do take issue with the title because, as you’ll see, the nightmare doesn’t really happen at Northoak – it’s in Kimble’s mind.  Northoak is one of the nicest places Kimble ends up, IMO.

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The episode opens with a creepy scene where Gerrard tracks Kimble through deserted streets until Kimble is finally cornered.  Gerrard pulls out a gun and…Kimble wakes up.  It was all a nightmare.  Gerrard hasn’t caught up with him – yet.  But just as the nightmare fades away, Kimble hears screams and the sounds of a vehicle careening out of control.

He scrambles out of the forest where he was sleeping.  A school bus has crashed and now flames shoot from the wreckage.  The driver is unconscious and the bus is full of panicked children.  Kimble directs them out the back of the school bus, drags the driver and a sleeping kid out, and then goes back in to make sure no one else is left inside.  Predictably, the bus explodes and Kimble is thrown from the wreckage – knocked cold, but alive.

The children from the bus drag him away from the burning bus (and presumably one of them runs for help).

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When Kimble wakes up, he’s lying in a strange bed in a strange house.  Concerned citizens wait outside his bedroom to see how he’s doing and to repay their debt of gratitude by covering the doctor’s fees (something the doctor insists on doing himself – “Those kids he saved…I brought every one of them into this world”) and bringing ham, pudding, and calves’ foot jelly for the invalid.

The family that Kimble is staying with, the Springers, sends everyone home but not before Mrs. Springer – Wilma – declares that whoever is responsible for the accident should be brought to justice.  It seems that even though her husband is sheriff of Northoak (something Kimble discovers very quickly – and to his great trepidation), Wilma is the moral center of the town. (Though Al, her husband, is a really great, upright sheriff.  He’s played by Frank Overton and I love it.)

A nosy reporter drops by the Springer home, asking if he can take a photo of Kimble (who’s calling himself George Porter in this episode).  Wilma says ‘no’, but the reporter gets Larry, the Springers’ son, to sneak into the sick room and take a photo.  Luckily, there’s a cold compress over Kimble’s eyes, but it’s still a risk for him…

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…because Gerrard sees the article and the photo and instantly becomes suspicious.  Gerrard is actually in very few episodes of the show, but he’s truly menacing in this one.  A soulless, heartless tool of the law.  The mystery savior in the news article has no ID (“could’ve lost it in the accident”) and the lower half of his face bears a striking resemblance to the lower half of Richard Kimble’s face.  It’s enough for Gerrard and he sends a telegram (or a phone call – I forget) to Al, asking him to fingerprint George Porter.

Al is really embarrassed about this.  He can’t see how this gentle, quiet man who rescued the children of Northoak could be a convicted murderer.  But he has to do his duty, so he takes Kimble’s fingerprints. (Oh, and somewhere between the taking of the photo and Gerrard seeing it, Kimble also saw it and tried to escape.  But he collapsed and they brought him back.  Nobody’s suspicious of that though, at least not right away.)

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Kimble is desperate to escape once his fingerprints are taken.  As soon as Gerrard gets them, he’ll be in Northoak.  Al leaves the sick room to make a call, leaving Wilma behind, and she finally puts two and two together.  Kimble’s nervousness, the photo in the newspaper…it all adds up to mean one thing: George Porter is a wanted man.  But before she can call her husband, Kimble closes the door.

“I’m innocent.  I didn’t kill my wife.”

Wilma is doubly shocked and horrified to hear that he’s been convicted of killing a woman – and his own wife, no less.  Kimble pleads with her to let him go, to walk out the door, close it, and not tell her husband.  “Isn’t that a fair trade?” he says desperately just before she leaves.  “A life for a life?” (Because he saved Larry’s life, you know.)

Wilma battles within herself.  Should she uphold the law and do what’s right as she’s always done?  Or should she believe this strange man and let him go for the sake of her son?  For a moment, she almost does it.  She almost lets Kimble go.  But then she turns to her husband and tells him everything.

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It’s a bleak moment – for everyone.  Al takes Kimble down to the jailhouse.  Deputy Ernie (played by Paul Carr – so nice to see another familiar face) helps him keep an eye on Kimble until Gerrard arrives.  Gerrard instantly puts everyone on edge – they don’t want to turn Kimble over to this strict, robot-like man.  Al resents Gerrard’s hints that Kimble will somehow escape if he (Gerrard) joins Al for dinner.  But he finally relents and goes to the Springers’ home to enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal.

During dinner, Gerrard is the only one that’s really eating.  Larry suddenly starts crying, saying that it’s his fault Kimble is back in jail because he took the photo.  Gerrard tries to explain that it was a good thing he did, but Larry leaves the table.  He doesn’t want to hear Gerrard’s harsh rhetoric – and neither do I.  Al goes back to the jailhouse, leaving Wilma alone with Gerrard.

“Couldn’t what he did for our children lighten his sentence?” she asks.  Gerrard says ‘no’.  The law is the law.  The law is inexorable.  And, when Wilma tries a different tack and asks if Gerrard really believes Kimble is guilty, he simply says, “The law says he is.”  And that, apparently, is that.

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Back at the jail, Gerrard checks on Kimble and they have a conversation which starts out polite but quickly goes downhill. “When they feed me my last meal and strap me into the chair, I’ll still say the same thing,” Kimble says. “I didn’t kill my wife.”

According to Gerrard, it’s true – at least for Kimble. So many hours of sleepless night, so much running, so much time to think…of course Kimble now believes he didn’t kill his wife. He’s made the fantasy of his innocence true in his own mind.

This, of course, isn’t actually true. Kimble is innocent. But it’s a frightening glimpse into the workings of Gerrard’s mind. Could we flip his words to mean that he will never believe Kimble is innocent? That even if he’d started out with a flicker of doubt as to whether or not there was a one-armed man, he’s now convinced himself that Kimble cannot – can never – be found innocent?

Maybe Kimble is thinking something like this when he says, “I believe you have nightmares too, Gerrard. I believe your nightmare is that, after I’m dead, you’ll find who really did it.”

The blow strikes home. Gerrard retreats, bringing his cigarette to his lips with shaking fingers.

When he comes out of the cell block, Al has gathered quite a crowd of people. They want to say goodbye to Kimble, to thank him for their children’s lives. It’s a touching moment (one that Gerrard sneers at) as each person files past Kimble and shakes his hand. The last one to do so is Wilma. Regret, sadness, and a little desperation cross her face as she walks away from Kimble’s cell.

And that’s when he opens his hand to reveal the key. Someone slipped it to him.

And so, Kimble escapes again. (I’m not going to go into the details of his escape because it would make this blog post too long. But it’s a good trick played on Gerrard. A really good trick.)

But the episode isn’t over! In the ‘epilog’, Al assembles everyone who said goodbye to Kimble the night before. One of them, he tells Gerrard, passed Kimble the key. But Gerrard has other ideas. “It was you,” he tells Al. “You let Kimble out.”

Al takes exception to this – and rightfully so. Surely he had ideas of letting Kimble go free. After all, Kimble saved his son’s life. But the sheriff side of him won out – and now it seems like that was for nothing, since Gerrard accuses him anyway. But at the last moment Wilma steps forward.

“I gave him the key.”

Gerrard eyes her. “You know what this means, Mrs. Springer.”

Wilma nods. She’ll go to jail.

Until a wonderful thing happens.

“I’ve been in this office often enough,” the doctor cries. “I gave him the key!”

“He saved my life,” the driver of the school bus says. “I was repaying him. I gave him the key.”

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And suddenly everyone stands up, everyone admits to giving Kimble the key that gave him his freedom. In a way, it’s true…although Wilma was the one who actually did it, they all would have. It’s a triumphant, singularly happy ending to an episode of The Fugitive.

(Well, not quite. Because after that scene, things go back to Kimble’s point of view as he wanders the streets of another town. He sees a ‘Help Wanted’ sign. “Help wanted,” the narrator intones. “But there is no help. The only consolation Richard Kimble has is that in some town – perhaps this one – there is a one-armed man who has nightmares…of him!”)

But still. ‘Nightmare at Northoak’ is a lot happier than a lot of Fugitive episodes.  And that’s why it’s my favorite episode in the show.

Eva

my favorite youtubers

Everybody has ’em.  And here are mine.

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Black Gryph0n

This guy does fantastic impressions (singing and talking voices).  My favorite videos of his are probably the ‘no auto-tune, one take’ song covers because he’s covered some of my favorite songs.  But the Star Wars impressions are awesome as well.

John Crist

While John Crist isn’t my number one favorite Christian comedian (more on who is in a bit) he’s genuinely funny – I can always count on his videos for a good laugh.  Like most of my favorite Youtubers, I have no idea how I discovered his channel.  But I’m so glad I did.

Georgia Merry

Another song cover channel (there’s a lot of them I love).  Georgia specializes in Disney medleys and covers of Disney princess songs and I’m totally there for that.  Disney is the best!  I love her collabs with Brian Hull (who you’ll also see on this list) and Black Gryph0n.  She has an almost angelic voice…very soothing.

Brian Hull

Brian Hull makes me smile so much.  His enthusiasm for all things Disney (and life in general), his fun impressions (even if they’re not always perfect), and his multiple trips to Disneyland all combine to make a truly memorable channel.

Nadine Brandes

Nadine is one of my absolute favorite authors and her videos are a joy to watch.  She’s so enthusiastic about her writing craft; I love it.  Her videos (particularly the one I’ve embedded above) were partly what set me on the path to getting my book published.  A lot of the time you hear about how hard writing and publishing are but Nadine also shows that you can have fun with that journey.

Austin McConnell

Okay, yes, there are a million video essay channels on Youtube.  But Austin McConnell is my favorite – his videos deal with really random, super interesting topics and he’s one of the only video essayists who can hold my attention to the last second of a video.  And he has this kind of wry, self-deprecating sense of humor that’s rather charming.

Trey Kennedy

My favorite Youtuber.  Period.  He makes me laugh harder than anyone else has for a long time – his videos are clean Christian comedy gold.  I honestly want to embed alllll of his videos for you to enjoy, but I limited myself to just one.  Still, check out his other stuff!  You won’t be disappointed.

Who are some of your favorite Youtubers?  And did you discover one or two new favorites because of this post?

Eva

i watched season 4 of TURN and i have so many thoughts

Warning: this post is looooong.  I think the reason for that is because I watched TURN by myself and none of my family knows much about it.  So hopefully someone who does know the show will read this post and appreciate it.  Maybe.  Anyway, I want to get all this stuff out of me.

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i’m weirded out by the face paint.

In the last blog post I wrote about TURN, I said that I probably wouldn’t watch the fourth season because of John Andre’s death.  Since he was one of the main reasons I’d stuck with the show for three seasons, I was pretty sure season four would be awful.

So I basically forgot about it.

But then I had a TURN-themed dream and since I needed something to reward myself with for work/writing stuff, I decided to give season four a chance.  And you know what?  It’s the best season of the show.

Before I get into all the details of why season four is the best season of TURN, let me just say that although Andre’s absence was keenly felt (both by me and by several characters in the show), the writers did right by him.  If you must kill off a good character, have them be remembered and mourned by other characters.  And I almost felt sorry for Benedict Arnold (except that he’s awful, so I didn’t really) because it was obvious that pretty much everyone wished he’d died instead of Andre.

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Anyway.  Here’s the reason why season four was the best: it focused on the war and, you know, actual SPYING instead of cringy relationship drama.  Each season of TURN has had a lot of spying and action (obviously) but it’s also been full of Woodhull family drama and icky stuff between Abe and Anna that’s always rubbed me the wrong way.  It got so bad that I literally rolled my eyes whenever a scene came up involving Abe.  I’m not even kidding.

But season four?  There was no drama between Abe and Anna!  Abe actually, finally loved and appreciated his wife!  There were tons of thrilling, nerve-wracking, nail-biting action sequences!  And it made the show ten times better.

Also, it was like Abe’s character did a one-eighty between the last episode of season three and the first episode of season four.  When season four came around, he was smiling.  Happy.  Relaxed.  Warm and friendly.  It wasn’t quite enough to redeem him, but his scenes were so much easier to watch. (Then he became all vengeful after a certain character’s death and that wasn’t fun, but it was better than him being wimpy.)  My liking for him fell a little when he was so rude about getting paid in the last episode, but then he broke down in front of Washington and, well, it doesn’t really make sense unless you’ve watched the show.  But it was good.

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don’t ask why he’s wearing a British uniform – it’s complicated.

One thing that did annoy me about season four (and the entire show) were alllll the plots to kill Simcoe.  There was a new plot every other episode, it felt like, and I’d always be screaming in my head “HE’S GOING TO SURVIVE THE WAR AND GO TO CANADA SO JUST GIVE UP ALREADY!”  It was very stressful because I knew he wasn’t going to die…but maybe someone else would in the attempt.  And the same with the plots to capture Benedict Arnold. *sigh*

Oh, seeing Ben run into battle and set fire to hay and take British cannons and all that literally made me feel like this:

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HE’S JUST SO HANDSOME AND PERFECT AND AWESOME.  And he’s grown so much.  Gracefully handing over his position as Head of Intelligence to Alexander Hamilton (yes, that Alexander Hamilton).  Advancing to Congress when he used to be kind of naive.  Respecting Washington even when it was hard.  He’s all growns up now. *sniffles quietly*

I felt so bad for Peggy.  Married to Benedict Arnold, fighting for her safety and the safety of her child and the memory of Andre.

I’m glad Selah and Anna settled their differences.  I don’t know if they love each other anymore, but they respect each other and I’m glad Anna has three children at the end of the show.

Major Hewlett has had his better moments, unfortunately.

Abigail and Akinbode and Cicero’s subplot was sweet and heartwarming.  Loved it.

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Abe’s letter to Thomas at the end made me bawl, even though I don’t particularly care about the Woodhulls.  It’s just…TV show finales tend to get me because, even if you don’t love the show, you’ve struggled and lived and died with the characters for several seasons and now it’s all ending and it’s poignant and bittersweet.  And it doesn’t take much to make me cry.

Overall, TURN is a show that I don’t wholeheartedly love.  It’s problematic in some ways, boring in others.  There are many characters I don’t care about.  But there’s enough good in it to grip me. (And maybe entice me into a rewatch some day.)  I do love Ben and Andre. 

So I’m not sorry I watched the fourth season.

Not at all.

Eva