I guess it’s an odd time to start with today being September 11th. I didn’t really plan it like this, but I guess it’s also a good time because since the month has 30 days, even if I only do an episode a day, I’ll still finish the series before October. Then you can wake me up when September ends. Oh man. Alright.
So Claire Danes is really young, huh? How adorable. I remember days like these. Grunge rebellion days. A girl only had to dye her hair dark red to be considered ‘alternative’ and ‘edgy’ by peers, or to worry her parents sick. If the show were filmed in 2008 (or 1998 for that matter), the writers would probably feel the need to up the ante and make the lead character a sexaholic or coke dealer (which would take away some of the sweet charm I guess, but like I told you earlier, since I’ve never seen the show who am I to say none of this will happen later on?). If they tried to introduce Angela with the “Crimson Glow” hair on the show today, the first kitchen scene would have to play something more like this:
(Walks by the refrigerator sheepishly sporting her new hair)
Mom, this is Rayanne and Rickie.
Hello. You dyed your hair. OK. Here’s some cheese.
(Removes her Blackberry and reads a hateful text message from Sharon- her former best friend from childhood)
You hate it.
I never said that. I was actually wondering if you had any extra. I’m looking for something to cover up the gray.
I have no qualms with the 90’s-ness of the show. It seems at least kind of representative of how I remember things, which is to say not that well. I keep thinking of a lot of questions I’d like to ask fans, like who is the band playing during the party scene? Are they real or are they fake? I want them to be real.
So far two characteristics stand out that really bother me, and hold me back from taking the Pilot serious. I mean pilots are never the best representations of shows, but I have to say I really hope they change the scored music at least slightly by episode two. It’s horribly loud, intrusive, and impossible to ignore. Also, does anyone else find it strange watching Claire Danes contort her body? It seems unnatural to me how she does this, doing things like standing around or putting her head in her hands on her desk like some sort of acrobatic, which is only emphasized more by all the strange camera angles and slow-mo shots. Not to say I don’t find it impressive.
I was surprised when the whole arrest scene went down. In retrospect it doesn’t seem implasusible that it needed to happen, for her to see right away where this life of crazyness and danger can go if she’s not careful. That’s when I was really starting to get wrapped in, despite the desire I always have with a new show to remain detached. I was legitimately afraid of what Angela’s mom (who I already hate, by the way) might say or do, and was relieved when the cop gave her the benefit of the doubt and decided against walking her to the door. It was a guesture only a nice cop would offer, which could not happen in anywhere other than pre-1995 Pennsylvania.
So when I first decided to do this, I thought the show was only a half-hour, which made me figure tonight I could watch a couple episodes, maybe finish off the first disc. But after an entire hour, I was exhausted and needed to stop. Another question for fans: Is every episode an hour, or just the premiere? Instead of watching any further, I spent the next several minutes Wiki’ing the show (careful not to skip ahead and read any spoilers). I found out some interesting facts. Did you know one of the reasons they never fought to keep the show on after the first season was because Claire Danes kept saying she didn’t want to do it? That girl likes to call her own shots from what I can tell.
3 Examples of Claire Danes Doing Whatever the Hell She Wants:
- She contorts her body in strange, unhuman ways (as mentioned above). I’ll be looking for this when watching her other movies in the future.
- She made fun of everyone who lives in Manila in an old issue of Vogue.
- She turned down the Titanic lead simply because she was “tired” from Romeo + Juliet (another movie some people are mad at me for never having seen).
I still can’t help but love her though, or feel dirty when I find myself accidentally checking her out once or twice while watching*.
*Does it count if she’s 29 now?
See you tomorrow when we watch Episode 2 – Dancing in the Dark