binge watching

binge seriesit was a habit formed from watching defunct tv series such as pbs’s “morse” & “foyle’s war” / thanks to amazon prime, i’ve kept up <sort of> with current pop culture \ i am a big fan of rod serling’s “twilight zone” and so the sci-fi|fantasy tv series “orphan black” “grimm” & “fringe” provide great thrills \ and i learned a few things as well

“orphan black” is admirable for the versatility of the actor tatiana maslany & the well-formed characters of the many clones / the set of episodes i have not yet watched is the storyline of the male clones \ looking forward to that

i have never been to portland & i noticed that the homes there, at least those featured in “grimm” tended to be my favored architecture & design which is the craftsman style / a quick google search says that craftman houses built in the 1910s & 1920s are popular in the inner east side of portland \ the neighborhood “ladd’s addition” apparently has ~240 craftsman homes

the premise of “grimm” is that some folks particularly the bad & criminal ones are descended from mythological creatures of the grimm fairytale type <“wesen” in the grimm world> / the “grimm” him|herself is a descendant of the “guardians” who over the centuries have kept the balance of humanity & mythology – by killing the wesen \ they are called grimm – an allusion to the german brothers who famously collected folktales & mythology / for indeed these guardians themselves documented in handwritten & illustrated manuscript these creatures – what they look like, their transgressions as well as their strengths & vulnerabilities / a set of these encyclopedia has been inherited by our present day protagonist-grimm, portland police detective nick burkhardt \ it is his very valuable reference for identifying wesen & guides him into properly fighting them off <i.e., what weapon or approach to use> \ wesen are visible only to grimms & so the manual is really very helpful

of special interest to me is season 13 episode 4 “mommie dearest” where the “aswang”  <a creature of filipino folk tales which was very scary to me as a child> is featured  \ the aswang <or manananggal> is a woman who leaves the lower half of her body to fly to the roof of a pregnant woman’s home / from the roof, she would extend her tongue to reach the womb of a sleeping pregnant woman & suck up her unborn child \ to kill the aswang, spreading garlic on the bottom half that she left behind is supposed to do the trick / stylistic changes were made to the grimm aswang to make it more “realistic” <for example, the aswang‘s tensile tongue likely cannot penetrate the roofing of u.s. houses the way it can the philippine “nipa hut”> \ it was very cool to see some of my culture on mainstream american tv / and this is thanks to the filipino actor reggie lee who plays the supporting role of detective wu & suggested the aswang as a storyline \ apparently he suggested other philippine folkloric|mythical creatures/ i wonder which ones they were: tikbalang, kapre, tiyanak, dwende or nuno sa punso? among many others to choose from…

my latest binge-watch is “fringe” <directed by j.j. abrams of the latest “star wars”> \ as in fringe science / dr. walter bishop played by john noble <memorable as denethor in the movie version of “lord of the rings”> is the resident <literally> “mad” scientist who is consultant to the FBI fringe team led by agent olivia dunham \ i will soon find out in season 2 that agent dunham & other key characters are entangled in a parallel universe or alternate reality / very cooool!!!! \ we had the original “twilight zone” from  1959-1964 & its first revival in 1985-1989 and the “x-files” from 1993-2002 / i think “fringe” <2008-2013> ably carried the torch for this genre

 

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