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Oct. 20th, 2017 05:24 pm
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The screaming face trapped in the dishcloth wailed, howls of pain and misery reverberating through the small kitchen. Andrea Fantucci sighed, set down the liquid soap and turned on the faucet.

“Okay, okay,” she said, holding the face beneath the stream of warm water. “Calm down!”

The face, bone-white against a diamond-patterned grid of pale blue, continued to shriek. Andrea frowned, moving the mixer tap to direct the flow right into the gaping mouth. The screams stopped, replaced by outraged gurgling.

“That’s better,” said Andrea. “And the next time you manifest a haunting, don’t do it while I’m washing up.”

Read the rest of the Andrea/Marisea series here )
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Scifi/supernatural TV show about two kids (brothers or friends) in a weird town.

There was this TV show about two brothers or friends, about 12-14. It had scifi and I think supernatural elements. The only episode I remember went like this:

A mom dad and 2 kids go to a chinese restaurant and get fortune cookies. All the fortunes are a little weird but come true in some way. The dad bumps into a homeless man with weird items in a shopping trolley.

The two young kids (protagonists) take this stuff and it's a bunch of electronics. They figure out that these are all components of a single machine/device and start putting it together. When they finish constructing it, it's just a helmet with a VCR (and maybe antenas) attached to it. There is also a cassette. One of the boys then puts it on and has his memories replaced by a scientist who claims to have removed all his memories and stored them on the cassette tape the boys put into the VCR.

Turns out the homeless man was the scientist, who removed his memories and put them on tape. The homeless man is kidnapped at some point and interrogated by bad guys trying to steal the scientist's secrets. The boys set out to return everyones memories and save the scientist.

The show was set in a town in the USA. I dont remember the name but the show claimed that it was the town with the most supernatural activity and general weirdness.

I watched this sometime between 2005-2009, I think. I'm confident the show actually came out in the 90s, just because of the VCR, but I'm not certain.

This is Eerie, Indiana.

The series revolves around Marshall Teller, a teenager whose family moves to the desolate town of Eerie, Indiana, population of 16,661. While moving into his new home, he meets Simon Holmes, one of the few normal people in Eerie. Together, they are faced with bizarre scenarios

The episode you're looking for is No Brain, No Pain (Season 1, Episode 15) from 1992.

Marshall and Simon witness a homeless man being attacked by a woman with a ray gun and decide to help him out. Although the man mumbles nonsense and seems fascinated by electronics, the boys suspect that there's more to him than that and perhaps he's not as crazy as everyone believes. But things get really weird when they turn on the strange contraption the man was making.

Everything you mentioned is there: The Chinese restaurant with fortunes that eventually come true, the helmet that transfers the kid's memories to a tape etc. You can see it here, and here's the intro:

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Oct. 20th, 2017 12:01 am
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It's Friday, Eerie fans, and it's a great time to look back on all the sweet fanworks you've created over the years. Why not revisit some sweet artwork, admire someone's crafting efforts or leave an appreciative comment on an uploaded video?
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A bulging paper sack sat on the kitchen table, cheap toys and colourful sweets spilling out across the surface. Marshall picked up a bright blue bottle of bubble water and gave it an experimental shake.

“Planning a kids’ party?” he asked his mother.

Marilyn Teller looked up from the folded red and white cloth in her lap and smiled.

“No,” she said, shaking out the length of fabric and holding it out. Twenty five neat white pockets on a rich velvet backdrop, each of them embroidered with a number and tiny, intricate decorations. Marshall raised an eyebrow.

“It’s a reusable Advent calendar,” Marilyn explained. “You put candy or little trinkets in the numbered pouches and open one a day. I thought it might be a fun thing to try this Christmas.”

She spread it out on the table, pushing some of the toys aside, and turned to her son.

“What do you think?”

“Could be cool,” said Marshall. “Though Syndi and I might be a bit old for bubble water and bouncy balls with glitter inside them.”

“Well, those are more for Simon and Harley,” said Marilyn, tucking a tiny magnifying glass into the first pocket. A pocket-sized sewing kit went in next, followed by a wind-up miniature torch and a small bag of peppermints. “I was thinking you and Syndi could each be responsible for stocking the other’s treats, rather than your father and I doing it.”

Marshall looked at the five un-filled advent calendars lying neatly folded beside the sink. He thought about the glass-fronted cabinets at the World o’ Stuff, filled with itching powder and fire crackers and joy buzzers, and grinned.

“That’s a great idea, Mom,” he said. “Really great. In fact, I’ll just take it up to my room and get started now.”

Marilyn sighed.

“I changed my mind,” she said. “This is a terrible plan. I don’t know what I was thinking.”

Marshall laughed, leaning down to kiss her cheek.

“Trust me,” he said. “This is going to be the best Christmas ever. Which one is hers?”

Marilyn twisted a blood-splattered Corn Critters figurine this way and that, trying to make it fit.

“I thought she’d like the one with the green and gold stitching around the border,” she said. “Of course, that was before you filled it with glue or whatever else you plan on doing.”

“It won’t be glue,” Marshall promised, giggling.

Read the rest of the Teller Family History here )

Read the rest of the Holmes Brothers series here )
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Created by Jose Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante as a creative Consultant, Eerie, Indiana was a series about a small town. A bizarre small town. The Teller family had moved to Eerie and Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) befriended one of the few legitimately normal kids in town, Simon Holmes (Justin Shenkarow). Together, they encountered the town’s strange populace, urban legends, and other impossible things.

The show ran on Sundays on NBC during the 1991-92 season. It blended comedy with serious tones, which, along with episodes directed by several feature film directors and numerous references to old films, caught the attention and positive reviews of critics. However, it failed to capture a sustainable audience, even after it was retooled halfway through its run with new characters and replacement actors. It was cancelled after its initial run of 18 episodes, the 19th not seen until reruns and a 20th planned but never made.

By 1997, Saturday morning reruns on Fox Kids had given the show a renewed popularity. Seeking to increase their viewership, FOX commissioned a spin-off series of the show called Eerie, Indiana: the Other Dimension. The show also took place in Eerie, Indiana, but, as the title suggested, in another dimension due to the fact the original series stars were too old for their roles by that time.

Best friends Mitchell Taylor (Bill Switzer) and Stanley Hope (Daniel Clark) ended up being contacted by Marshall and Simon via television sets (using stock footage from the previous show and dubbed voices) and are warned that a crazy cable man is setting up satellite dishes on rooftops that are allowing the weirdness from the original Eerie to spill over into the new Eerie. They’re tasked with fending off the strange occurrences in order to save theirs and every Eerie in existence with the help of local bartender Mr. Crawford (Neil Crone). As broadcast standards had become stricter in the years following the original show, this series was forced to tone down the creepy elements and put a greater focus on comedic gags.

Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension debuted as part of Fox Kids’ mid-season revamped schedule on February 7, 1998. It aired as part of the “No Yell Motel” programming block, which featured interstitials starring puppets working inside a creepy motel. It was accompanied by Goosebumps and Toonsylvania. The series was written by Esther Behar, Luciano Casimiri, Tony DiFranco, Jim Henshaw, Terry Saltsman, Janet MacLean, Peter Mohan, Tim Burns, Dennis Foon, Jeremy Hole, and Tony Sheer. The Einstein Bros. provided the series’ music.

The series debuted as part of Fox Kids’ mid-season revamped schedule on February 7, 1998. Despite the similarities to the previous Eerie, The Other Dimension’s differences in tonality and cast failed to attract the original’s audience or find a new one. Like its predecessor, it was cancelled after its single season, but without the fond regard.

EPISODE GUIDE:

“Switching Channels” (2/7/98) – Mitchell and Stanley meet Marshall and Simon who warn them about the weirdness spilling over into their Eerie due to a crazy cable man.

“The Goody-Two Shows People” (2/14/98) – The Eerie Junior Executives Club is replacing its members with robotic clones.

“Standard Deviation” (2/21/98) – A woman from the Mad Bureau of Statistics searching for the aliens who kidnapped her husband cites Maitchell’s family for not being “normal.”

“Time Flies” (2/28/98) – Mr. Crawford’s new coffee machine causes time to speed up.

“The Phantom” (3/7/98) – Mitchell and Stanley investigate a phantom haunting the school.

“The Young and the Twitchy” (3/14/98) – A soap opera star’s behavior transforms everyone into soap opera characters.

“Last Laugh” (3/21/98) – Stanley becomes a master comic thanks to a gag writing genius, but his personality shift causes him to become an outcast.

“The Newsroom” (4/4/98) – A bad news future predicting machine at the newspaper office predicts a disaster at the nuclear power plant where Mrs. Taylor works.

“Little Buddy Beep Beep” (4/11/98) – A new toy fad hides a sinister secret at the local toy factory.

“Perfect” (4/18/98) – A former beauty queen is selling a skin treatment that turns its users into living dolls, including Carrie.

“Nightmare on Eerie Street” (4/25/98) – Unable to sleep, the Sandman takes his frustration out on Eerie by keeping everyone awake with nightmares.

“Mr. Lucky” (5/2/98) – Mitchell’s good fortune from winning a wishbone quickly turns bad.

“Send in the Clones” (5/9/98) – Mitchell accidentally creates a 13-year-old clone of his father from a plant and must stop him from blowing up the school with a potato and electricity.

“I’m Okay, You’re Really Weird” (5/16/98) – A motivational speaker turns the entire town into immature goofballs.

“The Jackalope” (5/30/98) – Mitchell and Stanely try to save the Jackalope from extinction.
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Eerie, Indiana laid the foundations for Stranger Things in the early 1990s:

Stranger Things’ smash-hit success seemed to come out of nowhere. With little hype or fanfare, viewers were drawn to the supernatural Netflix show largely through word-of-mouth and positive reviews. Blending classic horror-mystery tropes with ’80s nostalgia, TV audiences hadn’t really seen anything like it before. Or had they?

A similar quest for weirdness

Rewind 25 years, and there was another mysterious show, also set in rural Indiana. And Eerie, Indiana had more in common with Stranger Things than just the US state the drama unfolds in. Originally running between 1991 and 1992, the show followed Marshall Teller, a teenager whose family had moved to the titular town (population: 16,661).

A USA Today review described the show as “Stephen King by way of The Simpsons”:

Soon after arriving, he bumps into youngster Simon Holmes, one of the few normal people in Eerie. Statistically speaking, Eerie is the most average town imaginable, but as Marshall warns viewers in the show’s opening credits: “statistics lie”. As a means to pass the time, the pair set themselves on a quest to investigate every act of weirdness in the town on their trusty bicycles, to prove that Eerie is the strangest place on the planet.

‘Twin Peaks for kids’:

The town turns out to be more than odd. If you thought Stranger Things’ retro-fitted mystery made for a uneasy atmosphere, Eerie, Indiana is even more bizarre. It brought tales of intelligent dogs planning to take over the world, Bigfoot – and a still-living Elvis. It recalled the work of David Lynch in “its depiction of horrors that lurk beneath suburban conformity”. Seen by some as ‘Twin Peaks for kids’, Eerie, Indiana was aimed squarely at families and children. With tongue firmly in cheek, it also tackled subjects that went beyond traditional horror tropes. In one episode, Simon discovered a magical ATM that dispensed copious amounts of money, making him more popular in the process. The catch? It sank Eerie into a financial depression.

Stephen King-esque:

A fourth-wall breaking penultimate episode saw Marshall find a television script which transported him behind-the-scenes, into an alternate dimension where his friends and family were the actors on the show. He was even referred to as Omri Katz – the actor’s real name.

There were more ‘typical’ horror episodes too of course. But Marshall’s role as an existentially depressed teenager meant he was worried about more than just the usual monsters. Standalone episodes gave the show more of an anthology feel, as if Stephen King had written a series of particularly surreal treatments for TV, with separate storylines that could be dipped into in no particular order.

‘Absurdist suburban dread’:

Eerie, Indiana won widespread praise from critics. Entertainment Weekly said: “Watch Eerie for the spectacle, to see the way directors like Joe Dante and Tim Hunter summon up absurdist suburban dread.” Dante is probably best-known for directing Gremlins. Hunter, meanwhile, who also helmed a handful of episodes, actually worked on Twin Peaks. He has since gone on to direct instalments of such lauded shows as Breaking Bad, Deadwood and American Horror Story.

Eerie, Indiana frequently paid tribute to its roots. It made countless references to classic films, and was littered with in-jokes. A USA Today review described the show as “Stephen King by way of The Simpsons”, and saying it recalled the work of David Lynch in “its garish depiction of the lurid and silly horrors that lurk beneath suburban conformity”.

The strangest thing is that Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers have not cited Eerie, Indiana as a source of inspiration, but the shows certainly share a lot of DNA. Kids riding around on bikes solving mysteries; strange goings-on in the rural backwaters of America’s heartland; and that off-kilter, King-esque vibe. A young Tobey Maguire appeared in an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

Bizarre and strange, but with plenty to say under the surface, Eerie, Indiana is worth revisiting for Stranger Things fans. And a surprisingly engaging watch for those who idolise both Lynch and King.
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Fic: we're on the road to nowhere (let's find out where it goes) by impossibletruths
Reader: Jadesfire
Cover Artist: [personal profile] akamine_chan
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Reader's Notes:

I can't thank impossibletruths enough, both for this fic and giving me permission to record it. Critical Role has been a welcoming home to me, and Star Wars is the fandom of my heart, so this fic hit me right where I live. As well as the whole-story version, there are downloads of individual chapters, each with their own awesome cover, so please click through to the AO3 post to see them. Because of this, there are MANY links in the post. Please let me know if any are broken, just...please do it gently? I think the first thing to break was my brain...

Summary:

He collects them slowly, and mostly by accident. [or, a Critical Role Star Wars AU]

sun emerging from behind a dark planet, with title and story credits above

MP3 (with music) [42.6 MB, 1:31:40] / MP3 (without music) [41.4 MB, 1:29:06]
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