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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:48 am    Post subject: Northern Exposure Reply with quote

Best show EVER!!!

Is this the best moment ever? Heh, well it's at least tied with about a dozen or so other moments. Very Happy Anyway, in this episode, Chris, who comes up with some rather unusual artistic efforts, decided to make a catapult-like device, and fling a cow. (To be eaten afterward.) Half-way through the episode, Ed is talking about that happening in Monty Python & The Holy Grail. Thinking that repetition is the death of art, Chris calls the whole thing off. Eventually, Maurice, while yelling at Chris to finish what he starts, mentions how we don't see Maggie crying, even though her house burned down. At this, Chris gets a look of wonder on his face. Inspired by the thought that "Every moment of destruction is a moment of creation," he heads to Maggie's. When he sees her charred piano, he knows his quest is over.

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"I've been here now for some days, groping my way along, trying to realize my vision here. I started concentrating so hard on my vision that I lost sight. I've come to find out that it's not the vision, it's not the vision at all. It's the groping. It's the groping, it's the yearning, it's the moving forward. I was so fixated on that flying cow that when Ed told me Monty Python already painted that picture, I thought I was through. I had to let go of that cow so I could see all the other possibilities. Anyway, I want to thank Maurice for helping me to let go of that cow. Thank you Maurice for playing Apollo to my Dionysus in art's Cartesian dialectic. And thanks to you, Ed, cause the truth shall set us free! And Maggie, thank you for sharing in the destruction of your house so that today we could have something to fling. I think Kierkegaard said it oh so well, 'The self is only that which it's in the process of becoming.' Art? Same thing. James Joyce had something to say about it too. 'Welcome, Oh Life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience, and to forge in the smythe of my soul the uncreated conscious of my race.' We're here today to fling something that bubbled up from the collective unconsciousness of our community. Ed, you about ready? The thing I learned folks, this is absolutely key: It's not the thing you fling. It's the fling itself. Let's fling something, Cicely!"

It's not the thing you fling. It's the fling itself.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2004 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I felt sorry for this post sitting here all alone... So I'd just thought I'd post something to keep it company... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice gesture. Thanks Smile

AND WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta give credit where it's due. The show did get me seriously interested in shamanism.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now we're talkin'! Very Happy Ed's fight with External Validation is pure, textbook-definition shamanism. And he was always wanting to heal people, even way back when Elaine dumped Joel ("Don't get frostbite" indeed!!), and he set things up to give Joel closure.

And Leonard!! How cool is he??? Among my favorite moments of his:
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SHELLY: So if I get married, I'll stop seeing dancers?

LEONARD: Absolutely. [pause] Or not.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just because I know everybody's burning to know, the 1st season is now out on dvd.

And they rejoiced.

*yaaaaaay*
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*claps lightly*
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See that? I knew this news would be greeted with enthusiasm!!

Here's another brief conversation from NX that I recently posted at the Hangar.

Ed: So, if you don't believe in spirits, Dr. Fleischman, well then, what do you think happens to us when we die?

Joel: Nothing. I mean, metabolically speaking, we simply cease to be. Ya know? "The worm crawls in, the worm crawls out, the worm plays pinochle on your snout." I don't know. I mean, I suppose, in some way, we live on. In the way people remember us.

Ed: Like spirits.

Joel: No, not like spirits, Ed. Like memories. Like... like feelings, images.

Ed: Sounds like spirits.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed is my hero! (and the actor was fabulous when he pissed on Sam Shepard in the Hi-Lo Country, btw! Razz ) I love that interchange you just posted Fist. And the farewell episode, along with the visits by the jewish lawyer, was so well done the entire media industry should have buried themselves in shame for letting such a good show go. Tam and I cryed when it went off the air and had a hard time watching anything on TV after that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh? A fellow fan????? Shocked

Bangarang!!!!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa! I had almost forgotten about this show! I loved it when I was little, but I haven't seen it in yeeeaaarrs!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Isn't that the cutest thing you ever did hear??? Very Happy OK, just feeling old and taking it out on the youth of the world. Laughing Seriously, you can't stop learning from this show, so now you can go out and get the dvd's. I'll bet you forgot all the amazing philosophy and religion in it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good friend of mine LOVES this. I may just have to buy her the dvd and then watch a few episodes with her...

(thank you-you have solved the going away present dilemma I was going though for her! Smile )
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Green

Whatever it takes to get others to watch it so I have somebody to talk to!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I might give this show a try. Of course, like any good sitcom or show, it must have a hot chick. Can this be said of Northern Exposure? If not, I'll just flip the channel back to Buffy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You kidding? Shelly was Miss Northwest Passage! And like everyone else on the show, she was brilliant in her own way. But she usually made her point with references to her nipples or butt, so the point was sometimes missed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nipples or butt? I love this show.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sayin'!
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I not only looked forward to the show butt Maggie as well she's beyond hot! Check this out Foul! Shocked http://members.lycos.co.uk/janineturner/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While looking for a NX quote for another thread, I found the transcript for one of the best episodes of all, Crime and Punishment. Here ya go, folks. Live a little. Smile
http://members.aol.com/duvelle/crime.html
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