023 Just Not Abel To Cope

October 19th, 2016, 1:27 am

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Reply NtKGar, October 16th, 2016, 6:03 pm

The Eye Watching Cain is quite a famous story about Cain's wandering in Exile with the Eye of Judgement upon him. As far as I know it's not in the Bible, it's just a legend that sprung up. The Eye of Sauron's the same basic imagery but I needed the classics reference to get to the WWF reference.

Victor Hugo's 'La Conscience' seems to have been the thing that brought the Eye Watching Cain into popular culture, but the story itself is probably older than Hugo. Here's a link to the text in English. I did a reading of it but then realised I hate how I look and sound on video so here's a nice recording of it in the original french

Today's vote incentive is Ollie sitting in a thing of Hay Paige left out for the rabbits. It's a little hut thing that they liked better upside down. After a couple of days we discovered the rabbits liked it for piddling in and got rid of it.

Paige and I went to see Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders on Monday. It's an animated film based on the old 60's Batman show, with Adam West and Burt Ward voicing Batman and Robin with Julie Newmar as Catwoman. It was exactly what I wanted it to be.

I was grinning from ear to ear from the opening bars of Neal Hefti's classic "Batman!" theme. Batman to me is the 90s animated version, but the Adam West one was on Channel 4 when I was little and I'm very fond of it. It's a really strange interpretation of the character, it's kind of... Gloriously Shit. Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara discuss, at length, how great Batman is. Our Heroes stop in the middle of a chase to cross the street safely at a crosswalk. The abandoned factory has a big "Abandoned Factory" sign out front, and dear god the sprays.

There's a bit where they walk up the side of a building, detective work is a process of wild free-association, and the old "ZOT!" "POW!" "SPORK!" sound effects are back and take on a fantastically jarring twist in the third act. There's a slow-moving death trap, everyone buckles their safety belts, and Holy Exclamations Summarising the Situation Batman! I was six years old again.

There's a lot of meta humour about later interpretations of the character and the original show's place in history. Catwoman and Robin get in a brilliant little dig at Dark Knight Rises, and there's some Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy moments that probably aren't actually homages to the homage.

Adam West and Julie Newmar are both audibly older than their characters. At 71 Burt Ward sounds *exactly* the same. West is 88 and Newmar's 83 now though, so while you can hear it it's kind of a kick that they're still having so much fun playing Batman and Catwoman fifty years later.

My attention did wander a couple of times so the 7.2 rating on IMdB seems about right to me, maybe more in the 7.6-7.8 range because it's trying to capture something elusive and misses a couple of times, but absolutely nails it a couple of times too.

I don't know what it'd be like for someone who didn't used to watch the old show growing up. The nostalgia's strong and good, but it's a very different Batman than our teen readers will be used to, and its a style of comedy that seems to have gone out of fashion.

I'm gonna start tilting my horizons again though.

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Reply Dvandom (Guest), October 19th, 2016, 10:39 am

Extracanonical sources @NtKGar: There is a LOT of Bible Fanfic that people think is actually in the Bible. The Eye Watching Cain is a bit on the obscure side compared to things like the Stations of the Cross (which were written from visions a nun had over a thousand years after the events purported).

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