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Weird Al Wednesday – June 2015

Hello readers, and welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesday!  In this series, I talk about a Weird Al Yankovic song on the first Wednesday of each month.  This month, we are going to look at a track off the Alapalooza album: Jurassic Park.

In honor of the upcoming release of Jurassic World, I picked this parody of MacArthur Park by Richard Harris.  It seemed appropriate to me.  I’ll be honest, until writing this post, I had never heard the original song with the lyrics.  Once, at a Maynard Ferguson concert, I heard the song as an instrumental jazz piece.  That was it.  Now that I’ve listened to the whole over-seven-minute song, the instrumentation is amazing, but the lyrics are a bit confusing and odd.

This is perhaps the best reason this song should be parodied by Weird Al.  Granted, Al cuts down the song by about half.  However, this shortening is quite fitting.  Al succinctly sums up the Jurassic Park  movie in his three and a half minute song.  He touches on the major points of the movie, including how they make the dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex eating the lawyer, and even pipes in the Rex’s roar at the end of the song.

Of course, no Al song would be complete without the comedy element.  Al throws this in with lyrics like “I’m afraid these things will harm me / ‘Cuz they sure don’t act like Barney” and “Well I suppose that proves they’re really not all bad” in regards to the lawyer being eaten.  There’s also the musical break in the song which features various screams of terror and pain mixed with dinosaur roars, implying the chasing that happens throughout the movie.

All in all, this is one of my favorites from Mr. Yankovic.  I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs, comedy, and big orchestral songs?  And this song combines those three things!  Well, that’s all for now, folks.  Keep an eye out for more the June Loot Crate unboxing later this month and a report on Indy PopCon 2015 at the end of the month/possibly early July.  Until next time, stay weird friends!

Deep Breath – The New Doctor Begins

So, we have the first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks).  I have to say, I was intrigued by the choice to go with an older actor.  However, I fully reserved my opinions until I saw him in action.  I have seen the Series 8 premier and my patience has been rewarded.  Peter Capaldi is an excellent choice to succeed Matt Smith.

One of the best lines from the episode.  I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.
One of the best lines from the episode. I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.

I have to say, that I embraced the move to an older doctor pretty much from the start.  I haven’t seen much of the Classic Who, but what I have seen of Doctors 3 and 4 are rather good.  Capaldi also does well at capturing the essence of the Doctor.  Once his brain gets starts to fall into sync, he displays the same plain-as-day, matter-of-fact demeanor when making certain points, as we often saw with Christopher Eccleston, and to a lesser degree Matt Smith.  We see the wide-eyed craziness that David Tennant brought to the show when the Doctor decides that exiting through a door is boring, and definitely “not me.”

I also see some some of the sternness from Tom Baker, John Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell.  The early Doctors had much more of a fatherly/grandfatherly feel to them.  This is  much different style than was seen with Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith.  Capaldi gives me the sense that he will bring some of the classic feel of the character back to the show.  It helps, I think, that Capaldi has watched the show for a long, long time.

I very much look forward to this new Doctor, with his new look, sort of new T.A.R.D.I.S. control room, and the new series.  I especially can’t wait to find out who put the advertisement in the paper and how Stephen Moffat explains Capaldi’s “reappearance” in the Who-niverse.

Are you looking forward to the rest of Series 8?  What are your thoughts on Peter Capaldi?  Do you think we will see any new enemies?  How many of the old ones do you think will return?  Who the bloody hell is Missy?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!