John from Cincinnati: His Visit: Day 3
(S01E04) "Want to leave a message... on my face?" Classic. I'm officially forming the Steady Freddy fan club. I could use a lot less mega-whiny Mitch Yost and a lot more Freddy.
Mitch certainly showed his true colors this week. He's an egocentric, New Age whiner. I'm sure many people when confronted with a miracle would ascribe it to their own "specialness," but he went there faster than anyone else. Mitch resembles a good 80% of the aging men I've met since moving to Southern California. (Can you feel the chakras, baby?) That's a real compliment to Bruce Greenwood and the show's writers, but damn, if I don't want to smack Mitch in the face every time he floats away or starts whining about his blessed knee. I'd buy his "soul surfer" status a bit more if he weren't so bloody self-righteous about it.
As for this episode's other odd goings-on, we've got some new allegiances forming and new adversarial relationships shaping up. Bill, sent by Zippy the Wonder Bird, made a Winchell's peace offering to Freddy. He's a former cop. Of course, he'd come bearing donuts. Kai and Butchie are boning to Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" no less. Dr. Smith and Linc seem prepared to do battle. Smith has turned believer, and Linc's the money changer in the temple. That's heading nowhere good. And, lastly, Cass has taken John in on account of her own miraculous visions.
This episode's biggest revelations, however, have to do with John. There's no writing off the strange occurrences in Imperial Beach anymore. John's not just repeating things being said to him. He's saying things he couldn't have heard. He's done that in previous weeks, but he's doing it with such frequency now that it would be hard to believe that the other characters haven't noticed - particularly Dr. "put that in the P.S." Smith and Butchie "unsightly bulge" Yost. He also applied some Vietnam Joe mojo to his knife wounds and healed himself. (I thought only Wolverine and I had the power to heal ourselves.)
Where is this all going? The hell if I know, but John certainly has the power to connect people - literally and figuratively - to one another and their past (Barry's molestor, the guy Joe possibly left behind, etc.). I'm still placing my bets on a fancy theory that combines what it means to be "in-between" things - on the margins or borders - with a dash of William James' Pragmatism and some science-y stuff about water. Once I iron it out, I'll do one of those crazy Doc Jensen Lost-type posts that gets all heavy with the navel-gazing.
Speaking of Lost, if you want to really confound yourself, you can check out the multiple marketing sites that HBO has put up related to John from Cincinnati. The Yost family site is the one with all the hidden ridiculousness. It's not to hard to figure out. Just scribble your cursor around, learn to count, etc. You know how it works. The rest are all YouTube accounts set up by ad execs who probably use words like "cross-platform," "viral marketing" and "transumers" too much: Shaun Yost, Meyer Dickstein and Mitch doing a PSA.
In closing, I want to review some of the things that confused me in this episode. Maybe, you guys have some insight:
1. Why did John lay all those towels out in Cass' hotel room? Drools when he sleeps?
2. What was Butchie trying to tell Kai about Bill's bubble-wrapped stairs? Something to do with Lois?
3. What kind of partnership is Barry looking to have with Ramon and Lawyer Dickstein... if that doesn't sound too overtly gay?
|Take him in, and abuse his magic credit card.||99 (61.9%)|
|Start believing in God.||26 (16.3%)|
|Bone him.||14 (8.8%)|
|Knife him a couple of times and leave him for dead.||21 (13.1%)|