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    Eau, right. I wondered why Roman mythology and asteroids came
    to mind when I typed the name of Alaska's capital, which was an
    association I hadn't made before.

    Your descriptions fit exactly the extremely vague impression I had
    of the show, and make for a mysteriously satisfying answer.

    Is the program as creepy as the movie 'Eraserhead'? I saw it for
    the first time within the last year or so. It has a certain charm...

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    I haven't seen Eraserhead, but Donnie Darko would be a good comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've never watched either version, but supposed to be set in the northeast corner? The trees will be all wrong. They have pines over there. This side is fir and cedar.
    And the trees feature prominently.
    This is what is known in the UK as a "Routemaster moment" - people hereabouts are known to write letters to The Times, complaining that the bus in some period television drama is the wrong kind of Routemaster.
    The wrong bird calls are another recurring theme.

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    I'm watching the surviving episodes of Doomwatch - early 1970s "science will kill us all" drama with typically wonky production values. Despite being one of the most popular television programmes broadcast by the BBC at the time, they reused a lot of the tapes, so many of the episodes don't exist any more. What remains is interesting, as a reminder of a particular paranoid period of recent history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    Is the program as creepy as the movie 'Eraserhead'? I saw it for
    the first time within the last year or so. It has a certain charm...
    It's a different kind of creepy, though they're both from David Lynch.

    Grant, the climate and geology of the east and west of Washington are different. Prairie, a lot of it, versus forest. It's really obvious which side of the mountains it was filmed on. And a hotel that forms a major part of the story is next to a fairly famous waterfall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Grant, the climate and geology of the east and west of Washington are different. Prairie, a lot of it, versus forest. It's really obvious which side of the mountains it was filmed on.
    Yes, I understand - that's why I made my comment about the trees, which Lynch filmed to very good effect in the first series; the forest was pretty much cast in a supporting role.
    It's always distracting when movies get the sound or images wrong for those in the know, but particularly so when the effect is placed centrally in the story like that. That lovely opening sequence in Chariots of Fire, for instance, played to gales of laughter in my local cinema, because the location information "Broadstairs" (in Kent) is superimposed on scenes filmed on the east coast of Scotland, not too far from where I live - in particular, a hotel that is not only locally familiar but internationally iconic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    ... It's always distracting when movies get the sound or images wrong for those in the know ...
    Yeah, I still remember the TV movie that showed two men on horseback approaching Houston through a mountain pass. Or the miniseries Texas that showed Sam Houston's camp in the mountains outside Victoria. Visually interesting, but ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    It's a different kind of creepy,
    Again that's exactly what my impression was, and sort of why I
    used such a vague (but evocative) word as "creepy".

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    though they're both from David Lynch.
    I only recognized the name when I asked the question. When I
    saw 'Eraserhead' I thought the name was very familiar, and one
    I really should know. When you described 'Twin Peaks', and
    said it was by David Lynch, I thought of 'Eraserhead' without
    conciously recognizing that they had the same creator until I
    typed it out and was reading what I typed. There are plenty of
    creepy movies and TV programs by lots of different people.
    Your description of 'Twin Peaks' didn't have to remind me of
    a David Lynch movie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Grant, the climate and geology of the east and west of
    Washington are different. Prairie, a lot of it, versus forest.
    You call that "prairie", huh? I wasn't sure what it was. I've been
    through eastern Washington twice, but both times were at night,
    and I think I must have been asleep the second time, because I
    don't remember it at all. No idea what highway we took, either.
    We left Seattle at maybe 6 or 8 PM, and the next thing I remember
    was a huge, full rainbow straight in front of us, still heading east,
    in the flat part of Montana. So it had to be about 24 hours later.
    Now that you make me think about it, it's astonishingly odd that
    I remember nothing in between!

    The first time through eastern Washington it was about 10 PM
    and there was a huge traffic jam around the road to the Hanover
    facility, with police all over. I looked down the road as we went
    through the intersection, and what looked like miles and miles
    away, straight north, there was a deep red glow on the horizon.
    Nothing else was visible. That was August 1962.

    So I have never seen any of eastern Washington.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
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    "I find astronomy very interesting, but I wouldn't if I thought we
    were just going to sit here and look." -- "Van Rijn"

    "The other planets? Well, they just happen to be there, but the
    point of rockets is to explore them!" -- Kai Yeves

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    Circa 1970 there was an episode of 'The FBI' in which the bad guy
    was supposed to be in a very tall building in Minneapolis, of which
    they said there were twelve. They could easily have got a stock
    clip of downtown Minneapolis, but of course they instead showed
    some other city's downtown. Maybe Atlanta. They might just as
    well have set the story in Atlanta or wherever it was. Completely
    interchangeable as far as the plot went. And completely avoidable
    untruth.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
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    "I find astronomy very interesting, but I wouldn't if I thought we
    were just going to sit here and look." -- "Van Rijn"

    "The other planets? Well, they just happen to be there, but the
    point of rockets is to explore them!" -- Kai Yeves

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    What I've never understood is how many TV shows and movies get Los Angeles geography so wrong.
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    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    In the musical Sunshine On Leith (built around the songs of The Proclaimers), a woman leaves her Edinburgh flat and walks to the railway station with her wheelie suitcase. But it seems she has absolutely no idea of where she's going, because with each sequence she is taking a progressively more meandering tour of central Edinburgh, made all the more hilarious by her determined, purposeful striding.
    At the showing I attended, someone in the audience shouted: "Other way, love! Other way!"

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    I started watching this old cartoon called "Outlaw Star" it's on at 3am on Saturdays. Translation is bit off so the dialogue stinks.
    "The only one who knows this ounce of words is just a token, is he who has a tongue to tell that must remain unspoken"

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    I like it myself.

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