Behind the scenes of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (Part 6)

Excerpts from the DVD commentary for The Impossible Planet (with David Tennant, Shaun Parkes [played Zachary Cross Flane], and Will Cohen [visual effects producer] )

Will Cohen: This - not that I often go into fan forums or anything, but this scene caused a bit of controversy.

DT:  Did it really? Why?

WC: …and a certain amount of delight amongst fans because - the sort-of domestic conversation that you have with Rose Tyler.

DT: Ahhh

WC: Talking about mortgages and settling down.

DT: Right

WC: It was the subject of many threads.

Shaun Parkes: They didn’t like that?

WC: Well, there was the usual split

DT: For and against?

WC: That’s what makes it brilliant

DT: Part of this is, of course, as the series goes on there’s a cranking-up of this whole idea of the Doctor and Rose being inseparable and talking about things like this is part of that, I suppose.  Just so the finale of the season, which - if you’re listening to this commentary I presume you know what’s coming for Rose - it’s just to, you know, make that feel all the more painful and poignant when they’re finally torn apart forever.  In fact, I think it’s episode nine when the devil says,“The young girl who will die in battle very soon,” was the first bald reference to what was coming at the end.

SP:   Ooooooohhhhhh

DT:  Yeah, you got it?

SP: But she didn’t die… but she did…

DT:  Well, she sort-of died, didn’t she?  She’s dead in the real world.

SP: She’s dead in the real world.  Hmmmmm.

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Taylor! There are so many things in my life that I need to thank you for.

But arguably the most important thing that I owe you for is this girl right here. My #1, my right hand, my go to, my soul mate, my person, my best friend, Mannie.

Let me tell you a little bit about how we met. 2 or 3 weeks in to my freshman year of college, I was glued at the hip with a few girls. No one wants to be caught eating alone in the dining hall right?! After dinner one night one of the girls suggests we head back to her room and watch tv together. As I’m following her to her room I just happen to walk past her neighbor’s door that was wide open and recognized a familiar face. There you were @taylorswift in all your Rolling Stone cover glory, hanging up on a wall. I did an IMMEDIATE double take, let myself into this girls room (we had never met before??), and said “hey…I like your Taylor Swift poster.” And as fairy tales go, that was the start of my happily ever after.

Freshman year was…difficult to say the least. Around October I began feeling really depressed and started to develop suicidal thoughts. For 7 long months I battle with inner demons that just couldn’t seem to go away no matter what I did. And even though we had just began our friendship, even though she had personal issues of her own going on, even though she had absolutely no responsibility to care for me at all, Mannie was at my door every. single. day. Encouraging me to eat, encouraging me to get out of bed that day, encouraging me to try a laugh instead of tears. I don’t know if I believe that one single person can save you from your suicidal ideations. But I can’t deny that Mannie was one of the largest reasons why I made it out of that dark time alive. We bonded over our love for trying to make each other laugh in the most inappropriate situations, our similar dry sarcasm, and of course, our love for you. 

After what she walked through with me that year, I knew I had found a support system for life. Finding Mannie has felt like I’ve been living in a Lifetime movie these past 6 years. She’s just it, you know? When I laugh, it’s because she made me laugh. Before I even start to cry, she’s already come up with a dozen ways to comfort me. All we need to communicate in public is just a quick glance at each other and we know we’re on the same page. 

A lot has changed since we were just two 18 year olds trying to find their way on their new path in life. Boyfriends and other friends have come and gone. We’ve moved in together, moved away from each other. We’ve both grown and matured in ways that I never could have imagined would happen. But no matter what changes in life, her and I are a constant. Whether it’s a 3-hour vent/catch up session on her couch, or a rapid fire text conversation about the latest socially awkward thing we’ve done that day, I know I’ll never get tired of her. I know I’ll never be judged or be made fun of or be a disappointment, no matter how bad I may screw up. Now may also be a good time to mention how much she’s supported and encouraged my love for you over the years. She’s still a fan of you as well, but dedicates most of her “Taylor Swift” time to screaming your songs in the car with me, asking what I think about your latest songs, and recording videos of me sobbing over how much I love you to post publicly on Facebook for the world to see! 

These days, Mannie is married (I made a pretty great maid of honor at the wedding if I do say so myself), we’re both busy working full-time jobs and trying to figure out how to live adult lives? That part is weird. Oh, and she’s expecting a baby! Coming this May. I’m already a way-too-proud aunt and the baby isn’t even here yet. We spend a little less time eating easy Mac, painting our nails black, and driving around aimlessly just for the hell of it. Now we do a lot more of supporting each other during our weekly quarter-life-crisises, talk about mortgage pre-approvals for buying homes, and reminiscing on the days when we lived a wall apart rather than several towns apart. 

But no matter where our new paths in life take us and how busy they make us, we always find time for each other. Because she’s my #1, my right hand, my go to, my soul mate, my person, my best friend. And this goofy, loving, timeless friendship I owe all to you @taylorswift​ . Thank you for bringing her to me. I don’t know where I would be in life if it weren’t for the two of you. And I thank God for you both every day. 


I defy you to find something in this movie that doesn’t qualify it for MST3K.  Giant lizardy monster?  Check.  A musical number that has nothing to do with the plot?  We have that.  Actors who appear to be dubbed despite also appearing to speak English?  The entire cast!  Black and white footage tinted blue in an effort to make it look like it belongs in a colour movie?  You betcha!  Wooden acting?  Beakers of kool-aid standing in for SCIENCE? Foreigners pretending to be Americans?  Toy boats?  Yep, Reptilicus has it all, wrapped up in a bright technicolour package by our old friend, American International Pictures!

It seems tailor-made for the show, and Joel apparently agrees.  I wrote most of this review before I found out that Reptilicus was slated to be the Season 11 debut, and now I’m looking forward to seeing how many of my predictions here come true when the episode hits Netflix on Friday.

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DID YOU KNOW? Using the terms “help” or “aid” when talking about FEMA is not accurate? FEMA is an agency that manages disaster emergencies. It works like an insurance agency.

Puerto Ricans pay for FEMA in their mortgage payments as part of their tax. The government also has an obligation to pay. Puerto Rico pays one of the highest rates of that tax compared to the 50 states and other territories of the United States. Puerto Ricans pay this and other taxes to the United States to an amount totaling $3.5 Billion annually according to the statistics of the University of Puerto Rico. Let no one believe that FEMA’s help is free, Boricuas in the island pay for it and FEMA is obliged to offer the services for the recovery of Puerto Rico.

More insight on the Klebolds and Harrises shortly after 4/20

LITTLETON, Colo. - Until their sons launched a bloody rampage on Columbine High School Tuesday, both the Harris and Klebold families appeared to be living their versions of the American dream.
Thomas and Susan Klebold resided in a spacious, glass-and-cedar house nestled into a bluff near Dear Creek Canyon. They drove BMWs, enjoyed challenging careers and were blessed with two bright, healthy sons.
Wayne and Katherine Harris had settled into a comfortable cul-de-sac here three years ago after he retired from a military career that had them travel across the country. They enjoyed working in their yard and were looking forward to the graduation of their younger son, Eric, in just three weeks.
Nothing in their lives seemed to indicate that their sons, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, would soon be responsible for the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
“I never dreamed this could happen, not in the least,” said Bill Konen, who lived next door to the Harrises.
In his parents, Dylan Klebold appeared to have two strong role models. His father, Thomas, 52, is a self-employed geophysicist in the gas-and-oil field, while his mother, Susan, 50, helps run a program through Colorado Community College that trains disabled persons for employment. The parents also run Fountain Real Estate Mortgage Management, through which they buy and restore properties. They have an older son, Byron.
Ed Berg, a geophysicist who worked in a gas-and-oil exploration partnership with Mr. Klebold for five years, praised him as an intelligent, well-respected member of the professional community and an involved father. “Tom talked about having arguments with his son, but it was the typical father’s frustration with typical teen behaviour,” said Mr. Berg.
He said it would have been typical of Mr. Klebold to support counselling for his son. Dylan underwent anger management and other counselling as part of a juvenile intervention program after an arrest last year for attempted car theft, said authorities.
“This business about, ‘How could he not know about what his son is doing?’ Well, clearly Tom as aware something was wrong and he was trying to do something about it,” said Mr. Berg.
He also described Mr. Klebold as a political liberal who probably supported gun control, although Mr. Berg said he had never asked him his position on the issue.
“He’s a democrat, probably more liberal than I am,” said Mr. Berg. “I would expect he wouldn’t have a gun in his house.”
[On the Harrises:] Neighbors said both parents worked full time, but were unfamiliar with their careers. Mrs. Harris, 49, was often seen working in their yard, sometimes with their dog, Sparky, and the couple was friendly, if somewhat remote.
“We didn’t see them a whole lot. They kept to themselves, but that’s not unusual around here,” said Mr. Konen. “I’d see Major Harris in the yard, and he seemed very pleasant. He’d give me a big smile and wave.”
Their older son, Kevin, visited home on breaks from college. For the past year, Dylan was a regular at the Harris house, his black BMW a fixture in their driveway.
“Dylan drove pretty fast, but Eric was pretty good,” said neighbour Allison Good, 13. “Dylan would come over a lot – almost every day.”
Excerpts from “’Ideal’ families spawned the shooting horror”, Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, April 23, 1999

photographers need a union

This tirade is not directed at anybody personally because I know photo editors at magazines have very little control over how/when we get paid as photographers but after talking to several of my moderately successful editorial friends lately who are constantly experiencing the same thing, I need to get this off my chest.

A common theme when you talk to other editorial photographers is “i’m broke, even though I have 25 thousand dollars in invoices out to clients right now”. This business is set up to screw us over and over and take advantage of us in so many ways and there is basically nothing we can do about it. When you get an assignment, you typically have to front ALL of the expenses. So, when a magazine calls you last minute to fly to who knows where, USA and the plane ticket costs 800 bucks, that is going on YOUR credit card. Then, after the rental car and hotel and food also go on your business credit card, if you are a halfway decent human, you try to pay your assistant quickly because Lord knows, they are more broke than you are. So after doing an assignment that I may make 800 to 1,000 dollars on, I am usually out about 2 thousand in expenses at a minimum. I have about a total of three magazine clients that every pay me on time and the other 90 percent are usually two months overdue at a minimum. Some magazines don’t pay for 6 months. 

I’m busier than I’ve been in the last year right now, yet I have about 800 dollars in cash in my business account and my business credit card is maxed out. I’m not alone in this. About a year ago I loaned a good friend 1000 dollars just so he could book a ticket for a job while he was waiting to get paid. Then, last month that same friend loaned me 1000 bucks so I would have cash to spend while on assignment in europe because I had so many outstanding invoices out to clients. 

This should not be normal. I’m sick and tired of sending nicely worded emails to people asking about money that should have been paid to me 60 days ago. The saddest part is, if you pitch a fit or complain about it, they will just hire the next 25 year old who is eager and willing to bend over and grab their ankles. My life for the last three months has been juggling credit card bills for shoots, paying assistants in a timely manner and paying my mortgage and personal bills while constantly being on the verge of crisis, even though I have been working non stop and supposedly have money coming in. It’s not just me, every editorial photographer I talk to is having this issue. 

We need to stop being ashamed to ask for advances and sticking to a hard line on overdue invoices. Once you send a magazine high res images, before you’ve ever seen a dime, you basically now have no bargaining power. 

Again, I recognize that this is not every single magazine and that photo editors are not personally responsible for this. I have some wonderful clients who are on top of their shit and get me paid in a timely manner. I also know maybe I shouldn’t be whining about shooting photos for a living but this “living” is getting harder and harder to piece together, even though I’m working more than ever. 

Today my Algebra teacher randomly started a discussion about politics and kept saying how rich people actually pay a lot of taxes so they don’t need to pay more.

A few people continued the conversation with her after class, and I stayed in the room too, but I was just trying to ask her a question about something.

I finally got a word in and she explained the concept to me, at which point we were the only two people left in the room. I guess she had a lot more to say, because she kept talking about mortgages at me even though I wasn’t part of the prior conversation and had no idea what she was saying other than apparently she donates a lot to churches and she’d be less likely to do that if her donations to said churches weren’t exempt from taxes.

When she stopped talking and I could finally stop nodding politely, I went over to the door and as I was leaving she said,

“You know, sometimes Trump isn’t that bad.”

I really just wanted to say “look, I’m a democrat, atheist, science-loving, LGBTQA+ ally, human-rights-advocating 15 year old girl. Nothing you can say will convince me that Trump is ‘not that bad.’”

But honestly I’m not sure how she’d take that, so I just went with, “I really just don’t like him at all” and then I fled the scene.

Tragic Clues in PLL: Could they Mean More? + Montgomery family

In regards to this blog post on the movie Rebecca :

It hit me reading this line: When a new inquest is held into Rebecca’s death, things look dim for Maxim until Rebecca’s London doctor testifies to the authorities that she was dying of cancer and was contemplating suicide.

Ok im finally going to make a note about this . The cancer clues in PLL. There are a couple, I never thoguht they meant much but now im starting to wonder in terms of all the tragic clues that are in pll. Here what I found:

  • Suicide: So we all know the suicide associations related to marion cavanaugh and ian. What do they have in common? both suicides are suspicious especially marion cavanaugh , theres no way she comitted suicide. ian i honestly dont think he shot himself.
  • Cancer: There’s a couple cancer clues in PLL that were strange. Maya once joked about nair in shampoo bottles, thats a relation to cancer. We veronica’ secret about her breast cancer scare and that she didnt tell anyone but alex about getting a lump removed. The infamous dream hanna had about her mom’s hair falling out:

And last the infamous wig wearing going on in PLL, all in relation to cancer. of course , the obivous , to look like someone else. Could these clues be hinting at a bigger picture here?

Let’s look at all the other tragic clues in PLL:

Loss of Hearing: So many have noticed the jokes hanna’s made toward jenna, but thats not the first clue hanna gives us. In the christmas epsiode, hanna shares her ability of sign language. We see her signing with little claire who is deaf. Hanna claims she learned this at fat camp “what hanna knows is what hanna means” lol Now remember this scene, the mean girls here, the little ali replica is being a real bitch to poor claire who is deaf, the little ali replica says “ its not like she can hear us anyways” Do the writers throw these scenes in here for fun or do they have more meaning? I think they do.

UPDATE EDIT: someone on tumblr pointed out in the video pllheada​ of the little boy in 5x25 has a hearing aid , what appears to be a hearing aid. As i pointed out in this old post about tragic clues and clues on loss of hearing, this could be another clue to add to that!

  • Loss of Eye Sight: we all know the blindest person on the show is  jenna thats another story, but anyways the point is the jenna thing could have more story to it . But we also see other clues about seeing and the eyes and loss of sight. Mrs grunwald sees through a glass darkly , meaning we cant take her word 100% she has insight, not full truth. Theres also clues with aria not seeing things clearly. The NAT club the all seeing eye. EYES  are huge clue in PLL. Could there be more to this than what we alredy know?
  • Burned: Now alot of clues on being burned , gives us insight to whats going on in PLL. We know black veil and the side of the face burned. Tobys house , the lodge fire, all burned. Poor cyrus all burned up. Spencer in the sauna room all steamed up by -A (funny how aria just so happens to be the one to get spencer out of there just in time hmmm), caleb almost fried up. There’s something with heat and hot going on in PLL. Let’s look at the clues with aria and the burn references with her that seem to have more deeper meaning mentally, perhaps even physically:

aria “Lieing to my parents was one thing, but lieing to my friends is really hard, its not my friends that i dont trust ….its the other people..I’ve been burned before” could there be something more to being burned with aria? is it mentally burned or physical? this isnt the first time aria has expressed or been associated with the element of fire and heat. is there a contrast with cold and hot in pll? i think so.

Has anyone noticed how byron is always bringing up the past as if he screwed it up in the past? lol jsut saying everytime he’s bring up something about the past, dont think its a coincidence. So in this scene, byron says “ when we first moved into this house, we didnt have money for a furnace, it was winter, but we bundled you up in sweaters, you looked like this big ball of yarn rolling from room to room.We never used the fireplace, i was scared if we’d turn our backs you’d get burned. My one job on this job was to make sure you didnt get hurt. I havent done a very good job”

so again, in relation to aria, being burned is mentioned again, and the contrast between cold and hot. Look at this scene the fireplace going. The elements are big clues. Could this convo been about something more? byron seems to always bring up the past, he seems like a screw up in the montgomery family. Is there just the one meredith secret between him and aria or is there more to it or more secrets? i personally think there is definitely more to this family in general.

Note: why do you think byron likes to talk about the past and how ella “wore the pants” made a small place seem big, basically she took care of everybody all the time. They went from poor living in a college dump on east 6th an unexpected pregnant ella, byron felt bad he couldnt get them something better. But he talks about while they were still in college, they talked about moving to europe, but then aria happened, then mike, and a mortgage. So what changed? was it really because of the ella getting pregnant which doesnt seem like aria was planned. Then he goes onto say, iceland does not count, you were taking care of 2 teenagers and 1 nutty professor.  Questions are, why did they talk about moving to europe and what part of europe exactly? what if they did move there but had to move back for some reason? Remember this line from ella from 3x10 “ there were so many things your father and i didnt know about each other when we got married…(aria takes arm off ella and makes a face)” so something is off with byron and ella’s relationship, what happened in their past, an what are these things? byron has mental illness on his side of the family , who knows how far this extends to & how it has affected their relationship, what else did ella not know about byron vice versa?

*Something i noticed , remember when aria confronted ella about what byron did with the transcript and how he wants aria to go to boarding school. Something hit me when aria said “ what was the plan mom, were you gunna hall me off kicking and screaming in the middle of the night?” this reminds me of the bethany drawing :

just something to think about

! this picture does look like someone is being halled off kicking and screaming in the middle of the night. Also in that clip, aria’s tone was very different, she starts talking about being

exiled to syberia (doesn’t this sound a secluded place, like iceland? which is why i ask why iceland of alll places, what was iceland really about?)

then she goes onto say

“ i’ve couldve done something about it, i still could, what do you think would happen if the dean found out he was having an affair with one of his grad students? where do you think they’d send him?”

  now she says this after ranting about being punished by byron and being exiled to syberia. The choice of words here is telling , in connection to what we know about the montgomerys, coincidence?

ok question:

where would they send him? if we are talking about meredith, she was of age , byron wouldn’t be sent no where but home and fired from his job perhaps , but he wouldnt go to jail if thats what aria is trying to say. meredith was of age, unless it was more like an affair with an underage grad student?

ali was pretending to be older, it wouldnt be unlikely

, and many have suggested some relationship might have happened with ali and byron. im curious if anyone else understood this scene, you think aria was talking about meredith? where would byron be sent to exactly? as far as i know, he wouldnt be thrown in jail for the affair with meredith since she was of age right? he would be fired if anything but , the way aria is talking, is as if he would be sent somewhere bad for that affair. what do you think? you know when aria gets hyped and starts raising her voice, her mind seems to go somewhere else, the choice of words she uses are interesting. misplaced feelings ,anger?

Let me know what you guys think of these tragic clues and added on details in this post could they all be alluding to something more big? more underneath the surface?

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