You know where the veil between worlds is truly thin? 1990′s - early 2000′s documentary programs
There are a lot of posts about liminal spaces and to be fair they’re a fascinating concept, but while highway rest stops are a good example, I feel we are all missing a great deal by not exploring the liminal dimensions present in made-for-tv documentaries from the 1990′s and early 2000′s.
When I was a child, my bed time was 8:00. Unfortunately for me, the weekly program about dinosaurs I wanted to watch on.. the Discovery Channel I think it was(?) happened at 9:00. My mom would tape them for me every week, because VHS was still a thing back then.
Eventually however, the series ended without either of us noticing. She taped the timeslot anyway and gave it to me to watch the next afternoon, like usual, which is how I, a 7 or 8 year old child, ended up watching a half-hour long program about people who had died by spontaneous human combustion.
I watched, enraptured, as the program explored the puzzling and horrific cases of people who, for seemingly no reason, had burst into intensely hot flames which reduced them to mere ashes, with no discernible source of ignition and which left nearby flammables curiously untouched. “Could this happen to anyone? Could this happen to you?” the program asked me, flashing yet another grisly black and white photograph of an incinerated body across the screen. “Yes, and I must fear it” I thought in reply, and continued to think about constantly for the next several years.
In time though, I forgot. Until my friend Paloma recommended me some short stories she had read for one of her classes, because I needed some new reading material for the train to class. One of them was about a character whose parents had died by SHC (Blowing Up on the Spot by Kevin Wilson). Suddenly, I remembered.
“I have to find this program,” I thought. “There must be a reason I have this specific, persistent fear, and for some reason I bet watching it again will make it less awful,” I continued, because I am an idiot and I don’t know what’s good for me.
After hours of scouring the internet, I have found exactly one copy of this show that so scarred me. It has subtitles in Greek, the audio unsyncs from the narrator’s lips and becomes steadily fuzzier as the video goes on until it is nearly indecipherable, and searching the actual name of the show yields not even a Wikipedia article. A few sites have episode lists but that’s about it, and those with dates list them all as being released on the same day in 2009, so I am forced to conclude that no one knows when these programs came into existence. They seem to exist in neither this time nor space, and attempts to keep them tied to this dimension result in warping of sound and language.
They are trying to escape, and after rewatching this awful barrage of burned bodies and early 2000s CGI simulations of people on fire, I think we should let them. The veil is thin between universes which are so close to touching as to allow hints of passage. These are moving away from us. Let them go.
Happy birthday to my beautiful immortal father Keanu Reeves! You may be 53 but we all know you stopped aging in 1990. You have been a huge part of my childhood, and a huge part of my life in general. You’re the most beautiful soul and I just want you to be happy and healthy, you deserve the world. I love you.
Humanity’s Greatest Bedtime Story Summary: Eren and Levi’s son has a nightmare, but Eren is out for the night, so the storytelling duties fall to Levi. He tells their son the best story he knows. Was originally a one shot, now a series of stories.
Experimenting with Miracles Summary: Levi receives unexpected news after Hanji meddles with things that she probably shouldn’t have. Eren becomes moody and unpredictable and the entire Survey Corps realizes that something is up. They just weren’t expecting pregnancy.
The Alpha and his Omega Summary: Due to an unexpected turn of events, Eren ends up an orphan at the age of sixteen and somehow winds up living with Levi who’s almost 10 years older and an alpha… Someone say recipe for disaster (of the good kind)?This is their love story over the years.
Double the Trouble and All You Get is Chaos Summary: Levi and Eren have a casual intimate relationship and both of them intend to keep it that way until things go wrong with life changing results. They are celebrating Erwin’s wedding and things might have gotten out of hand in more ways than one, leaving both of them to deal with the outcome. They soon notice that they are both pregnant but that is where the misunderstandings only begin. Their once harmonious relationship might meet a rocky end.
“At some point in the mid-‘80s, I heard a song of mine on the radio and for the first time, I felt that something really important had happened. Still, from time to time I listen to songs that I composed and recorded in the '80s on the radio, and I to say myself "Wow, incredible, there I am” but I was still just a teenager who just wanted to play the guitar.“