Rock climbing, my friends. Do the very words send a chill breeze through your very soul? You may have a more fierce constitution than we, but our collective soul shudders at the very shape of those letters in that order. This is no ordinary fear of heights, no simple phobia. Would that it were. Indeed, this is the echo of a profound trauma which we all share. One must always remember: what has been seen cannot be unseen.
The Editor exhales. It’s fun to exaggerate, sometimes, so we hope you can forgive our indulgence. We are hardly traumatized; in truth, this is one of the Editor’s favorites. This week’s film is notorious for the lengthy, gratuitous rock climbing sequences which, without exaggeration, take up more than half the film. To be fair, some of these sequences do contain dialogue and exposition, but the fact remains that the bulk of the film consists of the actors making their way gradually across a rather soft and lumpy mountainside set.
Their physicality presents a less convincing display of imaginary danger than a child climbing playground equipment. This is a way of using too many words to say that children could have done better than the cast of this film. By using so many words to say a simple thing, we pad out this post, and extend its length, which adds a subtle humorous subtext by way of reference to the padding in the film. Of course, by explicitly stating it here, we make it a great deal less subtle, in exchange for extending the joke by padding out our post even further. The Editor believes it was worth it, and regrets nothing.
Oh, but we are getting ahead of things. The opening segment is a gem. Joel is all fired up, seeming almost angry at first, but soon we realize he is in a coaching mode, going over the recent films and trying to inspire another victory after the surprise misfire of Wild Rebels last week which, if you recall, seemed to lift the spirits of Joel & the Bots by the end.
What seems like anger is in fact the hard-edged, forceful encouragement of a rough-voiced football coach or drill instructor. It’s strange to see Joel in this idiom but, if you are a Joel person, savor it, because it’s exquisitely rare. The Editor admits, once and for all, the he is, in fact, a Mike person. However, The Editor is also deeply opposed to the basic concept that we should take sides on this issue. The Editor is a Mike person, The Editor loves Joel. Let us have peace between our two peoples, my friends.
Anyway, Joel is inspiring, and has a unique attitude in this scene. It all seems for naught, really. Joel is thrust into the theatre against his will, as you will see later; he is also forced to forego his half of the invention exchange. This aggressive approach from the Mads surely enhances the deleterious effects of Lost Continent which is, from a technical filmmaking perspective, a real stinker. We believe that’s the correct technical term.
Beyond that, this is really a great episode. We admit the rock climbing is, indeed, quite dreary. However, there is an impressively steady pace to the riffing, even during the bleakest moments. Beyond that, all the scenes that aren’t rock climbing, which are admittedly few, have excellent riffing. The Editor would point to the early scenes which take place on the aircraft as being particularly funny.
Beyond the film, and the riffs, there are four truly excellent host segments that go along with Lost Continent, not counting the opening. There’s more than enough reason to sit through a little rock climbing, well-skewered as it is by the accompanying riffs. The word ‘legendary’ comes to mind but then, The Editor spends far too much time gaming. Not just a great episode, but one of the landmarks on our journey. Maybe it’s almost a rite of passage; in any case, it is essential viewing.
Old work upload. This was made in October 2015 and I just never posted it for some reason o_o I mean, it has flaws, like Tiana being way too low down compared to the others (What has been seen cannot be unseen), but it’s still an okay pic for being something from 2015.
When two innocent teenage boys secretly meet up in the forest, they bear
witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to
keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the
perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen
cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes
…if you’ve got a young male patient, alert and oriented, who’s been stable but all of the sudden his heart rate starts to climb, and you decide to go in and check him, just…..announce your presence first. Don’t just walk in.
They get bored in there, I guess. I’m sure you see where I’m going here.