Thousands of years ago massive glaciers covered the land that is today called Oregon. As these rivers of ice made their centuries-long trek across the land, they gouged up soil and stone and piled the debris up at their leading edges to create huge earth ridges called moraines. If these moraines were built up high enough in the right locations, they would become dams that trapped water from the melting glacier, creating large cold and clear lakes. Such was the genesis of Wallowa Lake in Oregon.
In historical times the area around the lake was inhabited by the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Native American tribe. When Europeans settlers came to the area, the lands around the lake were set aside for the Nez Perce through a Treaty. As you can probably guess, sadly, this Treaty was quickly broken once gold was discovered in the West in the 1860s. Tensions between settlers and the Wallowa led to violence. Rather than submit to European standards of justice, the Nez Perce, led by Chiefs Joseph, Looking Glass, White Bird and others, left their ancestral home around the lake and tried to flee to Montana to join the Crow. In the end, though, they were harried by the U.S. military and forced to settle in Oklahoma, though they were eventually allowed to settle in the Colville reservation in Washington.
The first recorded account of a monster in Wallowa Lake comes from an 1885 article in the Wallowa Chieftain, which gave an account from an unnamed gold prospector who claimed to have seen a long-necked beast with a flat head gliding through the water near his boat. Sporadic sightings of the creature continued for decades after. Eyewitnesses described the animal as resembling a Chinese dragon or a black, hump-backed serpent. In time the enigmatic creature was given the affectionate nickname “Wally”.
Like most of my lake monsters, I wanted to avoid making Wally into the typical long-necked serpent or modern-day plesiosaur. Instead, I drew on Wallowa Lake’s glacial origin as inspiration for the beast’s identity. Glaciers of Northwestern America are home to an unusual creature called an ice worm (Mesenchytraeus solifugus). These tiny, black, hair-like crawlers are annelids, part of the same phylum that includes common earthworms along with leeches and the famous giant tube worms found on hydrothermal vents. During the day ice worms inhabit tiny channels within the ice and emerge at night to scour the glacier’s surface for algae, pollen and other bits of food. Unique enzymes and other proteins in the worms’ bodies allow them to survive in the freezing temperatures of the ice fields. They are, in fact, so specialized to this extreme environment that heating them to even 40 degrees Fahrenheit will cause the worms to literally melt.
I imagined Wally- or rather, Wallys, since there would have to be a small population of these creatures- to be gigantic descendents of Mesenchytraeus. Being a cold glacially-derived lake, Wallowa does not have much life in it. Algae is scarce, making the water remarkably clear. Fish and aquatic insects are also sparse. The Wallys thus live on the bottom, slowly burrowing through the muck to feed on bacteria and other microorganisms. Why they occasionally come to the surface, and why they have grown so big compared to their ice worm ancestors, is unknown.
One of the things I loved most about Season 12, was the drama between Mary and the boys. I know many of you found it annoying, but I was highly impressed. It wasn’t written as “Oh look Mom is back, lets be nice little family” or “Oh crap mom is back and she’s a zombie!” No, instead, there was a very realistic story around it, and the writers didn’t pick an easy one.
Nothing about the story, really went the way I thought it would, and I am so glad that as much as I watch this show, the writers can still surprise me. Now, Im not all about Mary hate, and I dont hate Sam Smith as an actor, but IMO she isnt nearly as good an actor as J2 are so scenes with her came off a little lobsided, but all that aside, I think the story arch was believable and well written. Continue below the cut
also wasn't marlon brando bi 👀 i just really want seb to play him
Listen, Marlon Brando was such a character. Yes he was bi, and he was pretty open about it too, once saying “Homosexuality is now so much in fashion it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me.”
When he was at school he saw this skinny little kid getting beaten up, he stopped it, helped the kid up, threw his arm around his shoulder and was just like “We’re best friends now” like literally just declared it. That was Wally Cox and they were inseparable from then on. And then when Wally died in 1973, his widow gave the ashes to Brando thinking he’d spread them, but instead he kept them with him until he died in 2004 and told his family to mix their ashes together, and they then spread their ashes together in Death Valley.
He was also thrown out of high school for riding a motorcycle through the hallways. Like he was seen as this sorta bad boy in hollywood, but he was really into social justice and advocated the rights for African Americans and Native Americans. Which was like a big deal during the 40s and 50s. He also learnt French as an adult bc he fell in love with and married Tarita Teri'ipaia who was from French Polynesia and was his co-star in Mutiny on the Bounty. And that was filmed in Tahiti and he loved it there so much he bought a 12 island private atoll and some of his ashes were spread there.
Like he did so much in his life, it was so interesting, but he said that despite everything he achieved both on and off screen, he felt like he’d never found what he was looking for and that his life was unfulfilled. His story is such an interesting one and i would give anything to see Seb play him in a biopic bc they give off such a similar charisma and vibe as actors.
“Wally?” Haruka blinked, peering over the slouched man. “What are you doing?”
Yelping in surprise, Wally stood up straight, spinning around to face Haruka. His left hand was suspiciously being hidden from behind his back. “N-Nothing. I was just resting.”
“You sure?” Taking a small step to the side, Haruka tilted her head. “I called you name a few times and you didn’t even flinch.”
There was no doubt Wally was sweating under the brunette’s piercing gaze. Slowly, he brought his hand to show her a small, yellowish orb in the palm of his hand. Haruka’s eyes traveled up from the small rock up to Wally’s face. His eyes were bright, face soft as he stared down at his possession. Biting back a giggle, Haruka gently took the rock between her fingers, examining it closely.