Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The other day I posted about the mention of director/writer/actor Quentin Tarantino in an episode of 'Pie In The Sky'.  Although it was posted on Friday, it was actually written weeks ago when the episode was broadcast on one of the three local PBS stations.  

But since I wrote it, there has been news about QT's movie "From Dusk Till Dawn" (which he wrote and co-starred in) with regards to the Television Universe: filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who directed the movie, launched the El Rey TV network in January.  And 'From Dusk Till Dawn' became El Rey's first original scripted series.

Here's what Rodriguez had to say about the project:

“There was so much that I wanted to explore in that movie that I didn’t get to.  If the film was the short story, this series is the novel.

“This is really setting up a world that I always wanted to explore and tried to hint at in the first film. And now we’re really getting to pay it off, and it’s a blast. It’s really nice to have. And one thing I think the seasons will all have in common is they all take place from dusk till dawn. Within that time period, all of this is happening. So it’s got a very visceral quality to it.

Here's the trailer for the show:

There is no connection to the movie (which will remain in the Cineverse) for the O'Bvious reason that the main characters have been recast.  D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz are playing Seth and Richie Gekko, with Don Johnson as the Texas Ranger pursuing them.

So how does this affect the previous mention of the movie in an episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' from four years ago?

According to the IMDb, Detective Stabler only referenced the title of the flick.  In checking out their initial suspect's alibi, it turned out that the death metal rocker named Trey had been auditioning a new backup band for his upcoming tour.  And they had been thrashing out the tunes "from dusk till dawn".

Trey's death metal persona was "Vampire Sacrifice" and there were a lot of wannabe blood-sucker references throughout that first part of the investigation.  From outside the Box, the phrase was probably meant to be a knowing, winking, pop culture nod to the movie.  But from within the reality of Toobworld, we're going to judge it at face value - it was just a reference to the actual time Trey spent with the back-up band.*

At any rate, when it comes to that 'Pie In The Sky' episode, it means I have to rethink the splainin behind a suspect's alibi of being at the new Tarantino movie when no such movie was in the cinema at that time.  Either "Devils On Horseback" was not taking place around the time of its original broadcast in 1996, or it will have to be a reference to some fictional Tarantino movie.


* Trey and that possible backup band were soon eliminated from the storyline and the backup band was never seen anyway.  Now... I'm already a member of the Toobworld Dynamic, thanks to my mentions and appearances on 'Late Night with David Letterman', 'The Hap Richards Show' and 'The Ranger Andy Show'.  (And in a state of hubris, I inducted myself into the TV Crossover Hall Of Fame on my birthday in 2005!)  But since everybody in the Trueniverse should have a televersion, I'd like to bring my friends over to Toobworld whenever possible. 

So for the purposes of the Toobworld Dynamic, that thrash metal band was "The Last Alliance" which features my co-worker Chris Montalbo on lead guitar.  "The Last Alliance", influenced by bands like Metallica and Blind Guardian, thematically has a heavy metal Middle Earth/Westeros vibe to their music.  (With songs like "The Lost Tales" and "White Walkers")

Trey's music was death metal and The Last Alliance is heavy metal, and vampire themes don't mesh with Tolkien and Martin themes, but hey.... A gig's a gig, I guess......

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