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Subject: Rackman returns......

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Date Posted: Tue, Jul 20 2004, 2:11:03 pm PDT

Gothic: what do you mean who are those people?

Bruce “Evil Dead” Campbell played Ash in all three “Evil Dead” flicks. These were the films that got Sam Raimi noticed. Bruce plays ** The theatre usher who wouldn’t let Peter in to see the play when he arrived late. **

Stan “Marvel comics” Lee is (or was) editor in chief of Marvel comics and along with Steve Ditko he created Spidey. Stan has a small non-speaking part playing ** a man in the street dodging debris**

Ted Raimi is Sam’s brother, but he’s also an actor in his own right. He play’s Hoffman (in both films), who works for J Jonah Jameson and is the one who actually came up with the name Doctor Octopus.

BTW the new batman film should be out later in the year. This one is much darker and closer to the Frank Miller “Dark Knight” re-definition of the batman. American Psycho star Christian Bale is the new batman. This is one film that I’m looking forward to seeing.

Mazzy: Just to echo Gothic’s comments that it’s nice to see you again and hopefully your back to full fitness.

TarasApprentice: I heard on the new that there forest fires raging around the Los Angeles region. Not close to your neck of the woods I hope. Is it a perennial problem? I recall there was one around this time last year. If you want I can post you some of our rain.

Some more JoA comments… activate that cloaking device we nicked of the Romulans Teddy ***

I think that people are sometimes a little harsh towards clowns. I don’t think that they were a device to signify any devilish involvement, but an in joke. Jason’s line “Who are those clowns” is similar to one spoken by his father John Ritter in a film called “Real men”, he was addressing real clowns at the time too.

In fact the only episode that I felt really dealt with evil was “The Uncertainty Principle” . God informs Joan that no one is born evil but descends into “darkness” by repeated acts until they are transformed into a person with no consciousness. AT the end of the episode God explains to Joan that without her intervention to reach the Light (i.e. good) in Steve Ramsey then something like nine people would have been killed, Steve included. This implies that God was able to foresee the outcome if Steve was left to continue unchecked. Bearing in mind what happened to Joan’s mother Helen. God was either oblivious to it or chose not to intervene. This implies that “evil” is somehow “masked” from God other that God allows bad, or as it was described “evil”, things to happen to people. Perhaps as part of the big picture.

Big pictures are after all made up of lots of small detail, stitched, woven, combined and brushed so that together they create a larger work. A work so large and intricate that to view it as a whole would beyond the human mind to fathom.

The only episode that make any reference to the “Devil” as such is “The devil made me do it”. God has never confirmed the existence of a supreme evil creature. It is Grace’s father a rabbi who explains that the Devil likes to make people believe that they are dealing with God. But what if there is no devil and what is perceived to be the “Devil” is merely another side to God’s persona? If people have good and evil in them and are made in God’s image that wouldn’t it follow that God too is both good and evil? Some people have immerged from adversary stronger (be it of character, mind, faith, will) and the better for it. Others have not faired so well. Does anything test faith greater than a problematic situation? But I don’t expect a television show like JoA to delve too deeply into theological aspects and they certainly won’t confirm or deny if Jesus was indeed God’s “son”.

But consider what fate befell the Joan of Arc, the inspiration of the show. God asks her to raise an army to free her country. This she does and as a reward becomes a powerful, enduring icon. But would that icon have been as powerful if she wasn’t allowed to be burnt to death at the tender age of nineteen?

About the whole school finding out about Joan and Adam in the hotel room, the only possibility that I can come up with is if Friedman somehow found out by either Luke or Grace letting slip or maybe overhearing a conversation between Luke or Grace and Joan prior to the meeting taking place.

Certainly in the second season Joan’s belief in her “Gift” will have to be re-established and I wonder if God’s appearance to Helen in her dream will be developed further. As for the relationships between Luke and Grace and Adam and Joan…only God knows.
** okay Teddy you can turn it off now..What do you mean you can’t see it to find the off switch? Oh…hum.

Better be off..

Take care all!!!!

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