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’12 oz. Mouse: Invictus’ Opens a New Chapter

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Back in June of aught five, Adult Swim opened up the world of 12 oz. Mouse, a low budget high concept show from the mind of Matt Maiellaro.

Poorly drawn on its own scripts and simply animated, with dialogue so fast and seemingly meaningless you might think this another anti-comedy venture rife with quotable lines and not much else. You might think wrong.

12oz Mouse, while on the surface is dumb and brash, there is far more below the surface.

Following Mouse “Fitz” Fitzgerald, an alcoholic, shape-shifting mouse taking on various odd jobs to acquire alcohol, we find a through-line of deception, simulations and family life lost.

The show, while full of intrigue and curiosity moved at a snail’s pace. Bits of plot sussed out over time reveal a clearer picture for anyone invested enough to draw anything from this anomaly of late night cartoons.

AND NOW IT’S BACK.

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On the night of October 14th, Adult Swim revived 12 oz. Mouse with a 22 minute special entitled ‘Invictus’.

Upon his return, we find Fitz demonstrating some newly learned Yo-yo tricks, which come in handy when squaring off with the Rectangular Businessman and Shark (no, I’m not being vague) who have a hand in possibly suppressing his memories of a different and better life.

Old favorites like Peanut Cop, Golden Joe, The New Guy, Man/Woman and more all appear in some capacity adding to the chaos of this new chapter in Fitz’ effort to figure out just what, if anything, is going on.

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As to not bog you down with more specifics, I leave you with great news:

12 oz. Mouse is returning to Adult Swim with 10 new episodes in 2020.

Get outta my way, I’m drunk as hell…

Channel Zero Has Opened ‘The Dream Door’

 

 

Nick Antosca is tuning us into Channel Zero a little earlier than expected. The fourth season of this under-current SyFy hit is opening ‘The Dream Door’ with its first episode premiering online ahead of the full October 26th release.

Based again on a well known Creepypasta, this time it’s “I found a hidden door…” by Charlotte Bywater. The story as written details the strange discovery of a previously unnoticed door in the basement of a house where a married couple had been living for the last 5 years.

Upon further investigation, they release someone, something, into the world and are left with the notion that it was a grave mistake.

Evidence of strange symbols and dried blood only reinforce the unease the door has brought.

In his usual fashion, Antosca has taken the germ of the story and bred it out into what is sure to be a beautifully horrifying experience.

Tom and Jillian, newly married life long friends, move into Tom’s childhood home after many years of being away.

Renovations, new house sex, a new dog, and friendly gatherings are frozen at the appearance of a door in their basement, seemingly from nowhere.

Tensions rise as secrets are uncovered.

Jillian feels the pressure of Tom’s strange behavior and odd phone calls to a mysterious woman.

Tom reassures his wife, with a certain edge, that nothing is amiss and she is simply projecting unrequited anger she holds for her similarly unfaithful father.

The “Dream Door”, once opened, lets loose a strange entity, taken the form of “Pretzel Jack”, an imaginary friend Jillian birthed as a child through drawings.

Pretzel Jack is not imaginary. Pretzel Jack is no friend.

The first episode,  “Ashes On My Pillow”, available now on Syfy.com, unpacks a lot into the old house and leaves much room for even more to be discovered.

Though we will have to wait a little while longer to see what else lurks in the basement of suspicious minds, I for one cannot wait to open the door just a little further.

Channel Zero: The Dream Door, releases all six installments on October 26th through SyFy.com.

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Doctor Who Series 11 Teaser Rundown

Here is our first full glimpse at Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

This trailer is a bit strange, but that’s to be expected from a new Doctor who trailer featuring a brand new Doctor. It’s too soon for those over at Who to let us know what kind of Doctor Whittaker is going to be. So we get a trailer essentially presenting the new companions. Seems like Whittaker is taking a liking to three individuals in particular, and offers a small gift to each.

The first one is the most unclear, but it seems the man knows someone is there and realizes the change or slow down of time. He’s just enjoying what looks like a plate of baked beans when the reality before him is nearly halted. With this interesting shapes or cracks of light appearing before him. This is suggesting something very interesting indeed. Viewers of CW’s The Flash might find this effect very familiar, and ultimately seems to be hinting at The Doctor moving through time/space unencumbered by the Tardis.

Now the second individual The Doctor meets is a woman who just missed out on the last slice of pizza. So Whittaker takes it upon herself to refill the empty pizza box leaving the woman absolutely puzzled (but delighted, I’m sure.) The third is a little more poetic. Take a seemingly normal looking older gentlemen and swap his boring newspaper with a fun comic book titled “The Beano: Summer Special 1981”.

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Stranger Things Goes To The Mall

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Ever miss the days of Sam Goody, Waldenbooks, Zales, Radio Shack and…The Gap? Well we hope your nostalgia fix hasn’t been satiated just yet. It seems like in the next installment of Stranger Things we’re going to be seeing the gang spend a good amount of time in the new Starcourt Mall! Now not only does Starcourt sport the finest retail stores in all of the United States, but it is also home to a world class foodcourt! Where you can even get a scoop of ice cream from the good guy next store, Steve Harrington.

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House of Leaves Pilot Script Teases New Ways to Warp Storytelling

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Having as high a regard and reverence as the novel, House of Leaves has, it would seem eminent that television would try and swallow it whole, regurgitating some vague semblance of the experience so many of us have, and still are going on.

Mark Z. Danielewski is having none of that.

A short month ago, first in a Facebook discussion group, then to the wider world, Danielewski revealed a pilot script for a recently defunct attempt at bringing House of Leaves to the small streaming screen. Disagreement abound, the project (for now?) has come to a halt, but the germ of the idea has been planted.

Fans and critics alike have been swept up in the unsurprisingly ambitious turn that the pilot script has taken. Much like current “peak” television, Danielewski has crafted a pilot that is beyond description. Distilling the tones contained in which is sure to go down as his Magnum Opus, MZD shows a deft hand at mediums beyond literature ad photography.

For those familiar, MZD has been hard and fast on “if you want to see the movie, read the book.”

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