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A Muppet Freak Update

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by dwmckim, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    A Muppet Freak Mupdate

    Many of you know that my blog discussing fandom (with an emphasis on Muppet/Henson fandom) has been put on hold due to everything in my personal life falling apart this year.

    Well, it still is. But during its hiatus, something weird happened. My hit count doubled. So i thought i should, you know, post something. It's basically just a "yes i'm still alive, yes the blog is still officially on hiatus, yes if things improve and i'm still alive i'll revive it in 2010" check-in post with a short recap of important developments in the world of Muppet/Henson fandom the last several months.

    When i started the blog i decided i didn't want to always been pimping and plugging new articles when they happen on this or other forums because of the Highly-Annoying-and-Borders-on-Spam aspect but i do like Ryan's method that he uses for the Mindset where he has a single thread devoted to saying when there's a new update so i figured i'd adopt that model and should any further posts happen i'll post them here (especially since when it is running, it doesn't follow a daily, weekly, or regular schedule that one can set a calendar by and also because i sense the hit count during its dormancy has been due to people checking in to see "is it back up yet?")

    MOD NOTE: I wanted to add the link to the first post in DW's blog so you can start there and get some REALLY good reading done!
    http://muppetfreak.blogstream.com/v1/pid/380753.html#TP
  2. The Narrator

    The Narrator New Member

    Hope things improve, DW! I'll be looking forward to the day when you're able to get back to Muppet blogging! :)
  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That day has come.

    "Return of The Muppet Freak" article posted today.

    Tomorrow (or later today depending on your timezone) should see a "The Best Henson Project Nobody's Covering" article and Sunday (or Monday) should see the debut of a fun new series of articles...
  4. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    New article posted today:

    "The Best Henson Project Nobody's Reporting" (or "Where's the Frelling Love?")

    I lay down the gauntlet for Henson fansites/fan community to break its mysterious code of silence surrounding the best continuing source of entertainment coming courtesy of The Henson Company these days. Who will join me?
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Post links into the forum here so folks can hop over, DW.
  6. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks DW!

    You know, I tried the Farscape comics because I never have seen an episode of the show, and if you just get the comics they actually are such good stories that they bring you up to date on the series. As a matter of fact, one day when I get caught up on things here I plan to watch the entire series, miniseries, and call it a day. :)

    Farscape is wonderful.
  8. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the fix-up in the first post in this thread!

    "Farscape: Scorpius #1" (which is actually number two since the debut issue was "#0") came out this week and i am loving it! Totally introduces the world from a whole new perspective (that of one of the "villains") and does a great job of throwing in flashbacks of Scorpius' upbringing that informs his present actions/views. I actually think it would be pretty cool to come to the series for the first time after being first exposed to either the comics or the miniseries because at the very beginning, you see the more archetypal aspects of the characters, and one can better appreciate how more complex they all actually are (especially Captain Crais).

    Been slow getting it up as i'm still getting acclimated to my new position at work, but later tonight i should have the debut of a really fun new feature up!
  9. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  10. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Ooh - just caught this, Foz...it's cool that you updated the beginning of this thread with the link to the blog's first post so people can read it chronologically, but it's actally linking to the second posting. The "proper introduction" is here - http://muppetfreak.blogstream.com/v1/pid/380258.html
  11. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  12. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    Great to see the updates. :) I'm really enjoying them, thank you. c: Btw, I hope things improve- I'll keep you in my thoughts! OH- and keep up the great work, when you can. :)
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    So are you planning on doing a "Watch Along" article for every episode of The Muppet Show? Do you plan on posting every day? Do you plan on posting all episodes in order?

    Those two articles were good. I can't wait until you (hopefully) get around to season three (since you wrote the episode guides for Muppet Central but only included the first two seasons... If you plan on writing about every episode I hope it at least gets farther than Danny Horn's "My Week with The Muppet Show" articles from Tough Pigs).

    I keep watching Juliet Prowse's first scene and can't find where Mahna Mahna appears. What part of the area/screen can he be seen at?
  14. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Yes, no, and yes. Definately all TMS episodes and they'll be Watch Along's for other stuff too. Won't be daily though since (1) not enough time to do a daily article and (2) this will be one feature of the blog and i still want to write about other stuff too!

    There's a lot of stuff to comment on given that these were the first two and they were both reformatted since their original taping. As i get more into later episodes where there's not as much to say, i'll do two or more episodes in the same post.

    That's one of the reasons i wanted to write about the TMS episodes this way. Muppet Wiki pretty much has the episode guide territory covered. My vision was something that presented info but also with fun commentary too - so this approach has more of the "commentary"/review/opinion aspect where the Wiki format's more fact-focused.

    The only way you can see it is to do a freeze frame and look at literally the very last frame before it cuts to Kermit in front of the tabs. Look over Juliet's right shoulder (i.e. left side of the screen) and you can see tufts of Mahna's hair starting to pop up from behind her.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    While reading "Watch Along with Connie Stevens" again, you were wondering if Miss Piggy's had cosmetic surgery to have hands instead of hooves. But I think Lydia is the only anthromorphic Muppet pig to have hooves instead of hands.Annie Sue has hands, Link and Strangepork have hands when seen without gloves.

    You know what would be interesting for some time in the future? "Watch Along with Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days". But I'd prefer you get through many TMS episodes first.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine there being any episodes of TMS where there's not much to talk about. Even if there's not much known behind-the-scenes or notability, I'm sure every episode has somethignt o make an observation about. Then again, there are some that I can see it being hard to talk much about (Ben Vereen, Theresa Brewer, Jean Stapleton, James Coco, Melissa Manchester, etc.).
  17. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Well, there's no set order like i'd have to do all the TMS's before doing another kind of Watch Along so i can easily do a 40 Years soon (though i'd still want to get a few more TMS's out of the way first) plus since Muppet Freak is much smaller, much more unknown, and less mass appeal than the bigger Muppet fansites (part of which is by design - i'd rather have something that's not quite for everyone and has that "word of mouth, something special that has to be discovered" aspect with a smaller but devoted group of readers than something that gets a gazillion hits a day and is checked daily by every single Muppet fan on the planet), it's easier (and encouraged) to do stuff based on reader request. Look for a 40 Years watchalong sometime soon.
  18. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Good watch-along. I actually dreamt a few weeks ago (perhaps in anticiapation over it) that I was reading the article.

    The Joel Grey episode was the first episode I saw from the first season, but the second one I saw (I saw the Elton John episode first). And by coincidence the second and third episodes from the first season that I saw were the following two episodes with Ruth Buzzi and Rita Moreno.

    And the episode does have more of a "first episode feel" than the first two (perhaps due in part to the fact that scenes were removed and added later in the production season).

    This is also a good episode to think about Miss Piggy's character development. In this episode she doesn't seem to have much of a personality; her scenes could have easily been given to any character (maybe Nigel could have told Kermit Fozzie's jokes were driving him bananas, or Wanda could have been the maid in the detective sketch). It seems like it takes a few episodes before her relationship with Kermit become more common - in the first episode she's really just one in a group of animal characters who admire Kermit, and in the Rita Moreno episode her arguing with Rita isn't out of jealousy but out of her not understanding what she says (and she acts really childish about it... She doesn't seem to act childish like that very often).
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member



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