Monday, December 9, 2019


In listening to Adarkah Ianqu’s latest release, motel for schizos, I couldn't help but dip into horrifying fancies of the strained-brained sort, which means Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Farmer Vincent (remember "Motel Hell"?), but there's more to the artist’s intent than maniacal nods.  Motel for schizos sews as much a cursed, commoner’s thread as a weird, pop-cultural one, commemorating those afflicted by desperation, doubt and an urge for departure, all leading to recycled "sanctuaries" beyond the beaten path.

As far as the desperation goes, there are select tracks to invoke the dire sensation to a tee. The opening selection, "the wisdom is unenviable" hits upon the pain of knowing too much, whether it's the discovery of a disease or a loss of a job or marriage. The track's long, dripping descent projects all the nail-biting anguish that comes with such related impending doom and therefore, sets the tone for its companion pieces: each a symbolic room along some desolate road, in which the worst ruminations percolate. 

In this respect, "who are you?" and "despicable" denote a further realization of one's situation: the former ascending like "A Clockwork Orange" and the latter knuckling into Morlock grimness. To numb their sting, "the first pill" promises an antidote, but one finds it's made of candy: tasty, but cure-less at best.

Embellishing one's stagnant state is "good morning bloodletting" and "cigarettes for breakfast", which represent the initiation of doubt: pursuits to quell one's condition but never with satisfaction. They're joined by "hectic means fool" and "everyday conium", which project the hollow hours that follow before the next nauseating fix. 

Throughout these doleful submissions, the room-to-room escapades mount, with departure represented in a string of traveling sounds: "evader" being the most epic, presenting a near half hour of frantic flight, which in turn promotes the trap-door sensations called "ideal suicide" and "shut up now", which tease release, but deliver one back to first base, in the same room with the same wracking woes. 

Ianqu reminds us that we can't escape the curses we forge. We are our own captors, no matter where we roam.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019


As the shapeshifting Odo, you became an icon through "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". 

However, your many portrayals have long set you apart in the acting field  before and after "Trek", where you added depth, humor and contemplation to your roles.

On the big screen, you gave noted performances in "King Kong '76"; "Batman Forever"; "Inspector Gadget"; "Eyes of Laura Mars"; "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"; "The Birdmen"; "The Princess Diaries"; "The Patriot (2000)"; "M*A*S*H"; "Brewster McCloud"; and "The Big Bus", but you were even more prolific on the small screen. 

Among the fine series in which you were featured, there's "Star Trek: Enterprise"; "Stargate SGI"; "The Bionic Woman"; "Wonder Woman"; "Night Gallery"; "The Outer Limits"; "Eerie Indiana"; "Warehouse 13"; "Charlie's Angels"; "The Mod Squad"; "The Rockford Files"; "Harry O"; "Starsky and Hutch"; "L.A. Law"; and of course, "Boston Legal" and "Benson". 

You also loaned your expressive voice to a number of audio books and video games, as well as "The Last Unicorn" and  Disney's "The Little Mermaid".

You spanned many, Mr. Auberjonois and did them all well: an actor of many talents, who never failed to put a special spin on the most special of endeavors. 


You gave children and adults a wealth of entertainment, filled with education and warmth.

Not only did you bring to life Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for "Sesame Street", but your characterizations filled "The Electric Company", "Mister Roger's Neighborhood", "The Judy and Goggle Show"; "Bozo's Big Top", "The Flip Wilson Show" and "Crazy Crayon" (which you animated), as well as such big-screen endeavors as "Follow that Bird", "The Muppet Movie", "The Great Muppet Caper", "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" and "Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey."

Your work will continue through others, Mr. Spinney, but it would never have charmed to the extent that it did without your concealed smile. 

Friday, December 6, 2019


Like your dad, you were charismatic and cunning on screen.

You were especially intense as "Charlie X" on classic "Star Trek", while making your mark in "The Time Tunnel" (as Billy the Kid), "The Invaders"; "The Six Million Dollar Man"; "Bonanza"; "The Big Valley"; "The Naked City"; "Route 66"; "Quincy"; "Columbo"; and "Combat!"

Monster buffs appreciate you for your lead in "Beware! The Blob" (aka "Son of Blob"), but let's not downplay your presence in "The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe" (where you perfectly captured the moody essence of the eponymous author); "Evil Town"; "The Devonsville Terror"; "If Don Juan Were a Woman"; "Eve" (aka "Eve in the Jungle"); " Olivia" (aka "A Taste of Sin"); "Hex"; "The Ceremony"; "The Happening"; "Ensign Pulver"; "Road to Salina"; "Killers Three"; "The Passover Plot"; "The War Wagon"; "Young Billy Young"; "The Savage Seven"; "Gone with the West"; "Hambone and Hillie"; "Agliok and Blubbo"; "Angkor: the Cambodia Express"; and "The Man from O.R.G.Y." (aka "The Real Gone Girls"); as well as a groovy cameo in "Easy Rider". 

You wove placidity with raw nerve, Mr. Walker, making your portrayals empathetic and credible. This makes you one of the last of a distinguished, vanishing breed and ensures that your nuanced accomplishments will be remembered and praised well into the future. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Though your initial appearance may be marked Feb '40, you really hit the scene in Dec  '39 per Fawcett's Whiz Comics and creators Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, becoming a lightning hit, enough to give the great Man of Steel some hardy competition. 

With Billy Batson as your conduit, you swept forth to save the day time and again, often engaging in intrepid, wartime endeavors.

Sometimes your scenarios were comical, other times serious, but through it all, you injected humanity into your super sprees, which featured a holy-moly family that combined individuality with devoted camaraderie. 

Alas, you've been cheated, Captain, your name stolen by others, but you're the main Marvel who'll ever be conjured by the magic word, "Shazam!" 

Indeed, no matter what those obnoxious naysayers may say, the veritable Captain Marvel is here to stay. Shazam!!!


Horror fans relish your performance in "Bride of Re-Animator", but your jaunts to the weird, fantastic and far-out don't end there.

On television, you guest starred in episodes of the original "Star Trek" and "Battlestar Galactica", as well enhancing "Max Headroom", "Werewolf" and "Quantum Leap".

In addition to the bloody "Bride of...", your feature-length tours include "She Freak"; "Evilspeak"; "Dark Night of the Scarecrow"; "Impulse '84"; "No Man's Land"; "Thunder and Lightning"; "Little Ladies of the Night"; "Miracle Mile"; "Cherry 2000"; and with your pal, Andy Griffith, "Deadly Game" and "Girl in the Empty Grave".

You also proved yourself a fine author, with "Specially Not No Chocolate!"; "Hello, Devil. Welcome to Hell"; "Inherit the Wind"; and "Real Ones Learn it Somewhere" under your belt. 

Your distinct look and bubbly zeal left a big mark on those who knew you, Mr. Jones. Thanks for the many years of laughter, menace and above all, neighborly joy.