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The 70s, Part One

by Manimal April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One

As they're walking in the opposite direction from the floods of students, Byron decides to try and part them like the Red Sea and tells them to stop: "It's your own education you're destroying!" He flails his arms wildly, trying to communicate the importance of his message, or perhaps to dance the Funky Chicken. What a prissy ass-kisser this guy is. As if reading my mind, some bearded guy knocks him to the ground. Hah! Byron tries to start a fight but Eileen gets him back on track. From the parking lot steps they watch as the troops and students both advance. The troops take aim. Both sides halt. POV shot from inside Dexter's gas mask gas mask. Sad bugles wail. A Guard commander tells the troops to put their weapons down. The students claim victory and start yelling, "It's over!" and surging forward. Eileen says primly, "I guess the guns weren't loaded." Byron says he's going to find Christie. The students are chanting, "Peace, not war! Peace, not war!" Christie wanders around, dazed. The troops back up as the students yell that they "backed the pigs down" and a few throw rocks. In slo-mo, a Guard soldier raises his gun and fires, Christie walks by, and then everyone ducks at the sound of the shot. "Knockin on Heaven's Door" plays. The original, not the Guns 'n' Roses remake. More gunshots. Everyone's screaming and running in terror, slo-mo shots alternating with shots from Dexter's POV behind the gas mask. Bodies fall, a few near Eileen. Dexter and some other troops shout to put up the weapons. Eileen sees a body slumped on the ground wearing Byron's sportscoat (a tragedy even before the poor dude got shot) and erupts into hysteria. Byron and Christie drag her off the body. Dexter lifts up his gas mask and says, "What have we done. What have we done," with all the passion and emotional turbulence of a flaccid balloon. Camera focuses on a wailing woman by a dead body. She throws up her hands and the shot freezes and turns black and white, into one of the most famous pictures from the real Kent State shootings. I am completely grossed out by the tackiness of this shot. What's next -- is NBC going to take black-and-white shots of all the Vietnamese kids burned by Agent Orange, and then tastefully tint them pastel?

Eileen pulls up to her house. During this scene she whines a lot about the trauma of the experience and how she can't go back to that place, and that her parents need to send her to Barnard (even though they can't afford it). ["I think that's a shout-out to me, since I used to work there. Okay, so it's probably not. Leave me alone to dream." -- Sars] Generally, she behaves like a total brat -- not that I'm discounting the very real horror of witnessing a shooting, but it's funny how a tragedy conveniently becomes a means for Eileen to follow her blow-dried boyfriend to New York. I'm just sayin'.

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The 70s, Part One

by Manimal April 29, 2000
The 70s, Part One As they're walking in the opposite direction from the floods of students, Byron decides to try and part them like the Red Sea and tells them to stop: "It's your own education you're destroying!" He flails his arms wildly, trying to communicate the importance of his message, or perhaps to dance the Funky Chicken. What a prissy ass-kisser this guy is. As if reading my mind, some bearded guy knocks him to the ground. Hah! Byron tries to start a fight but Eileen gets him back on track. From the parking lot steps they watch as the troops and students both advance. The troops take aim. Both sides halt. POV shot from inside Dexter's gas mask gas mask. Sad bugles wail. A Guard commander tells the troops to put their weapons down. The students claim victory and start yelling, "It's over!" and surging forward. Eileen says primly, "I guess the guns weren't loaded." Byron says he's going to find Christie. The students are chanting, "Peace, not war! Peace, not war!" Christie wanders around, dazed. The troops back up as the students yell that they "backed the pigs down" and a few throw rocks. In slo-mo, a Guard soldier raises his gun and fires, Christie walks by, and then everyone ducks at the sound of the shot. "Knockin on Heaven's Door" plays. The original, not the Guns 'n' Roses remake. More gunshots. Everyone's screaming and running in terror, slo-mo shots alternating with shots from Dexter's POV behind the gas mask. Bodies fall, a few near Eileen. Dexter and some other troops shout to put up the weapons. Eileen sees a body slumped on the ground wearing Byron's sportscoat (a tragedy even before the poor dude got shot) and erupts into hysteria. Byron and Christie drag her off the body. Dexter lifts up his gas mask and says, "What have we done. What have we done," with all the passion and emotional turbulence of a flaccid balloon. Camera focuses on a wailing woman by a dead body. She throws up her hands and the shot freezes and turns black and white, into one of the most famous pictures from the real Kent State shootings. I am completely grossed out by the tackiness of this shot. What's next -- is NBC going to take black-and-white shots of all the Vietnamese kids burned by Agent Orange, and then tastefully tint them pastel? Eileen pulls up to her house. During this scene she whines a lot about the trauma of the experience and how she can't go back to that place, and that her parents need to send her to Barnard (even though they can't afford it). ["I think that's a shout-out to me, since I used to work there. Okay, so it's probably not. Leave me alone to dream." -- Sars] Generally, she behaves like a total brat -- not that I'm discounting the very real horror of witnessing a shooting, but it's funny how a tragedy conveniently becomes a means for Eileen to follow her blow-dried boyfriend to New York. I'm just sayin'.

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