Brimstone haikus

Obviously I’m really bored right now. Not too long ago I bumped into an interesting blog (sorry, don’t remember the URL) where people had written haikus about tv shows. I’ve seen the odd poem here and there on fanfiction sites but never a whole site devoted exclusively to haikus. It was quite refreshing. In any case, to relieve the aforementioned boredom I composed a couple of haikus about Brimstone. I did not stick to the traditional 5-7-5 format. Then again they are fanfic haikus, how traditional can you be?

Wary and weary
scruffy marvelous endless
Ezekiel Stone

The capture of vile souls
Some more vile than others
Is forgiveness possible?

Brimstone (FOX 1998-1999)

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Who is that scruffy looking man in the picture, you ask? That is Detective Ezekiel Stone (played by Peter Horton). Ezekiel Stone is the main character in the show Brimstone which aired on FOX during the 1998-1999 season, though it was actually canceled before a full season. Brimstone was one of those shows that I considered to be a hidden gem. I really liked it when it was on and was glad to see that the channel, Chiller, was reshowing the episodes. I have no idea how long Chillers been showing them since I only discovered Chiller while randomly flipping channels a few days ago. They will be showing more Brimstone so remember to check your listings.

Brimstone is the story of Ezekiel Stone who, as it turns out, is dead.

15 years ago his wife was sexually assaulted. Zeke (as he is called) killed the rapist and made it appear to be a drug overdose. A few weeks later Stone himself was killed in the line of duty. Because of his crime of murder he winds up in hell. Move forward 15 years. 113 “of the most vile souls” escape from hell. Stone is sent to recapture these escapees and if he is successful he will have a second chance at “life on earth”. Sounds easy right? Stone has to deal with his share of angst along the way. He still loves his wife, for whom he has been gone 15 years. He’s at a physical disadvantage since strength is proportional to the number of years spent in hell. Having spent “only” 15 years there he’s basically the baby of the bunch. Not that anyone would believe him, but he can’t actually hire extra help because every day he wakes up with only $36.27 which is the amount he had on him when he died.

Then there are the moral dilemmas. Some of the stories and the reasons people wind up in hell really make you think. Did they belong there in the first place? How long before they are forgiven? Will they ever be forgiven? Does Stone himself deserve this second chance he has been given?

The show was cancelled so of course we will never know what would have happened if Stone was able to recapture all 113 souls. Would Devil (played by John Glover) have kept his part of the bargain and return Ezekiel to Earth? Brimstone was a show that I suspect would have found more of an audience if it had debuted on cable. Of course in 1998 cable was making baby steps into original programming.

A bit of action, a bit of fantasy, a bit of historical religious reference (not necessarily Christian either), a world weary lead and a snide but funny John Glover as Lucifer made for an interesting show. You could watch it just for the action or watch it for the trivia. Actually, the $36.27 I mentioned earlier…as it turns out its not just a random amount. Look up Ezekiel chapter 36 verse 27 in the Bible for more insight into the show.

It was a show that was a bit ahead of its time.

I made a special trip to You Tube (I rarely go there, read my post on YouTube and you’ll see why). Someone actually does have some clips up. Check it out before they get taken down. Below you will find a vid of the first few minutes of the pilot episode.

Black Blood Brothers

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About a year ago I had the opportunity to see a few episodes of Black Blood Brothers (the center image in the header) at an anime convention. I enjoyed it so much that when I got back home I looked it up and caught a couple more eps. I pretty much thought that would be the end of it. Imagine my surprise to recently learn that Funimation has licensed this property. It appears that it will be released in 2008.

Black Blood Brothers is a vampire anime. Now besides Hellsing I’m really not into vampire animes but who can beat a bishonen vampire, comedic angst, blushing girl and very cute little kid? Well enough of my ranting, below you will find a summary of the show.

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

Age rating: Teenagers (May contain bloody violence, bad language, nudity)

Plot Summary: Ten years after the Holy War in Hong Kong, Mochizuki Jirou, aka the Silver Blade, and the lone hero who fought and defeated the Kowloon Children despite the loss of his lover, returns to Japan with his young brother, Mochizuki Kotaro. The two quickly discover that the Kowloon Children who survived the Holy War are seeking to infiltrate the “Special Zone”—a thriving city protected by an invisible barrier that will not allow Kowloon Children entrance—unless they’re invited. Red Bloods refer to the humans; Black Bloods are the vampires, and the Mochizuki Brothers are Old Blood—the last descendants of an elite clan of vampires. When Kotaro is abducted by one of the Kowloon Children, Jirou has no choice but to fight once more.

Cred: Anime News Network

“El Cantante”

So I recently saw the movie “El Cantante” in which Marc Anthony plays the role of Hector LaVoe (real name Hector Perez) the Puerto Rican salsero. I haven’t actually read any of the reviews but it is my understanding from talking to a couple other people that this movie is not getting great reviews. I can imagine why if it is being billed as a “movie”. Since I viewed is a documentary I can’t say I was disappointed. It is not the greatest thing I’ve ever seen but neither can I complain about the price of admission.

I must admit that Jennifer Lopez was pretty good in this and I think she has nothing to be ashamed of as an actor and as a producer. I knew a little of the singer’s music but seeing the other things that had gone on in his life proved enlightening. If nothing else the movie can serve as one giant “say no to drugs” commercial since it is very evident in the movie what kind of destruction was wrought by Hector’s addiction to drugs. My one “complaint” if you will was that we were not shown the last few years of his life which kind of leaves “hanging” those not as familiar with his life and music.

I am perhaps dating myself but I really could not help but draw a parallel to the life of someone who I considered another great singer, Kurt Cobain. I wonder when the movie on his life will come out? I do remember right after his death there was some talk about a biopic but then nothing after that.  The movie also made me think about other singers and actresses we see on the news all the time whose lives seem to be self destructing due to an apparent dependency on narcotics. Perhaps they should see El Cantante so they can see it’s not a good path to be on.