So this is a going to be a short fun post. One of the great things about the interactions I have had with my people on Twitter is that in our group chat… we share a lot of information on websites where we can get merch…. usually anime related… (Great quality, good prices.) I have posted several things in the chat that gets voted on… Boxsets, DVDs, masks, throw blankets and that information what I use to determine if and when I purchase something. It is fun times. But we all know that purchasing something online from an unfamiliar website… can be dangerous in various ways. So when one of my friends/follower said she found a place that had awesome anime sneakers… we were all skeptical. For the longest time, I purchased a bunch of anime tees from several stores and remember wondering if I could get the right time of shoes to go with them.
Enter Gear Anime. I remember looking at the link like…. this has to be too good to be true. There was sooo much merch… mostly sneakers. So I decided to get the jump on some of these and potentially eat the cost if need be. But surprisingly…. there was little to complain about. So I am going to take a look at a few things that I purchased with the company… my thoughts on those… and what I may be looking to get in the future. I was the first to throw things in my cart and purchase. 2 things stood out to me when reading the FAQ’s on the website.
The shoes are all custom made because of this the shipping time is listed as 4-6 weeks.
They do NOT offer refunds for shoe sizes so you had better measure your feet. Keep in mind that the shoe sizes are EU sizes.
The website is pretty cool in that it allows you to search by anime. They are adding new shows and characters by the day so if you don’t see a character you like…. (Odd… but sure.) be sure to contact support and make a request. Can’t hurt. Prior to going through with the order… I read as many reviews as I could fine. Of course they had reviews on their website and they were all great. But on several other websites I saw other great things. Just great review after great review. I originally thought that these are paid reviews… or that all of them could be true. That made me more interested in finding out for myself.
So my first order consisted of 4 pairs of sneakers at $99 a piece… so $400 was a lot to drop on a site that you don’t know anything about. That I do not recommend doing. DO NOT BE LIKE ME. Anyways… if it is on this site you will get your money’s worth.
Sanji Sneakers Diable Jambe Skill One Piece Anime Shoes – Sanji is my favorite character of One Piece. Usually here when buying merch… you can only get the main character. So this was the first time I was able to get something with someone other than Luffy on it. (Nothing Against Luffy… I love him.) but this was nice.
Ichigo Hollow Sneakers Bleach Anime Shoes – In this particular case… Bleach has not been on the air for years. So it is harder to find Bleach Merch. (Or at least it is for me.) I was stoked about getting some sneakers to match my anime tees.
Izuku Midoriya Sneakers Custom Deku My Hero Academia Anime Shoes – This was a fun time. I enjoyed this show and this character. So I saw no issue with getting a pair of these.
Trigun Vash The Stampede Sneakers Anime Custom Shoes – I have not seen any merch for Trigun and Vash is great. So I knew that no one around here would have a pair of these. And don’t they look great?
I didn’t hold out a lot of hope that they would like the pictures. So to give you an idea… I ordered this on September 26, 2020 and got it on October 20, 2020. So almost exactly four weeks. Keep that in mind if you are getting a gift for someone or if you need these by a particular time. I usually laugh at this… but I got this box and it was extremely secure. There was soooo much tape on the box that no one could have gotten into it without a buzz saw. The only issue I saw was that they had stuffed the shoes in a box together and slightly wrinkled some of them…
I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. They are super comfortable. They are fantastically designed. And pretty great quality. It totally exceeded my expectations. I think they are a bit big on me but I just need an extra pair of socks… no biggie. Check out the pictures below:
Sanji Sneakers Diable Jambe Skill One Piece Anime Shoes – Sanji, Sanji, Sanji…. Did I think that I wouldn’t look good in yellow? But nothing to complain about.
Trigun Vash The Stampede Sneakers Anime Custom Shoes – I usually do not wear a lot of red… but this design was calling me. And what a great buy this was. Maybe I am just easy to impress.
Ichigo Hollow Sneakers Bleach Anime Shoes Fan – Because Ichigo is one of my favorite characters… I was overly critical of these sneakers. But there was nothing to complain about. Great fit and great design.
Izuku Midoriya Sneakers Custom Deku My Hero Academia Anime Shoes – These looked better than I thought they would. I was so impressed with not only the design but the fit.
So needless to say… this was a fantastic haul. The site was legit and I proved it to the Twitter. So if I had to rate it… I would call this a 5 out of 5. So needless to say I hopped back on the website and seeing what else they had to offer. And let me tell you guys since then… they have added so much much… and so many characters.. I’m sure there is something for everyone.
So for the second order… I didn’t think anything of it….
Cowboy Bebop Sneakers Spike Spiegel Anime Custom Shoes – Who (if you have seen Cowboy Bebop… and don’t start with me… I have met plenty of people who haven’t) doesn’t love Spike… I wanted to hop on this because it was a new release. I enjoyed the simple design. This was more to my liking/personality. I enjoy black and white. Although the last haul was me branching out of that box. But this was so me.
Roy Mustang Skate Shoes Fullmetal Alchemist Custom Anime Shoes – Roy Mustang is one of my favorite character. But I wanted something that was not high top. And this design is bad ass. Couldn’t turn it down.
So for this order… I made a bit of an error that I do not want anyone else to make. I used the same sizing on two different types of shoes. So I got the Spike Spiegel’s and those fit but that wasn’t surprising because they were the same style as my first order. The Roy Mustang’s were too small. I found out that it is important to view the sizing charts for each shoe type. Luckily for me… while they didn’t refund my order… they gave me a substantial discount for my next order… and I was able to reorder the shoes for almost nothing. (Does that mean it will happen for you? IDK… but I wouldn’t chance it. Measure your feet like they show you how to on the site….and use the sizing charts… these ARE NOT the same for each shoe type.) For the record… I put in the order on December 23, 2020 – January 7, 2021. Much faster than the last haul.
Cowboy Bebop Sneakers Spike Spiegel Anime Custom Shoes – So this fit perfectly. Just like the last one. And also just like the last shipment… the design was badass and exactly how it is shown on the website. Absolutely no complaints. Again.. Gear Anime comes through again.
Roy Mustang Skate Shoes Fullmetal Alchemist Custom Anime Shoes – After I was able to get the right size… And the fit was perfect. I loved it. I don’t normally wear white anything. I couldn’t wait and wear these out.
So for this order… I would again give it a 5 out of 5. Even with the issue of ordering the wrong shoe size… I was able to get it right. And I had no issue with it. Nothing to hold against them.
Earlier this year, I did ordered another bunch of sneakers and said that was going to be my last bunch. So this was my largest haul…. I needed more low top things… I figured this would be a good time to show off my love of the Dragon Ball series. At this point… I know what I am getting into… and what I am going to get… So there is no apprehension with this post.
Goku Ultra Instinct Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes – Goku was a must have for me. And these seemed pretty cool. Although… Goku has a bunch of shoes on the site. Even if these aren’t your style… I am 100 percent sure you can find something.
Vegeta SSJ Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes – Can you have Goku without Vegeta? These are great. I am so proud I picked them.
Vinsmoke Sanji Skate Shoes One Piece Custom Anime Shoes – Did I mention how much I love Sanji from One Piece? He deserves some love.
Goku SSJ Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes – This was the form of Goku that I grew up watching and it seemed super cool. Lot of colors that I don’t ever remember wearing but this was my opportunity to incorporate
Gohan Super Saiyan Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Anime Custom Shoes – Gohan started out as a favorite character of mine. These seem pretty cool. Add to cart.
For this haul… I really had no apprehension for this one. I sat back and waited for my order. I ordered this one on January 11, 2021… and it arrived before the end of the month on January 26th. So my guess is…. the more that you order the easier and faster it is to get to you. So again shout out to them. By now you guys know…. that everything looks exactly as it did on the website.
Goku Ultra Instinct Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes – These are awesome and the perfect fit. The artist for these are dope. I love this design…
Vegeta SSJ Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes– These are great colors. Comfortable and a great design. I love these. Can’t wait to take them out.
Goku SSJ Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Custom Anime Shoes – These are great… that is really all that needs to be said.
Gohan Super Saiyan Skate Shoes Dragon Ball Anime Custom Shoes – These were great and looked even better with my newly purchased Gohan T-shirts.
Vinsmoke Sanji Skate Shoes One Piece Custom Anime Shoes – Sanji looks great on these. There was a lot of mixing and matching… I could do but the same as all the others. No complaints.
So that is it. Let me know what you think of my haul… If you see an ad from Gear Anime… you can rest assured that the place is legit. I got everything that I ordered. I got everything in great condition. Just keep in mind to make sure that you use the sizing chart that they have online. I reported it back to my Twitter family and they suggested that I write it up for the world. Not a bad idea. If you have bought stuff from Gear Anime… drop a comment below and let us see what you got. Visit gearanime.com
I have been rewatching Courage the Cowardly dog on HBOmax for the past few weeks. And if you are here on this journey with me, you know that rewatching kids shows is hit or miss. There were a lot of shows that didn’t hold up to me… and I chalked it up to nostalgia. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE SHOWS. My sister enjoyed watching the reruns that came on Cartoon Network back in the day. When she commandeered the tv (I am 8 years older than her.) I never felt annoyed about having to watch this particular show. Fast forward 20 years….And now I am able to share old shows with my nieces and nephews. My niece was looking for something a bit scary but not too much… I mean she is 6. (And before I get criticism… I used to Tales from the Crypt… so this is not on that level. Another scared dog that helps his friends/family get to the bottom of things. Sign me up.
There are a few episodes that I really enjoy. I had forgotten that the format that this show took on. There are 52 episodes that span 4 seasons… but each episode contains two separate segments. So for this list… I will be looking at a particular segment. Let’s get to it:
“A Night at the Katz Motel” – This has to be my favorite Courage segment. I enjoyed anything that included Katz… While on their way home from a trip, Muriel and Eustace Bagge with their dog Courage become caught in a storm, forcing them to stay for the night at the Katz Motel on the side of the highway. It was one of those creepy hotels that no person would want to stay at in the day time… “This looks like a crummy place to end a crummy vacation.” — Eustace. They are welcomed by the proprietor, Katz, who reveals that canines are strictly prohibited. “Welcome to the Katz motel, I’m Katz.” Creepy dude. (First red flag). Courage is forced to sleep outside the motel, while Muriel and Eustace attempt to settle in for the night. The audience is shown that Katz… is the keeper of giant, man eating spiders. An unseen figure, presumably Katz, unleashes an enormous spider on Courage, before dropping another in Muriel’s bath through the faucet. Courage barely escapes and begins searching for his owners, while Muriel is ambushed by the spider in the bathtub. Muriel instructs Courage to wake Eustace… who has disappeared. Courage discovers Eustace has disappeared and quickly goes to the lobby to get help, only to discover it empty. Upon further inspection, he discovers another room covered in spider webs, with an unconscious Eustace about to be consumed by a larger and deadlier spider. Courage pulls up a loose floorboard and crushes the creature underneath it, before rescuing a still sleeping Eustace. While Courage makes his escape carrying the still sleeping Eustace, Katz appears and blocks the way out, forcing Courage to toss Eustace’s bound and unconscious form on him. Courage hides in the motel’s basement, only to discover it is where Katz stores the spiders. A terrified Courage bursts through the door, knocking it loose from its hinges and onto an awaiting Katz, who quickly recovers. He corners Courage in a part of the basement and forces him to play a game of handball for his freedom. (Funniest turn of events… I was not prepared.) Meanwhile, Muriel is able to knock the spider into the toilet, flushing and drowning the creature. Katz triumphs over Courage in the game and proceeds to smother him with one of his spiders. However, Muriel appears and strikes Katz over the head with a badminton racket, dazing him and rescuing Courage. An irritated Muriel drives her dog and husband away from the motel, complaining about the awful service.
“Courage Meets Bigfoot” – This was a cute episode… Things are not always what they seem. Everything that seems scary is not. My niece thought it was funny. Good times. Muriel and Eustace are in the living room watching TV. Courage is in the kitchen having a bedtime snack when he hears a noise outside. He stares at the window and discovers a mysterious creature outside. He warns his owners and Muriel takes a look outside to find trash everywhere. She tells Courage that it was only raccoons. But Courage is not the least bit convinced. (What I also thought was funny… was how the old couple was always in danger…. but even when given a warning by Courage who is never wrong…. they always brush it off.) While Eustace and Muriel are asleep, Courage stares at the window to discover the mysterious creature again and runs downstairs to the kitchen to find that the creature is attempting to snatch the pie from the windowsill. Courage makes a grab for it and ends up with it all over his face. Muriel wakes up to this and tells Courage that it’s okay and that she’ll make another one tomorrow right before telling him to use a plate next time. The next morning, the Newsman on TV informs that a Bigfoot is on the loose and that a reward is offered if he is found, much to Eustace’s delight. Courage is convinced that it was probably Bigfoot that was at the house last night. He goes outside to find evidence and comes across a massive footprint. He warns Eustace, who is prepared to catch Bigfoot, about this, but to no avail. Suddenly, a knock on the door is heard and an old lady is there looking for her lost boy, to which Eustace responds that he hasn’t seen him right before slamming the door shut. When Muriel invites Courage in the kitchen for dessert, the latter finds Bigfoot by surprise and starts a food fight with the creature. The two then end up dancing together and are interrupted by Eustace, who is scared off by Bigfoot. Courage continues to dance with the creature, but their dance is interrupted again when Bigfoot is hit with a stone thrown through the window. Courage and Bigfoot look outside to find an rather large angry mob ready to take Bigfoot down. Courage tries to convince the mob of the creature’s true nature, but to no avail. The mob are ready to attack (as well as Eustace) and they are interrupted by the old lady that was there earlier. It turns out that Bigfoot was her “lost boy” she was looking for and she is reunited with him. It is also revealed that Bigfoot is named Theodore. The crowd is touched by the display, realizing Bigfoot is not an evil monster. However, the greedy Eustace is not the least bit stirred by this and locks the ankle bracelet on Bigfoot’s ankle, eager for his reward. He is hit on the head with a rolling pin by Muriel, who demands him to remove the ankle bracelet off Bigfoot’s ankle, which the stubborn farmer refuses, and as a result, the mob turns on him and chases him away.
“The Demon in the Mattress” – My sister and I laughed so hard at this one mostly because we are older adults and understand the need for a great mattress. After many sleepless nights, Muriel orders a new mattress. Muriel pays no mind to the grotesque-looking deliverymen (who hiss at Courage) that arrive on a sinister horse-drawn carriage, or the demonic face that appears on the mattress, and gladly accepts it. There is really something scary about how Muriel seems oblivious to danger… and this seemed pretty straightforwardly a bad idea. Muriel heads upstairs and lies down on the new mattress, locking Courage out of the room. Courage peeks through the bedroom window on a ladder and witnesses strange green vapors being emitted from the bed and possessing Muriel. She suddenly levitates above the bed, and as Courage watches in horror, he falls off the ladder. Courage tries to explain his fear to Eustace, who of course fails to pay attention. Courage takes Eustace upstairs where they see Muriel transformed into a demon with fangs and wild, constantly flowing red hair. The other funny thing…. Courage has to work with Eustace to save Muriel. Courage engages in a thumb war with the demon and loses, then flees from the room. Courage looks up on the computer how to get rid of the demon. It prints out an incantation for the demon. After Eustace’s failed attempt, he gets vomited on by the demon, Courage then performs the exorcism from the computer and the demon deposseses Muriel. Then, Eustace comes in wearing a hazmat suit, and tries to perform the exorcism, but the demon possesses him instead. Muriel whacks him with the rolling pin, then she and Courage roll him up in the mattress and put a lock around it, and the mattress gets taken away by the evil deliverymen. Incantation to exorcise a demon: “Hullabaloo and howdy doo! Musty prawns and Timbuktu! Yeltzy bye and hippity hoo! Kick ’em in the dishpan! Hoo hoo hoo!”
“Freaky Fred” – This by far is the funniest episode of the bunch. The fact that is narrated in this rhyme…. makes it even better…Fred says “naughty” 14 times. And it never fits into the rhyme. It has also become a popular Internet meme. This is one of the few episodes in which neither Eustace nor Muriel fell victim to the antagonist. Fred is Eustace and Muriel’s nephew who visits. He is known as one of the most memorable antagonists on the show. Though Muriel seems quite fond of him, Courage is terrified of him. Eustace calls him “Freak” and said in reference to him: “The freak’s a barber, a freaky barber, with his own freaky barber shop, where freaky things happen, freaky barber things.” Muriel’s seemingly odd nephew Fred is coming for a visit, much to Courage and Eustace’s chagrin. Fred begins the episode introducing himself to the viewers in the form of a poem, while riding on a bus to the middle of Nowhere. He tells us that “the words (we) hear are in (his) head” and that he’s been very “naughty.” Fred then arrives at their farmhouse and is waiting at the door while Courage imagines all sorts of horrible things that he could be. Instead of all the things Courage fears, there stands a polite, yet strange man with a British accent, which scares him more than any monster he imagined. Courage notices a wristband on Fred’s wrist for a “Home for Freaky Barbers” with a contact phone number, he tries to call Muriel’s attention to it. Instead, Muriel has Courage show Fred to the bathroom so he can freshen up after his long trip. While Courage nervously waits outside the bathroom door, Eustace deliberately throws him inside and slams the door, locking both Fred and Courage in. Eustace leaves, and instead of going to the hardware store like he said he would, he goes to various other places (such as the beach and the movies) during the rest of the episode to stay away from Fred. As Courage cowers, Fred begins to tell Courage of how he first realized his compulsion to cut hair. Which started with the story of his pet hamster. He then starts preparing to shave Courage. Desperate, Courage hides in the toilet, but Fred finds him anyway and pulls him out. During his reminiscing he’s already used his trimmer to give Courage a Mohawk. This prompts another memory, this time of his former girlfriend, Barbara. Trimming more fur from Courage, Fred reveals they eventually broke up due to him shaving her bald. He continues to psychotically shave Courage. He goes on to say how he tried to control himself, but inevitably gave in. Once again, Courage tries to escape, this time by going down the sink drain, but is only half-way there (and half-way shaved) before Fred pulls him out. However, before another flashback, Courage grabs the wristband free. When a long bearded man arrived at his barber shop one day, Fred once again gave into his compulsion after the man saying asking only for a small trim . Afterward, it’s assumed he was admitted into the Home for Freaky Barbers. He proceeds to shave Courage bald except for his tail. Taking an opportunity, Courage manages to dial the number. Sirens are heard in the background and Fred gets up to look out the window. Then he sighs, realizing he’ll have to go back to the mental home. Orderlies break down the door. Restraining Fred in a straitjacket, they then escort him into padded van. This episode is a parody of the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, about another crazed barber. However, while Fred does display a rather bizarre obsession, he shows no other psychotic tendencies, unlike Todd, who sought to punish the wicked or be “merciful” to the innocent by killing them.
“The Duck Brothers” – Courage, Muriel and Eustace are asleep in bed when a bright green light shines from the outside. Courage wakes up thinking that it’s already morning, then Muriel starts floating from the bed and into the sky. Courage attempts to wake Eustace and carries him outside to try and show him what happened but he doesn’t see anything. The audience is shown two alien duck brothers arguing about waking up Muriel. They attach a weird green helmet to her head and use a remote control to move her around the space craft. (It seems… you can’t even sleep in the middle of nowhere in peace.) As Courage is inspecting the helmet, the antenna glows and makes Muriel get out of bed, go outside and get into the truck. Courage jumps into the truck bed and Muriel drives to a military compound. The guard lets her in because she is a “sweet old lady” and she drives to the back and walks into the building. Courage is about to follow her when he sees a golden egg roll from under the truck. The alien ducks show up with another controller, but the person they’re controlling is a helmet-clad Eustace instead. Courage makes Muriel break through the wall and Eustace and Muriel begin to fight (similar to bop em sock em robot toys). As they are fighting it’s neck and neck, ending up in a tie. The duck brothers begin arguing and then start crying…. poor duck brothers…. Courage asks what’s wrong, with the duck brothers responding that their brother is inside the building and that he will be cooked if they don’t get him out of there. Courage gives them a plan to get their brother out of the kitchen. The ducks are reunited and thank Courage for helping them. They float back to their spaceship (arguing of course) and everything is back to normal. The next day Eustace still has his helmet on and is serving Muriel and Courage breakfast in bed. Courage finishes the episode revealing the controlling device under the comforter, showing that he’s controlling Eustace. I never feel sorry for Eustace. He is a turd. But this was hella funny.
“Shirley the Medium” – A locked box left behind by Eustace’s late brother, Horst, defies the every attempt to open it. While digging in the yard, Courage discovers a locked box that belonged to Eustace’s dead brother, Horst. The box contains money that Horst never shared with his brother. Courage peeks inside, only to hear strange growling. Desperate, Courage attempts to stop Eustace from opening the box. When they are unable to open the box, the Bagges hire a psychic to help find the key after seeing an ad on television. (Funny conversations ensued on this episode… both my sister and my niece thought Shirley was a cat. I can see where they got it. I think it is a dog, chihuahua.) A local psychic, Shirley the Medium, contacts Horst and Eustace asks for the key. Oddly, it is like a phone ringing from her body. Horst warns Eustace about the box but stubborn as Eustace is, he continues to ask for the location of the key. Shirley warns Eustace as well but he dismisses her. (I would have to say that he was warned about 10 times.) Horst tells Eustace that the key is in the lining of his hat and Eustace opens the box, much to Courage’s horror. Two large monstrous hands protrude from the box and grab Eustace and Muriel, trying to take them into the box. Courage runs and finds Shirley and brings her back, where she scolds Eustace for opening the box. Simply, she slams the lid of the box down with her foot, crushing the hands and forcing them to retreat back into the box, freeing Eustace and Muriel. A hundred-dollar bill floats out, which Shirley takes as payment, and Eustace opens the box again only to get sucked into the box. Inside, he finds himself in huge piles of money, but nowhere to spend it. ( there is a great bit about a missing yoyo… and how Shirley helps Courage find it. Courage speaks well… but when he choses to and when he doesn’t is always hilarious.
“King Ramses’ Curse” – We love this one in the Twitterverse. In the dead of the night, after stealing an Egyptian stone slab from the tomb of King Ramses, two feline grave robbers are fleeing from the scene of the crime in their car. Pursued by the police, the duo decides that the best course of action is to hide the slab, and return to its location once the authorities have given up the chase in order to retrieve it (for the sake of concealing any incriminating evidence). They pull over to bury the slab at the nearest landmark in sight, which is the Bagge’s water-pump. As they re-enter their vehicle in order to escape, they are confronted by King Ramses himself, who demands that his slab be returned lest the thieves suffer his curse. The confused thieves, unaware of the curse, do not have a chance to react before they are surrounded by a swarm of locusts, which quickly devour both them and the car. Courage unearths the slab the next day. The slab contains symbols of Ramses, water, a record player, and locusts. Courage shows it to his owners, but Eustace dismisses the slab as “garbage” and tosses it out the window. But when the story on Nowhere News runs about the slab being worth one million dollars… he starts singing a different tune. Courage notices that the first symbol, the Ramses, disappears from the slab and wails in dismay. Eustace contacts the Nowhere Newspaper to place an ad for the slab, despite Muriel’s condemnation of his behavior. Professor Frith arrives and tries to reclaim the slab, but Eustace refuses to give it up for free. That night, the ghost of Ramses returns, and this time threatens the Bagges. He orders Eustace to return the slab or he would be visited by three “plagues”, each worse than the last. Eustace, believing that the ghost is the professor in disguise, asks “What’s your offer?” (I used to wonder what he needed to spend money on… but whatevs.) The ghost unleashes the first plague. The second representative symbol on the slab, the water, disappears, and the house subsequently begins to fill up with water. While Muriel is drowning, Eustace uses his snorkel gear. Courage swims to the basement and pulls a drain stopper and all the water drains out from the house thus defeating the first plague much to the ghost’s annoyance. Unfazed by the ordeal, Eustace again refuses the ghost’s request asking for an offer, initiating the second plague. Again, the representative symbol on the stone slab, the record player, disappears. A skipping record that repeatedly blares “King Ramses, the man in gauze,” permeates the air, causing the family audible pain. Eustace alleviates the noise by plugging his ears using cotton, but leaves Muriel suffering. (I used to wonder why Muriel remained with Eustace… he is not great and especially not great to her.) Courage finds the source of the noise behind a boulder, destroying the phonograph with a baseball bat to stop the racket. King Ramses once again demands the return of his slab. Muriel insists that Eustace return the slab, but Eustace still refuses to do so without getting paid. The ghost then unleashes his third and final plague: the locusts. The final symbol disappears from the slab, and the insects begin to devour the house starting from the roof. As the house is devoured by the locusts, Muriel prepares food as a stress relief tactic. Courage and Eustace wrestle over the slab. Eustace finally gives in once he realizes how close they are to being devoured, allowing Courage to toss the artifact toward Ramses, which ends the curse. However, Eustace reclaims the slab after the locusts had left and taunts Ramses, thinking that he, since he used three different plagues, is now powerless. Annoyed, Ramses simply reuses the third plague by summoning the locusts again, and Eustace is devoured. (Talk about not feeling a damn thing. I usually care not about what happens to Eustace.)
“The Clutching Foot” – This episode is both gross and hilarious. Eustace wakes up with an itchy foot fungus that has taken over his entire foot. Muriel tries some home remedies to heal his foot, but nothing works. (These are some extreme home remedies btw. My niece said… these would never work. Very observant 6 year old.) When Eustace refuses to go to the doctor, he insists all he needs is a nap. (What is it that people have against going to the doctor? Rhetorical people.) When Eustace wakes from his nap, he is horrified to see that the fungus has enlarged and has covered most of his body. Eustace is then swallowed by the fungus and all that is left is a giant talking purple foot, personified as five gangsters complete with New York Accents. The foot proceeds to take Muriel hostage, much to Courage’s dismay. The gangsters then force Courage to help them rob a bank, but Courage proceeds to blow up the entire bank instead. (An interesting and hilarious turn of events.) Then they plan to rob a train but that plan backfires as well (the foot slips on a banana peel Courage left and destroys the train.) They return to the farmhouse where the foot begins planning to knock over Florida (hahahaha), and Courage retreats upstairs to search for answers on the computer. The computer is usually a jerk but does prove to be helpful. At first, it asks him if he considered taking daily baths, but when told that it’s Eustace’s foot, it doesn’t seem surprised. The computer then tells Courage to get it a sample in order to analyze the fungal strain. After which, it spits out the sample in revulsion, and to Courage’s disgust, tells Courage the only cure for the fungus is dog saliva. (Insert the gagging sound of my niece. It is pretty gross but her reaction had me cracking up.) Courage goes downstairs and starts licking the foot everywhere, and it starts shrinking back to regular form and Eustace appears dazed and confused. Things seem to return to normal, Courage is brushing his teeth and is flossing then he hears the foot talking to him from inside his mouth and he discovers that his tongue is now infected with the fungus (which also has a face) and the episode ends.
“Everyone Wants to Direct” – This one was a bit more fun for me now that I am a bit older. The Bagge family is sitting at home one night when they get a knock at the door. Standing at the door is a man who claims he is is Benton Tarantella, the world-famous film director. (For some reason that was too funny to me.) He tells Muriel and Eustace that he has been scouting locations for his next movie “The Return of the Zombies from Beneath the Farm” and he thinks their farmhouse would be the perfect location to film the movie. Benton asks to film on the farm and Muriel is enthused, but Eustace isn’t interested. But when Tarantella offers a large sum of money, Eustace immediately changes his mind and agrees to the deal. (Eustace being useless as usual.) Courage isn’t the least bit excited, and grows increasingly worried that Tarantella might be a zombie, when he witnesses his body parts falling off on several occasions, then Tarantella picks them up and pops them back into place. Courage keeps trying to warn his owners, but Benton thwarts his efforts each time. Tarantella, Eustace and Muriel get ready for the movie in the basement, and Tarantella even asks Muriel to star in the movie as the victim of the zombie sacrifice. Eustace is then asked to dig the hole that the zombies rise from. After Courage tries to stop the making of the movie, he is locked out of the basement by Eustace. Computer to the rescue. Courage goes to the computer and makes a search of Benton Tarantella as a movie director, and nothing comes up. But when he does another search, a newspaper article comes up about a man named Benton Tarantella and his partner, Errol Von Volkheim, who masqueraded as film directors to lure unsuspecting people into their clutches to murder them. After murdering 12 people, they were sent to jail. Volkheim was released for good behavior, and Tarantella was left to die in prison. This confirmed Courage’s suspicions of Tarantella being a zombie. Courage then looks up Volkheim and discovers he is dead and buried in the cemetery…underneath the Bagge farmhouse. Courage discovers Tarantella’s plan and why he wanted to use the basement. He plans to resurrect his dead partner and then go back to their murderous ways, and Muriel and Eustace are his first new victims. Tarantella then asks Eustace to tie Muriel up. Courage finds his way into the basement and takes a look at the script. As Eustace films, the planets align and Volkheim rises from the grave. During the confusion, Courage had gotten his hands on the script again and manages to rewrite and change Tarantella’s plans. Volkheim and Tarantella reunite and then prepare to eat Muriel. Courage finishes changing the script, and as Eustace reads the script to the zombies, the plans are now written for the big zombie to let the dog out of the box and for both zombies to get back in the hole, and then the dog buries them. Tarantella explains that it is not his work, but Volkheim scolds him for being a bad scriptwriter, and amongst the arguing they climb in the hole and Courage buries them. Once again, saves his owners without Muriel or Eustace even knowing the danger they were in. (Courage is one precious pup. They don’t deserve him.) Eustace still looks at the contract wondering when he will get paid.
“The Snowman Cometh” – Who vacations in the artic? Not me. Courage, Eustace, and Muriel go to the Arctic for a vacation and find themselves on the freezing tundra in an igloo. While Muriel attempts to make soup, Courage goes out to get firewood, and finds a Snowman out in the middle of the barren land. Knowing he didn’t make it himself, he wonders how it got there. Nevertheless, the snowman has two sticks for arms and when Courage takes one for firewood, the snowman comes to life and demands for Courage to give it back. Courage does and runs back to the igloo screaming. He warns his owners about the snowman, but they dismiss it as usual. . Courage sees the snowman again outside the window and tries to tell his owners. When Eustace and Muriel go outside to investigate, they find nothing. Courage finds the snowman’s tracks and follows them reluctantly. He arrives at a snow cave where he overhears the snowman’s plans. The snowman is the last of its kind. He is determined not to fall victim to heat as his friends had done. The only way to keep from melting is to extract an anti-melting gene from a human and he plans to do so on Eustace and Muriel. Courage runs back to the igloo, but falls into a pond on the way and freezes. He manages to escape, but due to his problems, the snowman has already beaten him to the igloo and taken Muriel and Eustace. Courage finds a sled and races back to the cave to save his owners. (They really need to pay him for his protection.) the snowman traps Courage and extracts the gene from Eustace. Before he can do the same to Muriel, Courage escapes and slams a glass pitcher down on the snowman’s head. With the snowman distracted trying to pull the pitcher off of his head, Courage, Muriel and Eustace escapes and hop into the sled. They sled down a hill, with the snowman in hot pursuit, onto a frozen lake and are trapped with the snowman not far behind. Courage quickly begins chopping at the ice, and it manages to break, sending the snowman into the water, and Courage, Muriel and Eustace safely float away on a chunk of ice. But due to the gene being extracted from him, Eustace melts into a puddle right as a ship appears to save the trio. At home, Muriel and Courage go back to the same-old, same old, but Eustace is now in liquid form in a glass pitcher.
“The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Loveable Duckling” – When Eustace cracks open an egg to cook for breakfast, a little duckling pops out and instantly claims the farmer as his mother. It soon becomes clear, however, that the sweet little duckling wants Eustace all to himself and is plotting to get rid of Muriel and Courage. Outside the farm, Courage comes across a nest of eggs and finds all but one egg hatched. Courage decides to give the unhatched egg a nice, warm home and takes it with him. As soon as he gets inside the house to nourish it, Eustace snatches it from him and uses it for his breakfast. He puts a pan on the stove, melts the butter in it, and cracks open the egg, only for a black duckling to fall out and onto the hot pan, causing it to hop out and onto Eustace’s face. The farmer slams the duckling on the ground and accuses Courage of trying to poison him. The duckling pulls out a boot from nowhere and whacks Courage in the leg with it. The duckling turns to Eustace and hugs him, believing that the farmer is his mother. (Of all the people in that house to choose as a mother…. this duckling picks the worst one. Muriel offers Eustace a blanket while he sleeps in his chair and relaxes in her rocking chair. Courage comes in and catches the duckling trying to saw the leg of Muriel’s rocking chair. Courage merely stops him and snatches the saw from him. The duckling calls “Mama!” and Eustace wakes up all of a sudden. Courage tries to explain to Eustace what happened, but as usual, the farmer promptly tosses the dog outside. A furious Courage manages to make it back inside just in time to catch the duckling dumping a bag of dry cement in Muriel’s bath water while she is taking a bath inside the bathroom. Courage stops him and once again, the duckling calls “Mama!” and Eustace appears inside the bathroom, accusing Courage. Muriel wakes up from her bath and runs out of the bathroom. The duckling, upset that his plan to get rid of Muriel has failed again thanks to Courage, promptly tosses the dog into the bath water of wet cement. While Eustace is sitting in his armchair listening to music, Muriel is strapped to a rocket ship about to fly to outer space by the duckling inside the attic. The duckling finishes screwing the ship and closes the hood, only to get his wing caught in it. Courage makes it inside the attic and frees Muriel out of the rocket. With no way to get his wing out of the hood latch, the duckling calls “Mama!”, which Eustace is able to hear through his headphones. Courage attempts to free him out of the hood latch. Eustace enters the attic and grabs him, only for the ship to fire off to space after the countdown. As the rocket lands onto the moon, the duckling is seen giving Eustace a foot massage, saying “This didn’t work out so badly after all, did it?”
“Heads of Beef” – Muriel is sick and unable to make dinner for Eustace and Courage. Eustace decides to go out for a bite to eat after asking Muriel for dinner and getting no response. Muriel asks Eustace to go to the bakery on his way and get her scones, then asks Courage to join him so he won’t forget. (2 things… Again… how could Muriel be married to him? Like what does she see in him? Also… you know that Eustace is mean to Courage. Why are you sending the dog with him?) On the way there Eustace discovers a restaurant that serves burgers for a cheap price (called “Burgers, Really Cheap!”). Inside the restaurant, Courage and Eustace see a lone gentleman eating a burger whereupon the owner, Jean Bon appears to greet the duo and take their order. The lone gentleman asks to go to the bathroom and Jean Bon directs him to a door. Courage gets suspicious when he sees that the gentleman doesn’t return after using the restroom and Jean Bon grabs the belongings of the gentleman from the counter. Courage grows even more paranoid when he sees the face of the gentleman molded onto his own burger. When Courage attempts to warn Eustace, Eustace merely rebuts his warnings. Courage then heads into the door where the gentleman entered in order to investigate. Further adding to Courage’s paranoia he overhears the conversation of Jean Bon and his wife where they discuss Courage and Eustace. Upon hearing this conversation Courage runs away and attempts to warn Eustace again who rebuffs his efforts. Jean Bon then appears attempting to talk to Courage, which causes Courage to run and fall into the basement which was behind the door. Courage sees the shadow of Jean Bon’s wife eat what appears to be the head of the lone gentleman, which causes Courage to finally try and escape from the restaurant. After knocking out Jean Bon, Courage runs and tries one final time to beg Eustace to take him home. After failing Courage then escapes the building all the while being chased by the Jean Bon’s Wife. At home Courage is sitting next to Muriel frightened who tells him not to worry about Eustace. At the restaurant a shadow of Eustace’s head is cast onto the wall. It is then revealed that the lone gentleman is alive and well, is the curator of a gallery of culinary wonders, and that the head of Eustace is merely a bust of Eustace made of hamburger meat. Eustace is shown healthy as well, and that the whole ordeal was merely a product of Courage’s paranoia.
“Klub Katz” – After reading an ad for a cruise line, Muriel decides the family should go on vacation. While Courage is enthused by the idea, Eustace refuses to leave his chair, so he takes it with him. (I really would have left him in Nowhere.) On the boat, Courage gets sea sick and vomits into a pipe that leads directly to the engines. This happens to clog them just as the ship ends up en route to an iceberg. The passengers panic, but the ship sustains no damage. However, the incident is immediately followed by a massive tidal wave that overtakes the vessel, sending it underwater. The Bagges find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island. Eustace is angered by the loss of his chair in the crash, but Muriel thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere of the beach. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure watches them from the bushes. Unable to sleep due to horrific mechanical noises coming from the jungle, Courage stays up all night carving coconuts. The next morning, Katz, revealed to be the mysterious figure from the night before, shows up on the shore and introduces himself to the Bagges as the owner of a five star resort, “Klub Katz.” The couple falls for the charade, but Courage is suspicious. (It blows my mind that they seem not to remember Katz from his last fiasco.) Falsely sympathetic of their accident, Katz offers to bring the family to his spa to relax. On the way to the spa, Courage stops at a soda machine that turns out to be the Captain of their wrecked cruise boat, who warns the dog to leave the island. Courage attempts to convey the warning he just heard to Muriel as she and Eustace approach Katz’s spa, but of course they don’t listen. (“They never listen.” – My niece, Age 6.)Courage is denied entry to the spa by a reminiscent “No Dogs Allowed” policy, Eustace ties him to a tree outside, and the two enter. Within seconds, screams are heard from the inside. The dog frees himself, but only in time to see Eustace, in the form of a wrecking ball, and Muriel, in the form of a washing machine, being taken away by Katz to a colosseum. He follows, and witnesses his two now-mechanized owners being pitted against each other for Katz’s amusement. Courage then rushes back to the spa and transforms himself into a helicopter. He intrudes on the brawl and rescues Muriel. Seeing that Katz is in his chair, Eustace sweeps his ball at Katz destroys his beloved seat as Katz dives out of the way. As Muriel and Courage escape, Eustace chases Katz and wrecks his Klub, along with the entire island, in a heated rage.
“The Magic Tree of Nowhere” – Eustace is usually a turd. In this episode he takes it up 10 fold. A company called Farm and House has delivered Muriel’s kitchen curtains, as well as a complimentary packet of seeds. Eustace claims that nothing has grown at the farm in 50 years, and throws the seeds out the window, where it destroys Courage’s sand castle. While upset over the destruction of his sand castle, Courage plants the seeds anyway. A rain cloud appears out of nowhere, and showers Courage and the soil. Just the area where he planted the seeds. A flower blooms, then rapidly evolves into a big tree, complete with beautiful flowers. Muriel is amazed, but Eustace is angered that Courage could grow something and he never could. (I discovered that Eustace is jealous. Jealous of having to share Muriel with Courage… ) Muriel’s pie is burned in the kitchen oven, and she wishes for a new oven. Courage, while wearing a gas mask, notices that a new oven has appeared next to the tree. Muriel’s pie is burned in the kitchen oven, and she wishes for a new oven. Courage, while wearing a gas mask, notices that a new oven has appeared next to the tree. Courage is playing with his toy construction vehicle, but it breaks. He wishes for a real construction vehicle, which spawns next to the tree. Courage and Muriel are then shown having great fun in the vehicle, digging up dirt and dumping it elsewhere on the farm. This wakes up Eustace, who comes out of the window and exclaims that he is trying to take a nap. Frightened, Courage accidentally dumps the dirt on Eustace, who is heard muttering “Stupid dog.” Later, while Muriel and Courage are sitting outside next to the tree, Eustace intends to go to the picture show, claiming that he isn’t wanted around the farm. Muriel wishes that she and Courage could see a movie, and this causes a projector to form out of the branches, which starts playing a horror movie. Eustace notices this from the truck and tries to ram it into the tree. Muriel stops him, and explains that the tree is providing for them, which Eustace says is his job. when Muriel and Courage have gone to bed, Eustace comes back out to take the rocking chair inside, insults the tree, and wishes that Muriel had a bigger head so that “she’d know better.” The next day, Muriel is laying on the couch with an extremely engorged head. Worried (not because of Muriel but because he is hungry), Eustace calls Dr. Vindaloo. The doctor explains that it is the worst case of “boli-boli” he has ever seen. He does “everything known to medical science”, which involves a rubber glove, a mallet, a huge pair of scissors, and a wrench. The doctor tells them that there is nothing to worry about, but there is nothing he can do about it and exits the house, while Courage and Eustace look at him, dumbfounded. Courage howls in desperation, but Eustace says that it is all his fault for bringing the tree, and now he has to get takeout for breakfast. Courage starts saying “help” to the tree, and this causes the tree to start speaking to him, which scares Courage to the point that his skin flies off his skeleton. The tree tells him to not be afraid and that it has the cure for Muriel. It will take 3 days, but by then, the tree predicts it will be cut down, much to Courage’s dismay. Courage learns that Eustace plans to chop down the tree with an axe. Courage uses the vehicle he obtained earlier to dig a moat around to defend the tree. He obtains a packet that makes a singing eel appear, then finishes by building a giant sand castle around the tree. Courage spends the day fighting off Eustace… and his attempts to cut down the tree. It is pretty funny to see Eustace in pain. Courage is exhausted, but then gets a call from the doctor, saying that he has the cure. Courage drives to the office, where Dr. Vindaloo gives him a cure that “will cure your broken leg”. Meanwhile, back at the farm, Eustace confronts the tree, who asks if cutting him down will make Eustace feel more important around the farm. Eustace thinks about it for a second, then says “Yes!” A skeptical Courage races back to the farm, where he discovers that Eustace has chopped down the tree. the tree comes back to life one last time to tell him that the actual cure for Muriel is composed of the flowers from its branches mixed with pure hornets honey. With those final words, the tree dies. Courage gets the cure to Muriel, whose head returns to normal. Sometime later, a flower is shown to be growing from the stump of the old tree and it will regrow, while Muriel pats Courage on the head. Eustace is then shown lying on the couch, also with an engorged head as revenge for chopping down the tree. He closes the episode asking “Is the tree growing back yet?”
“Courage in the Big Stinkin’ City” – The Bagge Family arrives in New York City, as Muriel has won a sitar contest and her prize is to perform at Radio City Music Hall. At the theatre, the family is welcomed by a giant cockroach who calls himself Schwick. his real name is Buschwick, where he’s from, but not under any circumstance may anyone call him that. He poses as a stage hand and promises Muriel her own rehearsal room and Eustace hot dogs. Schwick shows them to the “rehearsal room,” a scary, musty room littered with shackles and human remains. There is an unseen threat living in a mouse hole in the room that is responsible for the demise of previous of the theatre’s stars. The argumentative Schwick sends Courage out to get a package and orders him to hurry up and to keep the police out of the picture, otherwise “It’s curtains for the sitar lady.” Courage tries to find the house where the package is waiting, and eventually finds his way to the block of an condemned apartment. The building’s inhabited by several monsters and unseen residents behind sealed doors screaming to be released. After retrieving the package, Courage flees the scary abandoned apartment building and jumps on a subway train. A policeman, who is searching for the “evil” package, has followed Courage and asks him to show his license. The railroad engineer is so terrified by the sight of the evil package, he flees the train. Courage tries to take control, but unfortunately steers the train into the theatre’s rehearsal room, where Muriel is still practicing. Schwick takes the evil package, which contains nothing more than a window squeegee that Schwick needs to wipe away the cry for help written on the grimy window. However, the train collision has broken the squeegee. The bug is infuriated, yells “Nobody double-crosses Schwick!” and now opts to unleash the rehearsal room monster. Courage panics and carries Muriel as Schwick chases them; They run up through the crashed train. They eventually make it up to the Radio City stage, where Muriel performs. The police officer from the train has called for backup, disguised as dancing women in the performance, and Schwick is kicked into a trombone. Schwick turns out to be a wanted fugitive and not a real stage hand, and gets arrested. Muriel finishes her masterpiece to massive applause, and Eustace, having been eaten and reduced to nothing but a skeleton by the unseen monster, is seen watching his wife on TV in the rehearsal room, while complaining about the channels.
“Courage Meets the Mummy” – This episode shows that Eustace as been a loser in past lives as well. While helping with the laundry, Courage answers a knock at the door to greet Professor Frith, who discovered a Mayan pyramid on his own. While there, he accidentally awakened and was attacked by the mummy of a long dead Mayan Baker. The mummy was the baker for a Mayan princess who loved cookies. The Poohbah, a royal adviser of the princess, would occasionally take the cookies to the princess, but would take some for his own greed. The baker catches the Poohbah and is about to tell the princess, but the adviser got to her first. When asked, the Poohbah told the princess that the Royal Baker was the one at fault. The princess ordered that the Royal Baker would have his “mouth sewn shut, his eyebrows plucked, and his body mummified.” After the professor finishes his tale, Courage goes to the Computer for help. It surmises that Muriel and Eustace were the princess and Pooh-bah in past lives, and the solution to warding off the mummy would be hypnotizing them into thinking that they were the Mayan Princess and the Pooh-bah. The Baker flies to Nowhere in a plane, where the Parachute Lady drives him crazy with random chatter, and he steals her parachute and jumps off the plane. He is then seen just outside of Nowhere, hitching a ride with Di Lung to get to the Bagge Farmhouse. When the mummy came, Eustace told a lie to the princess that it was the Royal Baker’s fault that the cookies were gone. Putting a sign on the mummy’s back, saying that he did it, the Mayan Princess/Muriel orders the same thing that had happened to the Mummy many years ago. Thinking quickly before the Mummy could kill the Mayan Princess/Muriel, Courage asks Eustace for something to eat for some money. In agreement, the Poohbah starts digging in his clothing. Courage moves him, so everybody could see the cookies that the Poohbah had stealing it. The princess demands that his mouth be sewn shut, his eyebrows plucked, and rest of his body mummified as punishment. Just as the mummy picks Muriel up, she apologizes and exonerates him, so he goes back to his pyramid, and the others sit down for some cookies.
“Katz Kandy” – Muriel and Courage are making candy apples in preparation for the Nowhere Sweet Stuff Contest. Meanwhile, Katz has developed a living jam monster to kidnap Muriel and coerce her into revealing the secret ingredient in her candy apples. Once the candy apples are finished, Courage answers a knock on the backdoor. The jam monster attacks them and carries the both of them to Katz Kandy, a candy shop run by Katz. Eustace comes home for dinner and notices a trail of purple jam leading out the door, which he starts licking up and following. (He really only notices because he is ready for dinner.)The jam monster throws Courage and Muriel into the basement, where Katz comes to meet them. Katz then shows why he brought them there, revealing that he keeps placing Second in the Nowhere Sweet Stuff Contest. Katz tries to force Muriel to reveal her secret ingredient by placing her onto a giant candy cane above a taffy-puller. Meanwhile Courage is bound in bubble-gum to a stone wall. Katz explains that if Muriel doesn’t reveal her secret ingredient, he will pull a lever which will drop Muriel and the candy cane into the taffy-puller, killing her presumably. Courage chews through the bubble-gum and uses it to blow a bubble to float up to Katz. The bubble pops when it hits the ceiling, dropping Courage onto Katz, which prevents him from pulling the lever. Eustace arrives at Katz Kandy where the jam monster attacks him. Down in the basement, Katz allows a “small spot of sport”—a staring contest—before Courage “goes bye-bye”. Courage immediately begins to suffer. (Anytime there is a battle with Katz…. Courage seems to have such a hard time.) Eustace scares away the jam monster with his iconic “OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!” mask and goes down to the basement. Eustace’s arrival startles Courage, causing him to blink and lose the game. Katz throws Courage into a giant jujube maker, turning him into a purple jujube. Eustace complains about dinner and asks Muriel in a confused manner why she is walking around without her boot, but Muriel demands that he get her away from the taffy-puller. Eustace reaches Muriel (He is actually helpful… I am shocked.) and Katz pulls the lever, nearly turning them into taffy. While Katz and Eustace are fighting on the candy canes, Courage rolls up the stairs and rams the lever, which drops Katz into the taffy-puller. Katz, now being pulled into taffy but still being alive, still demands to know Muriel’s secret ingredient, and she reveals that it is vinegar. In the end, Muriel and Courage win 1st place in the 43rd Annual Nowhere Sweet Stuff Contest, while Katz receives his usual 2nd place.
“Mega Muriel the Magnificent” – The Computer scoffs at Courage’s memoirs that he is writing, calling all living creatures timid and cowardly. During a thunderstorm, lightning strikes The Computer, causing it to come to life. After a short-lived attempt at invading Eustace’s body, it takes over Muriel’s and does death-defying stunts in it, under the moniker of “Mega Muriel the Magnificent,” in order to show how courageous it is. Courage must stop it, or Muriel’s body could be severely harmed if he doesn’t. Courage’s memoirs are retellings of the episodes “The Snowman Cometh”, “Freaky Fred”, and “Queen of the Black Puddle”. Mega Muriel the Magnificent’s death-defying stunts were: 1.Being shot out of a cannon and shot through the moon to Mars. 2. Diving into the San Andreas Fault during an earthquake. 3. Skiing down the side of the Empire State Building and into a sewer.
“Invisible Muriel” – A government facility captures Muriel after Courage gives her a magical gem that turns her invisible. The cure must be found in time to save her. Courage finds a gem while digging in the yard… He gifts it to Muriel who after a while turns invisible. Government agents surround the house and make off with Muriel demanding to know what she did with the gem. Eustace and Courage go to Dr. Vindaloo who has to try and find a cure. Dr. Vindaloo has Eustace become invisible so he can run some tests…. while they send Courage out to find Muriel. After running around a long while… he manages to locate Muriel in the same building as doctor Vindaloo. (Like Right across the hall.) Dr. Vindaloo informs Courage that he has found the cure…. (Muriel’s homemade dog food.) Eustace and Courage have to rescue Muriel from the federal agents… and get her visible again. (Good Times.)
“Human Habitrail” – Muriel is cleaning and Eustace is trying to eat dusty soup. No Seriously. Dusty soup. and just as Muriel gripes about the dust, Dr. Gerbil, a mad scientist posing as a travelling vacuum cleaner salesman, knocks on their door. He offers Muriel one of his products free of charge, but instead of cleaning dust, the vacuum shrinks Muriel and Eustace and contains them inside the dust bag. Dr. Gerbil then takes them to his underground laboratory, where he performs several disturbing experiments on them, so that he can improve his line of products. (His weird products. And Weird is an understatement. Once again, Courage must save his family, but in order to do so, he must endure a seemingly never-ending tour of Dr. Gerbil’s cosmetics line…
That is not even the tip of the iceberg. Courage is a pretty funny show. My sister and my niece approves. We heard about the new animated direct-to-video crossover film with Scooby-Doo called Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vnTvMK3vVc&t=1s And let me tell you there is not one more excited that me and the family. But that is all for now. Let me know your favorite segments below.
Twitter is a great place for recommendations. My Twitter peeps were talking 2 years ago about all things YOU. I didn’t know anything about the show prior to heading to Netflix and turning it on. But when I saw that Penn Bagdley was involved… I was thinking… “Okay… I will give this a try.” (Easy A anyone?) This had to be the first show that I was pushed to watch that I didn’t research first. I usually try to research a bit beforehand to see if I think it will be something that will hold my interests. Sadly, it is because of that misstep that I went into it thinking that it was a rom com because it was airing on the lifetime network originally. Boy was I sadly mistaken. As is usually the case with my posts…. Spoilers lie ahead.
There was a bunch of talk on twitter on how good-look Penn Badgley is and how much they love and empathize with his character Joe. Obviously, this also led me down the wrong path. The great thing is that Penn was out there talking about how not great of a character Joe is. (Now that intrigued me.) Interestingly enough, there were no spoilers online.
So imagine my surprise that this was NOT a love story. You is an American psychological thriller television series. The first season is based on the 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes. Joe Goldberg is a New York bookstore manager and serial killer who falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck (an aspiring writer) and quickly develops an extreme, toxic, and delusional obsession about her. To feed his obsession, he soon turns to social media and technology to track her presence and eliminate any possible obstacles that stand in the way of their romance.The second season follows Joe as he moves to Los Angeles and falls in love with local heiress Love Quinn and the delusional obsession starts all over. There has been a lot of comparison between he and Dexter…. (shoutout to all the people who have seen both shows.) Later, we will get into why there is no comparison between the two characters.
Netflix packs a bunch into 10 episodes. Season three should be starting soon. I think in this post… I just going to talk about some things that either super surprised or seriously alarmed me. Because if I went by episode, I would just be telling you all about all 20. Here we go in now particular order. So let’s get to it:
There is actually a BUNCH that takes place in the very first episode that is disturbing. And it sets the scene for all of the characters… For the life of me… I couldn’t get what was likable about Mr. Goldberg from episode 1.
The first thing that stood out to me was the fact that in the bookstore, prior to Joe speaking to Beck, you see her from his point of view. And right off the bat, there is something not right with his inner monologue. (His inner thoughts can be funny at times… and there will be a bit about that later.) He seems to want to take possession of her right off the back. Something about it makes me extremely uncomfortable. His labeling her a “good girl…” that stays in my mind. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyNYkd2kLHs) There is also a bit where she comes to pay for the book and does so with a debit card. Joe takes that to mean she wants him to know her name. Even writing that sends chills down my spine. I didn’t even want to think about when I had been doing the most benign thing and someone took it to mean something more. (*Shudder*)
Joe has a load of characteristics that would win people over. He’s handsome, witty, well-read and charming. Maybe this is why a this story needs to be told. Everyone that may do you harm, doesn’t always “look” like a monster. I never understood what that meant anyway… His inner monologue tends to throw you off because he is so intelligent… but then it cuts to a scene where he is doing something dubious… and creepy. Then I remember he is not the knight in shining armor here. Thanks to this show though…. I have take several internet security precautions… (probably still not enough though).
The next thing that probably should have creeped me out… but then didn’t was the fact that he went home afterwards and looked up all of Beck’s social media. Social Media changed my life and the life of everyone I knew when I got Facebook in college. (Back when it was only for college students.) With the advent of social media, I think I have become accustomed to a certain level of stalking. It has changed social interaction (for the better remains to be seen.. but it is here.) You know more about people you have never met than you ever used to. It has gotten to the point where I’ve met people who think it is strange if a person has no social media. Don’t get me wrong the scene gets creepier but not because he looked at her Facebook, or Instagram. The information Joe finds there about Beck leads him to looking up where she lives… getting her address and ending up outside her apartment. (This was where I had to investigate my social media and be careful about what I post. Also had to make sure my security settings were strong.)
So what does our main character psychopath do? He decides to show up to her house. For a woman that lives in NYC… why didn’t she have window coverings? (That is a thing that my friends point out in every horror movie…. WHY DO YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE????? WHY ARE THERE NEVER ANY SHADES???) But our creepy man character ends up outside of her apartment watching her have sex with her significant other, Benji. We watch through Joe’s eyes, the sad sexual encounter that leaves Beck wanting more… and taking it in her own after Benji leaves… We watch Joe pleasure himself while standing across the street peering into her window. It is all gross and voyeuristic. Joe’s obsession takes a turn when Benji arrives… Benji (who is admittedly not great…but there is not a character that is exceptional in the bunch…. maybe Paco.) ends up with a target on his back. He is who Joe sees as standing in his way of getting to Beck. The issue is Benji isn’t all that interested in Beck which anyone with eyes should have been able to see. They would have fizzled out on their own. But the flame is ignited…. and Benji doesn’t stand a chance.
Joe also ends up following her around her college campus. (Those aren’t necessarily know for being super secure, which I didn’t realize until I watched him traipse around her all day.) People made jokes about how Joe’s character does very little to disguise himself and that a person should notice him following her. However, I am not entirely sure that I agree with that assessment. Joe’s ability to blend into plain sight was also unsettling. I think the thing that put me over the edge was him coming to her apartment (to break in, I am assured.) But meeting the handyman who allows him access to her apartment just by saying he was her boyfriend. SMH. So she is blocks away at work and on campus and has no clue there was an issue with her apartment or that someone is in it. He is in no hurry because he knows her schedule; he followed her around campus the other day. He stumbles onto her MacBook (and while I have Apple products… I am typing this post on my MacBook) I snapped to attention. He basically finds her MacBook. Apple people know that you can see texts with on most of your devices (from other apple people… I am too boring for someone to do this.) …. So here is Joe… in Beck’s apartment, reading all of her texts to her friends. Texts about him. Everything about the scene gave me the creeps…
Of course… Beck returns to her apartment… and feels that someone has been there looking through her stuff. I just want to scream at the tv. “HE’S STILL IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!” Joe hides in her shower… Luckily (Read: this is television so she’s not going to discover him….) she doesn’t see/find him. She is actually standing in the bathroom with Joe behind the curtain. She also reaches in and turns the water on him…. I felt great when she makes it out of there alive. I found it odd that her building manager… with today’s technology… didn’t inform her in some way that there had been an issue and people in place.
It was weird when he bumped into her on a drunk night out with her friends. What we know as the viewers is that it is no accident. He watches her interaction between them… the other odd thing is that while we know he is delusional…. there are periods when his thoughts on a subject… are correct. Beck’s friends aren’t great. Joe presents himself as being nearby offering to make sure she gets home safe. Beck falls onto the subway tracks, and he saves her. They decide to take a cab home and that is when Joe strikes by stealing her phone. (Here is where the creepy settles in again. Joe can anticipate her next move… she will buy a new phone and automatically assume that her old phone will be shut off. Joe, in his inner monologue disputes this. We find out…. and forgive if you already knew this because I did not, but her old phone is not disconnected from the cloud. (SHE NEEDS PASSWORDS!!!! I am not sure how much that would have helped. It is really the last resort in my mind.) Essentially, Joe keeping her old phone gives him full access to everything she does with her new phone due to it automatically synchronizing with her old one.
Let’s go back to the target on Benji’s back. He is the first “obstacle” in Joe’s way. So to speak. But Benji doesn’t view him and Beck as being in a relationship. (I had serious questions about this… like… Is he being unfaithful? Or was Beck just knowingly along for a ride that she knew was going nowhere.) Big mistake. You would think that would help him but it seems to just upset Joe more. Joe wanting to know why Benji doesn’t appreciate the gem that is Beck… (Since this is the first episode… Joe has only bumped into her twice. So he knows absolutely nothing about her.) We all know the feeling of digging someone from far away and then getting to know them is a total letdown. Joe lures Beck’s philandering boyfriend Benji to the basement of his shop, hits him in the head with a mallet, and locks him in a plexiglass book vault. Joe is not sure what to do with Benji, who is a drug-addicted trust fund baby and desperate to be freed. After obtaining a video of Benji hazing a fraternity pledge to death, Joe gives him a coffee laced with peanut oil, and Benji dies from an allergic reaction. I really thought he was going to let Benji go.
Joe’s plan to win Beck over doesn’t go according to plan right away. Joe doubles down on his efforts to convince Beck that he is “the one” for her after finding out that she is still having sex with other men in order to get over Benji. Joe overhears Beck telling her friends that she is not completely sure about Joe, calling him a “maybe”. Enter Peach, a friend of Beck’s… the next obstacle for Joe. So to speak. Beck’s wealthy friend Peach is suspicious of Joe. The dynamic of the power struggle between Joe and Peach took me by surprise. It was wild to realize that Beck (unknowingly) is the object of affection between two psychopaths. When you listen to the inner monologue of Joe…. his thoughts about Peach are SPOT ON…. but you also get that he is familiar with dangerous and crazy because he lives at that intersection. Joe sees that Beck has made weekend plans with an older man she calls “The Captain” and lies to her friends about it. A jealous Joe follows her to a Charles Dickens festival in Nyack and soon learns that the man is her father, Edward, who she had previously said was dead. It is Peach who learns that Joe is in Nyack, which forces him to reveal himself to Beck. BECK, THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS MAN HAS SHOWED UP AT A PLACE HE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW YOU’D BE. Peach continues to be suspicious of Joe and manages to get in between Joe and Peach.
Joe seeks a way to neutralize her. Peach makes a show of introducing Beck to a famous literary agent, but when he hits on Beck and tells her the negative things Peach said about her, Beck blows up at Peach. Peach fakes a suicide attempt and while Joe can see right through it but can’t get Beck to see the same. (If she could, she would be more suspicious of Joe.) In accessing Peach’s laptop Joe comes to realize she is infatuated with Beck. Knowing that Peach will always win Beck’s attention, Joe follows Peach on her morning run in Central Park and hits her over the head with a rock. (Prior to this… we see Joe don his signature stalker cap…. and try to follow Peach on a run… He is out of shape and can’t keep up. You wonder if he gives up on the idea but no.) Later, Joe learns that Peach is alive.
A recovering Peach is staying with Beck and she banishes Joe. Joe explains to Beck that Peach is in love with her and trying to keep Beck dependent on her. Joe secretly follows when Peach whisks Beck off to the Salinger family estate in Greenwich. Peach invites her and Beck’s old friend Raj over. They all ingest MDMA and Peach attempts to initiate a threesome with Beck and Raj. Beck turns down her advances and leaves the room to text Joe. Joe, however, is on his way there. Beck confronts Peach about the kiss and leaves, after which Peach discovers Joe in the house and pulls a gun on him. She accuses him of stalking her, and Joe reveals all that he knows about her. They wrestle for the gun, and Peach is killed. Joe types a suicide note on Peach’s computer, leading detectives to believe that Peach shot herself. He gets away again!!!!
The shocking thing is… Joe’s relationship with his neighbor’s son, Paco. Paco is a character that doesn’t exist in the books. But that doesn’t stop his story from being hella interesting. Paco lives with his mom, Claudia, and her boyfriend Ron. Just like Peach, there is not a lot that is likable about Ron. He verbally and physically abusive to both Claudia and Paco. Joe is great with Paco which is jarring. Paco spends a lot of time with Joe either at the bookstore or on the steps outside his apartment. Claudia and Ron are usually heard arguing in the background. But he also sees through Joe’s facade. Ron knows that something’s wrong with Joe. He often calls Joe “sick” and “a freak.” Paco is at the end of his rope… when he decides he is going to drug Ron. Joe revives him, but the unhinged Ron beats him up pretty badly… Ron doesn’t want Paco to have anything to do with Joe. (I was annoyed with Claudia… because this man is in your house belittling your child about liking to read. I wanted her to do something before he killed her… and left Paco to deal with this maniac.) Claudia in the hospital, and Joe kills him to protect Paco. And while Ron was pretty detestable (I didn’t shed a tear over his death…) that doesn’t make Joe a great character….
Beck and Joe’s relationship is on again off again mostly because of his jealous nature. Since I am older, I understand that Joe places people on a pedestal. (Aside from being a delusional, killer.) I remember finally getting a guy that I had adored from far away… when I got in the relationship…the rose colored glasses come off. I had to view him as a person that had flaws. And I needed to remember that I had to deal with them realistically. In Beck’s case… it becomes dangerous when Joe realizes that she’s not perfect. (I mean… he met her at the bookstore… and deemed her perfect because of an author she is looking for.) Beck starts asking questions about Joe’s past relationship… and I knew he didn’t wake up and start offing people…. he had done it before. Joe doesn’t want to reveal anything about his past relationships or his ex girlfriend Candace. We are told through a flashback… Candace cheating on him with Elijah, whom Joe subsequently impulsively pushes to his death from a building after confronting him. Beck does her own recon though but it turns up nothing… She disappeared off the face of the earth and there is no one that heard from her again. Joe discovers that Beck did have an affair with Dr. Nicky (her therapist after Peach’s death), which she finally admits before telling Joe she loves him.
Clued in by something Paco says, Beck discovers Joe’s hiding place in the bathroom ceiling. She is horrified as she finds her old cellphone as well as Benji’s and Peach’s, in addition to other disturbing mementos which he has kept. When Joe realizes what Beck has found, he locks her in the book vault.
Joe explains to Beck his reasoning for murdering Benji and Peach, and relates it to his childhood mental abuse at Mooney’s hands. She appears to empathize with Joe and seems grateful for his actions. Beck lures Joe into the vault and manages to lock him in, revealing that it was all just an act to get him to open the door. Still trapped in the basement, she calls out to Paco, who thinks she knows about Ron and leaves. (I wonder… what effect his time with Joe has had on Paco? Or Ron for that matter. I am not sure. ) Joe escapes the vault and kills Beck. Four months later, Joe has used Beck’s writing to frame Dr. Nicky for all of Joe’s murders. Claudia and Paco move to California. Joe is stunned when Candace comes into the bookstore, telling him they have unfinished business. (Blew my damn mind… and his too since he thought she was dead.)
In the second season, Joe moves from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past, and starts over with a new identity. But old habits die hard. I know that there were a lot of people that were pulling for him to suddenly turn over a knew leaf…. He meets a series of people, including his neighbors Delilah and Ellie Alves, and Forty Quinn. (Forty having been my least favorite person in this season….) When he meets avid chef Love Quinn, sister of Forty, Joe begins falling into his old patterns of obsession and violence. As Joe attempts to forge a new love, he strives to make his relationship with Love succeed at all costs, to avoid the fate of his past romantic endeavors. Using the name Will, he secures an apartment and gets a job in the book café of a trendy family-owned grocery store, Anavrin. There he meets Love Quinn, a bubbly local who works in the kitchen. A nervous Joe resists her advances while befriending Ellie Alves, his 15-year-old neighbor. After Ellie coaches Joe to create an authentic social media presence, Love takes him on a food tour of the city to get to know him, and he finds himself very attracted. In the first episode, everything seems fine mostly. (which for me…. was a red flag in itself.) But things don’t go that well with Love at first…
Joe struggles to resist his attraction to Love, he befriends her self-absorbed twin Forty, an aspiring writer/director/producer who plays at managing Anavrin. Joe’s attempt to reconnect with an icy Love backfires, and she argues with Forty about his career aspirations. (Forty was fucking shiftless…. I couldn’t stand him.) There is a mysterious visitor that comes to his apartment and prompts Joe to visit the real Will, whom he has locked inside a plexiglass vault in a rented storage unit. Joe recalls how seeing and then stalking Love led him to find an apartment near hers and get a job where she works. So right off the bat… he is back up to his old tricks. Joe recalls his arrival in LA, and meeting with Will, a man who sells clean identities. Joe knocks out Will, locks him in the vault and assumes his identity. Will’s visitor, Jasper, cuts off the last joint of Joe’s pinky finger when he does not have the $50,000 Will owes him.
Joe spies on a lunch between Love and her three friends: Lucy, a Hollywood agent; Sunrise, Lucy’s girlfriend; and Gabe, Love’s pansexual best friend. Love catches Joe in a lie and is upset, but they later mend fences and agree to be friends, as Joe is genuinely afraid he will hurt her. Joe lures Jasper to the storage unit and kills him, and a guilty Joe apologizes to his vision of Beck. After having his finger joint reattached, Joe dismembers Jasper’s body in the Anavrin kitchen and puts him through the meat grinder. (I almost couldn’t take it. SO GROSS.)
Joe’s blossoming relationship with Love is challenged by Forty’s neediness, but Joe at least manages to win over Love’s friends. I understand that Love and Forty are twins but goodness…. he seems to have no boundaries and not care that she has a significant other… even if it is Joe. (And I have hung out with plenty of twins that don’t do this.) Joe accompanies Love to a wellness retreat organized by her parents for their anniversary. Forty arrives with Candace, who is hellbent on exposing Joe for the psycho he is. We actually get to see what it was Joe did to Candace. Candace recalls attempting to leave Joe, but then finding herself his prisoner. Thinking he accidentally killed her, he buries her in a shallow grave, but she later awakens and crawls out. Candace’s presence puts Joe on edge, which is not helped by Love’s dysfunctional family dynamic.
Joe is in another situation where he is taking care of a neighbor and a younger child, Delilah and her sister Ellie. Ellie’s older sister Delilah, a reporter, tells Joe that she was drugged and raped at age 17 by the well-known comedian Henderson. Joe catches Ellie hanging around with Henderson, and vows to protect her from the predator, having already surreptitiously installed spyware on her phone. Looking for dirt on Henderson, Joe bluffs his way into the comedian’s house party. Forty tags along to pitch a project to Henderson, but has a drug-fueled meltdown. Joe sees kindness in Henderson before he takes Forty home with him and summons Love. Forty tells Joe about a kinky secret room Henderson has in his house. From the vault, Will helps Joe break into Henderson’s house. In the secret room, he finds Polaroid photos of unconscious women, including Delilah. He takes them with him and then leaves them at Delilah’s doorstep for her to find so she can expose Henderson. Joe learns that Ellie has discovered and disabled his spyware, and is going over to Henderson’s place. From the other room, Joe watches Henderson drug Ellie’s drink, so he doses Henderson as well. Joe tries to elicit a confession, but accidentally knocks Henderson down the stairs and kills him. (Again… as with Ron… I am not sure I felt any type of way about Henderson’s death… but I mean…. this still doesn’t make Joe/Will great. The group attends Henderson’s funeral and later Joe comforts Delilah, who is upset that Henderson’s transgressions will never be made public, and they have sex. Though initially determined to be a suicide, the police now believe that Henderson’s death was a murder.
Delilah thanks Joe for suggesting she write an article about her experience with Henderson, and they end up drinking, having sex on the street and being arrested for it. Fincher, Delilah’s cop “friend”, refuses to help them, so Forty uses his connections to bail them out. e. Fincher’s suspicions about Joe’s involvement in Henderson’s death prompts Delilah to search his apartment. She finds the storage unit keys, and is taking pictures of the vault when Joe arrives, tipped off by his nanny cam. He locks her inside, but says he will let her go the next day after he has safely left town. Forty arranges a self-kidnapping (my goodness do I hate him…. and like I get that he is a victim but he is just unbearable), and he and Joe are locked in a hotel room to polish Forty’s script, assisted by Ellie. Joe is uneasy but realizes that he will only leave on time to escape before Delilah’s release if he helps them. They go over the script, and Ellie suggests they rewrite it from scratch. Forty gets frustrated and escapes from the room. Joe follows him into a bar, and Forty drugs him with LSD to help the creative process. (I was like…. WHAT??????????? You drugged someone… WTF.) Love finds Joe’s farewell letter. Joe tries to stay sane while Forty works on the script, but hallucinates and loses time. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5MwLJjMJ7M&t=2s)
Joe reconciles with Love, who convinces him to stay in LA, and Forty finally finishes the script, deducing correctly that Beck’s ex-boyfriend killed her in a crime of passion. Forty confesses to Joe that as a teen he blacked out and murdered his au pair lover. The next morning when he wakes up, Joe races to Delilah before the handcuff timer can go off, only to find her dead inside the vault. Joe tries to retrace his steps while under the influence because he does not believe he murdered Delilah. Suspecting Will, Joe calls him in, but he is in Manila as promised. Joe learns from Calvin that he came to Anavrin with Forty to get some groceries. Joe learns from Forty that he dropped Joe off to “visit Delilah” and then Forty called Candace. Candace and Forty argue, but in examining her video call from Forty, Candace sees Joe and the location where he was dropped off. She arrives at the storage unit to find Joe standing over Delilah’s body in the vault, and locks Joe in. She calls Love to prove to her that Joe is a very dangerous man. Love arrives and Joe, believing he is a murderer, confesses everything to Love, and apologizes to Candace. Love then murders Candace and professes her love for Joe. Love reveals to Joe that she made him fall in love with her by meticulously studying his past. She also admits to murdering both Forty’s au-pair and Delilah. Joe’s image of Love is shattered as he understands that he is “her Beck”.
Love then explains that she has a plan to give them and Forty a way to build a real family: she will implicate Ellie in Henderson’s murder but then have the Quinn family lawyers get the case closed, and also stage Delilah’s death as a suicide caused by the backlash from her article. Joe is tempted to kill Love but stops after she reveals she is pregnant with his baby. Joe finds Ellie, reveals Delilah’s fate, and sends her away with money before Child Protective Services can come for her. Convinced that Joe was Beck’s real murderer, Forty tries to save Love from him. . Forty confronts Joe with a gun at Anavrin but is shot and killed by Fincher. Love uses her family’s connections to clear the way and gets Forty blamed for Henderson and Candace’s deaths. Joe and Love move into a new house, and Joe’s obsessive patterns resurface when he reveals his interest in their new female neighbor.
So…. Earlier I mentioned there is no real comparison between Joe and Dexter… Both shows are about serial killers… yes… but that is really where the comparison ends. The one thing I find funny is everyone was clowning on You for using voice overs (Joe’s inner monologue.) Saying the show is not as dynamic without them. Funny enough, it is not the first show to do this…. and I don’t remember anyone saying it about Dexter. Dexter’s inner monologues… were really about the same… kinda creepy… and sometimes humorous.
Dexter is also coming back for another season after an 8 year run. Fun times. But lets compare the apples and oranges. From the outset of the show… Dexter lets us know about his dark passenger… and that he’s a serial killer. He leans into it. (He is a serial killer of other bad people….) but he is who he is and his inner monologue doesn’t shy away from it. There is no sugar coating about what he does or what he is. His job as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami PD allows him to scope out his next victims. And then he hunts them down. (I remember seeing an interview with Michael C. Hall… where he talked about the audience of Dexter is made to feel like accomplices in his actions… so they are constantly hoping he….. and by extension them… don’t get caught. I found this notion interesting.) Dexter’s killings come out of planning and calculation. There is nothing random about his attacks which is why he is able to stay under the radar for so long. At a young age, Dexter felt homicidal urges directed by an inner voice he calls “the Dark Passenger”; when that voice cannot be ignored, he “lets the Dark Passenger do the driving”.
Dexter considers himself emotionally divorced from the rest of humanity; in his narration, he refers to “humans” as if he is not one himself. He makes frequent references to an internal feeling of emptiness and says he kills to feel alive. He claims to have no feelings or conscience, and that all of his emotional responses are part of a well-rehearsed act to conceal his true nature. He has no interest in romance or sex; he considers his relationship with his girlfriend (and eventual wife) Rita Bennett to be part of his “disguise”.
“Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like for everything inside me that’s denied and unknown to be revealed. But I’ll never know. I live my life in hiding. My survival depends on it.” -Dexter Morgan
Joe, on the other hand, doesn’t see himself as a serial killer… despite having a number of victims. Joe does know how to interact with others and unlike Dexter, his relationships are not all for show. He can navigate social situations and cues pretty well. Joe can be selfless when it comes to his friends such as taking care of Paco and Ellie. But in the end, Joe is also extremely selfish and is more than prepared to hurt others to get what he wants. He commits many horrific crimes and takes and ruins others lives throughout the course of the series. There is no one in the series that he meets that is better off for knowing him. In the first season, whenever Joe would do something reprehensible, he would always think of a justification for his actions and excuse them with it. (I think this is why it is the most creepy. How many men have I met like Joe already….? SHUDDER.) This usually took the form of Joe telling himself that what he was doing was in Beck’s best interests for example murdering Beck’s boyfriend Benji and claiming it was because he was a very neglectful spouse. Joe also has extreme anger issues (usually his murders are emotional outbursts) as seen when he murders Elijah Thornton as revenge for Candace cheating on him. When Forty Quinn repeats what Beck said when breaking up with Joe he attempts to strangle him, just as he did Beck.
Sometimes we do bad things for the people we love. It doesn’t mean its right it means love is more important.
I can see why people would want to compare these two characters. However, I see Joe as a bit more dangerous… The way he wiped out everyone around Beck and then eventually Beck herself… all while telling himself it was what was best for her… becoming the judge, jury and executioner still weighs heavy on me.
Anyways… if you have seen the show… let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear them. If you haven’t seen You… (Or Dexter…) hop on that. Until next time folks.