Re: Legend Blog
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:57 pm
I didn't realize it was the anniversary of Legend first airing! And that little Legend doll is fantastic!
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Thanks, my friend (who is a member on this forum) made him for me It's a long story, but he is suppose to be Jack O'Neill after he was turned into a 2 year old (along with the rest of SG1). "Dak" is pretending to be his favorite character "Nikwodeemus Wedgend".themacgyverproject wrote:I didn't realize it was the anniversary of Legend first airing! And that little Legend doll is fantastic!
This photo is so cute! Thanks Pam!!PamK1950 wrote:
The weeks got away from me!themacgyverproject wrote:The final episode of Legend!
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I thought he did a good job, too. Just reprehensible enough without becoming a stereotype. On the whole, though, the episode was far too preachy for me. The social message about racism seemed to overshadow the story of the murder mystery. MacGyver did that often, but it just felt a little heavy handed for a medium like Legend.The guy who plays the condescending sheriff does a great job -- it's only too bad he didn't get more screen time.
I agree again. It felt like it was probably not even a part of the original script and was simply the result of RDA saying, "Let's write in a little scene for my girlfriend while she's here on the set." It felt uncomfortable then, and became even more uncomfortable when that particular relationship ended badly.The scene in the beginning where Legend has a near-death experience and Lara Flynn Boyle (a former girlfriend of RDA) appears as an angel who has come to take him to the other side. It's not a bad scene on its own, but it has no relevance to the rest of episode and is way out of place.
Deliberate, perhaps? Looking back, RDA acknowledges it now, but I suspect that even then he recognized he was often going over the top. He has said since, "Somebody should have stopped me!"1:17 mark - kind of ironic for Legend to be accusing someone (Skeeter) of overacting.
Yes, I liked seeing him spotlighted. I just wish he hadn't been spotlighted as a victim. Throughout the series, I loved the running jokes about all the academic areas Ramos had studied in college. I wish they could have spotlighted one of those more often.I like the Ramos character and am glad that he got an episode in the spotlight before the series ended.
Those were some serious eyebrows!Whoa, it's John Vernon! You may remember him as Dave Ryerson, the white panama hat wearing criminal from the greatest episode of MacGyver ever. If I hadn't seen his name in the opening credits, I don't think I would have recognized him initially since his face looks somewhat different to me than it did in 1985. Maybe it's the eyebrows that are throwing me off.
I suppose they were trying to emphasize the delicate position of a recent immigrant in a racist town, but it almost seemed as if they weren't quite sure what her role in the episode was to be.The female servant's dialogue with Ramos oddly alternates line by line between friendliness and abrasiveness: "Where are you from? Hand me that pot! He scolded you for touching his art, didn't he. You speak to me in English, only English! You're different, you are different!"
That was the kind of one-liner we'd come to expect from Legend, but this episode had very few funny lines by comparison.Fun piece of dialogue at 36:19:
"And Ernest, no late night frolics, please." ~Bartok.
"Not to worry. The Frolic sisters are out of town, visiting an aunt in Minneapolis I believe." ~Legend
I agree again. It felt like they spent so much time focusing on social commentary and the stolen artifacts that they ran out of time to thoroughly investigate the murder mystery. I also found myself getting confused among the various locations. They were at the Bartok compound in Sheridan, they were in the little nearby town of Bell, and then they were in Mexico. I can accept that they can get back and forth to Bell easily in the quadrovelocipede, but dang, that balloon makes good time - to Mexico and back in hardly a day!After Legend rescues Ramos on the stagecoach, the next scene is the denouement where it is revealed that the stolen artifacts have been returned to Mexico. It's an abrupt transition that leaves out a lot of details like how they got the artifacts back and how they were able to prove Calhoun (Vernon's character) was responsible for the murder. Maybe they got the female servant to testify to the sheriff about what she overheard (this was suggested by Ramos in an earlier scene), but the sheriff wasn't exactly sympathetic to their cause.
I would probably rank it lower. I think this one is still my least favorite of the series.This episode was ok but didn't do much for me (I'm ranking it 7 out of 12).
I can understand that. I know RDA was having fun with the series, and he considers it his favorite because it was enjoyable to do. And I think many fans will consider it a favorite because RDA does. But I think in a side-by-side analysis, even RDA would agree that it's not necessarily the "best" of the series he did.In many ways that same sentiment is how I feel about the series as a whole (which I have now officially finished watching). On the plus side, the series was generally well filmed, well acted, and had likable lead characters. The overall concept was unique and creative, and the "science fiction" element of the show was minimal (which was a positive for me in that it wasn't too weird).
Thanks for doing these, Nick, (and for motivating me to get started on the Lexicon)! Good luck in your next project!Up next, I'm going to take a little break and then decide what my next project will be.
Thank Pam for sharing this beautiful picture.PamK1950 wrote: