If You See Swamp Thing, Say Swamp Thing
Season Two / Episode Thirteen (sort of) : Sonata
"Sonata" presents an interesting challenge and a question I've been postponing having to address before now.
There's apparently some controversy as to the actual running order of the Swamp Thing episodes. I haven't really considered it illuminating to figure out all the details -- these recaps eat up enough of my limited time on Planet Earth, god forbid I should research it too. Still, this is what I've picked up by osmosis or some other process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane*:
*Merriam-Webster literally defines "osmosis" as ...
|Anton Arcane, creepy peepin' in the swamp|
What that has gotten me is Sonata: The second episode of a four-part arc, none of the other three episodes of which have yet been broadcast at this point in our run of the show.
|They use this restaurant for every restaurant scene in the show, and I have to assume it's a cafe on the Universal Studios lot|
Do I go out of the DVD order and write-up the episode which precedes this one chronologically? Or do I forge ahead and cover this one, out of order and everything? I say I'm gonna stick to the DVD running order, because I want you to share my jarring experience, so here we go...
Swamp Thing has done fuck-all for the last two episodes, but his seeming purposelessness actually pays off in the narrative! I know, I'm fuckin' astonished too!
|Woo, take it off!|
While he ponders that, two sub-plots pop up simultaneously. First off, the avenging hick Caleb brothers (Bill Luhrs and Mark McCracken) meet in a Houma diner to plot their vengeance on Anton Arcane, for having turned their brother into a vegetable. Figuratively speaking, I believe. Simultaneously, Dr.Ann Fisk shows up, in that fashion that actresses show up on these sort of demented tragic monster TV dramas just to fall in perfect love with the hero despite the fact that it can never be fully consummated. See, Swamp Thing IS volcel, I knew it! How's the arm coming along?
|Guest-starring evil Louis CK|
The other flashback recounts Swamp Thing's origin, which is only useful to the degree that it creates a connection between Arcane and Swamp Thing. Which we know it does, we've been here before.
|This scene directed by guest director Andres Serrano|
|The inane, swirling gyrations of Nancy Drew, y'all.|
The rescue of the duo depends entirely on Swamp Thing overcoming his dumb human arm, which is -- according to his own dialogue -- preventing him from "knowing what to do." This problem is theoretically solved by Swamp Thing taking a huge, novelty scalpel to his human arm. It'd be gross, but it turns out to be meat wrapping on a salad arm anyway, so he's back in the game now.
|Oh yeah, and Graham is back, too.|
The wrap-up involves Arcane fucking right off and Ann Fisk having a tender moment, pressed up against Swamp Thing's chest and coming away smelling like the garden center at Home Depot, I'm sure. The end.
|I add this screenshot because they considered this shot important enough to spend like half a minute on it.|