So, a week into the contrived connection continuum and still going strong. Today’s offering is an altogether more visual affair, constructed as it is from links culled from TV and film.
There are clips, a top tune, a feature length making-of documentary and two whole classic comedy episodes on the way to my next pop culture highlight of 2013, so let’s close the curtains, open the popcorn and dim the lights, the show is about to begin.
1º Yesterday’s finishing point, Cloud Atlas, was made by The Wachowskis, who were also responsible for giving protesters worldwide an image makeover by introducing the V for Vendetta-inspired Guy Fawkes mask to the masses.
2º The Wachowskis also made The Matrix, which stars Laurence Fishburne. (And you can see how they made it HERE)
3º Fishburne went on to take the lead role in high-tech, CGI gore-porn murder marathon, CSI – Crime Scene Investigation as super cool hero-with-a-past, Dr Ray Langston.
As the music of The Who is synonymous with the CSI franchise, I think this would be the ideal time to take a half time musical break.
4º Following the departure of Langston a new character, DB Russell, took over the Vegas crime lab. Russell is played by Ted Danson, who also appeared as larger-than-life corporate villain Arthur Frobisher in award winning Glenn Close vehicle, twistier-than-Echer’s-corkscrew non-linear legal thriller, Damages.
5º He had already scored an early success in his TV career, winning a slew of awards for playing Sam Malone in much-loved, long running barroom sit-com, Cheers.
6º Another regular who joined Sam to prop up the Boston bar was pompous psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer, who went on to star in the hugely successful Frasier.
7º All of which contorted confabulations brings me to another TV pick of the year, again with Kelsey Grammer, this time playing completely against type.
Boss is the story of Tom Cane, corrupt and sleazy mayor of Chicago who, unbeknownst to almost everyone, is suffering the onset of a degenerative neurological disorder.
The series follows his increasingly desperate attempts to cover up his declining health and the effects it has on his ability to hang onto power.
There are two clips here, the second of which demonstrates the sort of powerful performance Grammer is capable of, Cane being one of the most understatedly monstrous characters brought to the small screen for years.
(For those of a delicate disposition, it does contain some fairly ripe language)