Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not the zenith of Vincent Price's career

His erstwhile colleagues all believe that Dr Haeckel drowned when he got too close to a rare albino rorqual and it accidentally clobbered him with a fin.* In fact the renegade marine biologist is alive, and from his cave headquarters "Ill-Nest" he is sending forth his trained jellyfish to wreak various forms of ingenious revenge upon the reviewers and funding bodies who mocked his theories about jellyfish intelligence.

In this scene from Revise and Resubmit he is sending his tentacled pets to deal with Reviewer 3. "You wanted control experiments? Go, my pretties! Give him all the 'additional data' he wants!"

However, Reviewer 3 has become suspicious after the mysterious deaths of Reviewers 1 and 2 in rogue-seafood incidents (not to mention the editor of Nature, and the entire administration of the Marsden Fund, all drowned in the office shower), and has taken precautions.

* A fluke accident, in other words.


Another Kiwi said...

In the Opera, "Il Jellyfish con Arboretia" (trans: "Look out there are jellyfish in the trees!")Haeckel is stabbed by reviewer 3 in the third act (very painful, I believe) after taking Reviewer 3 on as his apprentice Evil Genius. Reviewer 3 had disguised himself by wearing a different coloured hat than normal.
On his recovery Haeckel falls in love with the sister of Reviewer2 who turns out to be the daughter of Reviewer 1 by an out of wedlock romance with the Countess di Stefano, an uncompromising Centre Back for Inter Milan's women league team.
From there things spiral out of control...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Jellyfish? I thought they were animated merkins!

Smut Clyde said...

In the Opera, "Il Jellyfish con Arboretia"

I do not normally care for the Classical Dance, least of all for ballets based on operas, but I heard that the NY production had set designs by Edward Gorey.

Another Kiwi said...

Apparently the death scene of Jellyfish # 7G is hauntingly long. Twyla Tharp wouldn't touch it, "Fishes is fishes, flippity fucking flippity" she is reported as saying.