The Fall

Medievalising “The Fall” (2): further intertextuality

Further, that is, to “Medievalising The Fall and power-pointing” (24 September 2015).

Three things:


In a most curious bit of genius casting, the actress (Laura Donnelly) who plays the first murder victim, Sarah Kay, in the first two episodes of the first season of The Fall also appears elsewhere as a the love-interest of a character played by the actor who will be Tom Anderson, Stella Gibson’s love-interest in the last two episodes of the second season.


That other character was Merlin in the eponymous BBC TV series. Should that trigger some audience expectations for development of the Anderson character in series three?

Adding an incestuous frisson, the actor (John Lynch) who plays Merlin’s father Balinor also plays one of Stella Gibson’s ex-lovers, Jim Burns.


If that weren’t already curious enough, here’s what Laura Donnelly’s character Freya turns into at midnight every night (like the previous screenshot, still taken from Merlin season 2 episode 9): (more…)

Medievalising “The Fall” and Power-Pointing


(and stuff about sex)

I was facebook-talking with some colleagues about PowerPoint, in response to and comment on this article in The Guardian :

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.24.33 AMCommentary on that article follows at the end of this post.

The main body of this post is an essay. It’s about another kind of two-dimensional rectangular object—a still from a “moving picture”—seeing what you can do with it in relation to commentary around it. Be that as the main focus (and sequence of items) around which other information is built and communicated, and which structures that new thing as a whole, making it into a whole; or as examples punctuating that new main thing; and/or as commentary within it.

Caveats: This essay’s structure may echo the structures in and of its subject-matter: work in progress / process / motion; by someone who works stanzaically and who also happens to work on medieval poetry; it in turn works a lot on and around, to use Chrétien de Troyes’s terms, san et matiere, and work that is itself—as work—une moult bele conjointure through panser et paine. (more…)