Back in the mid '00s, one of our middle school teachers decided to show us a movie for the last class of semester. Clearly well intentioned and looking for something youth oriented and educational, she had found a movie called EuroTrip. Safe to say, that much like Scotty in the film, she didn’t know. And, as pop punk Matt Damon cameo jumped on stage to sing about what it was exactly that Scotty didn’t know about, it was kind of too late to do anything about this little romp across a highly caricatured Europe we were about to take. It was dumb, it was fun and shameless almost to a point of being strangely endearing. It was — for (or despite of) all intents and purposes — an oddly perfect moment in time.
Whenever feeling underwhelmed or emotionally detached from a film, it's perfectly natural for one's mind to wander towards the ones that got it absolutely right. Only thing, in my case, that often means thinking about a trilogy of films that themselves seem to go against many of the conventional filmmaking wisdoms of "getting it right": the Before trilogy.
Paul Walker has been described as a guy who had one leg in and the other leg out of show business. Someone to whom acting was more a means to an end than his one and true passion. Therefore, it's quite fitting that apart from his iconic portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise, he does seem to remembered more for the many great roles he had off-screen, like the founder of Reach Out Worldwide, car lover and a professional racer, nature enthusiast, martial arts practitioner or—from what I've read—an all around decent bloke.
So, Relapse happened about a decade ago. And I say "happened" because that honestly felt like the best way to sum up the general perception towards this album. A comeback EP from an artist whose list of people he had pissed off was only surpassed by the ones he had inspired, it was neither the return of the blonde haired controversy machine from the early '00s nor was it quite the emergence of a matured and more reflective version of him we got a year later. Instead, it was just...
With all due respect to the great Mako Tsunami, this is probably one of the most inconsequential episodes in the entire series. Well into the first arc's "Pokemon phase" of meeting the foe of the day while hiking around Pegasus' island, there's virtually no character development, or plot progression to be found here. It's the show at its most harmless and it's no wonder that Little Kuriboh never did a full parody of this episode, as it does a fine job of parodying itself as it is.