Eklund Editorials: Rhys – The Other Side of Being

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about it along the way. There will be spoilers.

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EKLUND’S FIRST IMDB CREDIT!

A pre-film-school feature film, made in 2000. The Other Side of Being focuses on a woman’s confused journey after the death of her father. Where is she and who are the people suddenly interested in her. Are they telling the truth?

As stated above this is a pre-film school feature film. I’m not saying it’s bad or poorly made in any way, it’s actually a bit of a lucky find and the behind the scenes are hilarious. It does suffer from a few confusing parts about the plot, maybe it was a bit too big for the director and budget, but the whole thing is very watchable.

logo-earpchirp-3xWhat also makes this film special is I also got to watch it with my friend Annette (from the Earp Chirp podcast, go listen to it) who is also a Michael Eklund fan. This is a film best watched with friends so you can all be confused together. It’s also fun to trade theories on what the HECK is going on. Then when they finally reveal it and you have even MORE questions, you have someone to be confused with.

It’s available online for free in its entirety, (and the behind the scenes) and I encourage you to watch it before reading on. There are only so many spoilers I can avoid when the movie is a giant plot twist.

The very brief summary is: Tragedy befalls Angela’s family and she leaves her home upset/depressed. Angela finds herself on the beach surrounded by cigarettes, a teddy bear and an empty liquor bottle. Sheye, played by Adrian Glynn McMorran, you may recognize him (19 years later) from A LOT OF THINGS like Supernatural, Smallville etc. finds her and says he can help her, it’ll just require her following him through the forest to meet a guy named Julian. It’s all very vague.

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Michael plays Rhys. Rhys may be Sheye’s friend, but he’s out for himself. He’s loyal to Julian, acting as a sort of guide bringing people to him and offers the status quo side of the conversation. He doesn’t understand why Sheye would turn against Julian for a woman. Especially one he just met.

The film is anchored by this question of where are they? We’re given clues throughout that something isn’t right, such as the time of day not matching the snippets we see from Angela’s family trying to find her. Are Sheye, Rhys, and Angela dead? Is this limbo? Who is Julian, is he some type of being that sends people to heaven/hell?

Sheye quickly shows his true colours. He wants to help Angela and seems to be suspicious of Julian’s true motives after all this time. Rhys stays true throughout the film though, and while I’d love to see him suddenly redeem himself near the end … nope.

Knowing this is Eklund’s first IMDB credit, it’s fun to see the beginning and point out all the little things he started doing then and still does now. While #BabyEklund (aww!), he’s got the acting chops already starting to show. That glare (the picture above-left is taken from the behind the scenes) definitely aged well. We’re also treated to little acting ticks that show up in Bobo and Martin when he’s interacting with people while still being aloof and slightly menacing. This film also shows off his ability to just show up in the woods suddenly. One minute no Rhys, next minute there he is in his suede? corduroy? jacket. Give it seventeen years and he can trade it in for a fur coat.

If you’re a Michael Eklund fan, I encourage you to see this movie. It’s free, legally and easily accessible and you can see the beginning of his career. Let me know what you think of the storyline, too.

 

 

 

Eklund Editorials: Rene Desjardins – Intelligence

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about it along the way. There will be spoilers.

Organized crime and the Organized Crime Unit (OCU) work together to achieve the opposing goals of each respective world. 19 episodes

I watched both seasons of this show not just Eklund’s episodes, it’s a very compelling drama that was cancelled too soon, but I still had to look up the description for his character on the wiki. Rene Desjardins appears throughout the show often in short little appearances of a couple minutes to give information to Jim Reardon (the “bad” guy) or one of his associates. In the pilot we hear that Rene and Reardon have had a relationship going for a while with Reardon keeping Rene from getting fired and in exchange Rene has been doing them favours such as running plates. Rene turns on a dime when Jim Reardon brings this up.

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He acts like more of a plot device/plot explanation than an actual living, breathing character. If you’re asking yourself “how will either side know this obscure, but entirely necessary fact?” It’s either Rene has told them or is about to tell them. It’s not until the last episode of season 1 that we even see where he lives! (There was a brief time I thought he just lived out of his car). We also learn he has a cat, (aww!) that we never see or hear about again.

So who is Rene Desjardins? From the Intelligence wiki:

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Eklund Editorials: Martin – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about it along the way. There will be spoilers.

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Holistic detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural. Martin is a member of the Rowdy 3 and a psychic vampire. 14 episodes

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I was trying to find a way to do this entire review in gifs, (Martin is a character that is better seen than read), but I think some words are necessary. Michael Eklund is in 14/18 episodes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as Martin, often for just a few minutes with the other members of the Rowdy 3. Don’t mistake screen time for impact though, he’s a very important character and that guy knows impact…

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Rowdy 3 – Anomalous entities (psychic vampires) vs cultist

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With his baseball bat in season 1 and wooden club in season 2, surprisingly this Rowdy 3 leader offers some of the more subdued performances when it comes to the crazy antics of the Blackwing project known as Project Incubus. He can be loud and showy, but otherwise he’s usually toned down. He saves his words when they important, often the most sensible voice amongst the group he runs with. As the defacto leader (until Amanda shows up and they start to take on almost co-parenting type of hierarchy) the other members of Project Incubus look to him for how they should act and what they should do. Even after Amanda joins the Rowdy 3, Martin is seen to be the most in control with Amanda looking to him even while the rest of the group calls her “Boss”. Part of the fun with the Rowdy 3 is their interactions on screen often in the background. While other Projects we see consist of one member, Project Incubus consists of Vogel, Gripps, Cross, and Martin, then later Amanda and the Rainbow Beast.

This is the first Michael Eklund performance I saw and damn, I started with a good one. Martin is a well-written if underused character. Like Mark Sheppard’s Crowley in Supernatural, Eklund’s performance here made me want to watch everything he had done and rewatch all of his time on screen over and over again. This character is the reason I’m on this crazy journey to watch all the things and blog all the things. He’s a kickass, punk, psychic vampire with a close bond to the other Rowdies and a love (romantic or otherwise) for drummer girl Amanda. His animal qualities are captivating and after I started watching other Eklund projects I saw the repeating theme of the wolf. With Martin he’s seen howling like a wolf before a hunt, but at times I think he’s better described as a cat. Look at that affection.

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Fun fact: the ship name for Martin/Amanda is DrummerWolf.

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The glasses Martin wears, which unlike his actor Martin needs, but doesn’t have in season 2. Took me a little bit to figure out that he didn’t have them because they take them at Blackwing and when Amanda rescues them they don’t come with him. This is a character that Eklund looks like he really vanishes into even if Dimi 2 in Altered Carbon has a very similar aesthetic. Part of that, to be fair, is the close production between Dirk Gently and Altered Carbon.

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Speaking of aesthetic! I swear this isn’t going to become a thing it’s probably going to become a thing the bracelets I mentioned in the Chokeslam review are back. I want to say I heard/read somewhere that those are just Michael’s personal jewelry and he wears them to fill out a character sometimes. A nice fill is also those little squiggles that look almost like the symbols that correspond with the Blackwing projects.

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Martin is a supporting character and unfortunately the Rowdy 3 don’t get their own episode to flesh out their relationship with their world and each other. With the show cancelled and no season three we can only imagine what could have been in store for the group. This is exactly the time when fanfiction writers should take up their keyboards. Without the promise of more TV show, fans have stepped up and done a great job fleshing the characters out and picking apart the small amounts of time Martin’s on screen. If you’re interested, check out the “DGHDA Martin” tag on tumblr or the “Rowdy 3” tag on AO3.

We see him in season 1, falling for Amanda, “Drummer” or “Drummergirl” he calls her, going so far as to take her framed picture from Todd’s apartment. It’s unclear whether he takes the picture because of Amanda being in it or just takes it just because he can as a last screw you after trashing the place. Regardless, after he takes that picture they begin showing up in Amanda’s life more and more. Martin especially seems to take it upon himself to make sure Amanda doesn’t just stand on the sidelines. This does trigger an attack and they’re able to feed off her energy, but I don’t think it was on purpose.

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In season 2 we have Martin and the Rowdies rescued by Amanda from their captivity in Blackwing and a very affectionate and happy Martin reunited with Amanda who is alive and well. dirk-rowdy-3-martin

 

 

Unhappy Martin imprisoned at Blackwing.

As I mentioned above, fansdo  the dynamics of Martin and his Rowdies justice. I’ve watched the music video below set to a combination of the Rowdy 3 theme song and Childish Gambino’s song: IV. Sweatpants, so many times I’ve had to download it and put it on my phone so I can watch it offline. It fills a wonderful space in my life of both hype up song and relaxation song. Check it out and if you haven’t already seen Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and have Netflix, last I checked both seasons were on there.

A last Drummerwolf image just to further shove that image into your brains. (Romantic or platonic love, your choice.)

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Eklund Editorials: Ed Brewer – Supernatural

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about as much of it as I can along the way. There will be spoilers.

Season 4, episode 5: It’s Halloween time and the Winchesters face-off against a shapeshifter with a penchant for impersonating classic movie monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy.

This one was a rewatch! I adore Supernatural, and this episode from season 4 with its classic monster movie storyline, shot entirely in black and white stands out in my mind. It’s pretty stereotypical Supernatural fare with Dean hitting on women, Sam complaining about it and a mistaken enemy. I remember liking Ed too, I just didn’t realize that Ed Brewer was Michael Eklund. This is an interesting episode since up until this point I’ve been reviewing shows where he plays strong characters, resolute in their goals, whether that’s getting the girl, achieving motion in pictures or taking control of the local drug game.

Ed Brewer is none of those things, hell he doesn’t even have a goatee! He’s nervous (and overcompensating because of it), twitchy, dorky sounding Ed who drinks huge steins of beer and plays a pipe organ in his underwear… well, it’s a Casio keyboard built into a pipe organ… he plays in his underwear.

He’s having none of that fake bravado nonsense when Sam tries to pull his ear off thinking he’s a shapeshifter and Michael does a great job acting terrified.

Thanks to his display at the Oktoberfest the Winchesters don’t even take him seriously at first because, let’s be honest, would you? Part of the character is the fact that he’s become the town joke and that Sheriff doesn’t take him serious when he says he saw a movie-style Bella Lugosi type Dracula kill a girl.

Sam: Can you describe her assailant?
Ed Brewer: Oh, he was a vampire.
Dean: Okay, right. And by that you mean…
Ed:
A vampire.
Dean: So…he looked like–
Ed: He looked like a vampire. You know with the fangs and the slicked back hair and the fancy cape and the little medallion thing on the ribbon.
Dean: You mean like a Dracula?

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Eklund Editorials: Zane Morgan – Bates Motel

I have a spreadsheet that contains everything Michael Eklund has acted in and my goal is to watch all of it and blog about as much of it as I can along the way. There will be spoilers.

One of the fun things about watching everything a character actor does is the variety of projects they tend to accumulate. Now, I can’t watch all of every TV show, that would take the rest of my life, but I will provide a very brief synopsis of the story line Eklund is coming into when he plays a one-off or multiple episode guest character. If you haven’t seen the show check it out and if you have please let me know if I’ve misread the rest of the series.

I love the movie Psycho and the story surrounding Ed Gein, the real life inspiration for Psycho and Leatherface. So, it’s surprising that I haven’t seen Bates Motel. This project was the perfect inspiration to dip my toe into the waters and check into the motel for a short spell.

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Season 2, episodes 2-10. For eight episodes we are introduced to a new antagonist entangled in the drug business in White Pine Bay. Taking over for Gil Turner (deceased), therefore becoming Dylan and Remo’s boss in the marijuana operation and driving a Kojak style car, we have Zane Morgan. *Promotional materials for this season also called him Zane Carpenter, but the character refers to himself as Zane Morgan.

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