Lodge 49: Le Rêve Impossible
October 8, 2019 11:54 AM - Season 2, Episode 9 - Subscribe

In a foreign land, the Lynx search for the Grail and Ernie embraces his fate. Liz rides another gravy train to its end. "She's like some kind of magical, disgusting horse." Blammo.
posted by filthy light thief (10 comments total)
Stanczyk, we were wrong. But I'm not mad, because this was a joyous episode.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:56 AM on October 8, 2019

I’m amazed that the season-long flash-forward ended up in the penultimate episode.

Also, my spouse thinks Paul F. Tompkins must have wanted them to have the scrolls, because there’s no way he’d look at that scene and only take the open bowling bag.
posted by Etrigan at 8:22 PM on October 8, 2019 [2 favorites]

Why did it take me so long to realize that Janet is Elizabeth Holmes?
posted by Etrigan at 8:37 AM on October 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

I was wrong about the inhabitant of the mascot costume! Up until that flight, Daphne seemed so much happier than she had previously. Hell, everyone was, despite the weirdness of the situation. They earned it.

That was weird that the auction crier (nice nod there, writers) ignored the scrolls. Etrigan, your spouse must be right—it had to have been intentional.

Lamar's 10,000-word requirement reminded me of something I seem to recall Michael Moorcock saying: "real men write 10,000 words a day." L. Marvin Metz and Michael Moorcock are both kinda ridiculous.

What a good episode. And man, that hotel was lovely.
posted by heteronym at 10:13 AM on October 10, 2019

Filthy light thief, I'm not so sure. Those could be false scrolls or directions to the true scrolls. Remember when they were all sharing what they were thankful for? What was Dud thankful for?

I’m thankful for something dad that my told me when he taught me how to surf. He said, “Follow your eyes.”

More evidence the scrolls are in the Thermosaurus.

Also, there was a lot of pointing to things not being quite right.

“Yeah, yeah, Scott should be in the middle though.”

And then later Ernie and Liz are on the wrong sides for their drinks at the pool.

God, that scene at the pool was amazing. Where Dud slips under the water and finds Liz, and they turn into the kid versions of themselves. And that scene where Genevieve sings Impossible Dream in French, accompanied by the Mariachis, and then Ernie snatches the bag and escapes through a ring of fire. The beauty and absurdity were breathtaking.

Things might seem to be perfectly falling into place, but there's going to be another season. And that's not how magical realism works. The realism will soon get its turn, just like in Exile. We do not have the scrolls yet. They're in the dish rack next to the sink.
posted by Stanczyk at 5:27 AM on October 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

God, yes, the scene in the pool with kid Liz and kid Dud. So beautiful.
posted by cooker girl at 10:55 AM on October 12, 2019

I wish I wasn't about to leave on a trip, because I'd like to spend some time with Remedios Varo's work. Clara and Connie's mention of her might possibly be not only a nod to The Crying of Lot 49, in which Oedipa Maas thinks back to her strong reaction to Remedios Varo's Bordando el Manto Terrestre, but something deeper.

Speaking of painting, any ideas about what space-mime Liz and Dud might be? Maybe we'll find out in the next episode.
posted by heteronym at 1:34 PM on October 12, 2019

In that painting, Liz and Dud are floating in the sea, and the stars are being reflected on the surface. Or it's phytoplankton. Either way, it seems a callback to that the detail that Liz learned from Lenore about their mother's secret midnight swims in the ocean in Estrella y Mar, or sea and stars.
posted by Stanczyk at 11:59 AM on October 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

The thing is that as far as the crier was concerned he was only selling the bag - he didn't see the scrolls because they weren't listed in the catalogue, so they didn't, as far as he was concerned, exist. His paradigms only acknowledge the exoteric (the bag), the esoteric is invisible to him.
posted by Grangousier at 2:47 AM on May 25, 2020

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