Seriously, though, Jersey Devils are awesome.
When I was a kid I *loved* that stuff too, and was very similarly let down by that turd of an episode.
This wasn’t the worst episode of the first five years. But it’s certainly in the Bottom Five. Adam Sandler as “Little Nicky” was scarier than this lamer.
http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/10/05/the-yonkers-devil/ Yes, Yonkers is nearly 100 miles away from Jersey. But given the circumstances it’s probably still less of a disappointment.
Also, much love for your invention/use of “occultly”.
I actually wrote another jd/Batman pitch as part of (for lack of a better name) “Project let Rob write this then die not bothering anybody anymore.” But if I had full-scripted that it would have been 460 pages. check out the pitch for that here http://www.howcomics.com/index.php?page=reviews&rid=382&action=view Sadly that’s my only existing dc pitch.
I’ve seen maybe four episodes of X-Files ever, but this is still hilarious.
Also, I totally read all those Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown books, too, plus most of another similar series I found at the library.
They could’ve investigated the fake UFO sighting from the Brady Bunch and it probably would’ve been a better episode…!
Also, Shaenon… that is an awesome Penguin!
Hmm… Growing up where I did, I never heard of the Jersey Devil until this strip. Chupacabra of the Pine Barrens, huh?
tiff I only know it cuz googling Jack the ripper leads to spring heeled Jack leads to jersey devil.
If we’re still lacking Ed-filk by next week, I may try to fill in. But I’m afraid 1am is an hour at which I am incapable of writing Jersey-Devil-themed filk.
(Batman filk might be possible, but that’s because Batman is awesome enough to transcend all limitations of time, fatigue or consciousness.)
This is one episode that’s better if you DON’T know the cultural context. Never having heard of the Jersey Devil, I just accepted it as a story about some kind of Wild Man myth. It was OK as that.
Had I been expecting to see the horse-faced, bat-winged, gangley spawn of Satan, though… hm. A lot less good.
Wait, is this the first ‘Mulder likes porn’ episode?
When I watched this episode I hadn’t never heard about the Jersey Devil (maybe Italy it’s too far to hear this kind of stories ahaha) so I hadn’t no fantasy or expectation about what I was about to see… I took this episode for what it was, a story about some wild people met the ‘real world’. From this point of view it wasn’t too bad… ahahaha sometime not knowing things save you from disappointment