Scientific MethodEpisode 38: Invitation February 24, 2015 2 Comments The Professor and Ruth receive a mysterious invitation to meet an old friend; however, this old friend wants to do more than simply reminisce. Share this:Click to share on Mastodon (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) « Episode 37: Foul PlayEpisode 39: Flame »
The twists! The turns! The new developments! I almost feel like I’m watching an animated, sci-fi soap opera — in only the best of ways!
A very rich episode. In the opening shot, the Professor and Ruth seem to have fallen yet further back into their supposed old romantic ways, which I seem to recall Ruth was responsible for putting an end to, and which will now develop into…who knows what, since we do not really know who or what this woman is. Then, the robotic dog, a pointed caricature of Dr. Who’s K-Nine, by dint of being even more woodenly mechanical and limitedly mobile. (I believe this is not the first time we have seen this creature, it being one of the several odd animals that have a subliminal presence on the series.) Then, the discovery of an old (but new to us) associate/enemy of the Professor and Ruth both, “Jebediah,” splendidly incarnated by a recent newcomer to MP’s stable of actors. One is intrigued, if saddened, to learn of yet more mysterious misdemeanors, if not in fact crimes, marking the Professor’s past. (It seems to be the case that, as in the popular sci-fi eco-horror series “Helix,” immortality is a condition coveted by many and possessed by more than one.)
It is a pleasure to see the Professor playing an important rôle once again (particularly since this is one of actor B. Maddux’s livelier performances); however, the Professor’s Scooby Gang also are prominent. Why, I wonder, is Carl twice so gratuitously cruel to Tiffany? Whereas Tiffany continues to suffer the martyrdom of a popularity queen fallen from the heights… Is it his own inner anguish that manifests itself in his lashing out at others, or is there some other, as yet unknown, explanation?
An unrelated thought: on Facebook you can do questionnaires that reveal which Star Trek character you are like, or which Buffy character you are like, and so forth. Why not a similar Facebook thing to decide which Scientific Method character you are like?