The 70's Skelter movie was brilliant on many levels and for my money the first and last word on this twisted story. We don't need to keep regurgitating the thing. Yet here I am watching this low rent History Channel "reenactment". I guess anything that mixes psychedelics, cultism, insanity, hippies and mass murder is bound to be a ratings grabber in 2009, much as it was in 1969 and 1976 - probably more so, with the nostalgia factor at play. But no more of this crap for me, time to lift up anchor and surf on to another beach (Ooh, Dr. G is on!).
Steve Railsback did Manson better than Charlie himself in the '76 treatment. He looked and acted more "Mansoneque" than the real deal ever could, try as he might. So having some other joker on the History Channel attempt to inhabit this lune doesn't do anything for me. It's like Ned Flanders doing Stanley in the Springfield production of Streetcar. Ned's fine, but he's not quite Brando. Grab the Skelter movie DVD and watch Railsback if you want to see evil personified. Or turn on Fox News and catch Glenn Beck. Your choice. But do yourself a favor and skip History Channel's Manson.
Doctor Garavaglia is in and she's got a couple of real live ones today - just kidding, they're dead, natch, and in fact so were their back stories. The methods by which the dearly departed on Dr. G's table slipped off this mortal coil are key to the show - if they're pedestrian, the doc can only do so much to spice things up. The catch is that you don't actually know the sorry truth about their demise until the end of the segment (when you can then reflect on the half hour of your life you'll never get back).
I surfed back and forth between this and UDub's stunner over #3 USC, finally settling in on the latter. Alright, Huskies!!
Well, well, well. Looking back, this is a pretty meandering and all together pointless post. As they often are, alas.