Did you ever have something you thought was pretty interesting happen to you, but then when you try to explain it to someone else, they kind of half listen and don’t come close to getting what you are saying, and you realize part way through that it really isn’t that interesting unless you are the person it happened to? Do you know what bloggers do when they experience this?
They blog it! Somebody out there’s gonna relate!
OK, so a few years ago, I came across a BBC TV series that I really liked for a number of reasons. In the US it is called MI-5 and it is about, well, MI-5. It has a bit of a LaCarre-esque feel to it (and they make occasional references to Smiley’s people) and is in other ways a bit quirky. One of the novel things this show does is to kill off or otherwise dispose of key characters, so when that nailbiter is in progress you really can’t assume things are going to work out. Over ten seasons I think they must have wiped out about 10 or 12 characters. But I digress.
After watching several seasons of this show, I came to believe that the pilot episode involved a woman with a child, who in turn had a stuffed bunny, and there was a husband and terrorists and the terrorists blew up a soccer stadium during a game. That is just the outline for the first part of an episode of MI-5 that I though was either the opening episode or a pre-series pilot.
But then when I went to look for that pilot at a later time, it wasn’t there. I scanned the Wikipedia list of episodes, I scanned the actual episodes on Netflix, and eventualy I even searched google with search phrases like:
MI-5 BBC British spy soccer stadium explosion terrorist bunny
MI-5 Soccer Stadium Bomb explodes child stuffed bunny soccer
and so on…
Then I gave up. Then a few months later I thought about it again and looked again but it still was not there. This episode or pilot seemed to have been pulled from existence. I remembered there having been a controversial episode that they considered not showing because it mirrored a real life terrorist event, by coincidence, and I checked that out thinking maybe the episode really was pulled, but that wasn’t it either.
Then, the other day, I tried something different. First I entered into the Internet Movie Database the search terms “soccer stadium bomb explosion bunny” and got nothing. That is because the IMDB search engine kinda sucks. So, I went to Google, and entered something like “IMDB soccer stadium bomb explosion bunny” and that instantly popped up a movie called Incendiary. It was on Netflix on demand, so I watched the beginning of it.
Slowly over time the movie started to look more and more familiar. Eventually, there was a soccer game. And a bunny. And an explosion. This was the thing I thought was the MI-5 episode or pilot, but in fact it was just a movie I had seen.
Now, if you ask anyone who knows me, you’ll learn that I have a good memory. The chance that I would watch a movie then get it confused with a TV show like this is almost zero. My wife is certain that I have a photographic memory based on my ability to recall things visually, but I’m not sure that is a good description for what I do. But this sort of mistake is kind of unheard of.
But there is an explanation, and it is kind of interseting, which it damn well better be after all this lead up. Two things caused me to become confused and to make this link.
1) One of the parts in Incendiary happens to be played by Matthew Macfadyen, and he is the star of the first several episodes of MI-5 (until … well, never mind that).
2) I watched this movie back around the time I had that accident, and was languishing on very good pain killers.
Stoned and confused. That’s what happened.