Yes, there is another one. No, I’m not doing all of them back to back. I like my sanity too much.
So! A few things about this episode. First of all, I was much calmer and more invested, which, as it turns out, lasted right up until the point when Edward showed back up. I really don’t like him. I also definitely dislike Bella a lot more. Alicia was right– she does get worse as the movies go on.
When I edit these, I cut out a lot of things like dead air, tangents (although maybe I should leave those in? I cut them to keep the episodes around 30 minutes, but I guess I could let them be longer. Thoughts?), and when we start on rants about anything political or controversial. However, I definitely feel that some of those topics should still be addressed, which is what I do here.
Something that bothered Alicia and me a lot is that when Jacob grows into his wolf powers and joins the pack, his hair is cut. Everyone in the pack cuts their hair. According to the books, it’s to prevent the wolves from being too shaggy, but I feel like that’s bullshit. In Native American culture, hair is the extension of the spirit. It’s not meant to be cut. So why on earth would they, the pack whose spirits are wolves, cut off the extension of their spirit? I know that this whole thing started out as the fantasy of a white housewife who probably had no idea that it would ever turn into something this big and therefore felt no cultural awareness constraints, but I feel that the writers, director, and producers at least should have had some kind of idea about what they were doing.
Anyway, this was released by Summit Entertainment in 2009 , and we watched it on Showtime. It was directed by Chris Weitz and written by Melissa Rosenberg and based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. It stars Kristin Stewart as Bella, Robert Pattinson as Edward, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob.