Ol’ Pus Face is Back
You reach a point in life when you’re Beyond Shock. It’s not merely that you’ve Seen It All Before; you’ve also aggressively Questioned Your Presumptions, so that your foundation in Reality is as solid as it gets, short of swallowing the Red Pill, but that’s metaphysically cheating. Brain In a Vat is a different game.
And yet, despite your best efforts, something happens to upset your mental apple cart. It comes while you’re streaming Fincher’s Zodiac, something you’ve seen before, something you’re half paying attention to, when you catch a throwaway line, a joke about a flamboyant local lawyer who did a guest spot on…
You must understand: We grew up on those episodes. We’ve seen them easily two dozen times. Maybe three dozen. And one of those episodes was so creepy that for years one of our go-to lines was “Death to you all!”
And only now, well into our AARP-qualified years, when everything is settled in our view of the world, do we learn that the Gorgan was…
MELVIN FUCKING BELLI.
Honestly: The world evaporating into Green Spaghetti would have been a lot easier to handle.