The Dead Zone

I’ve just finished the first four seasons on The Dead Zone. I found the TV-show via Anthony Michael Hall. He has always been a favorite of mine since I saw him in Sixteen Candles and especially in Breakfast Club. Another thing that drew me to The Dead Zone was the fact its characters are based on a novel written by Stephen King.

Two episodes (until now) are on my top two list over the best episodes from the TV-show. The first one is a season 2 episode called “Playing God”. The episode reunite Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall from Breakfast Club. Ally Sheedy playes Kate Moore (the sister to Johnny’s childhood friend Jason). I love the callback to the film when their characters remice about High School where she confesses that she had a crush on him back then. He disagrees saying he was a skinny little nerd” and that she was into the “head-banging guys” in those days. In Breakfast Club they played a skinny nerd (Brian/the Brain) and a head-banger (Allison/the Basketcase). They really had much better chemistry with each other than Johnny (Hall’s character) was supposed to have with Sarah (his primary love interest).

The second episode is actually two episodes since they both star Jennifer Finnigan as Alex Sinclair – a female psychic. Both episodes can be found in season four – “Double Visions” and “A Very Dead Zone Christmas” – and if I thought anything could top the chemistry between Sheedy and Hall, then I need to rethink the whole thing. Jennifer and Anthony really have chemistry that sends electric jolts through the screen. I wouldn’t mind to have seen her more on the show since she is the love interest I’d prefer.

They make an excellent couple in my opinion. On top of that she and Kate (Ally Sheedy) are my favorites among all the female love interests Johnny was presented. I actually thought it’s a shame they didn’t explore the idea of double visions some more. It was certainly more interesting than the subplot involving Sean Patrick Flanery (Greg Stilson) and the Apocalypse – even though I have a fondness for SPF.

Here is a direct comparison on how AMH looked in 1985 and in the early 2000’s. One thing is crystal clear and that he certainly isn’t the scrawny and awkward teenager anymore however I still cherish the Geek (Sixteen Candles) and Brian (Breakfast Club). In connection to this I want to point out is how well AMH has aged. Actually the picture on Wikipedia doesn’t do him any favors because he looks old. But I Googled him and found some better pictures of how he looks now.

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September 11th 2001 – 12 years After

I’m living across the big pond also known as the Atlantic Ocean and therefore September 11th 2001 hasn’t been in my mind for a long time – until they mentioned it in the news today. Like most people I remember exactly where I was that awful day.

12 years ago I was 13 or 14 years old and I had just come home from school and turned on the television. The local channels were always having reruns of old American TV-shows. Curiously I don’t remember what kind of TV-shows I saw 12 years ago. Anyway the first picture I see is a plane hitting the first tower of World Trade Centre. I believe I saw when the second tower was hit live on television. My dad came home an hour later and neither of us left the living room for the next couple of hours until my mom came home. Essentially all three of us were glued to the television the rest of the day.

I already mentioned me not living in America, but because I come from a relatively small country and America is a huge nation with great influence on us it was only naturally that both the national television station and the one funded by commercials transmitted live from America – I believe it was a mix of BBC World, CNN and their own correspondents.

Well, this day pass on in history as a day everyone remember. People always know where they were and what they were doing. It’s like when JFK was shot in Dallas. That was a day were time stood still and the earth stopped spinning. 

Chocolate Muffins

I baked chocolate muffins Saturday night because I really craved something sweet! I didn’t have a recipe on chocolate muffins so I went on Google and found one – which I can recommend! Anyway I decided to substitute some of the sugar with artificial sweetener since my dad has diabetes and I generally prefer sugar free products. My mom on the other hand isn’t crazy about sweets or cakes – she prefers scones or something like that instead. Oh boy my dad was happy when I gave him some muffins earlier today. The conclusion is both my dad and I have sweet teeth.

I love to bake – both cakes and scones. Just not that often I find reasons to bake – sadly.

Before the forms were filled:

After they were filled:

 And finally they’re finished:

I’m sorry if the quality of the pictures aren’t that good. My phone doesn’t really have a great camera!

Oh the recipe is going to be in Danish since I don’t have the time to translate it.

Chokolade Muffins (40 stk.)
190 g. smør
450 g. sukker
4½ tsk. vanillesukker/vanilla
¾ l. kærnemælk
8 spsk. kakao
600 g. mel
3 tsk. natron
150 g. chokolade
lidt salt – ca. ¼ tsk
  • Pisk smør, sukker og vanille rigtig godt sammen.
  • Tilsæt kærnemælk, kakao, mel og natron og pisk til dejen er ensartet.
  • Hak chokoladen groft og vend den i lidt mel- så synker den ikke til bunds. 
  • Vend den i dejen.
  • Fordel dejen i muffinsforme. Fyld kun halvt op, da de hæver flot- dejen er meget tung. 
  • Sæt formene i en muffinbageform så dejen ikke flyder ud.
  • Bag dem ved 175 grader i ca. 20 min. Lad dem afkøle.

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