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The 7 Grooviest Episodes of ‘Earthworm Jim’



The 7 Grooviest Episodes of ‘Earthworm Jim’

Some may have fond memories of booting up an old console like the Super Nintendo or the Sega Genesis and playing Earthworm Jim, an action platformer game developed by Shiny Entertainment and published by Interplay. The game featured Jim, an earthworm given super strength, intelligence, and a litany of high-tech gadgets thanks to a robotic super-suit falling on top of him. Players used Jim’s ray gun and head-whipping skills to jump around and blast enemies through several intergalactic levels.

Lovers of Saturday morning cartoons may have even remembered the animated spin-off to the games, featuring Dan Castellaneta as Jim and bringing along lovable sidekicks such as Peter Puppy (Jeff Bennett) and Snot. In this series, Jim faces his eccentric rogues’ gallery, often attempting to save Princess What’s-Her-Name (Kath Soucie) despite her not asking to be rescued. Along the way, Jim’s villains such as Evil The Cat (Edward Hibbert), Professor Monkey-For-A-Head (Charlie Adler), Psy-Crow (Jim Cummings), and Queen Slug-For-A-Butt (Andrea Martin) attempt to swipe his super-suit for their own plans of universal domination.

Beginning in 1995, the show ran for two seasons. However, Jim appears to still have some pull, as Interplay and APA have released an “interview” with the character to tease their new animated series for Earthworm Jim. Our hero has a new art direction and voice actor, as well as what looks like some new friends too. Before we get too hyped up about the reboot, however, it doesn’t hurt to look back at some of the best episodes of Jim’s cartoon adventures.


7. “Hyper Psy-Crow”

The episode opens with a not-too-subtle homage to Seinfeld, where Jim attempts to try out his stand-up routine before an unimpressed audience. Jim gets upset, pointing his ray gun and shouts at the audience, who suddenly erupt into applause and laughter. This is, for sure, an odd opening to the episode, but many episodes of Earthworm Jim begin with something of a cold open.

In “Hyper Psy-Crow,” one of Jim’s most notable villains develops a little bit of a caffeine addiction, which is something that more than a few adult viewers can relate to. After drinking a particularly strong espresso, Psy-Crow becomes hyperactive and gains new abilities. Jim must stop his rampage with the help of the first superhero, a grumpy codger named Puce Dynamo who refuses to retire.

Psy-Crow’s desire to avoid a caffeine crash energizes him even more, eventually resulting in him clashing with Jim, who has been supercharged with “relaxed energy.” Their clash creates a massive explosion, destroying the universe and leading the two to meet series creator Doug TenNapel putting on his best imitation of Christopher Walken.


6. “The Great Secret of the Universe”

Did anybody expect this animated spin-off of a video game to have an episode referencing Citizen Kane?

The episode follows Evil The Cat, who receives a key that is capable of unlocking a snow globe containing a creature known as The Nameless Beast. This beast allegedly knows the secret of the entire universe, yet oddly enough, this snowglobe is nestled on a designated snowglobe shelf in Jim’s house. After several unsuccessful deception attempts in different costumes, Evil The Cat manages to steal the beast’s snowglobe by simply kicking in the door and ordering Jim to hand it over. Jim, thinking Evil is using reverse psychology, gives him the globe.

The Nameless Beast emerges, but instead of attacking, it wants to explain (all while being voiced by Ben Stein) its name is Rosebud. Evil tells the beast to destroy Jim and Peter Puppy, who lackadaisically says “if you’ve got the key, you’re the boss.” However, the beast continues to get sidetracked with anecdotal stories about its own life.


As Evil and the beast head to the edge of the universe to destroy it, Jim and Peter give chase. Jim can’t seem to defeat the indestructible Rosebud, leaving things seemingly hopeless. However, Jim asks why Rosebud has to take orders from the bearer of the key, leading Rosebud to question his life. He decides to chart a new path in life for himself, eventually becoming a rambling waiter at the local restaurant in Jim’s town of Terlawk.

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5. “Bring Me the Head of Earthworm Jim”

This episode is framed as Psy-Crow and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head reveling in their victory, having finally captured and defeated Jim and mounting his head on a fireplace plaque.

In a flashback, Psy-Crow and the Professor are significantly frustrated with not being able to defeat Jim due to his super-suit and devise a way to steal it. Using a “Stink Ray,” the Professor forces Jim to take his rancid super-suit to a spaceship dry cleaner. The villains then swap the suit with a weak duplicate and Psy-Crow attacks Jim and Peter in the real suit.


Fortunately, Peter’s ability to transform into a hulking monster (when he’s scared or hurt) kicks in and he begins gnawing on Psy-Crow, allowing the two to escape. Now powerless, Jim tries a wide range of “origin stories” found in Peter’s comic books to gain super powers. Jim and Peter gain temporary powers from flying into a cosmic storm, but when they shake hands their powers are negated, leading them back to square one. In desperation, Jim even pleads to the audience to believe and clap for him to gain super powers, but to no avail. At the local restaurant in Terlawk, Psy-Crow and the Professor threaten The Rulers of the Universe. Jim attempts to give himself up to save the universe, but the villains point out that they could simply capture Jim and destroy the universe. Jim is captured, and the episode flashes forward again.

Psy-Crow and the Professor argue over the custody of the super-suit, and Jim retrieves the suit while it’s unoccupied. He reveals the taxidermist that “mounted” him to the plaque was Peter in disguise, before beating the villains and sitting down for a date with Princess-What’s-Her-Name at the restaurant, where the villains’ heads are now mounted on the wall.

4. “Sword of Righteousness”

What does it take to be a hero? In this episode, Jim attempts to go the distance to find out.

While attempting to eat a vending machine sandwich that is hundreds of years past its freshness date, Jim discovers a magical sword known as The Sword of Righteousness. The sword sets out to mold Jim into the greatest hero of all time. Over the sword’s “training,” Jim unsuccessfully manages to compel secrets from Peter with a stare, does the sword’s chores, and opens a hole into the 1800s. While in the past, Jim shaves Abraham Lincoln’s beard, changing the course of history and turning Peter into an antiquated southerner.


On a planet of easily-scared people, Psy-Crow finds an item known as the Orb of Remarkable Power, manifesting anything the user can think of. Psy-Crow heads back to Earth to defeat Jim, now clad in Viking garb. Jim steals the orb, but the sword tells him to give it back because that “isn’t how a hero fights.” The sword continues to give Jim instructions, leading to him getting pulverized.

Jim finally decides to handle things “the Earthworm Jim way,” dislodging the orb from Psy-Crow’s hand (it had been glued on after the first time it was lost) and defeating him soundly.

3. “Sidekicked”

This is the pilot episode for Earthworm Jim, following Jim’s attempt to rescue Princess What’s-Her-Name while cycling through sidekicks.

Because of Peter’s tendency to turn into a monster at the worst times, Jim attempts to find a new sidekick. At an emporium called the Hero Hutch, Jim recruits sidekicks such as “A Shadow,” “Whoopee Cushion Man,” and “Captain Cabbage” while Peter devises a way to get his job back. Meanwhile, the Princess has effectively freed herself multiple times but is captured again by a giant “exCrowskeleton” created by Psy-Crow.


Jim races to a dangerous planet with his latest sidekick, Turns-His-Eyelids-Inside-Out Boy, and confronts Psy-Crow at the Evil Tower Hotel. Jim’s sidekick is quickly beaten by Psy-Crow, leaving Jim at a disadvantage. Fortunately, Peter arrives on the planet and transforms, saving our heroes, even if the Princess had freed herself again by the end of the battle.

2. “The Conquerer Worm”

Every superhero needs an evil twin, and this episode creates the Bizarro to Jim’s Superman.

While showing a fellow hero (The Hamsternator) the Terlawk Mall, Jim is shoved into a photocopier. The copier creates an unflattering paper copy of Jim, which transforms into Evil Jim. As Jim nurses a hangover from eating too much frozen yogurt, he sees on TV that a villain that looks like him is stealing condiments from local food joints and sets out to stop them. Before he can succeed, Jim is jailed after he is mistaken for a villain.


Evil Jim continues to wreak havoc, destroying armies and ripping the rotunda off of the Capitol Building. Peter attempts to bust Jim out of prison, but Jim uses his worm abilities beforehand to burrow out of prison, though he emerges at a missile test site and a lion’s den first. Jim and Peter reach a nearby research facility, where Jim is able to reclaim his super-suit. Evil Jim takes Peter and Snot hostage, and Jim is forced to surrender. After a quick homage to James Bond (“No, Mr. Jim, I expect you to fry”), Evil Jim heads to the Terlawk Mall to destroy “what [Jim] loves most of all.”

Peter uses Jim as a whip, allowing the heroes to escape. The group race to the Terlawk Mall, where Jim and Evil Jim engage in symmetrical violence. Even Peter’s transformation can’t seem to defeat Evil Jim. In a desperate bid to win, Jim uses the frozen yogurt machine in the mall to give Evil Jim a brain freeze, finally defeating his doppelganger and clearing his name.

1. “Day of the Fish”

At the Galactic Hero Headquarters, Jim is playing a card game with Princess What’s-Her-Name, Turns-His-Eyelids-Inside-Out Boy, and The Hamsternator. The group runs out of sugar for their cappuccino, and Jim heads to a nearby planet to borrow some. He is met by Bob, a homicidal fish that talks like a fire-and-brimstone preacher and loves to eat worms. Bob is attempting to lead his fish “minions” to conquer the universe, but they’re normal fish who don’t possess the intelligence to do so.

Unfortunately, Jim appears on the planet and Bob has him captured by his buff (and numbered) cat bodyguards. Bob then steals the super-suit and rockets off to Earth, leaving Jim to be prepared for dinner. Jim tricks one of the cat bodyguards into blowing himself up and escapes, finding his Pocket Rocket and heading back to Earth. When Jim arrives, Bob’s dental-themed spaceship is chomping away at Terlawk’s aquarium. Jim knocks Bob and the suit into a water tank with the Pocket Rocket but then discovers a whale has taken over the super-suit.


In order to get his suit back, Jim heads to a nearby college where he receives a PhD in “Aquatic Mammal Language.” Jim remarks, “I’m proud to live in a country where anyone, regardless of species, can buy a college degree.” Returning to speak with the whale, it offers to trade Jim’s suit back for his autograph.

Jim battles Bob’s spaceship as the villain sits helpless in a cup of soda, burping while shouting out orders to his minions. As the battle turns against Bob, he and his remaining bodyguards retreat back to Bob’s home planet. Jim returns to the Galactic Headquarters, where Princess What’s-Her-Name asks “so where’s the sugar?”

The satire is ratcheted up significantly in this particular episode, making it the greatest episode not only due to its humor but because it perfectly encapsulates the tongue-in-cheek brand of Earthworm Jim. New viewers who watch “Day of the Fish” can immediately grasp what the show is about as well as its tone, making it an exceptional standalone episode even if viewers aren’t keen on checking out the whole series.


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After Driving Again And More, Britney Spears Shares Her Latest Taste Of Post-Conservatorship Freedom




After Driving Again And More, Britney Spears Shares Her Latest Taste Of Post-Conservatorship Freedom

They say it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, and that’s likely particularly true if you’ve been denied access to those things for an extended period of time. After Britney Spears was released from the conservatorship she’d been under, the singer has been reintroducing herself to some of life’s simple pleasures. Last summer Spears was super pumped about regaining the freedom to drive, and in January the “Toxic” singer documented drinking her first glass of wine in over a decade. The newlywed continued to celebrate the post-conservatorship life by sharing her first trip to a bar.

Fans of the former pop singer are accustomed to seeing Britney Spears dancing and twirling and modeling different outfits at her and Sam Asghari’s new home. However, the “Toxic” singer took her followers on an exciting field trip, in which she and her assistant patronized a local drinking establishment. She shared her trip — and a sarcastic remark — on Instagram:

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As she and her assistant Victoria Asher apparently enjoyed a drink and an app, Britney Spears couldn’t help but throw a little shade at her family, remarking that she was “so so grateful” for not being allowed to have a cocktail for the 13 years after her father Jamie Spears took control of her life. In fact, the 40-year-old said in her post this is her first time to partake in such an adventure. In the video, she shared:

This is my first time at a bar. First time. I feel so fancy, and I feel so sophisticated.

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How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood




How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood

Sure, they may have eaten a person back in the day. But there are some things the grown women of Yellowjackets just wouldn’t do. On this, the actresses who play them — Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci — agree, as they gather in a backyard in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon in late July, just a few weeks before they start filming the second season of their breakout show.

The Showtime survival thriller, created and executive produced by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, earned seven Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series and acting nominations for Lynskey and Ricci. The Yellowjackets storyline alternates between 1996 and the present day as it follows members of a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes and strands them for 19 months in the wilderness, where they resort to cannibalism to survive.

Part of the show’s nostalgic appeal relies on its casting of these actresses, three of whom audiences knew as young women for their slyly offbeat roles in films like The Addams Family (Ricci), Cape Fear (Lewis) and Heavenly Creatures (Lynskey), to play the crash survivors as adults. In this conversation with THR, Cypress, Lewis, Lynskey and Ricci disclose their ’90s regrets, share what it means when you call an actress “quirky” and reveal how survival bonds women — including in the trenches of Hollywood.

Who here knew each other before the show?

MELANIE LYNSKEY (Points to Christina Ricci.) We knew each other a little bit. I went to a Nick Cave concert by myself, and Christina came up and —


CHRISTINA RICCI I was very excited to see you.

LYNSKEY So excited. We were having a lovely chat, and then she’s like, “Are you here by yourself?” She’s the coolest person of all time, and I was intimidated. I just felt embarrassed to say, “I’ve come to a concert by myself.” I was like 24 or something.

RICCI I was impressed because I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.

LYNSKEY I also went to see Clay Aiken by myself because nobody would come with me.

It’s surprising that none of you had worked together over the years.

JULIETTE LEWIS It’s wild when you’ve been around so long, and you sort of have a kindred connection to people. There’s certain actors you’re like, “Mmm, we’re not of the same tree,” and then there’s other actors you’re like, “Oh, yeah. We have some roots.”


Juliette, Melanie and Christina, all three of your Wikipedia entries say some version of, “Often plays quirky or offbeat characters.” What do those words mean to you?

LEWIS Real people, specific and unpredictable.

LYNSKEY I remember I got cast in a movie when I was like 21, and the description of the character before I auditioned was “Blah, blah, blah, the beautiful girl who sits next to him in school.” Then, at the table read, it had been changed to “Blah, blah, blah, cute and quirky.” I was like, “You don’t need to change it. Just keep it …” They’re like, “We better change this description or people will be like, wrong actress.” So, sometimes it feels … I don’t know. I never liked that word, “quirky.”

RICCI When you say that all of us had this description, that to me speaks to a past time, when, if you weren’t the leading-lady ingenue then you were quirky and offbeat. All right, so there’s two groups for actresses? In a way, I’m fine with being in the category I’m in because what it means to me is that I have made an effort in my career to do things that I feel like I haven’t seen before. So, in some ways, I like it. In other ways, I’m like, “Ugh.” It’s a little dismissive. A little cute and dismissive.

LEWIS We come from the ’90s where, when I had blond hair, I was the pretty airhead, and then I dyed my hair dark, and I was the wisecracking, sarcastic girl. But yeah, I think it’s really neat that we’ve all carved this path of range and specificity.

Isn’t another term for that “character actor”?


RICCI But “character actress” used to be something they used to describe an ugly woman.


RICCI Back in the late ’90s, my agents were always like, “We have to be so careful you don’t become a character actress. If we’re not careful, you’re going to end up just like Jennifer Jason Leigh.” I was like, “I like her.” They were so afraid of me not being a leading lady, of me not being sexually attractive to people. It was really the last thing I ever wanted, was for anyone to be attracted to me.

LEWIS My dad was a character actor. So to me, it was something that was super noble. It was a world of adventure and not limiting. I rebelled against the system, the PR system of being in some bizarre idea of beauty. I really revolted against that, for better or for worse. Crying in a bathroom at a photo shoot, like, “I won’t come out.” They want these doe-eyed looks. That’s for sure what I didn’t do in pictures, so I always looked slightly insane, which I prefer over, like, “Do you want to fuck me?”

Tawny, what was your sense of what the expectations were for you when you were starting out?

CYPRESS I’ve had a different row to hoe. I’ve spent my whole career doing shitty roles of the sassy one on the side. Honestly, growing up as an actor, I wanted to be an ingenue.


LEWIS Isn’t that funny? And I wanted to be sassy and opinionated.

CYPRESS I couldn’t be an ingenue. I just couldn’t. It’s just not in me, you know? I was never presented with those roles, ever, and I was like, “Oh, OK. That’s not who I am.” I sort of, growing older, have embraced my Jersey side, and I am who I am, and this is what you get.

LYNSKEY I started calling myself a character actor in interviews when I was really young because I think it was reclaiming the term or something. I think I just was like, “That’s what I am.” My agents had all that kind of intensity around it, too. I remember when I did Coyote Ugly

RICCI Oh my God, you got a piece in that? I went up for that, and I didn’t get it.

CYPRESS I did too.

LYNSKEY I played the best friend from Jersey. But the scrutiny that was on Piper [Perabo], who’s one of the coolest, smartest women, just the way people were talking about her body, talking about her appearance, focusing on what she was eating. All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous. I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four. That was already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer being like, “Nobody told me there would be girls like you.” Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, “I’m just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.” Just the feedback was constantly like, “You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful.” In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you? Do people think you’re their best friend? Even the best friend thing, I started to be like, “I don’t want to do that too many times.”


Did you have to unlearn anything that people tried to teach you when you were starting out?

LEWIS I had developed such a survival mechanism to protect my autonomy, sort of, “You don’t own me. You don’t tell me my value. Only I do.” I was extremely self-critical — it still happens — of my work. It’s almost like a defense mechanism that no one could talk shit about me more than I can. There’s all these things that are wrapped up in how to survive a system. That’s what I’m unlearning today — to be softer. This is a really remarkable industry to be a part of. I feel honored to be a part of it and what it gave me, but I do still hold on to what it took from me in my youth.

Given what you all experienced coming into the industry, do you feel at all protective of the younger actresses who play the younger versions of your characters?

LYNSKEY (Begins to cry.) So much. I feel very protective. At the beginning of production, I sent them all an email, and I just was like, “Whatever you need, if you need a voice, if you need someone to go to the producers for you, whatever you need,” and they were kind of like, “Cool. Thanks.” They’re fine.

CYPRESS Totally fine. Jas [Jasmin Savoy Brown] was a boss on set. She’s like, “This is how we’re doing my hair. This is what we’re doing.”

RICCI They’re very much of a different generation.


CYPRESS I am protective of Jas in the fact that she is so sexually positive, which I love. She has taught me so much, just knowing her as a person. But I’m like a mama bear to her, or a big sister. I’m like, “What are you putting online right now?” She’s like, “Whatever. Whatever. This is life, man. I love myself.” I’m protective, but I’m also in awe of her, you know?

LEWIS But there is a thing I always want to say to young people: Cultivate other interests deeply so that you’re not getting all your life’s blood from this industry, or your self-worth.

Is there anything you miss about the ’90s?

LYNSKEY I have a lot of love letters from the ’90s.

RICCI Someone used to fax me love letters when he was on tour. I did not save them. I throw everything out. I had a specific thing when I was a child, that we would be punished by the things that we loved being destroyed. My husband, who is a much healthier individual, has gone back and found all my old magazine covers on Etsy because he thinks it’s horrible that I never saved them. As a child, I learned that this is going to be taken from me, so why save it anyway?

LYNSKEY That’s heartbreaking. Well, I saved everything because I’m basically an emotional hoarder. I have this literal suitcase, an old-fashioned suitcase.


RICCI This is very dark, but I would just like to go back to that age and do it over again and not make so many fucking mistakes. Honestly, I regret so much.

CYPRESS Me too. One thousand percent.

LEWIS Me too.

RICCI I’d like to go back to 1996 and be like, “All right … we had a practice run. It went OK, but it wasn’t really as great as we wanted it to be. We’re going to do this again.” People who are like, “I have no regrets.” What fucking magic life did you live?

LEWIS Where they go, “I don’t regret anything because that led up to this moment.” Really? The thing that could’ve put my dad in an early grave, I fucking regret it. Yes. I was very scary as a young teenage person.

CYPRESS Yeah. I hurt a lot of people growing up, and I wish that I didn’t. I was going through my memory box. It was my great-great-grandmother’s she brought over from Hungary. It’s huge, and it’s filled to the brim with everything from my life. I came across a note from high school. It was my first gay friend, and it broke my heart because he was like, “I want to thank you for not talking to me anymore and just cutting me off the way that you did. It made it hurt less.” I literally was crying, and I had to call him and be like, “I just came across this note, and I’m so sorry that I was that person to you.” When I think back, I think how wonderful our relationship was, but I was a shit, you know? I would definitely do so many things differently.


LEWIS I’ve had those moments where I turned into … Because I’ve been bullied, but when I was 11 and got in a fight with a girl, I was mean [the same way] how a girl was mean to me. I was really vicious.

LYNSKEY I think people without regrets are narcissists. I think they’re lying to themselves.

RICCI Denial is the only way to get up that river.

What did you all feel when you learned that Roe v. Wade was overturned?

RICCI It’s really horrible to be told so plainly what your value is.

LEWIS I wish the two factions can talk, like, “Hey, what do you do with a bad situation, poverty and drug addiction, and rape?” You have to have an option that is salvageable or is sustainable for the survival of a person, a woman who’s living.


CYPRESS I don’t really give a shit what your reason to have an abortion is. It’s your fucking body. I don’t really fucking care. You don’t want to be a mom, right? That’s your fucking decision. Look, we can put morals on it and say, “Well, only when you’re raped, or only if it’s …” It’s like no, dude. It’s either in or out. We’re either telling women what to do with their bodies or we let them have their own choice. I am of the mind, choice. I’m not going to judge you for making that decision.

LYNSKEY And there seems to be this general lack of compassion and empathy that’s just growing and growing. There’s so much hatred, and people are unable to look at another person’s life and go, “Oh, you know, that’s an untenable situation,” or even, “That’s a difficult situation.” There’s no grace given to anybody else. There’s no empathy. You don’t get to make decisions for somebody else. You don’t know what’s right for them.

Is there a place for TV and film in that conversation?

CYPRESS I mean, that’s what TV and film do. That’s what art is. On Yellowjackets, let’s talk about Shauna’s baby in the woods, you know? Yeah. I think we have a lot of room to speak on this subject, and I hope we do.

Did anybody have their kids on set for season one?

LYNSKEY (Points to Ricci.) We did.


RICCI And I was pregnant. I didn’t tell anyone but these ladies that I was pregnant for six months. When we started, I was six weeks pregnant. It was difficult. There were so many times where I was like, “Ooh, when they find out I’m pregnant, and they made me sit in this smoky room all day. When they realize that they made me stand for eight hours, and I’m pregnant, and I have this horrible sciatica, and it’s 100 degrees, oh, they’re going to feel so bad.” They didn’t feel bad at all. But anyway, it was fine. In fact, it would’ve been helpful if I was playing a more emotional character because I can give a real good performance when I’m pregnant, real emo.

How would you finish the sentence, “Yellowjackets is really about …”?



CYPRESS Friendship.

RICCI Haunting, the way trauma haunts you. The way you can never escape. The way it twists people in different ways.


LEWIS Aberrant survival tactics.

We know that these characters have done a bunch of aberrant things, as you say, including cannibalism. But do you have in your mind an idea that, “OK, she may have eaten another human being, but she would never do this“?

RICCI I know when they confront me because I’m like, “OK, she wouldn’t do that.” Misty wouldn’t drink that drink. Originally, in the script, she was drinking a Brandy Alexander, and I said, “No, Misty would drink a chocolate martini.” I have rules and stuff for her in my head, and they do conflict with the writers sometimes. I don’t think she actually is interested in men, at all. I think she does it because she’s bored, or because she thinks that’s what she’s supposed to do. Then, she’s also realized that she can have a lot of fun trying to trick them into having sex with her when they don’t want to. It’s like men will kind of know that you don’t want to have sex with them, but if they can get you to have sex with them, they won.

LEWIS It’s a power thing.

RICCI Misty’s way of doing it is through this really horrible manipulation, making him feel guilty and having sex with her while feeling guilty, which would be a terrible experience.

When you have a different perspective on your character than the writers, what do you do?


RICCI That’s part of the thing with TV that I’ve learned now, being involved in a production but not being one of the EPs, so you aren’t a part of creating what people do. “OK, they wrote this scene. I have to play this scene. If she was in this situation, how the fuck would she be in this situation, and why would she be?” Then, you don’t have to tell other people what you come up with. They can find out about it later when you do press.

Does anybody else have a line in their mind that their character wouldn’t cross?

LYNSKEY I had one. There was something written into a script where I was going on a date with my lover, and they had me going into my daughter’s bedroom and taking her underwear, which was just not practical because I wouldn’t fit it. She’s little. But also, ew. I think there was something, apparently, somewhere, people liked the thing in the pilot where I’m masturbating in my daughter’s bedroom. I was like, “Can that just be an isolated incident? I don’t want it to be a theme.” So I just was like, “I don’t want to do that.” They were great about it.

LEWIS It comes, I think, with experience and respect, that they appreciate if you have a point of view. I have an “anything goes” stamp on me, which they all know. But I have strong ideas, especially about my trajectory in midlife. I’ve looked at Natural Born Killers recently, and I’m like, “Jesus.” Thank goodness I had a partner like Woody Harrelson, but it is so sexual. No one forced me into that. I was a young nihilist who didn’t give a fuck, and I felt comfortable with Woody, and I liked the material. But nowadays, I’m very particular. So, they had written a sex scene, and I was like, “I don’t know. I don’t know that she even gets off. I don’t know that she even can have orgasms.” That’s how deep I went. So it was more like, is she doing something to get something? At the end of the day, I just didn’t even think she fucks, sorry to be so graphic, at this juncture that you saw in season one. I think she might’ve had relationships with all of them in the wilderness. I don’t know if they’re going to write it, but that’s what I’d like to think of Natalie.

LYNSKEY That’s what I think too.

RICCI What? I never thought of that. Who would they be making out with? I guess each other.


The finale hints that there may be additional Yellowjackets who survived into adulthood. Have actors been cast for those roles?

LEWIS Wait, Melanie, didn’t you say that on our chain, that someone we like is cast to be … (At this point there is meaningful eye contact among the four women.)

RICCI We don’t know for sure. That’s what we’ve heard was close to happening.

LYNSKEY We don’t know anything.

On season one, you were making this show under the radar. Now there’s so much fan speculation. Does that change the way you approach the work?

RICCI There’s more pressure going into season two.


CYPRESS Have you guys also had that feeling of like, “Can I do this? Is it going to be good, the second season? Am I going to fuck this character up?”

LYNSKEY I have those fears.

RICCI Me too, but because TV is so fast, and you have so little time with the information, the process of talking about the show afterward helps you to evolve your take on your character. To understand things that were intended with the character that maybe weren’t clear originally because you get to hear the EPs talk about it. I’m going to make changes in the next season based on what I have come to realize through all this talking.

Like what?

RICCI Well, that’s a secret.

How much do you want to know about the path that your character is on?


CYPRESS Fuck, I want to know everything. I sit there, and when I think about the show, I think, “What the fuck are they going to do with this character?” There’s so many different parts to her right now. The dog thing. She’s now a senator. There may be an old love coming back, you know? I’m like, “How are they going to do this?” I just want to know.

LYNSKEY Now you’re a full-time dog killer.

RICCI I didn’t even know that you were supposed to be the one that killed the dog.


RICCI I thought, “Oh, well maybe somebody broke in.”

LYNSKEY That could still be, right?


CYPRESS Wait, give me more to think about.

So you don’t go to the writers and say, “To be clear, did I kill the dog?”

CYPRESS Oh, we do. They just say, “Mmm.”

RICCI “We don’t know.”

CYPRESS But they do know.

RICCI I don’t think they’re trying to control us with no information or anything. Sometimes, they don’t want to commit to something that hasn’t been necessarily set in stone. I do find it frustrating to not know, and we’re never able to know fully. I have decided to learn how to function with knowing nothing.


Interview edited for length and clarity.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation




James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation

Shockwaves from Warner Bros.’s cancelation of Batgirl have had many fans questioning the possibility of other DC-connected projects following suit. Amid outcries from fans of Batgirl, Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, and even Snyderverse fans who are always eager to picket Warner Bros., Peacemaker fans started asking James Gunn whether there was any possibility that his DC work was going to suffer amid the company’s cost-cutting exercise. Ironically, considering the history that led James Gunn to work with DCEU characters, it seems that the director and his shows are the only ones who are “safe.”

What seems like a lifetime ago, James Gunn was all set to start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Disney and Marvel Studios when some old Twitter posts led to him being unceremoniously sacked. By the time Disney backtracked on their firing, Gunn was already committed to directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which is why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has taken so long to arrive. Now, during all the chaos at Warner Bros., it appears that Gunn is not worried at all about the second season of Peacemaker getting the ax. When asked if the show was safe, Gunn simply replied:


“Yes, guys, calm down.”

That is a relief for fans of the small sub-universe Gunn is building inside the DCEU, which along with The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, is set to include at least another unannounced project and be linked to the Amanda Waller series that is in development. At least that side of the franchise doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Related: Peacemaker: Will More Suicide Squad Members Appear in Season 2?

Is Warner Bros. Still Planning on Rebooting The DCEU?

There have been rumors of a “soft-reboot” coming to the DCEU for a long time, and while it seems at times like Warner Bros. is heading in that direction, they have constantly denied any such intention. During San Diego Comic-Con, the entire focus of the Warner Bros. live-action DC panel was on Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Both of these movies have their small links to the wider DCEU, and once again, Warner Bros. seemed to be causing confusion by including a Justice League montage within the Shazam sequel while at the same time professing that they are not revisiting that particular DCEU set up in any way.

One thing clear from Dwayne Johnson’s appearance at SDCC is that he believes that Black Adam is setting the tone for a new DCEU, and based on everything else that is happening, he could be right. While there is no way of telling exactly where the franchise will be heading beyond The Flash in 2023, with new additional entries like Wonder Woman 3 constantly being stuck in limbo, it has been made clear that some big changes are being made in regards to the DCEU and fans will be hoping that those changes bring some kind of consistency to the franchise before it ends up crashing down around itself.


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