Monday, May 09, 2011

Oh, man, I'm dyin' ovah heah!

Borepatch has re-written the "Dennis the Peasant scene" (my favorite*, BTW,) from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The new wookie suiter version apparently stars me and TJIC and an unnamed-yet-suspiciously-familiar "progressive elitist":
TJIC: Look, a bunch of lefty Com-Symps writing sheepskins ... that's no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power is inherent in each individual, it doesn't come from some farcical academic ceremony.
Go read the whole geeky thing. :)

* Yeah, I know: +1000 Nerd Points for even having a favorite scene from Holy Grail.


Borepatch said...

That post was more fun than just about any I've done. Thanks for the inspiration!

Bram said...

Very funny altough I thought it would end with a double-tapped Progressive.

Tam said...

We got to watch Holy Grail in PoliSci 111 in high school simply because of that scene. That, and an extremely cool teacher. :)

Mark B. said...

How many nerd points if I don't have a favorite scene from Holy Grail? It's like asking me which of my children I love more.

But that post IS just the best.


Robert said...

I rather thought that your post "The Basic Problem" was already done by Python in "Life of Brian". The part where Brian is telling the crowd that they need to "Work it out for themselves." and "Don't let anyone tell you what to do!" pretty much hit the nail on the head. Even though he was speaking in context of religion it works the same for everything else.

I always favored Life of Brian over Holy Grail. They're both great but the stoning scene is the tops.

Ed Rasimus said...

Tam the Peasant is well characterized. Hard to believe a small cell of anarcho-capitalists would be so artistically gifted, politically grounded, economically understanding and well-armed too.

"hardly a basis for a system of government, indeed"!

TBeck said...

Castle Perilous makes an eerily appropriate metaphor for Congress.

Joel said...

It's not that nerdy...

Jenny said...

Yes. Yes it was.

But it was still awesome.

But no "Game" banter. :(

A Tamara/TJIC conversation just isn't complete without somebody getting called out on that. :p

Anonymous said...

If I were going to Americanize Grail, I'd have to have Peasant Tam explaining to HRH that "who lives in that castle" is the entrepreneur who found a market for lovely filth and pays good wages for its collection, parlaying his vision, risk-taking, management skills and brilliant marketing into a filth empire that made him, and to a lesser (but not permanently lesser) extent, the contracted gatherers, independently wealthy.

I guess Brits are still not quite far enough removed from the whole Royal thing to see that just about any Peasant, left to his own unfettered device, can have himself a castle.


Ed Rasimus said...

Hey, when they make the film I want to be Lancelot at the Castle Anthrax!

"Well I could stay a bit longer..."

DJ said...

"Well, I could stay a bit longer ..."

Ed, you can be Lancelot if you want. I would rather be Sir Galahad at Castle Anthrax.

Robin said...

Oooooo, Python geek smack.

Ed Foster said...

I deserve at least a thousand of them nerd points.

"Well how'd you become king then?"

"The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king".

"Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony".

"You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.
If I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away".

Don't even get me started on The Life Of Brian, or as I like to think of it, The Book Of Brian, the part that comes right after Revelation.

Ed Foster said...

And I did that without looking at the video. Really.

DJ said...

The best line in a movie, EVER, and you didn't remember who said it? Oh, the (ahem) humanity ...

global village idiot said...

Well, that scene's pretty good but I greatly prefer John Cleese the Frog.

My 12-year old daughter's fave scene is The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

How many nerd points does she get, and how many do I get for thus contributing to the delinquency of a minor?


global village idiot said...

Oh, and I want my nerd points with extra sprinkles for knowing the translation of the monk's chant:

"pie Jesu Domine
dona eis requiem."

"Merciful Lord Jesus
Grand eternal rest to them."


Brian Dunbar said...

And I did that without looking at the video. Really.

Good. But you've not got a patch on a guy I served with: he had the entire movie memorized. Great way to pass a long drive in the back of a truck on Okinawa.

Mikee said...

I once upon a time successfully seduced a young theater major using memorized dialogue from MP&THG. At a College Bowl competition.

How many nerd points do I get for that?