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Say it ain't so, Joe...

So, in other news, 2016 is an utter bastard. Yes, I know. That's one headline that's shocking precisely no-one. The latest in its string of victims is Joe Mascolo, who is not terribly well known in the UK, I know. He was eighty-seven, which isn't bad going really, but I've been watching him for the best part of twenty years, and I really liked the character that he played on TV. Also, turns out he'd been fighting Alzheimer's for some time, poor man. Never have known it - he was recording new scenes until late last year, so I guess he found ways to cope as well as possible. Why didn't we just jettison this year back in January, when it showed early signs of going so badly wrong?

*sigh*

But behind all the grumbling, I did actually come here for a rather more cheerful reason than another 2016-flavoured moan. Somebody just pointed me at this video, and it's utterly marvellous. Christmas on Deep Space 9! The creator of this has put together the best edited video that I've seen in a long while. It's completely ridiculous - it's slightly scary that they even thought of it, let alone managed it - but trust me, you need it in your life. It even made me smile, and I'm allergic to smiling.





I will be more cheerful next time I post, honest.

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dimity_blue
Dec. 11th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
That video is completely awesome. It really made me smile.

I heard about Joe Mascolo. I didn't know him but it seems people loved his villainous character.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 11th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
He was wonderful. Everything you want in a villain!

And yes, it's such a good video. Some days, fandom is brilliant. :)
emeraldarrows
Dec. 11th, 2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
Love the video!

I'm not familiar with Joe Mascolo but it's always sad when beloved actors pass away. :(
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
The character he played was nicknamed the Phoenix, because he always came back, no matter what. It doesn't seem right that this time he's gone for good.

But yes, that is a wonderful video! Such a great idea.
heartonsnow
Dec. 12th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Loving the bottom right costume, very Strictly!!

I wish I knew who they were LOL!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 12:56 am (UTC)
The one in the bottom right is Jake Sisko. Teenaged son of the captain, who came and went from time to time. I haven't seen the show since the nineties, so I don't remember much about him, but I'm sure I'd remember that outfit! Maybe everybody is colour-blind in the 24th century.
heartonsnow
Dec. 12th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
Maybe everyone is FABULOUS in the 24th century!!!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 08:08 am (UTC)
That's a much better idea!
meathiel
Dec. 12th, 2016 09:10 am (UTC)
Cool video!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
It's such fun. :)
lost_spook
Dec. 12th, 2016 09:48 am (UTC)
Aw. It really does seem to be a year, doesn't it? (THe BBC says everyone we like is just going to die much more often for the next ten years or so anyway because Baby Boomers and the invention of TV etc. so I expect we might as well do things in order.)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, we're entering a dodgy period I guess, as people reach that difficult age when illness, etc, tend to start catching up with them. It's been said that when you hit your fifties, you start losing your friends more often - and so many big names are now in their fifties and sixties. No fair!
liadtbunny
Dec. 12th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear of the passing of another person:( espc after Greg Lake last week. 2016 is evil.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 12th, 2016 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd heard about Greg Lake. Ironic sort of time of year for him to go, given what he's probably most famous for. I shouldn't complain really, since Joe was 87, but I really liked him, damn it!

That's a lovely icon, by the way. :)
liadtbunny
Dec. 13th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it's a leesa_perrie special:) She does nice simple stock icons.
profshallowness
Dec. 15th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link. We do need the cheer with all these passings - I just caught the end of the 'In memorium' slot on the Royal Variety Show the other night, and there were so many people.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 16th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
It's such a fun idea for a video! And yes, it's been a heck of a year. What's scary is how many of these people had some form of dementia: Andrew Sachs, Gene Wilder, Ian McCaskill, Joe Mascolo. Brian Cant has it too, and John Noakes. I know they say it's inevitable with an ageing population, but it is scary; and also so very sad.
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