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Hail Ants
12-22-2003, 10:12 PM
Okay, I just rewatched this whole series since seeing it when it was first on in '95.



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So just what was what?

Julie and Sarah are cousins, because Mr. Gone is Sarah's father and is Julie's uncle, right?

So the trauma of keeping the sick bunny and then seeing her mom whack it to death kind of made Julie create her fantasy world and it became 'the outback' because she heard about Gone's travels in Australia at about the same time, right?

And Gone really was the serial killer/rapist, right? I mean he did attack that first woman Maxx tries to help, as well as Glory.

So was Gone really killed in the begining by Julie after he kidnapped her? If so were all his later appearances just in Maxx's imagination? Or does it mean that Maxx was all in Julie's head too? And Sarah's? That can't be, because he interacted with a lot of other characters, the kids etc.

So who the hell was Maxx then? Did he & Julie just happen to be able to share fantasy worlds, along with Mr. Gone? Gone seems to be the center of everything, is he?

And what's the best guess as to what happens to Maxx at the end? Did he finally just 'snap out of it' and go back to his job, or home?

Or (most likely) did the author never really intend there to be any definite answers? :(

Really cool show either way. Wish it would come out on DVD...

Master Wang-Ka
12-22-2003, 10:18 PM
The problem here lay in the fact that at the time the cartoon was in production, Sam Keith was still writing and drawing the comic. That story arc DID have an end... but apparently, MTV only allowed for the show to continue through a certain number of episodes, requiring them to slap a fast ending on it, rather than having it play out the way it would eventually in the comics.

Yeah, I'd buy it on DVD too. And Julie wasn't really Mr. Gone's niece. Mr. Gone was, in fact a friend of Julie's dad who was having mental problems that drove him to become a serial rapist.

He WAS, however, Sara's dad.

Diceman
12-22-2003, 10:36 PM
As for Maxx, I think what eventually happened was that he separated himself from Julie's "Outback" fantasies and was able to create his own fantasy world that he was happy in.

Darkhold
12-23-2003, 01:17 AM
Sara's dad was shot as he was killing people at his workplace wasn't he? Or at least commited suicide?

I always took it as Julie was already disturbed. She was raped and left for dead this caused her to fall deeper into her delusions. Her rapist and her childhood memories of her unstable friends father melted together in her delusions. Somehow he became 'real' and forced his way into the real world raping and murdering women. This caused Julie's 'protector' to come through as well making a bum she worked with become the Maxx. Being killed in the real world was a big setback for him (shades of her confronting her trauma) so he had to begin to unravel her in other ways so he could manifest again fully.

Of course I never read the actual comics so I'm probably talking out of my ass.

El Elvis Rojo
12-23-2003, 08:47 AM
The Maxx was one of my favorite comic series, but it's virtually impossible to break it down because Sam pretty much made it up as he went along. He'd even admit in his letter columns he didn't always know what was happening or going to happen next.

But here's a general gist:

Everyone has an outback. You know, it's that little world you create in your head when you just want to get away from it all. For some people, it's a dark cave, for others, a huge city of neon lights, for others, it's a vast outback full of strange and bizzare creatures. Julie's happened to be the latter.

Also, everyone has a spirit animal. Within their outback, their spirit animal also takes on the form of a protector. It's their job to make sure everything runs smoothly and the person's inner self manages to avoid corruption and such.

Now, at some point in time, Mr. Gone discovered a way to travel between the real world, and other people's outbacks. For some reason, he really enjoyed Julie's, and in some way, probably helped to fashion it and create his own little sanctuary in her head. It's also here that he discovered and learned to control the Izs, and apparently, developed some other various abilities.

Now, one thing that wasn't included in the cartoon was a gentle little scene involving a rainy night, a not-too fast bum, a horrible rape flashback, the gas pedal, and a dank little alleyway with a portal into the outback. Basically, Dave (a homeless bum wandering across the street) freaked Julie out, recreating the scene of her rape, and she lashed out and ran him down. In the process of knocking him into an alleyway, she knocked a lamp threw a small portal in the alleyway, where the lamp shade picked up some residual residue. Seeing Dave lying there, Julie's emotions went back to the suffering rabbit, and all she wanted to do was care for him. Unfortunately, people in such situations are generally selfish, so instead, she covered him with some garbage and the lampshade and left. Unfortunately, all that combined in a strange way and fused Dave with Julie's Maxx, and he became the wandering, psychotic protector we all came to know and love.

Yes, Mr. Gone was really a rapist and murderer. Yes, Julie really did cut his head off. Yes, his spirit managed to survive in the outback, and in time, his body survived as well. I don't recall the kids you're talking about him interracting with...as far as the t.v. show went, he just talked to Sarah through telepathy, and the doctor threw the tapes.

Eventually, what happened to the Maxx is...Julie got better. Sort of. Maxx came to the conclusion that he couldn't protect her anymore, and that she was capable of taking care of herself. So, he went back to being a plumber (in the comic, he was a plumber...in the cartoon, they made him out to be a gardener to try and explain why everything in the outback was a plant and not an animal, but that makes no sense, because it was Julie's outback, not his, and therefore, he really had no influence on it whatsoever. But basically, he went back to being his own man.

Until about 20 years later, but that's a whole different story.

Overall, I loved this cartoon because it was pretty damn close to the comic in terms of the story and characters, and incredibly true to the comic in the artwork, which was the greatest aspect of it. I absolutely love how smooth and detailed and wonderful the visual aspect of the cartoon was. Obviously a lot of rather simplistic CGI modified images, but I feel it all worked really well, and was just absolutely gorgeous. I have the whole thing on tape from when it aired, as well as the VHS release, and I have to say, the VHS release cut out some of the greatest parts. there's a great monologue by Julie in the first episode that's completely gone, and it's a damn shame because it's absolutely wonderful. I don't nkow if the DVD put that back in or not, does anyone else?

Hail Ants
12-23-2003, 03:20 PM
in the comic, he was a plumber...in the cartoon, they made him out to be a gardenerI knew I was right about this! I never read the comic but in the cartoon there's that scene where Maxx wakes up in the bathroom and he says how he seems to remember things about sinks and water etc. I thought that refered to his real life but didn't quite fit the ending. I don't recall the kids you're talking about him interracting with...as far as the t.v. show went, he just talked to Sarah through telepathy, and the doctor threw the tapes.I meant the kids Maxx talked to. What was the deal with the doctor? Why was Gone having the Izs make him sew his head back on? Something that the cartoon just never got to (maybe him re-animating himself at some point?) Plus they never showed what eventually happened to the doc. Did the Izs just devour him?Now, one thing that wasn't included in the cartoon was a gentle little scene involving a rainy night, a not-too fast bum, a horrible rape flashback, the gas pedal, and a dank little alleyway with a portal into the outback.Hmmm. I think it was a good idea not to include this. It sets things up a little too nicely. The kids do discover the portal in the alley (and they see the white Iz make it out). And there was the bit about Julie seeing Maxx's mask but it was just a lampshade (or was it?)

I re-watched the whole series off a bootleg DVD I got on ebay. As far as I know MTV hasn't released it. They don't seem to want to release any of their animation on DVD (other than Beavis & Butthead). There's been an online petition to get Daria released and they still refuse to. I guess MTV wants to be taken seriously (yeah right) and not be known for their 'little weird-o cartoon shows'.

Which really sucks because I think their animated stuff were their best shows. Daria, Downtown, Aeon Flux, B & B, The Head etc. are all way more entertaining than 18 seasons of whining gen-Xers in lofts & motorhomes.

Yo MTV! Sell the lot to Cartoon Network. Please!!

Darkhold
12-23-2003, 04:36 PM
I re-watched the whole series off a bootleg DVD I got on ebay. As far as I know MTV hasn't released it. They don't seem to want to release any of their animation on DVD (other than Beavis & Butthead). There's been an online petition to get Daria released and they still refuse to. I guess MTV wants to be taken seriously (yeah right) and not be known for their 'little weird-o cartoon shows'.
I really don't think MTV cares about it's 'image' I think the care about making the most money they possibly can. I imagine they think that if they release Daria now it wouldn't make enough money to bother with. However at some point they will as a classic show.

They have Daria on some godawful kids network (NOGIN) however any sexual reference is cut out and even some inexplicable scenes are cut. Like when they are taking a van trip and someone mentions it's like that REM video but you can't read what people are thinking under Daria "Thank God" appears....this is cut out. Who's getting offended by someone thinking "Thank God"?? WTF? they ruin some of the best jokes like that. I got so sick of it I stopped watching.

criminalcatalog
12-23-2003, 06:47 PM
Sam Keith has bitchin' pencils.

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