Re: The Haunted Monkey Bar

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Posted by Lady Iapetus on October 27, 2000 at 11:18:44:

In Reply to: The Haunted Monkey Bar posted by Terry on October 27, 2000 at 00:13:44:

: (NOTE: This is a repost of an earlier message I left, which I think no one saw, it was so far down the message board---yep, we do need a new type of message board!!!)

Just not ITW. That thing is a demon, I swear!

: Hey Lady!

Hey, yourself! You know, you guys can call me Iapetus or Iap if you want to.

: I like the way you think! I'm also a big fan of haunted houses (and in fact am working in one this Halloween!)

Gracias! Or, would that be merci? :) You're working in a haunted house? Cool.

: But I had never considered the possibility of the Monkey Bar itself being haunted! Cool idea!!!

Again, merci. The idea kinda came from Penelope Hill's story "An Ill Wind," only I envisioned poltergiest/spirit activity of a much tamer sort.

: Can I share what my "remake" of Gold Monkey would be like? (This also is in my pretend world! If only I were a rich Hollywood producer though!)

Go right ahead. And you're not the only person with "if onlys..."!

: 1. The island where Jake and Sarah got the monkey idol from still existed at the end of the first episode (along with a GIANT monkey idol!) This idol would be having a supernatural effect on the south sea islands, including Bora Gora. So all kinds of weird charaters and events would take place from time to time, and not just on Bora Gora.

Weird people in places other than Boragora? Hmm. Wonder how Bon Chance's colleagues on Tagataya would like that...

: 2. The Monkey Bar would be under the "curse" of the monkey idol (since it was brought into the bar). I think it was said on the show that the idol was supposed to have a curse on it anyway. The curse, in my imaginary version, would actually be both good and bad. Good, in that the "full time occupants" of the Monkey Bar (Corky, Jake, Sarah, etc.) would be given protection from harm--just like the monkey's on the island enjoyed--but bad in that the Monkey Bar would become a "lightening rod" for odd and strange visitors and events!

**thinks** Didn't that already happen on the series? Probably, just not enough.

: 3. The Monkey Bar would also be haunted! (Okay, okay! I confess--I stole your idea Lady! I loved it!) This would come from either the idol, or from some other source, like Sarah's dad, for instance, who was a ghost in one episode!

Well, for confessing you stole my idea, I'll go easy on you and not have you face La Guillotine (LOL!). The idea of Sarah's father's ghost watching over her is a good one; I wish they'd kept it up throughout the series' run instead of just one episode.

: 4. Since Gold Monkey DID have great character development and some good adventure stories, I would let the episodes go in "a three way cycle". One episode would be an adventure, the next would be a character story (so we could get to know Jake and Sarah and everyone better) and the third episode would always be a supernatural one. And this cycle would be repeated over and over. That way ALL fans would be pleased--a little something for everyone!

Hmm. Little story arcs. That sounds cool.

: Now for those concerned--I am NOT into the occult, or anything! I just like a good scary story and the south seas just SCREAM of mysteries and ghost stories! I think it was kinda sad that the writers of Gold Monkey didn't see this better and give us more stories along this line. Like I said: something for everyone!

No kidding. Who knows; the writers could have something cool planned for a second season (more supernatural stuff, hopefully), and then Gold Monkey went and got canceled. The world may never know...

: Like these ideas Lady? Got any other's you'd like to share? (So I can steal them!!!! LOL!!! Just kiddin'.)

Yeah, these ideas were pretty interesting. I'm trying to write a fic right now that will introduce a couple new characters to the Monkey Bar...and perhaps a couple more peeks into Louie's past. That is, if everything works out and I don't get writer's block.

*wonders if there is such a thing as a TOTGM Mary Sue litmus test*

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