Chalk up another one for the hipness of Beowulf. In episode three of Season Six of The Sopranos, when the ex-gambling addict, screenwriter J.T. [played by Tim Daly] is giving a talk to the Writer's Guild about the psychological struggle of depicting one's inner demons in narrative form, he says, "It's like Beowulf. Grendel isn't really a monster. He's more like a state of mind, a symptom, a disease . . ." [or words to that effect] and then Christopher and his thugs bust in and shake him down to write a screenplay loosely based on the idea, "Saw meets The Godfather." So we never get to hear the rest of J.T.'s thoughts on Grendel's character. Shoot.
But, hey, over at the Sci-Fi Channel, we can look forward to the Sci-Fi original movie, Grendel, the tagline for which is, "An Unstoppable Monster Held a Kingdom Hostage. A Hero Set It Free," and which premieres this Saturday [Jan. 13] at 9:00 p.m. The preview for the movie depicts a Grendel who very closely resembles the monster in Alien. Although most of the buzz over at ANSAXNET is taken up with how much this movie will very likely suck [after all, as our mutual friend Dr. Nokes points out, this is a network that brought us Mansquito], I am looking forward to its likely uproariously melodramatic take on my favorite Old English epic. Oh yeah, there is only one of those, isn't there?