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Agent Mulder Vs. Charles Manson

Does the title of David Duchovney's new series Aquarius signal the show's willingness to confront the historically embarrassing fact that hippies embraced mass murderer Manson as one of their own?

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Kathy Shaidle

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April 2, 2014 - 11:09 am
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That’s not a slash fiction premise or a rejected X-Files scenario, but more or less the concept behind the forthcoming NBC crime drama, Aquarius:

Aquarius will be set in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, and Duchovny will play a police sergeant whose personal life is more troublesome than his job, [sic] at least it was until he sets his sights on Manson, who at that point was just released from prison and starting to build his Family of easily swayed hippies. (…)

”The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.”

The backstory to the infamous murders certainly gives the folks behind Aquarius some juicy, colorful stuff to work with:

Most people know that career-criminal Manson was also a frustrated singer-songwriter.

He’d pinned his hopes for fame and fortune on his acquaintance with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, who’d in turn introduced him to Terry Melcher, a record producer who happened to be Doris Day’s son.

Melcher also resided at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon — or had, until he made way for new tenants: Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate…

What most people don’t know — because the Baby Boomers who run the world don’t want you to — is that the Manson’s Family were full-fledged players in the California counterculture.

Even after the Tate-LaBianca murders…

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Thank you so much for this piece, Kathy. Indeed, I was already aware of most of what you posted (including Dohrne's horrific shout out regarding the fork in the belly of a pregnant girl), but you managed to squeeze in a couple of new bits.

Also, this:

The trouble is, if you’re a Gen-Xer like me, the hippie movement looks like one giant dark side.

So. Freaking. True.
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Were it coming to one of the cables I'd say it would have a chance, but NBC??.....I see edgy but formula cop show tinged with 60s nostalgia and I will assume the producers will inject all sorts of current day PC to 1969. Duchovny will draw for a while just like James Spader did on their other formula show but he can't save it. C'mon..it's NBC Jake. Networks are for sports. This would need the True Detective treatment.
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This generation grew to be the "The Man" on steroids.
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There was a made for TV movie back in the 1990s about Ira Einhorn. It was a pretty damming indictment of the hippies. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189593/
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This could be a show worth watching. When will it begin?
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I wish I could tell you, but the official press release doesn't mention an air date.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/03/31/nbc-greenlights-13-episodes-of-aquarius-a-charles-manson-drama-starring-david-duchovny/249637/

I laughed at their headline: "Young Charles Manson" was about 34 in those days :-)
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Thank you so much for this piece, Kathy. Indeed, I was already aware of most of what you posted (including Dohrne's horrific shout out regarding the fork in the belly of a pregnant girl), but you managed to squeeze in a couple of new bits.

Also, this:

The trouble is, if you’re a Gen-Xer like me, the hippie movement looks like one giant dark side.

So. Freaking. True.
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Thanks so much!
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