No but can we talk about this?, about the fact that Vince loves to go to Disney and Howard apparently indulges him by going there most years?, why do we not have any art or fic about this???, can you imagine it?, Howard would try to remain resolutely reserved and grumpy about the whole thing, and Vince would be all hyper and wide-eyed enthusiasm and enjoyment, and Howard can’t stay stoic in the face of that, he can’t resist the sight of Vince so totally happy and joyful, and soon enough he’ll be joining right in,and the two of them will be riding rides and eating crappy park food and going to the shows, and especially meeting the characters, Vince would want to get the autographs of all the characters, an Howard will be watching him the whole time and waiting and not complaining beyond a token grumble, because the truth is that it makes his heart sing to Vince happy,
Vince woke up at 6:28, and kept the bouncing around to a bare minimum until Howard dragged himself out of bed at precisely 6:30, when Vince enthusiastically picked up the phone from their wake up call.
Howard smiled fondly at Vince, “Yes, I thought you might like him to wake you.”
Vince hung up and practically flew to the shower, while Howard rummaged around for a shaving kit for some serious moustache grooming. If there was any place where Vince was glad of Howard’s meticulous itinerary planning, it was EuroDisney. He knew the best route to get on all the good rides, maximize sweet consumption, and end up in the center of Main Street looking at the castle at precisely 9:30 for the fireworks display (though the secret to that was just to let Vince eat ice creams at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour while Howard conveniently got “lost” and held a spot for the two of them for an hour prior).
By the time Vince finished getting dressed at 7:45, Howard had managed to shave, dress, and nip downstairs for teas and chocolate croissants for the two of them. Luckily their room was rather near the monorail, so they would be deposited handily just inside the main gates instead of waiting in line. Though Howard made a tradition of waiting in line the first day of the EuroDisney extravaganza, just so he could watch Vince sing along to all the music played in the ticketing area and his anticipation of the mad dash inside the park.
After photos with the Mickey flowerbed, they walked through the arcade to Discoveryland to grab passes for Space Mountain, before hurrying on to ride Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland. More of then than not, Vince would be mistaken for one of the princesses, and on one occasion Cinderella had asked Vince for an autograph after he got one of hers. Vince like to spend the morning in Fantasyland, riding the teacups and It’s a Small World (“These glittery costumes are genius Howard. I’m gonna make myself up like an eskimo when we get back to the room.”) multiple times, until eventually they would exit It’s a Small World into the middle of a parade. Sometimes Vince would join the parade, and other times he would keep up a running commentary to Howard from the sidelines, but eventually the parade would end and Vince would convince Howard to get on Dumbo with him. Only half feigning a fear of heights, Howard would hold tight to Vince’s waist and proclaim that he had so much to give whenever Vince navigated their flying elephant skyward. Vince and Howard could easily spend the whole day in Fantasyland, but they would head back to Discoveryland for their fastpass-enabled trip to Space Mountain, where Vince would always look spectacular and Howard would look whiplashed and terrified, yet Vince would have Howard buy the photo anyways and how could he not?
They had a collection of 32 Space Mountain photos and 45 Splash Mountain photos, the former because Vince found Howard adorable in the photos and the latter because they always looked like more of a couple with Vince nestled in Howard’s big strong arms at the front of the log boat. There should have been 47 of the Splash Mountain photos, but Old Gregg had turned up in two of them, so Vince had had Howard buy them so they could be burnt. Nevermind that Howard tried to explain to Vince that all the unpurchased photos were deleted at the end of the day, and everything was digital now anyways. There was no reasoning with jealousy.
After Captain EO and lunch at the hotel for Howard while Vince changed into something more cowboy-appropriate, they would head into Frontierland and Adventureland. To Vince’s mind, they were one and the same, though the distinction was glaringly obvious to Howard, as one was rendered entirely in shades of adventuring mahogany and rugged leathery tans and the other was more of a loquacious sand and persuasive umber. Vince was content to romp around indiscriminately, and race all the kiddies through the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. Howard and Vince would pile into the back car of Big Thunder Mountain, chorusing “This here’s the WIIIILDEST RIDE IN THE WEST,” and Vince would joke about seeing the blue people of Xooberon in the fake sandstone bluffs of the ride.
Sometime after the sugar rush of Vince’s dinner of candy floss wore off, but before it was time to start waiting for the fireworks, Howard and Vince would ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around the park, Howard delivering an educational lecture for all of the dioramas, and Vince cuddling and taking a little nap on his favorite fashion-impaired pillow.
Finally, barring the one time Vince got mistaken for Tinkerbell and was actually part of the fireworks display, they would watch the magical explosions across the night sky, and Vince would steal a kiss under the cover of darkness as Howard’s eyes were temporarily blinded from the sudden black after the grand finale of dazzling lights.
Somehow Vince would be dragged out of the park by midnight and get to bed, but the best part was still that Vince got to get up and do it all over again tomorrow! Howard once almost asked him how he never got tired of the same vacation, year after year, but then he thought about how he never got tired of seeing Vince so excited for it year after year and shut his mouth. After all, it was almost time for his fireworks kiss. All in all, not a bad recompense for the touristy hassle of EuroDisney.
also black frost in the pilot vs the re-shoot
poll: which was more disturbing?
The one from the pilot was more disturbing, because it looked like a villain from the Power Rangers. The one from the re-shoot was more of an indication of what Boosh was to become—sort of dark, but quite elegant. Besides, he froze you by shooting pink smoke from his crotch, and he was played by Dave (Jimmy Lazers) Brown.
I agree with you. I find the Black Frost in the pilot really disconcerting, because it’s too slick and self-serious to be properly Booshy. It looks a lot like Noel’s concept drawings, and yet… it’s totally missing that less-is-more, DIY Boosh aesthetic. Dave’s costume is so much simpler and low-fi, but it’s more effective for that—funnier AND scarier, because the monster has a much more human face, and the shocking contrast of those freezing blue eyes to the dark makeup and costume makes much more of an impact than all the shiny, computer-augmented stuff could.
The first one looks like the kind of thing the network would have wanted. The second one looks like he belongs to (and in) the Boosh.
"Come, let me wrap you in a velvet blanket and shield you from this cruel world."
#do you ever cry because in series 2 and 3 he’s created this huge persona for himself#with the fancy clothes and big hair and makeup but at the end of the day he’s still that little kid#who can talk to animals#and he just likes crimping and creating music with his mate#no matter how cool vince tries to be he will still love having satsuma fights in his pants with his mate who he’s known since school
that’s so perfect! yes, that’s it exactly. vince’s changes are really only surface deep. he IS still the kid who can talk to animals and wants to be with howard.
i’ve always thought that all of his different styles and attitudes were attempts to get howard’s attention. he felt that howard wasn’t interested in him anymore, so he was trying to figure out what howard liked and wanted so howard would notice him again and he’s never happier than he is when all of howard’s attention is focused on him. that’s when we get those little glimpses of series one vince
I’d go further and say that’s it’s 50% trying to get Howard’s attention and 50% about trying to establish a new identity for himself. It’s something he tries to do in S1, but it always goes wrong - he needs Howard’s help when the electro band goes horribly wrong and Bainbridge tries to take credit for his books. But in these examples, Vince is trying to create an identity that he thinks Howard will like (even though it tends to go the other way.) In S1, they have the same jacket.
In S3, Vince’s need for identity seems to be much stronger and he does things independently of Howard - the Electro Circus, the Celebradar etc. But it’s interesting that when his identity is attacked (by the Jazz Virus, Lance Dior and The Horrors) he crumbles and needs Howard to save him again. In S3, Vince’s clothes are more flamboyant than ever and often get in the way of his relationship with Howard (the cape scene from Crack Fox or the record incident.) In contrast, Howard’s clothes become more grandad-ish as he retreats into the identity he feels will protect him.
Yes to all of this!
And, taking THIS even further, it doesn’t feel like an accident that Vince’s struggle to carve out an independent identity kicks into high gear in the third series—because, after all, what precedes it is the disaster of Milky Joe, in which they start out as a duo, psyched to get their big break together—and end up with Howard banishing Vince from his side of the island and then inventing a club that Vince can’t join, even though Vince is the only other real person there. All of that represents a pretty serious fracture in Howard and Vince’s partnership, and there’s really no question that Vince took it as a deliberate rejection. (Have we ever seen Vince angrier at Howard than here? Or more inclined to hold a grudge?) And although a lot of what happens in Milky Joe is about Howard’s fears (of intimacy, of his own potential for self-destruction) and his struggle to admit Vince’s importance in his life (the epiphany of the episode comes when he dares to stand up to his own nagging self-doubts, embodied by Precious, and actually admit that he DOES think Vince is good for him), the truth is that Vince never actually gets to know any of that. He never hears Howard’s epiphany about him; he just knows that Howard needed help, and as always, Vince was there to offer it.
Which brings it back to this: Vince’s need for independent identity is so much stronger in the third series because now, he believes that Howard is less emotionally invested in their relationship/partnership than he is, and for his own emotional safety, he’s struggling to find a way to define himself that isn’t in relation to Howard—because Howard is not the rock he used to think he was. It’s not so much that he WANTS to separate from Howard as that he feels like he needs to. (Which, interestingly enough, reads to Howard as a rejection of HIM.) And yet, as everybody else has pointed out, he’s still the same Vince inside, and we see him especially in those moments when Howard pays him full attention, or when his attempts at creating another identity inevitably fail and he turns to Howard for help and reassurance. He never seems happier, or more himself, than when he’s talking to Howard about scrapbooks or satsuma fights or jigsaw puzzles or crimping.
"…but you gave it to me because you are kind of heart…”