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[Fanmix] Harper's Island: Henry Dunn

This was made for fst's challenge this month for a mix focusing on a character's growth/development. Originally I had the idea to choose a song for each episode of HI in which Henry appears, but then I didn't want to put the extra hours of work into that (I've only watched the series once) and I did have some good choices already picked out.

Fandom: Harper’s Island
Subject: Henry Dunn
****SPOILERS: Do NOT read my notes unless you have finished ALL 13 EPISODES of Harper’s Island because this will totally ruin you.****

Title: Welcome Home
Notes: Henry Dunn, he’s a nice guy, right? His biggest secrets I did not suspect before the revelation, except one idle thought that passed through my mind when Katherine Wellington was killed. (Okay, I had a "wouldn't it be weird if..." moment at JD's death, too.) Anyway, onto the mix. This does its best to track the bits and pieces of Henry Dunn we uncover throughout the series. This isn't a perfect progression, but all songs reminded me of Henry in some way.

As you move along the mix, Henry’s psychotic tendencies are reflected more and more obviously in the songs. I chose “All Good Things” as the closing song since I have this clear vision of a sort of “roll credits” for Henry. It also works in the way things are left for him at the very end.

01. Welcome Home Son  Radical Face
    All my nightmares escaped my head.
    Bar the door, please don't let them in.
    You were never supposed to leave.

Returning to place where it all began.

02. Crazy Life  Toad the Wet Sprocket
    in the air I'm sensing a change in the weather
    in the end the path is clear
    does anyone remember here
    did you all think he'd just disappear

After all, Wakefield's not in the past.

03. All Over You  The Spill Canvas
    In my daydreams, in my sleep,
    infatuation turning into disease.
    You could cure me, see all you have to do now is please try.
    Give it your best shot and try.
    All I'm asking for is love,
    but you never seem to have enough.

Abby... and Jimmy. Henry's not so happy about them. =p

04. Decoy  Paramore
    You've never been so used as I'm using you, abusing you
    My little decoy

Trish! (I got so excited when I was reviewing the lyrics, I've fallen in love with Paramore and then this worked so darn well!)

05. Between the Bars  Elliot Smith
    Do what I say, and I'll make you okay
    And drive them away
    The images stuck in your head

Could have gone later in the list, but I thought it could also fit earlier in the time where Henry doesn't seem too strange while comforting Abby through the horrors.

06. The Necklace of Marie Antoinette  Hannah Fury
    I'll make it look like an accident
    I'll make it look like he was trying to hurt me
    I'll make it seem like I was innocent

Again, a song too perfect to pass up.

07. Something I Can Never Have  NIN
    You always were the one
    To show me how
    Back then
    I couldn't do the things
    That I can do now
    This thing
    Is slowly taking me apart

Something from Nine Inch Nails had to pop into this mix, right?

08. There's Many Ways  Afterhours
    At some point when the pain
    turns to horror
    You can't feel anymore
    It's proof that I am alive
    If I kill you now

Kinda works for the final scene with Trish, and I was also thinking about how Wakefield's determined to have Henry kill Abby.

09. Runs in the Family  Amanda Palmer
    Time takes his toll on him it is traditional, it is inherited predispositional
    All day I've been wondering what is inside of me who can I blame for it?

Discovered this song on someone else's fanmix for Faith (from Buffy) and I knew it was brilliant for this. Henry's so obsessed with this "real father" thing, the genetics of it, and gets caught up in the idea of proving himself to Wakefield and rebelling in anger against the island that should have been his home. He's one sick puppy, man.

10. All Good Things (Come to an end)  Nelly Furtado
    Honestly, what will become of me?
    Don't like reality

Well, it all eventually ends. This song's also rather melancholy which, I think in the end, works well for Henry. Damn it, I still like the guy - just not his psychotic killer side. =\ I still desperately wish there was a different take on the situation. Ugh. I so want to support Henry and Abby. *sigh*

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Sep. 5th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
This is a really brilliant mix-I loved this show, and you captured Henry and his various relationships so perfectly here.
Sep. 5th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I really enjoyed the mix, and yes the show was fascinating. I really enjoyed rewatching while introducing a friend to it. :)
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