THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN
$19.00 (US) * $23.00 (Can/Mex) * $26.00 (overseas)
Northern Exposure chronicled the plight of the New York-bred Joel Fleischman, a medical intern forced to repay his scholarship by serving for four years as general practitioner in the remote town of Cicely, Alaska. Over the course of the series, Dr. Fleischman evolved from contempt to tolerance of the unfamiliar lifestyle of Cicely and its quirky, eccentric residents. In the final season, Joel at last seemingly embraced the philosophy of Cicely and, for a time, attempted to retreat even further from modern-day society. In the end, however, New York City beckoned and Joel returned, leaving Cicely behind. Now, Joel find himself homesick in the city where he was born and raised, and realizes he has become a full-fledged Cicelian adrift in Manhattan. He is haunted by Native American symbols (one should expect to see just so many ravens crop up in an east coast city). He finds himself surviving on phone calls to his old Native Alaskan friend and former "receptionist" Marilyn. When an announcement of Marilyn's upcoming marriage arrives, Joel concludes he must return to Cicely to convince her she's marrying the wrong man...but Joel's only beginning to realize he himself is the right man for Marilyn. Written by excellent long-time writer (and even longer fan!) Melody Clark, this digest-sized zine will have you smiling right to the very end.