Sometimes, it's fruitful to take a step back and examine the things we've come to accept, like saying the word 'Scunthorpe' over and over again until it's reduced to nothing but meaningless syllables and a spicy hidden cuss
With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer
was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young Tarzan
would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Edgar Rice Burroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, Allan Quartermain
stands revealed as just another white imperialist
out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in James Bond
's psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that we have changed, along with our society
, and that were such characters created today they would be subject to the most extreme suspicion and criticism
One take on postmodernism
is what we might call the cynical style. In this approach things are taken apart to a large extent in order to show their flaws and contradictions. This isnít done maliciously or nihilistically, but itís distinctly a form of critique. Transit
is an excellent example, with its insistence that the Doctor regards his companions as pets.
Thatís not done out of dislike of Doctor Who
in the least... But itís a reworking of the concepts of Doctor Who
that is clearly a critique of it.
: Bruce complains about how frustrating it is to capture criminals and send them to jail when they always seem to get out again and commit more crimes, which ó sorry, is the entire story of all Batman
comics ever. Get used to it. David
: It is a nice little commentary. I mean, thatís the choice that Batman makes by not killing bad guys. And itís the main reason why Jean-Paul Valley
was definitively a better Batman. Yes, I said that.
AZRAEL 4 LYFE. Laura
: Hold on, David. I have a incoming message for you...ďI HATE YOU.
: I sort of saw that coming.
To be honest, I have generally defended Man of Steel
. Why? Well, first I think its bad reputation is a little exaggerated. The fact is that none of us are as innocent and wide-eyed as we were when we first saw Christopher Reeve save Lois from a burning helicopter while telling her that air travel is safer than driving
. You're not getting that feeling back, people. It won't happen. It died along with all of the other things that made life worth living such as hope, a sense of wonder, and being able to eat all the candy you wanted without getting sick.
directed 12 Angry Men
, which seemed to show the American Legal System at its very best. Well, it seems like Lumet wanted to bookend
his career with a movie that shows the worst in the American Legal System. You thought the courts were honorable and justice is done, well F*CK YOU!
Bashir continues one of Ira Stephen Behr's challenges to the Roddenberry
ideal...The view with the Sanctuary District
is that this is the 'bad' necessary for the 'good' to emerge one day. But Bashir's speech questions whether we humans are as great as we like to think. That, if push comes to shove, we could wind up back
in this predicament if things got bad enough. Are we really that evolved then? or it just easy to believe that you when there are no challenges to the contrary? when you don't have to face a crisis or problem without a straightforward answer?
I suppose the case could be made that the interpretation of the Prime Directive
in this [phase] of the shows illustrates this very well: 'I'd rather let a planet be wiped out than risk taking action, because doing the right thing might theoretically lead to some wrong, and it's hard to talk about how great you are when you have a guilty conscience!' The Sanctuary District ignores the problem as the Prime Directive ignores problems. The difference being, I don't think anyone sees the Sanctuary Districts as a sign of their own enlightenment
Not since the last Voyager
episode that I watched have I wanted to slap somebody around the chops with a freshly caught trout that is still wet and slimy
as much as Courtney Peldonís Farris. She is the epitome of everything that is wrong with Starfleet: unwavering arrogance, the ability to look down her nose at everybody that isnít a member of Starfleet and a square vision. There is more than a touch of Picard
in this character and to top it off Peldon plays the role with an atrociously wooden superiority. Frankly if she didnít die in the climax I would have demanded a refund for my box set...But I am much more favourable towards it because of Mike Vejarís urgent direction and Ron Mooreís refusal to allow these supercilious kiddiewinks
have a happy ending. It's probably the best Ďcrazy cult
í episode that Star Trek
has ever attempted because this time it's personal and the attack is against the Federation itself... The way it refuses to take the Star Trek
route of everything turning out for the best
is commendably downbeat (had this been Voyager
they would be at home hugging their parents by the end)
As with "Strange New World", it seems like "Fusion" might be drawing attention how particular relics of the sixties
look four decades later..."Fusion" is an episode that rejects the idea of ďinfinite diversity in infinite combinations.Ē
Itís an episode that suggests that perhaps certain avenues are best left unexplored, and perhaps a stern society does know best when it sets cultural norms. When Archer wonders about TíPol spending so much time with Tolaris, Trip off-handedly reflects, ďShe likes being around her own kind. Who doesnít?Ē
If that is the case, why bother exploring? If people just want to stay together with their own kind, then whatís the point of reaching out into the void? Surely it is to make new friends and seek new experiences?
Tripís sentiment seems a little narrow-minded, and quite in keeping with the mood of "Fusion". Indeed, while the episode plays lip-service to the idea of exploring new possibilities, it does so in such a way that makes the open-mindedness seems stupid and reckless. Archer and Phlox both put pressure on TíPol to try to explore new possibilities, despite her reluctance. Both are blind about her own discomfort and unconcerned with the possible risk. Both are ultimately proven wrong.
It's fair to say Meryl Silverburgh is the 'Honey Ryder
' of the Metal Gear
series: the original Bond Girl. She's sexy, tough, and has perfect chemistry with the antisocial killer we're rooting for, which is why we want to see the two of them end up together — at least for a little while. Meryl's reappearance in MGS4
is clearly fanservice, but it's also a way of tying up any loose ends in the strange ongoing history of the series. When we meet Meryl, we find out she's no longer the impressionable rookie we once knew, but rather a hardened commander who can easily keep three tough male soldiers in line. She's revolted by Snake's aged appearance and continuously shows sympathy for him by wanting him to give up... How do you like your fanservice reunion
, you entitled pricks?
The disappointing return of Snake and Meryl (interrupted by Johnny's frequent diarrhea attacks
and retarded behavior, just to make sure you can't get too sentimental) was meant to suck the life out of Snake's classic appeal, along with any hope of reliving our favorite spy fantasies. Women used to fawn over him and try to get down his pants back in the day, but not anymore