05:00:29 AM Mar 23rd 2018
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has, since the beginning of the show, supported vehemently the idea that the circumstances of one's life don't matter because everyone has freewill, and as such, any villain is a villain because they choose to be evil. The show heavily backs this idea, especially when the protagonists use it as a justification to punish the villains, and portrays villains that try to justify their circumstances simply not wanting to take responsibility for their actions. Come the Framework arc, the protagonists are thrown into a matrix where their greatest regrets are erased. The world is taken over by HYDRA, and many of the protagonists work for or assist HYDRA due to having lived different lives, including The Heart of the group, who becomes HYDRA's second-in-command and eventual leader, and kills and tortures multiple people without a care in the world. Yet, with the exception of one of them, all of the protagonists insist they're not at fault because they had their memories rewritten, and the show backs this idea, and not one of them are ever held accountable for their crimes or actions in the Framework. Apparently, circumstances do matter, but only when it's the good guys who do evil things.
12:53:41 PM Feb 21st 2017
The Doctor Who example from "The Parting of the Ways" is questionable. Nine was played from beginning to end as having something resembling PTSD over the events of the Time War and it's reasonable to interpret the scene as him simply being unable to bring himself to destroy an inhabited planet again, despite the consequences. Cowardice, yes (by his own admission), but not really a Broken Aesop.
01:27:42 AM Jun 19th 2015
I don't understand the basis for thinking TNG's The Game was trying to prove an Aesop. On it's face, it's just an episode about an alien using technology to brainwash the crew, just like plenty of other technologies in other episodes. The medium happens to be a game, but there are no quotes or elements in the story that hint at an Aesop or lesson.
05:53:25 AM May 20th 2014
- Despite the moral being to treat the gangers as humans, the Arc of the season is kicked off by having the Doctor melt Amy's ganger with his screwdriver. By the logic of "The Almost People", this was an act of murder, as the ganger had feelings of its own.
06:45:27 PM May 20th 2014
Because the other gangers gained independent consciousness and awareness. The only reason they gained awareness was because of that storm. Amy's ganger didn't have that. It wasn't an entity seperate from Amy.
06:55:28 PM May 20th 2014
Oh, is that the case? If so, they didn't do a great job pointing it out... I've seen the episodes a couple times and didn't realize that was the case. But if so, you're correct, those are clearly different circumstances (though I don't blame the person for adding it in the first place).
05:42:40 AM May 17th 2014
cutting two Fresh Prince Of Bel Air examples:
- The second one is about how Will quits a Western Philosophy class in College, because he thinks it will be too hard for him. But the moment after he dismisses Will from the class, the professor changes into a total different person, who Will starts to like. Will is reprimanded for quitting the class too soon, but nobody seems to care about how wrong and weird it was that the professor changed his personality like that...
- Not to mention the episode, where Will pretends that his baby cousin Nicky is his own son. He gets the attention of a girl and many gifts (including a trip to Hawaii), until he finally confesses that he only lied about being a single father. So all these gifts go to another man, who supposedly is a real single father, except that he confesses to Will that he too only was lying! So the aesop doesn't become "never tell a lie" as much as "if you're going to lie, don't be stupid enough to confess that you're lying".