Hollywood’s Obsession with Nazis

Missing Pieces of the Puzzle

One of the first scenes in X:Men First Class is devoted to a concentration camp … and Nazis. I turned to my friend, asking, “Why?”

She said, “They are the obvious bad guys.”

When we saw Shutter Island, I wondered. “What do the Nazis have to do with DiCaprio‘s character being crazy?” Maybe I missed something?

Inside Man was a great film. Fantastic build-up of suspension. The Clive Owen, Denzel Washington face-off is terrific. The bank-heist, but not-bank-heist concept was fascinating and riveting. Everything was on point, except for the reasoning behind the act. Let’s just say, it had something to do with – you guessed it – Nazis. It didn’t have to be the driver of the film, because anything more intimate, emotional, and feasible would have made more sense. It didn’t work as the glue that would have held the film together.

Even the over-hyped, critically acclaimed, creepy yet coma-inducing film American Beauty included a coming-right-out-of-left-field Nazi connection. If Chris Cooper’s character was a Confederate flag waving, KKK sympathizer, I could understand the subtext, but that kind of link never gets made. So the significance of the Nazi stuff was never clear to me. As far as I can recall, the film had no black or Jewish people.

Hollywood’s Historical Revisionism

I was reluctant to watch Inglorious Basterds. I avoid films about WWII. It got rave reviews, which made me suspicious. Whether a Hollywood film is good, bad, or indifferent, if it includes Nazis it automatically wins an Oscar. Sort of like being handed a Nobel Peace Prize, because they like the individual. It is not due to a significant paradigm changing action on the winner’s part.

Was it worth seeing? Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender (hotness) steal the show. It was an interesting dramedy, entirely tongue-in-cheek. It rewrote history. I wont give away much more than that. However, watching an ultra-blond Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine) say, “Nazis” with a southern drawl, over and over and over again struck me as bizarre. And his character is named Aldo? Okay.

I get that Raine was doing his patriotic duty at that time. But did America really have that kind of antagonism towards the Germans? I suspect it existed for the Japanese, based on the creation of internment camps. I read that German prisoners of war were treated better than black American troops. During that time, America quite easily turned away Jews fleeing Europe. Plus, let’s not forget the southern pastime of lynching blacks.

I guess historical revisionism makes for “fun” fiction, and that’s what Hollywood does so well.

From Flag Waving Patriots to Something Else

There are two ways of looking at Hollywood’s portrayal of WWII: the time during the war, and the films that came after. Movies were very patriotic from the 1930s to 1950s. Those movies supported the country, its soldiers and citizens. They seemed over-the-top and a bit corny, but they never wavered from the subject of doing the “right thing”: saving a civilization’s freedom and liberty. It had its flaws, but it certainly was better than what the Axis offered.

However, once this era passed, Hollywood’s movies shifted from blatant patriotism to something else.

The Indiana Jones film series has always been top among my favorites. Yet I found it odd when he said that he hated “Nazis” in the same vein as snakes. Why did I find it odd? Jones never came across as the flag waving type. Maybe if I saw the films again, that ethos is there, but I never felt that fueled his motives. It was always about the glorification of Jones, not America. He’s a hero for his self-interests, not because he was doing it for the “greater good”.

I also wondered, why would Nazis bother him? The movie franchise showed him in countries, territories, or colonies full of non-white natives he had no trouble shooting at, destroying their environments, ignoring their laws, and all other manner of conduct filled with blatant disdain. How was he any better than the “bad” Germans?

The Easy Choice Keeps Mutating

Movies have been remaking Nazis and turning them into something far worse than ever before. Various genres have cast them as sinister, time traveling, never aging, alien(?), world altering (Hellboy shows us it’s the Nazis’ fault again!), genetic mutating, and all consuming end-of-humanity evil geniuses to be vanquished. With those superhuman superpowers, it’s a wonder the “good guys” ever won, or will win, in these never-ending Hollywood movie wars.

Right. Right. I get that they are the obviously easy choice in today’s multi-polar everyone-gets-their turn-at-being-bad-and-evil kind of world. ‘Cause if the bad guys aren’t Nazis, then it must be an individual from the US military, or the entire government defense apparatus. In today’s Hollywood, it’s one or the other. Absolute patriotism is unfashionable. Plus, there’s a world market to sell out to.

And looking back in this manner to WWII, it is way easier to focus on Nazis than by offending the nutjobs that inhabit the world today.

The Reflection in the Mirror

With each and every film devoted to Nazis in measures big or small, I suspect subjective seepage. In some ways, Hollywood itself promotes a Nazi-like form of white supremacy. Unfortunately, the industry is blind to itself and lacks self-awareness. They are certain that they are the most creative, media savvy, “hippest”, smartest, and quite possibly the most moral, wise and knowing people on the planet. Outside of ensuring they get paid with the same ruthlessness of drug dealers, they are here to bestow knowledge on us dumb and ignorant “little” people.

And don’t we require their sage guidance? Otherwise, movies wouldn’t be filled with these preening dregs of society who often lecture us about what they think a politically ideal, environmentally pure, non-judgmental, perfect world is really like.

Nazis believed that blonds are the ultimate beauty and superior form of humanity. So does Hollywood. The word “blond” is treated as synonymous with “beauty” no matter what that woman actually looks like. Nearly every pale-skinned woman in the media must become a bleached blond. Otherwise, she’s not getting any work. Just glance around and note that every film, every TV show, every cable channel, every news broadcast, and every magazine cover must have a blond woman.

The Nazis wanted to rid the world of “subhuman” (mostly dark-skinned) races to create the perfect society. This elimination theme sometimes creeps into Hollywood films, TV shows, and other venues. Black and minority characters are often the first to die, no matter how idiotically. I can still remember the cheering over the death of that Nigerian character in District 9. Usually, the stupidest scenes are where black people volunteer to be killed: The Taking of Pelham 123 (’09), Mimic (’97), X-Men: First Class (’11), The Shining (’80), etc. I’m sure there’s more, but I’m not documenting every film ever made.

So, When Will the Well Go Dry?

I’m not asking Hollywood to stop making movies about WWII, or any that focus exclusively on the Holocaust, Nazis, blond women, or their favorite character Adolf Hitler. They are free to do so, since it is an easy money maker, crowd pleaser and scores Oscars without difficulty.

At the end of the day, it is all they can think of, since the well of ideas is going dry.

Yet, still, why the obsession with Nazis? I have a hunch that if Germans were deep frying people of color during WWII, there wouldn’t be peep or mention of it in any Hollywood movie what-so-ever. I bet we’d never see a Nazi in any film, sort of like how there’s never any mention, show, or display of slave owners, white American supremacists, small town sheriffs, or national guard members shooting, lynching and killing black people and keeping their body parts as souvenirs.

Is the obsession with Nazis due to some kind of freakish admiration? I believe that their ideology has survived, undergone some mutation, going on to be adopted worldwide via the media and its corrupt offspring the fashion industry. (See designer John Galliano for a clue. He’s not a bug; he’s a feature.)

Then again, adding Nazis to every film could just be a cheap, quick, and lazy rendering of history and riven-of-meaning plot device. Outside of my evaluation, they’re just movies after all, even if people increasingly treat them as historical fact.

Captain America awaits you. Set back in WWII it will, of course, come with no surprises.

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Superman Returns and He’s a Baby Daddy

I love these parody videos by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy on YouTube. In a few words, he can review a movie while making great points. In this video, Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC. (Mac PC Parody) #3, he takes on Superman Returns.

It’s a funny poke at the film.

Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns. He’s known for The Usual Suspects. Back when it came out fans, comedians, and smart asses were running around declaring: “I am Keyser Söze.” I believe the film even made Kevin Spacey, who’s in this film as Lex Luther, a household name. Handsome new actor Brandon Routh fills out the trunks of his Superman costume quite nicely. I’ve never paid so much attention to a superhero’s junk before.

I wonder what possessed the director (and producers) to manufacture and pursue this particular storyline. I think it’s alien to Superman’s history. This movie could have started from the very beginning, as a relaunch, or re-imagination, in the same fashion as Batman and Spiderman. Batman has been relaunched or re-imagined twice within the last two decades. That approach certainly hasn’t hurt the franchise. Nearly every release has yielded an entertaining blockbuster.

The plot of this film is rather simple: Superman goes away and returns to a different world. Lois Lane (played by Kate Bosworth) has a little boy and another man in her life. Lex Luthor still hates his guts. And Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar fame, hardly says a word in the entire film.

I mean if they are willing to change that much they should have gone all the way. Have Superman fight Dr. Doom or another creature from out of space with nearly equal powers. Put him in a sexy black outfit sans cape. Show that he likes all women – make him a flirt. ‘Cause the Lois Lane plot line has run its course.

He is a Super Man. Make him one times ten. He doesn’t work for a newspaper, because he’s fighting crime nearly all the time.

Frankly, I hate the kryptonite-makes-him-weak storyline. It’s always been boring. It makes Superman boring too. They forgot to give him a personality in this film. I could rewrite, relaunch and breathe new life into Superman in ways they wouldn’t believe. I’d make him fun too.

In retrospect, Christopher Reeve is still the best Superman. He was the total package (no pun intended). Although after a few movies, he too, was ill served by the material.

I hope when DC, or whoever owns the rights, comes out with a new Superman, they realize they can keep him appropriately moral without turning him into a bore. Some witty dialogue, sexual tension, and a little bit of the old school James Bond-like enigma wouldn’t hurt. ‘Cause for a superhero, Superman never comes across as being that bright. And that’s a shame.

It’s a good move. Worth seeing if you have the time, ’cause like most of today’s films – it’s too damn long.

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The Gates: My Favorite New Addiction

Luke Mably

I get weak in the knees just listening to a guy speak with an English accent. Luke Mably plays Dylan Radcliff, a vampire on the show. He looks familiar and it turns out he was a star in the film The Prince and Me with Julia Stiles. She decided she wanted to be doctor more than the wife of a hunk from Europe with a ton of money. Cute flick. Stupid plot.

What I like about The Gates, is that it’s not only a nighttime soap opera with vampires, werewolves, witches, supernatural beings, and the sheep (regular folks) caught in the middle, but there’s always a mystery to resolve. I love that, because that angle always gets things moving. The other aspect to this series centers around the emotionally volatile werewolves, who are mostly brooding, angst filled teens. The community of the Gates is held together by a tenuous peace between the vampires and werewolves, plus lots and lots of secrets!

It’s a fun show to watch, which means that the minute I see one of the actors on another program I will know that ABC / Disney killed it. Frankly, I think this program belongs on one of their cable channels, like ABC Family. There isn’t enough violence to keep it off that network and it may have a better chance of survival.

I’ve gotten into the habit of watching a program only after it has reached the 2rd or 3rd year, because these TV networks love to kill off a show once you start to get into it. I cannot stand them for that. Unfortunately, most of these idiots prefer “reality shows” to a reasonably well written and entertaining program.

I’d like to see this show last, but considering how quickly The Forgotten was discarded, I wont hold my breath.

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Watchmen and Comic Serial Novels

I love to catch a film after the hype has died down.

Watchmen

This movie is based on the comic novel series Watchmen by Alan Moore. The last time I read a comic novel was by Frank Miller. He had a sci-fi futuristic comic novel called Ronin, with a samurai and a black woman, and another set with Batman called The Dark Knight Returns. In one of them Batman kicks Superman’s ass. Epic. I still have the comic novels.

Frank Miller gave us today’s dark, moody, and borderline(?) psychopathic Batman.

On a side note, I believe the reason why Ronin has never been made into a film is because of the race of the two lead characters. An Asian guy and a black woman? Oh horrors. That’s not the first time. Whenever a popular comic serial novel or cartoon goes to the big screen, if the major characters are black female or Asian male – don’t expect to see them. Either they’ll be replaced by whites (like Angelina Jolie in Wanted, and all the characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender), or their roles will be diminished.

I haven’t read Watchmen, so I cannot tell if there were any Asians or blacks in the storyline. Aside from the minor role played by a black male shrink, I cannot recall if there were any Asians or black women in the 2 hour plus film: being a part of the background scenery doesn’t count. There were plenty of homoerotic, lesbian, and gay themes though. When Hollywood makes a show or film that is all white the only “minorities” they can think of today has to do with sexual proclivities.

Alrighty, then.

What did I think of the film? The opening sequence is awesome. It’s long; a worthwhile and strong effort to educate the audience as to who the Watchmen are. Unfortunately, any sympathy you might have felt for the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is immediately wiped away, and throughout the film there’s no one left to like. There’s not one character among this wayward, vapid, self-absorbed, and empty crew that garners any emotional attachment.

No matter how crazy Batman is – we get why he’s the way he is. He’s effed up, but we sympathize with him, plus he’s got people around him to push him back when he starts stepping over the line.

Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) tried to fulfill this role as the one who draws the line. As for his character – I really, really hate this modern “sophisticated” cynicism that a true good guy can only be a psychopath, because he believes in absolutes. I think Rorschach was supposed to be the one redeeming person that we could feel simpatico with, but his back-story (when we find out who he is) arrives too late. And by then, he’s jumping way, way, way over the line as well.

And so does the movie.

I realize that this film probably follows the novel religiously and without deviation. Or perhaps not. However, it suffers from misunderstanding mass audience appeal. It failed to give us proper nuance. It failed to give us a true “good guy(s).” I got that all of the Watchmen suffered from moral ambiguity mixed in with self-righteous despotic inclinations in order to “do the right thing”, which is more about shades of gray, than black or white, but at the end of the day, the whole movie was a massive fail, and a big big mess.

Yeah, I didn’t like it. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Not only did I hate the pornographic violence, I couldn’t abide the horrid acting. Outside of the interesting performances by Jackie Earle Haley and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, everyone was rather lame and blah. Cardboard. Dry. Stiff. Reading their lines as if for the mentally challenged.

They could have cut out all the scenes with the Owl and that black wig wearing chick. Those two alone nauseated me. Way way too much of them in the storyline.

My only favorite character was the Big Blue Penis. I enjoyed every scene.

If I have the time I may read the novel, because it’s considered “one of the best comic novels” around.

Whatever.

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Black Actress on Flashpoint: Olunike Adeliyi as Leah Kerns

Flashpoint has been on CBS for four years! Where have I been? I don’t own a TV, so I don’t keep up with all the new or existing programs. Since I have to shift through Fancast, Hulu and Netflix, it’s hard to know which shows are still running and which have been canceled.

I’ve actually found a real black actress (of West African ancestry) on a prime time show! Wow. That is amazing.

It is actress Olunike Adeliyi as Officer Leah Kerns. Her character comes across as rather normal. I love the fact she wears a short natural. She isn’t strident, loud, angry, obese, fat, cheeky, overly sexy, or in any way stereotypical. She’s down-to-earth and speaks well. I appreciate seeing a black character like her on a cop drama.

The show is produced by an army of people, but I’d like to thank them for adding a respectable, dignified, and mature woman of color to their program.

The very pretty Olunike Adeliyi

Can I tell you how cool it is to see a black female cop? I wanted to be a cop at one time until I realized I might be trigger happy. I think I would prefer to be a detective. I like solving puzzles.

According to IMDb she’s in only 6 episodes. Right now, these are the ones I happen to be watching. It is wonderful to see someone with her looks (yes, I went there) on TV. I see so many beige and question-mark race women on TV, I wonder what’s going on. They have the right to get work, but I don’t want anyone pretending that that is what black women look like. Okay?

Flashpoint had me confused at first. I knew it was filmed in Canada. I watched the skylight for the show, but I’ve yet to hear them mention that it’s Canada. They don’t specify the city. Maybe I’ve missed it. It still has a very NY feel to it. All the accents sound regional like Chicago and NY to me. Very broad and very deep.

The show moves very fast, and even though it seems to involve characters issues, they aren’t deep or integral to the storyline. It’s the protagonists (new distraught gun wielding person every week) who sets things in motion, and it is the job of the police to diffuse the situation and/or neutralize this person by any means necessary. They work hard try to understand the protagonist’s motivations, issues, trigger points, family ties, and only use deadly force as a last resort.

I like the show, and will watch it for as long as Ms Adeliyi is on.

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10 Things I Hate About You

UPDATE: The show was canceled. The last episode showed Kat and Patrick in bed together. Heh. The second season would have been a blast. Oh well.

I loved the movie. I own the DVD, and I don’t own many films. I understand it’s hard to have anyone replace the character played by Heath Ledger. They did manage to cast the original father, Larry Miller, from the movie to the show. He’s a nice familiar face.

Dana Davis

Dana Davis

The two “young” daughters, Kat and Bianca, are played by Lindsey Shaw and Meaghan Jette Martin. Ethan Peck plays bad-boy, or man-boy as Larry Miller calls him, Patrick. His voice is incredibly deep. Kat is the older, stuck-up, uber-socially-conscious-liberal, and hyper-competitive straight-A student who has an off-and-on again thing with Patrick. She also happens to be the funniest character on the show.

Bianca initially bounced around trying to find her place. She achieved it by sucking up to the most popular cheerleader Chastity played by Dana Davis. She was the New Orleans girl in Heroes, whose story line ended without a decent resolution.

It’s good to see her working here. She plays a character named Chastity. Fitting within the context of the latent black woman stereotype she’s a mean girl. I am hopeful they ease up on her character, but I suspect that will be her role for the life of the show. She plays a spoiled “Princess”, so I suppose I could say that’s an improvement.

Her character reminds me of those from the movie Mean Girls, so I suppose the high school dramedy thing is being consistent with its young girl portrayals. I just don’t want to see Chastity being the only one capable of displaying social derision towards others.

Overall, I enjoy the show. It’s quick witted, really funny, and since I’m an occasional prude, it’s not vulgar. It can touch on heavy duty topics and still be light and airy about it in a way that I like.

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Series Critique Time: Black Actresses in Today’s Media

So, I’m thinking of writing something of a new evaluation series. I’ve half-heartedly written about this topic in passing. I’ve wondered how much time I want to devote to it. It interests me, but I have to admit I don’t have a dog in this fight.

Stereotypical Roles for Black Actresses

What topic, you might ask? For the entertainment I do watch, I would provide a regular review. Followed by an in-depth (give or take) critique of how the role of the black actress, and only the black actress, does, or does not, fit within the context of a stereotype.

I want to hash out the stereotypes first. I’m thinking there maybe as many as 4 to 16. I do not want to get too complex. It sucks the life out of a person to consider this stuff too deeply.

I don’t want to be harsh. Last thing I want is to knock a performance, and have someone lose her job. I wouldn’t be critiquing her. I want to see if she is being cast as a human being, or within the context of the regular stereotypical role the writers of Hollywood like to slot black women into.

I wish I could say that stereotypes generated by the media don’t matter, but I’ve heard enough “My impression of black people are based on television and movies” to know that this stuff does add up.

I never want to make a movie, television show, or create any moving type of media. I don’t have any interest in it, but I do like to evaluate what is being released, because whether the Hollywood people realize it or not, when people watch their material they are an invited guest in people’s homes.

My theory is a lot of them have forgotten that. They really and truly believe that they are entitled to adoration and respect. Nothing could be further from the truth. I will also pin point the writer and director if I can find the credits. They need to be known for their material.

The Categories

Briefly, I will touch upon the stereotypes, and will refine them later. I mostly watch romance, crime series, mysteries, action, comedy and science fiction. I’ve come to recognize the characters they like to trot out.

Features: Age; Weight

Class: Street; Urban; Working Class / Hipster; Professional

Behavior: Loud/Hysterical/Mean; Know-it-all; Stoic/Victim; Sassy/Overly Sexual

I never want to use any words like Sapphire or Mammy. I find those terms demeaning, and unnecessary. When I look at these slots, a pattern emerges. How does it not follow? Let me show you.

Age -> 20-40s, Weight-> Medium to Heavy, Class-> Urban, Behavior->Loud/Hysterical/Mean

Where does this character appear? She’s the single mother with the wild kids, who finds out her son was shot. How does she react to the death? The kind of shrieking, bawling, hysteria that only Hollywood would ask for. It’s consistent. Whenever I see this character, I turn the volume off, because it happens like clock work.

Age-> 30s-40s, Weight -> Overweight/Obese, Class-> Professional, Behavior ->Loud/Hysterical/Mean

Where does this character appear? She works for the government or wherever. She’s the one sitting behind the desk giving everyone hell. She’s the meanest one in the office, hospital or wherever. You’ve seen her. You know her. She’s typical. It’s automatic that this chic appears if the drama is set in a city.

And there you have it, I have a few kinks to work out, but I think I have enough to work with.

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Repo Men

Nothing like the “classic” Repo Man made in 1984 with Emilio Estevez. That was a fun, quirky and weird film to enjoy.

This film is great for late night cable. It has the quality of, if you are stuck somewhere, this is the film that will be shown to you. I think it’s too violent for the airlines, so that might be one small mercy.

Do I have to say what it’s about? Well, it has Jude Law – Mr. Pretty and Useless, although I think Mr. Receding Hairline is trying to make a foray into Macho Man, Tough Guy, Action Films. He’s not it. I’ll explain why later. His co-co-star is Forest Whitaker. Is he a good actor? He was terrific in The Last King of Scotland. He had that wily, indesciperhable, nut-job persona well hidden. The director was smart enough to keep him under wraps.

That didn’t happen here.

The funny thing about this film is that the casting is wrong on both accounts. Usually, it’s one actor that’s wrong for a film, but in this one, both guys don’t belong here.

For one thing, Jude Law is too pretty. He’s one of the handsomest men acting today, and he leaves me cold (and dry). I don’t know if it is his accent, looks or “acting” ability, but he’s perfect in a small number of limited roles. An action film is definitely not one of them. This guy, and he has a nice physique, is no Jason Statham, who does look like he will drop kick someone in a bar, and then go bang a woman with blood smeared all over him – right there in public. Oh wait, he did do that in a filmJude Law has the face of a 12-14 year old boy in a man’s body. He has friends in all the right places, so we will continue to see him in films he has no business starring in.

Jude Law: Mr. Pretty and Useless

Jason Statham

Forest Whitaker is another man with friends in all the right places. He also gets cast in a number of films he has no business being in. He plays the loyal, psycho sidekick a bit too often. I think he should play in a modern day version of Quasimodo. He wont even need makeup. I have no beef with the fellow. It’s just that this director forgot to tell him to stick to the right dialect, vernacular, hood speech, and leave it at that.

In this film, it was hard to tell if Whitaker wanted to copy Law’s posh Brit accent, or head straight for the broken Brooklyn dialect. It didn’t work. I think he forgot who he was supposed to be. At times, he was Mr. Straight-Laced and at times, I think he was driving for a poor imitation of Al Pacino. But no one does overwrought, hysterical, ranting mad man better than Al Pacino. (See Scent of a Woman.)

Did I mention that these two had no charisma? No onscreen chemistry? I thought it was rather cruel, and downright mean to cast someone as handsome as Jude Law with Forest Whitaker. It increased the contrasts, and it wasn’t a contrast that gave any insight into the film’s plot, or their characters.

Oh yeah, the plot.

In this world, people pay exorbitant rates for organs. So high in fact they get repossessed by these repo men, who can knock out the customer, and remove the organ(s) on the spot. I would like to think that sort of stuff is not feasible, but considering that Health Care Reform Bill that passed, nothing is off the table.

I mean, you will be sent to jail for not buying health insurance, and since they can still pull the (financial) plug on you, despite the bullshit the media tells you, fiction is slightly ahead of reality.

Was it worth the money? Perhaps a bit more semi-naked Jude, and a lot less Forest would have made it slightly more agreeable, but overall. Nope.

The soundtrack was good though.

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Caprica Sucks

Why is this show so criminally bad? Why does it suck so bad? Why did a show with so much potential go wrong so fast?

I couldn’t make it past episode four. With Battlestar Galactica at least I made it to the third year. It started off very very good and went downhill.

I suspect Caprica is horrid on purpose. I am nauseated by it. I find it hard to even write about it, it’s so awful.

Everything takes place at least 58 years before the Cylons come back and destroy everything. Caprica shows where the fissure begins and is based on how the monotheists are much more distructive and judgmental as compared to the polytheists.

The polytheists are people whose religion follows our horoscope charts. Hence the names of the 12 planets being Caprica, Tauron, etc. In this world, the monotheists are oppressed and strike back by becoming terrorists. I’ll let you figure out the modern day parallels.

Frankly, both groups suck. It’s hard to even see where one group is good and the other is bad. I’d give a slight edge of the grossness to the monotheists since they practice polyamorous marriages. The polytheists are amoral, serially monogamous, along with being corrupt to the core thrown in.

Caprica is about two families: the Adamas and the Graystones. It has Eric Stolz playing Daniel Graystone of Caprica, the inventor of the Cylon. It has the handsome Esai Morales playing Joseph Adama, born of Tauron with a Caprican soul.

Esai Morales

David Eick and Ronald D. Moore made this dreck along with the “re-imagining” of Battlestar Galactica, so I was not surprised to see the same crappy retread of ethnic stereotypes. The Taurons are mobsters / gangsters who look Latino / Italian. The Graystones are your typical rich, ultra-pale, narcissistic, and “brilliant” yuppies. The blacks are in the background as low level servants.

The writers can only mine the depths of what they know: absolutely nothing.

There’s no creativity or originality in this show. Aside from the casual sex themes: homosexual marriages, polygamous marriages, poly-amorous marriages, and virtual-reality-anything-goes-worlds, which I suspect is more a reflection of modern-day Hollywood than of normal people in the rest of the world. I’m surprised they haven’t shown pedophiles in a positive light yet, I’m sure pederasts will get a high five eventually.

Caprica may seem to focus on religion, but it comes across as though it’s written and produced by atheists, anti-humanists, or people whose value systems come from Hollywood, the bottom feeding cesspool capital of the world. Atheists believe in no religion, and the show indicates that religion makes things worse. It even implies that religion doesn’t make a difference in human behavior.

If that’s the case, what’s the point of the show? Everyone is better off dead?

Last note: the technology used in Caprica is not new, interesting or forward looking.

Does this indicate that science fiction writing (from Hollywood) is reaching a creative dead end? I can only think so with even the current President intent on killing NASA off. Sad. Really sad. We’ve lost our collective imagination and based on the content of Caprica, our collective minds.

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Lost: Season 6

I have a love and hate relationship with this show.

I often dislike its convoluted scripts, and the way it bounces back and forth through time, and doesn’t say so. It takes a while to figure out what is going on. The writers force you to study the show, and pay attention to follow its hard-to-follow (or non-existent) plot lines.

From what I’ve read, a lot of people monitor Lost hard enough to get what’s going on. I enjoy their theories. One day I will patiently go back and watch it back to back, and see if it’s more coherent that way. I watch a lot of shows. Watching back to back reveals a lot more than piecemeal episodes and tons of disruptive commercials.

Perhaps that is the essential appeal of Lost: you have to pay attention.

I started watching Season 6: The Substitute first. This episode was about John Locke, one of my favorite characters, although second to Sawyer. I thought this was a flash back, and not until I went back and watched the first episode did I realize it was about a different time-line. Watching it, you can tell they sorta-experienced the Island Lost Life, but also went on to live as they did. The Island Lost Life is from where they get that deja vu feeling.

Oh, I know about deja vu. I am not one who remembers faces, but when I visit certain places overseas, I feel like I’ve lived there before.

The series introduces a new character named, Dogan, played by Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada. May I say how cute he is? I cannot believe the guy is 50. He doesn’t look a day over thirty-something. Hmm.

I’d jump (lick) the guy. Seriously.

I hope the show wraps up the multiple convoluted and confusing plots, but if there’s a movie in the future, I doubt they will. I only hope they give the show a better ending than what happened with X-Files.

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