Saturday, May 10, 2014

Villainous Inadequacy

Why are today's villains inadequate? So importantly so?

Because today's villains don't actually chuckle behind the curtains. They're grave. They're reserved. Their speeches are calm, with fewer gesticulations. Even among their inner circles, they are serene, hard-working, serious, and believe in what they're doing. They actually are the stuff of the placid talks they give; the banal policies they release. Down to the tiniest fiber of their gray matter, they actually do believe that the things they say and do are the best choices in difficult times.

Any entertainment that has villains behaving otherwise is in service of this calm doom. This one can't emphasize that enough to you people: it's a straw man; it's a ruse; it's an enigma wrapped in a mystery stuffed into a sack of burning dog shit. Anytime you partake of a cliche villain, no matter how realistic the set direction, you're just lending credence to this grand illusion of suffering. Sadly, weirdly, inappropriately, Ed Harris' General Hummel was more realistic, deeper, and colorful than the dross you now celebrate as a progressive stab at the heart of darkness.

If the only villains we're prepared to face are secretly chuckling about the destruction they wreak upon the planet, how will we react when confronted with realistic villains, who are reasonable and photogenic even in their most private moments? Exactly: we freeze up, community-organize, lesser-evil, and generally do just what we're doing now. That's why entertainment media must be controlled. The first step of all of this is in our imaginations.

Worth it if you never. (Side note: aforementioned list has been pretty well followed by all western leaders for decades, resulting in their constant evil successes. I mean, check out the second spillover list, "I will be an equal-opportunity despot and make sure that terror and oppression is distributed fairly, not just against one particular group that will form the core of a rebellion.")

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