The Kindred Kind: Blade Runner and Naturalization

Blade Runner is one of the most important scifi films out there, along with Metropolis and Star Wars. Every filmmaker or production designer working in scifi has to reconcile Blade Runner at some point. You have these scenes where they’re just flying between buildings and 30 years later, it’s jaw-dropping. And borderline gratuitous, and that’s the thing. … More The Kindred Kind: Blade Runner and Naturalization

Future Soldiers: A Survey of Military Science-Fiction

“Fiction is a tool of the imaginative process. Fiction allows us to imagine the details of reality-as-it-might happen in order to understand potential consequences of decisions that we need, or might need, to make. It helps us imagine how current trends might play out or how new innovations might have an impact. As a tool, fiction is cousin to war-gaming. It creates opportunities to play out potential scenarios and prepare for them.” … More Future Soldiers: A Survey of Military Science-Fiction

Ep. 80 – Tortured Masterworks VII: Terminator Part II

The turn of the millennium was quiet for the Terminator series, and from 1991 we’d be twelve years out before the next film installment. As such, all of the tie-in material for the series was based on T2, or even the first one, and felt outdated, as technology was beginning to change in tandem with a culture that was gradually becoming more technology-oriented. The 90s and early 2000s was the heyday for the Pirates of the Silicon Valley, maybe, the revolution in consumer electronics, I should say. Perhaps Terminator was becoming unnecessary, a Luddite cultural artifact rooted in its time, like The X-Files in the 90s. Well, as we know, the studios solved this problem simply, by stripping out any meaning the series ever had, which is how we get things later on. … More Ep. 80 – Tortured Masterworks VII: Terminator Part II

Episode 79 – Tortured Masterworks VII: Terminator Part I

Terminator might seem like an odd choice for the Tortured Masterworks, which tend to involve one central name as the core creator, and so while the Terminator changed hands several times over, I think its story is just too wild to ignore. This is a supreme case of a narrative hammered into shape by the commercial tendencies of the medium, tendencies that frequently bent space and time and resurrected characters and continue to do all sorts of dumb stuff just to put out the next installment. The moment you suggest that continuity can be broken, guarantee it’ll break. And the moment you suggest there’s a fictional world, 98% of the time you’ll see it again. … More Episode 79 – Tortured Masterworks VII: Terminator Part I