Monday, May 31, 2010

Poor BDSM Portrayal on Bones

So, I’ve started to watch the crime drama series Bones from the beginning via Netflix, and have been enjoying it so far. The protagonist Temperance Brennan is a strong female character who is both an atheist and has high-functioning autism. She’s great, I love her, and she makes a great role model. And then comes the inevitable episode featuring BDSM. Other crime dramas like CSI and Castle have flawed but reasonably positive portrayals of BDSM, but Bones’ episode “The Girl in the Fridge” goes the negative route with murderous practitioners whose lifestyles are evidence of a crumbling romance.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ramblings About Heroes

So, I was thinking about Heroes in my standard overly-analytical geek way. I came up with some interesting (to me) ideas about the scope of Sylar’s powers as well as some troubling thoughts about Micah’s ability to manipulate machinery. At this point, Sylar might very well be able to take powers with only a touch and sweet little Micah might actually be a domineering overlord of an oppressed people.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Not Really Racist

I recently watched the movie The Fantastic Mr. Fox. I thought the animation was very disturbing and hard to get into, but the story was positive and it had its own charm based in surreal humor. People on the net seem to think that the movie is racist because of a scene involving a wolf and because of a villainous rat character, but I think this is misunderstanding innocuous elements.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everybody Drew Muhammad Today

So, yeah, as a follow-up to the previous post on Everybody Draw Muhammad Day, here actually is my crappy artistic interpretation of the Islamic prophet. This is expressing solidarity for the movement seeking to make it hard for terrorists to bully people around. Nick Gillespie has a good post about it here. Because I'm a little polite, the image will be under the cut.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Breathe the Nish'ta (Stargate)

In the Stargate SG-1 season one episode “Hathor”, the titular character appears as a Goa’uld “goddess” who attacks the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The one who formed the basis for the Egyptian goddess of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”, to quote Jack O’Neill, Hathor is essentially a serial rapist who contributes to the System Lords by breeding Goa’uld through mating with humans. Hathor is an evil female presence capable of being defeated only by the women of SGC. While I suspect “Hathor” was written with the intention of being feminist, it flopped in its message and came out with a very poor portrayal of rape.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

At Least Partly Right (Halo)

(Crossposted from Halopedia)
One of the more important aspects of any body of fiction is the names of its main characters. Names have significance in etymology and in reference to famous persons who previously bore such names. Halo’s main character names were likely carefully chosen to fit into the intricate mythology set up by Bungie. Here I have collected what we know and what I suspect regarding the names of John-117, Cortana, the Prophets of Truth and Mercy, the Arbiter, the Monitors, Kurt-051, and i love bees’ Melissa.