atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6311: To hell with it

Well, I was working on an addendum to that last post, about the upcoming Star Trek series in which Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Jean-Luc Picard. A mis-click ate it in its entirety, though, so I'm just going to say it's gonna suck and this is probably the best explanation why.
I fully expect Old ManPicard to be Broken Old Man Picard. He's sad. He has lost his friends, he spends his days morose and dreaming of lost glory days. His sole comfort is his PanTransSpeciesFluid life partner, who he met at a Federation Furry meetup. Every episode will have barely-veiled "Trump is evil" and "people who liked the original Trek are toxic fans" messages. Because the heroes of your youth *must* be deconstructed.
That sounds about right.


The thing is, rich as he is, Patrick Stewart himself is a socialist. Oh, holy crap, he's so far left he can't even see the middle from where he's standing. So he's not going to have any problem with the SJW horseshit; he's going to be right in the middle of it.

Funny thing is, I never thought of Picard as a hero. I enjoyed ST:TNG but there was no one on it that I looked up to or found particularly heroic. There are no heroes in that show; there are characters we like and there are villains. But if any of the characters we like were to disappear, we would not much notice it.

Example: Dr. Crusher took off the entirety of the second season. No one cared. In the original series it would have been bleeding obvious--and diminished--if Bones had not been there for an entire season.

Example: Tasha Yar got killed halfway through the first season. Other than producing one of the top five worst episodes in the series' history, no one cared.

In general, there are no heroes in SF these days.

Not that I can see. Who's the hero in Westworld? Who's the hero in Expanse? In Colony? Eh? I see plenty of protagonists. I see too many "anti-heroes", much as I hate the term, people who are the protagonist of the show but who are utterly worthless human beings you would not care to see much less associate with in real life.

In Colony, for example, Will Bowman is the protagonist of the show. He's the main character. He's also a cold-blooded killer; I mean, this guy has killed an army's worth of target dummies just in the third season alone, yet he never expresses any remorse for it or even seems to notice.

"How did the assault on the collaborators' bunker go today, honey?"
"Not bad. I casually ended the lives of about twelve men. How was your day?"

Westworld is pure nihilism so I suppose including it here is like shooting fish in a barrel. You don't watch that show to root for anyone; you watch it to see what happens. There are no good guys in it. Not one. Everyone in the series is a bad guy. Everyone.

The article I linked talks about "Grimdark" and that's a pretty apt discription. Can't have a story unless everyone is downtrodden and crushed under an authoritarian government and all the people in power are ruthless dictators who will kill whoever they need to in order to get ahead. Double-crossing is the name of the game and there isn't anyone who is honest and trustworthy because those people get wiped out first.

Nihilism by any other name....

Promethean SF is not really in vogue just now. My own humble efforts are promethean; even a story where civilization is collapsing, it's still a promethean story because there are people fighting to keep things together. This isn't a story cataloguing the myriad of ways in which people can be shitty towards each other; it's about good guys trying to stave off disaster.

Anyway, I don't know what I'm talking about, and I think I'm descending into babbling, so off I go.

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