Week in Geek, episode 3, recorded 9/7/17. News since last recording , including: good reviews for The Shape of Water and IT; a bad summer at the box office; upcoming NetFlix including The Magic School Bus and Punisher; set photos and casting discussions and whitewashing and live action adaptations (especially Aladdin); and Terry Pratchett’s final manuscripts being steamrolled.
So recently I wrote a part 1 about prophecies in fiction – mainly in Fantasy. Prophecy is a frequent plot scheme in Fantasy, playing a big or small part, and generally about the main character and/or the main plot. The prophecies are generally old, and predate the plot itself – often causing the plot, as the villain takes action based on it (like Harry Potter), or else just pointing to our main character as a chosen one.
That all sounds a lot like the Bible, full of prophets and prophecies of the Messiah. And thinking of villains taking action based on the prophecy, I referenced that as well (via the Inhumans) – Herod, killing the babies to try to kill the Messiah. All of which to say is that these prophecies in Fantasy have a strong cultural connection to the Judeo-Christian tradition. We’re rarely following the action of the prophet themselves – which is some of what makes Dominic Deegan so much fun!
In Science Fiction, however, it seems like if there is prophecy – which is rare – you often get to meet the prophet as well. And here, prophecy is less supernatural, and more explained in science – in a quantum way, or a mathematical one. But when it comes to prophecy in Science Fiction, there’s one that stands well above the rest as an example – and which has a lot to say about religion as well. And that’s Dune.
So apparently people are still talking about the song Let it Go from Frozen because there are still new videos being made around the song. Now I enjoyed Frozen and the fact that it is Idina Menzel singing means that the song is amazing. At the same time I wonder if some of why it is so popular is because there has not been a good Disney musical in a while. Disney used to be known for the music in their movies. Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King, Dumbo, and Beauty and the Beast are all great examples of Disney movies that also had great music. So in honor of the Disney musical I have decided to list my favorite Disney songs. Continue reading →