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Blade Runner 2049 – Comparative Opinions Episode 62

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, Hosts Holly and David made it to see Blade Runner 2049 and had to talk about it! They spend some opening minutes trying to talk about the movie without spoilers, then dive into a spoiler discussion. This movie is recommended for you to see, and then maybe listen to the podcast – it’s definitely a better movie without spoilers first! You have been warned!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Human-Centric Diversity in Science Fiction: Cyborgs

After looking at human-looking supremacy in Farscape, this week I will explore the human predominance in Cyborg representation and ponder on whether Cyborgs should be called Cyb-humans (or any better-sounding variations on that theme) instead of their usual denomination.


Cyborgs are a type of characters I find most fascinating in Science Fiction. I love the idea of technology and living flesh blending with more or less ease, as well as the questions about identity it can bring up. There is such great potential with Cyborg characters.

Yet I find myself sometimes wondering why so many Cyborgs are human looking and specifically mix human and technology parts. It makes sense to have a significant number of Cyborg characters be as such but they amount for a smothering majority.

Cameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

Cameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

Some most famous Cyborgs emerged either from literature and/or movies. The Replicants from Blade Runner and the different Terminator models from the eponymous franchise have significantly paved the way for later Cyborgs. The latter originally introduced more single dimensional Cyborgs but the franchise then offered more layered ones, even beyond the personal arc of the original Terminator model’s journey. Even the Alien franchise continued to include more androids into their stories, up to the related feature Prometheus.

It is noticeable how these Cyborgs are all a product of human and machine, although the term itself doesn’t require human to be the organic part. Blending cybernetics with alien species would be all the more compelling especially since Science Fiction opens up so many possibilities in terms of world building and character depiction.

Cyborgs even tend to fall on the Caucasian human and machine blend more often than not. The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in the early 21st century remains one of the few example that included more diversity to the gene pool aspect. Indeed, one of the most important human-looking Cylon models, with two major copies, was Number Eight, portrayed by Grace Park, an American-Canadian actress of Korean origin. A couple other Cylons were portrayed by non-Caucasian actors, including one of the Final Five, Tory Foster, portrayed by Rekha Sharma, of North Indian heritage. Yet, Park’s characters remained the most fleshed out and remembered of these.

The Android (Dark Matter).

The Android (Dark Matter).

Even a currently airing show such as Dark Matter introduced a Caucasian female Cyborg as their ‘Android’. While it is heart-warming to see a fair number of female Cyborgs in the past decades, it would be worth seeing more diversity in the human-based Cyborg landscape, and even greater, to also see alien-based Cyborgs equally involved in Science Fiction universes.

What Cyborg characters are your favorites? How do you feel about an alien Cyborg compared to a human one?

What’s Good on Netflix: March 2016

There’s actually a lot of really exciting things either already on Netflix or coming out this month. You can see a full list here, but I’m highlighting a few of my favorite choices below.

Love, Actually and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

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dat hair tho…

I feel as though Netflix is answering the need for more Alan Rickman this month by adding these two titles. Love, Actually is one of the only romantic comedies I can tolerate, and I haven’t seen Prince of Thieves in ages, but now that it’s on Netflix I think I will, if anything for the ridiculous 80’s hair.

Becoming Jane

If you’re a Jane Austen fan, this movie is worth checking out. Although not as well done as adaptations of Austen classics, it has a fantastic cast and a suitably melancholy plot.

Corpse Bride

A Tim Burton classic, and definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it before and like the whimsical and macabre.

Blade Runner

A cult classic,  now available on Netflix! Which is great for people like me who have never had a chance to watch it (I’ve been busy?)

Star Trek 1-3 (yes, Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock!)

KHAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNN!

House of Cards (season 4)

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If you have yet to get into House of Cards, you need to this weekend. (I apologize in advance, you may not get anything done due to this suggestion.) Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are both fantastic in their roles as strong, power hungry D.C. heavy weights. The show can be hard to watch, but not in a Game of Thrones hard to watch way. The protagonists are both beyond morally grey, and yet you will absolutely find yourself rooting for them. The show was produced by David Fincher, and is one of the best shows on TV.

Daredevil (season 2)

If you haven’t watched it yet (cough *me* cough) you have some time until the March 18th premiere of season 2. And as you know, everyone here at Comparative Geeks recommends that you do.

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

Also on March 18th comes the return of Pee-wee Herman in a new Netflix movie. If you’re like me and can’t hear “Tequila” without doing the Pee-wee’s Big Adventure dance because you grew up watching it, this will hopefully be worth the wait!

And just for fun, if you want to check out the worst movie I’ve ever seen, check out The Forbidden Kingdom when it comes to Netflix March 24th.

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I’m still angry at the ex who made me see this…

What are you looking forward to in March?

The Greatest Movie Never Made – Jodorowsky’s Dune

When Holly and I were in Seattle, we got the chance to go see the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I didn’t know much about it, but it was about Dune, so I was there. I knew it was about an earlier attempt to make a Dune film, before the David Lynch version in the 80s. That was more than enough to go on.

So I did not know the director Jodorowsky, but he is an interesting dude. Not actually easy to describe. The movie describes him as, for instance, the man who created the midnight showing of the cult classic. And they go on to attribute a whole lot more to him, and to the film he tried to make in the early 1970s. Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The way I think it makes sense for me to move through this is to talk about Jodorowsky and the team he pulled together, about his Dune and the impact that it had on moviemaking, and then talk about the source material – Dune – of which I am such a fan. I suppose there will be spoilers for the documentary, but not many more than the trailer. I really recommend this documentary and if you get a chance to see it – and you love Dune and/or science fiction, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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