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.
Posted in Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Religion
Tagged Aladdin, Battlestar Galactica, Bene Gesserit, Chosen One, Dominic Deegan, God Emperor of Dune, Just Like Dune, Kwisatz Haderach, Prophecy, Secret Wars, Starbuck, The Bible, The Matrix
The movie Noah was much better than I thought it would be. I also feel like I have liked it more – and for different reasons – than other people. My goal with this post is to say why I thought this was one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Holly did her LitFlix on this movie already, so she’s talked about some of the differences between the movie and the source material already, and some of the controversy. People at either extreme of the debates this movie tackled had trouble with it. People tied to a literal interpretation of the Bible had trouble with it. People who are pure science had trouble as well, feeling that the whole film was a waste of time.
There’s also the fact that it took a somewhat fantastical approach, but given the director, Darren Aronofsky, and some of his other work – like, say, The Fountain – how could you not expect this? This is a director who makes films that make you think, that aren’t obvious, and that is why I think that our Science Fiction and Religion category applies.
So when you get past all of these extremes, you have the movie I watched. And it had a point and a purpose.
Posted in Movies, Science Fiction and Religion, Science!
Tagged Big Bang, Creation, Creator, Darren Aronofsky, Evolution, Genesis, Intelligent Design, Noah, Noah and the Ark, Oral Tradition, Storytelling, The Bible, The Fountain