Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

retsuko: watanuki freaking out with a pig in his hands (omgwtfbbq!)
I've been thinking about "It Follows" ever since I saw it, mostly in two ways: 1), what the hell was up with that ending, and that plot twist, and that plot element, etc. and, 2) intellectually, I know this is impossible, but I don't want to turn off the lights because what if it is there?! I've seen horror movies before that lingered for a few days, but this one shows no signs of letting up and it's a rare movie that can scare me for this long. It's also a beautiful movie, another reason that it's sticking around in my brain, with its empty houses and landscapes, the whole thing feels like an exploration of a hollow shell. This film also reminds me of a particularly fiendish RPG that a player came into knowing only the most basic of rules, and upon leaving, said player knows very little more than what they started with, only that there was... this thing and there were rules and consequences, and there was an unrelenting sense of dread from start to finish. Seriously, there is only one jump cut in the whole movie (and it's reasonably warranted by the setting the characters are in at the time) and the rest is this perfectly timed to build tension and inevitability. So I want to recommend this movie to all and sundry. There is minimal gore if that turns you off, but the threat is not minimized because of this; there is character development of both obvious and subtle varieties; and there's a lovely sense of timelessness and universality that, again, a lot of movies (horror or not) want to capture but fail.

So, go. See it. Not alone.
retsuko: (fierce!)
OK, now this is what I was waiting for! The fabulous episode, Datalore )

Unfortunately, "Angel One"... I wasn't waiting for so much. Klingons appreciate strong women. )

Signs it's THE FUTURE/NOT THE FUTURE: OK, writers, in the future, have we eliminated the common cold or not? In "Datalore" it's mentioned (for the millionth time) that the common cold has been eradicated and no longer plagues anyone, but in "Angel One", the illness that the Enterprise crew is suffering from looks suspiciously like the common cold. Which is it, writers? Please pick one option or another!

A note for science fiction writers interested in writing a matriarchial society: If this is an episode about a planet dominated by women, why are the men talking so much? If you've set up this scenario solely to show how our modern society is still grappling with sexism and it's wrong, there are far easier ways to go about making that point without effectively doing exactly what the characters you make into villains are doing.

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