There’s a deeply western storyline that needs to be retired. The wrongdoer who causes great suffering, disaster, death but is never called to account.
I’m still enjoying the glories of free tv. So last night, I watched Jurassic Park III while grading exams.
In a thankless role, Tèa Leoni plays a woman who reunites with her estranged husband (Willam Macy) to find their son who has disappeared on the dinosaur island.
Long story short, they trick a team of professionals into going with them. Three members of that team meet brutal, gory ends.
Hmmm? Who let your son do something unwise? Didn’t you owe these folks the truth? Especially since you didn’t even have the $$ to pay them. There’s never even any sadness for these slaughtered characters. Too much of a downer, despite the fact that viewers get to know them better than say the anonymous henchpeople of the early James Bond films.
No worries. All is forgiven. You were upset.
On Judge Penny last week, a wife brings her husband to court for destroying their back yard in a “home improvement” project. The wife’s evidence includes a letter of complaint from a neighbor trying to sell his home. He pleas for relief from the property value lowering, eye sore.
If I were trying to sell my house in this down market with this eye sore and code violation, I would be justifiably pissed.
After a plague that has decimated Great Britain, Jim (Cillian Murphy) emerges from a coma. He’s saved from zombie attack (I LOVE ZOMBIE MOVIES!) by two survivors. He immediately ignores their advice and one of those saviors is slaughtered.
No one ever calls him on this. After all, we wouldn’t want to make him feel bad.
Alice Walker noted that the world doesn’t run off of our good intentions. When a 2 year old kills a puppy by mistake, it’s understandable because a baby can’t distinguish a real life, breathing, feeling animal from a toy. But what about the parents who provided the puppy? Why are we asked over and over again to identify with the highly destructive adolescent – regardless of age – innocent? What is the appeal of this storyline?