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The evil irony behind Cartoon Network's The Clone Wars

TV | Star Wars | Dramatic Irony and Clone Wars | Overthinking It
On the surface, Cartoon Network’s smash hit Clone Wars is a breezy little space adventure. Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, and the rest of the prequel pack (yes, even Jar-Jar) zip around the galaxy, taking out hordes of bumbling robots and crossing lightsabers with a series of snarling bad guys. Everyone is constantly in danger, but nobody ever gets hurt, and the good guys inevitably save the day while learning valuable life lessons. Even though there’s a massive interstellar war raging, the tone is doggedly upbeat. In other words, this is a high-tech version of G.I. Joe, Thunder Cats, Transformers, or any of those other boy shows we enjoyed with our Rice Krispies back in the 80s. However, when you consider the series in the context of Episodes II and III, everything changes. The Clone Wars suddenly seems darker than the inside of a Sarlacc. In fact, it seems almost cruel to market it to eight-year-olds. Here’s the key thing to remember about the galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars: they are a complete and utter farce. Palpatine is literally controlling both sides: he commands the Republic’s clone army as Supreme Chancellor, and he leads the Separatist’s droid army as Darth Sidious. The sole reason for the war is to solidify Palpatine’s political power, and to keep the Jedi bogged down in a bunch of totally meaningless battles. . . . The Clone Wars are not the epic struggle between good and evil the cartoon makes them out to be. They’re not even a real conflict. To the people fighting them, they’re real enough, but there aren’t even two sides; just a single commander, ordering his troops to attack each other. Imagine if Gargamel was secretly working for Papa Smurf. Like I said, this is dark, dark stuff. But that’s not the half of it. The Jedi lose the Clone Wars, bigtime. They not only don’t defeat the robot army, they are all killed. By their OWN TROOPS. Consider that for a moment: this is a show for children about a war which will end with the good guys getting shot in the back by their own soldiers. The fact that a lot of the young fans might not know that doesn’t make it better; arguably, it makes it worse.

January 22, 2010

Finally, Some Mature Media Discourse

YouTube - He just couldn't resist touching her breast...

January 20, 2010

Coco is a mench; NBC sucks

coco.jpg Mashable - I'm with Coco MTV.com | Conan O'Brien NBC Talks Stalled Over Staff Severance | Departing 'Tonight' host reportedly wants better compensation for his crew of 200.
Conan O'Brien and NBC were said to be close to a deal late last week to secure the host's exit from "The Tonight Show" after just seven months on the job, clearing the way for Jay Leno to return to the desk he occupied for 17 years. Now it appears that those negotiations are bogged down over the issue of severance compensation for O'Brien's staff of nearly 200, many of whom moved from the East Coast to California when their boss took the "Tonight Show" gig. Conan is "dug in on that," a source familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

January 18, 2010

Martin Scorsese gives the most intelligent five-minute speech on the art form of film ever

YouTube - Martin Scorsese gets honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2010 Golden Globes - Part 2

Avatar' and its director are winners at the Golden Globes

'Avatar' and its director are winners at the Golden Globes | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News
The mega-blockbuster Avatar beat out critical darling Up in the Air for best drama, and James Cameron took home the prize for best director. Cameron and Titanic were the toast of both the Globes and the Oscars back in 1998. Jeff Bridges won the top actor prize for his role as a hard-living country musician in Crazy Heart, besting George Clooney from Up in the Air. Sandra Bullock won for best actress in a drama ( The Blind Side). Up was a prudent choice as best animated film. Michael Haneke's excellent and austere The White Ribbon was an inspired choice for best foreign language film. "The Weary Kind," a haunting ballad by Ryan Bingham and Fort Worth's T Bone Burnett featured in Crazy Heart, won for best song.