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I hated "Electra"
Hi, as a long time comics fan with fond memories of the original Electra stories in Marvel Comics I was eager to see Jennifer Garner reprise her role as Electra. Now I regret it. The only good thing about the film was that Garner looks the part of a trained ninja-type assassin. The plot sucked. The demonic adversaries were stupid and the "back story" never jelled.
Note: it is my general belief that whenever an action hero is suddenly confronted by supernatural adversaries things have to be handled very carefully so that the audience can continue to suspend their disbelief. Unfortunately the supernatural elements in Electra are very ham-handed and actually take away from the story rather than enhance it.
The "evil" group that Electra battles in this movie is called "The Hand"... Me - I say give the entire production "the finger".
episode 2 -
I'm currently in the middle of episode 2 but I had to say this: the dinner story about the female psychotherapist taking a 13 year old boy into a cabin and threatening to keep him there until he "talks" was stupid and unbelievable. No rational, adult professional would risk lawsuits or criminal charges by doing such a thing. All I could think of was Catholic priests and their altar boys, Michael Jackson and his boys, and the sick 28 yr old chick in Stratford Ct in jail for having sex with an 8 yr old boy.
I just could not suspend my disbelief - and this show depends upon the suspension of disbelief. I think a higher skill level in the plots is called for if this show is going to be a success.
Century City (2004)
Century City showcases Transhumanist Issues.
The show was long gone before I ever heard of it, but thanks to the "world wide web" I have been able to see a few episodes. The people who truly enjoyed and understood this show probably voted for John Kerry... the ones who ignored it or actively disliked it are playing in the Bushes... (sorry, couldn't resist!)
I think of myself as a Transhuman - that is, I embrace the future and all that science can offer while trying to be aware of the accompanying risks.
Consider - for example a real life issue - Monsanto's "Round Up" It is a pesticide and herbicide. If you grow Monsanto gene-engineered corn and soy you can use Round Up to kill all the weeds. The plants have a gene that makes them impervious to the chemical. Unfortunately the "brains" behind "Round-Up) did not think it thru...
Round-up also penetrated the ground and killed all the worms and stuff that lived under the ground, the bugs that keep a farm land viable. After a couple of years in one Mexican area, entire farms were turned to desert.
Monsanto screwed up royally.. but this story was practically buried in the back pages of major newspapers. Meanwhile, people in America wonder why Europe does not want anything to do with our "Frankenfoods"... perhaps if they were better informed, and included shows like Century City in their TV routines, we would all be better off.