Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You are going to die! Part XXXIV

I always get so pissed when watching TV-shows and movies when someone dies and immediately they have some epiphany or religious experience walking around on clouds, meeting some dead relative or seeing their waiting 72 virgins licking each other (okay, that’s my fantasy…).

Yesterday I watched some old episode of Grays Anatomy were one of the lead actresses died. Of course she woke up seeing whatever, experience some other and pffff… There I was, actually feeling tears nearing my eye, and then she dies and… wakes up… seeing whatnot with whoknowswhat in some happy fluffy thingy. So stupid. I changed the channel…

Remember ‘Lilja 4-ever’? A fantastic movie about the sex trade between the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. Really great, and you have tears in your eyes all the way through, but in the end that underage girl (the main character) needs to run around on rooftops with wings. WINGS! WTF!?!? Completely destroying a fantastic movie with a couple of minutes of idiocy.

Another thing that is highly stupid on the same theme is when a lead character dies and sort of ‘come back’ i.e. walks around the survivors “talking to them” as in they are remembering that person. Probably meant to be a smooth going away goodbye of that character, but only makes it ridiculous.

Like in NCIS when Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd in one of the most shocking moments in TV history, gets shoot in the head and dies. For TWO whole episodes her ‘ghost’ is hunting the other main characters. What could have been absolutely TV-magic suddenly turns into disaster because some softy director or useless producer likes to show a religious endgame.

And it’s almost always in American movies and shows this happens. Probably because so many idiots in that country embrace creationism, but regardless, it’s stupid.

Not to say other countries or cultures are any different. Remember ‘The Seventh Seal’ by my now deceased countryman Ingmar Bergman? But at least in many of those examples death or any afterlife is sort of part of the story. If the tale is about religion, Jesus or death I sort of get it, it’s part of the story. That’s not what I am talking about.

What I mean is when some hard-line character in a detective movie or action plot filled with alien headhunters from Venus and the movie/show incorporate lots of nudity, violence and rock-and-roll and suddenly someone dies and… goes to God..?

It just doesn’t seem right.

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