Life Without a Body – The World of Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon (the Japanese version) posits something not seen before: the complete division of the mind and the body – which seems to also be the secret to immortality. In Ghost in the Shell – except for a few individuals, like Major Motoko, with full cyborg bodies (shells) – most people in the world still … Continue reading Life Without a Body – The World of Altered Carbon

Plague Rat: An Outbreak Caused by a Stowaway

It all comes down to genetics – which determine blood proteins, aging and antibodies. It all comes down to the blood. The ongoing mutations of an already virulent virus – those are the real metaphorical 12 Monkeys, of the movie title. Ebola was originally spread by bat guano, in a cave and monkeys – different … Continue reading Plague Rat: An Outbreak Caused by a Stowaway

Virus World and Zombie Fictions

Viruses Zombies tend to operate using a rudimentary hive mind. The individual zombies aren't smart, but the virus's collective unconscious is – like a kudzu creeping vine or a mold colony – or the Mind Flayer, in Season 2, of Stranger Things. Misidentification of the zombies as simply expired or as having rabies, Ebola, Mad … Continue reading Virus World and Zombie Fictions

BB: Dairy Queen, Dancing Queen

Angela was probably tired of Tyler's nonsense. She wanted OUT. Their relationship seemed like it could have taken place in seventh grade – not between two adults. Puppy love. I'm with Rob on this one: #Tangela is as dull as Velveeta cheese. Unctuous. Corny. Kitsch. Love is not perfect. A compelling love, like a compelling … Continue reading BB: Dairy Queen, Dancing Queen

BB: Not ‘Saved by the Bell’ AKA Tyler and His Minions

JC was never supposed to make it past Final 4. He doesn’t know Level 6 exists and by the virtue of Level 6 formerly having six people in it, JC wasn’t supposed to even make Final 6, either. Tyler was never going to win the POV for JC. Veto Queen Kaycee won it and noms … Continue reading BB: Not ‘Saved by the Bell’ AKA Tyler and His Minions