I went to see Captain America last night. It was full of fifties enthusiasm and "gee wizz" science excitement that I couldn't really get into except in the very beginning, when Our Heroes visit a World's Fair hosted by Tony Stark's father. The rest was just too earnest for me. The "beat the bad guy to the death machine" ending--and a whole lot of other elements, including the disfigured antagonist and the military-crisp female lead who turns into the high school date the hero never had at the ending-- had an appeal that I wished I could get into, but it was all far too contrived.
And I can't really argue with that, because the easy argument back is but it's Captain America. The original comic was made in an era of war and optimism colliding in a cloud of steam. There's no point in saying that I'm insulted as a feminist, because catering to my sensibilities is not what this franchise is for. I'll leave it up to less biased minds to decide whether that's a good excuse or not.
But there was this small child in the row in front of us. We sat up close, so he must have been just towered over by these massive-looking tanks and soldiers and skies. And he was so into it. He would giggle when Captain America punched Nazis. He would gasp when people narrowly escaped danger. Occasionally he would lean over and ask his dad what was going on. I think he absolutely loved that movie. And I wish I was having the experience he was having.
And I wish the same thing about the new season of Clone Wars.
Information about the new season has been pouring in from panels at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday. And I can't enjoy most of it, either because it's just bad or because I can't see beyond the fandom and my own biases. Maybe someone else can. Let's do a little overview.
Lux the Mandalorian Boy Scout will be back, along with a female Mando officer, and Death Watch as the main villains. I'm not even sure where to begin with what I dislike about this clip. Who exactly does Filoni think he's appealing to here? The Ahsoka/Lux shippers? The Snow Bunny fanboys? (Someone please explain that to me. It's a furry jacket. Whut.) The Fandalorians? Sorry, you drove them all away a year and a half ago.
What we're not getting is anything about how Ahsoka learned duel-wielding.
There's also going to be more Mortis, a plot line which, from the impression that I got, just mostly confused the fans.
They're still teasing Darth Maul and Savage, which I guess is good. I would put them up there on the list of Things Megan Cares About, but...
That list is headed with "Kit Fisto". And when asked about Kit's involvement in the battles on Mon Calamari, Filoni replied with "Kit doesn’t wear his shirt, so I guess that’s like a Twilight reference for you.”
I know that no TV show writers do what they do specifically to make me happy. But when your advertisements are mostly showcasing new and returning characters, you could at least make those characters...ones that people tend to like, and ones that have characterization besides being shirtless. Where are Anakin and Obi-Wan, anyway? Isn't Clone Wars supposed to illuminate the central Star Wars movies?
Red vs Blue does better in seven-minute installments.
Maybe that's because it's full of self-awareness and raunchiness and cynicism, and I just can't deal with innocence. But I can't help but feel that Clone Wars totters somewhere between the two and fails at both.
Why an I still watching this?
Why do people who disagree with the government still watch the evening news? I just have to know what decisions are made and why.