Fallout 4’s confirmation brought waves of excitement all across the internet. People active in the fandom and even people outside of it cheered upon hearing the new title being teased just a couple of days ago. As for myself? I had a mix of cautious optimism and the kind of cynicism a curmudgeonly old fart would have, but none the less a renewed interest in Fallout, if not the post-apocalyptic genre. Granted, the newest entry in the Mad Max franchise helped too. And while I’d love to focus on Fallout games more than I already have, I just want to ponder about the genre as a whole; metaphors, cautionary tales, and tropes of course. While this started as a rambling rant (much like my chaotic “review” of HATRED), this became another longwinded look into some aspect of speculative fiction and the media by yours truly. So, let’s ride into the atomic sunset and soak in some healthy radiation once more!
Greetings from the untamed waste, my good prospectors and bandits! The summer blockbuster season has only just begun as we’ve seen a couple familiar faces either be teased (i.e. Jurassic World) or make their way to theatres everywhere (i.e. Avengers, Poltergeist). Among those beloved franchises is one that has stood the poisoned sands of time, Mad Max. Despite speculation over being a reboot or sequel, George Miller himself described it as more a return to the universe’s mythology instead. As to how this film fits in the series, it’s left relatively vague. In fact, the date the series take place has been altered by speculation and retcon alike. Likely picking up somewhere after Thunderdome (since it’s not really described when), this film focuses on Imperator Furiosa’s rebellion against tyrannical leader and slaver, Immortan Joe. In fact, while Max gets plenty of time to explore how his character continues to handle the empty Outback, Furiosa’s story takes center stage. So, how does the film handle? Well, let’s take some war rigs down Fury Road and find out!
Like countless other walking slabs of flesh and sentience, I ponder about some rather macabre subject matter. Among those topics is the “end of the world” or “the apocalypse.” This speculative pondering even has a genre dedicated to end-times shenanigans. Countless theories and ideas provide the backdrop for countless stories that take place after the end. So, my question is this; why do we love the post-apocalyptic genre so much?
Continuing our theme of the nuclear apocalypse throughout July (and into early August), we take a look at the events leading up to atomic Armageddon! By this, I refer to a docudrama/alternate timeline by the name of “Countdown to Looking Glass.” The majority of the film takes place in the fictional “CVN News Studio” as information is relayed to us after daily time jumps. The central focus is turmoil in the Middle East leading to conflict between the United States and Soviet Union. This conflict erupts into fully fledged Naval combat with nuclear weaponry. As the film says in the beginning, all of this is just speculation and shouldn’t lead to panic. That said, all of the events that happen in this film feel all too real, even if they’re just relayed to us via a news team. So, if you’re safely nestled in your radiation-proof bunker, let’s take a look into the events before the end of the world!