Streaming Popculture Holocaust

Streaming Popculture Holocaust

I was expecting Black Friday to come after Thanksgiving.   

The only show that I wanted to see last weekend was Ghostbusters Afterlife.  But between a suddenly dead freezer and ¼ of steer that just finished getting processed, which absolutely had to be picked up because firearm season had started and the slaughterhouse needed the space for Deer, my weekend was sunk.

I did get however get to watch a little TV, and wished that I had read in a book instead.

Three new shows broke and another wrapped up last Friday.  All of them were pretty bad in their own way.

Wheel of Time, Amazon

I can give Wheel of Time this much.  It was only as bad as I thought it would be.  Although, that is not exactly high praise. They blew a big chunk of the book in the first few sentences of narration.  Since the dragon who broke the world was male, the newly born dragon that was going to heal the world would also have to be MALE.  An unthinkable horror to the post #metoo film industry.  They actually went right out and said, it could be either male or female.  Thus sinking a huge part Robert Jordan’s pretty damn extensive narrative.

Then there was the all-pervading over representation.   Fantasy has a pretty long rich history of multi-racialism.  Read any Conan book, you’ll find every hew and color of humanity if you keep reading Howard’s stories long enough.  But there was always an explanation for it. Black men came from Zembabwea, brown men from Stygia.  Those with almond eyes came from far off lands of the Khitai.  And yes, in a place like Zhamora, “the crossroads of the world,” you would expect to see a much more cosmopolitan mix.  

But a fucking mountain village in what is clearly and obviously a European setting won’t have a population that is only 15% white.  This east coast college campus masquerading as rural hamlet was so ludicrous it was constantly taking me out of the story. 

The only part that was consistent with a fantasy setting was having the village razed during the middle of their annual festival.  Villagers should NEVER have an annual festival unless they have a Cimmerian sleeping one off in the stable.

The Trollock attack was good, I’ll give it that.  But I am shivering in horrified anticipation of what Amazon Studios has in store for Tolkien. 

Cowboy Bebop, Netflix

I think what they were going for here was something comparable to Rodriguez’s Sin City.  They didn’t get there but that is what they were going for.  This one isn’t so much bad as it is not worth the minimal effort involved in watching it.  There is nothing going on here that wasn’t done better in 2D animation twenty years ago. 

It’s just another live action remake of an anime classic and it’s about as good as Scarlett Johannsson’s Ghost in the Shell.  After the first scene it’s a shot for shot recreation of the first Cowboy Bebop. Except it’s not as good and Faye Valentine was way hotter as a waifu.

Star Trek Prodigy, Paramount+ 

This is the 3D animated kid’s Star Trek currently premiering on Paramount+ (but the first episode is free on YouTube.  

It is a kid’s space opera.  You couldn’t really accuse it of being a Star Trek show except it has the name on it.  


There are five kids in a children’s prison colony.  One of them eventually discovers an abandoned Federation starship in totally perfect working order.  The kids take it and leave.  Janeway shows up as hologram advisor like the Doctor from Voyager.

That’s the plot.

I’ll give credit where it’s due.  Since all of the kids are aliens the Woke is kept in check.  There is a pointlessly long Abrams type action scene where you know that none of the kids are in any kind of danger since it’s first episode.  The scene that had me laughing out loud was when the boy who originally planned this prison break mournfully whined, “I thought I was going to be Captain.” 

There is a kick-ass girl warrior and you thought you were going to be captain?!?!? Ha! Ha! Ha!  Only if she allows it kid.

Anyway, nothing in this show is science driven in the least.  It’s all action, all the time.  Basically, just another Secret Hideout show pretending to be science fiction.  There is no reason to watch it.

Foundation, Apple+

 Since this is the last episode of the first season of the show I should probably do a proper the Dark Herald Does Not Recommend, later.  

However, I’ll say this much right now.  The only reason I kept watching was the drama surrounding the Imperial Family.  The rest was boring and Woke.

Okay, I’m done here.

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  • Malcolm Vu Reply

    I suspect the only reason Apple acquired the rights to Foundation was so they could rush through to reach the end of Foundation and Earth.
    Hermaphroditism as the future of the entire human species.
    That kind of degeneracy is more woke than anything that 2020s entertainment could envision.

    I’m not aware of any bad stories about Asimov’s private life, but I suspect that’s just because they remained a secret from the world.

    November 23, 2021 at 1:47 am
    • The Dark Herald Reply

      His son more than made up for it.

      November 23, 2021 at 2:20 am
    • Chief_Tuscaloosa Reply

      Dark Herald alluded to this in an earlier review of Foundation series: ripoff of Roman collapse and monasteries shortening the dark ages. Although I do like the Foundation books, I can’t help wondering how much hatred Asimov has for Christianity that his monastery had nothing to do with God. And come on, Terminus is a fricking monastery. I mean, not counting the vow of chastity sure, but keeping civilization/books safeguarded until humanity was ready to crawl out of the mud again? Monastery=Terminus.

      November 23, 2021 at 3:21 am
      • Chris Lopes Reply

        The rip-off idea was John W. Campbell’s. Asimov was just following his lead. That’s the way it worked back then.

        I never read the wheel of time books, but they sound like a good read. The show definitely sounds like a woke stinker, so I’ll pass. Life is too short to watch bad television.

        Star Trek Prodigy looks too much like a bad Star Wars kiddie show to hold my interest. It’s clearly not Trek and it’s clearly not made for me. Another woke POS show to avoid.

        November 23, 2021 at 8:35 am
      • Skyler the Weird Reply

        Canticles for Leibowitz and Anathem did the trope better.

        November 24, 2021 at 12:09 am
    • furor kek tonicus ( guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwins kill people ) Reply

      Asimov was notorius for feeling up women at skiffy conventions and i doubt very much that David Asimov’s predilections and profession ( child porn dealer ) arose spontaneously from a healthy and loving home.

      November 23, 2021 at 3:23 am
  • Dave W. Reply

    I wasn’t really expecting anything good from live action Bebop, but it’s still depressing to have your suspicions confirmed

    November 23, 2021 at 10:33 am
  • WOPR Reply

    Goyer only seems to care about the Imperial family side of the story. That part of the story is interesting although the Maiden part had a glaring hole of logic to it. The book portions are uninspired. It is generic, dull sci-fi action with two special females of color. Neither is interesting. Goyer is unable to put together a compelling story. Instead, he gives lip service to the books, while doing the opposite of their intent.

    It is interesting that fans of the books have no issue with the genetic dynasty addition. Had Goyer put some effort into the book side of the story, he might have had a hit.

    November 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm
    • The Dark Herald Reply

      I kind of got the feeling that the strong whamen of color were Tim Cook’s pride and joy and that he gave Goyer numerous notes about them during the production. Goyer was fine with that because it kept the Apple CEO from bothering him over the story he wanted to tell, which was the genetic dynasty.
      Also, it obvious that the saboteur is Demerzel. The robot understands psychohistory and agreed with Seldon that the dynasty needed to end. The genetic dynasty was always just its tool for preserving the general welfare of the humanity. If became a hinderance to that end it would have to be discarded.

      November 23, 2021 at 3:01 pm
  • Wazdaka Reply

    “The message” has seeped into everything
    Accelerationism is my “break the system”
    Attack these shows for not representing pygmies or Angolan bushmen

    November 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm
  • Azathoth Reply

    I read Eye of the World a year or so after it was released and thought ” Eh, not bad. Let’s see where it goes.”

    I slogged through the second book and got about a third of the way into The Dragon Reborn when I realized I felt like I was being waterboarded while someone read Marion Zimmer Bradley out loud in the background.

    November 23, 2021 at 8:56 pm
    • diogenes Reply

      I got through I think half a dozen of them. When it all went off the rails was when they started bringing in “Ancient Technology of Magic” stuff, since the writing had been declining and fuck if EVERYONE wasn’t doing magic technology at that point in time.

      November 24, 2021 at 12:45 am
  • DFCtomm Reply

    Wouldn’t woke be appropriate for a dying empire? Too decadent to live, but too big to die. So large that it falls for a millennia.

    November 24, 2021 at 7:23 pm

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