Tarr relations and archetypes (Defiance)

In the newest scyfy series, Defiance, one of the many prominent families is the Tarr’s. Datak, the father is married to Stahma, the mother and has one son, Alak. Each of these individuals is completely different from each other, especially how love and care for another. Each relationship is complicated and some more manipulated than others.

 

        Datak is a politician. He tries to bring his people what they need, as his family and the people of Defiance however, fear the leader of the Castithan. Datak dresses the part of the political leader but runs an underground gang with other Castithans who smuggle drugs, weapons, hold underground fights and other illegal activities. One can say he is Defiance’s gang leader and controls the ins and outs of the people.  He has contacts everywhere and seems to know things about everyone, whether they belong in the Cathithan species or not.

        Datak’s wife, Stahma who is regal and beautiful, she comes from a wealthy background. Although Stahma is used to the finer things in life, she makes do with living in Defiance and making her home a in the style of a palace. Datak, to others seem to have the power in the relationship. But, truly it is Stahma that pushes all the right buttons in the right places, as if she was playing a crafty game of chess with the inhabitants of Defiance. Stahma, although she is aware that Datak goes to NeedWant, the Defiance brothel; Stahma sticks by her husband and makes it her quest to keep him in power. She is quite manipulative and thoughtful, unlike Datak who is rigid and impulsive. Stahma looks at the bigger picture to ensure that their family stays on top. She continues to do so when her only child, Alak, who falls in love with Christie McCawley – a human who they have a family rival with – explains to Datak that by Alak marrying Christie, their families will bond and their grandchildren will own the mines that the McCawley, a rich human family own.

            Alak loves Christie, not because she comes from a wealthy family but because he truly cares for her.  These two are not bounded by species, but love one another and try to understand each other’s cultures. Alak, at his bachelor party, refuses Casthitan ritual of sleeping with an escort because he wants to be only with Christie. Alak even fights with his friends, fellow Casthitans who also make fun of the fact that he weds a human and that she may never please him like their own species. Christie’s family is upset and doesn’t want her to wed their rival family because of Datak’s sketchy ways and are aware that Datak has tried to rule the mines, where the humans work, for a long time (because of the value and the opportunity of getting precious stones and such). Despite adversities on both ends of Alak and Christie’s families, they wed. Christie even wears the head piece that Stahma brought from their planet, the one she wore on her own wedding. Stahma treats Christie like as if she gained a daughter but Stahma’s feelings aren’t true, since she is glad that Alak and Christie’s bond will make their family more powerful in Defiance.

            While Alak and Christie’s relationship is based on love, Datak and Stahma are based on a need for one another. Datak needs Stahma to stay in power, with her intelligent ways of manipulation. Stahma needs Datak because she wants to have a luxurious life, and overlooks the flaws in their relationship. Stahma, too, has been unfaithful to Datak and has an affair with Kenya, the owner of NeedWant and explains it’s her first ever-interspecies relationship. Stahma confides in Kenya that she doesn’t feel love the way humans do from Datak but cares about him because he killed her first marital prospect. Stahma says that Datak came from a poor family and her father did not accept their marriage and Stahma didn’t care because she thought that any man that would kill for her would be the best husband for her. Stahma takes pride in that her husband would kill for her but also is afraid of him because he has many men in his gang and can hurt her, which she also explains to Kenya to never talk about their affair in fear that Datak may hurt her severely.

 

             If you were to use Jung’s archetypes; Datak embodies “the shadow”, since he has a dark and gritty sense of self. Stahma although at first would seem as “the great mother”, exudes “the shapeshifter”, since she morphs herself to make people trust her in order for her to get what she wants. Alak would be considered a “hero”, since he cares about Christie and thinks that maybe their wedding will help their families’ feud. Christie would be more so of “the caregiver” since she loves Alak a lot and wants him and his family to accept her, trying to learn their customs and language. 

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Quick Thoughts on Revolution, Season One.

I checked out the first season of Revolution. It’s a series based on a future that there is no energy powered by electricity. The audience finds out later in the series that there was a group of scientists that created a nanotech for the Department of Defense, where the nanotech engulf the electricity around it. The nanotech multiplied exponentially and melded with the atmosphere, where it was unexpected and made the Earth’s electricity obsolete, where no energy can be used aside from fire and steam power.  The people are not aware of the nanotech, aside from a select few. Due to the world in chaos with no electricity and very limited technologies, over the 15 years’ blackout, leaders have shot up with militia forces such as the Monroe Republic – who wants to stay in power and take over all the lands and governments that have formed throughout the US. The Monroe Republic refuses to acknowledge there was a United States, outlawing all flags and memorabilia of the US. The Rebels, who want the US to become the old United States, the way they used to live with freedoms, they have US flags (which some have been killed for), and tattooed of their patriotism. They fight to live in freedom, like they had once lived, before the blackout.

 

How fascinating is this concept! It has this eerie affect of realism. I keep having this scratching thought in the back of my mind, what if it were true and we had no electricity? How quickly would people start killing each other in fear or the simple fact that they could get away with it, alongside other actions that we deem in society as criminal. Would this environment change our way of thinking, due to adaptation, would we as a whole exude more antisocial behaviors as a survival method as opposed to nurturing and caring behaviors? Would it be easier to survive alone? There are communities in Revolution such as Atlanta that work on steam and there is community. The people live together in a gated area where they help each other, grow food and are hygienic. It seemed the most social community. Yet, the Monroe Republic, which is complete militia based living, later on gains knowledge of the necklaces that reverse the effect of the nanotech (for a limited time) and powers things. And of course, they use this knowledge to firstly power up tanks and other artillery to kill off communities that are not under the Monroe Republic. Monroe (self appointed leader of the Monroe Republic) exhibits narcissism while Miles (leader of the Revolution) embodies the hero, yet they is still an underlying care for each other since Monroe and Miles were childhood friends and later on creates the Monroe Republic together. Fast forwarding the 15 years of blackout; from Miles’ agreeing Monroe’s dogmatic behavior to Mile’s trying to kill Monroe and leading the Rebels. Miles learns he has family still alive and cares much for his niece, Charlie. Charlie first seems naïve yet a strong female character. She stops Miles from killing a soldier that was trying to hurt them. After the experiences of her brother being kidnapped, amongst other things happening to her brother, her thoughts on their world broaden and she doesn’t see the world so black and white.  She herself learns to fight alongside other Rebels as well as kill others that oppose the Revolution. Her strength grows with Miles as a catalyst. To me, she uses Miles as a role model and has shaped her coping mechanisms and survival techniques based on her uncles ability to live in their world.

 

In Revolution, there are many different personality types but interestingly, they all care in some way for each other, or cross paths that they end up impacting their lives. Sometimes these people change each other for better or worse, sometimes they learn about themselves from understanding another. Sometimes these people learn their potentiality from living with another. It reflects what we each day may encounter with the people around us, whether relatives, co-workers to acquaintances. We should be more aware of how we may impact or affect another. These interactions may cause positive or negative repercussions. It makes me think if Monroe had more people in his live to impact him more positively, maybe he wouldn’t be so self involved and more concerned with conquering the US. Maybe, he uses militia as a way to act out his behaviors of wanting what he doesn’t have and fear is still some emotion that he appreciates since it’s the closest he can be with other people. I am eager to see what Revolution season two has to offer it’s audience. Do people change (again)? 

What are your quick thoughts on these characters and concepts?

I just wanted to share this video about micro-aggression, multiculturalism and awareness of ethnic/group culture biases.

As a colored female from an immigrant family, I find it quite common that others in the United States state I speak english well, when English is my native language, as well as my parentage. These psychologists briefly speak about this.

What are some micro-aggressions have you been exposed to/experiences?

Vamp-Geeks & Vamp-Gods, featuring Fairy Godfathers

After watching the latest True Blood episode, “The Sun”, I have a lot to take in. The social media universe is battling itself, discussing the weird scenes of Eric geeking it up versus Bill contorting a human woman’s body whilst sucking all her blood through her mouth, in an effortless stream. Intriguingly, there is a new character that is introduced to us, Sookie and Jason’s Fairy Godfather who has been watching over their bloodline for generations, protecting their fae blood.

Aside from Eric’s effort of his disguise, his analogy of the crane was pretty interesting. Eric’s character has changed. He was first ruthless, selfish and obsessed with Sookie. Now he seems to be much more warm, although his eyes are cold, he looks out for Sookie, Pam and his sister, Nora. Eric is now the protective, father like figure that the women in his life can rely on. He tries to push Pam away but Nora reminds her that she is a huge part of Eric’s life and the reason he is tough with her is to continue to protect her as much as he possibly can. Eric also gives Sookie back her house and she revokes his invite, which he calmly accepted. Nora accepts all the changes within her brother and also brings out the overprotective brother side of him. Eric shows that he is revered as a demon to the world but is compassionate and there is much more depth to him. It is quite common for males to behave in such manner, appear to be without fear and dominant but, warm and loving when females they care about are in danger, which is congruent with the psychological theory of ambivalent sexism, where Eric is the example of protective paternalism and Nora and Pam are examples of complementary gender differentiation, since they also guard and defend Eric.

Gender roles are blurred with Bill’s situation. He is now part of Lillith, by drinking her blood, seemingly inherits her knowledge and guidance; which reminds me of self-affirmation theory, which sums up how a person perceives themselves based on their actions, which would affirm who they are (to the self). For example, Bill drinks the blood of a Vampire God, he now has supernatural powers like draining all the blood of a human without moving, he can completely control her body, sucking every single droplet of blood in her veins while comfortably sitting in his arm chair. Bill feels he is a Vampire God like creature, but we are not sure exactly what he is, even Lillith explains to him that he is not a God but others will see and treat him that way, the way Lillith is worshipped. When others feel that you are a certain way, in this case, a Vampire God, Bill may see himself this way, from the reflection of others around him, which reaffirms his first thought of him being a Vamp God. Self-affirmation, like any theory has it’s blunders and we can also keep in mind that bias is quite common. Yet, in this case, we are discussing a fictional character.

Niall is Sookie and Jason’s fairy godfather. He says that he has watched over their bloodline for generations and convinces Jason that he is in fact their fairy grandfather and is in town to help Sookie defeat Warlow. Niall meets with Sookie and teaches her how to manifest her light and helps her concentrate on utilizing her fairy light. Niall is very similar to Eric in that he is another example of protective paternalism.

The season has just begun and there are new characters introduced, old characters that are reinvented that are trying to understand themselves, then those who are trying to protect their loved ones but staying strong to try and show they have control of their surroundings. With the new law passing in Bon Temps, Vampires have no rights, not forgetting Bill’s premonition of the Vampire apocalypse while being guided by Lillith… sit back and watch the upcoming mayhem.

Hemlock Grove’s Werewolf Transformation: Peter’s True Nature

There is plenty of buzz about the netflix original series, Hemlock Grove. It is quite an interesting series. At first I thought it might be a teen series about werewolves, since we’ve seen the many atypical “Vampire Diaries” type of shows lately, but Hemlock Grove took me by surprise. In the second episode, the out-casted gypsy, Peter Rumancek, transforms into a werewolf. From all the werewolf transformation scenes, this one eloquently stuck with me. Peter screams in pain while his flesh rips apart, his spine arches in the reverse direction and more eerily, his eyeballs protrude to the point it violently rips out of his sockets, leaving a hairy wild beast of a wolf.

One can speculate that the transformation symbolizes how animalistic a being is and that the werewolf is a different being that the human, where graphically shown the human body is completely morphed into a wolf.  When Peter transforms due to the full moon (which aligns with folklore regarding werewolves), he knows the transformation will begin and makes sure that he is in a safe area, away from others. He is not cautious about him transforming but more anxious that he may hurt someone around him. He explains that the wolf, although he can hear humans speak to him, the hunger for flesh is quite mind-numbing and that it takes a long time to master not killing all living animals in his vicinity.

Does the wolf signify Peter’s deep urges to kill and eat raw flesh? Does his transformation signify that Peter is actually ashamed of his true nature, he does rip his skin off and his entire body rearranges its skeletal structure… could it be that the wolf is a complete different entity and as Freudians discuss as the “Id”. In this case, Peter the human is the ego and continually battles with his Id, where he feels that others are unable to understand his true nature and keeps as an outcast.

Yet, Peter does befriend Roman Godfrey, where he shows Roman his transformation. It seems as Peter, being very open to Roman, as if his wolf was his truth. Can it be suggested that Peter’s openness to Roman shows that Peter is cautious with his real state that only very few he is very truthful with? Does the werewolf signify Peter’s real state of mind where society (the society that has maimed him an gypsy outcast) is not controlling him; where human authority does not control that realm of his intelligence? Like an onion, Peter sheds layers of oppression and judgment and at the core of his transformation, is his pureness. I feel that the eyes ripping out of his sockets show that in order for Peter to be natural, he must shed his glossed over perception, that is used to blend in with his surroundings, in order to truly see with his eyes. The pain that he undergoes is the suppressed pain that he endures each time he is sought to conform; and the full moon is the time constraint he has bestow on himself so he doesn’t indulge. But, he allows himself to be all of wolf in the transformed state… his true nature. 

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 3!

Holy Mother of Dragons how great was this premiere?

Instead of being a typical spoiler alert, I want to discuss a few characters that I’m heavily fond of, which are not in any sort of order.

The mother of dragons, our great Khalisi, the silver haired Daenerys Targaryen is amongst one of my very favorites. It’s not because she has three dragon children or because she can not be harmed at all by fire (which reminds me too much of the Hindu mythological Sita), or because she is able to tame a wild heart like Drogos as well as the Dothraki people, actually it’s all of these reasons combined. At first she was introduced as a meek, naïve child that her brother would have sold a million times over to men, just to gain an army and wealth. She was able to marry Drogo, and tame his animalistic ways and love her to the moon and back. While she was pregnant with Drogo’s child, she was gaining more confidence and the natural inherited fire that grew within her in order for her to become the leader she is. I prefer to refer to her as Khalisi, who has traveled to a different part of the world, even though her husband passed and her child was murdered, she took it upon herself to continue to lead her people and her ultimate goal; sailing across the seas to take the throne with her dragon babies.

 

The younger daughter of the Stark Clan, Arya is such a delight. She is such a raw feministic character. Although she is taught to be a lady, she is everything but. She can hold her own and learns to sword fight. Arya seems to be very sensitive to her environment; she seems to be at the right places for the right reasons. She overheard the demise of her father when she quickly chose to flee. She was able to reinvent herself as a boy, adapt to many gruesome situations and people, even helping others and making friends with unlikely people. She reminds me of a cat – able to land on her feet in strenuous situations. I’m not sure where GOT is leading her story, but I do hope she is able to avenge her father’s death, get revenge for her and her sisters wolves and kill Joffrey.

 

I doubt I can ever mention GOT without thinking of Tyrion Lannister. Although it is easy to despise the ruthless, liar, sibling fucking clan, Tyrion, commonly known as the “Halfling” is one sensible character. He brings a lot of wit and morale to the Lannister Clan, where they are used to taking everything in their way and demolishing others without reasoning. Tyrion looks at the bigger picture and strikes deals with others in order to get himself out of tricky situations. He may not seem to care at first for others, but he seems to take care of all the trusted people beside him, even if it is monetary care.

 

I have a soft spot for Jon Snow, commonly known as the bastard. Jon undergoes mental adversities such as firstly being reminded every second that he is the bastard child of Stark, he is also sent to the wall to spend his days at the Night’s Watch, exiled from the family he grew to love. Jon encounters adventures at the wall. After having to prove himself to the rangers, being punished for picking up for Sam, he is told to go beyond the wall, where he gets lost and through many back and forth with the Northerners and seeing proof of the White Walkers, he is currently trying to gain the trust of the King in the True North. Jon seems to be another adaptive creature, similar to Arya; maybe it’s the Stark blood that breeds such courageous and cunning children but we can argue this point with Sansa!

 

What are some of your favorite characters? Who do you love to hate (most likely a Lannister)?  What would you like to see in this upcoming season? 

What would you do with an artifact from Ware House 13?

 

If you are a fan of Ware House 13 and their shenanigans, well you are very aware that this is a fun science fiction show where artifacts, which contains special supernatural powers, have a specific history and story to each item.  Each artifact has evil consequences which is why the Ware House team collects and stores them in the Ware House so the powers are not in the wrong hands [typical theme –  but I appreciate the artifacts concept considering there are many other Ware Houses and Ms. Frederick is connected to the WH as well as Artie, who is her right hand man].

 

There have been many artifacts that I find very interesting such as the episode featuring the epic H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu! This very artifact showed the person who has this item, see the “tentacle, bug eyed monster” within, just as illustrated by Lovecraft. This very episode, the man that acquired this specific item had lost his love in an accident at a baseball game. She was trampled to death and he called out to people to help. He remembered the faces of the very same people that refused to help him in his time of need, where he seemed to undergo post traumatic symptoms, grief, depressive and suicidal thoughts which manifested into him seeking revenge regardless of the outcome. He was so distraught that the love of his life was now dead, it seemed that all he wanted to do was show to others what monsters people are. The artifact when in the presence of a person, projects to the people around them that they have huge tentacles, big bug eyes and other alien like features. In most cases where the artifact was used, because the person was now being seen as a monster, other people killed them. When the person was dead, the hallucination ended and people realized that it was a human being that they collectively killed.

 

Now we can conjure up the argument, well is it a hallucination indeed or this said artifact reflected and showed the true nature of some people, that many be monstrous?

 

My question to you, which is your favorite episode? What is your favorite artifact? If you are completely new to this concept, picture an inanimate object that has a long history and now has invoked a special power, with it the person who has this item in their grasp now wields that specific power. What type of artifact would you be interested in? Do keep in mind each artifact has evil strong holds. Some make the artifact user evil, may have psychological/mental health issues such as hallucinations (just as Cthulu’s artifact). 

Chew (The graphic Novel)

I have stumbled upon Chew and I think it’s such a tasty delight, lol. For those of you that haven’t had the awesome experience of reading it yet, I don’t want to spoil it too much. 

It’s about Tony Chu who is a detective who also has a superpower. He is a “cibopath”, which means he can eat flesh and see an entire story of how the animal was killed. The more flesh he ingests, the more story is revealed. He meets other cibopaths. He ends up working for FDA, in a world that they have banned people from eating chicken because there is rampant bird flu. Chicken is pretty much smuggled and the division he works for is trying to stop the illegal chicken ingestion. 

Tony ends up eating human flesh to solve crimes. Yes, that is what happens in Chew. Now i’m sure you understand why this GN has been named so. 

I had a weird thought that if cibopaths eat a certain part of the body, can they learn more about a person. For example, if the stomach was eaten could it tell what the person liked to eat? Or let’s lead this into the discussion of love (since it is February)… if a heart was eaten, could the person be more understood? Or could society understand people better if the brain was eaten (obviously in different hemispheres, neural areas and such). Imagine the ways people could understand human growth, behavior and all sorts of ongoing philosophic/psychologic/biologic questions that have plagued the human race! 

There is A LOT more that goes on, like I said I don’t want to ruin it for you. But for those of you who have read it, feel free to leave comments! I’d love to discuss your thoughts. 

 

Toaster Love

Science Fiction and love stories are not strangers. I can’t name anything without a plot of love. Recently watching Battle Star Galactica, we are introduced to the notion that the cylons, who are also called “toasters”, fall in love with numerous humans in the world of BSG. What I wondered if cylons are not people, then how do they fall in love and show affection to others in order for them to feel special? Whether or not the debate is that cylons may be programmed for love, cylons do make long lasting impressionable relationships whether it may be lovers or trusted shipmates.

Is toaster love real? Well, whether or not it is believable for a machine to love… cylons are more of a complex mixture of human and machine. Is it completely farfetched to think that machines would not be able to love a human? What constitutes what creature can or can not love? It seems in biology, that any complex creature is capable of love. I’m sure there are some that think, no machines whether complicated or not is not human and therefore not able to love and that it may be a slight infatuation or interest. My question, are all humans capable of love? Is love singular to just humans and not humanoid creatures? There are sociopaths and other diagnoses that say certain humans are not capable of emotions, which mainly include love, so are they considered “real life cylons”? So, if certain humans are not capable of love, doesn’t that mean those emotions such as love are not just limited to humans?

Can cylons feel love? We can agree that humans, in general can feel love from others and try to show their love to others by many different ways. Are the ways of cylons any different? Do cylons reciprocate love the same ways humans do? Personally, I don’t reciprocate love from every loved one the same so why should someone categorize how the love is being felt? Can’t people be taught to love and aren’t cylons people? Yes, they are part machine which is constantly a headline to the word cylon but cylons were created by humans and the same race of humans are constantly fooled by the human characteristics of cylons. It goes beyond the way they may look… people feel comfortable around others that look similar and act similar to them. Is that what cylons do – mimick humans in order to gain their trust to overcome them or mimick human behaviors and mannerisms because they are more human than machine?

I’m sure your thinking BSG is a fantasy world and that what does it matter about cylons and their emotions? I feel that BSG is quite interesting and it message is much deeper than humans vs. cylons, and may be a reflection of people. Not everyone is capable of showing love and reciprocating it. Not everyone is exactly the same. Even humans that are identical twins do not show exact 100% same behaviors and mannerisms which can be compared to cylons and the many copies.

What are your opinions?