What makes Netflix’s The Punisher so good, and so troubling, at the same time? Can you tell a story about the evils of guns and violence, while glorifying gun violence? And can anyone explain the concept of collateral damage to Karen? Special guest Jessica Plummer joins Jacob and Matthew as we dive into these questions and more.
“If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for”?
My favorite superhero stories are the ones that serve as metaphor or allegory for issues in our own world, inviting the reader/watching to look at a question in a whole new light. That’s why this blog exists. Even when I disagree with the point that a particular author might be making, I’m still likely to celebrate the way they used the superhero genre to make it. So when I heard that Arrow, on the CW, was going to tackle the question of gun control in their upcoming episode Spectre of the Gun (season 5 episode 13), I was excited to see where they went with it. But I was disappointed by an episode that approached a difficult topic in the safest way possible, doing its absolute best not to offend anyone.
I love superheroes, obviously, and I sometimes find comfort there. But not today.
It’s easy to remember the great things Batman has said about the evils of guns.
It’s easy to remember the ways Captain America or Superman or others would say acts of hate like this one aren’t American, and that we are and should be better than this.
But it’s not enough.
Because we aren’t better than this. We may want to be, but we’re not there yet.