I’ve had an up and down relationship with Agents of SHIELD over its last 3 seasons. The show has had its rocky moments, especially in the first half of the first season (though it gets a lot better in re-watch when you know Agent Ward’s trajectory), and there have been times when the Russian doll nature of Hydra always having a deeper mission has been frustrating. But overall it has become one of my favorite superhero shows, and one that has provided a lot for this blog to chew on. As I get ready for the premiere of season 4 this week, I wanted to go over some of the ethical questions the show has raised and the ones I’m hoping to see further explored in the coming season.*
What is the role of government oversight in a world where people have superpowers?
(This post contains spoilers about Suicide Squad, and the Star Wars movies.)
Recently, I was talking to a friend about the moment when the Star Wars prequels truly lost me. We had already laughed about all of the bad dialogue and wooden acting, and agreed that no words were needed about the Binxian heresy. But as I explained to him, I wasn’t talking about the worst or the most laughable or groan worthy moment from those movies- instead I was bringing up the moment where I realized these movies had truly abandoned any of the complexity and nuance that had been such a bulwark of the original story. I was talking about the moment in Attack of the Clones when Count Dooku, leader of the separatist movement, reveals that he has been working all along for Darth Sidious, the man who will come to be known as the Emperor.
I saw Suicide Squad about a week ago, and had a lot of thoughts about it. I expect it’s going to inspire a number of upcoming posts where I go deep on specific aspects, including the nature of redemption, the Joker/Harley relationship, and the character of Amanda Waller, but for now, I wanted to start with some quick thoughts, in no particular order. Some are about ethics, some are just reactions to the movie, all of them are addressed to the makers of the movie, for no particularly good reason. (more…)