Monday, July 23, 2012

Extras: Comic Con, Superheros, Futurama

Hey all,

Today we had a great, wide-ranging conversation, and I promised links to some of the topics that came up.  Here they are:

Here's the io9 wrap up of the best of Comic Con, including an in-depth look at the crossover video game/television series, Defiance

We also discussed the documentary Confessions of a Superhero, available here on Netflix.  The documentary focuses on wanna-be movie stars who dress up as superheros to make money on Hollywood Boulevard, but it ends up peering into the psychology of alternate identities.  This ties into Trekkie religion as well.

Robot religion also approached the question of robots-as-gods, which recalls an episode of Futurama that a few people have brought up in the last couple weeks.  It's an episode titled "Godfellas," and it's a fun way to spend 22 minutes.  Here's the Netflix link

Finally, our discussion of co-species evolution evoked Michael's memory of a great documentary, The Botany of Desire, based on an excellent book.  The documentary is also available on Netflix.

These extras are not required, but I thought I'd post them in case you wanted to revisit them later.  For those of you that choose to explore new sci-fi as one of your final exam papers, these may be some good leads.

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