Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Episode 79 - The Silenced (2015)

Ainsley returns just in time to help us through a creepy inversion of Captain America's origin story with the 2015 Korean thriller The Silenced.

The classic Simon and Kirby supersoldier story takes on a decidedly more gruesome turn if you remove consent. Why haven't writers been comfortable with female power fantasy for the last thousand years? Is it better to throw a superhero into a real-world issue or used powered fiction as a metaphor? Why does everyone hate Japan? I mean still.

Once again, as with Stranger Things, making girls into superhumans results in terror instead of high-heroics. Listen as three white North Americans dive into the thorny history of pan-Asian political history. What could possibly go wrong?

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