Fri, 3 April 2015
Week in Geek: Andrew heads to the Emerald City Comic Con at his base of operations in Seattle while Dan watches, for the first time, First Blood, and was pleasantly surprised.
Sympathetic Villainy: Noticing the trend over the last few decades of villains in popular culture becoming rather humanized, flawed, and tragic characters, Dan and Andrew investigate this movement and what it says about popular culture.
Metal Gear Solid: Andrew and Dan take a look at this series again, but specifically at how a surprising majority of its antagonists are, in fact, quite sympathetic, especially when reflected in the moral ambiguity of the various protagonists of the games (but especially the protagonist in Metal Gear Solid 3, 4, Peace Walker, V: Ground Zeroes, and the upcoming V: The Phantom Pain.
Antiheroes: Dan and Andrew take a look at the flipside (or side step?) of the sympathetic villain, the antihero.
Here's the Psychology Today article Dan read from in this segment.
Question of the Geek:
Who is your favorite sympathetic villain and/or antihero?
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For all intents and purposes, that was an episode recap.
-"Stayin' In Black" by Wax Audio
-"A One-Winged Angel" by Nobuo Uematsu (from Final Fantasy VII)
-"'Metal Gear Solid' Main Theme (Metal Gear Solid 3 Version)" by Harry Gregson-Williams (from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
-"Theme from Dangeresque II: This Time It's Not Dangeresque I" by The Brothers Chaps (from Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits)
-"Titles" by Masaru Satoh (from Yojimbo)
While not really a lovable villain, Dr. Doom is my favorite villain, and maybe one of the most fleshed out of all time. His reasons are always apparent, but not necessarily something you could identify with. My favorite part about him is that he's always doing things for his own reasons, good or bad. He runs latveria pretty well by all accounts, and in one of my favorite moments shows up to lay waste to another villain impersonating him using one of his doom bots, completely brushing off the heroes there for the same reason. Or when he brings an army of bots to run interference while he tries to pick up Thor's hammer and when he can't he just casually calls it off, says a half asses sorry and goes home. As for anti heroes, once again a little out of frame, I love the world of 40k. No matter who you root for, or how much you buy their propaganda, nobody is good. Especially not the space Marines. It nothing but bad choices, for questionable reasons, at outrageous scale.