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I’m surprised that anyone in this world can even conceive of a world where superpowers don’t exist. While it’s very easy to imagine a world where fantasy is the reality, it’s very hard to do the opposite. Try it some time.
Easy. Imagine no airplanes, GPS, cell phones, or internet…
Ie. any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Any sufficiently advance magic is indistinguishable from technology as well.
The easiest thing would be to take our world, and remove 1 common technology, leaving the rest. and adjust for the lack.
I remember a couple sliders episodes like that.
IIRC there was an episode where the tech was the same, except no modern medicine.
I think I have seen similar in a couple anime’s as well.
Sci-Fi and fantasy writers can be pretty good with that sort of thing.
Or like they did in Attack Of the Killer Tomatoes II, the main hero, a survivor of the first movie, has a pizzeria.
Guess what main ingredient was not part of the pizzas (clue: It’s in the title)
the missing ingredient was killers?
you have never had an Attack Pizza?
Back then, they didn’t think of the better garlic sauce pizzas.
Imagining a world where reality is the fantasy? Hmm…
Could be like anything.
Like a Nameless Planet at the Ragged Edge of the Universe.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Actually think about it, a world were everyone is equal in power would be the dream of the average muggle. Especially when he is at the constant risk of being either attacked or caught in the collateral damage generated by the powered individuals on a daily basis
Yeah, like stealth fighters, drones, and tanks.
That was the topic of a Darkwing Duck episode. A superpowered guy asked him to go with him to save his planet, it just happened that everyone was superpowered, but everyone hid behind business suis and glasses and were very dim-witted.
What they needed him for? To rescue an ordinary guy from danger. (And his nickname was Ordinary Guy)
The problem is, everyone had so much brute force (emphasys on “brute”) they rushed to the rescue, causing chaos and mass destruction.
That’s why we have bicycle repair man.
and the old “Ordinary Guy” turned into a supervillan.
IIRC they also had a poor understanding of danger, and tried to save DW from UV rays when he was trying to tan…
“Imagine there’s no Heaven,
It’s easy if you try.
No Hell below us,
Above us only sky.
Imagine all the people,
Living for today…
You may say, I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.
So say, won’t you join us,
And the world will live as one.
Imagine there’s no countries…”
From Imagine, by John Lennon.
Heh, that sort of reminds me of the comics in the universe of the Watchmen series. Once superheros started crawling out of the wood-works, the super-hero comics went out of fashion, to be replaced by pirate comics.
Something that was horribly under-represented in the movie :(
IIRC, they did eventually release a “Tales of the Black Freighter” motion comic. But I agree the movie left out several details that might have made it better without adding massively to the budget or run time.
The pirate comic that was threaded together with the main story-line was entirely skip-able. The problem was all of the major, thematic and character-developing story-elements that they ripped out of the screen adaptation. It felt like a companion to the graphic novel, rather than a standalone work.
I didn’t have the perspective of going into the movie cold, having read the graphic novel many years before. It seemed to me that a viewer would have no idea what was going on in large parts of the movie, without having already read most of the important, missing details in the graphic novel.
Watchmen was really way too much to try to cram into a single movie. It might have worked better as a limited-run TV series, but you’d probably never get the budget.
I likewise went to see the movie well after reading the original. It was actually better than I was expecting, but still disappointing. The visuals were spectacular, but the storytelling was much weaker.
Aren’t two-parters a big thing nowadays?
“The Attackers”? Have we heard of them before? Presumably the Shitropolis knockoff of The Avengers?
Whoever said the Attackers were from Shitropolis?
The Wire (the show they’re clearly watching) is set it Baltimore.
nice hair beard there
When you travel down the road to madness and come out the other side.
My favorite superhero is Hoboman. He lives behind the dumpster at the strip mall near my apartment, and his bite gives you tetanus, even if you’ve had your shots!
No shotgun so I have to pass…
The Wire has superheroes. Omar Little is basically the Punisher with a few fillips. There’s not an awful lot of difference between Tommy Carcetti and Ozimandius. And McNulty was always one bad day from going full Rorschach.
Heck, the only superpowered individual in The Watchmen was Dr. Manhattan. And The Wire has Clay Davis, with his amazing ability to get away with sheeeeeeeit…
The heroes in Watchmen can be thought of as being similar to but on a lower tier than Batman, for the most part, except perhaps Ozymandias. Then, toss in someone who’s basically a god.
Without a lick of common sense.
It was the 80’s. They elected Ronald Reagan as president … twice. You can only expect so much from them.
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