I can’t be the only one sick of all the superhero shows?

I stopped watching The Flash midway into season 3, after giving up on Arrow after season 1, and I might still watch the last season of Supergirl. I might. But Superman and Lois? Fuck that. Enough is enough.

Surely I’m not the only one to notice that Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl are all basically the same show? You have the hero, with a plug-in origin story, and a team of helpers. All the characters are generic and all the shows are formulaic. You could even swap characters out from one show and move them to another. Swap the tech geek from Flash and Arrow or Supergirl around, and it’s just a matter of unplugging them from the one show and plugging them into another. Even the dialog is so generic, it doesn’t matter and the characters will fit like pieces of a puzzle. Throw in a couple of romances, and if you’re team Supergirl, some plotlines related to the current political climate where Trumpertoodles/racists are the bad guys, and maybe throw in some LGBTQ characters and you’re good to go. (Make no mistake, I love Nicole Maines and I’ve read her whole history after seeing her character on Supergirl, but I do think the various topics are handled rather superficially on there.) However, it’s the one thing that keeps me watching that show – they do take on real subjects and that makes it better than the other shows. Even if they gloss over some stuff, they take on real subjects and infuse them all with this message of hope, and I like that.

But for the most part, those shows are all exactly the same. I gather Superman and Lois is different, but really, I’m not interested in yet another Superman Soap Opera like Smallville. I keep seeing the so-called “geeky” articles that mention Tom Welling’s character in Smallville, and I’m like… Did people really like that shit? That one was basically the same episode over and over again, taking predictability, repeatability, and pure cheese to a new level of boredom. For fuck’s sake, can’t we have some original TV?

Edit… I have to add this, I’m so sorry, but ever since I watched Flash season 2 one day and my mother pointed it out while walking by, that was it for me… The guy who plays Flash in the show, Grant Gustin, plays it like a whining, crying spoiled little boy, an annoying brat, a man-child. I could never unsee that. I could never take even a minute of that show seriously after that. And there are fans who love him. I don’t get it. He really is bad in the role. (Yet people dislike Ezra Miller who is perfect in the movie role. Why?)

When a crime-solving TV documentary mentions ritual Satanic murders, those Satanists are not what you think they are…

In the dead of the night, monsters are real.

A couple of days ago, I played Diablo on my XBox One, as usual, and stopped earlier than usual because I was tired. On TV, a local crime solving documentary called “Solving It” played. One case rounded off as I watched, and the show didn’t look too bad so I continued watching. Lo and behold, the next segment was introduced with “scary” death metal, gothic imagery and Satanic symbols. Fade into an “expert” talking about Satanism being a religious cult that includes ritualistic murders and the usual fear mongering bullshit about Satanists. I tuned out and turned off the TV in disgust.

If you want to know what type of “Satanist” carries out such murders, there is only one question you need to ask yourself:

  1. Who believes in a literal Satan?

The answer, of course, is Christians. Only Christians believe in an evil Satan, their devil. Only Christians believe anyone would worship the antagonist in their story. And only Christians, albeit very confused Christians, ever actually worship their devil. Not convinced? Well, we have to backtrack a little to see how they get there…

An interesting thing happens to us psychologically at night. Night time is when we watch horror movies and read horror novels, especially the supernatural ones. We can’t suspend our disbelief in the day when it comes to stories featuring ghosts and haunted houses, demons, Satan, possession, exorcism, and so on. But at night, when we can’t see what lies in the dark, we revert to our childlike mental states. We fear the dark. We fear the unknown that lies in the dark. Most of us don’t even realize it happens; so little self awareness we have. But it does happen. At night, the monsters are real. We talk to our closest family and friends, about haunted houses, UFOs, and our other fears. At night we tell those stories with hushed voices as if the ghosts and ghouls might hear us, and we believe them, as do those who listen. On some level we know we cannot discuss those things with the same conviction during the day. At night, many of us believe those things, then but only then… unless we hear an authority, like an expert on Satanists, tell us that the subjects of our fears are legitimate and our fears are justified. We really haven’t moved on much from our primitive superstitious roots, and as we watch those shows with baited breath, we are mere inches from shouting, “Burn the witch!”

An even more interesting thing happens to us psychologically when we use hard drugs, such as methamphetamine. We revert to that same childlike mental state, but not only at night. It becomes more permanent. Day and night, the monsters are real. Maybe not all of us, but many… Many addicts suddenly get into the occult, but it isn’t because of “demonic influence” or anything that a lunatic believer might tell you – it’s because they’ve reverted to that same childlike mental state where all those things they fear seem real, the same state that nearly everybody goes into in the dark. It’s probably why Stephen King wrote such great horror stories on cocaine. (While he remains one of my favourite authors, he hasn’t had that edge since the eighties.) If you think about it, being high, edgy, anxious and paranoid while hearing voices and maybe also seeing things when you have some deeply ingrained religious fears… is a fine recipe for a sudden interest in the occult.

What drives the fear of Satanism and Satanic rituals among Christians? Again, those who fear it aren’t exactly honest with themselves about it. It’s not just fear. It’s exciting. They want it to be real. They want to imagine that people can really sit in a circle with a pentagram chalked on the floor, and summon demons. They want to believe that people can somehow gain personal power when committing violent acts during such rituals. And when such people (who want to believe) use drugs, ironically they are the ones who then mimic the “Satanic” rituals they saw in movies and read about in horror pulp fiction. Theirs is more a cargo cult than a religious cult, carrying out stupid pop culture rituals as if they are characters in movies like The Craft. And when they get caught, they make up their nonsensical claims about covens and groups of evil Satanists. And other Christians believe them because they want to believe them. But the bottom line is this: Those evil Satanists you are so scared of are just junkie Christians.

Actual Satanism is something completely different. It is simply a parody of religion, used as a tool to try bringing about secularism. (The separation of church and state.) For example, when militant Christians impose their religion on a state owned institution, forcing prayers before meetings, this is where an atheist jumps in, calling himself a Satanist, insisting that Satanic invocations can then happen before meetings, because due to freedom of religion, it must be given equal prayer time. It takes advantage of Christian fear – and in such cases, Christians in power will very quickly make rules barring all prayer, which is exactly what the secularist wanted in the fist place. In the same way, a Satanist who is really an atheist parodying religion, might place a Satanic statue in a state owned facility where extremist believers place their religious statues or monuments. The objective is the same.

And that is why I dislike Satanism. Even when it works to push secularism, as in the examples above, it does so dishonestly by pretending to be a religion. They might get away with it legally by displaying all the trappings of religion, but it can be argued that their beliefs are not sincere. (They’re not sincere.) But more importantly to me, it further perpetuates the nonsense that atheism is a religion and that atheists worship Satan. Ultimately it doesn’t get the point across that it should because the point should be to prevent religious extremists from imposing their religion on everyone, not to piss them off by imposing another “religion” on everyone. And Christians who are the target of such tactics will cling even harder to their faith and negative belief about Satanists; after all it is their fears that are being played on. Make no mistake though, Satanists don’t believe in or worship any deity or devil.

Just a silly observation about those TV murder documentaries

Every day when I get home from work, my mother and sometimes my son are watching one of those TV programs about cops finding killers. This one is called “Unusual Suspects” I think, is especially badly produced, and often features the same stories already seen on “Medical Detectives” last year.

This particular program follows a rather tiresome formula: (Disclosure – I’ve never seen it from the beginning.)

  1. Tell us the sad story of somebody who was murdered, and then hark back to it constantly, via interviews with family members.
  2. Go through every suspect they had, in copious detail, no matter how irrelevant.
  3. Tell us how hopeless the case was, and how it almost remained unsolved.
  4. Remind us again that this was a sweet, innocent person whom everybody loved.
  5. And then, years later, there’s an anonymous phone call, leading to the police finding the culprit.

Last night I got told to “Shut up!” when I blurted out, “And then there was a phone call” right before the overly dramatized tringalingaling…

Anyway, it occurred to me that those types of programs would be a heck of a lot less popular with people like my mother, if last night’s episode had been entitled “Pretty girl with three lovers and a cocaine habit stabbed to death”.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a girl having three lovers. Even those who buy into the sanctity of marriage bullshit seem to miss that in Biblical times, marriage involved men with dozens of wives, and concubines (sex slaves).

Also, not every victim in these shows is female, and sometimes (though rarely) they are innocent. The point is, almost every victim in these shows has connections to hard drugs. Thanks to the poorly produced formula of this particular show, where they go into detail of every failed lead, they do mention investigating drug or gang connections with people such as partners and family members of the victims.

They downplay the victims’ connections to drugs, but if you know anything about drugs and drug users, you should know that if a husband and wife live together and the husband sells (and uses) drugs, his wife is probably a user too. And so on. The more people in the victim’s life are associated with drugs, the more likely that the victim is also associated with drugs.

Nobody deserves to be murdered, of course, but if you associate with crime and criminals, the probability of it happening is going to increase. Those sorts of TV programs look for interesting stories, but they are dishonest in the way they present their victims… I doubt my mother would still find such tripe so interesting if nearly every episode was called some variation of “Another junkie killed”.