Thursday, 16 June 2011

A rather large crab

3 comments:

jams o donnell said...

Yikes that could be the star of a Guy N Smith horror!

kellie said...

Thank Jams, I hadn't heard of him before. Reading the blurb for Night of the Crabs, about a scientist "with a healthy dislike of authority" and "ineffectual army officers," some of those characters seem very familiar! Like in Quatermass and the Pit for example, which I showed to the kids last week.

Following that diversion, there's something odd about Quatermass and the Pit, in that it's about the dangers of militarism, fascism, racism, and eugenics and all that, showing how the bug-eyed martians were murderously intolerant of any deviation from the norm. But as the story is about how these intolerant violent impulses were introduced into humans by martians in prehistoric times, it falls into an alien=bad mode of argument, and a romantic idealisation of racial purity in the suggestion that prehistoric humanity prior to martian infection was kind and gentle and good.

Another thing, why are there so few nice aliens, or even neutral ones, in Dr Who? All of time and space to explore, and nearly everything non-human is a malevolent threat! Even a few alien dumb beasts chewing grass would leaven the mix a bit.

I should get out for a walk now...

jams o donnell said...

I wouldn't bother with exploring further. His work is absolutely awful!

Nice aliens? Now that is a poser Kellie. I suppose the Borg weren't all bad!