Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So, about that Fringe promo.

First, dear Lord, look at this thing. It looks like a movie. And has made me both really excited and really concerned about this season.

But second, I'm not the only one seeing echoes of LBJ at the beginning here, right?

And not to co-opt actual history for the purposes of television or anything, but the words work, too: "These are the stakes! To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die." And that, of course, conjures Auden's "September 1, 1939" (and I doubt the Nazi-like uniforms are a coincidence):
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
Just saying: I think we're in for a lot this season.

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