Monday, August 07, 2006
Sci-fi stories BEFORE Voltes V.
As far as I know, the United States was and still is, the supreme ”kahuna” regarding memorable Science Fiction Classics.
Old favorites such as “Flash Gordon and “Buck Rogers” where the main epitome of the Science Fiction Universe.
But there are sci-fi classic that disturbs me; “War of the Worlds”; “Mars Attacks”; “V”: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”; “The Day the Earth Stood Still”; “Independence day” had one common theme; The Invasion of Earth by Alien hostiles from outer space!”
The old Sci-Fi scenarios of the past had depicted alien oppressors showing off their might and powering the form of ultra advance technology in space navigation and warfare, crushing their usually out classed human opponent.
Then, the invaders pulverizing human structures and monuments of achievements like the Mt. Rushmore or the Eiffel Tower.
These science fiction movies undermine and degrade human capacities and capabilities to its barest, animalistic sense of survival.
These movies also suggest that microscopic bacterium is better off to defend the world from supposed hostile invaders than humans.
What’s even more insulting is that humans in these shows are contented to watch a supposedly defeated alien invader escapes into the darkness, leaving the earth with its vast death toll and ruined cities.
Unlike these American sci-fi movies, Voltes V carried the battle for Planet Earth at the very threshold of the invader’s planet.
Voltes V let the Boazanians taste the destruction they have inflicted against the people of Earth. The Ultra Electro Magnetic Machine destroyed much pertinent structures and monuments that the Boazanians had held so dear, just like what they did to the Earth.
(An Eye for an Eye so to speak!)
Because of this, Voltes V sparks power and inspiration for me and thousands of other classic anime fans...