- From Rev. Margee Grounds, Unity Southwest Region
Could you two shed some light on the vampire programs on TV and “Charmed” and the like. I’m sure they must be a metaphor exploration of the dark side archetypes or “thought people”, as Papa Charlie would say – but since they are kind of like “real life” crime shows or soap operas, I am wondering what you two have to say about what they portray about us 21st century peeps.
To Rev. Margee:
- We have covered those topics a few times — probably most thoroughly at Halloween, and the part 2 which we did on Rev. Ogun’s show (link below). We also talked about witches and angels in another show, but I’m not sure if we’ve covered “Charmed” much. I’ll keep it in mind and figure out how and when to work it in soon!
Thanks! Here are the links if you feel like checking out the shows to see if there’s anything we missed.
- So here are some theories!
Response to the world situation /outlook – during the Great Depression, Busby Berkeley musicals helped people escape to a world of beauty. In the 50’s with fears of Nuclear War, monster movies helped people work through fears of the unknown. – much like today.
Slate.com article by Katy Waldman – quotes Susan Sontag: in 1965, the definitive essay on Cold War dystopian fantasy: “The Imagination of Disaster.” “We live,” she claimed in that piece, “under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror.” The job of science fiction was at once to “lift us out of the unbearably humdrum … by an escape into dangerous situations which have last-minute happy endings” and to “normalize what is psychologically unbearable, thereby inuring us to it.”
In other words, a good horror/fantasy/sci-fi flick provides a healthy dose of escapism, but it also keeps one eye fastened on what we wish to escape from. During the Depression, that could have been the exhausting grind of making ends meet. During the 1950s, it was relentless domesticity and something altogether more insidious: the Soviet Menace and the threat of nuclear war.
Because we think we know our world – the thrill of not knowing exactly how these creatures function, and how they are always inventing and exploring new twists and solutions to problems and flaws
Their problems make ours look simple.
The world feels dangerous – what would it be like to not be afraid?
A fascination with our own mortality…what we would accomplish in ten lifetimes.
Forbidden love –
The pressures of doing the right thing, versus the thrill of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons – passion of feeling alive!
Maybe we don’t feel alive, but like robots, or zombies….
We need contrast – sometimes we have to explore the other side to appreciate what we’ve got. – Anne Rice novels help her explore spirituality, religion and belief.
Charmed – was groundbreaking – and award winning!
Eight seasons from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006.
Charmed achieved both critical and popular acclaim, with its first episode “Something Wicca This Way Comes” garnering 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the highest-rated debut episode for The WB. During its fifth season, the series became the highest-rated Sunday night program in The WB’s history. At 178 episodes, Charmed is the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB and the second-longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads. The series has also received numerous awards and nominations. In 2010, HuffPost TV and AOL TV ranked Charmed within their joint list of “The Top 20 Magic/Supernatural Shows of All Time”, while in 2013, TV Guide listed the series as one of “The 60 Greatest Sci-Fi Shows of All Time”. Charmed has also become a pop culture reference in television shows and films, and several other witch-themed shows have been compared to the series.
- Ghost Whisperer – love and light
- Fringe – drawn back to origins
- I Dream of Jeannie
- Pushing Daisies
- Vampire Diaries
- True Blood
- Addams Family