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“Humans” in Sci-fi and Fantasy TV

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In the past year, I have been introduced to several shows in which the human beings seem like monsters and the creatures in the shows seem to be the most human. True Blood and Battlestar Galactica are two of the show I am speaking about. In these shows, there is quite an obvious distinction between the humans and non-humans, especially in the eyes of the human characters. It’s a classic case of prejudice.

In True Blood, the vampires, shifters and other creatures are oftentimes looked down on by the other characters in the show because they are different. The shifters are viewed as lower life forms by the vampires because they aren’t nearly as good of supernatural creatures as them. They aren’t as strong or fast. However, they can pass as humans and aren’t under the prejudice of the “normal” people. However, later in the book series, *SPOILER ALERT* the shifters come out to the community just as the vampires did and are met with massive scrutiny and prejudice too. They are killed and tortured because the world does not understand them.

The vampires of True Blood are also treated in a similar manner. The vampires are treated poorly because people think they drink human blood. While this is true for some of them, not all of them do this. They are all stereotyped into the blood-thirsty, human killing monsters. Bill, Eric and some of the others actually seem more human than some of the human characters. For instance, when Eric’s maker proposes to kill himself, the viewer sees him break down as a child lamenting his “father.” Bill loves a mortal girl (some might say for the wrong reasons, but he does fall in love with her after the fact). Jessica is a mixed up baby vampire. Their humanity is exemplified because they are not human (Whereas the human characters’ problems seem to be less than fantastical because they are normal).

In Battlestar Galactica, you are introduced to the cyborg race of the Cylons. Throughout the series, the humans revile them because they tried to commit the total genocide of the human race. However, they acted mainly out of fear themselves making a preemptive strike because they lived for years with an uneasy peace with the humans. Before that, they were enslaved to the humans because they had created the Cylons. Over the course of the series, several of the start to become human as they interact with humanity. They seek to understand how to be “human.” As in the first episode, one of the 6’s breaks the neck of a small baby as she exams it.

 

In the show, these groups are ostracized and forced to be on the outskirts of society because of their differences. However, is it really that we as humans cannot take the mirror being held up to ourselves? They are human analogs which we use to places these fears of the unknown within ourselves onto. The people inside their universes don’t really fear them. They fear becoming them. They fear being so human that they lose themselves into the abyss of the other.

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Written by barryr22

September 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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