Tuesday night George and I were having a long conversation via text. (Yes, Mr. Wordstar is a texting monster. He’s the reason I had to go with unlimited texting.) Truthfully we should have just picked up the phone and talked, but oh well.
Anyway, GRRM wanted to know if I had watched the latest episode of The Flash yet. I hadn’t because of the time difference between L.A. and Santa Fe, but we ended up talking about how the Star Labs Scooby gang keep locking people up in the basement in tiny rooms that appear to have no bed, no toilet, and that we never see them get a meal. George asked if this bothered me?
My response — oh Hell yes! Especially since one of the characters is a police officer and supposedly a good cop and a good man.
I understand this is fantasy and that super villains have enormous powers, BUT that doesn’t mean we throw out the Constitution with its guarantees of Due Process, right to a speedy trial, legal counsel. I think they get away with it on The Flash because Barry seems so sweet and kind and approachable and the kids in the gang are all so cute. Or you take the other approach and allow Jim Gordon in Gotham to become a vigilante cop which pretty much undermines the nature of the character. But none of these disguise the fact that what is occurring is a grotesque undermining of the rule of law.
Yes, it’ makes things harder if you have to think about and address these issues, but that makes for good story telling and better writing. To do otherwise is just lazy. I can promise you if we even get Wild Cards going as a TV series we’re not going to dodge these tough questions and even tougher solutions.