How Science Fiction & Fantasy show how human nature is corrupt

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When I kill them Doctor, it gives me a little buzz…right here, in the hearts. It’s like…how would I describe it. It’s like knowing I’m in the right place.-The Master (arch enemy of Doctor Who in the episode Spyfall)

If You Kill, I Will Find You.-Joe Kenda (retired Detective Lieutenant and host of Homicide Hunter)

The Kevin Swanson type of Christian may not be a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy which for the most part does indeed hold a pagan humanist worldview, and yet the Steve Deace types can spot certain Christian truths coming through regardless if the creators and writers actually see it…or not.

Take the case of two episodes of the long running Doctor Who from Great Britain. One from about 13 years ago called Last of the Time Lords and most recent episode Spyfall (a two parter in which it’s title is apparently a play on the James Bond movie Skyfall and does deal with people working as spies). If you ever wondered what drives people to murder one another, these two episodes has the Doctor’s arch enemy The Master and who ever his associates are at the time owning up to why they kill.

In the episode Last Of The Time Lords which serves as the finale of the End of the Universe/Utopia story arch, the Master with the help of a alien race called the Toclafane (named by the Master after their home planet’s version of the bogeyman) succeeds in conquering Earth and putting it on a quick terminal demise. It later revealed that the Toclafane are actual the last remnants of humanity from the year 100 trillion (in the Whoverse that is year when the universe is finally coming to an end) and are able to kill their own without effecting their existence with the use of a paradox device the Master was able to assemble. When a captured individual Toclafane is asked by a resistance fighter why the Toclafane wants kill its own ancestors it simply answers; “Because it’s Fun.” As the Toclafane laughs wickedly the same fighter gets enraged if not horrified and sickened and kills it. The scene transitions to The Master declaring that we are the greatest monsters of them all. The Master’s device is eventually destroyed and only a few people know about his great wickedness regarding this scheme as if it never happened.

Flash forward to this year and the 12th season/series of the current run of Doctor Who and two parter season/series premiere episode Spyfall. After escaping the dimension of The Master’s current associates (the Kasaavin) with the help of the real life Ada Lovelace; the Master is able to track down his arch enemy, take hostages at a invention exhibition in 1834, and kill a few of the hostages as well with a weapon that also shrinks its victims. Friends unless you know your Doctor Who, you might never watch movies like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids the same again. He them admits to the Doctor that he gets instance gratification when he commits murder and feels that is what he was created to do.

The human race is truly the greatest monsters of them all, but we are still created in the image of a loving God who has given us top priority and in the end wants us to be in his eternal kingdom. In spite of the dominant humanist worldview in many science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies and TV series…someway and somehow the Christian worldview does rear its head.

Check out the first Wonder Woman movie just a few years back. The villain Ares tell Diana that the human race is not basically good which is in reality Biblical. Diana admits this, but continues to fight on against Ares and his goals, for all of us have to deal with the corruption within us…or to use a Doctor Who term…the “Bad Wolf.”

In most adaptions of Shazam! you have the monsters named after the Seven Deadly Sins in the teachings of the Christian faith. You also have the hero Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) and the namesake wizard with one Biblical element to the name. That being Solomon while the rest come from the Greek and Roman pagan cultures.

I have one more to point and its an episode from Star Trek: The Original Series (Bread and Circuses). Captain Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy all believed that the faith of the citizens of the planet 892-IV (at least those in the Resistance) was in their literal sun, but Communications Officer Lt. Uhura corrects her superiors and tells them that; “It’s not the sun up in the sky. It’s the Son of God.”

Long before Ricky Gervais called out Hollywood, Science Fiction and Fantasy has called out our fallen nature…regardless if the writers know it or not.

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