Nov 242011

This week’s episode of Un-Go (episode 7 for those of y’all reading this in the future while riding jet packs and shooting ray guns)? It was all a dream.

That’s to say there was a good deal of dream logic playing out in this episode. What, exactly, was happening in this episode is purely speculative at the moment. It could be an illusion created by the novelist villain dude. It could be some fever dream brought on by the stress of the job. It could be reality and everything that’s happened to this point is the lie. It doesn’t really matter at the moment. What matters is what’s being said by all the people on the set of this war movie that’s popped up out of nowhere.

The three girls acting in the movie are basically talking about the nature of war. Before war takes place, most people are in denial. They can’t believe that the violence and chaos that comes with this sort of aggression will ever reach them. At the same time, war isn’t only inevitable, it’s something that people desire. No matter how much people may claim to want those ordinary days of peace, they flock to disasters just to watch everything burn. People get off on war, quite literally as one girl describes– they thrive on conflict, and when it’s over they feel like they should have sucked on its cock longer.

This all reminds me of last night’s episode of Coast to Coast AM. They had a dude on their talking about people’s fascinations with end times. He doesn’t buy into the reality of such scenarios, but he feels that people who are fascinated by them feel their allure because it gives them a way to feel important. These people fantasize about zombie apocalypses, the collapse of the government, and massive natural disasters because it’ll let them play the hero. They wanna be that proverbial Mad Max, going down the road in a tricked-out Mustang with a shotgun in one hand and a blessed crucifix in the other, ready to gun down Satan’s armies and right all the wrongs brought about by the end of the world.

And it’s that fascination that’s partly to blame for people’s need to go and blow shit up. If they bring about that sort of chaos, they can be the one to return order to the world. At the same time, there has to be someone who gets off on being the one who starts all this shit, and in that we have this novelist dude. He wants to create the “world’s last great detective,” and he wants said detective to be this idealized hero.

All of these ideas are being told in this dream-like state. The actions of the people in this episode don’t make much sense. The actors’ expressions don’t seem to match what’s transpiring in the movie. The city’s burning, yet one girl is disinterested and another is beaming. There doesn’t seem to be a script, despite the director insisting on doing things in the manner that’s already been decided upon. Scenes don’t make sense when connected to one another (not unlike the paragraphs of this post). This dream state is allowing characters to speak things that wouldn’t make sense in a normal wakened state of consciousness. It’d be silly exposition for these girls to sit down in their lingerie and talk about metaphorical sex with the concept of war, but once you put that speech into a stream of consciousness-like narrative, it makes perfect sense.

And there’s something up with the Shinjuro. Something from his subconscious is coming to the surface in this episode. It’s as if he was in a position pre-war, or during the war, to stop something from happening. He saw something strange and didn’t do anything about it until it was too late, hence the scene where he sees the director harassing one of the girls. Maybe it has something to do with the actresses being dubbed criminals. They almost seem be forced into their roles. Maybe the main dude had some responsibility for some people who were deemed to be war criminals? I don’t know, I’m just letting the ideas flow out just like this episode did.

Or I could be totally wrong about all of this. That’d be cool, too.

Also: “The Works of Director Frank Darabont?” Couldn’t they have picked a classier director to name-check? The only good movie he’s made is The Mist.

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