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With an underlining theme of power in love and life with a hint of death the producer uses this as the angels form of life. David Tennant states as Doctor Who in the episode, "They just zap you into the past and let you live to death. You die in the past and in the present they consume the energy of all the days you might have had."<ref>[https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5njo9z] "Doctor Who S3 E10: Blink". DailyMotion. 00:26:10-00:26:25. Retreived September 12, 2019.</ref> Here we see that life and death are both toyed with in the episode. Taking one from their current present day life and plunging them into a time period they know nothing about and forcing them to live in the past until they die. Somehow also making it possible for these alien creature to consume the life which the individual would have left in the present day. This episode alone gives its audience the idea that life is worth living whether it be in the past or in the now present. With characters such as Kathy Nightingale and Billy Shipton we find that although they could not live life in the age in which they originated they were still able to live and find love. I found this to be interesting because although the show is a science fiction genre is hints to all sorts of themes related to other genres ultimately making it relatable for all people.
 
With an underlining theme of power in love and life with a hint of death the producer uses this as the angels form of life. David Tennant states as Doctor Who in the episode, "They just zap you into the past and let you live to death. You die in the past and in the present they consume the energy of all the days you might have had."<ref>[https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5njo9z] "Doctor Who S3 E10: Blink". DailyMotion. 00:26:10-00:26:25. Retreived September 12, 2019.</ref> Here we see that life and death are both toyed with in the episode. Taking one from their current present day life and plunging them into a time period they know nothing about and forcing them to live in the past until they die. Somehow also making it possible for these alien creature to consume the life which the individual would have left in the present day. This episode alone gives its audience the idea that life is worth living whether it be in the past or in the now present. With characters such as Kathy Nightingale and Billy Shipton we find that although they could not live life in the age in which they originated they were still able to live and find love. I found this to be interesting because although the show is a science fiction genre is hints to all sorts of themes related to other genres ultimately making it relatable for all people.
 
:{{Reply to|D.Sams96}} I loved your thoughts on "Blink". I never took into consideration that even though Billy and Kathy were sent to the past, they were still were able to maintain peace and find love. I think this underlying theme adds a little bit more to the episode than it just being Science Fiction. Great post!! [[User:Brebre143|Brebre143]] ([[User talk:Brebre143|talk]]) 01:36, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
 
:{{Reply to|D.Sams96}} I loved your thoughts on "Blink". I never took into consideration that even though Billy and Kathy were sent to the past, they were still were able to maintain peace and find love. I think this underlying theme adds a little bit more to the episode than it just being Science Fiction. Great post!! [[User:Brebre143|Brebre143]] ([[User talk:Brebre143|talk]]) 01:36, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
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:{{Reply to|D.Sams96}} I found it interesting how the use of symbolism was twisted in the terms of our basic meanings into the complete opposite. That is a good interpretation and analysis of the Blink Episode of Doctor Who. I have seen that same theme in fairy tales which helps bring the princesses back to life after someone tries to kill them off. I brought up fairy tales because they bring about themes to help with situations also. I find it crazy instead of fasting forward in life they went backward in time.--[[User:TSmith2020|TSmith2020]] ([[User talk:TSmith2020|talk]]) 16:55, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
  
 
== September 14: Television Influence in "Blink" & "The Gernsback Continuum" ==
 
== September 14: Television Influence in "Blink" & "The Gernsback Continuum" ==

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August 14, 2019: Science Fiction Definition

Science Fiction definition based upon the context is a genre of literature or film that is based upon science with elements and idea used throughout the story that are also imaginary. Meaning the story will likely have made up characters and events which did not or are unlikely to happen in reality. An example of this definition would be the marvel movies and comic. Many of the characters in these series are fictional. Although the movies and comic give an in-depth description of all the things which happen to each character to give them the powers, they possess such as super strength and spider senses we know that the event taken place for most of these characters are very unlikely to happen to us in the real world.

August 21, 2019: What I have learned about Science Fiction?

The first aspect of Science Fiction that I've learned from these readings and videos is that its a genre of literature which focuses on the imaginative possibilities of scientific and technological advancement. Science Fiction or 'Scientifiction" as Hugo Gernsback referred to it became popular in the 1700's.[1] The second interesting thing is that authors H.G. Welles, an English writer, and Jules Verne, a French novelist, were seen as the fore fathers of this form of literature. Science Fiction authors are often credited by scientist for developing the real world. Surprisingly most science fiction novels are what stimulates the mind of young scientist to experiment with the ideas that these authors have created such as cloning, the atomic bomb, and the airplane.[2] Lastly, Science fiction also made way for many other accomplishments besides those of the scientific realm and other forms of writing. Science Fiction for women authors in a way led to its own movement for women such as Joanna Russ and Ursula Le Guin who were able to reach a wide audience and explore feminist issues. As well as from this genre came a new form of literary writing known as Cyberpunk which is a graphic stem off of the pop culture.[3]

@D.Sams96:I agree with everything that you have to learned. I would also like to respectfully add that we must remember that SyFi has alot of social and political messages as well. I personally believe that that alot of times the message is to remind people that we're not sure what will happen o our planet once we cross certain lines so we must care for it! I could definitely see a zombie apocalypse or a Day After Tomorrow situation if we dont clean the planet up. I just recently watched a video of rapper 2-Chains trying lab grown food ( I could not find the video or I would have inserted it) however, we don't know what will happen to us after eating that.Ambersmith5 (talk) 10:02, 5 September 2019 (EDT)
@D.Sams96: Hello! I like how you explained Science Fiction as involving "imaginative possibilities". Something about that sentence sounded very right to me. On a different note, it might be helpful to attach links to the authors names that you mentioned for those who do not know about the authors, or who would like to learn more. Nice job! Christina.moore2 (talk) 15:47, 6 September 2019 (EDT)

September 13, 2019: Doctor Who "Blink"

Doctor Who a very well known television show during the 1990's. In the episode "Blink" which appeared in the third season of the show it uses common symbols but with a twist in their meanings. The angels which are common symbols of benevolence are usually seen with calm peaceful faces. In this episode they are seen weeping indicating a turn in the mood. These angels are not sent to bring peace or clarity to anyone but rather sadness and confusion. According to Elizabeth Sandifer, these angels are monsters within the plot that are used to "function along the lines of the medium they’re built in, television."[4] The weeping angels are monstrous and have similar characteristics to vampires with point teeth and long pointed claws. The solar opposite view of a true angel.

With an underlining theme of power in love and life with a hint of death the producer uses this as the angels form of life. David Tennant states as Doctor Who in the episode, "They just zap you into the past and let you live to death. You die in the past and in the present they consume the energy of all the days you might have had."[5] Here we see that life and death are both toyed with in the episode. Taking one from their current present day life and plunging them into a time period they know nothing about and forcing them to live in the past until they die. Somehow also making it possible for these alien creature to consume the life which the individual would have left in the present day. This episode alone gives its audience the idea that life is worth living whether it be in the past or in the now present. With characters such as Kathy Nightingale and Billy Shipton we find that although they could not live life in the age in which they originated they were still able to live and find love. I found this to be interesting because although the show is a science fiction genre is hints to all sorts of themes related to other genres ultimately making it relatable for all people.

@D.Sams96: I loved your thoughts on "Blink". I never took into consideration that even though Billy and Kathy were sent to the past, they were still were able to maintain peace and find love. I think this underlying theme adds a little bit more to the episode than it just being Science Fiction. Great post!! Brebre143 (talk) 01:36, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
@D.Sams96: I found it interesting how the use of symbolism was twisted in the terms of our basic meanings into the complete opposite. That is a good interpretation and analysis of the Blink Episode of Doctor Who. I have seen that same theme in fairy tales which helps bring the princesses back to life after someone tries to kill them off. I brought up fairy tales because they bring about themes to help with situations also. I find it crazy instead of fasting forward in life they went backward in time.--TSmith2020 (talk) 16:55, 15 September 2019 (EDT)

September 14: Television Influence in "Blink" & "The Gernsback Continuum"

In both pieces we find that they both rely on different aspects of television and the things related to it as a significant symbol or object. First in blink we find that the television through DVDs was the helping factor for Sally Sparrow and Larry to defeat the weeping angels. First with the idea that the letter given to Sally by the grandmother of her best friend explaining how she fell in love with a man who runs a movie shop. This clue leads her to the DVD shop where Larry works. Later they find a common clue in seventeen DVDs, which all of them Sally happens to own, is Doctor Who. Toward the ending of the episode is through watching one of the many DVDs that they understand that he placed himself in these DVDs to help her understand how to defeat the weeping angels.[6] The television in this case is used as a time travel communication device. Doctor Who present in 1968 sends messages to Sally Sparrow in the present through the only source that would survive the difference in both time periods, that is television.

Television although it is not used to help save the world from monsters in "The Gernsback Continuum" it is used as the source of science fiction itself. Gibson defines science fiction through the details of most science fiction writings including things such as UFO findings, flying saucers or space ships, and time travel. He uses the narrator who refers back to the thirties a time period where science fiction was its most popular. The narrator relates the shows and movies he used to watch to the assignment he is given by a movie director. The focus of the movie is an "alternate America: a 1980 that never happened".[7] The narrator himself is given a lecture on how watching or reading science fiction can affect the human mind so that people begin to see what is not there giving the narrator several example of ridiculous stories he's heard. The character refers to it as "a kind of sci-fi imagery that permeates our culture".[8] Thus Gibson sees television and science fiction as having a psycho affect on humans particularly those who enjoy writing reading producing it.

References

  1. [1] DocSpot (March 7 2018). "The Truth About Science Fiction (Documentary)". YouTube. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  2. [2] DocSpot (March 7 2018). "The Truth About Science Fiction (Documentary)". YouTube. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  3. [3]Zaidi, Leah (2018). "Brave New Worlds: Science Fiction and Transition Design". SSRN Electronic Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3217423. ISSN 1556-5068.
  4. [4] Sandifer, Elizabeth (October 2013). "The Image of An Angel (Blink)". Eruditorium Press. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  5. [5] "Doctor Who S3 E10: Blink". DailyMotion. 00:26:10-00:26:25. Retreived September 12, 2019.
  6. [6] "Doctor Who S3 E10: Blink". DailyMotion. Retreived September 12, 2019.
  7. Gibson, William. "The Gernsback Continuum". Norton Book of Science Fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Attebury. New Nork: W. W. Norton & Company. 1993.
  8. Gibson, William. "The Gernsback Continuum". Norton Book of Science Fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin, Brian Attebury. New Nork: W. W. Norton & Company. 1993.