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Old September 5 2012, 07:45 PM   #13
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Re: I want Data back...

I think we should start a bring back Dr Fisher camp! And a bring back Pike camp. And a bring back Duras camp. And a bring back Welshy camp.

God, you know that this kind of behaviour was what South Park mocked in killing off Kenny each week. That his death was made redundant, a cheap thrill. Bringing people back from the dead might have creatively good reasons, but in general, especially in industries which seem to specialise in resurrections, it comes off cheaply and stupidly. When a creator or writer tries to make death be death - as Logan, Baird, Stewart and Spiner were trying to do in Nemesis - maybe we should just accept that, rather than act as a fan, as a dreamer, denying death its totalised power over all our existences.

I'm really reminded of Community's season two episode, 'The Psychology of Letting Go', in which a character called Pierce thinks that his mother isn't dead, but turned into cosmic vapour that will be in the future turned back into her. The writer, Hilary Winston, lets Pierce keep his delusion, but the episode's point is summed up in a recording left by his mother

"Life is only worth a damn because it's short. It's designed to be used, consumed, spent, lived, felt. We're supposed to fill it with every mistake and miracle we can manage. And then, we're supposed to let go."
Clinging onto dead characters is such a mockery of reality, mourning and bereavement. We are better because of loss, we experience and move on. If we can't, isn't that psychologically wrong?
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