Originally Posted by rdclark
My problem comes with doing it in the context of a show where flashbacks to ten or fifteen years in the past are part of the fabric of the storytelling, but absolutely no effort is made to change the actors' appearance to reflect the passage of so much time.
Given all the other silliness in this show, I can’t really get worked up about this. The actors don’t want to wear prosthetics; the producers don’t want to spend the time and money on makeup, end of story.
I mean, once you’ve hired a “chubby” actor to play a tech genius as some sort of idiot savant who cannot seem to translate his engineering skills into any sort of useful contribution to a non-electric world… and you’ve given this character self-esteem issues that have him on the verge of suicide about every other week… and yet there he stands every
week, both in the present and in flashbacks, with his five-big-mac-a day physique perfectly intact…. in a world where supposedly 90% of the population has starved over the past decade and a half…
Please… with the absurdity that is Aaron confronting me every week, I should be bothered that none of the adult characters seem to have aged in 15 years?!?
So all these people looked exactly the same 15 years ago, and completely different 25 years ago. That's a new-Klingon/old-Klingon-grade discontinuity, and I guess we just don't discuss it.
Or blame it on the nanites.
Well, you laugh, but frankly, why not?
Just two weeks ago, we learned that the nanites have been eating away a woman’s stage 4 tumors for 15 years… they haven’t eliminated the tumors, mind you… in fact, they haven’t even reduced them to the point that maybe some more conventional technology might now be effective…
Nope, the nanites have just kept this woman right on the edge of end stage cancer for all these years. Sure, she “looks wonderful”, but as soon as the nanites are destroyed, she’s toast. Not as fast as the deep-fried bozos in the woods, but still, definitely toast.
Now if that strikes you as credible science fiction – as opposed to a ridiculous plot contrivance necessary to put a crazy genius lady in the woods, knowing how to turn the power back on, but declining to do so while 90% of the population starves (see again absurdity of Aaron, above) – then why object to nanites keeping people from aging?
Who’s to say the nanites don’t spend their “down time” rebuilding people’s telomeres?
I mean, when there are no tumors to eat or electricity or absorb, maybe they get bored.
Maybe keeping people young gives them a sense of purpose, so they don’t get all suicidal, like Aaron.
Originally Posted by tighr
It's not like LOST
Right. The first season of Lost
was grounded in reality. Revolution
has given us magic nanites in season 1; no telling how silly it could get by season 6. I rather doubt we’ll ever find out, but the possibilities are mind-boggling.