Touched By An Egregore: Kevin (Probably) Saves The World

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I wanted to drop a few words on the new ABC show Kevin (Probably) Saves The World, which had some surprisingly strong spiritual/Gnostic type elements. I had no idea what to expect about this show—much less knew what it was about—but I liked Jason Ritter’s work on Gravity Falls, so I gave it a chance.

The title character, recovering from a suicide attempt, has come to live with his widowed twin sister and his niece. Having also lost his job and his girlfriend, he’s self-centered, aimless, and emotionally distant from his family. (spoilers ahead)

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The Future Of Humanity Is Elsagate

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A few major mainstreamy articles have come out spotlighting what has been known in the fringe community as “Elsagate”—basically, those weird & often fetishistic videos for children featuring knock-offs of popular characters such as Elsa from Frozen, Spider-Man, and the Joker. (I’ve done my own “exposé” on the subject here)

And to my shock this whole sordid kiddie-vid enterprise extends way past the comic book superhero/Disney princess thing and embraces pretty much every main children’s fandom, including Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol—videos for both blithely showing characters being tortured in dentist’s chairs, pissed on, eaten, hypnotized, murdered, going to strip clubs, and committing suicide. You know: “the new normal.”

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Hunter S. Thompson TV Series “Fear And Loathing” On The Way

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There have been three major movies (and a bunch of documentaries) about Hunter S. Thompson’s life, but there is no doubt plenty of more tales about the famous gonzo journalist to tell (and retell). So it was probably a natural that a TV series based on his adventures would be made.

Currently with the title Fear And Loathing, the show will be helmed by Get Shorty’s Davey Holmes for MGM television. Bob Nelson, who scripted the acclaimed Nebraska, is also attached.

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Time Is A Flat Circle…

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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in “Surfer, Dude” (2008) and “True Detective” (2014)

Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done or will do we will do over and over and over again—forever.
–Rust Cohle, “True Detective”

It all comes back around: re-cycles, closed-loops, spirals, call-backs, remixes. Such as the case in these examples from pop-culture:

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The One Where Mulder And Scully Start Tripping

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“Field Trip” is one of the most psychedelic X-Files episodes, with its reality-bending storyline reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick novel. Is the giant magic mushroom causing the terrifying hallucinations? Were they abducted by aliens? Is it something else? Are they hopelessly trapped in Tommy Westphall’s snow globe (no doubt caused by the rift Det. John Munch/Richard Belzer created when he crossed over from Homicide)?

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Fringe Theory In “The Good Place” And “The Orville”

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I just caught the latest episodes of The Good Place (a pretty metaphysical show to begin with) and The Orville (less so), and was really struck with the way some “fringe” theory seemed to be reflected in them—specifically, Simulation Theory and Flat Earth Theory. Not saying this was the express intention of the producers of each show, but I was amazed at how much these “crazy” concepts were reflected in the plots.

Spoilers ahead!

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