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Heroes and villains have clashed in American pop culture since D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation in 1915, but today's heroes are oddly at war with another foe—themselves, Jeff Jensen writes in Entertainment Weekly. Like Lost's castaways, modern heroes are "flawed or messed up," reflecting "a culture that feels powerless and pissed." From Iron Man's Tony Stark to the meth-making dad on Breaking Bad, "we can't staunch our doubts that good is up to the task."
In a time of terrorist threats and environmental meltdown, when "we should logically be drawn to tales of strong, valiant souls," American heroes "need to be saved from themselves before they save anyone else." Meanwhile a new breed of villains, epitomized by Joker and Saw's Jigsaw Killer, "are scarred rogues" with "world-saving ambitions." Our cultural road-map has clearly been jettisoned. "The current state of heroism can be summed up in a word: Lost."
Originally posted by sadisticwoman
Meanwhile a new breed of villains, epitomized by Joker and Saw's Jigsaw Killer, "are scarred rogues" with "world-saving ambitions."
Originally posted by TheDustmanI doubt that many of our historical heroes would've been considered such if they were under the media microscope during their lives.
Originally posted by MrMot
Did any of you see that show Dexter? There's a hero. Dude is one of America's best blood stain expert in foresnics. He's so intelligent and stuff. He's got just one flaw, he's a serial killer.