Tuesday, May 30, 2006

It's in the genes

Another day, another shotgun approach to finding things to focus my eyes and verbal assaults on.

First up, the news that DC Comics is bringing back one of their very old characters, the Batwoman. And they're recasting her in a new light. That light being, of course, of the attractive lesbian who "moonlights" as a crime-fighter. I know that comics readers are getting older, and that there needs to be new ways to open audiences, but is it really the best plan to convert a superhero that not too many people paid attention to (point of fact, the character hadn't been seen since 1979) into a potentially conflict-charged vehicle? To make things even weirder for the comic, it's going to be set in a world where DC mainstays aren't playing a key role. What's next, a "Batwoman" movie, starring Portia de Rossi?

Next up, it looks like the CIA is a bit upset with Mr. Kiefer Sutherland. Because he gets things done too fast. C'mon, folks. 24 is a television show. Things have to get done fast, so as to keep anything resembling a viewer base. If the show was based at all on actual CIA operatives, it might need to be called something like 2,400... and that would lead to grumpy viewers, especially in the realtime format.

Finally, scientists have started to discover why some people have more voracious sex drives than others. It appears to be tied into our genetic structure. Apparently varients in one of the receptor genes leads to differences in sexual drive, arousal, and function. Looking towards the future, perhaps this can lead to people deciding what gender they want their child to be, if they want to eliminate genetic diseases, and whether or not they should turn their precious baby into a nymphomaniac.

Of course, this could all lead to next season on 24, as Elisha Cuthbert shows up on camera, having an affair with Anne Heche, due to the fact that her D4 receptor is fairly active. And then we can all have a good cry over the world that makes these things news in the first place.

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