Lucifer (2015)

12 Apr 2016

silly humor
discriminating humor
physical comedy

thought provoking thinking
empathy and sympathy

immersive atmosphere

expected outcome
acceptable suspense (developments predicted minutes before)
exceptional suspense (developments not predicted)

realistic effects


boy ol’ boy here goes another tv review.

so I was a bit upset when “Forever” went off air last year, but now here’s a better replacement! Not only undying but with powers and invincible!

I was not familiar with the existance of the biblical side of the DC comics (although I had tried to read Paradise Lost last year), but this is a pleasant surprise. The topics lurking underneath are far more applicable and subtle than the usual superhero genre.

What really grabbed my attention to write these passages is in episode 2 the “lesson” we learned is in a sense about impotence and its cousins, a subject I am forced to think more frequently than usual in light of the second coming of my graduate school application “mishaps.”

what I concluded before this show was that impotence is fundamentally what drives anger. The inability to apply change really incites something deeply sinister, and that desire to destruct is precisely what can prove that “I am a big boy” and I can do such and such.

Quite a while back at Prof. Starbird’s house, a few of us fellow enchanted by the magic of mathematics had also discovered the tendency for difficulties that amalgamated a people of great variety of background and skill to the yoga of minds.

But now I can truly establish some kind of positive link to both observations, inspired by the ending scenes of this almost formulaic episode of entertainment. And that is the desire to overcome difficulties is exactly an attempt to overcome an impotency. In fact, what we who enjoy intellectual struggles are the ones that try. and the existence of obstacles and impotencies are justly what makes a mortal human life interesting. Without which, everything would become dull and boring and (even more) pointless. So trying, a.k.a. giving one’s maximal effort in attempting to achieve some goal, is the best attitude if interestingness is the objective function that one is hoping to maximize.

  • more thoughts after bed:
    corollary: all desires are masochistic
    this is a direct application of the fact that interestingness requires obstacle/struggle/impotency. e.g. even a fundamental desire for food implicitly requires hunger, tiredness, weakness, or all of the above. If one keeps on eating after fulfilling the gap, it will quickly cease to be enjoyable. (and at that moment, the desire to have the extra food digested comes up, which is directly correlated with the pain of being stuffed.)