I’m addicted to cheesy Asian movies and Netflix dramas that spin a tale of fantasy and kung fu action flick.
My current serial addiction is watching is a show called Ice Fantasy Wiki – Ice Fantasy. The premise of this series is that there are 4 clans that represent the 4 elements of the universe – Fire, Ice, Water and Air. There is also the Mortal Kingdom, I gather this is where the non magical people hang out.
What I like about this particular drama is the blending of well known fantasy – elvish magical beings with mortals. The appeal of science fiction and fantasy is strong in these dramas. Release your inhibitions and let go of rational logic. There is none. Yet, it relies heavily on our own mythos and fables.
There is this one scene where our heros are in the Dream Clan. The only way to escape a dream is to die. The idea that to escape one realm – in this case the subconscious and awaken to another realm – the waking world, is also found in the Australian Aboriginal belief and culture. Dreamtime is the belief that the world was dreamed into consciousness.
This concept of dream consciousness is also portrayed in the 2010 movie Inception. In this movie, Dominic “Dom” Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are “extractors”, who perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract valuable information through a shared dream world. This “dream world” points back to a commonly used theme in many other fictional works often seen in science fiction and fantasy stories and movies.
This theme of dream world also highlighted in the Ice Fantasy.
Our hero must decide how to overcome his current plight. To stay captive in the dreamtime or to die in his dream in order to face his waking life.
Another modern movie reference points to the 1999 movie, The Matrix. When our hero Thomas Anderson, aka Neo wakes up from the subconscious life and truly sees the world around him as it is. The stark reality is that we as human beings must make that change to awaken.
When do we as human beings disengage from the “machine”/subconsciousness and wake ourselves into consciousness. There is a scene in the movie, when Orpheus asks Neo “Which pill do you take?”
The pill he is referring to is loosely based on a concept of reality vs. dream/illusion.
In this movie reference, Neo must choose between staying frozen in dream/illusion or awakening the consciousness. To be truly alive also means knowing the truth.
And the truth my friend is often not as pretty and concise as we would like it to be.