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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Conversation over Appetizers at Staff Luncheon

There I was, smack dab between two colleagues, busily engaged in an animated discussion about recent movies we had seen.

"The last movie I saw? Um, oh, yeah, it was X-Men 3: The Last Stand," said Tom (all names have been changed to protect... well, me.)

"Me, too!" I piped in.

Katie asked, "So how'd you like it? I was disappointed in X-3, myself. It was nothing like the comic books."

"I liked it," I said. "I mean, the special effects alone... But I've never read the comics, so... yeah."

Not to be outdone, Tom added his two cents: "Well, what bothered me was that the first two X-Men movies had this great subtext of nonconformity and minority discrimination, whereas X3 pushed that all aside and focused more on a mutant cure. And the whole cure thing just didn't work as a parallel for me because mutants-- who have powers and could conceivable be a threat to society-- had the choice to become 'normal,' whereas, say, Jews in WWII-- who were not a threat to anyone-- never had a choice to conform. It wasn't like they could just take a pill and stop being Jewish."

Okay, so maybe it was more like ten cents. Or twenty, perhaps. Fine, let's say he added his two hundred and forty-two cents and call it good, mm'kay? Geez. What an overachiever.

Anyway, I was still trying to figure out what the hell he was talking about when Katie nodded in solemn agreement and said, "You know, in the comics not all mutants had superpowers. Some were just different colors, but in the movie they were all superheroes. And don't even get me started on the Phoenix--

The Phoenix?! YES!

"Oooh! Oooh! I totally loved The Dark Phoenix! Man, Jean Grey looked WICKED COOL! With the flaming hair?! And the uber superpowers?! Because Famke Janssen?..." I whistled appreciatively. "WOW. She looked amazing, right? Right? DAAAYUM."

Tom and Katie stared at me. Which... rude?

"Well, she did."

Our food came then, and the conversation drifted to a classical music concert Tom had recently attended. Which was too bad, honestly, because I was just about to launch into my spiel-- which is simply brilliant, if I do say so myself, like Buffy brilliant!-- on how exactly Rogue could have worked around the whole sucks-the-life-out-of-anything-she-touches thing so she could totally get it freaking ON with Iceman without giving up her mutant powers.

Eh. Maybe next time.

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6 Comments:
Blogger Amy commented:

Sheesh. Some people get so far into things they miss out on everything good.

» 6/22/2006 2:13 PM 
Blogger Cat commented:

Tell it, sistah. True dat.

» 6/22/2006 2:15 PM 
Blogger Misty commented:

Plus some people read to many complicated comic books! lol When I was reading comic books back in day--it was Sabrina the teenage witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Betty and Veronica. The fashion was what was important though. The fashion.

» 6/22/2006 7:23 PM 
Blogger Misty commented:

Plus some people read to many complicated comic books! lol When I was reading comic books back in day--it was Sabrina the teenage witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Betty and Veronica. The fashion was what was important though. The fashion.

» 6/22/2006 7:25 PM 
Blogger LadyBug commented:

Tom and Katie!

I get it!

Hee. You slay me, Cat!

» 6/22/2006 8:57 PM 
Blogger Circus Kelli commented:

Speaking of fashion, does anyone watch "Totally Spies"? No? Ok... nevermind.

Heh, Tom and Katie?! I didn't even notice that at first. :)

» 6/23/2006 7:31 AM 

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