4 episodes in ad I pretty much agree so far. It reminds me of Watchmen a lot. I can’t stand Klaus though.
Ha--I love Klaus, partly because I love Sheehan. He's basically playing a slightly altered version of Nathan from Misfits
. (But while I like him, he's the kind of character who you can totally tell is an acquired taste). He does get a pretty interesting character arc in the last 4-5 episodes where he becomes a lot more than just the comic relief.
Slentert: I haven't read the comics, but I can kind of sense that the show might be a departure from them.
LEAVES wrote:To me, you're making the case that she show sufficiently showed that Janet said yes, but it's not clear that Janet can consent even if she says yes. Given that Janet is clearly undergoing a change from a mere automaton to a "humanoid" there may be some point where she is able to consent. To me, they don't explore this whatsoever.
I understand where you're coming from, and I agree that the show doesn't make it explicit the degree to which Janet is able to consent to decisions like the one to marry (or have sex). All I can say is that (for several reasons) I am incredibly sensitive to consent issues that involve unbalanced power dynamics, and the Janet/Jason relationship didn't trip any alarms while I was watching.
LEAVES wrote:But, then, I also feel that they barely explore anything ethically whatsoever, so it's less a problem of me being particularly concerned with the ethical failings on this particular subject and more that the show simply doesn't satisfactorily address ethics and only uses it as a red herring rather than a central conceit.
I think you might be slightly underestimating the degree to which a lot of people don't have exposure to basic ethical/philosophical discussions. When I discussed a variation on the trolley problem with my class of 5th graders, the two other adults in the room had never heard of it.
What the show offers might be cursory/superficial, but I appreciate the questions that they raise because they get me thinking. What are my ethical responsibilities when it comes to the "ripples" caused by my actions? What do I "owe" others, and what do I feel that they owe to me?
But at the end of the day, I just find the show really funny and I enjoy all of the actors on it. While the seasons are running, new episodes are like the light at the end of my work week.