what I really love about Pacific Rim
is how it completely and joyfully fulfills that G. K. Chesterton passage about the necessity of fairy tales, succinctly paraphrased by Neil Gaiman: “fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
This generation, which is has been full of seemingly undefeatable dragons—climate change, terrorism, xenophobia, pointless wars, political dishonesty, corporate corruption, rising social inequality, floundering international economies—this era, of all eras, needs to be reminded once again that dragons can be fought, dragons can be defeated. We are not powerless, even if we are small. We do not have to stand helplessly aside as everything we love and value topples to the ground before us.
In the heart of the fairy tale was Mako, who was once a little girl in one red shoe running from the monster on the street—who, in some part of her heart, will always be the little girl with a monster at her back—but who grew up and gritted her teeth and planned and learned and worked her ass off, and rose hand over hand to take her place among a cohort of heroes who could stand tall enough to challenge the monsters, and to overcome them.
We have needed this story. We needed to be reminded of this: if we are small, we can grow; if we are weak, we can become strong. Even the helpless can become powerful, and even monsters can be beaten.
Here are some old German TV shows for children/teenagers. You can find most of the episodes on Youtube.
- Die Pfefferkörner: detective show, set in Hamburg
- Schloss Einstein: a soap about kids in a boarding school which has been running for years now (there are more than 800 episodes)
- Mama Ist Unmöglich: show about a mother, her two daughters and her father
- Die Kinder Vom Alstertal: kids and teenagers on a farm
- Ein Fall Für TKKG: detective show (based on a very popular book series that I really liked btw)
- Berlin, Berlin: about the life of a young woman (Lolle) after she graduated from highschool
If you are looking for a particular episode, add “Folge [number]” to the show title and you should be able to find it most of the time.
i should nOT BE tuRNED ON BY THAT
Favourite Series: The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
Cover Art by Leo and Diane Dillon
Ah, yes, that last cover. I never really examined my mental image before, but that’s the one that made me realize that I—for whatever obscure reason—always pictured Nicholas Sayre as more hispanic, less Hitler Youth and it just wigged me out.