From the neon-drenched noir of Altered Carbon to the technophobic Black Mirror, dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days—and considering the current political climate, it’s easy to see why. But when was the last time you watched a utopian show or movie? Unless, like me, you’re watching Star Trek on repeat forever, it’s probably been a while since your imagination took a trip into a better world.
This is a gamble that both sides needed to take. It’ll either succeed wildly or fail horribly. Late in the summer of 2016, Joel Embiid was fuming. According to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Embiid was stomping around the Sixers’ old practice facility, at one point chucking a basketball across the hardwood. He had a workout scheduled with a marquee college big man prospect, but it got cancelled at the last minute. Instead, he had to face off against a 37-year old Elton Brand who was on the last legs of...
When we see icons overcoming unbeatable odds, with the entire universe hanging in the balance, we can more easily place ourselves in the same position. If a rich boy in a bat-suit can punch his evil doppelgänger in the face, I can tell my senator to stop taking the NRA’s blood money.