Opponents of gay rights are cowards and hypocrites, hiding their bigotry behind facile lies to avoid public ostracism and because their supposed convictions are fundamentally indefensible. A good cartoon.
After spending almost all year travelling the world with Ford, Stan is happy to be back in the comfort of his home. Retired and looking forward to a week of blissful domestic relaxation before the twins return to stay for the summer, the last thing he expected to turn up on his doorstep was Rick Sanchez. No seriously, just who is this guy? Can he help Stan remember that large gap in his long-term memories that Ford and the kids couldn’t fill? Does Stan even want to remember?
I find this little moment one of the most fascinating exchanges in the entire film. While it’s obviously an awesome Terry Gilliam cameo, it’s also rather sinister. Jupiter has just become queen but she is offered condolences—something that is typically only done in the event of a death.
I did ask people what the Seals and Signets Minister meant by offering his condolences a while back, and there were many different theories at the time. The theory I lean towards most strongly is that the Minister is aware of what happened to Seraphi Abrasax—he is offering his condolences for Seraphi’s death, and in doing so he is also, perhaps, offering his condolences for Jupiter’s.
As I explored in my post on eternal recurrence in Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas, Jupiter is drawn into the dilemmas and relationships that Seraphi had. Most explicitly, Balem attempts to make Jupiter re-enact Seraphi’s death. As far as many of the characters—including the Minister, I think—are concerned, Jupiter is doomed to share the fate of her predecessor. In short, my theory is that the Minister offers Jupiter his condolences because he believes she is doomed to share Seraphi’s fate and be murdered, Perhaps most creepily, he appears to find the idea (and Jupiter’s ignorance of what’s to come) amusing.
What do you make of that take? Am I on the mark or do you have a different interpretation?
“I am not George. I am not really George. I am this living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be, but at this time, I happen to be in this body.” - George Harrison, 1988 [x]
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“I guess it all has to do with getting older and more experienced. When I was a Beatle, one day was like ten years. We met everyone in the world and never had a moment’s peace. It made me realize that being rich and famous was a load of rubbish. So you go on and try to figure out what really matters. It’s part of the process of being happy in your heart. I’ve got the gist of it finally. Now it’s just a question of experiencing it more deeply.” - George Harrison, 1988 [x]