Film and TV

Captain Planet Marathon, and 6 Other Cartoons We'd Watch for 14 Hours

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Exosquad: When America tries to do anime it usually fails pretty badly, but not in the case of Universal's Exosquad. The sci-fi series dealt with a slave revolt by an artificial worker race called Neosapians against their human masters. Believe it or not, these were the bad guys. Wars were fought with personal battle mechs, and there was a lot of nuance to the plot as characters explored racism, religion and political systems. It was maybe too far ahead of its time, and was cancelled in 1994.

Marathon in honor of: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Gargoyles: Another show that tackled more mature themes such as forced displacement of native peoples, genocide and the loss of conscience through fear, Gargoyles was the story of five gargoyles (in this universe, a separate species that hibernates as stone during the day) who are resurrected in modern-day New York and become superheroes. Eventually they travel the world meeting the fae, King Arthur and hidden enclaves of their own diverse kind. It was a remarkable show that serves well as a kind of primer for people who like to look at the world of mythology through Gaiman-colored glasses.

Marathon in honor of: International Day for Biological Diversity.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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