Aeon Flux Overall review

2 Dec

Overall, Aeon Flux is a great, unique show, the kind I would like to see more on TV. I wonder how a so creative and unconventional show like that made to be aired on TV. Though MTV is a cable channel and has less constraint about censure, the story in itself is definitely not accessible to a wide audience, and it might have been a risky bet to produce Aeon Flux. I read someone else’ blog about the show. The guy didn’t seem to have gotten the principle of the story, and have had a hard time with the foot fetishism thing.

I liked all the episodes (except for Ether Drift Theory that was flat), shorts and longer ones, those that were directed by Peter Chung or  by Howard Baker. However I have a little preference for Chung’s style. I think he is careless about censure and the politically correct than Baker is. It can be felt through the episode that the two men have a different cultural background. The most interesting fact is that those differences are mainly notable through Aeon’s personality. Under Howard Baker’s directing, Aeon Flux is sensitive, she has remorse, once she falls in love, another time she ends up as an accomplished mother, or at one point she even follows her lover until the end of humanity. When Aeon is directed by Chung, she has “no conscience”, she uses men just for her pleasure. In the episode Utopia or Deuteranopia? all Breen soldiers have a key that opens Aeon’s kind of chastity belt.

Also, Peter Chung aims at being critical of the hollywood’s style stories, when he makes die his heroine for instance, or asks about morality and depicts ultra violence (in particular in the shorts) while Baker mostly deals with western christian issues like love, god and genocide. But somehow, I think it is not that bad that someone with a different sensitiveness took the directing of the show. After all, isn’t Aeon Flux supposed to be multi-point of views?

By doing some research about the show I found that a movie had been done in 2005, starring Charlize Steron in the role of Aeon. I know I shouldn’t say that a film is crap not good without having watched it, but I can’t really imagine Charlize Steron french-kiss Trevor, fantasize on everything that is moving or even play a gauche character. Indeed, she is too pretty and “smooth” to be credible in the role of Aeon Flux. I would have rather see someone like Sigourney Weaver for the role. This choice of actress allows to assume that the rest of the film might be terribly Hollywoodian, that is to say at the exact opposite of what Peter Chung wanted to do with Aeon Flux. As a proof, he even said, interviewed by Livejournal in 2006, that he “[felt] helpless, humiliated and sad” watching the movie. I believe cinema lives a hard time for creation because of the big studios that, in order to reach the biggest audience possible, erase every single thing that could not be appreciated by someone in the mass. But what about those who wants to see works that are a little less standardized? Fortunately, TV does not suffer as much as cinema yet of this censure of creativity. Sometimes it happens producers go beyond the profit factor and dare giving rise to shows like Aeon Flux, or in another genre, South Park, the Simpsons


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