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Sunday October 17, 2004: Thoughtcrimes

         The other night I caught the USA movie THOUGHTCRIMES, which I assume is the pilot for a new series about a psychic who has instant access to everyone's thoughts. In the beginning, the main character is unable to keep out the thoughts of everyone around her, and so has been locked up in a mental ward for nine years. A government agent rescues her and begins training her for NSA (National Security Agency) work.

         Many thoughts went through my mind as I watched it.  The first was an awareness of how many more movies are being presented on television and in movies that deal with psychic characters.  When I was growing up, my only role models on television were from BEWITCHED and I DREAM OF JEANNIE.  Powers such as these two possessed were never used in public; the heroines were not normal people, but members of magical families existing totally outside everyday reality. They could be themselves only in the seclusion and privacy of their own homes. Heaven forbid if anyone outside the household members discovered what they were capable of doing. The message seemed clear -- if you wanted to fit in with normal everyday society, you had to hide your powers and pretend to be just like everyone else. 

           Psychics in movies were usually gypsies who read dubious fortunes, or ordinary citizens who suddenly foretold terrible accidents. Television and movies never showed a blending of psychic abilities into normal everyday life.

             This current generation has grown up seeing psychics and empathics as counselors, profilers, and crime solvers -- people who use psychic powers as part of their career skills. If nothing else, the main characters get paid for their abilities and are accepted by their co-workers. That is a step forward, even when Hollywood has to pump it up to make the story novel and entertaining.  I guess now instead of reading fortunes, psychics are best at working with crime departments, hunting down evil social elements.

          THOUGHTCRIMES seems a little too Hollywood in some areas, though it certainly held my attention. I like the characters and -- while I suppose it's a twist on SCANNERS, MILLENIUM, and PROFILER -- I'm glad to see the possible introduction of another series into the public domain. Maybe kids growing up with these shows will not be so fast to block out their awareness of other realities.

          On the other hand, how close is this show's premise to psychic reality?  To be continued....

 

Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 11:25AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | CommentsPost a Comment

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