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“Masters of the Universe: Teela’s Secret”

There was a change in car­toons in the 1970’s, fol­low­ing a mis­placed furor about vio­lence in children’s car­toons. Vio­lence, even car­toon vio­lence, was sud­den­ly for­bid­den. That was the rea­son you nev­er saw Thun­darr the Bar­bar­ian decap­i­tate any­one with his Sun Sword. It was why Cobra pilots always bailed out before their jets explod­ed. It was why GI Joe and Cobra used laser weapons that only seemed to affect tanks and jeeps instead of ordi­nary rifles and machine guns. (The lat­ter was also cheap­er to animate.)

It forced writ­ers to devel­op new and dif­fer­ent (or old and dif­fer­ent) sto­ries and plot devices on a week­ly basis.

Enter Mind Control.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Mas­ters of the Uni­verse: Teela’s Secret””

Agents of S.W.I.N.G.

“Agents of S.W.I.N.G.” – an RPG by Postmortem Studios (2011)

Agent, the world faces many threats, threats more dan­ger­ous and more imma­nent than nuclear anni­hi­la­tion. You have been select­ed to join the secret guardians of the world.

A #Hyp­no­Me­di­a­Col­lec­tion entry.

An RPG based on British tele­vi­sion pro­grams from the Swing­in’ 60’s and Rock­in’ 70’s, from crime dra­mas to sci­ence fan­ta­sy. And, as with many RPGs, it includes rules for some form of hypnosis.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Agents of S.W.I.N.G.”

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 12

What’s your favorite pop culture reference about hypnosis?

Whew! So many possibilities.

The first one that comes to mind is “The Hyp­not­ic Eye”. A movie about a sin­is­ter stage hyp­no­tist who entrances his love­ly sub­jects cer­tain­ly plays to many of the pub­lic mis­con­cep­tions regard­ing hyp­no­sis, plus the pro­duc­ers had a pro­fes­sion­al stage hyp­no­tist instruct the actor how to per­form on cam­era as well as hyp­no­tiz­ing the actress­es to go in to a trance on cue. Regret­tably, it suf­fers from low pub­lic knowl­edge so it bare­ly reg­is­ters as a pop cul­ture icon.

Anoth­er one that comes to mind is the clas­sic spi­ral motif that so rep­re­sents hyp­no­sis in pop­u­lar cul­ture. That and the spooky, swirly music that seems to always accom­pa­ny it in any adver­tise­ment or tele­vi­sion episode scene tran­si­tion. The same also goes for dan­gling crys­tals and star­ing eyes.

But I guess my favorite has to be “Tril­by”. No oth­er work so influ­enced the pop cul­ture regard­ing hyp­no­sis through­out its his­to­ry. It is one of the few cul­ture icons that direct­ly influ­enced the Eng­lish lan­guage, with the addi­tion of “Sven­gali” as a term for a manip­u­la­tive mentor.

This Week in Comics — 2013/01/23

“The Avengers” #4

I know that the Avengers TV series occa­sion­al­ly had episodes with mind con­trol themes, but the com­ic, on the oth­er hand, is real­ly going over­board with them.

In the first three issues, the con­tin­ued sto­ry line had a group of senior British min­is­ters and rank­ing mil­i­tary offi­cers all believ­ing they were the sur­vivors of a nuclear war and Britain was now under the con­trol of the Hell­fire Club. What gave the plot away was the fact that they all remem­bered hav­ing the same break­fast, a result of a hur­ried brain­wash­ing effort dur­ing the set up of the plot. That was­n’t the only brain­wash­ing that occurred: the whole pur­pose of the effort was to fur­ther brain­wash the offi­cials and return them to Britain. Thanks to the efforts of Steed and Mrs. Peel, they were thwart­ed, although not before we get to see Mrs. Peel in her leather and spiked col­lar from the tele­vi­sion episode. Plus a demon­stra­tion of how Steed and Mrs. Peel arranged their own sys­tem of break­ing mind con­trol with each other.

But appar­ent­ly that was­n’t all the brain­wash­ing the Hell­fire Club was up to. In issue #4, the plot con­tin­ues, this time at a very fan­cy masque ball with the theme of black and white. One guest arrives wear­ing black, accom­pa­nied by two fig­ures dressed in paint­ed in white. Said fig­ures were per­form­ers of an art form called butoh-fu, a Japan­ese form of dance epit­o­mized by a Zen-like form­less and grace­ful­ness. The dancers were said to place them­selves in a hyp­not­ic state for their per­for­mance, a dead give­away that hyp­not­ic hijinks are upcoming.

Inves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der sep­a­rates Steed and Mrs. Peel from the rest of the guests at a most pro­pi­tious time. When they return to the dance floor, its almost emp­ty except the man in black and the orches­tra. It turns out that the dancers in white have the guests in a trance, blankly danc­ing away into the night, fol­low­ing the dancers like mute Pied Pipers, only to be res­cued by Steed.

“How per­cep­tive. Their every move, every posi­tion, was an act­ed spa­tial engram direct­ly affect­ing the neur­al path­ways of any­one who wit­nessed it.”

In oth­er words, mind con­trol through sight and move­ment. As for the man in black, he’s con­duc­ing the orches­tra, them­selves entranced by the music they’re playing.

“Its a down­ward spi­ral. Every note they play fur­ther ensures they must play the notes that fol­low. Aur­al hypnosis.”

Mrs. Peel, how­ev­er, has some musi­cal tal­ents of her own, break­ing their trance with a well-blown tuba blast. Then she con­fronts the con­duc­tor, whom she dis­cov­ers was the per­son who per­formed the brain­wash­ing in the pre­vi­ous issues, and he is still wield­ing some hyp­not­ic tricks up his sleeve (or under his shirt, in this case, a set of speak­ers, not to men­tion spi­rals on the backs of his white gloves.)

“The high sound is your ner­vous sys­tem. The low sound your cir­cu­la­tion. I’ve learned to manip­u­late that high sound, and thus the ner­vous sys­tem and thus the brain.”

For­tu­nate­ly Mrs. Peel is able to resist long enough to put a bul­let through the speak­ers and through him, as well.

In the end, the ques­tion remains of what was the over­all goal of the kid­nap­ping attempt and there­fore the ques­tion of whether or not it was suc­cess­ful is still unan­swered. But the last scene shows a satel­lite over­look­ing Britain bear­ing the arms of the Hell­fire Club. More mind con­trol via satel­lite? Maybe next month will say.

‘Enchantée!’ — “Eerie Cuties”

One of the more fun web comics I fol­low is “Eerie Cuties” about a trio of sexy super­nat­ur­al teenaged girl­friends and their equal­ly super­nat­ur­al friends. (Ace, below, is actu­al­ly a were­wolf.) All the tropes of typ­i­cal car­toon teenagers com­bined with all the tropes of typ­i­cal car­toon super­nat­ur­al events. I this case, its dating.

But what do you do when you’re dress­ing for a date and one of the oth­er ‘cuties’ is mak­ing moves on your guy? Espe­cial­ly since appar­ent­ly this is not the first time (or the sec­ond, or the third … ) that this has happened?

ec20130114a Why, you get spell­cast­ing Moth­er to do some­thing about it.

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Appar­ent­ly this is not the first time this has hap­pened, giv­en the almost casu­al way she casts her spell, and most like­ly with the same person.

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