Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema.
I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is The Incredibles, a Pixar joint written and directed by Indiana Pacers executive Larry Bird. The film takes place fifteen years after all
superpowered humans were forced into hiding by an unstoppable foe known as lawyers. Our
protagonists are Mr. Bob and Helen Incredible, who have settled into a traditional Chevy
Suburban life with their delinquent loser offspring. Bob is smack dab in the middle of a midlife
crisis, otherwise known as a mid-midlife-crisis-crisis. He loses his temper at work and gets
himself sh*tcanned like a boss. Fortunately, he is immediately offered a new job destroying a mean robot in a volcano. Hey, robot, stop hitting yourself! His ego now sufficiently stroked, Bob gets really into Crossfit. Unfortunately, he discovers his new employer is a grown man named Buddy — never a good sign. To make matters worse, Buddy calls himself “Syndrome”
and wants to unleash his robots on the world so he can pretend to defeat them and soak
up some of that sweet superhero glory. Meanwhile, Helen lives in constant fear of
adultery, so she asks her fun-sized friend Edna to help her find Bob, that son of a b*tch.
She gets her hands on a jet that’s just lying around and flies off to Syndrome’s island, but she accidentally brings too many carry-ons. Oh well, better bring them along on this dangerous
mission. It’s not like they have homework or anything. Helen and the kids help Bob escape and by their powers combined, immediately get re-captured. Syndrome heads off to do his robot shtick,
and while the cat’s away, the horses will neigh. This hot old lady helps the family re-escape, only this time they take an RV, because that was humanity’s favorite way to travel. Back in the big city, the robot starts stomping around, so much so that Syndrome is unable to control it. Don’t feel bad, man, I can’t even program my Space VCR. Luckily the Incredibles do know how to program a VCR, and they program it to record the Boom channel! They watch Boom mostly out of cartoon solidarity. Syndrome tries to steal the Incredibaby as revenge, but the baby has other ideas, namely sending Syndrome to hell where he belongs. Later still, another villain shows up in order to tease the neverending sequelization of any and all intellectual property. The Incredibles explores the way humanity
reacts to individuals who exhibit qualities of greatness. Just as I’m forbidden from burping the Galactic alphabet at dinner parties, the Supers are forced to conceal and suppress their abilities to avoid persecution by a society of inferior beings. “Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in, and to fit in, we’ve just gotta be like everybody else.” This behavior illustrates German philosopher Freddy Nietzchmeister’s concept of the herd morality, or the idea that society demonizes and inhibits the exceptional in favor of appeasing the basic bitches. The Incredibles watch in frustration as society rewards non-achievements “It’s not a graduation — he is moving from the fourth grade to the fifth grade. They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity, but if someone is genuinely exceptional—” “This is not about you, Bob.” and insists that everyone is special. “Everyone’s special, Dash.” “Which is another way of saying no one is.” But such forced equality comes at a cost,
and I’m not just talkin ghetty green. The herd morality takes a psychological toll on these exceptional individuals and ultimately harms society at large. When young Buddy, a normie, interferes with Mr. Incredible’s plan to capture Bomb Voyage, the culprit gets away and a train full of other normies are almost killed. But that’s what happens when mediocrity gets in the way of excellence. At first, Buddy’s transformation into Syndrome suggests ordinary people can elevate themselves to greatness through grit, determination, a tablespoon of elbow grease, and grit. After all, Buddy started from the bottom and now is here, sitting atop an empire of technological innovation. However, the film quickly puts this theory out of its misery when Syndrome’s manufactured greatness is proven inferior. Instead, it’s up to The Incredibles, whose superpowers come naturally and without the indignity of effort, to save the day. One cannot aspire to greatness — one must be born with it. “You’ll know what to do. It’s in your blood.” Ultimately, the film teaches that great people deserve great things. The Supers take their rightful place at the top of the societal food chain by virtue of their god-given gifts, or if you don’t believe in that sort of thing,
their spaghetti monster-given gifts. Dash is allowed to dominate his school athletic
program as long as he’s not too obvious with his cheating. “Make it close!” And after Violet gets a new haircut, she is immediately propositioned by the dreamiest boy on campus. As for the poor, confused boy who was just fighting for equality in a world of superheroes? The Incredibles murdered him. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid.