We’re getting closer by the second to this year’s infamous Mayan doomsday, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to find apocalyptic excitement in the air. The signs are everywhere. From the economy to polar icebergs, everything is melting down and the end is surely nigh.
At least that’s the impression one gets from taking even the most cursory glance at humanity’s psychic barometer—pop culture—which seems to be rising to all-new heights of apocalust lately.
Take, for instance, the recent cinematic success of The Hunger Games. While the $635 million it has brought in so far, worldwide, can no doubt be attributed to a number of factors, its primary appeal almost certainly lies in the compelling allure of its post-apocalyptic future. We just can’t get enough of that stuff. Chaos, destruction, despair, oh my—it’s all a bottomless bowl of chicken soup for the postmodern soul.
And now NBC is producing what appears to be the unauthorized prequel to The Hunger Games, a new TV series called “Revolution.” Here the premise doesn’t seem to be kids killing each other with bows and arrows for sport, but kids using bows and arrows to survive, pure and simple (the rules and regulations will come later, I presume). This is the series’ official trailer, which admittedly looks pretty entertaining (particularly the sword fighting):
Over the coming weeks and months, as we count down to the big eschatological holiday on December 21, I’m going to be bringing you regular updates on humanity’s deep-seated, anti-evolutionary infatuation with the End Times. Will anything we see this year top Chevy’s 2012 Super Bowl commercial? Stay tuned…
And in case you’re one of the few—perhaps a non-American?—who missed that commercial, here you go: