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Joseph reviews Ramayan 3392 A.D. + Antigone .

Ramayan 3392 A.D.

In a post-apocalyptic future, Human civilization is reduced to one final city, a gleaming beacon in an otherwise nightmarish world, and a handful of desolate outpost villages. The surviving humans co-exist alongside several new races of anthropomorphic beast- men, in a tenuous treaty that allows some hope for a brighter future. But outside this tiny pocket of civilization, the world is a forbidding place, controlled by the dark lord Ravan, and his demonic armies.

When Ravan’s forces finally invade, the final fate of Humanity, as well as the very soul of the beleaguered planet itself, rests in the hands of Prince Rama, who, despite being marked by the Gods with blue skin, is a reluctant hero at best.

Based on one of India’s greatest epic legends, this series was co-created by acclaimed author and New Age guru Deepak Chopra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.


Antigone

This tragic tale of intrigue and betrayal is based on Sophocles’ sequel to Oedipus Rex—a man who killed his father and married his own mother to become king. After his death, Oedipus’ sons kill each other fighting over the crown. Their uncle Creon, king by default, proclaims one a hero while branding the other a traitor, declaring he remain unmourned and unburied, bloody food for the crows. Their sister Antigone defies this proclamation, though rebellion may mean her own death. Finally, fearing Divine retribution, Creon belatedly tries to make amends, but his efforts come too late and at too high a price.

Written like a Goth stage production, the story combines ancient scenery and archaic language with modern machinery and concepts, which is often intriguing, but sometimes distracting. However, the resemblance of the self-righteous Creon to a current political figure is obvious, proving that the centuries-old story still remains relevant.

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at notestoself@msn.com.

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