Jab-berwacky*

Stumbled across this movie review. Totally missed it due to that social distancing, risk aversion, or is it a sort of sensation that Wittgenstein described as: “Often I feel that there is something in me like a lump which, were it to melt, would let me cry or I would then find the right words (or perhaps even a melody). But this some- thing (is it the heart?) in my case feels like leather & cannot melt. Or is it only that I am too much a coward to let the temperature rise sufficiently?

Here is Peter Webster with “A review of yet another tasteless but very expensive sub-blockbuster.” Get popcorn, it gets wacky.

“This latest production by an industry famous for its mind-numbing extravaganzas is – at best – a decidedly B-flick-quality wanabee sci-fi tale. Second-rate by virtue of a plot featuring extreme nonsensicality and a vapid, humorless screenplay, but fear-inducing and death-producing nonetheless, it cannot therefore be classed as merely a never-to-be-cult-status C-flick. The reader will see that my review of the movie is decidedly more imaginative and artistic than the film itself:

“The Jab” is featured from the very opening scenes as something everybody needs or be at risk of nobody seems quite sure what. All The Authorities constantly tell the citizenry that its benefits outweigh the risks, but none will make actual solid claims of what the benefits are apart from “maybe you won’t get as sick”. Compared to what?, the movie-goer will surely ask. And surely no one has a clue as to what risks are entailed since The Jab has not been rigorously tested. “Rigorously”? From what is presented, it seems that even the word “tested” is an overstatement. But things get weird quickly when The Jab is revealed to have incredible powers to induce its receivees to dispel all doubt, throw caution to the wind and ignore all counter-argument to become true believers in what is then claimed to be a civilization-rescuing medicine that is obviously mostly placebo**.

This might be the only suspenseful plot point of the whole film: Jabbed friends and foe alike start to react with furious indignation merely when it is suggested to them to consider alternative ideas. Families, and entire societies are ripped apart into warring camps, at first merely wars of insult and outrageous accusation, but soon evolving into roaming vigilante scenes with all the usual mayhem and destruction. And all of this mostly by suggestion, given the majority of Jabs might well be blank doses? Talk about weak plots! …”

You must be really sick not to read the full post.

With Apologies To Baron Macaulay

Foto: dpa/Uli Deck

XXVII

Then out spake prim Steph Habarth,
Of unelected lore.
The Oracle of Karlsruh:
“To every persyn upon this earth
Butthurt cometh soon or late.
And how can we do better
When facing vaccine fear,
Than shut down basic rights,
And stop refusers reach?”

With inspiration from Popehat.