Podcast Review – My Thoughts On Arkham Sessions: Perchance To Dream

I missed Wednesday’s update due to temporary illness.  Friday was missed for other reasons.  Rest assured, I am alive, well, and blogging.  Thus, a weekend update in lieu of the traditional Wed & Fri updates.

For those unfamiliar with the Arkham Sessions, Brian Ward and Dr. Andrea Letamendi analyze the characters and plots of episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.  Dr. Letamendi is a practicing psychologist who brings the perspective of her profession to the table.

The latest episode reviewed was Perchance To Dream.  If you haven’t listened to it yet, please use the link to do so, then come back to read.

I agree with Brian Ward that Batman is a fanatic.  I find one check mark missing.  An attitude of “anyone who isn’t with me is against me”.  Batman’s worldview actually contains three groups of people: allies, villians, and civilians.  Civilians are not necessarily with Batman, in fact many of them see him as a problem.  Yet, Batman protects them.  They are neither allies nor enemies.  In the case of Poison Ivy’s fanaticism, civilians are the driving force behind the crass consumerism and industrialization that she sees as evil.  Therefore, civilians are villains in her extreme ecological ideology.

I have my own theory as to why Robin is absent from the perfect world created by Batman.  When we get to the later episodes of Robin’s Reckoning parts 1 & 2, we see that Bruce was witness to the Orphaning of Dick Grayson.  Bruce’s mission as Batman is to make sure that what happened to him never happened to anyone else.  In that moment, he failed.  He was just Bruce Wayne, helpless bystander.  He took Dick in because the parallel between there lives struck a personal chord.  In Bruce’s perfect world, Dick would have never lost his parents.  The Flying Graysons would still be performing.

I have heard that many people are afraid to be alone with their thoughts.  I find such a concept incomprehensible, as that is my favorite pastime!  I wonder, though, what influence that may have on the Experience Machine thought experiment.  After all, the brain would create the perfect world of the proposed experiment.  So, the subject is presented with the idea of living in their thoughts, alone and sans escape.


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