…And dared to call me MEME…!
Soon I’ll show them all!
Good evening, Bloggers; I’ve been expecting you. In fact, I’m a little surprised it took you so long! Now please, please…there’s no need for such unpleasantness. Please, sit down. Help yourself to refreshment! I recommend the Lafite ’62 — it’s excellent, although I myself am rather more partial to aklavit. Absurd, I suppose, but then none of us can truly escape the prejudices of our youth, can we? Those carefree days…days of simple allegiances, and simple beliefs. Innocent days; that belonged to innocent people.
Shall we toast them?
But I see you are impatient to get down to business. Quite, quite. I too have other, rather pressing, engagements. By all means: let us begin.
I was just chatting with Sean W. (well, I was being longwinded in an email — what passes for chatting, in my world), and it occurred to me that you could learn a lot about what a writer’s general storytelling philosophy is, if you could just find one isolated thing, one little set-piece, one little convention that eventually constrains all writers somewhere along the line, and in which there is a clear and common goal to be achieved, but not much room available for gussying it up. And in all of movies, comics, and television (it also occurred to me), was there ever something that fit that bill so well as the Mad Scientist’s Exposition? Eventually everybody comes to it, I think — even if you write Law & Order episodes, if you write enough of ’em you’ll probably run out of places to hide from it.
Of course, I could call it Villain’s Exposition. But does that really convey such a specially-constrained character? Any villain can exposit, after all: there’s plenty of room to run with that one. But though Mad Scientists’ ultimate motivations may vary somewhat, the expression those motivations find never does — and always there is the need to communicate, the need to reveal…the need to confide, and even possibly convince. Don’t you agree, Bloggers? By the way, I think you’ll find it quite impossible to reach the signal device at your belt, by now…the chemical contained in your drink (one of my minor discoveries) is very fast-acting. Although I suppose it was rather a shame to waste the Lafite…such a fine vintage, so hard to come by these days…
But then as I said: I prefer aklavit.
So, now that the preliminaries are over, here’s the meme: what’s your favourite Mad Scientist’s Exposition, and what in your opinion makes it the best?
I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours. Well, that’s really the essence of detente, wouldn’t you agree?