Masamune Shirow has only had a few ideas in his entire writing career, and he keeps re-writing them.
If you take a look at Dominion Tank Police after having seen the later Ghost in the Shell stories, you will be struck by how much of Dominion seems like a rough draft for Ghost in the Shell.
Remember how Batou and the Major pretended to be wealthy, free-spending freelance criminals? The Puma sisters did it first.
Continue reading Dominion was a rough draft, or else Ghost in the Shell was a re-imagining; the two claims are equivalent
Sometimes I hate a show, or I hate a major aspect of a show, and yet I watch the whole thing out of perverse resentment.
I call this a grudge-watch.
The show is watchable. It’s better than Canadian television, and better than BBC. But the premise of the show is downright evil. The moral of the story is a Family Unfriendly Aesop.
Continue reading Episode 2: Dominion Tank Police is officially a grudge-watch
1985 was a time when conspiracy theories were very rarely heard, media was still highly centralized, and Clint Eastwood’s militarism was seen as respectable rather than a sign of burgeoning personality disorder.
Dominion Tank Police is like a silly “A-Team” episode crossed with a Clint Eastwood good-guy-tortures-bad-guy scene.
Continue reading 1985 was a very naive time, and torture could still be played for laughs back then