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Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Shawn Malley

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Well-known in popular culture for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist is also a rich though often unacknowledged figure for constructing ‘strange new worlds’ from ‘strange old worlds’ ... More


Introduction

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introductory chapter establishes relationships between archaeology as a trope within SF film and television and as a cultural site from which to investigate the medium’s critical engagement with ... More


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter transposes the analogical investigation of ancient astronauts as a source of geopolitical meditation in Ancient Aliens to a SF film that make this connection explicit: Steven Spielberg's ... More


Ancient Aliens

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Focusing on the History Channel's popular series Ancient Aliens (2009-), this chapter examines how the (pseudo)documentary mode of representing the incredible idea that extra-terrestrial ... More


Stargate SG-1

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter develops the central thesis of Chapter 1, namely that paramilitary archaeology is a means of invoking then containing dangerous pasts as an imaginative extension of U.S. foreign policy. ... More


Prometheus

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Prometheus (2012) provides ample material for cyborg criticism in the figure of its android protagonist, David. Modelling himself after the archaeologist, promoter of Arab nationalism and British spy ... More


Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the representation of archaeology in the action/adventure cinematics of Michael Bay's Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2007), a film predicated on hidden relics ... More


Manticore

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Predicated on the infamous looting of the Baghdad Museum during the first week of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Tripp Reed’s telefilm Manticore (2005) is a "Babylonian" text that reverses the ... More


Smallville

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

For 10 seasons Smallville (2001-2011) remodelled Superman for audiences growing up with Clark Kent in an age perhaps uniquely defined by insecurity. Clark's struggles to understand what the audience ... More


Battlestar Galactica

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), the scriptural phrase “life here began out there” prompts the survivors of the Cylon attack to seek refuge in the mythic home-world, Earth. While ... More


Envoi

Shawn Malley

in Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941190
eISBN:
9781789629088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Excavating the Future concludes with a discussion of two real-world archaeological events: ISIS’s destruction of artefacts at Palmyra and Nimrud and the reaction by heritage preservation ... More


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