A fourth wall break is what happens when a character in a film or TV show turns to face the camera and speaks directly to the audience, often while the rest of the cast either pauses for the monologue, or carries on with the action without noticing. Netflix’s House of Cards is probably the most … Continue reading 42-Prime Minister Jack…Hemp?
Now that we’ve established some basic facts about Louis Riel and the ‘Riel Rebellions’ we can take a proper look at how Douglas Bland characterizes this complex man in Uprising. In my last deconstruction post Molly Grace was about to launch into her own mini-dissertation on the subject of Louis Riel. Meanwhile, one chapter earlier, … Continue reading 41-Alex & Molly have thoughts about Louis…
***Apologies in advance for the delays in posting. I have been dealing with a combination of work and illness which has made the last week exhausting.*** Oh boy…it’s another briefing! A frustrating reality about Bland’s work is that he’s going to tell most of the story from the perspective of various headquarters, and he’s going … Continue reading 40-Brief Continuity
So the challenge has been made, and Molly Grace is about to show these clowns what leadership really is! “Backsliders!” she said in loud icy voice. Her fury sweat the table, startling the chiefs. No...actually, she's not. I'm sorry but it's going to be another speech, only there's going to be a fair bit more … Continue reading 39 – Molly’s Speech (Again??!!)
Now finally, after 21 pages, the flashback and the montage is over and we’re back to the present. Bill Whitefish is preparing for a crucial Native People Council (NPC) meeting in which Molly Grace is expecting to face a challenge from the less-committed chiefs. In the off chance that you didn’t memorize the org chart … Continue reading 38 – A Challenge!
***This next post is going to deal with a few thoughts I had about sexual exploitation that I felt were important, but that didn't fit in with the flow of the last deconstruction post. It's going to include references to the #MeToo movement and discussions of sexual exploitation both in the context of Douglas Bland's … Continue reading 37.1 -NPA vs #MeToo
So with Bill Whitefish's flashback to Molly Grace now over, we flash forward to…well before we get to the present day we still have a condensed history of Bill’s career with the Movement. After his rapturous meeting with Molly Grace, he is recruited and put to work in the Financial Unit, giving Bland another chance to … Continue reading 37-Bill Whitefish Learns the Ropes
So...a couple of things before we begin: I’ve already mentioned before how I am not Indigenous (not even the proverbial Cherokee grandmother), and I am in no way an expert in First Nations history or culture. I’ve read a few books, watched a few docs, listened to some podcasts. I’d like to think this qualifies … Continue reading 37-Molly’s Speech? (3) -Dreams/Visions
So this will be the second post on Molly Grace’s brilliant speaking abilities, and…it’s going to get dense. For the next two to three pages it’s going to be like walking against a blast from a firehose of wrong, so prepare yourselves. On a more serious note, this next section is going to involve a … Continue reading 36-Molly’s Speech (2)-Racist?
One of the many decorations in the background of the bar in the TV sitcom Cheers is a wooden Indian affectionately known as Tecumseh. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched the show, but to the best of my recollection, the only time it’s really brought to the forefront is one of the episodes … Continue reading 35-Molly’s Speech (1) – Authenticity