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Fantasia 2020: Undergods Review

Fantasia 2020: Undergods Review

Barren. Dirty. Grimy & grim. Grey. Reminiscent of plague times. We're introduced to this dystopian landscape through the perspective of two body collectors. Gasoline drinking, barely sane, 'meat' collectors. One tells the other tales as they drive, on the job. We follow the narrative from host to host, like a virus. Interwoven stories that all connect, some barely but the underlining theme seems to be human misery and suffering. Each one seems centered around men and their families. Men whose need for control exceeds their love for life. Mostly anyway. The father telling his daughter bed time stories seemed normal, so his narrative gets cut short. Everything seems to lead back to this strange under-city. The Grey place with malnourished residents, all with awful teeth, skin, and all un-bathed. All looking like unhealthy, reverse steam punk cosplayers. Take urban legends of underground mole people and times that by a full society. 
But people don't matter as they are simply stepping stones of a focus that doesn't quite cement itself. We are frequently introduced to a new narrative as the previous focus becomes obsolete, irrelevant, and disposed of in brutal fashion. Many plot threads are unresolved and we unreasonably move on to the next. 

The four chronicles revert back to the body collectors as they tell these stories of disvalue. I'm not to sure of the overall message outside of that people suck. People are insecure or too secure and that can have a widely negative effect. But even then, that message gets its head smashed in by a tea kettle. Tough one to get through but interesting. The examination of humans has not been this strange. -Oz

 

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