interstellar: another movie where they kill the black guy first

Question: In the movie Interstellar, what is the one thing that an advanced human race can not accomplish?

  1. Building a five dimensional tesseract allowing people to cross time itself.
  2. Making a wormhole connecting distant parts of the universe.
  3. Colonization and exploration of new planets.
  4. Letting the Black Guy live to the end of the movie.

If you said 1, 2 or 3, then you know jack about science fiction. TV Tropes has a great list: The one guy  killed in The Shining is Dick Halloran; in Deep Blue Sea, Samuel Jackson is eaten by a shark; X-Men First class kills the only black character very quickly; in the Alien films, Black characters die early and fast; and so forth. Recent film isn’t much better. The last Riddick film had only 8 characters – and all 4 people of color die. At least they let Jeffrey Wright live in The Hunger Games – but only after crippling him and putting him in a wheel chair.

I had my hopes up for Interstellar. Dr. Romilly is the dude with the most brain power. You’re going to need a Ph.D. in astrophysics if the human race will be saved. So I’m like, ya, this guy will live to the end. But no!!! Blown up by Matt flippin’ Damon, fer cryin’ out loud. At least they could’ve softened the blow by tossing in Affleck.

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Written by fabiorojas

December 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

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  1. Star Trek a pioneer in this, as the first show to have blacks in the first place. “Jim, he’s dead.” “Damn! That was our fastest one!”



    December 19, 2014 at 1:36 am

  2. That hipster white astronaut died on the water planet before the black guy.

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    December 19, 2014 at 2:55 am

  3. Thanks for the spoiler in the headline.

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    December 19, 2014 at 6:31 am

  4. Sorry, not a spoiler.

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    December 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

  5. laughs. Never seen any Denzel Washington flicks then, I guess


    W. Clark Boutwell

    December 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  6. What FredR said. They don’t kill the black guy first.

    Also Ebert made this observation when he reviewed David Mamet’s The Edge way back in 1997. He called it the BADF action movie rule (“The Brother Always dies First”), and pointed how Mamet poked fun at the convention. Not sure why TV Tropes didn’t mention Ebert.



    December 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

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