My Overmind Inspired Review of Childhood’s End

by Scott Creighton

How dare I take a shot at Arthur C. Clarke?! He was knighted by the Queen for God’s sake.

So the hive mind is going to be the end of humanity. The “Golden Age of Man” (peace on earth, goodwill toward men, the end of war, the end of the worship of profits/wealth accumulation and the end of social injustice everywhere) is the ambition and life’s work of this guy:

Charles Dance as Kerellen, Childhood’s End on SCI-FI

No, not this guy and his Overmind inspired beatitudes:

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will usher in mass destruction and the death of our species”

And not this guy with his Overlord-led Salt Marches:

“My life is my message to usher in the destruction of all humanity dictated to me by the Overmind”

And certainly not this guy, who was clearly visited by the Overlord in a dream:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Overlords rock!”

No, according to Sci-fi’s new miniseries “Childhood’s End”, the Golden Age of Man where we pursue greater ambitions than World Domination, Pipelineastan and the enslavement of all those mud-people in Thailand in service to our corporate overlord pretenders, will be ushered in by this guy:

The face of the modern humanist exposed

Last night I sat through a rather tedious production of Sci-Fi’s “Childhood’s End” and having read the story many years ago, I at first thought that some of the choices they made to modernize the story were somewhat courageous. That is, until I remembered the whole point of the story.

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