Law & Order in Russian! Narcissism and queerness! Book reports on books we haven’t read! And this time, Wickie finds small breasts un-American.
Anastasia gives us the rundown on Russia’s equivalent of Law & Order. Highlights:
• The poor man’s Olivia Benson mixes with Criminal Intent Russian doppelgangers all in one police department.
• The budgets are so low, the cop station so like a lame dorm room, that they prompt a debate about which is more real—the contrivedness of the Russian version, or the diegetic seamlessness of our homegrown L&O?
• Wickie mostly notices the flat-breastedness and finds it very un-American.
• Anastasia points out that Russians find very un-Russian: (1) the presence of women among the cops; (2) the lack of marriage proposals between male and female cops; and above all (3) “if two detectives have been hanging out that long, how come they haven’t had a spiritually redeeming conversation between the two of them?”
• Wickie thinks this all proves communism has failed somehow.
• Jed wishes we had redemption of soul on all our shows.
At this point Wickie “reviews” a few books she swears she plans to read. She also wants to watch the film Live Freaky! Die, Freaky!
Wickie deftly employs “incurvatus in se” to get us back to last time’s discussion of narcissism in the Law & Order: CI episode “Prisoner.” Why does Corbin Bernsen pull a crucifixion pose? Are narcissism and the “I’m long-suffering” thing always related, or is this a typical sociopathic pity play? Is Stockholm Syndrome just “codependency with extenuating circumstances?” Pity, mercy and suffering are all central to Christianity.
Medical narcissism, Belgian giants and trans surgery: is it a good or bad thing that genius male surgeons are creating more men in their own image? Is everything Jesus?
Also, is the dandy/punky preoccupation with fashion and dress actual narcissism, or the need to look inward to define yourself when the social context gives you no self to express? Narcissism, if you look at it, can mean childish/female/artist/any non-dominant community. In fact, who is really fascinated with himself and must see himself everywhere? The straight white guy. Maybe every person, people, and cultural entity must engage in some narcissism to be healthy—maybe it’s a good and necessary part of the process of constructing the self.