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Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

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Gary Westfahl has just reviewed The Road for Locus Online:

Like the novel, the film is deliberately vague about precisely where in America the man and son are traveling south, but in one scene the father shows his son a fragment of a map to indicate their progress toward the coast, and we see that they are approaching a coastal city named Outland. Because I can locate no evidence that such a coastal city actually exists, this may be a reference to Berkeley Breathed’s sardonic comic strip about small-town America, Outland (1989-1995), to the 1981 film Outland (a version of High Noon in outer space featuring a lonely hero surrounded by villains), or to the World of Warcraft game’s “extradimensional realm” Outland, constructed out of the shattered remains of an orc planet.

I think we can safely assume that yes, this is a reference to World Of Warcraft.


Written by Martin

10 December 2009 at 15:51

Posted in films, sf

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  1. There is also a rather endearing note at the end of the review which Westfahl can’t quite bring himself to describe as a correction.


    10 December 2009 at 15:52

  2. Poor Viggo, thought they were casting him for his acting ability but really they just wanted someone who had a track record of working with orcs.

    David Moles

    11 December 2009 at 10:08

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