Dolls, Clowns, and Morlocks
Our most recent discussion in class regarding the concept of uncanny sensations and appearances has brought to mind yet another “Star Trek” parallel. We mentioned dolls, clowns, and zombies, among others which strike obvious uncanny chords within us. We also mentioned androids in particular as truly being uncanny. In staying synonymous with the Star Trek universe, right away the android known as Data and even “the Doctor” from the “Voyager” series comes to mind. They are, in fact, quite human-like (forgetting the fact that they are actually real people acting, of course!) and are, indeed, meant to come across as such, but furthering this point, the creators of the popular space series had gone beyond just paralleling humanity with the two aforementioned characters. Many of the aliens and various species that make their way on the many episodes also greatly resemble the human species. In comparing this idea with the Morlocks from “The Time Machine,” it brings up the question, “why?” Why are these various resemblances made to look so familiar? As we pointed out in class, there are some definite social and political connotations. In “The Time Machine,” the Morlocks and the Eloi, of course, represent two different and very distinct classes, with one appearing to be superior to the other, and as we also discussed, from the late 19th century perspective, this can easily be viewed as the working class (represented by the Eloi) feeling the need to “rise up” against those who “prey” upon them, an obvious euphemism for the literal upper class society seemingly “victimizing” the lower class, taking advantage of them.