Episode Thirteen: Judgement

But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
— Amos 5:24

We have complicated feelings about judgement. We don't want people to judge us, but we want evil people to be judged. Can we have one without the other? This week we'll talk about Judgement, Judges, and Courts. We examine A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and the curious journey of the Dies Irae from monasteries, to classical music halls, to almost every filmscore you've ever heard. 

Also: The Giveaway!

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1. Visual: A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin

Have you ever heard of a Code Red?

When Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway notices that there might be something off in a military hazing turned murder, she diligently seeks to represent the case. To her disappointment, she's given a whipper-snapper fresh out of lawschool to defend the case in court. As they press into the case, they wander: can they handle the truth?

This story unveils how judgement involves everyone: the defendant, the lawyer, and the institution of law itself. It also shows that judgement is complex.

Of note: This show has a lot of language and a lot of sexism.


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2. Literary - Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Everyone is waiting for the final judgement. Everyone is waiting on the outcome of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. But what do you do when the system of justice itself is broken? Does it make you long for a final, more complete judgement?

EXTRA: the BBC miniseries adaptation of this book is excellent.

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3. Musical - Dies Irae

The Dies Irae, meaning "The Day of Wrath" is a chant originating from the 13th century usually sung for a Mass of the Dead. It is meant to inspire its listeners to think about the consequences of their actions and beg for God's mercy.

This simple and recognizable tune has made its way from monasteries to concert halls to almost every film score you've ever heard. Below are examples of its quotation.

Note, Mozart quotes the text of the Dies Irae and not the tune.

This is Berlioz' creepy, halloweeny version of the Dies Irae. 

It's in about one MILLION films, including the Black Panther which I just saw this weekend and really enjoyed. 

That's all for this week, folks. 

May we all submit to judgement and hope for mercy.



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