Analysis Of The Movie ' The Robot Spy '

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In the television shows we watched, there was a clear representation of the fear and developing hatred for communism. In Jonny Quest 's "The Robot Spy” (1964), American fears of foreign spy technology was being used to connect to the audience. In the episode, the Chinese were used to represent Communism with “Dr. Zin” as the antagonist. I feel that this show utilized the common fear of the Chinese/Communism along with American desire for a fire fight to end their worries (as long as it ended in American success) in order to relate to the audience and satisfy their fears against Communism. While Jonny Quest was meant to be an fictional, yet realistic possibility, Sledge Hammer 's "Comrade Hammer" (1987) made light of Communism and the Russians throughout the episode. Many jokes are made, including references to chess, Siberia, heavy women, and Russian Roulette. Despite the show’s whimsical take to Communism, in the end, Inspector Hammer was able to capture the Russian spy. Similar to Jonny Quest, the outcome was realistic with the Russian spy evading justice and being traded for an American journalist. Looking at the progression of television over time, the representations of Communism showed the perspective of it developing from fear and hatred in Jonny Quest into a more bullying-level satire in Sledge Hammer. Americans still disliked everything Communism stood for, but began to be scared of the threats less and less, gaining confidence enough to dress up a Russian spy as a woman who was also supposed to be entering the “Miss Iron Curtain” contest. Sledge Hammer touched on a topic brought up by Gaddis in “The Cold War: A New History” – the similarities between Russians and Americans. At face value, Americans and Russian... ... middle of paper ... ... with the stalemate of the Korean War, McCarthyism began to spread (Whitfield 37-39). Everyone was seen as the potential enemy if they even dared to question the American government. This is the phenomenon where Big Jim McLain, Jonny Quest’s “The Robot Spy,” and Sledge Hammer evolved from. They each dramatize common American fears, project those fears into a familiar and fictional storyline, and then ease the fears with the desired outcome of American victory/Communist capture. This response to a lack of military progress was able to give Americans hope – something Communists had no use for. This hope is what gave Americans the patience they needed to outlast the Cold War as peacefully as possible. Television, movies, and, limited, military action gave Americans the psychological fuel to stand strong, producing both American inspiration and Communist deterrence.

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