“We move from terror and loss, to unexpected good fortune, and out of darkness, hope is established.” -Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, quoting the tarot. It’s inevitable that tarot cards should make it into pop culture. After all, in this world where people are worried about death and mortality, could be the more alarming than very pleased of of the Death Prepaid card. This tarot card is probably the most popular in the deck. Traditionally, TV, film, literature, and the other art have always dramatically presented the sinister side with the tarot card, and so audiences can be forgiven if they mistakenly feel that the Death card is the same as actual dying.
Just to clarify things, the Death card is not always a dreaded card signifying death. Instead, the Death card should be welcomed for the rebirth that must surely follow; it is the only technique to be reborn. Death then is not just physical dying, but a catalyst for change and transformation to something better and grander. Tarot as a Story-Telling Device What really makes tarot ingrained in pop culture is its inherent story-telling powers. Tarot cards’ rich imagery and symbolism are a great minefield of stories and narratives which have inspired artists everywhere.
And thus we begun to two remarkable TV shows which featured tarot cards in an innovative and un-clichd lambingan light. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, episode the particular X-Files first aired October , . In this episode, a serial killer is on the loose, targeting fortune-tellers and tarot card readers. Peter Boyle gives a splendid performance here as Clyde Bruckman, a psychic gifted one ability to predict people’s death, and whom FBI Agents Mulder and Scully enlist to help them catch the killer’s next victim.
Inarguably, this is among of the favourite episodes of many X-philes fans of this show. Clever story-telling has made an otherwise simple detective drama into a wry but brilliant legend. As such, the episode clearly reveals the tension between Scully’s skepticism and Mulder’s unwavering faith in matters such as psychic divination and fortune-telling. Other People’s Daughters, episode in My So-Called Life, first aired November , Delving into the conflict of mothers versus daughters, this episode has Angela Chase played by Claire Danes learning tarot reading through a crash course from her best friend Rayanne’s mom.