For fun, we've been watching old epidsodes of Starblazers, one of the first anime superhits of the late 70s. I wasn't sure the kids would enjoy the dated look of the cartoon, but they don't mind. They enjoy the wacky theme song and crazy plot line as much as I did when I was young (I was seven when the series first aired).
My son wisely pointed out one of the series' key features to his sister tonight. When the Star Force was enduring a particularly nasty attack by the Gamalons, Maggie looked worriedly to me and asked, "Are they going to be okay? Are they going to make it?" Elijah answered, "They always make it out okay, Maggie. Don't worry." And it's true, night after night, the Star Force is okay. So far they've endured a missile net, fake stars, sulphuric rain...and the ship sails on. Miraculously!
I guess it's not surprising that Elijah finds the predictability of the show reassuring. It's easy on the mind as well as the eyes. I think we all wish we could face life with the knowledge that we'll "always make it out okay." Of course, the flipside of the show is that the Gamalons seem to lurk around every corner. I guess I'll take the unpredictability of life over constant attack by alien forces. Call me crazy.