“We move from terror and loss, to unexpected good fortune, and out of darkness, hope is produced.” -Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, quoting the tarot. It’s inevitable that tarot cards should get it to into pop culture. After all, in this world where people are wary of death and mortality, nothing is more alarming than the image of the Death Bankcard. This tarot card is perhaps the most popular in the deck. Traditionally, TV, film, literature, along with the other art have always dramatically presented the sinister side of this tarot card, and so audiences can be forgiven these people mistakenly assume that the Death card is corresponding to actual dying.
Just to clarify things, the Death card is not necessarily a dreaded card signifying death. Instead, the Death card should be welcomed for the rebirth that will surely follow; it could be the only way to be reborn. Death then is not only 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 pinoy tv have inspired artists everywhere.
And thus we come to two remarkable TV shows which featured tarot cards in an innovative and un-clichd light. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, episode previously 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 having the capacity to predict people’s death, and whom FBI Agents Mulder and Scully enlist to help them catch the killer’s next victim.
Inarguably, this almost certainly favourite episodes of many X-philes fans belonging to the show. Clever story-telling has made an otherwise simple detective drama into a wry but brilliant story. As such, the episode clearly reveals the strain 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.