The greatest threat to humanity? black goo
Of course you are not supposed to know that. You are not supposed to know that you are mind controlled, right now, by a self-replicating mutagenic xeno-substance that was originally sold to us as the key to the future. The proof of its existence is therefore hidden in the only place where it can be hidden. It’s hidden in science fiction.
This year alone, Black Goo – the sci-fi name for science-fiction graphene oxide – has infiltrated not one but two sci-fi shows, Breakup and Westworld. three if you count stranger things, where he was seen in previous seasons. These observations and intertextual seeps – sublimations, clearly, of real-world torments – are too consistent to be coincidence. These are signs that cannot be ignored.
start with Westworld, whose final season finds the robots in complete control of humanity. That’s what they accomplished, says the lead robot, using a combination of flies, parasites and, yes, black goo. We see vats of the Cloth in a hidden lair, glistening sickly. This appears to be the medium in which the parasites are grown – a reminder of the first major appearance of black goo in the barrel, the OG, the Original Goo itself: the Purity virus in X files.
Middle of Season 3, you remember. French rescuers discover an alien ship at the bottom of the ocean and die mysteriously, but a spacesuit belonging to one of them is covered, Mulder discovers, with a “kind of oil”. (Black goo is variously called black oil, black cancer, black bile, black blood, etc. All the same.) Is it possible that the oil is, as he later puts it, “a medium used by alien creatures for body-jump”? It’s as far as WestworldThe reminder of the takes: black-goo-as-medium. But X-Files knows the whole truth. Thanks to Scully’s scientific mind, we learn in season 5 that the body thief is some kind of “vermiform organism” that “attaches to the pineal gland.” Translation: Black Goo is not just average. It’s also monster.
Sometimes the victims of the black infatuation in X-Files survive, as long as things safely, so violently, eject from eyes and mouth. Not so much the victims in the Extraterrestrial franchise, which is the best-known modern manifestation of goo. As one of the video games tied to the franchise says, “Any living thing that comes in direct contact with black goo” – known technically, in this universe, as Chemical A0-3959X.91-15 -” die horribly, give birth to monsters, or become monsters themselves.You see a lot of this oozing, unrecoverable infection in Prometheus. Also in rakkanot very well-known short film by Neill Blomkamp, where Sigourney Weaver leads a final hurrah in 2020 Texas against alien colonizers armed with dark weapons that can somehow both control minds and obliterate buildings.
Obviously, the science fiction record isn’t entirely clear on how black slime works; it is, by nature, impossible to grasp. In Miyazaki’s films, this tends to be ecologically terrorizing; at Luc Besson Lucy, it’s kind of a glittering transhumanist supercomputing… thing. (Perhaps not by chance, Scarlet Johansson, Lucy‘s Lucy, also stars in Under the skinlike an alien drowning and eating men in a sea of black mud.) In Breakup, it’s more metaphorical, a visual symbol of how separate realities mix and mingle. The same applies to stranger things, where it’s some kind of interdimensional intruder. The details, however, are somewhat irrelevant. The medium is the metaphor and the monster is the message, and the message is this: whatever black goo is, it’s alien, everywhere, and “the source of all evil on the planet.”