Chess Match (23)

By: Joshua Glenn
June 29, 2010

David Smay sends us this screen-shot from the 1971 cult SF movie, The Omega Man. Here, U.S. Army Colonel Robert Neville, M.D. (Charlton Heston) relaxes after a long day of killing nocturnal homicidal mutants with plague-induced albinism. Smay says: “To me it’s one of the most emblematic and sort of goofy uses of Chess as a signifier of The Complete Man.”


Twenty-third in an occasional series.


Codebreaking, Sci-Fi



What do you think?

  1. Yes, complete.

    -ly bored, isolated.

    Trying to pantomime all of civilization to carry it forward (& keep himself company).

    No one set of shoulders, no matter how broad or “renaissance” is going to bear the weight. Thus we have the somewhat wiggin’ hero/yet-again Moses seeing but not living to enter the promised land of young humans giving it their post-apocalyptic year zero best.

    Don’t let that styling Chuck Heston throw you–that man’s hurting.

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