10 Movie Organisations That Really Needed A Better Union

Star Wars Force Choke
'You see, Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them, until they reached their limit and shutdown. Kif, show them the medal I won.'
The above comes from the magnificently upholstered Zapp Brannigan, and though he's part of the TV hinterland, he gets across the point of this article exactly. You see, the majority of us all work for somebody, and that somebody pays us and expects us to do a good job. That's fair, and that's a contractual obligation. However, within that contract comes specific rules that protect the worker €“ that they won't be treated unfairly, taken advantage of or unduly punished, among other things. However, as we all know, a great chunk of the filmic medium doesn't abide by your petty rules of reality €“ the stakes are higher, the characters exaggerated, and (crucially) reactions are heightened beyond belief. And really, why not? We all want to know what exactly is in play and we all need to see exactly what side of the dramatic shuffle we're on. But still, there comes a point where dramatic convenience can shuffle off a cliff and into nonsensical abuse. Of course, it's not all Zapp-based stupidity €“ in the cases of outright evil characters, cooking a few fools can do a world of good for your nefarious reputation. But still, I don't think I'm going too far by saying that if these chaps had a proper union, none of this stuff would've happened, or at least not without arbitration. So without further ado, I'm going to run through the movie organisations that really could've done with a union. After all, someone's got to stand up for the fictional little guy, right? Right? And no, the Extremis test subjects don't count here. As test subjects, they all knew the score when it came to side-effects, and that includes self-exploding. Plus, you show me a Union that would take their case, and I'll show you a liar €“ besides, I highly doubt even the most forward-thinking organisation would let their volatile arses come within 100 feet of their offices. Anyway, on with the show. Keep in mind, there's a slight SPOILER WARNING in play.

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