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Transcript of The Odyssey
in Pop Culture
Ulysses by James Joyce
Ulysses is the latin version of Odysseus
Parallels in plot to "The Odyssey"
Leopold Bloom is comparable to Odysseus
Molly Bloom to Penelope
Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
In Sinbad the Sailor's forth voyage, the Circe episode has many similarities with "The Odyssey"
They both have incidents with plants that rob them of their senses
2001: A Space Odyssey
Bowman represents Odysseus (emotionless, intelligent, & stubborn)
HAL as the Cyclops
Monoliths as the gods
"Homecoming after war"
W.P. Inman is trying to come home after the civil war, similar to Odysseus
Ada and Penelope
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Big Dan as the Cyclops
The women in the river as Sirens
"suffering much" and "Man of Sorrow"
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
Mindy as Athena, pleading to her father on behalf of Spongebob and Patrick
Cyclops as...cyclops. (deepsea divers) They blinded them with glue.
Frogfish as sirens
The Wizard of Oz
A hero fighting for home in the midst of various adventures
Poppies as memory-erasing Lotus plants
"No place like home"
"The Siren Song"
by Margaret Atwood
"Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don't enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical"
"This song is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique
at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time."
"Home at Last"
"Well the danger on the rocks is surely past,
still I remain tied to the mast.
Could it be that I have found my home at last home at last."
"She serves the smooth retsina
She keeps me safe and warm.
It's just the calm before the storm."
"Calypso" John Denver
"To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean,
to ride on the crest of the wild raging storm.
To work in the service of life and the living,
in search of the answers to questions unknown.
To be part of the movement and part of the growing,
part of beginning to understand.
Aye, Calypso, the places you've been to,
the things that you've shown us, the stories you tell.
Aye, Calypso, I sing to your spirit, the men who have served you so long and so well."
"Love & War & The Sea in Between" Josh Garrels
"I'm sailing home to you I won't be long,
And by the light moon I will press on.
Until I find, my love.
Trouble has beset my ways and wicked winds have blown,
Sirens call my name, they say they'll ease my pain, then break me on the stones.
But true love is the burden that will carry me back home." -Ulysses
"Homer's Odyssey", first episode, but no reference to the Odyssey other than the name.
"Tales from the Public Domain" in the 13th season retells "The Odyssey" blatantly.
"The Twilight Zone"
In "The Odyssey of Flight 33", an airplane flashes back to prehistoric times and the crew try to "return home" throughout the episode.