Sci-Fi & Fantasy Puppet Masters
“Pull ze strings! Pull ze strings!”
Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood’s Glen Or Glenda
Puppet masters. They’re the shadowy men who pull the strings from behind the scenes – we may think we’ve got free will, but these guys have bought it all up wholesale. They control what we see, hear and do: in some cases, they even control what we think. And they usually wear sharply-cut dark suits as well. With Men In Black 3 about to hit cinemas, Jayne Nelson investigates other sci-fi string-pullers who operate without our knowledge…
Who are they? We know them mainly through a nice chap named September, who seems a little more willing to interact with our world than the rest of his kind. But mostly they’re a mass of mysterious, multi-dimensional beings who travel through time to observe important events as they happen, which we must admit we’d do as well if we had the technology (Woodstock! JFK’s assassination! The room in which Firefly was cancelled!). However, sometimes the temptation to meddle in those events is a little too strong for them to resist. On the show, one Observer saved Peter’s life. If it was us, Firefly would be on season ten by now.
What do they look like? They’re completely bald, right down to the eyebrows, and wear suits with perky little hats. They kind of blend into society, but only just – their lack of emotions (even a sense of taste!) is a giveaway that they’re a bit different.
Are they working for us or against us? As their names suggest, they’re merely observing us. However, recent episodes would imply that they may be planning more sinister things for humanity…