What is the significance of the film itself when looking at “The Goldbergs” from a historical perspective?



It’s been eight years since the 2014 release of “The Goldbergs”, which first took audiences inside the “Goldbergs” universe.


Of course, if we’re counting from the 2012 comic book series, “The Goldbergs” has been in our universe for 10 years, but for those who haven’t read the comics,



It’s just another comedy movie like “The Kingpin,” wrapped in a spy movie.


Whether it’s “The Greatest Loser” or “The Goldbergs,” the only goal is to make a mockery of the whole James Bond franchise. The first of these is a new version of the James Bond movie, which is a tribute to the two spy comedy movies, and the audience can’t get enough of it.


Of course, even though both films are in the spirit of satirizing the James Bond movies, each has features that the other cannot replace.



“The Greatest Showman” features all sorts of cheesy humor.


Born in the 21st century, “The Goldbergs” is best characterized as doing everything it can to mock European and American politics.


The first episode, released in 2014, for example, blew up the president.


Readers who saw the 2017 comic book version of “The Great Escape” will know that the satire is



the farce of the UK leaving the EU back in the day



. And the protagonist, Yggsy, crosses paths with a group of terrorists who fanatically support Britain’s departure from the EU.


By the second episode, released in 2018, a little knowledge of the history of the Communist civil war and Southeast Asia is required to understand exactly who the satire is aimed at. The film’s title, “Golden Circle: The Confidential Showdown,” suggests that the English word “Golden Circle” means “Golden Circle,” and “Golden Circle” is the secret base of the film’s drug leaders in Cambodia, which is in fact the history of the Golden Triangle and the isolated army of Yunnan and Burma.


The design of “Golden Circle” in particular is a replica of the American street style of the 1950s, which is actually a satire of the US smuggling and drug trafficking through the lone army in Yunnan and Myanmar during the Cold War era.



So it’s all a little bit about Taiwan.


released in Taiwan



The Goldbergs: The Origin of Kinsman



, which is set back in time to the First World War. It’s about the birth of the transnational espionage organization Kinsman in the Kinsman universe, and it’s another movie full of gags. So what is the significance of the film itself when you look at “The Goldbergs” from a historical perspective?

The war to end all wars


In recent years, World War I has once again become a theme that Hollywood touches on from time to time, almost starting with the movie Power Girl, which came out in 2017. Because since I started watching war movies in high school, basically the vast majority of movies have been about World War II, with the occasional Vietnam War or War on Terror theme.



Of course that happens because most Hollywood movies are made from an American perspective in the first place.


Although the United States fought in World War I, it did not put the American Expeditionary Force into action until the spring of 1918, just before Germany was about to surrender, and of the total 320,000 casualties, only 53,402 died directly on the battlefield, so the grief of Europeans over the loss of an entire generation of elite men was not felt.


Even the 1930s release of



“Hell’s Angels” or “No War on the Western Front”



and other classic Hollywood World War I films, the main characters are often not American.


Then World War II broke out, and the United States clearly played a more critical role in the war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and because World War II involved China, unlike World War I, which was entirely a war of spoils between the imperial powers, it gave the United States a more just role.



The Second World War symbolized the dawn of the American era, and Hollywood filmmakers were naturally more willing to make films based on it.


It wasn’t until the death of the last participant in World War I in 2011, and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I in 2014, that the Western world rethought what it meant to be the “war to end all wars”.

Gluing back together a broken Europe


The “Gold Spies” series is a U.S.-British co-production, and it makes a point of emphasizing that “Kingsman” is a transnational spy organization that does not work for any country. The actual fact that the original comic book authors are British, the entire universe is still basically from the British or European perspective. Unlike Power Girl, which is set in World War I but features an American protagonist,



The great thing about The Goldbergs is that it wants to get away from the American perspective and look at Europe again from the perspective of the Europeans themselves.


Pairing the comic with the movie’s plot, the authors’ real intention would be to glue a broken Europe back together, which is why they would draw the British, who advocate leaving the EU, as terrorists in their 2017 comic book work. And the spirit and sentiment of why Europe broke up, which actually came from World War I, is something that the Hollywood film industry, no matter how advanced, has not been able to capture.


In the case of the British forces, for example, there were 418,361 direct deaths in battle alone, more than eight times as many as in the United States.



That’s why many Europeans are prejudiced against the United States, believing that its rise was a result of the war fortunes of World War I.



. In the first two episodes of The Goldbergs movie, the President of the United States was either blown off his head or impeached, and President Wilson was depicted as a pervert in the prequel story, so the United States does not have a good image in the Goldbergs universe.


In the comic book version of The Goldbergs, the man who supported Britain’s departure from the EU became the villain, and in The Goldbergs: Origins of Kinsman,



The top demon, ‘Shepherd’, is a Scottish independence campaigner



. It is clear that what runs through the heart of the ‘Gold Spies’ universe is still the European idea of ‘Grand Unification’, and that the heart of this ‘Grand Unification’ is still Britain. A European Union without US intervention, but with continued British participation and dominance, is the only way to reunite a divided Europe again.


So the movie “Power Girl” deliberately casts Scots, Moroccans, and North Americans as the main supporting characters, emphasizing that the oppression of minorities by the British, French, and American whites during World War I is completely absent from “The Goldbergs”.



Even the Serbian assassin Prinsip, who assassinated Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, becomes a buffoonish character



, who was called upon to destroy the unity of Europe by his own power.

The “Freemasons” who broke the parity in Europe


Kinsman belongs to a spy agency that is not controlled by any country or regime in the “Gold Secret Service Universe” for the good of all humanity. The source of funding for Kinsman comes from the British aristocrats who lost their sons in the First World War because no one could inherit their huge fortune. But judging from the plot of “The Goldbergs: The Origin of Kinsman,”



The first transnational espionage organization to appear in the “Kinsman universe” was not Kinsman.


According to The Goldbergs: Origins of Kinsman, World War I was secretly planned by a transnational agency led by the Shepherds to disrupt the established order in Europe and allow Scotland to take advantage of its independence amidst the chaos. Including



Rasputin, the Russian demon monk; Hannussen, an advisor to King Wilhelm II of Germany; Princip, the Serbian assassin; and Lenin, the father of the Soviet Union



All belonged to this institution.


Also in historical fact, the Dutch actress Mata Hari, who was shot by the French for espionage, was also an assassin of this evil organization, and her success in bringing Wilson in line and gaining leverage over him was the reason why the US was so slow to declare war on Germany.


Is Mata Hari a German spy or not?


This question is as controversial in Western society as the question of whether or not the Manchu grunt Yoshiko Kawashima was a “traitor”. But since the “shepherds” are leading a transnational agency, it doesn’t really matter who Mata Hari’s allegiance is to.


Anyway, this institution exists for one purpose, to completely overturn the European parity maintained by King George V of England, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and William II.


The Shepherd and his disciples, as the Freemasons are described in many popular Western conspiracy theories, are trying to covertly lead the course of human history.



Only their approach is more extreme, deciding that the only way to create a new world is through violent revolution.


This explains why the vast majority of people who joined the Shepherds were separatists or revolutionaries. Whether it was Serbian or Scottish independence campaigners who wanted to practice their nationalism, the only means of doing so was to overthrow the European parity that the kings had worked so hard to maintain. Likewise revolutionaries, left or right, wanting to build a new communist or fascist Europe, overthrowing the royal houses is still the best shortcut.

Europe’s war for unification and independence


So according to the logic of the “Kinsman universe”, the First World War was ostensibly a war between the Allies, led by Britain, France, and Russia, and Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire, but it was actually a war of European unification. The first world war was a war of unity and independence in Europe. George V, King William II and Nicholas II were all cousins brought up by Queen Victoria of England.


Unfortunately, William II was too naive and Nicholas II was too indolent, and they both fought at the instigation of Hannussen and Rasputin. Of the three kings, only George V was mature enough and stable enough not to be overthrown by a violent revolution at home, and he even became a founding member of the Goldsmiths.



The fact that George V was the only one of the three kings to die makes him the smartest and wisest



I can live with that.


But from the fact that George V is the only king in the movie who tries to save lives by trying to avoid a big fight in Europe, it’s easy to see how the Kinsman universe is ultimately from a British perspective. The King himself is a founding member of Kinsman, which proves that although Kinsman appears to serve all mankind, it ultimately serves the interests of the UK as MI6 does.



Only Kinsman’s ambitions were greater, seeking not just the good of Britain, but the consolidation of all Europe under unity (under British leadership).


The historical figures who followed the ‘shepherds’ were also given a more ambitious mission than they had in historical fact. For example, Plessis was historically involved in a Serbian organization called Young Bosnia, fighting for the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina under Austro-Hungarian rule into the Kingdom of Serbia. In the film, Princeton’s goal is no longer just to pursue Serbian nationalism, but to liberate all the weak peoples suppressed by the empire.


But to put it another way,



When the Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina really wanted to return to their homeland, the only way seemed to be through disrupting the established European system.



. So any group that tries to challenge the status quo of European parity, no matter how different their ideology is from Principe’s, could indeed be a candidate for his cooperation.

The far left joins forces with the far right


It’s not unusual for Serbs and Scots to cooperate with each other, but the most striking thing for me was the scene at the end of the film where Hitler shows up to pay tribute to Lenin. Since neither the Serbian nor the Scottish independence movements could shake the British crown, only a combination of ultra-nationalism and communism could achieve what the “shepherds” could not.



Even though Stalin, Lenin’s successor, eventually became Hitler’s number one enemy, the arrangement was not without merit.


Fascism and Communism appear to be highly ideologically opposed to each other, yet share the same primary drive to foment populism among the underclass, and both are innately hostile to hereditary kings. Such a reality quite naturally made Britain the common enemy of both communism and fascism. Whether it was Lenin or Hitler, whose first step in trying to conquer Europe was to first defeat Britain, or the European parity established by Britain, the cooperation between the two sides was not so unreasonable.


In fact, the key factor in Lenin’s success in launching the “October Revolution” was the full support he received from the German general Ludendorff. Lenin’s experience in founding revolutionary organizations was later used by Hitler to develop the Nazis,



It is clear that there is a tradition of mutual learning between the far left and the far right in history



. Even at the beginning of World War II, the Soviet Union played the role of an ally of Nazi Germany for a time, and together they carved up Poland.


I believe Hitler’s appearance is the “Kinsman Universe” laying the groundwork for the second episode of the prequel, to take us from the story of World War I to World War II. I am very much looking forward to the future release of this film, which I believe will allow us to learn more about how World War II differs from the United States from the European point of view, especially the part about Hitler teaming up with Stalin to carve up Europe, which would be interesting to see played out.


Cases of two or more groups with different ideologies from each other cooperating with each other to change the status quo abound throughout history.

Vanishing France


Amidst the banter of “The Goldbergs: Kinsman Origins,” we learn what the production team says about the United States, their remembrance of “Old Europe” under British leadership, and their adherence to traditional European values. I can’t hastily make the assumption that they are all supporters of constitutional monarchy, but clearly from the direct English translation of the phrase ‘Kingsman’, which means ‘man of kings’,



They do not hide their admiration for successive British monarchs, and are convinced that these monarchs were indeed intent on constructing a better future for the people of Europe.


They do not support a return to the European parity of the late 19th century, because they believe that parity would only lead to a repeat of the tragedy of World War I, and so a united Europe is needed to maintain a permanent peace. Through a system of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law that is more transparent, open, and pluralistic than that of the United States, they believe that Europeans today can achieve what so many kings wanted to do back then but could not.



And the first step to realizing these values is for Europeans to have a sense of their own Europa.


At a time when Russia is on the move in Ukraine and the US looks a bit ‘over the hill’, it seems that the only way the EU will have a day to fight for its independence is to seek unified Europa values. So I think this series of spy comedies, which mock current events and history,



reflects the current European mindset in search of self-identity



. The EU will continue to deepen its cooperation with the US, but it will become a more independent and autonomous EU, and the world will eventually become a more multipolar world.


But “The Goldbergs: Origins of the Kinsmen”, as an American-British collaboration, still has a hard time avoiding the old problem of not being able to deal with the national knot with the French. The first thing you need to know about the history of the First World War is that France was the main battleground on the Western Front of the First World War, and the Battle of Verdun in 1916 alone saw 2.4 million Germans and French fighters. The result is that in this movie, not only did none of the characters representing France show up, but even the word France did not appear from the beginning to the end.


Disappearing France from the First World War is actually a more serious matter than disappearing the Republic of China or Australia from the Second World War, after all, all the major British and American battles were fought on the Western Front, and a lot of soldiers and officers stained the soil of France.



The disappearance of France is perhaps the film’s biggest drawback



but still allows us to find that even the “Kinsman universe”, which emphasizes European values so much, can’t escape the stereotypes of France that are generally associated with British and American films, which is in a way a great strength.


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