Orcs. Fourteen million Sauruman-bred Orcs. This is the biggest mob of Orcs Middle Earth has ever seen. Today, all fourteen million leave Sauruman's realm in one mass exodus. It's the biggest day of their lives. But for some, it will be their last. Because outside lurk deadly predators. [freeze frame matrix-style image of Orc about to encounter an arrow]
So, who will live and who will die? At the moment of impact, what are the odds for each Orc in the horde? Unlucky Orcs may become unwitting Elf-fodder. Every Orc is a potential target - so is there anywhere in the crowd that is safe from attack? In a mob of millions, is life and death simply a lottery, or are can an Orc do anything to increase its chance of survival? To find out, we're going to travel back five months, when [special zoom effect] this cave stood empty.
Our story begins hundreds of miles from the scene of battle: Sauruman's breeding caves...
Chomsky: Naturally, it's in Rohan/Gondor's interest to keep the Orcs obscured, to make everything as restricted and dehumanizing as possible. It's always the first step toward genocide. And is this — is there anything less than genocide being advocated in this film?
Zinn: I don't think so.
Chomsky: But we will address that later. Here we have Pippin and Merry stealing a bunch of fireworks and setting them off. This might be closer to the true heart of the Hobbits.
Zinn: You mean the Hobbits' natural inclination?
Chomsky: I think the Hobbits are criminals, essentially.
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