November 03, 2009

"V" as the Obama administration?

Jonah Goldberg says that many of his readers have noted the similarity:

As many, many readers have noted the Visitors seem to share much of Barack Obama's agenda. We bring you free healthcare! We bring you hope and change! But in reality they're a bunch of thugs from Planet Chicago. The comparisons are pretty obvious. What surprised is that Hank Stuever sorta-kinda sees them too:

There are some twisted little microbes living in the algorithms of the television programming grid, which might explain the delicious scheduling of "V" and "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" back-to-back on different networks Tuesday night. It's a nice night of hope, change and delayed ironies if you watch both with a suspicious mind.

You can dive into the paranoid, things-are-not-at-all-what-they-seem world of "V," ABC's exciting new science-fiction drama, and then, after a quick potty break, hop over to "By the People," HBO's uplifting but stultifyingly naive, please-drink-a-little-more-Kool-Aid paean to the historical highlights of President Obama's campaign and election.

The telltale alien behavior is everywhere. In "V" (a remake of the early-1980s series), the otherworldly "visitors" want to bring us universal health care. They possess a knack for speechwriting and managing the message. In "By the People," well . . . same thing! It's all about happy people flying in from strange places, smiling at complicitly available TV cameras.

Sounds about right. I recall in the original series the Visitors held the cure for cancer (among other things) over our heads in return for fealty. That 1983 original had the aliens coming to Earth to cultivate us for food (the aliens were actually lizards) and to steal our water. (The latter makes zero sense as it'd be a LOT easier and cheaper to just snatch a few water-ice asteroids or comets and then melt 'em.) I recall reading that the "V" could have different meanings -- "Visitor" (the aliens) or "victory" (humans overcoming their would-be masters).

This new series' plot sounds (so far) a bit more plausible. The Visitors "have spent decades infiltrating human governments and businesses, and are now in the final stages of their plan to take over the planet." The pilot for the series has been very well-received.

The theme of "beneficient aliens coming to Earth" is one of the most time-honored in all scifi. One of my favorites novel of this genre is Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End. In film, one of my faves involves less beneficient aliens who have infiltrated the planet and are slowly turning us into their "Third World" in "They Live."

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They Live is one of the best (though sometimes cheesy) aliens-come-to-earth movies *ever*, and it has without a doubt the best fight scene ever put on film! Love it, love it, love it.

Posted by: Darren at November 5, 2009 01:09 PM