Skip to comments.Science Fiction as Political Allegory: the upcoming "V" reboot
Posted on 05/20/2009 7:51:00 PM PDT by Salgak
So you may have heard that ABC is doing a remake of the 80s television miniseries, "V".
Trailer is at the link above.
What's interesting is the angle: Devotion is the weapon, a carefully crafted message from the Visitors of Change and Hope. And a good-looking, charismatic spokeperson, with demands for a perfectly controlled image.
I wonder if ABC realizes JUST how subversive it is, especially as the bloom comes off the Administration. It's even identified by a single letter.
And, of course, the bringers of Change and Hope are hiding their true face, and have sinister ambitions.
Sound familiar ???? (evil grin)
Can they repackage it as “O”?
Well, they could call it “O” but that would be too obvious.
It is less veiled than we are hinting at.. they even talk about the aliens wanting to bring ‘hope...’ and we should ‘..embrace their change’..
Save it, burn it to DVD, rip it to your hard drive.
ABC has a history with minis like this (”Path to 9/11”, “Amerika”). It’ll air once and be buried forever.
I would call it O-MG
I’m not falling for it. Sci-fi channel is an appendage of NBC Universal. There’s got to be a twist where they blame conservatives or Christians for something.
But will it feature Robert Englund?
It all makes sense now! Obama is an extraterrestrial reptile! Rip some of his skin off, like in the original movie, to expose his true identity!
The original V was modeled after the 1935 political book “It can’t happen Here”
Here is it’s plot from Wikipedia:
Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a charismatic but power-hungry politician, is elected President of the United States on a populist platform, promising to restore the country to prosperity and greatness. Once in power, however, he becomes a dictator, outlawing dissent and putting his political enemies in concentration camps. As Windrip dismantles democracy, most Americans either support him wholeheartedly or reassure themselves that fascism cannot happen in America (hence the book’s title).
One of the few who openly oppose Windrip’s regime is journalist Doremus Jessup, who writes editorials decrying the state’s abuses of power. Shad LeDue, head of the state police and Jessup’s former employee, terrorizes Jessup, eventually putting him in a camp. He also goes after Jessup’s family, attempting to seduce Jessup’s daughter, Sissy. Eventually, however, Ledue falls out of favor with Windrip, who puts him in the same camp as Jessup. Against Jessup’s protestations, the other prisoners gang up on Ledue and murder him.
While Jessup languishes in prison, Windrip’s hold on power begins to weaken; the economic prosperity he promises has not materialized, and more and more people are fleeing to Canada to escape his government’s brutality. Eventually, Windrip’s lieutenants stage a coup and exile him to France. In the ensuing power vacuum, they fight among themselves for control, setting the stage for the regime’s self-destruction.
With help from a sympathetic guard, Jessup escapes from the camp, rejoins his family, and goes to Canada join a resistance movement.
*snort* That one was SO bad, it was fun watching!
“V” had it’s moments. For a kid at the time, it was interesting to watch.
You’d never be able to do it justice today. It is just to Awesome on its own. You can’t outdo “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I’m all out of bubblegum. “
It is going to be on ABC Network, not the Sci-Fi Channel.
Years ago, there was an article by the author of the story They Live was based on about “The Science Fiction Attitude”. He purposely wrote the story about a character with no name, no family, no background, and so on just to show that a science fiction idea and some attitude could carry a story.
I thought of this one too. I googled it and it’s available as a google video.
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LOL! Roddy Piper spent almost that whole movie just AGAPE!
“Can they repackage it as O?”
Maybe “OY!” is more appropriate.
That is insulting to Spock, really. Barry doesn’t do ANYTHING logical!
They must be blind if they can not see the similarities.
During the original series I could never get past the part where they swallowed rats whole.
Mmmm...Jane Badler...I'll be in my bunk.
I always thought that Tom Daschle was just one of the lizard aliens with a plastic skin. As I recall from the original series a weak American President allowed the “Vistors” to easily take over.
Yes! ‘They Live’ is a classic.
Totally unfair to Vulcans. They embrace logic, and deny emotion.
But an “evil vulcan” might use the emotions of others to manipulate them to achieve a goal that he deems logical,
like “superior elite people such as myself need total power to implement our vision for society” might be a logical conclusion, devoid of emotion.
I think O is a loony sociopath. But that is just my opinion.
He is doing best to destroy the country. Starting with the
economy, and moving on from there.
Of course, to want to be president, you have to have the belief
that you know what is best.
Voting public’s fault for falling for emotion, instead of
The mesage will be that us violent, unthinking brutes on Earth really DO have something to learn from the aliens, and that we really CAN have change if we just have hope.
I predict very little flesh-eating violence on the part of the Obama admini... I mean, the aliens.
Only if they kept in Teh Best Fight Scene. Evah!
I always thought “V” was forgotten because it
tore the mask off of liberalism. This re”V”i”V”al
makes me “V”ery happy.
Life imitating art, imitating life.
Apparently benign alien emissaries show mankind how to end the misery of war, plague and famine. The Kanamits, nine-foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man. They end war, they end famine. They make the military wonder: what's the catch?
CAST: Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright, Robert Tafur, Lloyd Bochner, Lomax Study, Theodore Marcuse, Susan Cummings, Nelson Olmstead.
Watch it, or any other TZ episode, online for free at:
See season 3, page 1. there are 3 seasons in all, each seasons page has 2 pages of listings.
Must take your word for [that], Mrs. N.
Never saw so much as a second of the program.
Nevertheless your judgment's as good as any I've [ever] read on the forum.
It's so if you say it's so, as far as I'm concerned. :^)
Here’s something from the 80s to reboot: