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REMAKE OF THE OLD "V" SCI-FI SERIES IS ASTONISHING METAPHOR FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY

I broke my boycott of ABC to watch V last night and I was speechless.

Did you see it?

I'm guessing the left-wing will be livid in the comparison between these supposedly benevolent "visitors" from outer space and the phenomenon of "Obamania" and the infiltration of left-wing activists and their agendas into the mainstream.

I wonder if President Obama will advise everyone that V is NOT really sci-fi and suggest they not watch it. I can see the parodies coming already.

In fact, I'd be surprised if SNL doesn't start mining some comedy gold this week.

Beautiful aliens (which are beneath the surface man-eating reptiles) arrive and "captivate" the majority of the Earth's population.

There are "fringe" groups who know better but they are marginalized, vilified, and demonized by the general population. Groups on all levels are infiltrated and those that pose threats eradicated by "sleeper cells" that have been invading all elements of society for years prior to the arrival of the visitors.

Amazing parallels:

Anna, the leader (played by the sultry and mesmerising Morena Baccarin), advises a TV reporter not to ask negative questions in an interview she grants, telling him the interview will be good for advancing his career.

By the way, Baccarin has asserted that she based her interpretation of the character Anna on politicians:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/09/AR2009080901970.html?hpid=topnews

The visitors promise new technologies to make life better, "universal health care," and change that will help advance mankind into a new utopia never imagined.

Reporters criticize their peers for asking real questions while others lose all objectivity and pose zingers like, "Is everyone from your planet so attractive?"

Meanwhile, the lizard/aliens have infiltrated all aspects of society, including the government, even the CIA, and their actual agenda is less than friendly.

They want humans for, among other things, a food supply! I mean they want to eat us!

Here's hoping they replay the first episode in case you didn't see it. And don't listen to your liberal friends who might tell you it's garbage.

It is likely that this series will get under their skin and, based on what I just saw in the first episode, you never know what's under a person's skin.

Sci-fi has always been a great vehicle for exploring contemporary but controversial themes (The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, etc.) and this portends to be a great example.

I'm guessing the original series will experience a revival too so keep your eyes and ears open.

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metaphorsbwithu
Nov. 4th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you're familiar with the original story by Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here, but it was deemed too controversial and cerebral for television, hence the transformation into the sci-fi story V.

The left, most of which probably don't know the origins of this 1935 storyline and warnings of fascism and totalitarianism in the U.S., are howling - so cross your fingers, CP!
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metaphorsbwithu
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Ugh ... that is so NOT what I was hoping for - but I'm not surprised.

Thanks for that great link! I think I'll re-read it even though I don't usually like to read books online. I'm sure I'll get a lot more out of it given the current events. I really appreciate that!
japanesedream
Nov. 5th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
The original series was recently aired on the Sci-Fi channel (now known as Syfy), including the 3 movie-length 'ending' episodes, & part of the 2nd series (where the Visitors returned & the young half-breed was a full-grown woman). My mom & I were fans back in the day, & watched a good portion of the re-airings (some of it, however, was on while I was at work), fondly nostalgic.

I took a look at the new series & was not impressed. While I know & understand that science-fiction is a product of its time, & updates are inevitable, I miss the original concepts (as well as the original actors & visuals). I was similarly struck by the new versions of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" & "The Hills Have Eyes". Of course, I have problems with re-makes (in general) most of the time, anyway...
metaphorsbwithu
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I can understand that feeling about remakes because I have felt it myself and I agree with it generally.

I was impressed by this first episode because it, unintentionally I think, captured what has been happening in this world better than I ever thought a film or TV series ever could ... much of it which I have been documenting now for over two years.

As I alluded to in my post, sci-fi has a deliciously subversive quality to it which allows controversial themes to be explored.

That's why films like The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Day the Earth Stood Still and even Psychocan be remade but lose a lot in the translation.

However, IMHO, V can be successful if it sticks to the original themes and concepts on which it was based which were adapted from Sinclair Lewis's novel It Can't Happen Here, a story about a charismatic leader who becomes president and turns the U.S. into a fascist/totalitarian state.

A charismatic, smooth-talking, mesmerizing, problem-solving dictator becomes a charismatic, smooth-talking, mesmerizing, problem-solving reptile alien who wants to eat Earthlings.

How clever!

Btw, if you'd like to read the "original" on which the first V series was based, go here:

(http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301001h.html)

A tip o' the that to my friend CP for providing me with that online book link after I mentioned the original novel.

As the saying goes, those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. ;-)

japanesedream
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
I guess the thorn in the side is my interpretation of what they're doing with certain re-makes. It feels less like an update based on contemporary issues & more like a preachy agenda (even when I agree with the viewpoint, I feel somehow targeted). Incidentally, your mention of "The Thing" inspires me to note that the re-make of that is one of the few that I really do like (in fact, I like that one A LOT!).

In the original "V", you may recall, the Visitors didn't only want to eat Earth people - that was a secondary objective. Their main goal was to drain the Earth of water, which they called a most precious commodity.

I'll have to check out the source material - thanks for the link! Maybe I'll try looking at a subsequent episode or 2 of the new series. Though I know in my heart I'll always be a true lover of the 80s classic. ^_^

Y'know, the sad thing is, much of the time, even those who KNOW history end up repeating it anyway. XP
metaphorsbwithu
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, the remake of The Thing IS closer to the original short story Who Goes There than the original movie which was more influenced by the post WWII and Cold War environment. "Watch the Skies!"

I'd highly recommend you read the original story. You'll relate to the atmosphere of uncertainty and "Who is who?" in the remake. You should find it in a library anthology - especially ones having best stories of 1949 (I think that's when it came out) or thereabouts on.

Btw, you're right. Most people never learn period! But we can understand that and can try harder.:-D
japanesedream
Nov. 6th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Really? That's wild! O.o

I'll have to give it a look-see. It's kind of amazing sometimes to find things from many, many years ago that are still so relevant.

It's nice to be right about something, too bad it was that. :P But I agree, there have got to be a few of us who can learn & strive for improvement. :)

metaphorsbwithu
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Here's a little synopsis and background info and a short excerpt. I'd check for some sci-fi anthologies or collections of John C. Campbell works in the library. It should be easy to find:

http://www.rosettabooks.com/pages/title_10.html

And don't be so hard about being "right." It's much better to be curious, informed, and have a certain amount of skepticism than it is to be be right. Actually knowing, no matter what others' opinions are, will fill you with confidence, (despite the frustrations of dealing with people) a sense of serenity, adaptability, and a security in being happy with yourself. ;-)
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