Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Television Series "V" -- a Critique of Obamamania?

From the Chicago Tribune:
Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.
The news media swoons in admiration -- one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: "Why don't you show some respect?!" The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader's origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: "Embracing change is never easy."
Who is this new charismatic leader promising "change"? Barack Obama? No, it is a leader from outer space who is actually a lizardoid creature who wants to eat us.  This is the theme of the new ABC television series "V," which features a giant spaceship hovering over a major city, bearing space aliens who want to be our friends and mentors...

"V" airs tonight and some are seeing it as a shot at Obamamania. Beware becoming a sycophant of charismatic leaders who may not be what you thought them to be.

The Tribune says:
Welcome to ABC's "V," the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors.
Now that's my kind of TV show!  Read it all here.

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