Today, however, I'm dealing with the letter "V", and I couldn't think of a better topic than V -- the science-fiction television series on ABC. V is for Visitors, and they're not the kind of visitors you want knocking at your door.
My husband and I got a little crazy when we watch V. We saw all these parallels between the characters and story line and real life, real world events. I suspected the show was more political satire than sci fi. Was it just me?
I Googled "Sci fi V as political satire" and found these interesting posts and articles:
Slant Magazine's TV Review.
"V works best when it forgoes its shaky aspirations for political satire and sticks to the action."
Asylum for All Mankind.
"Although ABC downplays the connections, in this update [see The Washington Post link below], the alien visitors share a lot in common with the Obama administration. Many town hall protesters might ask what the difference is."
The Washington Post
"Almost as if Lou Dobbs had taken over the network, ABC plans to debut a series in the fall about aliens who come to Earth promising "hope," "change" and universal health care, but who actually want to infiltrate our government and our businesses and, to that end, have rallied the country's youth behind their nefarious campaign."
Whether it's political satire or just plain old entertaining sci fi, the show has grabbed our attention and we're fans.
Not fans of the V, though. Those are the aliens and they're not nice people...uh, reptiles.
In 1983 there was another V -- a miniseries. The story line sounds the same. I just added it to my Netflix Queue and bumped it to the top of the list. Will it sound like the real world and real life in 1983? Or will it sound just like today's television V?
I'm sure you'll be lying awake at night until you have the answer, so I'll let you know as soon as I watch the old mini-series.
Those of you who like sci fi, have you seen the original mini-series? Do you watch the television series? If so, what do you think?