Tuesday, November 03, 2009

ABC's V: Charismatic Space Lizard Promises to Bring Hope & Change to Earth

V premiers tonight. The show is said to be all about how an alien or space lizard, disguised as a charismatic leader, charms a planet full of suckers. [Trailer]

Gawker: ABC's new sci-fi series V kicks off tonight. It concerns a charismatic leader who comes out of nowhere promising a bright future and a better life for all Americans. Is that leader Barack Obama or is it a space lizard?

. . [L]ike a Chicago Tribune review by Glenn Garvin points out, it could .. be about our nerd president. .

'V' aims at Obamamania -- 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."

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait -- did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who's come here to eat us?