The attempt by Democrats to force more minority cable channels onto TV continues to fail. One such network is El Rey, owned by Robert Rodriguez, the director of “From Dusk ’til Dawn.” Aside from a series based on that movie and a show about Mexican wrestling, E Rey is now the home of old actions shows from the 80’s and 90’s interspersed with Kung-fu movies.
Today’s blast from the past is V, the most successful science fiction miniseries on network television. Interestingly enough, the series was first pitched about politicians, but was deemed too cerebral. Thus, V entered the pantheon of great science fiction stories; the ones that actually describe the human condition. Eventually, the original screenwriter jumped ship and V became “Star Wars” on Earth.
Basically the Visitors, secretive aliens from 9 light years away, arrive on earth by the thousands and offer access to advanced technology in exchange for some chemical manufacturing they are somehow unable to do at home. They are eventually discovered to be reptilian creatures attempting to extract all the Earth’s water and abduct the human population for food.
Where this becomes interesting is how people react to this information. The Visitors rely on brainwashing, collaborators, a willing media and the disbelief of the general population to continue their plans. The V in the series is for Victory, the kind of symbol resistance fighters used against fascists in the early 20th century. The miniseries creator, Kenneth Johnson, based it on a book called “It Can’t Happen Here“.
Now is the part where I compare the fascist in that novel to Donald Trump. I am entirely not surprised that connection has already been made, but I may be the first to use science fiction to do it. The fascists in the book promised to make America great again, use intimidation tactics and eventually declare war on Mexico. It was written 80 years ago.