I think so. Having watched the original mini-series from 1983 and the ill-fated TV series from 1984, I anxiously awaited the premier of the modern version. I liked it. It isn’t exactly a remake but is close enough to the original story that several items seemed familiar.
What really grabbed me were the parallels between the V storyline and the realities of the Obama administration. Here are some of the more overt items:
- During the interview with “Anna,” the supreme commander of the V’s (Visitors), Anna made clear to journalist Chad Decker that there were to be no questions asked that would paint the V’s in a negative light. Compare this to Barack Obama who in real life stacked his own Town Hall meeting on Health Care with supporters who would only be allowed to ask him easy questions that he could respond to positively. Or compare this to the treatment that reporters get if they so much as dare to ask a hard question of Obama or his administration. Certainly, Obama’s efforts to cut Fox News out of the information loop is a direct parallel to Anna’s threat to cancel the interview if her instructions were not followed.
- The “Peace Ambassador” program the V’s are offering to young people are analogous to Obama’s efforts at winning college and high school students to his cause. Sounds very much like recruiting kids to the Service Corps or ACORN. Maybe even like teachers getting elementary school children to chant “Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!”
- During the interview, Anna says that the V’s want to provide health care to every single human on the planet. Chad responds by saying “Universal Health Care?” The implication there is extremely obvious.
The overall plot is that these aliens (reptiles disguised as humans) come to earth and claim a benevolent dispostion but are really hiding their true intentions. In other words, they have no intention of keeping their promises but are more interested in using humanity to their own ends. There is a parallel here too. During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama made many promises that he has consistently failed to keep. For example, he promised an open and transparent government, even going so far as to promise that C-SPAN would be allowed full coverage of all aspects of the health care debate, and yet he and other Dems make deals and concoct plans behind closed doors away from the public eye.
I’m not ready to believe that Hollywood is swinging from flaming liberal to pragmatic Conservative. But I do believe that ABC may finally have its finger on the pulse of the American people.
I hope this series succeeds and that it helps to intensify a national debate about our current occupant of the Oval Office.