November 3, 2009

SO WE'RE NOT GETTING THAT PONY, ARE WE?:

Alien Seduction: ABC's sci-fi series V, which premieres tonight, tackles questions of blind faith, asking, "Would we believe them?" (Todd Hertz, 11/03/2009, Christianity Today)

In the original V, the conquest of powerful reptilian aliens—known as the Visitors—was a metaphor for Hitler's Germany. The Vs rose to power with Nazi-like propaganda, persecution, and overwhelming military force. But the new V isn't about dominating with might. Led by their beautiful and diplomatic leader Anna, these Visitors attack not with guns but with hope. These aliens appear with messages of peace, love, and understanding. They arrive in sleek, elegant ships hovering over 29 major cities, and promise amazing technological advancements. They heal the sick. They raise spirits.

They come—in a desperate time of war, disease and despair—as earth's saviors. As one skeptical character says, "The world is in bad shape; who wouldn't welcome a savior right now?"

And the show asks: Would we believe them? "The chief allegory here is the idea of blind devotion," said V executive producer Jeffrey Bell in an interview with Christianity Today. "If anyone is showing up and saying something too good to be true, are people thinking? Are they asking questions? Are they prepared and informed? Are you just accepting and believing what you are told?"


We'll assume it's accidental, but the Obama and his followers metaphor is awfully strong.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2009 2:18 PM
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