Thursday, May 21, 2009


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Anonymous said...

Everyone says Star Trek, or StarWars, or some other great Sci- Fi classic is the ultimate
Sci-Fi story. You could argue Dune, Space Odessy 2001, Red Planet, Riddick Chronicles, Farenheit 451, 1984, any number of Zombie movies like 28 Days or Dawn of the Dead, oh my goodness the list goes on and on. But I find the Sci-Fi that truly hits home is a story that takes place today, in our world as we know it today, for we know this world intamately and can identify with it most, allowing for a sense of realism and refelction on ourselves and the human condition as it pertains to the interaction with forces greater than ourselves individually. The same could be said with Sci-Fi like any number of Zombie movies , but these films are less about the human condition, and more about survival against a primal force, instead of a force of great intelligence and technological superiority. Zombie movies, psychologically and symbolicly, are cave man versus stronger beast threateninmg the home, I'm smarter and faster, if not stronger, I use a tool, and traps, I kill all who oppose me. In the case of advanced technology and intelligence it is more like, holy crap look at the size of that spaceship, and my gun and missles are useless!!!
This concept was first realized and employed by H.G wells with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. So effective entire towns where preparing a resistance against immenent alien invasion for a week! This was considered the first truly shaking and real Sci-Fi of all time. This concept later evolved to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a covert invasion instead of an outward one, still tapping into human fear, but in the end human resitance to a threat. And since then, Alien Invasion movies have been popular, Man versus the overwhelming hostile alien force, such as Independence Day and so forth.
But what if the overwhelming alien force was not hostile? What if they came in peace AND offered their technology freely, and cured all illness and human ailments and offered repair of a crippled atmoshpere and reparition of a deteriorating world? What if they came as angels or gods to bring humanity to a new pinnacle? What if they came as emissaries of galactic peace only people started to disappear? What if something wasn't right but no one believed you because they bring nothing but what seems best for the human race? What if you woke up or came home one day to find the people you loved where missing, never to be found again? What if the new alien Visitors where everywhere covering your town with propoganda posters and media, and recruiting the human youth to help enforce their new order? What if you saw entire truck loads of people being taken out of their homes ,with no trial, as suspected disendants, never to be seen or heard from again? What if, to your horror, events where spiraling out of control in your town for the first time since the Nazi regim in europe? What if a stranger came up to you, revealing a horrible truth, that humans where being rounded up by the Visitors, like cattle, as food? Would you not believe them, and hide or play along for your own survival? Or would you takes up arms in a resistance against an impossibly superior rival with almost no hope of Victory, and little chance of your own survival?
This concept was realized in 1983, with the critically acclaimed Mini Series, V. Without doubt the most successful Sci-Fi to air on network television since Star Trek. The darker side where the good guys didn't always win, and their were always casualities. The most realistic Sci-Fi ever to grace the TV waves in history. And V? She is Back, and this time, there may be no way to get rid of her...