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ABC’s Alien Invasion Drama “V” Is Too Real for the Obama Administration

November 5, 2009


When I first heard liberals howling about supposed anti-Obama messages in ABC’s new sci-fi drama “V,” I rolled my eyes.  The story of Earth falling for the false promises of sinister aliens may sound like the Barack Obama Hope-&-Change Tour 2008, but it’s hardly a new theme for the science-fiction genre—not only did “The Twilight Zone” famously tackle it way back when, but “V” itself is actually a direct remake of a TV miniseries that first aired in 1983.  Any resemblance between the 44th President and two-faced space lizards had to be coincidental…at least, that’s what I thought before Sean Hannity aired clips from the new show.

The first clip shows a gullible teenager eagerly promoting the Vs’ agenda through the World Wide Web:

I’m not obsessed…well, y’know what, the Vs, they call it spreading hope.

Okay, maybe that does sound kind of familiar.  Next, Hannity highlights a scene in which an attractive, smooth-talking V representative sits down for an interview:

V: Be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.

HOST: Excuse me?

V: Don’t ask any questions that would portray us negatively.

HOST: This is just how it’s done.  I swear I’ll be fair.

V: You’ll need to be more than fair if you want to proceed.  We can’t be seen in a negative light…We want to provide complete medical services to all.

HOST: You’re talking about universal healthcare.

V: I believe that’s what you call it, yes.

[emphasis added]

Stop the presses!  Hope-bringers who won’t tolerate an adversarial media, because it would distract people from the cause of health care reform?  It’s certainly a breath of fresh air from mainstream entertainment’s usual modus operandi.  Now that’s change we can believe in!

Somebody in Hollywood must have been asleep at the switch in order for “V’s” thoughtcrimes to make it past the drawing board, but now that the Left has noticed, it’s time to crack down:

Naturally, when a show debuts to huge ratings and mostly great reviews, the producer’s career is golden. Not this time. Apparently the network who gave Obama an infomercial and refuses to release the “Path to 9/11″ DVD decided to replace the show runner Scott Peters before the pilot even aired. In fact, ABC hosted a big visit by press people last Monday, but Peters was notably absent. Exec producer Steve Pearlman spoke with the reporters.

Peters has been demoted to exec producer, a largely honorary title and has been replaced by former “The Shield” and “Chuck” alum Scott Rosenbaum.

ABC might try to clamp down on any political dissent in “V’s” future, but they can’t just re-write the episodes that have already been filmed, and viewers definitely seem to like the show just as it is. Meddling with the creative team for the sake of partisan politics could result in a far less appealing product, so “V’s” reptilian masters will have to decide if “they’ll need to be more than fair if they want to proceed.”


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

  1. scott muller permalink
    November 5, 2009 7:30 pm

    Sure the debut got great ratings. No one had any idea it would be so political. I watched the first one, but be damned if I’ll watch any more.

    • David permalink
      November 8, 2009 2:21 pm

      Yes, people watched it before they knew it was so political. Do you think they won’t now? Maybe those who have blind faith in Obama. But otherwise, it was good. Second, look at Law & Order (any version), that show is so freaking political, but still draws viewers.

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    November 5, 2009 8:37 pm

    It’s so funny that the Obamaniacs are taking this show personally. It’s pretty true in theme to the original– which also included universal health care– get it, universal? It’s an anti-fascist parable. The twist was that it was fascism with a smiley face (Jonah Goldberg call your office.)

    So, if liberals are taking an anti-fascist parable personally– what are they admitting about themselves?

    • Chris permalink
      November 6, 2009 3:02 am

      Very good point.

  3. November 5, 2009 9:02 pm

    “To Serve Man.” It’s–it’s a health care plan!

  4. David Forsmark permalink
    November 5, 2009 9:26 pm

    Check out Jeffrey Jena at Big Hollywood:

    “When I started reading some of the rumors and theories about Mr. Peters’ latest show and the behind-the-scenes politics, I laughed out loud. Let me try to shed some light on the “V” controversy.
    The script was not written as a roman a clef or allegory for the Obama administration. The script was written by Mr. Peters during the Bush administration and started before Mr. Obama clinched the nomination. The author, Mr. Peters, is not some evil sleeper right-winger/Obama hater. Mr. Peters, besides being a talented writer and director is a gay man, legally married in California, and a liberal supporter of the President who worked for and donated money to the his campaign. If he’s a mole for some right-wing conspiracy he may be the most committed spy ever. Mr. Peters, who was born in Canada, recently became an American citizen; a process he tried to expedite so he could vote for Mr. Obama, a deadline he missed by two days.
    Unfortunately for Mr. Peters, this isn’t the first time in his career that fans or critics saw things in his work he didn’t intend. Some fans of “The 4400” saw hidden meaning in those episodes too. At first, Mr. Peters would try to respond, but eventually he had to quit paying attention as the theories got more and more bizarre.”

    • MJM permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:17 am

      Interesting how the Hollywood types do a show on FASCISM and the finished product reminds them of themselves.

      All of a sudden they scream, oh no, we didn’t mean to do a show about ourselves.
      Sorry that can of worms has been opened long before “V” aired.

  5. David Forsmark permalink
    November 5, 2009 9:30 pm

    “Peters has been demoted to exec producer, a largely honorary title and has been replaced by former “The Shield” and “Chuck” alum Scott Rosenbaum.”

    well, it’s more likely that an alum of The Shield and Chuck is a closet right winger… a show that actually had minority bad guys and featured the Mexican Mafia and MS13, and the other a very patriotic show where one of the principles worships Ronald Reagan.

  6. Chris permalink
    November 6, 2009 3:14 am

    It doesn’t matter whether “V” was intended to embarrass Obama or not. What’s imporant is the many people immediately recognized the similarities between the attractive, smooth-talking alien and Obama; the dual messages of Hope and Change; the references to UHC. It’s always easier to point out the fascistic ways of others. Quite another to recognize those same tendencies in ourselves. People have forgotten Woodrow Wilson’s fascistic administration and the compliant Congress that aided him. The liberal elites in politics, academia, and the press heaped praise Mussolini throughout the 20’s. Think it can’t happen here? It already has. Twice. You’ve living the second iteration.

  7. David Forsmark permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:09 am

    It’s one thing to point out fascistic tendencies and policies, and quite another to pretend this means that America is, or ever has been, anything close to living under totalitarianism.

    On the other hand, my buddy who had his very profitable auto dealership taken without compensation is starting to wonder…

    • MJM permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:22 am

      Yes, quite an interesting concept. There have been reports the confiscated dealerships are being resold to “favored” business people.
      Sound familiar, taking Jewish property and selling it to politically correct Germans.

  8. November 6, 2009 6:32 am

    Life imitates art more than the other way around.

    I saw a post at Gateway Pundit about the new “Organizing for America” office in St. Louis. It’s creepy as all get-out. The “buzz words” end with “Execution” and the orange Obama picture on the wall is enough to send an American apoplectic.

  9. The Inquisitor permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:41 am

    Two other propaganda blunders come to mind.

    The USSR showed the movie, The Grapes of Wrath, to demonstrate how bad and repressive things were in America. Movie goers instead were impressed that the poorest people in America could own a truck.

    Fascist Italy produced and screened We The Living as an anticommunist film. But the broader anti-totalitarian message did not escape the people of Italy. I don’t believe the authorities ever caught on.

  10. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:41 am

    We can’t help it if Obama and his ants are aliens. They need to howl at themselves.

  11. George H. permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:30 am

    Don’t worry, the storyline will soon be swung around to showing the poor aliens – pardon me, undocumented space immigrants – being persecuted by evil, white, racist America and resisting with the help of their brave Liberal allies. Hell, that’s what’s happening at Ft. Hood right now! The charge will soon be racism, not anti-Obamism, that’s the real battle here.

  12. I don't get it permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:36 am

    The entire Star Trek franchise features Universal Healthcare and a complete absence of Capitalism, but I never hear anybody draw parallels between the Obama administrations and Starfleet!

    • November 6, 2009 11:04 am

      Really? The Borg sure comes to mind. Especially with the MSM.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 6, 2009 2:01 pm

      You do not know your Star Trek. Interplanetary business is conducted using gold-pressed latinum.

  13. peachey permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:45 am

    The Hollywood and Obamarobots looked into the mirror and did not like what they saw. No surprise.What I found fascinating is that they immediately keyed into the fascist component in the “V” episode and the similarity with the Obama administration. Who knew that they were so astute as to recognize the similarities?

  14. George H. permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:00 am

    Arriving just on time to illustrate my point, this story from the “Nation” via the tax-payer funded propaganda organ NPR:

    The Nation: Ft. Hood Horror Invokes Islamaphobia

  15. Joy permalink
    November 6, 2009 5:57 pm

    We have a DUTY, as American citizens & patriots, to NOT let this story about the whacked out Islamo nut job disappear! This was an Islamic terrorist attack, pure & simple, albeit carried out only by one very focused and twisted person. We must NEVER again bow to PC and be fearful of Radical Islam. They are evil personified and have absolutely no regard for human life. Every step of the way that allowed this crazy shrink to proceed to infiltrate our military must be carefully examined and totally re-evaluated to correct all the gaps & mistakes that permitted this horror to occur. My prayers are with the families of the fallen – a needless and, probably (IMO), preventable tragedy.

  16. Kim permalink
    November 26, 2009 10:32 am

    ‘V’ was controversial in 1983 just as it is now.

    In ‘V’, when the aliens “real agenda” of health care for humans is revealed, it was originally in an outer limits episode. The “real” agenda is to keep their herd healthy – humans are what they eat. The outer limits, the aliens came and gave a book (in their language) and told the humans it ‘reveals the destiny of mankind’ it was not until after several ships of humans left to the alien’s planet that the book was deciphered – it was a cook book.

    The original ‘V’ series plagarized from outer limits -and although I have not seen the new ‘V’, it appears it is nothing more than a remake of outer limits / twilight zone. If the obamanation sees obama in it, then apparently they know we are headed towards socialism abd thet do not want the general population to know it.

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