If, like me, you're still looking for a character-driven sci-fi drama (with trace amounts of nostalgia) to fill the void left by Battlestar Galactica, then you're probably already curious about ABC's remake of the 80's TV phenomenonV. ABC released the first eight minutes of the new alien invasion show online (watch it here) to attract a new audience to this updated version of an old fan favorite, before it makes its broadcast debut on November 3rd.

It's obviously impossible to judge an entire series from this short clip, but the "Where were you on 9/11?" opening text rubs me the wrong way. I'm not offended that the scenes of New Yorkers frightened by a massive threat in the sky conjure up subtext about 9/11. I'm offended that the subtext is made, well, actual text. That pretty much makes it NOT subtext, by definition. That type of narrative hand-holding (as if they are shouting, "HEY DOESN'T THIS KINDA REMIND YOU OF 9/11?") is offensive to me, because it's a moronic way of reminding viewers of something that they'll be able to pick up on their own.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi