Monday, June 13, 2016

Bug Buzz

This probably isn't all that far from the truth:
Welcome to BrainDead, the show that chronicles what happens when, in the midst of a government shutdown, an alien invasion is infecting members of Congress’s brains with a bug that keeps them unable to do their jobs in any smart or discerning way.
As a metaphor for the current state of American politics, it couldn’t be more pointed.
The series hails from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, the former of which jokes, “we knew we wanted to go a little different from The Good Wife…” with the new series. To say the least.
The series is part searing critique of the extremism that is crippling politics, not to mention the citizens who gleefully march to the polarized beats of their respective Far Left or Far Right drummers. To wit, Monday night’s premiere episode is titled almost like a college thesis: “The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century.”
But BrainDead is also, as its logline suggests, a campy sci-fi thriller, with alien bugs literally eating the brains of politicians and a few low-level staffers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Tveit) with gumption desperate to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
So it is pretty much like real life...

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