How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

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I've been excited about this show since I heard about it, but I was still wary. I had heard there was an old 80's miniseries on which it was based. I never saw the miniseries. I decided I wanted to wait and see this new version as an island unto itself. I was not disappointed. In a season full of series trying to take the place of LOST, V is the strongest contender, in my opinion. As much as I love SGU, its connection to the Stargate franchise will just never win as many viewers as it is suited for. V stands to attract even some of the most skeptical with a sexy cast, some pumping action, intriguing mystery, international subterfuge and relatable characters. And what's really awesome is that the show establishes all of these elements in the very first episode.

I'm not saying pilot episodes don't usually do that. I'm saying it's becoming a trend to stretch out the plot over several episodes, even a season, before you really get a handle on what's going on. In an environment where LOST doesn't even let us get a good look at the Others until the second season, a pilot episode like V has put out is a breath of fresh air, and it makes you wonder what other tricks they may have up their sleeve.

And this is the worry that I have about the show as a whole. As good as this first episode was, I wonder if they haven't set the bar too high, and I wonder if they're actually going to play to people's expectations. For one thing, people always tend to expect the worst from aliens until proven otherwise. What would be awesome is if we started seeing that the Visitors really are benevolent creatures here to help and commune with us. I want to see the series build the Vs up as actual, real ambassadors of peace and salvation and then humanity in their mistrust ends up destroying them. Not because I'm actually that cynical (maybe I am), but just because we've never seen that before. Well... except in Star Trek: Enterprise's mirror universe...

Regardless of where it goes from here, V is off to a great start. It's great to see not one, but two actors from Firefly in this episode! One of them who is also from Stargate SG-1 and a completely different actor who is from LOST. Recognizable faces are just one of the elements that bring the joy out of this episode. If we can just get Nathan Fillion in the mix we just may have a perfect show.

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