In the first ten minutes of NBC's new sci-fi drama Revolution (premiering Monday, September 17 at 10 p.m. EDT), we meet the villain: Captain Tom Neville, played by Giancarlo Esposito. He is a 6-feet-tall, light-skinned, half-black militiaman of the Monroe Republic. He rides into town imposingly atop a large horse, accompanied by a pack of angry bodyguards brandishing rifles. Neville wears a trenchcoat, dark sunglasses, and a pistol at his hip—he calls to mind a slimmer Morpheus from the Matrix franchise. He is charismatic and composed, and speaks in a rich baritone. The village folk (dozens of good-looking white people) look on in trepidation.
At first glance, you may feel inclined—as I was—to think, "say, that Captain Neville looks and sounds an awful lot like Barack Obama, now, doesn't he?" only to have your nagging liberal guilt kick in, thus batting away such a mildly racist assumption.
Phew! You've dodged a mildly racist bullet, so it seems!
NBCBut then Neville starts talking to the white townsfolk about taxes—burdensome taxes—that are owed to the Monroe dictatorship. He reinforms them that for civilians "owning a firearm is a federal offense." He threatens to "reeducate" their children if his demands aren't met. And then, faster than you can say "Hussein," Neville and his crew begin terrorizing and decimating the assembly of benevolent, over-regulated white folk!
By now this should really be reminding you of someone—or at least the acute right-wing spin on the administration of a certain someone.
And so it was that on September 17, 2012, NBC introduced the Obama-Morpheus Tyrant.
(Alyssa Rosenberg, critic at ThinkProgress (and my podcast buddy), has more on the despotic Morpheus-Barack here.)