Long-forgotten TV series may have foreshadowed today’s mess | Opinion


Love it or hate it, October is usually associated with Halloween.

You can’t really avoid it. The stores are full of candy and costumes. Horror films are shown on television and in theaters. And it’s getting darker and darker outside every night. Even some leaves start to change color at the beginning of this year.

While I normally try to avoid thinking or observing Halloween as a rule, I have to admit that there is something to be afraid of this year.

Where do I start?

A pandemic that refuses to stop. New, supposedly more troublesome viral variants lurking in the shadows just waiting for their chance to become the next dominant strain. Real-life politicians who are scarier than classic horror movie monsters. The loss of common sense among the population and the rise of fear in our nation. And don’t overlook the growing divide between average Americans. These are the blue states against the red states. Rural America versus population centers.

Now, just as I’m typing in this column at my workstation, a comedic meme someone posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page catches my eye. The music video is of Buzz Lightyear from the “Toy Story” film series with a caption that read, “There doesn’t seem to be any sign of intelligent life anywhere.”

Yeah. That sums it all up right now, doesn’t it?

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About 30 years ago (has it really been that long?) There was a show on TV that started off pretty promising, at least for those of us who like sci-fi and science fiction programs. supernatural nature.

I believe it was called “Millennium” and it centered on the impending arrival of the year 2000 and an obscure entity known as the Millennium Group, which may not have served for nothing.

The show’s first season ended with a cliffhanger doozy. A deadly plague was sweeping the fictional setting of the series, and if memory serves, the series’ main character – played by actor Lance Henriksen of “Aliens” fame – sought refuge in a cabin in the middle of the woods where he would have been isolated from society and other people in an attempt to escape the pandemic.

Of course, by the time season two began, the show’s writers decided to backtrack on the entire deadly virus storyline, choosing instead to quickly wrap up the apocalyptic tale in a safe and orderly fashion. Basically, in the new scenario, the virus only made a few people sick and didn’t spread very far. It turns out it wasn’t a pandemic after all, just a regionalised epidemic.

The show ultimately lasted for three seasons, but never quite could find its place or a narrative that worked. It was finally canceled.

Still, after everything we’ve been through with the 2020s and 2021s, I certainly would have welcomed a low-key ending similar to our plague.

No chance. Here we are, almost 20 months later, still grappling with this nightmare.

Another Halloween is approaching, and the plague and its various variations have not yet been purged from our quarters.

While taking refuge in a cabin in the middle of the woods is probably a good way to beat a plague like Frank Black’s character did in that long-forgotten TV show, it’s also a strategy that wouldn’t work in the real life. As no one would have enough emergency supplies on hand to wait for a global pandemic that has now lasted for almost two years.

If nothing else, the show provided us with a bit of a foreshadowing of what the real millennium – plus 20 years – would bring us into the real world.

So here we are, as of October 2021, with a world of problems – literally I might add. Because it’s not just the United States that is messy, but apparently the whole world as well.

It feels more like Groundhog Day than Halloween with us repeating the same virus scenario over and over again with each passing day.

I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next?

It is 2021, after all, the evil half-sister of 2020. So all bets are apparently off.

– Charles Owens is the editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact him at [email protected]


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