The answer to this is to be found in a show called ‘Continuum,’ which I have been watching on Netflix; because I’m a sucker for terrible sci-fi. Basic plotline is that a soldier-cop from the year 2077 (a time in which all political governments have been abolished in favor of the ‘Global Corporate Congress,’ and huge corporations run the world) travels back to our era in order to stop a gang of terrorists known as ‘Liber8,’ who are stand-ins for the Occupy Movement (minus the rape tents and pooping on cop cars). Liber8 wants to stop the evil corporations from taking over, the soldier-cop is trying to stop them.
- There is no nuance. Corporations and everyone who works for one is EVIL; and Corporations commit mass murder pretty much all the time and get away with it. Those who fight the corporations are GOOD. And in-between them, are the cops, who slowly realize they are fighting on the wrong side. One character joins liberate after ‘the corporations’ carpet-bomb her remote mountain village for no reason other than “what the corporations cannot own, they destroy.”
- The characters are so one-dimensional they make Ayn Rand look like Jane Austen. Everyone who works for the corporations is evil; literally killing people for profit (because, obviously, murdering your customer base is the key to building brand loyalty). Everyone allied with Liber8 is pure and good. And the head corporate dude from the future is the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files.
- Messages are delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the side of the head. One of the evil corporations is called ‘Sonmanto.’ They make agricultural products as cover for their real business; deadly chemical weapons production. Get it? Or do they need to flash “Sonmanto is an anagram for Monsanto! Corporations are evil, you morons!” at the bottom of the screen.
- There is no comic relief. Every show is as dark and serious as heart surgery in a blackout. No humor can be permitted when your object is to WAKE UP THE PEOPLE about the threat of EVIL CORPORATIONS.
Political messaging really is the enemy of art, isn’t it?