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Would An Alien Invasion Unite Us?

Written by on March 5, 2020

Story by Chuck Tackett

Would An Alien Invasion Unite Us?

If you are my friend or a regular reader of my weekly Chuck’s Chat blogs, you are cognizant of the fact that I am a huge zealot of classic horror movies from the 1930s to 1950s.

The 1950s horror movies delighted me the most. Don’t get me wrong. I am still a devotee of King Kong, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Dracula, and The Wolf Man.

With that said, the 1950s horror films expanded my mind to possibilities I could never imagine. Insects that usually are small are behemoths. Instead of being on top of the food chain, humans now were the hunted. Prehistoric leviathans that were extinct were now in existence, causing mayhem in a world they do not recognize.

Another sub-genre during that period was alien invasion movies. The very first one I saw as a youngster was “War Of The Worlds” that was made in 1953. I saw it on television in 1964. Even though it frightened me, I wanted to see more. I was a sadistic little lad. (lol)

In 2005, Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, and Tim Robbins did a reboot of the original 1953 film. I liked the fact that the stars of the original Gene Barry and Ann Robinson had cameos playing the grandfather and grandmother. It may have been my imagination, but people seemed to be more unit3ed even though there were spurts of folks being selfish idiots. I guess that will always be a reality.

Now in 2020, premium cable channel EPIX last month brought an overseas limited TV series of “War of The Worlds.” It has 8 episodes. I have only seen 2, and so far I really like this re-imagining of the famous H.G. Wells tale. This reboot stars Irish actor Gabriel Byrne and American actress Elizabeth McGovern best known for the 1981 movie “Ragtime” which happened to be 1930s era actor James Cagney’s last movie. In this TV series, it takes place in modern-day Europe. Astronomers receive a transmission from another star, proving that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists. While the Earth’s populace awaits for further contact, meteors encasing alien spacecraft strategically start landing in major inhabited cities. In the days following, they start emitting a magnetic signal that wipes out most of mankind that are above ground. They die on the spot that is described as if they had a major stroke. Humans that are below ground or above ground in enclosed areas like elevators survive. What’s left of humanity, the survivors are left wondering who are these aliens and why are hellbent on humanity’s destruction. Remember, I have only seen 2 of the 8 episodes so those questions and more are left to be answered in the remaining episodes

Watching this TV series, I thought of the movie “The Day The Earth Stood Still” No other alien invasion movie from what I could recall using the premise of the aliens threatening to destroy mankind if they couldn’t get their act together. As you may recall, in the 1950s era original movie, humanity was in the early stages of harnessing atomic/nuclear power. The aliens came to Earth to warn mankind with their irresponsibility/immaturity. The Earth was putting other planets in the universe in jeopardy, and they weren’t having it. Maybe that is where I got the idea of an alien invasion might be the catalyst to unite us all if extraterrestrial life truly exists.

Back to reality, I thought the AIDS epidemic would bring the unity we as mankind needed, well we all know how that worked out.

Maybe the real 21st Century threat of climate change would bring humanity together. But as long as certain powerful individuals remain in power and have the monetary means to continue to lie to the masses uses racism/bigotry to spin their narrative, the only realistic possible unifying action we ALL could participate in is to vote. We can’t depend on the space alien Klaatu of “The Day The Earth Stood Still” to whip us into shape, or could we?

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