Politics are invading science fiction for the first time ever.
Noah Hawley's rise is one of the best thing that's happened to TV in the last decade.
As a showrunner for FX, he has adapted the Cohen brothers 1996 classic Fargo and the Legion storyline from X-Men comics into critically acclaimed series. The shows demonstrate Hawley's range as a showrunner, with wildly different tones and storytelling approaches, and now FX is trusting him to stretch his talents even further, creating a new sci-fi horror series based on the Alien franchise.
It remains to be seen whether Hawley can work his magic touch with the world that Ridley Scott and James Cameron made classic in the '70s and '80s. Hawley's series won't start filming until next spring, but that hasn't stopped certain right-wing pundits from attacking him. Apparently, Hawley's big mistake was using the term "inequality" and making the shocking claim that it exists in modern society. How dare he!
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Ironically, Rubin has spent years using the image of the parasitic xenomorphs as a metaphor for how "wokeism" — with its attacks on notions like traditional gender roles — can take over and destroy its hosts... Never mind the fact that the facehugger-chestburster lifecycle has always represented a reversal of gendered tropes — intended to make that horror of sexual violence and violation palpable to a male audience — or that Ripley set the standard for strong, heroic female leads.
Forget all that. Focus on the fact that the Wokes have got ahold of Alien now, and they're forcing a bunch of damn politics where it doesn't belong!
With only a couple episodes written, and at least a year before any of us sees the final product, it's nice to see people writing off Hawley's new show for such cool and sensible reasons.