A Sunday Herald TV listing has become the unlikely focus of a viral international story after the paper published a tongue-in-cheek synopsis of president elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Friday.
Comparing the state set piece to an episode of the Twilight Zone reviewer Damien Love pulls no punches by comparing Trump’s march to the White House to the improbable plot of a Hollywood sci-fi film.
Love writes: “After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories – among the most common is the ‘What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War’ setting – but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present.
“The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible. Today’s feature-length opener concentrates on the gaudy inauguration of President Trump, and the stirrings of protest and despair surrounding the ceremony, while pundits speculate gravely on what lies ahead. It’s a flawed piece, but a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful.”
Trump’s favourite social networking platform proved a first port of call for many lauding the write-up. Including Kath C LeStage who wrote:
— Kath C LeSage (@KathCLeSage) January 15, 2017