last updated: 9 May 2017 (approximate reading time: 2 minutes; 398 words)

If you want something of an explanation as to why politics is the way it is, then have a look at BrainDead.

I’ve make recommendations for books, movies, and TV programs. Many of the suggestions have been—in part—because of a certain degree of “worthiness”. That’s not the case with BrainDead. I’m suggesting you check it out for one simple reason: it’s hugely entertaining.

The Story

The basic premise is straightforward, space bugs are eating people’s brains. But don’t worry, this isn’t science fiction.

The story is set in Washington. Laurel Healy (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is working for her brother Luke (Danny Pino), a US Senator, and it doesn’t take Laurel long before she suspects something isn’t right…

Exploding Heads

…and Laurel knows something is wrong when a man’s head explodes.

There is, of course, an attempt to cover up the explosion, but when a politician’s head explodes on live TV, the conspiracy begins to leak into the public consciousness.

Laurel notices more than just heads exploding—people are behaving oddly and their personalities are changing. Also she keeps hearing You Might Think by The Cars.

She first hears it when she is interviewing the captain of a boat, and then across an office, in ringtones, and in echoes down corridors.

So, Those Space Bugs…

As the aliens spread, they eat more and more brains taking control of more and more people, many in very high places. Indeed at one point it seems that half of the members of the Senate are brain-dead. And as more people are infected, Laurel hears You Might Think with greater frequency.

There’s a change in people’s diets. Meat eaters are suddenly going vegetarian and appear to be subsisting on vegetable juice. And then there is the cherry blossom. People seem to want cherry blossom in their office…

Seek It Out

Trying to pigeon-hole BrainDead into a genre is tough. On one level it’s a political satire. On another, it’s a thriller. And looked at from a third angle, it’s a comedy.

You can criticize that BrainDead doesn’t go deep—it’s not a biting satire intended to skewer its targets mercilessly and it’s not trying to hit every comedic angle. Personally, I enjoyed it because it didn’t go deeper. It kept its charm and didn’t take itself too seriously, and instead sought to do one thing: entertain.

Seek it out, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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