an imaginary review (3)

1973: The whole of a small desert town is inhabited by aliens who have taken on human form. They escaped the disaster that wiped out their planet, but denial & post traumatic stress have erased this from their memories. The TV series, based quite closely on the original film, constructs itself as a phased revelation of their state. Imperfect recollections of life and death on the alien world are seen to be symptoms of what look like new psychological disorders. Dr Bax Fermor, drawn to the desert by convoluted Lacanian flexures in his own personality, understands their situation by an intuitive leap, and becomes town psychiatrist. He must spend the rest of his life taking care of them–some he helps to remember, others he gently encourages to forget.

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  1. Krishna

    “Here are the main points again:

    “Stay in your own homes, and if you live in an area where a fall-out warning has
    been given stay in your fall-out room, until you are told it is safe to come
    out.

    “The message that the immediate danger has passed will be given by the
    sirens and repeated on this wavelength. Make sure that the gas and all fuel
    supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished.

    “Water must be rationed, and used only for essential drinking and cooking
    purposes. It must not be used for flushing lavatories. Ration your food supply:
    it may have to last for 14 days or more.

    “We shall repeat this broadcast in two hours’ time. Stay tuned to this
    wavelength, but switch your radios off now to save your batteries until we come
    on the air again. That is the end of this broadcast.”