TV Club: Promising sci-fi satire BrainDead suggests there are worse things than gridlock

BrainDead, the new sci-fi political satire from The Good Wife creators Robert King and Michelle King, begins with the all-too familiar sight of real-life politicians like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, on a wall of TV screens, belting out their stump speeches. Over the rising cacophony, a legend appears:

“In the year 2016 there was a growing sense that people were losing their minds… and no one knew why… until now.”

The eventual explanation offered—alien ants from a crashed meteor are eating away the brains of American politicians—marks out BrainDead as a promising, if tonally uncertain, whack at mocking the political system. It also muddies its own mission, in that viewer frustration at what’s been—let’s face it—an unprecedentedly ridiculous election cycle is not really the target of the show’s comic vitriol. Sure, regardless of your political stripe, there’s been a …

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