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Scotland’s ‘Sunday Herald’ Treats The Trump Inauguration As A ‘Twilight Zone’ Revival In The TV Listings

Contrary to what President-elect Donald Trump may imagine, Scotland isn’t particularly nutty about the guy. That’s their dynamic. Trump claims Scotland’s got his back, but it sounds like the bulk of Scots would like to sock him in the nose. The latest slice of Scotland’s view on America’s incoming commander-in-chief? A sassy bit of TV listings! (Chillingly funny too.)

The listing you see nestled above is from Scotland’s Sunday Herald. Instead of billing the broadcast of Trump’s historic day in an ego-stroking manner, the guide helpfully notes that the broadcast doubles as the return of the long-dormant classic anthology series The Twilight Zone. No, really! Rod Serling’s mind-bending gift to television is the framework in which the paper presents the shindig. It’s a bit on the nose and that’s perfectly alright, because everything is bonus batsh*t crazy now and we can’t remember what “normal” used to be.

After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the 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.

Naturally, the listing has blown up online. We imagine it will get extra traction if this listing is unintentionally teasing a future moment of comeuppance for President-elect Trump in a twist ending, although startling revelations aren’t known to knock the GOP’s Great Orange Hope off her political perch. Trump supporters will be more inclined into go with this brand of listing for the event.

(Via CBS News)

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