Sunday night’s new must-watch scandalous fiction TV show “Political Animals” is hinting at who will be Mitt Romney's running mate, and U.S. military involvement in Syria.
They’re called the nation’s “favorite First Family,” because USA’s “Political Animals” is filled with political scandals – like real life – and lots of current political trivia making this fiction TV show more like today's political reality. The show's cast is mirroring the likelihood that Mitt Romney’s running mate will be someone who is good looking and a member of a minority group; such as actor Adrian Pasdar who portrays “Political Animals” President Paul Garcetti. When not playing the president of the United States on this USA Network miniseries, Pasdar is the current voice of “Iran Man” in Marvel Anime, as well as in the animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man.” In turn, Sigourney Weaver’s “Political Animals” character Elaine Barrish Hammond - who is both a former “First Lady,” and the current secretary of state - called President Garcetti “the current Alpha-Male," while pointing to how "Alpha-Males" are usually drawn to politics; as explained during this second episode of the series that aired July 22.
In turn, the fact that Pasdar looks like 41-year-old junior Republican Senator Marco Antonio Rubio - who may be picked for a possible “Romney-Rabino” ticket - makes this “Political Animals” show that much more interesting, say fans who enjoy real-life politics being "pretended" on this TV show.
Thus, in TV fiction mirroring real life, this “Political Animals” TV show airs at the same time that former Mormon church member Rubio – who is the son of Cuban immigrants – is being called the “crown prince” of the Tea Party movement; while The New York Times reported this week that Romney “was vetting Rubio” as a possible vice president running mate who is now at the top of Romney’s list.
Political Animals TV show likes to mirror real life politics
The Oxford Dictionary definition for “political animal” is a person “...who is interested in social and political issues, especially one who actively participates in politics.”
For instance, one could say that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a widely experienced and articulate political animal; while the similarities are more than amazing between Weaver’s character in “Political Animals” and Hillary Clinton, with both losing the Democratic presidential nomination to the current president.
Moreover, Political Animals has already established that most lawmakers today seem to be the least qualified, least experienced and the least open to the U.S. remaining for the people and by the people at any time in American history; explained the show’s producers during the recent launch of the show on the USA Network.
TV show hints at new involvement with Syria
Sunday's July 22 episode of “Political Animals” featured Weaver’s secretary of state character involved in a “current hot spot situation” not unlike today’s crisis in Syria.
In turn, Weaver's role as Secretary of State Barrish Hammond finds her busy with “hostage negotiations with Iranians;” while the “Iranian situation” on Political Animals seems to mirror the real life “Syria situation” now confronting America's political leaders who - along with other “political animals” - are calling for U.S. involvement in some peacekeeper role for Syria once its dictator is deposed.
Such is the case now on "Political Animals" as Weaver's character muses about the future in Iran once the U.S. moves in as it did in Irag, and today in Afghanistan.
In yet another juxtaposition of characters, Weaver played a British diplomat – who sounded a lot like her Elaine Barrish Hammond character during this second episode of “Political Animals” July 22 – in the cult 1982 movie “The Year of Living Dangerously” that was set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno.
Today, Weaver plays the current secretary of state who is facing a “new crisis in the Middle East,” that sounds a lot like “today’s Syria,” state TV critics who’ve already established that Weaver is playing Clinton in this TV show.
Adrian Pasdar is the “Political Animals” president
With an Iraqi heritage, the American actor Adrian Pasdar not only looks like Mitt Romney, say TV critics, but others joke that he even “looks like Republican Senator Marco Rubio,” who is said to be on Romney’s short-list for a running mate.
Also, in yet another real life mirroring fiction on “Political Animals,” this recent episode two featured Elaine’s former husband, who was president, stating “I didn’t do it. I did not have sex with Sarah Latham,” while Weaver as the current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond seems to recall that admission in much the same way as Hillary Clinton faced Bill Clinton during media questioning after President Bill Clinton’s sexual interludes in the White House.
In turn, Pasdar seems to relish his role as the President Garcetti on this “Political Animals” TV show when he tells Weaver’s character that he’s going along with her play to send her ex-husband to Iran as to help negotiate a hostage situation that mirrors current tensions in Syria with Iran as the “current bad guy” in a story line that seems very real today.
Moreover, the show’s producers did not explain why they chose an actor with Iraqi heritage as the current president of the United States; while also portraying President Garcetti as a flawed leader who seems to answer to the current secretary of state, played by Sigourney Weaver.
What’s wrong with Political Animals, say fans
While “Political Animals” also deals with Weaver’s family - such as son Douglas, and his pending wedding – the current risky world situation, and “real life tends to draw one away from the show’s usual sexual overtones,” explained one fan blogging about this USA miniseries.
Moreover, the show attempted “flash backs” in this second episode that aired July 22; while fans said it was interesting to learn more about why Weaver’s character is so damaged, “it didn’t seem to work or to satisfy,” added another fan of this TV show.
However, fans did say they “enjoy the show’s dialogue” because, for one, it brings today’s current political debate – about such issues as should the U.S. become militarily involved in Syria peacekeeping – while also trying to bring some context to this television program that looks at what’s right or wrong with today’s real-life political situation in Washington where both sides of the aisle seem help bent at winning re-election at any cost.
In addition, one of the nice things about today’s television shows - with Internet home pages - is you can watch both the series premiere and Sunday’s second episode of “Political Animals” at the USA Network website.
Overall, the USA Network’s “Political Animals” is a TV program hell bent on breaking real-life “political animal” barriers with Vanessa Redgrave playing the role of Diane Nash, a lesbian Supreme Court Justice that opens the door for yet another reality-based miniseries as this six-episode miniseries continues next Sunday evening with yet more TV fiction mirroring real life in America today.
Image source of Adrian Pasdar – who portrays “Political Animals” President Paul Garcetti – during a July 2008 event at ComicCon, per prior to being “president,” Pasdar played in a variety of comic book hero roles. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Pasdar