I had to work last night, through it, but I've started watching last night's Enterprise
- and it's already started bothering me enough to pause, and blog thereon.
, the faux-newsreel in the teaser is unnerving. In this version of WWII, changed by yet another
variety of time-traveling aliens, Germany is winning - and has made it as far as Ohio, capturing most of the Eastern Seabord pretty thoroughly. It's technically well done. However, implications are made that the occupying Wehrmacht has set up a Vichy France-like American collaborationist government. The chief (and unnamed) collaborator?
Um. Am I imagining things, or is that, as it appears to be, William Lyon Mackenzie King? Standing in the Peace Tower entrance to the Centre Block? The Gothic windows in the background are kind of a giveaway; it's so un-Federal Style it'd be hard to place in Washington at all.
Given the rest of the alt-history background - Britain and the other Allies fell early - I can see that plot device working. However, it makes this perplexing:
That map hangs inside the captured White House, where an angry, unnamed German general anguishes with his Vosk (?) ally over American defences in Ohio. Look at the map; what's missing? Canada is a complete blank. (So's Mexico, but it's not a one-day-drive away from occupied territory.) Any WWII-era invasion of North America from the Atlantic would have
to involve taking at least parts of Canada, from a strategic standpoint, would it not? A Kriegsmarine flotilla sent down the St. Lawrence Seaway would neatly cut off the Maritimes and give an advanced landing position to march down to the Great Lakes. Alternately, if Canada is collaborating (i.e., the archive footage actually wasn't intended to portray a fictional American politician, but a historical Canadian one), why isn't it shown in allied yellow? Why is there no geographical or strategic data at all? Strategy doesn't stop at national borders.
All this, and I'm only sixteen minutes into the second part of an execrable season premiere at this point. Try harder
, Mr. Coto.