Passive, helpless, human sheep.
Capable only of cowering at home, away from all-powerful authority in the shape of the State's minions, who don't even need to so much as fire a gun to get the populace to do their bidding and hand over their children.
Yeah, I'm talking about the 'Torchwood' finale. Now, I'm not much of a fan, having seen the first season (and I only really enjoyed the episode 'Out of Time', because I'm a sucker for time travel).
But I quickly grew bored with the writers 'Look at us! Aren't we daring!?' attitude and the weakness of the plots and the unlikeableness of the characters, so gave up at the start of season 2.
However, the premise and structure of the latest one (mini season? tv movie? who knows?) intrigued me, and I got hooked. And as expected, it was utter rubbish, though grippingly directed and edited.
*spoilers coming - if you taped it, look away now*
But dear god, it didn't have anything good to say about the UK, did it? I don't mind bleak, I don't mind 'we need to sacrifice people because we face impossible odds', I don't mind 'the government is evil!' in my drama, but at least some nod to the innate cussedness and refusal to surrender to authority that has been a hallmark of the UK population ought to shine through, surely?
The best anyone can do, in the face of impossible odds, is run away? And not even be successful at that?
You are one of the few with access to a gun, so you slaughter your family and then kill yourself, without even attempting to take a few of the people giving the orders with you?
Soldiers turn up to take away your children, on rough, tough housing estates, and the best resistance to soldiers who don't seem to be armed with anything more than riot shields and batons is a few lardy blokes and one cop who removes his body armour first? While the mothers wail helplessly or thrash about (notably not drawing any blood, ever) in the arms of soldiers?
US tv drama is often criticised for the gung-ho, 'we can achieve impossible odds if we all pull together' aspect, and their love of a happy ending, but I think they understand the human condition a little better than the BBC's scriptwriters...
Which begs the question - is this how they see things? Or how they want to see things?
Or is it how they want us to see things?