Welcome to Everytown. Get it? Everytown? Subtlety, you know.
H. G. Wells was one of the finest writers of his time who did much to create science fiction as real literature rather than a load of mere genre potboilers. He was also one of an all too familiar breed -
In 1936, Wells wrote the screenplay for Things to Come, a drama about the next hundred years of human history that Wells himself openly referred to as "a propaganda piece." Things to Come describes how the world is destroyed by a decades-
You can see the sort of city that Wells had in mind from Oswald Cabal's office in Everytown. It has that same dramatic impact, bold lines and utter lack of comfort that one usually associates with Euston station or most modern airports.
Call it Early Trek.
LITTLE GIRL: "They keep on inventing new things now, don't they? And making life lovelier and lovelier?"
OLD MAN: "Yes.... Lovelier -
So goes a history lesson where a man tries to explain to his great granddaughter why people live underground, never see the sun, never breathe fresh air, and why this is so much better all around. It's less like Utopia and more like those Japanese hotels that are basically upholstered lockers. One comes away with the impression that Mr. Wells didn't really care for nature all that much and preferred a society where everything could be neatly controlled like components in the huge machines the film featured.
Thing is, people have a cussed tendency to refuse the part the social engineers have assigned for them. They have their own minds and they hate being press ganged into acting as foot soldiers in the march to someone else's paradise -
Cal, you're creeping us out
Not so their ruler Cabal, who regards such sentiments as backward-
Come to think of it, I'm not too sure I'd want to hang around Cabal too much. All that talk about conquering the Universe and that glint in his eye makes you expect him to stick his arm out straight and run around the room shouting "Exterminate!" in his best Dalek voice.