By P.J. Gladnick ~
What do you get when you mix the movie Armageddon with this year’s presidential campaign and add a large dollop of humor? Answer: Heads of Space. You might have caught the promo for it during the Univision debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders earlier this month. The voices of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are provided by Eric Harthen who was featured last year here in Newsbusters for giving tips on how to do a Trump impression.
Of course, since this series is produced by Univision, its harshest characterization is reserved for its portrayal of Donald Trump. However, if their version of Trump bothers you, their cartoon Hillary Clinton is quite hilarious. She is more robotic than the actual robot, Rotus. This cartoon Hillary, like the real one, doesn’t seem to understand humor and laughs at inappropriate times in a desperate attempt to appear more human. Here is the trailer featuring the presidential candidates being sent into space to colonize Mars due to a giant asteroid threatening to destroy earth:
Time magazine provided some background on this cartoon series:
Democratic debate host Univision took the opportunity Thursday to plug its animated parody of the 2016 presidential race Heads of Space as the debate headed to a commercial break.
In Heads of Space a group of astronauts must save Earth from an asteroid hurdling towards the planet, a la the 1998 film Armageddon.
Except in this show the astronauts are 2016 presidential candidates—Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the gone-but-not-forgotten Jeb Bush—sent to space by President Obama as their last task in becoming leader of the free world.
Episodes of Heads of Space premiere on the Udesia YouTube channel, a venture Univision launched in December aimed at Spanish-speaking millennials.
Of course, there is a bit of a problem with this cartoon series since two of the candidates featured, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have already dropped out of the race. Now since your humble correspondent used to write comics (attn: Bob Lizarraga) I could offer a solution but it is not my place to intrude. Must. Resist. Temptation!
Okay, for this one time only allow me to be so bold as to offer a solution…
Donald Trump declares that despite the $130 million that Jeb Bush paid to be on the space flight, his low poll numbers show Bush doesn’t deserve to be aboard. He calls Bush a loser and tosses him into a small torpedo like escape vehicle. Assuring Bush that his low energy will probably allow him to survive on the limited food supplies in the escape verhicle, he yells “YOU’RE FIRED!” and pushes the launch button that sends Bush back to earth. In the background Hillary is heard with her trademark cackling laugh as she wonders aloud if this is the type of humorous situation she should be laughing about.
A similar fate awaits Marco Rubio except Trump grabs him with really YUUUUUGE hands as he stuffs Marco into another escape vehicle. A load of water bottles is dumped by Trump into the verhicle with Rubio and Trump assures him it should be enough to last his voyage back to earth even with heavy sweating. With Hillary laughing again in the background, Trump yells, “BYE BYE LITTLE MARCO!” and the escape vehicle is launched.
There, sorry for imposing myself into a bit of comics writing but it is what I used to do so I swear no more input along these lines from me…except what about the new candidate who has recently come to the fore…John Kasich. Okay, just this and then I will go.
The Kasich dilemma is easily resolved by the fact of a deep hibernation chamber aboard the space ship. The moment the news of the Ohio victory by Kasich electronically reaches the sensors of the hibernation chamber, it opens up to reveal Kasich happily wearing a party hat with confetti perpetually raining down upon him as he proclaims his one and only victory over and over again.
Well, that’s it folks. No more from me. However, it is very tempting to write up a bit more about what happens when the presidential crew lands on Mars. I really really want to but I don’t dare impose any longer.
Hey, you know what? Just one more imposition.
The presidential crew lands on Mars. It is a harsh environment with no oxygen but Donald Trump sees great possibilities there. He plans to establish a casino for future space travelers called Mars-A-Lago and begins to build a wall around it to keep the Martians out. His motto is he is going to build a wall and Mars is going to pay for it. The wall is made of gold bricks with a prominent “T” stamped on each one. A slowdown occurs when Bernie Sanders demands a living wage to work on building the wall so Trump negotiates with him and Bernie agrees to work for minimum wage but with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream provided during the lunch breaks.
I could go on and on including an idea for a Martian Jorge Ramos but you know what? If Univision wants more of my ideas then they will have to dame la plata!