Year Zero: alive and unwell

Agent Bedhead quotes a Trent Reznor tweet: “YZ is alive.”

Whether this means that we’re actually on our way to Year Zero, or that we’re going to see a Nine Inch Nails album translated into another medium entirely, is not entirely clear. I’ve mentioned Year Zero, the album, before:

“Zero,” in this case, equals 2022, at which time the former United States of America, having been repeatedly attacked by terrorists, is replaced with a theocracy with more or less absolute control over the populace. If this sounds even more abrasive than your standard Trent Reznor rants, well, wait ’til you see it on HBO.

At the time, Reznor had said that he’d pitched the idea to the cable network, and it was well-received, which suggests that something might actually become of the premise. At least, I am trying to believe so.


  1. McGehee »

    5 April 2009 · 1:27 pm

    To find out the answer for myself I’d undoubtedly have to subject myself directly to Reznor’s reasoning (chuckle). So, does anyone else have any clue why he thinks a theocracy would arise here in response to Islamic terrorism?

    I mean, other than that the terrorists actually succeed in taking over?

  2. CGHill »

    5 April 2009 · 3:31 pm

    Here’s the timeline, based on the 2007 original. Make of it what you will.

  3. McGehee »

    5 April 2009 · 4:40 pm

    Um, yeah.

  4. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2009 · 5:05 pm

    I presume this series is being presented as “entertainment” (seeing as HBO is not exactly in the talk-television business)?

    Maybe I’m a Philistine, but I prefer my “entertainment” to be, you know, actually ENTERTAINING. If I wanted to be told in detail how the world was going to Hell, I have (at last count) five all-news channels I can watch.

    I had actually contemplated taking out a subscription to HBO (they are doing a series of “The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” but I get the feeling that’s the only thing I’d be watching on there. (I’ll wait for the dvds)

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