So we're in my living room, just chatting after some kind of board game event, and we decide to put some music on. Instead of running some playlist through my terrible laptop speakers, we opt for YouTube on my TV. "What do you want to listen to?" Someone shouts out "Some Britney Spears!" and we're off... For the next couple of hours, it's wall-to-wall Britney videos, and I'm even hearing songs I've never heard before (but the girls know all the lyrics and where they were the first time they heard them, of course). And a... pattern emerges.
At least 50% of those videos are essentially science fiction.
Britney sings and dances her way through postapocalyptic dystopias, digital clubs, and Buck Rogers imagery. She wears shiny latex and tattered cyberpunk rocker duds. How many end with the whole thing being a dream like some kind of Twilight Zone episode or Silver Age comic book story? And it's more than the same couple directors making her videos, it's a whole aesthetic. Or else she wouldn't be doing photo shoots like the one pictured above, where she has her own phaser! I should have known something was up when Doctor Who used "Toxic" to score a space station spinning at the end of the world (the video itself is more of a crazy superspy fantasy with SF fashions).
What are Britney's MOST sci-fi videos? I attempt a Top 5...
So you tell me. Britney Spears... SF fan or just puppet of some dementedly geeky image consultant?