V for Vendetta is a mixed bag of a movie. While thoroughly entertaining, the film is a hodgepodge of mixed messages and muddled metaphors (summed up nicely in this review). One particularly peculiar symbol of resistance against the fascist state is the "eggy in a basket" (aka "bird in a nest") breakfast cooked up by the film's anti-hero terrorist, V. Depicted as some sort of suppression of pleasure, butter and eggs have been outlawed (or at least rationed) in this vision of the future.
Interestingly, the trope of breakfast-as-resistance has come under attack by none other than Alan Moore, co-creator of V for Vendetta, who has renounced the film version and lashed out at the poor "eggy in a basket" as culturally confused:
"They don't know what British people have for breakfast, they couldn't be bothered. 'Eggy in a basket' apparently. Now the US have 'eggs in a basket,' which is fried bread with a fried egg in a hole in the middle. I guess they thought we must eat that as well, and thought 'eggy in a basket' was a quaint and Olde Worlde version."
In the pantheon of science fiction fantasies of future food, V for Vendetta's breakfast occupies an unusual place. At one end of the spectrum is the world of Woody Allen's Sleeper, where fried, fatty foods are not only accepted, but considered supremely healthy. At the other end is Soylent Green, where we all end up feeding upon (spoiler alert!) ourselves ("Soylent Green is people!").
My own preferred vision of sci fi food culture is in Blade Runner, which finds Harrison Ford slurping noodles in a fantasy version of downtown L.A. as a neon-lit mashup of Tokyo, New York, and Hong Kong. Even in a future where humans are under attack by android replicants, there will still be noodles to savor.