V is Back – Don’t be afraid!

Well, it’s great to have a science-fiction show back on network television.  I know that we’ve had a few on lately, but I’m talking about aliens, spaceships, cool special effects and a super-hot alien leader disguised as Morena Baccarin.  Nice! 

"Take me to your leader!"

I know that only two episodes have aired on ABC and the show has gotten some interesting reviews – mostly good, but the show is starting to take shape. 

For those not familiar with V – it’s a remake of the 1983 NBC mini-series with the same name.  The premise of the show is rather simple and straightforward for science fiction:  the arrival to Earth of a technologically advanced alien species who ostensibly come in peace but actually have sinister motives.  Huh, who’d a thunk it!

The pilot begins with giant spaceships hovering over 29 major cities around the world.  Anna, the beautiful and charismatic leader of the alien “Visitors,” claims to come in peace.  Soon, a small number of humans begin to doubt the sincerity of the seemingly benevolent Visitors, and FBI Counter-Terrorism agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell of LOST fame) discovers that the aliens have spent decades infiltrating human governments, businesses, and religious institutions and are now in the final stages of their plan to take over the world. Erica joins the underground resistance movement, which includes Ryan (played by Morris Chestnut), a Visitor sleeper agent who wants to save humanity. However, the aliens have won favor among the people of Earth by curing a variety of diseases, and have recruited Earth’s youth — including Erica’s son Tyler — to serve them unknowingly as spies. 

The initial V mini-series was a modern retelling of how the Nazis rose to power in Germany, and although much of that remains true with this new series, it is much more “now” with numerous references to terrorism, hope, change and even universal health care. 

Cast of V

The show has a good cast, some of whom I already mentioned, as well as actors Joel Gretsch who plays Father Jack Landry – a priest whose unease with the Visitors is soon validated after discovery of the Visitors’ secret and Scott Wolfe who plays Chad Decker – a news anchor who is caught between his journalistic ethics and his ambition when his exclusive access to Vistor Leader Anna comes with a price.

Although a darker science fiction show compared to that of say “Star Trek” – I will continue to watch it and remain optimistic about it.  After all, its on ABC – not NBC who screwed up Star Trek!   The third episode comes on tonight – check it out!

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5 Responses to “V is Back – Don’t be afraid!”

  1. Sean Says:

    I ate the original V up. Have most of the books, I think I still have the comics somewhere. So far, I’ve liked what I’ve seen, but I do have one gripe. It’s a series, so they have time to develop both the characters and situations more. There are several storylines going at once, which the original also had, but they had time to develop more.

  2. Michael Says:

    I have always liked the concept of aliens coming to earth. However, I think it is a bit ‘lazy’ the trend of having the chief protagonist (in this case, the V’s) looking human. BSG (the new version) had the Cylons looking human, and while it adds a ‘who is, who isn’t’ element to the story, sometimes we WANT to see aliens 🙂 Aliens are expensive, granted, but this universe is very vast, and I find it hard to believe everyone looks human.

  3. Greg Greene Says:

    I remember V back then and enjoyed it. The new V is up to date and has a good storyline. We have a new show to watch and compare to the original. We know the plot so it is going to be interesting to see what has changed over the years. I had to go to hulu and watch it again.

  4. ShadowWing Tronix Says:

    The human Cylons may be a cop out (then again, I have never brought myself to watch a single episode–they lost me when they remade everyone to not resemble their namesakes, most notably old show fan favorite Starbuck), but the Visitors disguising themselves as humans are part of the plot, so I don’t mind it there.

    I do wish Doctor Who would spend some more time in space meeting non-humans, and I haven’t had time to catch Stargate Universe to see how they’re handling things.

  5. RedShirtDavid Says:

    What happened to the uniforms??? NOT THE SAME, and much less cool!

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