V | Two New Reviews

Oh, and the other best part was seeing Elizabeth Mitchell get to kick more ass and be extra-competent, taking down the shooter (fake though he was) with awesome professionalism, and then sneaking into the Visitors’ Big Brother room. If this show proves, once and for all, that Elizabeth Mitchell deserves more roles as a butt-kicking action hero, that will be a great accomplishment by itself.

And it’s hard to argue with the fine cast (Elizabeth Mitchell as a tough FBI agent

On last night’s V, we found out how Anna (Morena Baccarin) keeps her alien army in line — she gives them “The Bliss.” Which is probably just as dirty as it sounds. All in all, a corking installment. Spoilers below.

You can sort of tell that the first six episodes of V were compressed into four episodes, judging from how fast-moving this one was. In one hour, we got to see Erica and Father Jack track down Georgie’s shambles of a resistance movement, and by the end we saw Georgie, Father Jack, Ryan and Erica all come together to start forming their resistance cell. Meanwhile, the “fake death threat” thing only took up about half the episode, and got nicely wrapped together with Anna’s publicity coup in handling the “CIndy Sheehan wannabe” protestor. (See? Anna’s not Obama. She’s George Bush.)

Possibly the best parts of last night’s episode involved Alan Tudyk waking up and remembering bits about his life as a human — including the horror of living among us and being married to a woman who brushes her hair over the kitchen sink. (Although then the surprise reveal that the VIsitor treating Alan was actually part of the Fifth Column was actually a tad disappointing — especially if that really is the end for Alan this time.)

Oh, and the other best part was seeing Elizabeth Mitchell get to kick more ass and be extra-competent, taking down the shooter (fake though he was) with awesome professionalism, and then sneaking into the Visitors’ Big Brother room. If this show proves, once and for all, that Elizabeth Mitchell deserves more roles as a butt-kicking action hero, that will be a great accomplishment by itself.

The worst part, as usual, involved Dylan the little twerp, and his date with the hot blonde visitor — who turns out to be Anna’s daugher. And we learn that the Visitors have extra special plans for Dylan — is it too much to hope they’ll result in his immediate death? Like, early in next week’s episode? The other annoying thing was the show’s continued habit of having characters repeat the same word or phrase several times in the episode — in the first episode, it was the word “devotion,” spoken at key moments like a flashing billboard saying “THIS IS A THEME OKAY”. In the second, it was “resistance.” And last night, we got people saying “safety in numbers” a few times.

All in all, it was a pretty solid episode, and I’m intrigued by all the hints that the media-savvy Anna is using more direct means to control her own people. Here’s hoping next week’s installment delivers as well, since it’s the last episode of the year — and let’s hope the show’s ratings slide doesn’t continue.

Source: Io9

One of the bright spots on the fall 2009 schedule (at least for those of us who are ’80s-obsessed) looked to be ABC’s “reimagining” of the camp-classic 1983 sci-fi miniseries “V.” But before it even aired, the Internet was atwitter with ugly rumors. First, ABC fired and hired a number of showrunners (a TV term for “a non-writing producer responsible for day-to-day operation of a series”). Then, ABC tried to screw the show’s original creator, Kenneth Johnson, out of credit (and therefore royalties) by saying this new TV show called “V” (about lizard-like alien invaders plotting a wholesale looting of Earth’s resources and fighting off a scrappy human resistance while pretending to be beneficent) had nothing in common with that old TV show called “V” (about … yeah, pretty much the exact same thing). Not surprisingly, the network lost that battle. Finally, ABC came up with the ridiculous idea of running just four episodes of the show and then pulling it off the air until next spring.

All in all, it looked like ABC didn’t have much confidence in the series. Then, it premiered.

The first episode of “V” landed 14.3 million viewers, making it the highest-rated new show of the fall season. Even more shocking, it managed to expose a chink in the armor of CBS’ previously impervious, acronym-heavy crime show block. (Although “NCIS” still lured more viewers overall.) Ratings for the second episode of “V” did drop 27 percent—but that’s pretty much par for the course. It’s still a successful number for a freshman series and represents about a 200 percent leap upward from ABC’s previous Tuesday night timeslot occupant (the financial reality show “Shark Tank”).

So far, “V” is proving to be a mostly savvy mix of old-school camp and modern-day revisionism. Some have lambasted the show’s rapid pace and simple-minded symbolism. But with so much dense-mythology storytelling on TV (“Lost,” “Dollhouse,” “FlashForward”), it’s refreshing to see an entirely accessible piece of science fiction. Is it mainstream? Sure. Is it fun? That too.

While it shifts around a number of the character archetypes from the original miniseries, this new “V” sticks pretty close to the formula, giving us slyly duplicitous aliens, gung-ho Earthly collaborators and conspiracy-busting resistance fighters. A new subplot about well-entrenched alien “sleeper cells” adds a timely dose of paranoia. And it’s hard to argue with the fine cast (Elizabeth Mitchell as a tough FBI agent, Scott Wolf as a smarmy TV broadcaster and Morena Baccarin as the deliciously evil alien leader). At its weakest (the priest character seems like a hammy bit of symbolism), “V” is an ensemble drama still searching for its best footing. At it its finest (Baccarin’s chillingly direct order to Wolf not to ask any questions that would “portray us in a negative light”), “V” is a sharp parable about what a modern media war with evil space aliens might look like. Too bad we have to wait until 2010 for more.

Source: alibi