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Review: V - A Bright New Day

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2009 10:29AM
V: A Bright New Day(S01E03) When you're mounting a resistance against an alien presence that way outclasses you in technology, and even outclasses you in propaganda and being good-looking, you're going to need help, and preferably of the "inside" variety. With V scheduled to go on a long hiatus after next week's episode, it's important that the resistance come together by then.

While we made good progress this episode, and learned some more good information, I fear they won't get us to a compelling hook before they go into hibernation for the winter. People will forget about this show if we don't get hooked in good next week. Unless ABC wants to promote its relaunch like another new series, they need to grab us by the jowls and sink their teeth in ... or at least unhinge our jaws and cram a guinea pig of awesome down our gullets.

The Fifth Column is a move in the right direction. The intrigue of the new series is that there are sleeper cells of Visitors that have been on Earth for decades. It would make sense that some of them would come to sympathize with humanity and want to call off the invasion, or stop it.

I was fully expecting Erica to be absolutely and completely screwed when her former partner, and alien spy, Dale suddenly remembered who she was and that she'd seen his true, reptilian face. Thank goodness Joshua, the man who was giving him the mental therapy, was a part of the internal Visitor resistance. Now he knows a face to the human aspect of the rebellion. Plus, it helps that that human face just saved Anna's right-hand man, even if the whole assassination attempt was a set-up by Anna.

Get in close and make them trust you. Anna thinks she is the master manipulator, but her arrogance will likely be her undoing. She was able to quell a potential public outcry against the Visitors just by meeting with the wife of one of the hundreds of people who died when the Visitors arrived. It was harrowing watching her practice how she would talk to the woman, complete with a big old crocodile tear (and I mean that even more literally than I'd originally intended).

Do you think she gave the woman some of the "bliss" some of the Earthbound Visitors were talking about. Either all of, or some sects of, the Visitor society is apparently addicted to whatever this is; some kind of alien narcotic that you connect to and can be disconnected from. It may have an even more profound affect on human physiology.

Or just the fact that the Visitors know enough about our physical make-up to be able to offer cures to things we've been looking for for centuries, it's not at all far-fetched to consider that they'd manufacture and even use a drug to help pacify us. They're not to that point yet, because I would guess a drug could be detected, but if this "Ms. Nice Alien" approach hits a brick wall, or isn't as effective as Anna would like, I can see her pulling the plug on sweet and going all in.

it was a nice reveal, if a little expected, that Lisa is Anna's daughter. That her getting close to Tyler is a mission is completely obvious, but maybe she'll grow to genuinely care about him. After seeing her in her underwear, I'm sure he's grown to genuinely care about her even more than he did before.

I was glad to see Ryan hooking up with Jack and Erica by the end. I'm not sure before he'll reveal his true nature -- probably after an accident or injury reveals it for him -- but it's good that the key figures of what will make up the resistance are meeting. Hopefully, they can figure out that Tyler is leaning toward the other side, and not have any meetings at Erica's house. Particularly if his suit has a camera on it. Oh who am I kidding! Why would they reveal the cameras if it wasn't so our heroes could get screwed by one soon enough.

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Tim McCleese

@ Tom

While we may disagree with the merits of this episode Tom, I am betting that once it gets going you will enjoy it. I, for one will tolerate some flaws in a show in exchange for a gripping storyline. My concern is the long hiatus (after next week) may diminish the interest of a lot of fans. I want this show to make it.

As for that rewinding bit Tom, don't worry about it....probably about 95% of the male population did the same thing (LOL). After all, Lisa is a very beautiful girl!

November 19 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lisa in her skivvies.


November 19 2009 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

well ... if the old series is anything to go by, the visitors "converted" people ... that is possibly what happened to the widow ... although maybe she just wanted an apology.

As for the 5th Column ... that is a carry-over from the original series ...

My one question ... is Erica's FBI boss a Visitor?

November 19 2009 at 3:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad the writers did a good job with this episode. I was getting worried after last week's boring episode, but "A Bright New Day" certainly put the series in the right direction. While we probably won't see this many twists in later episode, I think it set up enough intrigue with the Visitors to pull the rest of the series. Full review of the episode.


November 18 2009 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

This show is starting to rock and roll. In this episode, there were so many interesting moments for the fans to talk about....plenty to go around. Easily the best episode so far, the lines are becoming clear as how the stories are unfolding. And we finally had a specific question asked (by Jack) of what devilry the V's plans were for the humans. We also learn more about the strengths and numbers of the "fifth column". It looks like they are in a pretty disorganized shape, but that is about to change. The origin and reasons of the fifth column's existence remain unclear, but it's only a matter of time until we find out.

Like many, I am not so thrilled with the adventures of that naive kid, but on reflection, I think every good show needs at least one character to beat up on. And you have to admit, the kid's pretty visitor girlfriend pulled a masterpiece of quick thinking when she undressed to divert Erica's attention from her alien idenity.

I was taken by the footage of the citie's imposing skyscrapers, contrasted with the powerful visitor spaceships. It was a reflection of the technologies of two powerful civilizations that seemed to me, anomalous that such peoples could be at each other so. Good stuff.

I am becoming a fan of Erica, as she continues to impress as a woman with leadership abilities and intelligence. She reminds me of a Starbuck (BSG) with dicipline. Good episode, definitely a keeper....and next week should also be a gem.

November 18 2009 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tim McCleese's comment

This episode sent me off in a different direction than it did for you, and apparently most others--although I am now in love with Laura Vandervoort (not quite like someone who is a Grace Park fan). Is it pathetic that I paused and rewound Erica's bursting into Tyler's room several times?

But I digress, all of Miss Vandervoort aside, this was by far my least favorite of the three episodes. Several aspects of this episode I thought started to ooze with cheese. The meeting with Anna and the 29 ship captains was corny and the special effects were simplistic and phony, especially when they all started to flicker out. That bugged me. But the biggest offender was the discovery of the Visitor observation room that was protected by the 4-digit security code that Erica so easily observed and subsequently gained entry. (And why was no one in there?) If you want to be a smart TV show, then you can't do something like that. It was kitschy, and from there its a slippery slope to the absurd (hello "Knight Rider" redux).

I wonder, was this originally a miniseries that they decided to break up and show in four parts so they could turn it into a weekly series? That would make a lot of sense to me. I guess I start looking for something to make sense when the show itself starts to lose its way.

November 19 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bring back Jane Badler. Anna the pixie alien queen isn't the least bit scary.

And a visit by Marc Singer wouldn't hurt either.

November 18 2009 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The coming attractions showed Erika holding a gun on Ryan and accusing him of being a V. That might hold our attention for the break.

November 18 2009 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When is the Beastmaster going to appear?

November 18 2009 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually like this show the best of the first 3. The only problem I have is, how long will it take for the resistance to overthrow the aliens and how long can they run this show for? What happens after they overthrow the aliens?

November 18 2009 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My first thought when they talked about the Bliss and reconnecting was that all the V's are part of a hive mind that allows Anna to use them, and that being disconnected from it is like going through withdraws.

November 18 2009 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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