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Review: V - It's Only the Beginning

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 25th 2009 8:46AM
V: It's Only the Beginning(S01E04) Well, that's it until March 2010. The most important thing that V could do this week was to leave us hanging on the edge of our seats as to what's coming next. If the idea was to give us a sense of sheer hopelessness in the face of the power of the Visitors, then that's what we did.

More importantly, we got to see the genesis of the Resistance movement led by Jack, Ryan and Erica. It makes an even more powerful figure when you consider that at this point there are exactly four people -- at least that we're following -- taking on 29 Visitor ships with technology and power almost beyond our imagining.

Everyone loves a scrappy underdog, and you couldn't ask for much more than that. But it was great seeing them take some of their first strikes against the Visitors as a unit. This is the struggle, against near impossible odds, that will keep us glued to our seats.

The series would have been served a little better if they could have ratcheted up the action a little bit, or given us a little more of a clear idea as to what Anna and Lisa are up to with Tyler on the ship. We know he's "perfect" for something, but for what? They need to remember that we need to remember where we are at this point for four months or so, so you need to absolutely hook us.

The general hook is definitely securing its hold. The revelation of the Visitor component being spliced into our own flu vaccine hints at the extent of their plans. In fact, the Healing Centers themselves are such complex creatures, I can't help but wonder what other things are going on there. More human experimentation? How can you possibly trust anything they say, and yet they were right about Valerie's pregnancy.

The producers promised some nods to the original V saga, and an alien/human hybrid pregnancy is certainly one of these. But I have to wonder how it's possible that this would be the first hybrid baby if the Visitors have been infiltrating our society for decades. Maybe all the other pregnancies are terminated before the mother can come to term. Have they ever had a female Visitor get pregnant by a male. Surely, the Visitors themselves have experimented in this area, if the two species are somehow compatible in this way.

It calls into question if the Visitors are lying to Chad about his impending doom. It's pretty easy to say that we've detected something that will kill you -- but none of your human methods would be able to see this -- and we can cure it. Just let us root around in your brain. I'm glad to see that as deep as he's become entrenched in Anna's world, Chad is still showing a healthy amount of skepticism and doubt.

The two cliffhangers for us to ponder over the next long while are a pretty minor one, and a pretty major one. Actually, the minor one has possible major implications. The Visitor Father Landry knocked out found him at the church and gut-stabbed him. Now, it's a pretty safe bet that Jack will survive this attack, but what does it mean for the Resistance he's a part of. He's on the Visitor radar, and that endangers everyone else.

So that's the personal stake. The much more sinister stake was the reveal of the absolutely massive Visitor fleet hovering very, very far away. It wasn't clear if they were headed toward Earth or just awaiting further orders, but there were a hell of a lot more than 29 ships hanging there. And while the 29 hovering over our cities look fairly harmless, all things considered, this is clearly a military fleet.

If our gang of four freedom fighters think they have a fight on their hands now, they have no idea. Hopefully, ABC finds a way to remind everyone about V in March, because I do think the show is finding its legs and by this fourth episode, it is almost firing on all cylinders. Certainly, it's an exciting action-adventure/science-fiction series, and really we never seem to have enough of those.

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We've also noticed the similarities to the 4400 (beyond Fr. Jack!) Like in the one episode where the address of the warehouse was 4400.....

December 09 2009 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After watching all four episodes, my short-answer response is "meh." By taking a three-month hiatus only four episodes in, ABC is clearly either overestimating the show's potential, or seriously underestimating their audience's savvy.

I'd first heard about this show as a "reimagining" of the original, and as of yet, I'm still waiting to see some imagination. Aside from changing up the main characters, not much new has come down the pipe that separates this outing from the original. Okay, there's the flu vaccine thing, and the massive fleet out there somewhere. But audiences expect far more from their entertainment today than they did over a quarter-century ago when the original miniseries first aired.

Bottom line, if ABC expects this show to go anywhere but away, they seriously need to bring their "A" game when they come back in March. What they've offered so far just ain't cuttin' it.

November 29 2009 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

200 ships is no different form 29 ships really- it's not as though they were going to shoot them down anyway. It just felt like a weak reveal- we should have seen Anna without the meat suit.

November 26 2009 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cress d

V has become a bore. I liked the pilot, but it has brought NOTHING to the table since then. No real surprises. No real action. Just a mundane, SLOW show. It reminds me of ABCs' Invasion(but that was much better). I hope during the break ABC re-envisions this property, because it has potential.

November 26 2009 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

V has pretty much become a show I record and watch when I literally have nothing else to do. I don't hate the show, its rather enjoyable. I just like so many other shows more. FlashForward included. So if one of the potential LOST replacements has to go at the end of the season I would pick V. And with this stupid schedule they have the show on I would say ABC feels the same.

November 25 2009 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, V is the most boring and most maligned mystery sci-fi show on TV right now. I'm not saying everything has to be like Lost nor should shows of that and this ilk do that but V puts all the cards on the table and does so faster than a premature ejaculator. No amount of solid character acting can make up for what is a poorly written show. V does not have a good poker face.

November 25 2009 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Heres my take on the ships:

The visitors said they needed a resource. Yeah, the planet. I think they need to take over the planet and call it their home for whatever reason, like their planet being destroyed, or just being evil, etc. I think they are doing it secretly just to avoid resistance. If those flu vaccines turned everyone who took it into the mummies they found at the lab, think of how quickly and easily it would dispose of us.


November 25 2009 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

When Tyler was talking to the psychiatrist who was unseen for awhile I thought the reveal was going to be Jane Badler (Diana) but it was pregnant Valerie

November 25 2009 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After 4 episodes, V hasn't really impressed me. While it hasn't been terrible, it hasn't been utterly mindblowing as one would expect of the premise. I thought the last episode had several good twists, but for the last episode until March, I was expected more. Review of the episode on my blog.


November 25 2009 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it just me or does this series seem a bit too polished? Don't get me wrong,.. I'm still enjoying it (although waiting 'til march might just loose me), but the original seemed much more,.. umm,.. "intense", i guess.

November 25 2009 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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