'V' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap
by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:00AM
['V' - 'Serpent's Tooth']
This one is for those of you who missed Jane Badler on television. It seems pretty obvious that the character of Diana was created to highlight her return to the series and create a tangible link between the current version and the original mini-series, because her role doesn't make sense.
What did we learn from her? We learned that V's have visited the Earth since the first atom bomb (old news) and their purpose on the planet seems to be colonization and interbreeding. It's still unclear, given their firepower, as to why they don' just use force to accomplish this. It also seems that prolonged exposure to humans for them is a bad thing. They catch emotion cooties.
It's a little early for series eulogies; however, there is something of a missed opportunity with this one. It would have been a far more relevant message about today's circumstances if the V's practiced an extremist religion and wanted to convert the planet and its populace. Can a lack of emotion be interpreted as a religion? Possibly, but it seems pretty subtle for an American audience. The recent 'Battlestar Galactica' (also a remake) had a better execution of its concept.
The fact that the Visitors experimented on Erica Evans when she was carrying a child seems a bit too coincidental for my tastes. Granted, television has a limited budget, but if they could have produced a few hundred more who suffered through similar experiments, it would better suit the willing suspension of disbelief and not stretch it so much.
Based on what has transpired, I assume Anna could only mate and give birth once in her lifetime (although in her defense, there were a lot of eggs). She now can't and needs Lisa to perpetuate the species. It lends more credence to why they need Earth for interbreeding.
While I'm sure they filmed this episode months ago, it seems a little odd timing for the whole "lone terrorist nut" story line to occur given the recent events in Arizona (yes, I recognize that it ended up being a multi-city conspiracy, but it sure didn't seem that way for a few minutes. Particularly during the church confession). It took months for 'Buffy' to air one of its season finales due to the events in Columbine.
Erica's FBI co-worker is exposed as a V agent. Isn't that how the series started? Obviously, there will be more next week on that.
Ryan's character seems to drift in and out of emotion. Are they a race of lizard Vulcans (the type from 'Star Trek') or what? They even seem to have similar limited telepathic abilities.
The new incarnation of 'V' borrows a lot from the original miniseries (as it should). Tonight we got the classic image of Anna widening her jaw and eating a live rodent. Even better, the reason for her doing so was even more gauche than the original, if such a thing was possible. She spat a partially digested rat (or mouse or whatever) into an infant's mouth? Cool, yet gross.
Apparently, the V's don't have good music. We could have ended this invasion with a generous helping of Elvis, or perhaps the Beatles.
Admittedly, I'm a little disappointed in the whole "light in ourselves" speech and the concept of the soul as the saving grace of humanity. While I recognize that the creators are trying to put religious overtones into the program, it seems like psychobabble. It does make having a priest as a central character seem more relevant, given that he really can't fight.
It's about time that a larger army than our gang of four got involved. It did seem weird that it was only them for this long. It's a good excuse to bring in Marc Singer. The V's on the whole are pretty arrogant and certain of their superiority. That could be a weakness. Maybe.
While we now know what V's look like under the artificial skin, it seems odd that their hearts happen to be located in the same place. V blood even looks like human blood. I suppose it does make posing as humans easier.
I still think 'V' is dead in the water as a series and has no chance of a third season, but I do like how it's developing. It would be nice if the series made it to Year 3, because then it would likely go up a notch in story telling now that sufficient background has been set.
'V' airs Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.