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'V' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 2nd 2011 1:10AM
V['V' - 'Unholy Alliance']

This week's episode carried the story along pretty well, but didn't really jump out with anything big or shocking, preferring to just slowly move along to what will hopefully be a grand finale.

It was written by Rockne S. O'Bannon, better known as the creator of 'Alien Nation,' 'SeaQuest DSV' and 'Farscape.' The episode was somewhat disappointing in a sense because the latter series was pretty good at using pop culture references that the nerds who watch this sort of program (like myself) tend to enjoy. It would have made the show a little better to include some of those. Oh well.

Poor Laura Vandevoort didn't have much to do this week as Lisa. Fortunately, you can watch her AOL interview here to make up for lost screen time.

This week we got to meet the elusive Eli Cohen (played by Oded Fehr) and learned what he has in common with our own Erica Evans. The entire Malik plot lines also came to a gruesome end.

When the Visitor ship first approached the Vatican, the person in me that tries to find plot holes in television stories said, "Wait a minute. If the V's infiltrated Earth's institutions, they almost certainly have someone in the Vatican. It's one of the most powerful organizations on the planet." Sure enough, I was correct. That's one hole that was closed before it opened.

It's still tough to swallow the Visitors' fascination with the soul. If they have technology to travel between planets, they must be a pretty old civilization. Older than humans, certainly. It seems more likely that they had souls a long time ago and moved beyond them. It makes the series finale somewhat predictable. The aliens get souls and become good people ... The End. On the other hand, the creators should be trusted to pull a more interesting rabbit out of their respective hats.

Despite describing themselves as not having human emotion, the Visitors obviously possess some sort of feelings. Why else would one decapitate a member of the Fifth Column except for vengeance?

There was some very good acting on the part of Morena Baccarin in her threat to the Vatican to become the new object of worship for Earth people. She certainly scared me. It wouldn't surprise me if religious institutions based on the V's were already happening on Earth. That could be a plot line for future seasons (if there are any).

The analogy between Hell and the place where Diana was being kept was sort of apt. Her prison looks like the ship's sewer system.

Note that the Fifth Column uses the roman numeral 5 (a "V") to represent themselves. It's a subtle reminder that both sides are a lot alike in this war.

Father Landry has become a huge disadvantage for the resistance, to the point where Erica has been pretty much outed by her new, human FBI partner as a Fifth Columnist simply because of some surveillance video of the two together. I figure he'll be ousted from the church and end up becoming the voice of the human resistance. Perhaps he'll even get his own radio show.

As for Ms. Evans, she's likely out of the FBI by season's end. I'm not sure how her son Tyler will react to her role in the resistance, but it will be interesting to find out.

The episode had some good scenes and one or two shock moments (such as meeting Eli Cohen and the disintegration via acid of Ms. Malik's carcass), but nothing about it really reached out and grabbed me. Still, it's meant to bridge the events between the season's start and finish and it certainly did a good job of that. What did you think?

'V' airs Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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Too bad O'Bannon has no clue how the RCC works.

February 03 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will watch it to the end.

February 03 2011 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find the idea that a species directly evolved from reptiles would have any concept of a soul interesting.Same with the mating idea with a mammal species though we are being "altered".

I suspect this series is not going to survive and leave us with a cliff hanger that is never resolved.Too bad because it still has potential.

February 02 2011 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to d2a3v8i3d4's comment

"I suspect this series is not going to survive and leave us with a cliff hanger that is never resolved.Too bad because it still has potential.I suspect this series is not going to survive and leave us with a cliff hanger that is never resolved.Too bad because it still has potential."

I agree that "V" may be coming to an end because the shows ratings aren't what the network was hoping for, but I'd like to believe they will bring the storyline to a conclusion. I think it's the least they can do for those of us who have been loyal watchers.

February 02 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Donna's comment

It would be nice to think we'd get a conclusion this time, but viewers of the original V series back in the 80's never got one after a pretty major cliffhanger. It won't surprise me if history repeats itself.

February 03 2011 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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