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'V' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 9th 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Concordia']

Happy Birthday to Tyler Evans. Now that he's 18, he can join the army and die for his country, but still can't legally partake of an alcoholic beverage. That is the extent of my legal criticism in this review.

This episode was interesting in that it somewhat wrapped up some plot lines (and did move the story along), but left enough room to return to those ideas if the writers so desire. While Tyler may currently no longer be a cog in Anna's plot to rape all the women on Earth (an issue I'll return to in a moment), he could be again later on. It's also unlikely we've seen the last of Marcus.

We now know straight from Anna that the Visitors want to impregnate the women of Earth. The writers need to better explain the subtle nature of the invasion. Why not just carpet bomb the Earth with a disease that would kill anyone with a "Y" chromosome? Is the mating process so complex for the V's that the recipient needs to be willing? Do they just need the men for slave labor?

The fact that Anna waited for Tyler to turn 18 before carrying out whatever plans she had for his DNA is very "Harry Potter." Tyler himself seems woefully naive, almost unrealistically so. Someone has to wake him up to the nature of the Visitors soon. Or just give him a serious beating.

While I'm sure Joe is trustworthy, a sure-fire way of losing cover is by letting more and more people know about your identity as a secret terrorist. Since all signs point to Erica as being outed as Fifth Column, that's probably not what's going to happen. There will likely be some eleventh hour save with regards to her job. Unless, of course, the twist of her being revealed is being saved for the end of the season to use in the less-likely-with-each-episode third season.

I'm surprised it took Erica so long in the episode to decide to make an attempt on Anna's life. Doesn't she know that all wars have innocent casualties?

Given that Morena Baccarin is still under contract, it didn't seem likely that the assassination attempt would succeed. It's actually somewhat disappointing that Marcus didn't die. You just know that he'll return later on. It would have been a good shock to the narrative to get rid of someone who has been around since the first episode. On the other hand, it would be another actor out of work and nobody wants that.

Anna must suspect Erica at this stage, particularly given how she was staring knives at our intrepid heroine near the end. Now the Fifth Column is responsible for the death of her children and the near-death of her closest "friend." It's getting even more personal.

It seems that everything the Visitors create has a "true purpose" outside of whatever story is used. The Red Rain made women on Earth more fertile to Visitor impregnation and the Concordia buildings are actually landing sites for the fleet at the edge of our solar system that we haven't seen or heard of since last season. Next they'll introduce a floor wax that's also a dessert topping.

While the show remains interesting, there is still definitely room for improvement. The changes in the status quo are moving along a little too slowly. At the end of this episode, the only major thing that has changed (along with the injury to Marcus) is that Eli Cohen and Hobbes are now aware of Ryan's betrayal. Erica is still an FBI agent (so far) and Father Landry hasn't been defrocked (yet).

So what did you think of the episode?

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

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The show jumped the shark in this season's first episode, IMO. Anna vowed vengeance at the end of season one, and an armada of ships stood poised ready to pounce on planet earth. I was hoping to see a visitor reign of terror commence and the red sky to stick around for the rest of the series. Instead, Anna wimped out (or so it seemed).

February 10 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"definitely room for improvement", indeed. Maybe a Hot in Clevland crossover would help?

February 09 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

But that's not true... you apparently forget the one biggest change, even though you directly reference it there: This episode was about Ryan actually turning against the Fifth Column. Before now he's been trying to have it both ways, but really just wanted Anna gone. Now, however, he's fully back with her for his daughter... which is just really, really stupid. As was pointed out BY HIM, if Anna had been killed, Lisa would be the new queen. Could Lisa not provide Bliss to his daughter? Wouldn't she be more willing and less manipulative in so doing? So, really lame, unbelieveable and stupid that he turned on them, but that was the major movement of this episode, not them learning something... I mean, you act like they learned something that had been... until this episode it hadn't been... not really... If we're going to watch this stupidity, we should at least keep up with the elementary plot points.

February 09 2011 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to General Kenobi's comment

That is a good point, I considered that myself; Lisa just giving bliss. But I'm sure there are some logistics to it. She is just developing into queen remember. She doesn't know what the changes entail and it's unlikely she knows how to bliss. I think Anna saying "only my bliss can help her" is what made him double think the plan. Also if Lisa were queen it is doubtful she would bliss anyone even if she could. She is a good guy now, and bliss is exactly what the fifth column doesn't like about the V's.

February 09 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Although there is also the fact that Lisa could probably do *better* than Bliss for that poor child. Ryan obviously knows full well that Anna gave his daughter the illness to begin with. She may say the Visitors can't cure it, but that's obviously a lie and Ryan knows it's a lie. So if Lisa becomes queen, there's a pretty good chance she could get Joshua and the others to *cure* the baby.

Right now Anna's effectively gotten Ryan's daughter addicted to drugs that only the Visitors can supply. Ryan's backing Anna so the supply of drugs won't dry up, but Lisa could probably save the baby from the addiction. At the very least he should have gotten Erica to set up a meeting with Lisa to find out what she might be able to do to help. He's panicking and thinking short-term now, but he needs to think about his daughter's long-term future as well.

I wonder if we're going to find out that Ryan still isn't as wholly with Anna as he claims.

Hopefully Marcus will be out of commission for a while, even if he does survive. Nothing against him, he's actually been really interesting as an example of the perfect, totally unemotional Visitor, and a nice sort of insurance against Anna's occasional lapses. But I wonder - what will happen with her and her unwilling infection of human emotion without Marcus there to call her on it?

February 18 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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