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'V' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Siege']

Things are moving along. One regular character lost his job and two recurring ones lost their lives.

The writing for 'V' remains a problem that keeps the series from living up to its potential. A sci-fi storytelling master like a Joss Whedon or a Ron Moore would never have telegraphed to such a degree the deaths that occurred. It made the actual events seem anti-climactic.

Don't get me wrong. It's understandable how the arc of the season has to be moved along, but it felt like the writers told us how the episode would end somewhere around the half-hour mark. Twist surprises work much better. See '24' for examples of this.

With the death of Joe Evans, it was obvious that Tyler would join the Visitors. It remains somewhat vague as to why he's so important. The character seems so whiny that the human race might be glad to get rid of him.

Is Ryan dead? He must have been caught in the explosion. However, Morris Chestnut is a series regular and it seems unlikely the character would be killed off at this stage (particularly with the two other significant deaths in the episode). Did anybody else notice the angelic light behind Ryan as he sat in captivity? Were the creators trying to make some sort of Christ analogy?

Both of the major deaths served to further Erica's character. The death of her ex-husband eliminated her blood family, and then Eli Cohen's death gave her a new organization to care about. She's also a bit more bloodthirsty now. I don't think she'd be as concerned about hostages anymore.

I'm presuming when Diana invited Lisa to aid her in overthrowing Anna, she was unaware of Lisa's collusion with Erica and the Fifth Column and was simply speaking euphemistically. Lisa now has a juicy bit of information that would seriously help human efforts against the V's. It's a good bet she'll be using it before the end of the season.

The best part of the episode was that every character underwent a significant change in status. Two characters died. Erica had a change in rank and family. Ryan was uncovered as a traitor and possibly died. Father Landry lost his job. Tyler joined the V's. Kyle Hobbs ended up actually betraying the Fifth Column.

However, there were some problems with the writing. I don't understand how the V's could have gotten Hobbs' lady friend that disappeared five years ago, but they have tremendous resources and I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Also, how come nobody was wondering how Erica got to the Fifth Column base before the rest of the FBI? The FBI also seemed a little quick to forget their suspicions of her Fifth Column association with the death of her ex-husband.

Anna better not find out about Erica's new role in the Fifth Column. She now has Erica's child in her custody and that tactic has already worked with another member of the Fifth Column.

It was also interesting to hear Erica make a slip of the tongue and accuse the Fifth Column of being "no better than the Visitors." Didn't she once have a Visitor ally or two? Is this comment betraying a new "us versus them" mentally that borders on species-ism? Erica will probably be benched for a little while as she mourns her ex -- which will give her time to command the real troops.

Overall, while the writing of this episode felt a little weak, it did still advance the story. Let's find out next week how these changes play out. What did you think?

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

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addicted

The plot and premise of the show is so awesome, but the writing is just so so uninspired. Its like these guys aren't even trying.

Just consider Lisa's meeting with Diane. Am i the only one that found it ridiculous that she just bumped into her? And am I the only one that found it amazing that Hobbs essentially betrayed the entire human race on the basis of 5 words or so spoken by his wife, who supposedly died 5 years ago? Did it NEVER cross his mind that it might just be a recording? And all this is AFTER he witnessed the devastating effects of Ryan's betrayal. And all this is for what? A vague promise that she will live? The V's did not even promise him that they would return her to him. At least Ryan was actually touching and feeling his child's pain before he betrayed the cause. And finally, the weak writing was completely exposed in the reasoning Anna gave for why Hobbes would help them. Because he was a "mercenary" implying he was in it for the money. Yet, when the V approached him, money was never brought up. They immediately tugged at his sentiments, and not his mercenary qualities, to sway him.

Joe's dying was ridiculous. Why in the world were the 5th column gunners shooting at the unarmed hostages, as opposed to the armed snipers trying to take them out up in the roofs? They show videos of them aiming at those guys, so its not like they were unaware of the presence of the armed soldiers.

And finally, what sort of a b**** a** punk is Tyler? His father dies, and his response is to leave his crying mother, who is begging him to stay, all alone? WTF?

February 18 2011 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ceti

Couldn't have said it better myself. Weakest episode in a long while.

How can the Fifth column even exist, if the Vs have leverage on every other member?

February 18 2011 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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onigiri

I was aggravated to find out they had a hostage to hold over Hobbes's head. It was much more interesting when we thought he was colluding with Markus for financial, or some other selfish personal, gain. Now he's just one more patsy whose loved one is in the hands of the Vs. That's a powerful tool for one or two characters, but now it's just like, "*eyeroll* What, AGAIN?"

I do enjoy this show, and I am very happy that things are actually moving forward. Sorry that Nicholas Lea was killed, but it was hardly surprising. He couldn't have played into Anna's hands more easily if he'd actually been in on the plan to begin with! It would have been more effective if they'd entirely skipped Anna scheming to kill him, and only revealed afterwards that she'd been behind him being there. But subtlety isn't exactly this show's strong point.

At this point I really hope Anna accomplishes whatever she's trying to do with Tyler. Then at least he might serve some purpose beyond making me want to smack him.

February 18 2011 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Jose

I love "V" but I agree that this episode was really weak, and for the most part also obvious.
And regardless of the fact that it did advance the story somewhat most of it didn't even make sense..

All I have to say is get with it writers otherwise this show will definitely get canceled and everybody will be out of a job!

February 20 2011 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
enectrixx

Well, Erica could easily claim that she doesn't remember anything of how she got into the Fifth Column headquarter due to posttraumatic stress disorder from being held hostage ;)

February 16 2011 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Chad

This whole season would make much more sense if it were attached to last season (making a 20 episode arc). There is so much back-story going on that we can only get little movement forward from the storyline. Taking last season along with this season we are still setting up the players in our show.

I'm sticking with the show, but will feel a little disappointed if we wind up with a Marc Singer reveal in the last segment of the final episode of the season. There is more story to tell, let's hope ABC gives the opportunity to continue the narrative.

February 16 2011 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
678uy

Anyone else think that Ryan's Baby is UGLY? If i were him, i wouldnt betray my friends for such an uggo.

February 16 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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