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'V' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 2nd 2011 1:15AM
V['V' - 'Uneasy Lies the Head']

As mentioned before, Erica is getting more ruthless in her war against the Visitors, particularly since they're responsible for her ex-husband and son being taken away from her. Naturally, since she'd be feeling lonely, she'd take to the nearest bad boy around, which would be Mr. Hobbes. Since their brief flirtation last week, they pretty much skipped all the courting and went right to the bumpy-bumpy (hey, that's war).

Given time, there would probably be some sort of relationship, possibly romantic, between Erica and Father Landry as well, since she obviously cares for him too. Perhaps that's a third or fourth season story line.

It's tough to say exactly what Anna's plans are for Tyler. She's taken Erica's son from her just as Erica more or less took Lisa. The injection at the end, while probably not fatal, could not possibly have been a good thing.

We all knew that Marcus would be back eventually. It's interesting how he was re-introduced learning about Diana's continued existence.

Speaking of Diana, she's starting to make her moves as any good chess player would. With Ryan as an ally as well as Marcus, she's beginning to build her base with which to seize control of the ship from Anna. Jane Badler really gave a strong performance tonight and reminded me more of the character she played in the 80s version of this show. Ruthless and cunning.

That giant alien centrifuge was pretty cool looking. Regarding Ryan's escape from the ship, wouldn't somebody notice a pod ejecting from it given all the cameras that are likely looking at the hull? On the other hand, it was mentioned that it was cloaked.

The entire virus story line ended up being a wash. Overall, it was a pretty crap plan that had a million ways of going wrong. The Fifth Column is lucky that things didn't turn out worse than they did. If this show gets another season, it would be nice to learn the history of the Fifth Column. It's obviously been around since Diana's time at least. Perhaps it was her failure to defeat them as well as her human emotions that prompted Anna to take over and declare Diana dead.

The whole "DNA collapsing" story line somewhat explains the bloody body that Joshua was working on near the beginning of the episode. You just know he's going to regain his human emotions and rejoin the Fifth Column before the season is out. It's pretty much being telegraphed (which is one of the shortcomings of the show).

Why would there be armed guards at a low-security facility like the one Erica and company infiltrated? They'd more likely call the cops if they saw anyone suspicious. At best they'd be carrying mace. That's television for you. Anything for drama.

Perhaps Anna is considering Ryan's daughter as her own because Lisa is growing more distant from her. On the other hand, it could just be a way to hurt Ryan, which is as good a motivation for Anna as any. I am continuously impressed with Morena Baccarin's portrayal of the character. It's definitely one of the highlights of the series.

I'm also glad Ryan has a bigger role this week and likely an even bigger role next week. His character has been on the sidelines for too long. It's about time he got back in the game, rather than worry about seeing his daughter (who will probably be a lot bigger and played by a different actress the next time he sees her).

Tonight's episode was a little better than last week's, and from the promos, next week's looks even better than that. I look forward to seeing Ryan reunited with the soldiers he betrayed.

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

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General Kenobi

I'm not sure you actually watch this show and take in what's happening... Oh, I think your eyeballs are tuned in, but I'm not sure your brain is processing what it's seeing.

At this point, we pretty much know what Anna has planned for Tyler... So, saying that we don't seems a little odd. They engineered a group of boys 20ish years ago to be ready as proper breeding stock when the time came. They took massive amounts of DNA from Tyler because they planned to collect as much "quality DNA" as they could and then pack it into Tyler (or any of the other breeders). They collected that DNA, stored it, and then produced their injection when all the components were complete. The injection Anna gave Tyler wasn't bad for him, it saved his life. Had he not gotten that injection, he would've gone all black swan bloody eyed and died, too. Now, he has the best DNA from a variety of humanity... and the point?

The point is that the V's continue their species through a queen and hive system that is based on advancing their genetics artificially. Once Tyler has the upgraded genes, he'll be a fit breeding partner for Lisa. Once he impregnates Lisa with the "best of humanity", she will birth a new generation of V's... at least that's the plan.

Obviously, and I know this would take you until like 2014 to figure out, Diana now sees the future of the V's as direct reproduction, like with Ryan. If you don't need a queen, you don't need to fear for the continuance of your species, which seems to be their main imperative.

I guess I'm also not sure how that "bloody body" Joshua was working on wasn't fully explained? I mean, I guess they could've put a pop up video tag saying "Hey, dumbasses, this is the guy from Johanesburg who died." But I guess they give us a little more credit... at least those of us actually processing what we're seeing.

I'm also clueless why you think Anna has feelings for Ryan's daughter. One episode ago she agreed to medical experimentation on her. What in this episode made you think she was more attached? That she used her again to get that woman and her kid aboard? Yeah, that's love..........

Lastly, why did the V's sedate the little girl? Why don't they sedate everyone? Seems a little odd.

March 02 2011 at 11:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to General Kenobi's comment

I know most "Generals" think they are top 'S*it' but you could have said what you did which was mostly right on the mark without all those 'put downs' you made. Turned me off even though I did read your entry.

March 02 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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General Kenobi

I generally try to match my snark for the blogger to the blogger's snark of the subject they're getting wrong. Brad talks down, and rightly so quite often, about V... but this week he was off the mark severely. He doesn't mind throwing out the zingers, I presume he's capable of taking them back at him... It's all in good fun, alas the net doesn't have a tone switch yet.

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