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Who's excited? We are!

Last night saw the series premiere of ABC's remake of the classic '80s sci-fi series, V and kittens, it's good. We're both old enough to have some very fond memories of the gerbil-eating lizard aliens but because we haven't seen the original show in 25 years, those memories are hazy. In fact, "gerbil-eating lizard aliens" just about sums up the totality of our memories of the show. Oh, and the hybrid baby. Everyone remembers that. And the deliciously Alexis-Carrington like villainy of the V's leader, Diana. Any geeky gayboy of the '80s surely remembers her.

Anyway, V was something of a pop culture phenomenon for a very brief period (even by pop culture phenomenon standards) and after 2 highly regarded and much watched mini-series and one ill-advised and lackluster one-season series, V faded into memory.

Well, apparently there are some middle-aged geeks out there in TV land with better memories than us because after a quarter-century of dormancy, V is back in the public eye, re-tooled for the hyper-partisan, post 9/11 world of 2009.

The new show first came to our attention because it was the reason our beloved Elizabeth Mitchell was leaving behind her ass-kicking portrayal of Juliet on Lost to go and pursue bigger things. Since Lost is ending this season, it was a smart choice on her part. She's going from a supporting character to the star of a series. And how nice to see an adventure series where both the hero and the villain are portrayed by women.

Of course, there are multiple heroes and villains on this show, but Elizabeth's character of Erica, the FBI agent who unwittingly becomes involved in the resistance is definitely front and center and it simply can't be argued that Morena Baccarin's Anna, the delicious and charismatic High Commander of the Vs (she's an alien in Prada) is one of the biggest draws on the show. With the poise of a supermodel and the charisma of a political leader, you simply can't take your eyes off her in every scene she appears in.

It just occurred to us that we've gone this far without explaining the show at all. It's simple, really. If it's anything like the original series, it's an examination of fascism using aliens as the aggressors. In last night's episode, the V's (for "Visitors") suddenly appear in massive spaceships hovering over all the world's major cities. The public rightfully panics until the face of the beautiful Anna appears, broadcasting a message of peace and cooperation worldwide. After that, it's a matter of dueling political philosophies and an examination of propaganda and public devotion. If that sounds a little heady for an "alien invasion" story, you're right. But that's what set the original V apart from other, lesser sci-fi shows and if this one is done correctly, it will do what good science fiction is meant to do: examine the real world through the lens of a world that doesn't exist.

Thankfully, it's not all philosophical discussions. There's some suspense, intrigue and a little bit of action in there too. In fact, jaded as we two are, even we were shocked by two "didn't see THAT coming" reveals near the end of the episode.

It's too early to say if this is going to work. The show has gotten some press for running into problems and to our frustration, the network is only going to air the first 4 episodes this month and then go on hiatus until March. Still, we're looking for something to be the new Lost and after the distressingly bad performance of the much-lauded Flashforward (Anyone else watch that? AWFUL.), we have hope that this will be the show to fill the void. If next week's episode is as good as the premiere was, expect us to geek out here on the blog with a weekly recap. If you didn't catch the episode last night, according to Hulu, the episode will be available online on Saturday (you can watch the first 9 minutes here). We make no guarantees about the future of the series, but the premiere was damn good (not flawless, but very, very strong) and set up multiple intriguing plotlines.

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You bitches kill me.

Keep finding more reasons for me to sit on my fat ass watching Tv rather then helping my community.


woo hoo for blogging "V". i too was a fan of the early series. the only thing about last night was i wished the show would have been 2 hours long. they crammed so much into one hour.


Squeeee, TLo! I can't BELIEVE you're blogging about "V"! YAY!!

Okay, so I sort of glossed over the 80's version while it was happening, but later became sucked in by my husband, who was obsessed with it and would watch the entire series whenever it made its intermittant reappearance (he also thinks I look like Diana, which is no doubt why he married me).

So, with the Anticipation Factor running super high, you can imagine our delight when this new and improved "V" turned out to be so good: Intellegent, well-acted and written, actual production values, if they can keep this up we'll have a winner of a series on our hands.

I look forward to your upcoming posts. It will make the vaccuum left by the end of Mad Men all the easier to take!


I haven't been able to catch it yet since I don't get back home until 11 on Tuesdays, but I am hooked for at least these first 4 episodes because I gotta support the Firefly crew!! Morena and Alan Tudyk (Dale in V) were both in Firefly and it's great to see those guys get some work! I think you boys would really like Firefly too if you haven't seen it yet. It only lasted for a 13 episode first season but it rocked! It was a character driven western in space, which sounds horrible but is awesome. I think some episodes are up on Hulu but you could probably Netflix it or something. :)

I've heard both good and so-so reviews of the pilot, so nice to hear you boys liked it. I'm kind of intrigued to see how they tackle alien births and gerbil eating since you know they have to or it would be an epic fail on their end.


Oh, I'm going to love reading your thoughts on V! This was a formative bit of sci fi from my childhood, so I'm so excited.

And in general I loved the premiere. I thought they handled the transition from Reagan loving, Communist-invasion-fearing 1983 to terrified-of-terrorism 2000s very well. And Anna's chilling smile had me, well, chilled.

My only worry is that they set things up so quickly that we lost some of the impact. The miniseries had less time to play with and still took more time with the set-up. Is that a nod to our shortened attention spans? Because they gave away every plot point except for the, um, gerbils.


I forgot about it, but I'll catch it on Hulu. Oh how I loved the period in the old series when the tasty Duncan Regehr played Charles...lord an IMDB search shows it was only 4 episodes. I'd made him a star in my head...


What polkadotoes said! I think you boys would really like the series Firefly. Sadly it was only one season, as it was doomed to Friday night at 9pm. But it's awesome...it's the only space western I've ever seen!


No so much for me - and I count myself as a middle-aged gay geek who still craves a periodic youtube of Diana gerbil-swallowing. Cool effects and Anna is totally watchable, but beyond that, not much that is that new or exciting.

One of the charms of the original series was the characters were from different walks of life than we always see in dramas - in the clunky beating-a-dead-horse way of reflecting Nazi WWII, they explored interesting concepts like how the public can turn on scientists and those considered intellectual elite (the possible threats of the Visitors). This new show just talks the standard contemporary drama stock characters (cops, grated terrorist FBI cops, but still cops) and puts them in a special effect setting.

I'm so totally going to watch this show - I need my sci-fi - I just wish they would challenge us a little more with originality. Didn't shows like Six Feet Under turn drama on it's head? No doctors/lawyers/firemen/cops (for long) in that show.....


Dudes, the SciFi Channel had a Marathon this past weekend of the 80's version in all it's cheesy goodness. That lizard baby was even better than I remember.
Bonus: Marc Singer with his shirt off and cheesy 80's sax sex music.


I enjoyed it as well (and was happy to see that I did see the first of the two reveals coming). I only wish that just one of the Vs, JUST ONE TIME, had flicked their tongue out when the camera started intensely focusing on their intense stares. Come on. Everyone knows they're lizards already. Just let one slip.


Yeah, but will those alien marriages be valid in Maine?

And will alien pregnancies in humans be covered by private insurance plans?

And will the Visitors demand that the USDA food inspectors begin classifying gerbils?

Are the Visitors planning to get shots for H1N1, because if so, we're definitely going to have a shortage of vaccine.


Where was I in the 80s? I will give it a try based on y'all's recommendation.

What about looking at Fringe? It ain't Lost, but it is pretty good.

That said, will anyone try to bring back Twin Peaks??


I didn't watch the original, but it is forever etched in my memory. My daughter was born the night the V-baby made its debut in '84.

My stepdaughter was 11 years old and was sitting in the maternity waiting room...waiting for her sister to arrive...watching the last night of V. When the V-baby stuck out its tongue at the end, she let out a yell. She had nightmares that night. My daughter was born at 3:14am and no, she didn't have the forked tongue, lol.

SisterZip


i dvr'd the original movie/mini-series marathon on sunday/monday and i was watching SYTYCD last night so i still have to catch up on the new 'v', BUT...i'm SO GLAD you guys are going to cover this. i was a little ambivalent at first, but then i got a little excited and i had to at least give it a chance. i was all of 7 when the original came out (was it '83?) and i remember my sister and i were hooked.

i hope this one doesn't suck...


Big Shamu wrote:
>Dudes, the SciFi Channel had a Marathon this past weekend of the 80's version in all it's cheesy goodness. That lizard baby was even better than I remember.
Bonus: Marc Singer with his shirt off and cheesy 80's sax sex music.

oh my! I realized late on Sunday that they were doing the marathon and I was so happy to see it! My husband and I were laughing like crazy with the special effects of the 80', they were awesome!!! and you're right the lizard baby was sooooo bad, it was amazing...
and I remember in my youth thinking that Mark Singer was dreamy!!! oh boy.....
so I guess I have to check out the new show..... is it on Hulu or Fancast yet?


I just ordered both miniseries from Amazon. I loved them and actually remember quite a lot including my favorite scene about the fate of a treacherous young man who joins up with the Visitors and kills the nice old neighbor lady for being in the Resistance. When he is later then framed by the Resistance, the Visitor commander tells him he'll be serving the Visitors in a new way. On a serving platter. Yay. Eat all fascists.

I thought originally this reboot was a miniseries as well. I hope this doesn't suck major ass like the last series.


So glad you geeked out with me! I remember the original 2 mini series and series. In fact I watched every second of them. Over the weekend I indulged in a trip down memory lane and rewatched on SyFy. I have to say I was really impressed at some of the topics this show touched on given it was the early 80's, not only fascism, but n pregnancy and abortion.

The premiere wasn't perfect but I liked it and will definitely be watching so YAY! for recaps.


Just Plain Christine

Like a few other posters, I thought the pilot gave away too much, too soon. I was as surprised as you were at the reveals but I'm a little disappointed, too. Just think how much more of an impact they would have had if we'd been given time to become invested in the characters first. So I'm joyful that there's a new sci-fi drama to feed my inner fan-girl, but I'm not terribly hopeful that it's going to be the next Lost or BSG.


MyFawny said:
I have to say I was really impressed at some of the topics this show touched on given it was the early 80's, not only fascism, but n pregnancy and abortion.
One of the episodes of the show had to do with one of the men (some guy named Charles, I forget his rank or how he relates but the names "Charles and Diana" cracked me right up) higher up in the hierarchy conspiring with Diana's superior officer, Lydia, in order to marry Diana and force her to the position of married females in the ruling class of their society, namely, staying home and making babies, which seemed to be a blatant feminist message for prime-time in the early eighties.(Considering that we were still pearlclutching over single mothers in prime time in '92, anyway...) And of course the clothes were fabulous. It was like a Dynasty wedding in space.

The only thing that I really find distracting about the old V is that the sympathetic Visitor who gets played for laughs and has about 10 episode-long love interests over the course of the series is played by Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund. I spent half of the first part of the miniseries trying to figure out who he was and from then on every time he was on the screen I was skeeved out.


Don't worry about ABC only running the 1st 4 eps, TLo. Considering it's the highest rated freshman series this season w/ 13.9 million viewers last night, they're definitely going to run the whole enchilada now. I loved it & I faithfully watched the original. I didn't think anyone could top Diana, but that Anna sends chills down my giblets.
Thanks for blogging "V". The fact that you guys are such Sci Fi geeks only makes me love you all the more.


The episode is available for free download from iTunes right now.

XO
T Lo


I saw some of it but will have to catch up on Hulu. I'd like to second the others who have recommended Firefly. Since I'm a Joss Whedon fan, it's odd that I didn't catch it when it was on but I am watching it now. You can do it with a combo of Hulu and the WB website. And to add a little more incentive, Mad Men's Joan guest stars on a couple of episodes.


V!

Do you know that I watched the entire run of both mini-series a few months ago online before I even knew they were making this! It was still awesome!

I completely forgot they were airing this already, but I will definetly watch it now. I'm encouraged by your opinion. We'll see.

Oh, in addition to what you two remember of the original, I have to add this.....MARC SINGER!! The Beastmaster himself! lol Talk about a brief pop culture blip. He was huge for about a minute. Let alone, MICHAEL FRICKEN' IRONSIDE!! Plus Freddy Kruger!!!


Sorry for the excessive gushing and exclamation points. I really do love and cherish the original. lol


I'll definitely check it out. with Lost ending this season (/cry) I need another sci-fi show to fill the void.

But you talking about Elizabeth Mitchell is making me upset again over Juliet's death at the end of last season (well I guess we don't know what happened for sure yet, but I loved her character and now I know she's not coming back).


Oh, man I was so excited to see it and then today so excited to read what I was sure would be awesome trenchant snarkiness. But, dudes, you liked it? I was going to give it a break until Scott Wolf's "You're talking about universal healthcare!" At which point, I actually guffawed. The whole thing played like the fevered reimaginings of some Tim LaHaye wannabe. Urgh.


The episode is available for free download from iTunes right now.

Where where? I don't see it.


I'm just excited that there's going to be a decent looking sci-fi show on the air that isn't Stargate based. It's been awhile since that's been true, and no I don't count Lost as a good sci-fi series.


Rillion said...
The episode is available for free download from iTunes right now.
Where where? I don't see it.


Under "TV Shows > Sci-Fi Fantasy > V, Season 1"


Lenora said...

And to add a little more incentive, Mad Men's Joan guest stars on a couple of episodes.


Of course! How could I forget to plug Saffron? Hendricks is great in her Firefly and role and Joss has even said that the first ep she was featured in, "Our Mrs. Reynolds" was one of his favorite pieces he ever wrote! She is badass in it!

Also for even MORE incentive, Nathan Fillion is a hottie and is great eye candy throughout the whole thing! ;) Watch Firefly boys, you won't regret it!


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Yay! I wasn't home in time to watch it, and didn't know if it was worth it after reading reviews.

I got so much shit from my sister for watching 2 hours of the marathon this weekend! For whatever reason the cheez-whiz special effects creeped her out. I can only imagine what the new series will do...

As for the previous series, I watched it a lot as a kid, and it was good campy fun. This weekend I also noticed the prevalence of Members Only jackets, the big blown-out hair on Diana, and tight, TIGHT jeans on Marc Singer. What a time capsule!

Anyway, I'll see if I can check it out on Hulu over lunch next week, and I'm glad I'll have someone to geek out with over teh internets.

Thanks TLo!


I LOVED this series in the 80's, even with all it's cheeziness, which was so prevalent then. I watched most of the marathon on SyFy this weekend, and hubby and I laughed with reckless abandon at the "special effects" of the "twins" birth, but back in the day, we were pretty horrified.
Thanks for blogging "V", one of my favorite miniseries of all time!!!


You guys blog all my favorite shows!!!! I loved V in the 80's but missed last night b/c I just moved and the TV wasn't hooked up. Will be catching up and eagerly reading your recap. .


I thought this was pretty good too. There was another similar series a few years ago that I liked about aliens landing during a huricane in Florida, I can't remember the name. It just suddenlyl went of the air. Anybody remember that one?


Oh please blog it! It did plow right into the major plot points too quickly but seeing lizard skin ... mrow!!

FlashFoward is killing me. The writing is wretched, most of the performances are crap but the big story is so intriguing. We're trying to figure out if we can get away with just watching the first and last five minutes.


I thought this was pretty good too. There was another similar series a few years ago that I liked about aliens landing during a huricane in Florida, I can't remember the name. It just suddenlyl went of the air. Anybody remember that one?
I do! I remember the guy from Reaper, Tyler Labine, was in it.
It was Invasion.


Thanks so much TLo! iTunes was being a punk and didn't post it under ABC, new episodes, free episodes, or anything.

Also, I second (or third, or fourth, or whatever) the Firefly recommendation.


Rillion,
thanks! I was not the only one who couldn't find it under any of those options.... I'll try later at home....


OR

Do a search on "V"
Scroll down
Click on "TV Seasons see all >"
Click on "V, Season 1"


It took us a few minutes to find it.


LOVED V! I too remember bits and pieces of the original from my childhood.

On a Fashion/Costume design note: I noticed the subtle use of reptile textures in Anna's silver suit, as well as in the suits of her entourage--as a costumer, I thought it was a great bit of storytelling.
Love you TLO!


I was looking forward to hearing a retooled version of the opening music and I was bummed all there was to the opening was just the sprayed V.
But the rest was good enough to make up to that.


Granted I'm only 19 so I haven't seen the original and I didn't watch it on Scifi channel when it was recently on but these sort of concepts are always interesting to me and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the series. I think I'll like it. It's too soon to say whether I'll love it, but I will continue to watch.


I thought it was just OK, but will give it a chance. I totally agree that they moved to the resistance portion of the story much too quickly. It should have been the revelation at the end of Episode 4 before it went on hiatus in March. The characters have not yet been fleshed out yet, and it was both a character and story driven series.

There have been marathons of the original V:The Miniseries, V:The Final Battle, and yesterday, V:The Series on SyFy on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I love Morena and feel she kicks Jane Badler's alien ass in the Ana/Diana role, but I also loved her as Innara in Firefly and the follow-up movie, Serenity. Firefly is to my sci-fi loving heart and mind the finest hours ever done in the genre on TV (even better then the BG remake, which I also adored).

As someone else said, Christina Hendricks had the BEST two epis on Firefly, 'Our Mrs. Reynolds' and 'Trash' with her portrayal of Saffon~and ya almost get to see her completely nekkid (mostly from the back, but I'll take it). Alan Tudyk (bad guy partner) was also pitch perfect as hilarious geek pilot Wash on Firefly, as well. Sigh..time to drag out the DVDs again for the umpteenth time.


Also for even MORE incentive, Nathan Fillion is a hottie and is great eye candy throughout the whole thing! ;)

Castle was funny with its little Captain Mal beginning.
Speaking of Castle the lady cops obvious awesome coat obsession has become and obsession for me. I think I have counted 8 different coats/jackets.

V was fun, glad that Juliet and Wash (more Firefly) have jobs. Really enjoyed it and will watch next week.

(as a rabid Obama supporter I thought the hope and change and Uni. Health Care was funny, not offensive, can't see what people were complaining about)

It is a long, long few months till LOST and Caprica show up next year.


Talk about running into problems, this show didn't even air where I live, because instead they showed this thing the Titans football coach does where he answers questions for an hour or something. Honestly! Hopefully ABC treats it more with respect later. But I'll definitely be watching on Hulu when it pops up there; the idea seems really fascinating.


Yay! You guys watch V! Loved it! I yelled at the screen when Alain Tudyk's character got killed AGAIN, but it looks like he'll be back (He was killed in Serenity, where he co- starred with Marena Baccarin. Small world). I can't wait for next week.

I think you guy are smoking crack though about Flashforward. I think it is a good show, yeah not perfect, but an interesting look into what would you do if you could know some aspect of the future.


I thought the episode was good, but they moved it along a little quickly. They could have stretched out this episode into two without any issue. In fact, it might have been better and a little creepier if they had.

Still very good, although I'm missing hte epic 80's hair of the original series.


...and another thing about the original V, Michael Ironside looking the same as he does in every other role since. Just the creases and lines in his face get deeper. The 80's and 90's stock anti-hero.


Thanks, Ms. Feasance. I never would have thought of that in a million years.


I hate shows with continent sized plot holes.
Erica is an FBI agent. Erica just killed her FBI partner Dale. He of the snakeskin. (Or an avatar anyway, based on the trailer for next week.)
And yet - Erica doesn't take her partner's reptilian body back to Quantico to let the FBI labs have a shot at him.
So instead of the National Security apparatus in all its technological magnificense knowing what the visitors really are, you have a rag tag band of survivors running the resistance.
Dumb.
I love scifi, but BSG spoiled me for goood scifi.

flory


I'm so glad you guys are blogging "V"! I was worried that it wouldn't live up to my memories of the original miniseries, but I was pretty impressed with last night's episode. Nothing can improve on my childhood memories of course, but it's pretty promising.

Anybody else missing the old awesome red jumpsuits?


Re TLo's FlashForward reference: I actually like the show but admittedly it is starting to bog down a bit despite a very intriguing premise and the presence of my official girl crush, Sonya Walger. But it's still good TV and I am curious to see how it plays out. Sorry to hear it's in the ratings toilet!


Did you guys notice that Erica is standing in front of the Oceanic Airlines building when Anna first appears on the bottom of the ship?


Thought I was the only fan watching.

Did any one notice Anna's eye blinking she does it just a few times and quite fast, very reptilian and quite chilling. . .


Just thought you'd be interested to know that the original show was apparently HUGE in France. My husband is French and was obsessed with it as a kid.


Hmmm, well, it is no Battlestar Galactica, but if you guys are going to be blogging about it, maybe I'll give it another chance.


Did anyone see the preview of the next episode with (what I BELIEVE was) the priest on some sort of silver tub, naked, with snakes crawling on him? WAS THAT the (way-too-hunky-to-be-a) priest?


Kate said...

Just thought you'd be interested to know that the original show was apparently HUGE in France. My husband is French and was obsessed with it as a kid.


It was huge in Latin America too.


Anonymous @ 5:29 PM - I would think she didn't haul the body back to the FBI since Dale's reveal proved to her she doesn't know who she can trust. The FBI could be teaming with V's for all she knows.


THANK YOU, Ryan! I actually logged back on this morning to write just that (obviously a delayed reaction from yesterday).


Elizabeth Mitchell didn't choose to leave LOST - the decision was made for her. The producers were looking out for her by giving her enough notice so that she could pursue work for the 2009-2010 season. Here's the latest from EW:
http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/11/02/elizabeth-mitchell-lost-producers-talk-about-juliets-fate/


LOVED the 80s version of this show, and really liked the first episode, but I almost didn't get to the end (and those two great "didn't see THAT coming" moments) because: WHEELCHAIR GUY.

Wheelchair Guy, who in one of the first sequences is magically positioned in the middle of an outdoor set of stairs. How did he get there? How is he going to get anywhere else? HE'S IN A WHEELCHAIR ON A SET OF STAIRS. gah gah gah.

Later, when [semi-SPOILER ALERT] Wheelchair Guy reveals that he is healed, why the goofy drama? Why does he wheel himself into the room with the priest, only to stand up to show off his healyness? WHY DIDN'T HE JUST WALK INTO THE ROOM. gah gah gah.

Other than Wheelchair Guy, though, I loved it.


This was rumored to be in production for awhile, so glad to see it came through. DVR missed the first half, so glad to know it's available (I download the torrents from ISOHUNT).

I'll second (or third) the shoutouts for the Firefly alum. If you haven't seen it, it is widely considered one of the best character driven sci fi shows in history.

Morena Baccarin was also the fabulously omnipotent villian in the final seasons of Stargate SG1.


Actually, in the original, "V" was for Victory - the old man holocaust survivor encouraged some kids to vandalize posters of the visitors properly, with a spraypainted V.


The first episode of "V" will be available for viewing on Saturday on ABC.com. (complete with commentary.


Am I the only one that thought it was not good at all, even remotely? And that the main actress ('Juliet' on Lost) has, like, ZERO charisma? And the scenes with Scott Wolf were excruciating. Ditto Juliet's son.

I'll give it another chance because I liked the priest and the plot kicked in at the end. I was mad that Alan Tudyk (with whom I share a high school) turned out to be a bad guy. Hope he's not totally dead forever.


Paul @ 10:35pm said: Am I the only one that thought it was not good at all, even remotely? And that the main actress ('Juliet' on Lost) has, like, ZERO charisma?

No, you're not the only one. I was very disheartened at Elizabeth Mitchell. What worked for Juliet doesn't work in this context. She's going to have to step it up to lead this show or we may find out that she's better utilized in a true ensemble like LOST.


ok - i was a HUGE fan of the original as a kid. and luckily my cousin's family had a VCR & was able to record the series so that we could watch it 20 more times before the tape got damaged XD

and because i have such fond memories of it (hello, the freddy kruger guy was in it!) i've been reluctant to watch the remake. but you girls have good taste, so ill give it a shot. ;D


AWESOME! I remember watching the original series as a girl (now I'm dating myself) and I even have the series on DVD. This was my favorite tv series of all time!!!! I was jazzed when I saw they were doing a remake. I was hoping they wouldn't ruin the plotline and point and they didn't. So happy about that. Although, I would love a Mark Singer-like hero and who could forget Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) as the lovable alien?


Am I the only one who thinks Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) looks like Heidi Klum?


I see alot of people who wish that the reveals had not been done as fast, etc...

It seems alot of people are expecting a carbon copy in story-line and I honestly think, if they picked this up, they had more in mind for the story than the same beat up tired one from the 80s.

That being said.. I was shocked by 1 reveal. :)

And Morena my love... I was very happy to see you get work now that Stargate has ended. Is this really what ascention is for evil aliens? You go from being all powerful, leading large amounts of devotee's around killing those whom get in your way or won't serve you to.... well... basically the same gig, just better clothes, more exposure and instead of the devotee's serving you, being served to you. Love you anyway.

My sister and I sat down to watch the pilot. I think we are hooked. I was shocked that it was ABC and not NBC to revive it. That gives me hope that it might last a full season at a minimum; NBC just seems to tank so many pilots.


Since I do remember the old series, and was a fan of Juliet from Lost, I was a lock in to watch the new show. It was good as pilots go, and aside from Elizabeth Mitchell, it stars some guys from Joss Whedon's shows so I'm sure to tune in for the next couple of episodes. Hopefully V can sustain its interesting narrative.


BTW, Flashforward dipped miserably in the quality scale after episode 1 but it picked up a lot of slack in episode 5. I'm still watching.


HoooRay for reviving V, but wasn't V for Victory over the lizards, not V for visitors? Good work blogging about it, but as an old 80s boy, Diana was a bit hotter than Anna. Maybe I'll feel differently when she eats a gerbil.
Keep up the good work, sitting on the couch, watching TV.


Hmmmm...is it just me or was it highly creepy that the messages of hope, change, peace, and universal healthcare were painted as Trojan Horses of pure evil?Loved the opening 10 minutes, but then found the whole thing a little too V-ish. Is this what fundamentalist mind control is like in the 21st century? Probably not, but it somehow left me with a distinctly bad taste in my mouth.


suzq:

Your comments were brilliant. :)

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Yeah, but will those alien marriages be valid in Maine?

And will alien pregnancies in humans be covered by private insurance plans?

And will the Visitors demand that the USDA food inspectors begin classifying gerbils?

Are the Visitors planning to get shots for H1N1, because if so, we're definitely going to have a shortage of vaccine.


Young sally said...

That said, will anyone try to bring back Twin Peaks??

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I hope not. That series was so perfect, I can't imagine it without David Lynch and Kyle McLaughlin. It *was* David Lynch. On a silly note, my husband has the ex-60's greying long ponytails, and it freaks me out when he wears his hair loose - makes him look like Bob. ;)


"Am I the only one that thought it was not good at all, even remotely?" - Paul.

Not the only one. It was full of logical flaws. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for sci-fi. If a story needs teleportation or time travel, then fine. But I cannot accept many characters repeatedly making dumb decisions. (Dumb within the context of the character's motivations and knowledge, not just from an external point of view.)


The air ships arriving in major cities around the globe and transmitting the sweet "Sorry if we've caused any disruption" message in every language was brilliant, but so much else was standard-issue tv drama. Disappointing. The characters were pretty stock and cliched. Like Greg, Paul, and others, I was not impressed. Speaking of David Lynch and Twin Peaks, can you imagine if he'd been at the helm of V? You could bet there wouldn't be any generic tv-drama characters or dialogue.


I thought the camera angles and still shots of the aliens were brilliant. Watch carefully and you will see the shape of the head take on a reptilian appearance. Notice also how the Vs are very still, as a lizard would be. They don't have a lot of nervous movement or hand gesturing. Very clever. I think Morena is genius as Ana.

I would love to see a cameo of Mark Singer!





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