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V Season One is a re-working of the 1980's mini-series about the world's first encounter with an alien race. Simultaneously appearing over every major city in the world, the Visitors (or V's) promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V's build a following that may actually hide a more malevolent agenda, one that twists a very deep component of human nature: devotion. V stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie, Logan Huffman as Tyler, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.
They arriVe. Earth’s first alien encounter begins when huge motherships appear over 29 major cities. The visitors – the Vs – are human-like beings who know our languages and bring awesome gifts of healing and technology. People everywhere welcome them as saviors. But a fledgling resistance is on the rise, determined to reveal the shocking truth. Among the underground cadre: an FBI Counter Terrorism Agent who uncovers a terror cell no one ever expected…and finds that her teenage son is drawn to the beauty and promise of the Vs. Get in the know with the amazing first season of the series that combines sci-fi thrills with the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. Here. Now. AdVenture begins.See all Product description
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Morena Baccarin is flawless as alien Queen Anna - the way she flips between 'sincerely caring and warm' when dealing with the humans, to 'cold and calculating' behind the scenes is superb.
The first series is a bit slow to get going, in that I have just finished the last episode and I'm still in the dark about Anna's master plan. But I don't feel like they've dragged out other parts of the story, so I think it needed the amount of time it had to introduce the resistance fighters, and build up their reasons for fighting etc.
Also flawless, is Elizabeth Mitchell, as FBI agent Erica. I would say she is the main character of the show, and I'm really glad because I find her combination of plots and roles - mother to a V-obsessed son, FBI agent tasked with protecting the V's, and resistance fighter determined to stop the V's at any cost - to be the most interesting.
I already love the twist, that Anna basically enslaves the V's on her 'bliss', and once they begin to feel they generally start to rebel against her. I've bought the second season, and I can't wait to see where they take it!
There is a second series. It's much the same. According to Wikipedia the second series was killed earlier than planned. I'm not surpised; presumably the producers were totally at a loss as to what to do next....
I'd like to watch the 1984 original again.
This is a difficult series to review because it really doesn't offer the reviewer much to either praise or single out for criticism; the show is consistently competent, but rarely impressive. It's pretty much what you think it is - no more and no less. I will say that the actress playing Anna is fantastic in the role, and I did appreciate that the writers had at least attempted to give the story some moral complexity, even if these attempts weren't completely successful. Also to its credit, the series contains a few compelling story arcs that will keep you watching to see what happens next, even if you never find yourself becoming a proper fan of the series as a whole.
On the other hand, V can be very formulaic; it can also be pretty heavy-handed (there always seems to be someone on hand to say something like "it's all going as planned, and now we will..."). Moreover, the constant use of lame CGI and green screen effects quickly becomes irritating. Oh, and there's also a fair few dumb moments along the way too. Wait until you get a load of that finger-print thing! I'm calling BS on that.
I mentioned earlier that the writers had aimed at making the series morally complex, but didn't fully succeed in this aim. Well here's how it works (keep in mind that I've only seen the first season though): the aliens are, apparently, an unemotional, psychopathic, species. At one point we are told that they are "designed for efficiency", and lack the emotional capacities of humans. However, some of these aliens have started to develop feelings like empathy and love. Why? We're never told (at least, not in this first series anyway). These feelings are always referred to as "human" emotions, which leads the viewer to assume that these sentiments have no precedent until now. It would appear that it wasn't until the aliens met us humans that they started thinking this way, and so decided to connect these feelings to our species, rather than seeing them as being non-species-specific. What that means, I have no idea. It does smack of lazy writing and contrivance though. So anyway, that's where the moral "ambiguity" comes in - some aliens can be like us humans, so that makes them OK. Otherwise, they can be killed without remorse. In short, the ethical issues raised in the show are light-weight at best, and I found myself wishing that the writers had found a way to make things more sophisticated. Granted, there's more of a grey area to this series than its predecessor from the 80's, but that's really not saying much.
Overall, the series isn't exciting or silly enough to work well as pure popcorn entertainment; on the other hand, it doesn't have the intelligence or subtlety to be anything more than that.
Worth a watch, but don't expect too much.