I'm pretty sure when V returns for season 2 I won't be there. That finale sucked. Sucked the big one.
Among my many, many complaints, the most important one is that when that episode was produced, they did not yet have a renewal from ABC. Therefore as far as the V producers knew, it was the series finale. And that's what those fuckers gave us? Not a single concrete answer of why the Visitors are on Earth.
Instead Anna turns the sky red. Everyone behind Anna, as she has her "first human emotion", smirks, reflecting their trademark changes of heart. Apparently, everyone on the V ship with a speaking role is betraying Anna, has been for some time, or just figured out how to.
Father Jack's Big Purpose this whole season was to finally give a Poorly Written Homily that the old priest kept warning him not to give.
Erica, Tyler, Lisa and Anna had the most boring, contrived dinner party ever with almost everyone leaving the table in turn to conduct their Secret Clandestine Affairs. (What about who was left at the table while people were missing? How awkward was that small talk?)
And then the Lamest Ray Gun Battle in TV History. Ptew! Ptew! Until Erica shots Joshua dead, but no, he isn't.
Don't even get me started on Ryan's Baby with the Lizard Tail.
The Fifth Column (they're no longer the Resistance nor have they been for many episodes) somehow killed off all the Soldier newborns. The Soldiers, we are supposed to be shocked to learn, "are bred to kill humans". You know who else can kill humans? Any normal V. Why breed soliders? They didn't bring an army of Vs with them on all their ships? Well, I guess that explains why those ships are so empty all the time. All that wasted space.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaThat's what V is. A waste of space.
This show is really bad and if they called it anything other than V, I'd never have bothered watching it. But childhood nostalgia and some bizarre sense of loyalty and commitment keeps me going. The only moments I really liked all season were the nods to the original series - and yet, I'll be back next year. If I'm going to keep wasting two hours every week watching Raw, one more wasted hour won't hurt anything.
This show started off good and steadily became more hokey as the story dragged on and on. I never saw the original TV run, but the show's concept is much better suited to a movie or short miniseries format than episodic television. As new characters were introduced I never found reason to care about them. As original characters acted dumber and dumber each episode, I stopped caring about them too. The only two things this show has got going for are: it's sci-fi (so sci-fi nerds will watch it), and the actress that plays Lisa is hot and often scantily clad (so sci-fi nerds will watch it).
As it is, I've relegated V to a lunchbreak show where I have is playing in the corner of the screen while I do mindless tasks at work. This is the same status that Heroes was given in Season 3 and I didn't make it any farther with that show.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
Everyone was a boneheaded moron in the finale. And it's true, I don't care about a single one of those characters. Not a one.
I actually liked the episode two weeks ago when the Fifth Column blew up the V shuttlecraft, mainly because for once Anna wasn't just smugly planning something ineffable and making faces. She was actually taking action that saw her one step ahead of her enemies. In other words, SOMEONE on the show was behaving intelligently for once.
Because Erica Evans is a nothing-collection of simple motivations, Elizabeth Mitchell is, in a word, lost. She has nothing in terms of a character to play and has to wring what little she can from those dumb ass scripts. The four characters who make up the Fifth Column we see every week basically all share a single brain, and it's not much of a brain to speak of.
Since Mitchell's talent is basically hogtied, Morena Baccarin ends up head and shoulders above everyone else on the cast. She's like Terry Silver, the villain from Karate Kid III - she'll give you a serious look, then turn around and immediately smile and snicker to herself. I enjoy it. It's comical. She's the only actor who seems like she's enjoying herself. Everyone else is so grim, or glum, or sleeping while standing upright. Baccarin's emotional control as an actor, like when she announced the Vs were leaving because Lisa was "assaulted" last week, is really good (and she immediately turned around, smiled and snickered to herself.) Same this week when she freaked out after her soldiers were all killed.
But please, the writing is the first thing that has to be fixed in season 2. Those scripts are just terrible, beyond dumbed down for "the masses" that aren't watching V.
I've actually enjoyed Mitchell's performance. Knowing that she has dreck to work with, she's still managed to make the material entertaining. I liked how she got to do the action hero dive when the bomb blew up.
I have no idea what is up with the Hobbs storyline. Somehow, whenever that plot has been on-screen, I've been distracted.
Joshua got the Dale treatment. Should have seen that coming. Is he necessary if Ryan is back in the fold? I would have to think that Erica's allegiances will be figured out soon.
Given the Red Sky, doesn't Jack's homily become a call to arms now that the V's hostility should be apparent. I guess next season will be more of a direct war?
Why am I asking questions about a show I probably won't watch next season? I'll probably catch the premiere out of minor curiousity and be done.
You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I just said...
This show is an example of the creators knowing the story they wanted to tell and telling it. I have seen interviews with them where they state that the show was planned to go three seasons - and it did.