I think I’m getting a hold of this blog thing. The whole idea is to force-feed your meaningless opinions to your audience, which never asked for them in the first place. So let me try: the new V series suck. Badly.
Allow me to elaborate: they certainly had a lot to live up, but they can’t hold a candle match to the monumental first 1983 V episode. Heck, even the first chapter of the much maligned 1984 series was more entertaining than this. The problem to me seems to be a lack of direction, which is quite perplexing considering it’s all about an alien invasion. The characters just went by the screen without any motivation whatsoever, no chemistry, and really shoddy writing. And that’s a pretty serious issue because the original V was all about the characters and how the invasion impacted on their lives. If we don’t care about them, then what about the eye-candy and action? Well, the starships design didn’t do it for me either – nothing we haven’t seen before, just more recycled stuff, but overall the effects are good. And the action? We’re already by the third episode and, aside from the arrival of the mothership itself (surprise!) not much has happened.
However, the biggest problem of them all of course are the leads. I reckon Morena Baccarin who performs Diana/Anna is good, but her character is terrible. And I really came with an open mind on this one but her eternal smile and angelical face are just way too annoying. The lasting impression of Jane Badler as Diana is certainly clouding any objectivity here, yet I can’t help feeling this Diana looks like a doll. Worst of all is the priest who poses as a Marc Singer wannabe. Sorry dude, you lack the forced speech and paranoid eyes. Marc Singer might have been a lousy actor but he was an absolute beacon of cheesiness. You’re just dull. Right, Juliette also replays her role from Lost – that is, a disturbed woman with a constant blank stare on her face.
I know, you’re probably thinking that we should give the series some more time (I am after all basing my comments on very few chapters) but some things are definitely here to stay, such as the uninspired acting. Visual effects and slick production can’t beat great direction and writing, which were constants in the first miniseries and even The Final Battle. The first time we saw that looming mothership in that sensational war sequence, we knew it would change TV forever. There’s nothing remarkable about this new incarnation though… it’s like they didn’t even try. If it had been named “The Alien Encounter”, then it could have passed as just another average TV show, but such a lousy attempt to reboot this hallmark series makes me feel angry and very sad.