The V List

Last night Lost was a repeat, so I was able to finally watch Glee live. I thought I would write about it, but instead my motivation is to list out how I feel about V, a show that has quite the ability to kick ass but is losing momentum quickly and making poor character decisions.  I do not want to see it go down the same road as Heroes did, especially since this is it’s first season.

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Trying to keep a positive spin on everything, I will start off with characters that for right now, I am enjoying. I may not have enjoyed them always or may dislike them as soon as next week.  But I can see the development for the character/story can really be revved up, provided the show sees it my way, of course.

Ryan/Pregnancy: If you had asked me two weeks ago, heck maybe even last week, I would have told you I had no interest in this storyline.  While the show has certainly allowed us to really know Ryan, his girlfriend Val is another matter.  With a very short moment in meeting Tyler as his therapist (something he needs very much), she’s been segmented off on her own, any interaction with Ryan or maybe Georgie.  No family, little job performance and a pregnancy that has a big secret that she is not aware of. I was really only paying attention to see if carrying a giant lizard in your belly would allow her to finally step over the line and eat a raw mouse.

But this week she finally knows the truth.  And is rightfully pissed.  I think we were supposed to feel sorry for Ryan last night, risking his life to keep her (and Kermit) alive.  But as a woman myself,  keeping what was going on with her body a secret from her was really wrong on so many levels.  It’s her body, it’s her life, and she had every right to understand what carrying his child really meant.  That said, for the first time I am interested in seeing them try to overcome this and be a couple again, if only because of the challenges that it all supports.

However, what worries me is she is once again, sent away from not just Ryan but everyone. Will we even see her?  I know it’s dangerous but I’d have rather she be in hiding IN TOWN, and Val coming into contact with Erica, Father Jack and even Kyle.   I have no idea if it’s possible to fall back in love with a man after he kept the secret he’s not really a man from you, but it would make an interesting story.

Father Jack: I love Father Jack.  He’s sweet, super cute, great smile, and has empathy for everyone.  As a Christian myself, I get nervous when characters dedicated to religion are introduced into the cast, as Hollywood always seems to do a poor job in understanding their motivations.  So far, I really like Father Jack.  I don’t think I ship him with Erica, I like the friendship and at this time would prefer it to stay that way.

Joshua: I also adore Joshua and am dying to know his backstory.  How did he “turn” yet remain in Ana’s good graces?  It’s fascinating to me and what I loved from the week before is while he seemed to decide to spare Lisa’s life with her mother because she could help them in the future, I really think it came more down to the fact he has the human emotion and since he’s known her as a baby, he doesn’t want to rid the world of a “V” who might possess the ability to love.

Erica:  Yes, I still like her, though she seems to have worn on many out there in cyberspace’s nerves.   She’s a terrible mother but we’ve only seen her mothering skills after her husband spontaneously left her.  Also, I’m very interested in understanding why it seemed Tyler’s dad (do we know his name?) did not appear to be Tyler’s dad.  Does this have to do with the V’s arrival?  Erica is sincere in maintaining the results where wrong and if she is lying, you have to ask yourself, why would a FBI agent whose ability to put criminals behind bars on the same type of tests now think she can convince her family to ignore such things?

Horrible horrible horrible needs to go immediately or major rewrite

Tyler: OMG, how can I make it clear that this character is THE WORST PERSON ON THE SHOW.  I could blame the actor, I do in some ways, but honestly, the writers and director chose to have him act like a whiny, selfish, bratty, naive, self-centered emo.  What is even more frustrating, is why does Ana give a wit about this child?  What about him is so damn important that it takes pimping her daughter out to get him “to their side”?  On the flip side, how can Lisa lose her emotional “V” with this guy who has all the charm and personality of maybe Screech from Saved by the Bell.  Ok, he’s prettier than Screech but he’s just as annoying, but without the nerdy brains.  The only reason I don’t want him to die is because it may send Erica down a path I don’t need her to go down right now.

Growing their numbers: Last night’s episode in particular, I was really disappointed they didn’t try to use the human assassin more in convincing him the truth about the Vs. I realize they don’t have any direct proof, at least when Ryan isn’t there.  But surely they realize that they will eventually exhaust their remaining list of 5th Column (they drop like flies every time they find one) and will have to begin recruiting new people. By that time, it’s very possible the Vs will have infiltrated so many of the hearts and minds of the general public into believing they are ANGELS, can’t they see it’s going to be problematic to force people to see the truth?  Why not attempt to see how this guy reacts when he does sees the lizard skin or discover they have been living among everyone for YEARS?

Soldier: That was pretty disappointing.  Couldn’t they find a more physical type to play THE V SOLDIER?

Annoyances

Ana-Though I don’t hate her, but I find I have to roll my eyes at how omniscient she is.  While she is incapable of emotion which I’m sure will be her ultimate downfall, she has no apparent disadvantages.  She spots opportunities for the Vs to be saviors, she always knows the course of action. She is so logical in everything.  The only episode of her I liked was the one where she was suffering from the pregnancy because FINALLY she had a real weakness.  We need more of those.

Chad-I can’t make up my mind about Chad.  I do not want him to be a simple puppet for Ana at all so I’m hoping he’s going to wind up turning on her.  But last night’s episode really just made him look wishy washy as he went back to Father Jack and Ana.  Is he playing Ana? Or is he on her side?  Just PICK ONE!

V is for Visitor

As I’ve been forced to endure disappointing seasons of Lost, NCIS, and Heroes, I’ve welcomed the addition of the new original show, Glee. Let me now begin to squee on a new TV show that premiered last week.  It’s a new take on an old series, called simply V.  If anyone remembers the original (and this TV junkie barely did), it’s a story of aliens coming to Earth and offering peace immediately.  They want to be our friends and they look just like us.  Of course, they really weren’t.  They were a lizard people who were intent on eating us and draining our resources.  It had Beastmaster‘s Marc Singer as the main rebel to fight against them.  And the mini-series went into a TV series and then died. I’ve been catching up on reruns on SciFy, and sadly it’s a show that has not held well over time.  It’s dated and cheesy and melodramatic.  But it’s good fun to watch on a rainy day.  But I want more from my primetime lineup.

And so I got it.  The premier started off with a bang, giving us the smallest hint of an average day in the lives of the main characters only to segway into the arrival of the mother ships which turned their worlds upside down.  I think it was a very effective introduction and ABC was very smart to release the first 8 minutes online for the world to see.  I was hooked even before the show started and now I’m quite excited for the next episode.  So far, I like it enough to even go beyond the call of duty and make a character synopsis.  Yes, I’m that much of a fangirl on this.  Hopefully it’s a welcome change from my normal bitching of the letdowns that Survivor and Heroes have brought.

"Visitors are friends who drop by for a drink"

Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell)-I don’t know if Erica is meant to be the lead character but given how much screentime she got in the pilot, I’m guessing she is.  I was upset to find out EM was leaving Lost and hated the way she was “killed off” last May.  I know Juliet wasn’t everyone’s favorite or even somebody they necessarily liked.  But I liked Juliet.  Seeing her with Sawyer, I actually began to love her more and more (as I grew to hate Kate more and more, but that’s another topic).  Knowing she would be on this show, I had reservations but ultimately I could support her because Lost would only be on for one more season.  So far, in her role as Erica, she’s not that much different from Juliet.  She is a mother of a teenaged son whose husband walked out on her, but she’s married to her job (in this case, a FBI agent) just as Juliet is.  I think the reason I like her so much, is because for her, the arrival of the aliens didn’t alter life that much.  She only seemed to care about the Vs, because her son is obsessed with them, making her nervous and worried as any mother would be.  Since her son seems to put most of the blame of the divorce on her, it estranges them more.  She’s still trying to juggle being a single parent while overseeing an intense investigation into a local terrorist cell so the last thing she needs is to get sucked into the world of international mayhem by finding out the visitors have arrived with murderous and seedy intentions.

Tyler Evans (Logan Huffman)-I tend to get annoyed with teenaged characters lately.  But Tyler passes the grade with me, though it might just be because he’s so pretty.  That said, he is still obviously a pain.  Sneaking out in the middle of the night and reminding his mom that Dad left her.  Of course, it’s tough for any kid who’s mom puts her job first, and having a FBI mom, I imagine it makes that ten times more intense.  Before the visitors, his best friend is someone who I can’t stand and refuse to name him here.  I really hope he gets eaten, killed, or vanished  fairly soon as he annoys me to a great degree.  Maybe that’s the point, for us to root for Tyler to really fall in with the alien crowd, since he’s got such a crush on one of them.  He forged his mom’s signature so he can become an “ambassador” on the same night his mom realized her partner was an alien and tried to kill her.  This will no doubt result in the biggest grounding in human history, or wind up causing a larger split between mom and son.

"Just be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light."

Ana (Morena Baccarin)-I must thank my pal, Slynn, for pointing out Ana is played by Firefly’s Inara.  I knew she looked familiar but was more fixed on how perfect she was for the role.  We don’t know that much of Ana yet, but she’s clearly not on the up and up.  What I really like about her, is she seems to get human behavior, which helped her zone in on how to pick the right reporter for their all important Telecast.  When she made it clear to Chad that if he didn’t go by their rules, the implication felt darker than simply the interview would be off.  Remembering her as Inara on Firefly, I was always underwhelmed by her character unless she was simply doing comedy.  Now I’m enjoying the actresses’ darker side and am chilled to the bone when she comes on screen (so far).

"Is there such a thing as an ugly visitor?"

Chad Decker (Scott Wolf): It’s Bailey!  And he’s all grown up!  Ok, technically Bailey grew up on Party of Five but I never bought him running the restaurant.  But I can buy him as a swarmy news anchor looking to move up the media ladder.  Before the visitors he wasn’t making much headway, but after winning Ana over with his sarcastic charm, he got the interview of the century.  Of course, when given the chance to take the moral high road and walk away or give in to further his career, he chose the latter.  At this time we don’t know if he is so devoid of human conscience that he will simply shrug it away or he will try to tell himself that the supposed gifts the are giving to his world will make up for the blind eye.  I can bet though, since he is the media and TV reporter, he will be the last to realize that the aliens are not really what they say they are.

"Rattlesnakes are God's creatures, too. Doesn't mean they're good for us."

Father Jack (Joel Gretsch)-I was wary of the token christian character.  Hollywood always does a poor job and I end up getting so irritated (see Studio 60).  However, I was pleasantly surprised by Jack’s immediate questioning of the aliens arrivals and everyone’s acceptance.  I do believe in case of such an event, the empty churches would suddenly get filled up as the scared masses try to look to a higher power to explain everything.  The elder priest wants to see their return as a miracle on itself.  Jack, however, wants to use the pulpit to preach against mass devotion to a strange new power.  He’s got some great lines in this episode, including that the world being in a bad state will see the alien arrival as the coming of a new savior, and that idea scares him to death, even before finding out what these beings truly are. I wonder if the show is going to try to pair him with Erica and I’m not against that, but right now the focus needs to be on how to start a revolution with a priest and a FBI agent.  It’s gonna take some time.

"There is hope"

Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut)-Holy cow!  This was the one character who had a twist I didn’t see coming.  While I enjoyed seeing Firefly’s Wash (now playing Dale) on screen, I knew he was being setup to be revealed as a bad guy.  I figured he would be “the mole” in the FBI department.  What I didn’t see coming, was that he and Ryan would be of the same species. Unlike the past series, the show threw in a twist where the aliens have been living among us for years, blending in.  What  a wonderful idea!  It creates paranoia in our own population since now, you can’t even trust the people you’ve known for years. Then you go and take one alien named Ryan, and allow him to technically “defect” to the human side while engaged to one of us who isn’t aware she’s engaged to an alien!  That’s just awesomeness IMO.  He’s a good guy now, I’m sure.  But I bet we’re gonna find out he hasn’t always been such and his choices in the past will wind up haunting him.

So all in all, a solid premier episode.  The ratings were really high too, though I expect that to fall some. I’m worried because being a curse for any TV show, whichever character I get attached especially too, will wind up kicking the bucket in some horrible and non enjoyable way.  I also want to make a vow I shall not ship anyone on this show! It’s not about romances and I’m gonna squash any thrill I get from whatever chemistry winds up wrapping certain pairings!