Over the last weekend, I watched the full first season of V, the TV series. I’d like to say that the first few episodes of the show have what it takes to stop me from chewing popcorn in my mouth. And that’s saying something. Just imagine waking up one day and finding a huge spaceship parked on top of your city and surely your mouth will stop working too—more so if you are a ninja who thought that you belong to the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
In the series, 29 supersized spaceships have appeared and are now hovering above major cities on the planet. The advanced extraterrestrials manning the spaceships belong to a fierce reptilian species. They hide their ruthlessness by wearing synthetic human skin, which make them look like us. But before you shout serialized Independence Day, Anna (Morena Baccarin)–the leader of the aliens–had declared early on that they are “of peace…always.” Moreover, the Visitors or the V’s also promised to share their medical and technological knowledge, which is many light years more advanced than what we puny humans have.
Most people would think that humans would be in a very convenient situation. But if you’re a ninja, you’d have this nasty feeling in your gut that all the peace and the favors mentioned will come at a price. Well, you’d be right. The aliens want some kind of natural resource that we have here on Earth in exchange for all their benevolence.
Still, the quid pro quo may sound fair. We give them some stuff that we abundantly have and they give us the cure to almost all the imaginable diseases plaguing us humans. But there’s just one small problem. The aliens are not after any Earthly raw material. They are actually planning to invade the planet.
Fortunately, we have some people on our side bent on thwarting the evil aliens. The resistance is made up of humans (most likely previous alien abductees) and the Fifth Column, composed of V’s who were sent to Earth decades ago to infiltrate key positions in our society but instead became sympathetic to the human cause.
The main resistance recruits include Erica Evans (an FBI agent), Jack Landry (a Catholic priest), and Kyle Hobbes (former SAS turned mercenary). They have joined with Georgie Sutton (one of the earliest members of the human resistance against aliens) and longtime “columnists” Ryan Nichols (a V masquerading as a human) and Joshua (a secret Fifth Column member and high-ranking V in-charge of the New York spaceship’s medical crew).
I am not aware if V is now being broadcasted locally, but the series was first aired by ABC on November 3, 2009. This sci-fi series was based on a 1983 miniseries of the same title. On the bad side, the show definitely has some formulaic moments reminiscent of typical movies about invading aliens or cyborgs from the future—like humans are always the underdogs. But there are also highlights such as the fact that V is not as overly-elaborate as Flash Forward or LOST. Once you started V, you will definitely be dragged into the following episodes up to the finale, which was not as bad as Flash Forward’s.
One will wonder how V will be able to raise the stakes in the second season. I do hope that this series finds its own identity and a more unique story arc.