It was pretty much impossible to avoid the promos for ABC's remake of the 1980s miniseries-turned-series "V" the past few weeks. And at long last, it was unleashed on the viewing public Tuesday night.
The basic plot, as anyone who saw the original knows, involves a massive invasion by dozens of alien ships, whose passengers, the Visitors, "come in peace," merely wanting to meet other, newly-discovered forms of intelligent life, and to borrow some of their resources. The reality, of course, is something far more sinister.
Fans of the original probably won't miss the '80s hair, the aliens' orange jumpsuits or the oftentimes wooden acting. But many of the trademarks are there: Reptilian skin underneath human-like features, check. Weird alien technology and weapons, check. A slowly-forming resistance to the Visitors, check. A big fight/shoot-out between resisters and Visitors, check.
No doubt the special effects, and indeed, most of the performances are better than the original. "Lost's" Elizabeth Mitchell shows she can probably carry this series as a suspicious FBI agent. Logan Huffman, plays her son, a wide-eyed teen all too happy to sign up with the really, really ridiculously good-looking Visitors. "Firefly's" Morena Baccarin strikes just the right tone, as the Visitors' charismatic yet creepy leader. "Party of Five's" Scott Wolf has the toughest job here, as a well-coiffed reporter who sells out his principles for fame.
Like most remakes, it has to strike the right balance between pleasing the fans and bringing enough originality to the table to make it all worthwhile. The last 15 minutes or so of the series certainly did that by adding some twists (the spray-painted "V" now has the opposite meaning, Mitchell's closest friend is a Visitor, and the Visitors have been among us for years). The problem will be sustaining that for an ongoing series, and keeping the suspense up week after week for an audience used to the brilliance of "Lost." After a while, "Whoa! That person was a Visitor the whole time!" will get old. And with only three more weeks to prove itself before going on hiatus, the pressure is on.
Did you watch the premiere of "V?" Will you be watching again? And if you saw the original, how do you think it measured up? Check out what iReporters have to say about it, and share your own comments on video or below.
Im 54 and I still love her movies.
I thought the new rendition of the V series was quite nice. The fact they have elevted to use a couple of the Firefly/Serenity series actors was a very nice touch too.
Mz. Baccarin and Mr. Tyduk were very nice touches indeed. Go Washburn and Inara!!!
I was never a huge fan of the origonal series mainly because I thought the special effect wer too hokey at the time of its release, hence my folloing of A-Team and Airwolf.
The new series though reminds me of the recent film District 9. I enjoyed that too.
But this series is going to have some big shoes to fill too. The Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis are quite good themselves and the newest edition of Battlestar Galactica was a smash hit with their new a better version.
Personally on another note, I really think that Firefly needs to have another chance and Joss Weadon needs to revisit that concept. The film Serentiy was in my opinion merely the closing of the first chapter in that genre.
As for this season premier of V, I will hang with it as long as it continues to a viable and good show.
I just hope this one does not become a rendition of Alien Nation, which also started out fairly well and in my opinion ended in disaster.
A Loss of Good Television – As an expert on Sci-Fi I can let you know that the launch of "V" is a poor statement and even poorer representation of the way television shows are created today.
Most of us watched remembering the old series; yet if you remove that knowledge and let this series start stand on its own. You find that the show was nothing but questions, and then the rest of the series will depend on answering them.
There lies the problem; for if you miss one episode you are lost, and with the added knowledge of different directors doing different segments of the series, the show will go in unexplained directions. In the end causing more confusion.
This series is already a lost. If you compare it to a great like the New BSG, you realize BSG gave you a past to start from at its series launch. This action helped move you into the current story. Here they have already jumped you in 6 months into the arrival of the visitors and also jumped you years in the past that they where already here. All in a few minutes with no explanations.
TV Sci-Fi / Fantasy production has fallen, here we have a new series again supposedly with a multi-ethnic visiting group of aliens, which 99.9% are white. I would really enjoy a remake of Buck Rogers and hope they make Buck a Strong Black Man just for some change in attitude and complexity of the show. But nahhh only White Americans are Aliens and Heroes in the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Maybe in this new series of "V" they moved up the Latino from a gardener in the old series, to head of landscaping in this one.
V was something that my husbad was intrested in watching, so I figured I would give it a chance. I thought that the show was fantastic. it had great charater development and a great story line. It reeled me in from the opeing seen to the finish of episode 1. I am looking forward to the next episode. I am jsut so sorry that I have to wait a week.
"I have a problem with aliens coming to earth with christian names, very silly. "Anna" give me a break."
Did you miss the bit that said they had been amongst us for a long time, watching and ploting?
In order to convince the public they were good guys it would be an obvious tactic to use names that people could relate to, much easier than saying my name is xrtthzthyr!
"What is bugging me most about V is all the resistence has to do is put the black guy (who is a V and part of the resistence) on youtube and have him pull his 'human' mask off and show his reptile self. "
Come now, you know all that will do is have people posting that it is a fake. In fact they used that excuse in the original series when it was done on live TV.
And they had to introduce all they did in the first episode because so many people know the original series so they could hardly have maintained suspense of the visitors being lizards or whatever. They really had no choice.
Boring. High-concept shows, especially sci-fi ones, need to show either unpredictable or insightful effects or good character development, and this had neither. Acting was OK, dialogue was terrible, plot is largely predictable and, at least to me, uninteresting. I saw the original and thought it was only so-so, too. Same with FlashForward: high concept but limited in its appeal and opportunities. Defying Gravity was much, much better but failed to find an audience, but you can catch 13 episodes online.
God this was boring to watch. I really loved the original two mini-series' way back when. This failed to compel me at all. Also, the political allegory is dumb. I'm not even going to debate with people whether its there, it obviously is. Not that it makes sense or even has a message more interesting than, "We hate Obama, huh-huh." Flashforward and this. Two strikes...whoever said ABC should've kept Defying Gravity was right. It was better than this snooze fest.
Doesn't any one have originality any more??? Every time you turn around somebody is doing a remake of something. Don't people get it? You already know the story line and outcome because it's a REMAKE...
An additional hazard of the new V is that it is similar to "Earth Final Conflict" by Gene (?) Roddenberry. EFC seemed a lot like the original V when I watched it (which wasn't often for either show). This V is gonna have it's work cut out for it.
Like I said before, the "V" mini-series is a must watch for sci-fi fans. The story line was a bit choppy at times but overall the actors did well and the CG was adequete. The moment when the FBI agent pulls back the V's skin was a little too graphic. I think the "oh my gosh your an alien" will get old fast and it will surely come. I will most likely continue to watch the series. My recomendation of age is 13 and up
Dumbest show I have seen in a long time. The plot is way to rushed and it does not seem well thought out. I'll go read a book or something instead.
I was disappointed with the first episode. Why is the show in such a rush? They could have spent multiple episodes on the arrival alone. Things could have been rosy for a month or two, with occasional subtle hints that something wasn't quite right. Instead, the show ZOOMED past all of that and jumped right into the resistance, like that's all the viewers would possibly care about. The aliens just arrived and there's already enough distrust for a resistance? I know, this time around the aliens have been among us for years. How convenient. But if this is going to be a series, there's no reason why the show should speed through anything. Let the show evolve. Start rosy and let it get darker. But I guess it's too late for that, isn't it? It's all going to be about the resistance. Heck, we didn't even have to wait to see what was under the Visitors' skin. Very very disappointing.
The concept of V was – and is – about how a malevolent force can conquer a sophisticated society by using media saturation, youth activism and vague promises of 'making the trains run on time' (or universal healthcare, what have you). This makes the new show an easy metaphor for todays America. But all that aside, I enjoyed the premiere; it was slick well acted and engaging. How all this will translate into a weekly series, I don't know (the '80s V turned to schlock as soon as the show became an ongoing series) , but I'm certainly intrigued to see more.
Pete November 4th, 2009 1:51 pm ET
No Marc Singer? Fail.
No V baby??? EPIC fail!!
The show was great. I don't think there is enough baseline in the plot to make it better than Lost, but who knows. It's all up to the creative genius of the writers. Good job writers.
It's always about THE STORY, stupid That is what keeps the audience coming back each week. If what you offer week after week is a new and exciting way to blow up reptilian characters, that is going to get old really fast. We will see if the writers of this series can offer an interesting and refreshing story each episode.
When are we going to see aliens who are genuinely good and bring an uplift to the world? I'm so tired of the sinister angle. Not as imaginative.
There were a lot of plot holes in this one, and I see at least one poster said that the show seemed to be dumbed down, which I agree with. It may very well sell like this, but it's going to lose me if it doesn't pick up in the writing. The pilot developed way too fast. I knew we were in trouble when after you see Anna speak, everyone starts clapping. I really don't think people shocked by the appearance of a giant spacecraft over their city are going to burst into applause. That was ridiculous. But then again, the level of intelligence in this country is dropping like a rock, so maybe the shoe fits.
The V premiere was awesome. the "CG" was very well designed and the actors did well.
the V premiere was very good, even though that the 80's version was more in depth. They "jumped the gun" with revealing the V's.
Really did come off as a big anti-Obama show (promise of hope and change, universal health care even explicitly referenced, strongly favorable media bias). I kind of got a kick out of it really. Hopefully they'll be able to keep the show creative instead of relying on sex and special events that most shows turn to these days.
I like it! so... are they the Annunakis from Planet Nibiru?
As I watched I also picked up on similarities with the Obama promises. As I read through all these reviews a guy named John Spurlock came up several times about his similar comment. It looks like we have some Obama lovers in here! ha ha Chill out people and scrape off your bumper stickers.
V is probably how things will turn out in 2012. Should be an exciting time!!! YOUTUBE " return of annunaki "
Maybe Obama is a Reptilian... what do you think John Spurlock?
Again, I like the show... hope it lasts
Anna is really hot in an evil way! I can't wait to see the visitors without their human shells as well as when they bust out the gerbils. I hope they don't leave us hanging like they did with Invasion a few years ago.
I enjoyed the first of the series despite the fact that it is extreme conservative propaganda. I just wonder if its entertainment value will be able to override my image of our mouth breathing populace lapping this up as a true reflection of modern society. Keep them scared so they cannot embrace optimism.
I'm a huge fan of the original 4 hour miniseries and was so excited that there was going to be a remake. However, it was just okay.
It completely failed to capture the spirit of the original. The original was not really about alien invasion. It was metaphor about ordinary people reluctantly becoming resistance fighters against an oppressive, fascist regime.
I just feel that the resistance was not given enough of a reason to really form yet. By that time in the original the visitors had taken control of local law enforcement, the military, and obviously had the world leaders under their control.
Many may disagree, in my option they should have kept the original meaning of "V." V stood for victory, it was the sign for the resistance. The show was about resistance fighters, not aliens. In the original 4 hours, people are actually shown more than the aliens.
They just seem to want to show special effects and not make a good show.
I found out everything in one episode, can't wait to see how they'll keep me watching. V was the show back in 83, it was the talk in the schoolyard, I doubt I'll be talking about it at work. Smart people need smart shows!
It seems like they crammed half a season into one episode. Why didn't they make the new anchor character a Visitor? Ugh.
Thanks J. Spurlock. Way to add BS political rhetoric to escapist sci-fi drama.
Weak remake of a weak show. Battle Star Galactica was a much better "update". Besides the sci-fi inconsistancies (how does a human face mask make the inside of a reptile's mouth look human?), the injection of current political climate feels like they're trying to force relevence on a worn out plot. That said I will watch a few more episodes to give them a chance. But to paraphrase Ben Franklin, these Visitors, like fish, may have a short shelf life.
A terrible effort. Perhaps I was naïve, expecting something with the dark tone and depth of Ron Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, or the brilliantly cryptic characters of Lost. Instead I got a run-of-the-mill TV drama, rife with exposition intended to keep an eight-year-old's mind from losing track of things. The clincher, though, was the comically bad editing: was this originally a two-hour premiere, whittled down to one?
I think the show was great, however, they've already jumped the shark by revealing the V's. They could have milked it for an entire season, before letting the 'secret' out.
I liked the differences very much. They did reveal a lot in the first episode but this gives the writers the time to develop story lines, I just hope the writing is good. A show is only as good as the writers.
The lead Lizard is an intense character which gave me the creeps, how easy it was for her to have the reporter compromise his strong principles. A lot of underling political and social commentary.
The effects are good, the lead resistance characters need more development so I reserve my comments until later. As for how the Vs were able to enter Earth without knowing....Well, they are a very advanced society!
I did not see the hype
Couldn't agree with sarahelizabethlawrence more. I also grew up on the original and can't say the trailers for the new series interested me at all. First thing that came to my mind is, "Here we go with another remake". The new series should have picked up where the original left off... maybe I'd have been inspired to watch.
Anyone who watched the original "V" as well as the original battlestar galatica know the biggest failing besides the at times horrible acting, was the GAPING plot holes and leap in logic. It appears that the writers here are going to do to "V" as the writers did to battlestar galatica. Fix the Gaping plot holes (and before I hear an argument that there was still plot holes in the new BSG, please remember that of course there was, its SCI-FI!!). The special effects where dead on, the V's are rather creepy when you combine their good looks with the fanatical eye blinking (my guess, with the skin on, they have to breath through their eyes) and this time, it looks like the resistance might actually make sense in face of obvious superior technology and overwhelming odds. The author is correct though.... While the "oh my god they where a cylon?!?!?" effect would get old rather quick here, there is way more to the story then deciding who is a V. People seem to forget that the whole reason BSG starts is becasue the cyclons used their ability to look human to infiltrate and disable the humans security measures against them. It was also important since with so little humanity left, a single cylon in the right place could destroy them all.
I think this show is going to rock... and by the way, LOST really, really sucks... hopefully this last season can finally answer a single question put in the show. Its like watching the writings of ADD children...smart ADD children, but Children with ADD non the less.
Really? The special effects were better than the one that was 20+ years ago?? I'm shocked!
Looks good, ay first blush, but I'm afraid they're not coming up with much that's original, and referencing too many Sci-Fi hits: the gorgeous Morena Baccarin, so perfect as the professional consort on Joss Whedon's late, lamented "Firefly," is - so far - the 97-pound-weakling version of Tricia Helfer's "6" on BSG - she needs to pump it up. Logan Huffman is far more annoying than Terminator:SCC's Thomas Dekker and Laura Vandervoort is far LESS annoying than SCC's Levin Ramblin (who isn't?), but the idea and the chemistry - zero - is the same. It's nice to see Joel Gretsch get a fairly meaty part; after his great work on the vastly, grossly, and criminally underappreciated "Taken," but is he going to achieve the spiritual of Ron Glass' Derrial Book (Firefly), or just end up as another "Hoodlum Priest"? Scott Wolf is TOO eerily lifelike as a TV talking head having to decide between his somewhat elastic ethics and his career, Ryan Nichols' renegade visitor is well played so far, and HIS terrible moral choice between his almost-fiancée Lourdes Benedicto and fighting the lonely, desparate fight against the Vs is far more heart-wrenching than Scott Wolf's self-made predicament. That leaves the big gun – literally - FBI-agent and mother of V-groupie Logan Huffman, Elizabeth Mitchell, who as Julia in "Lost" was deeply enigmatic, conflicted, and supernaturally attractive all at the same time. Her turn as Angelina Jolie's lotsa-naked girlfriend in "Gia" was, ummm, visually stupendous; Mrs. Claus to Tim Allen's Santa... not so much. Her character in "V" has a certain Laura Roslyn (BSG) stoicism and hard edge - as did her "Julia" character in "Lost" - and also a touch of the hard-headed-but-vulnerable appeal of Anna Torv, the FBI agent in "Fringe," but the question, after only one episode, is where's she gonna go with it? Obviously, as the lead character, she'll be a major player in the revolt against the Visitors, and won't be killed off too soon, but where THIS character goes decides whether the series makes it or not. A little too early to tell...
I must say I was delighted to see another Firefly alumnus, Alan Tudyk, in the show, but he chewed up the scenery a little too much in the manner of Snidely Whiplash. It would be great to have Firefly's Adam Baldwin in the show, as a rebel leader, but who knows what gows on in the minds of TV networks and producers? The MOST important question is: where, oh where is Summer Glau? If SHE was the leader of the Visitor's, *I'd* join the Peace Ambassador Program right this minute!
Oh, yeah - special effects... OK, but just.
I thought it was terrible. For an open ended series, they sure revealed quite a bit in the first hour. Without ever watching the original, I already know how the entire series will proceed and then end!
Also, human reactions to alien ships hovering over cities – clapping?
Also, no one thinks it is suspicious that the aliens from another planet look exactly like us?
Way to formulistic – "Let's start a resistance." I laughed when I heard that.
I was not familiar with the first version. I was liking the 2nd one, until they revealed that the visitors are all a bunch of lizards!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree that it should have been a two hour premier, but I guess that ABC was marketing to to us folks approaching our mid lives who know that our new friends are really guinea pig sucking reptillians and that some will stand to fight them. With that out of the way, we are at undiscovered territory. I cannot wait to see where the road takes us
I saw the show, pretty interesting, good twist, and action. However, there where a few negatives, the show did start off a little slow and there where a few moments where they just jumped into a situation. Would like to know more about the characters and back story...that would be interesting. Like Morris Chestnut is an alien, but he is rogue. Sure they can go a lot of ways...hopefully the right one, if so would be great show to watch!!
Once I heard that only 4 episodes will be shown before a LONG hiatus, I decided I will DVR the first 4 episodes and if the show actually returns then i'll start watching it. I've been burned too many times by getting into a show I love only to have it go on "hiatus" and never return.
jACK from Austin....couldn't agree with you more!!! Great POST!!!
The premiere was B.A.! I recall having watched "V" when it aired in the 80's and I've got to confess that the new series seems to have captured and conveyed well the earie feeling of the original.
To all those nay sayers, I say to you, "Coke classic is dead as dead. New coke is here to stay!" If you don't get this, you're a poser, accept it and move on.
worht the wait :)
I grew up on the original and recently watched the re-runs of the old series before the new series premier.
Even though the old might seem outdated to some people, it was something that never should have been remade....only maybe continued on with further plot developments kind of like the new Doctor Who series. Even though there was more than a 15 year gap, the show didn't try to reinvent itself.
That's what this show should have been. I thought it was slow and not that great.
It was okay; I'll probably watch the next episode at least.
But they need to slow it down. Some of the jumps in time were a little baffling - and I think it's the writing, not the editing, at fault here.
There are so many interesting things to ponder when considering how two alien species would first communicate with each other, and none of this really appeared in the pilot.
I expected that we would only learn at the end of the pilot that the Visitors have some other agenda, but we had so many other things to digest: the health care thing; the sleeper cell; the co-opting of the news anchor, etc.
A different tone might have given the writers a chance to do a number of interesting things, like backstories on the Visitors in the sleeper cells, but I fear that anything like that now in the story will feel wrong.
Will not watch this flimsy remake...I have my memories of being a 16 year old and enjoying the original V on Fox. It was such a big event when Robin gave birth to lizard babies..no one in school could stop talking about that!!! The original V is fine for me..!
I missed the first episode, but I'll be watching it next week. I spent years looking for the old show on DVD and VHS, people never knew what I was taking about. thanks ABC
I saw it, and was extremely disappointed, for the following reasons:
1. ABC tried to jam way too much in a 1 hour show... we get everything from the initial visit to unmasking of the visitors with very little explored in between.
2. Why do networks insist on hiring actors in their late 20s to play teenagers, and why do they make them children of actresses who are barely 30 themselves?
3. After viewing the original, I thought it was dumbed down quite a bit, until I saw the remake last night...ever notice that the graphics on characters' laptops always display some super-simplified 'explanation' of events, right after the character just explains what's going on? Like ABC didn't think we heard or understood the dialogue, they have to spell it out for us with an unrealistic computer chart or something – not to mention that stupid YouTube ripoff scene where the son character vandalizes property in the name of the visitors.
4. The 'V' NEVER stood for 'visitors'. It stood for 'victory' over the visitors. The last half of the show had every character constantly referring to the visitors as 'V's (the 'V's this, the 'V's that, etc.).
5. Why make it that some of these aliens were here for decades and tie them to terrorists? Sounds like some bad idea brought about by the writing-by-committee style of network TV. Isn't an alien invasion story enough, you have to make some of them terrorists? Dumb idea! Plus, how does an FBI agent get so far without a medical physical exam, exposing his reptilian innards?
6. They made a joke about 'how come all the visitors are good looking?'. Well ABC, how come all the actors/actresses are beautiful, slim, model-looking types themselves? The blonde from LOST, good actress, is 35 years old, tops, and she has a 17 year-old son who looks 29 and a Calvin Klein model.
7. The special effects were remarkably sub-par for a network show; many shows on much lesser networks like Syfy (BSG, SGU for example) looked much better with a much smaller budget.
I was way disappointed in this drivel, it's no where near the quality of LOST both in writing and performance. That's why the only show I've watched on ABC for the last 6 years or so was LOST.
If you haven't seen V yet, I say skip it.
I have not seen the original since I rented it some 15 years ago until this weekend on SYFY. As a child I loved it for the action and SCIFI, in college when I rented it I found a new appreciation comparing it to the NAZI takeover of Germany. Now this weekend I appreciated it as a classic, the special effects and action sequences are dated but the story, writing and acting holds up very well. I still get chills from watching certain scenes. The scene of Daniel, a Hitler Youth type, sitting at the family dinner table alone because he turned in his family is still haunting.
The new V does not bring out those emotions, matter of fact it brings out none. Why is everyone raving about the special effects? Besides the motherships hovering over cities how much air time had special effects, 2 minutes tops? People love the new show due to 2 minutes? Also I hate the whole calling the Visitors V's, are we that lazy now that we can not take the time to say visitor? To show how well written and how deep the orignal story is V did not stand for visitor. If you watch the original and still like this one becuase it has better special effects, or hotter actors you missed the entire concept of the original. I will watch 2 or 3 more episodes to give this one a fair chance.
In the article, "newly-discovered" and "slowly-forming" should not be hyphenated as one never hyphenates a word ending in "ly." The "ly" does the job of the hyphen. This information may be more interesting than the series.
I saw the original and liked it very much. I thought the the special effects for the time were great; shooting fire-like balls and the fire shown on the person struck was new to me. This series started slow but what I missed most (and the most talked about on the original) was the eating and swallowing of mice by the Visitors at meal time. I will continue to watch. Whatever happened to Elizabeth the half-human alien? The series ended with her stowing away on a alien ship. I'll keep watching.
So if V were "Heroes", the first episode would be about some of the Visitors who have been here for a long time going about whatever they're doing. The last episode of the first season would have been the arrival of the ships. The last episode of the second season would have been the scene in the warehouse where the resistance met.
So, is Anna going to unhinge her jaws and suck down a guinea pig like Diana did in the original ? One can only hope!
I was a fan of the original mini-series and I did enjoy this first episode and am curious to see where it goes.
These comments are entertaining as well seeing how they go into the politics behind the plot and whatnot. Hello people, this is television! It's nice to see entertainment in this form, at least to me, than in the form of most of the so-called "reality" programming you see so much of these days.
I saw SyFy (originally Sci-Fi) channel just aired the whole original series a few days ago. It went from maybe 10 AM through 3:30 AM the next day so I watched a few episodes. Boy did that bring me back! The story is very ho-hum but it made me remember life back then. I have no interest in watching a re-make.
Cant wait to see the next episode! the thrills are awsome!
Sorry, I thought it stunk. Very predictable, poorly written scenes with people doing things that didn't make a lick of sense. I really wanted to like it, but I doubt I'll watch again.
Wow...to say this show is a neo-conservative show is hilarious. To the people that say the pilot was too slow...then go onto say the show revealed to much and didn't take it's time developing characters and a story line is absurd. It's the first episode. To say this is another space opera and that's a bad thing...hello have you seen the original "V" it was pure soap opera with sci-fi spin and action. I loved the original and this is a great reboot. Maybe I don't take my TV seriously enough, but to start bashing a show because you believe it's political leanings are one or another after just the first episode is ricockulous. Why is it on any type comment page people try interject politics?
Okay, it's been entertaining, but after nearly 350 comments, I think we've had enough political commentary. No one's going to convince anyone else, so let's stick to the show, okay? If you want to talk pure politics, please take it to the Political Ticker: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/ . Thanks.
Some viewers in Northeast Wisconsin and Nashville Tennessee won't be able to see the V premier until Saturday because their local affiliate ABC stations (WBAY and WKRN) decided to show local sports shows instead!! ((
Bad bad programming decision by those affiliate stations!
The original V was one of my favorite shows. I'm really furious about having to wait until Saturday to see the new "V"ersion.
I watched V with an open mind. I did see the original back in the 80's, and liked it better. I can't believe that ABC cancelled Defying Gravity for this. IMO, bad move ABC. Bring back Defying Gravity, it is a much better series.
The premise was obviously written by Conservatives looking to invoke yet more fear of real change by drawing false 'parrallels' between the 'Visitors' and current leadership in Washington. Unfortunately more than 50% of this country's population are unaware enough to buy into it. These are the same masses that buy into Fox News as being 'fair and balanced'. It's extremely sad, that these self-righteous, black/white- thinking neo-cons have so much power over the media. The real enemy to civilization is, and has always been ignorant & arrogant idealogues with money and influence–the modern Republican Party.
Good special effects. But I think in the end we'll find out that rather than lizards they are really another planet's version of the Obama administration. False promises of hope, universal health care, change etc. Now that's scary!!!!!
Al, I think you will find the Visitors are actually closer to the Republican Party. They *say* they want what is best for everyone, but really, they only care about themselves.
Oh Paddy, get your panties out of their twist.
Did you really want all the same actors and all the same plots and all the same action from the original? What would have been the point then?
I loved it! I watch very little tv but I'll be watching this, I just hope they can keep it going.
Ok one of the biggest fans of V Original Mini-series and weekly Show.
The remake is good and well done , just like the remake of BSG.
There are many possible routes this can go, as the original book writer had nothing to do with V the final battle or V The t.v. show, They can go his route with the Visotors being here 25 more years before anything gets done by the reistance.
My only problem with the rehash is they did not keep any of the old Characters.
Didn't watch and won't watch. Why invest time in any show ABC will air since they killed Defying Gravity after 4 episodes.
ABC has already announced only 4 episodes of V will show, and then there will be a break for Winter Olympics.
I bet V won't come back and everyone will be left hanging just like with Defying Gravity. The only cancellation notice will be that the sets were dismantled.
ABC should be called the Already Been Canceled network.
Was not a big fan of the original V. This was OK. Alien Invasion stories are getting old though. Elizabeth Mitchell is the best part about it. Wished she stayed on LOST. Not sure if I'll keep watching.
For really good sci-fi, stick with Doctor Who, LOST and some the other classics.
Great start to the series. The acting was good and great special effects. I think the show should have more surprises, plot twists, secrets and character development. You can't give away the store on the first couple of episodes. Otherwise, no one will watch. They should take advise from the producers of "24," who made the show addictive to watch with its fast-pacing and edge-of-your-seat endings.
Wow, I think if it ain't got Mark Singer, it ain't V, however since there is certainly a correlation between the replies and our current POTUS, will have to watch just to see the "resistence" take out the reptiles, unless of course hollywood gets wind of this thread and the reptiles win. considering how left leaning hollywierd is that is a distinct possibility.
As for people talking abot GWB intellegence...remember his grades at Yale were better than Kerry's AND Harvard does not hand out MBAs unless the work is turned in...
The show has potential but I'll say I wasn't too impressed. The story line is shaky and not as well thought out. Beings this powerfull could just come down, toxify the atmosphere and make us compliant slaves. Use us for labor then a midnight snack! Though I understand the way their playing it now makes it a longer story. Scott Wolf should have grown a pair DURING the interview with the Lizard Queen. How are these attack forces moving around unnoticed? A bunch of bodies in a wharehouse with crystal spikes in them dosen't raise any flags? Oh well, I guess im spoiling everyones fun, I'll give it a try.
I liked the premiere but have concerns that the network is going to turn this show into a sci-fi soap opera like BSG (and no, I don't consider that a good thing). Originally the writers had a much more Lost-like show in mind where there was an air of mystery and information was dribbled out slowly, but they had a serious re-tooling before the season was even half-shot. It seems really rare that high-concept shows like Kings or Lost get a chance at all. But who knows, maybe it will be better. I mean how could it be mysterious at all to people who watched the original miniseries.
I wish they had Michael Ironside in some role in the new series. He was simply brilliant and I do not see, yet, such a powerful character in the new series. The guy who seemed to be organising the whole resistence was a weak character. And what about the FBI agent's son – he is rediculous.
nikki said it right. Slick but boring. Missed the old cast chemistry. Too much revealed in the pilot. I'll just wait to see where it goes. Will it last? Are there enough potential stories to keep the show going?
I thought the pilot was crap. From the cliche brat teenager who loves the visitors to the obvious logical fallacies, lightening fast revelations with nothing left for suspense and terrible continuity, I am very disappointed. Start with the logical fallacies. These guys are wandering around space with 29 huge ships, thinking they are the only intelligent life in the galaxy? Sure, and lets rent a moving van to transport our entire house out to look for a Taco Bell, why don't we? The just found us, but know all about our physiology and can cure our diseases for us. Right. They have these huge ships that can travel through space at presumedly warp speed, but need WATER? They could just catch a comet, for crying out loud! How's this for an idea, next time you drop in to visit some poor unsuspecting backwards civilization, try not crashing in the front door with 29 city-sized ships! Anybody with any brains would know this would terrify them. "Oh, we are so sorry we scared you." How could anyone believe that drivel? On and on I could go. This show is nothing more than exploitation of a previous series that had far more of interest. I predict a quick demise.
It caught my attention, and I really enjoyed it. Keep it up, and I'll be back. Flashforward, has already LOST me.......
It could have had potential, but the conservative politics overtones are already disturbing and out of place. They really needed to make it so the visitors offering "hope" and universal healthcare have a terrorist cell? There's even a Christian priest in the mix who appears to be one of the heroes. Please, take this kind of neurotic divided America junk and leave it on the shelf on Wal-Mart. TV should be about getting away from the wackos.
After watching the premier episode, the original series, so far, has my loyalty.
It developed the story and characters so much better. I know this remake needs to attract the viewers quickly because it is only a 4 week teaser, but early into the premiere we already knew the V's are bad guys! In the original mini-series we got great character development and well after that we started to question the real reason behind the Visitor's mission. Where's the big business that promotes the acceptance of the V's?
And Dianna!! Where is Dianna? The leader now does not have the "bad bitch" presentation that she did! This one is too cool, quiet and suspicious. Dianna was evil and beautiful at the same time! And of course, when she actually ate the gerbil/mouse/rat (whatever rodent it was), that's when we found out that they were all lizzards! Wow....that was a shocker.
That's what set everything up...now we find out by hearing someone in the resistance meeting talk about checking people to make sure they have actual bone skulls instead of scales. NOT!! Not the same effect.
I like the actor who plays the priest...he is well cast for his roll. We'll see how it goes...but, so far...I'm not holding out hope.
i loved the original series. my wife never saw it, so i keep telling her about how they ate rats whole. i hope they do it in the new series, she'll be totally freaked out! haha
As a fan of the original, and having watched the marathon of it on SyFy this past weekend. I have to say I am completely happy and impressed with the Pilot episode. Morena was great as the new "John" and I love seeing Alan Tudyk back on another show. I wish they could've pulled everyone from Firefly onto this show. I love the tweeks they made with the characters. I hope they approach this show like they did with the original and involve the back stories as well as address/acknowledge current events and issues. ie. the Universal Health Care inclusion in the Pilot was great. I hope and hope this show stays on the air. So far it is a great replacement for Battlestar....Keep up the good work writers and please remember to not completely disregard the original and what made it so great. To be quite honest I kinda missed the BluBlockers.
If there's a set of hybrid twins born like in the original, I'm done with it. The [human] baby with the forked tongue and his lizard brother were way over the top, even for the 80's. It's bad enough what's her name was kissing a lizard in a 'Bob' suit.
V is a re-make of the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel "It Can't Happen Here" which is about an obscure Chicago senator who rises to the presidency and then begins a campaign of totalitarian power grabs. Sound familiar?? Check out the book.
Look for the Obama stuff to disappear after the fourth episode as the original writer and producer guy was canned. I guess the networks figured out they have an Obama-bashing show on their hands but can't do much about the four episodes in the can.
Did anyone catch the Masonic grip at the end of the show? Wow! Reptillians with a Masonic background! Hmmmmmmmm.
Let him who eyes see!
If it's any good I'll catch it in reruns on the SciFi channel. I it isn't, nothing is lost.
@John Spurlock...it's nice to see how much Obama is on your mind...this thread is about a TV show and you managed to try to make it political...it sucks to be you since you have no other thoughts other than Obama....
I thought the "v" premeire was pretty good...it's hard to find a "new" plot when aliens arrive to take over your planet...I saw the original and of course it was great (for that time period) but this one is decent enough...hopefully, it won't get too "blah" and end up cancelled....
Watched the original and loved it! Big scify fan anyway. Knew the 2009 version would have better affects, but its the acting and storyline that are far more important. Liked the original storyline better, less revealed immediately, but plenty of "whammy" moments throughout. Was surprised by the clear Obama references – carefully planned takeover of control and direction. Open your eyes people and join the resistance before its too late!
Switched over to TCM and watched the documentary on Johnny Mercer, instead. Much, much better programming. Classic stuff.
well....at least baseball is over....
I was kind of enyoying until the very not subtle anti-health care reform message was included in the script.
This was one of the best shows that started this season. It is not like any of the others out there. I hope it says on for awhile.
I was a big fan of the original "V" but I can't remember a lot about it because I was 12 or 13 years old at the time. The remake is great also. I thought they revealed a little too much in the opening. I don't know if they can sustain the story line to make it a long running series. I believe it will last 2 seasons tops and that may be pushing it. But if it does, great! More "V" for me.
I liked it. Think its going to be pretty good.
Like a couple of others I kinda miss Diana. She played a really part in the original. I'm hoping Morena Baccarain turns out to actually be like that. I enjoyed her on "Firefly".
Now hopefully as the series goes on they will throw in a few surprise bad guys and good guys that fit the parts.
I am huge fan of the Orginal V, and have been watching the reruns lately. The New V was intriguing, but I am afraid that since it is on network TV, it will not be allowed to go in really thought provoking direction. Listen the reason, this show is airing now in a 3 week clip is to get a following before the new BSG series comes out. The wonderful thing about BSG, is that it is on SYFY and they can push the envolope in subject matter. I hope V can live up to the hype is the new era scifi...
"For example, why didn't NASA, or other space-watching entities, see them coming?"
Well, John, to quote Billy Bob Thornton in Armageddon: "Well, our object collision budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky. "
Not to mention cloaking devices and the like. We've already developed radar-invisible planes, and breakthroughs have been made on cloaking technology already, so futuristic aliens should have it mastered.
Wow political undertones much? This show is a rather blatant social commentary on the current state of affairs in the US. Now that being said, I thought it was decent, not worth canceling Defying Gravity for, but decent. They should have streched out the plot more, more than likely they could have gotten 2 months or more out of what they put in that one episode.
Nothing will beat the 80s version..I am a big V Fan and wont watch the remake....
No Jane Badler = Diana. What is V Without Diana...
No Faye Grant = Julie Parish
No Marc Singer =Mike Donovan
No Michael Ironside = Ham Tyler
No robbert Englund = Wilie....
Should i go on.. God bless the 80s...
A real V Fan would NEVER watch this fake remake.
Not even directed by Kenneth Johnson The actual director from the 80s V.
Shame on you Hollywood.
I was expecting somethng more clever. But the pilot pretty much answered all the questions anyone could have; we know the V are up to no good and that they are reptiles...Everything is so spelled out for us that there simply isent anything left to discuss. I would have liked to have a bit more subtelty. Something that kept us guessing who the bad guys really are. I'm disappointed.
I hope it wont succumb to the failure committed by FLASHFORWARD people, which was, a very good first night and forgetful afterwards! The special effects are good. However, since its aired at the same time NCIS is being shown, I may not be able to follow it at all! Not my loss!
Why is ABC working so hard to call this an "original series". It's like they're ashamed of the fact they don't have any new programming ideas. Way to leave original programming to the internet – keep on playing it safe, network TV.
Having shows like "Lost", "Six Feet Under" and "Mad Men", how can a series like"V" make it for another season. This is a science fiction show for dumb people.
I ordered the original ones from Netflix as soon as a knew of the remake. Just wanted to refresh my mind from my childhood years and surprisingly I remembered most of it!!!! I loved the new one, I think it has a denser, more elaborated story that does not lacks the fundamentals of the original one. With this strategy I believe they can unfold overtime a more mysterious and brilliant story with the plus of the special effects that can be achieved now days. A total blast!!!
The male hero is going to be a priest??? So no love interest for our trusty FBI agent? Too much was revealed, too fast! I loved the original but doubtful this one will last. Without Marc Singer it just doesn't work for me.
the original V series was my guilty pleasure of the 80's...I knew it was campy but somehow they told a good story demonstrating the rise of some sort of "dictatorship" without smacking the viewer between the eyes with the plot.
this....if one wasn't getting hit by the falling plot anvils, the characters stood around talking about the plot instead of actually doing anything.
until the last 10 minutes of course because all great films and television stuff happens only in the last 10 minutes.
I'm all for giving something a chance but ...honestly.......I think I'll find the original on youtube
I watched both versions of V. The beginning if the remake is much better than the original. it was better presented. The actors are not as feisty. The leader presented herself much better than Diana.
The mother ships gave a feeling if immense size. The jump suits were better
I cannot believe the hype and build up to this show...only to go on hiatus after 4 episodes/ You have got to be kidding me???
Way to lose any momentum they might have built! Perhaps if they play their cards right, they can show a few new episodes in Jan-Feb and disappear until the next New Year...oh wait, Lost already corners that market.
I loved the original V when I was like... 10 so I was really looking forward to the remake. I'm totally in to – all about it, but I can't understand why they're not just making it another mini-series. I don't see how they can make it in to a series. Either way, still a cool sci-fi story I'll enjoy watching...
I agree with John from AZ...they revealed so much in such a short time. There is not enough left for the imagination. It could also be the fact that I am no longer an 11 year old who was petrified and fascinated when the series first hit the air in the 80's...
The first one hour episode seemed rushed in comparison to the mini-series (which had multiple hours to do the same amount of story set-up). That was the only major flaw I had with the pilot. I think the show is great and I can't wait to see more.
Thought it was great! Was nice to have something else to watch at 8pm other than NCIS. I sure hope it lasts.
Horrible. A complete waste. This version of V, like so many other network TV abominations, is diluted and weak. It smothers the viewer with loads of ridiculous stereotypes and cliches including tons of network TV-ized family interactions, good cop-bad cop, guy-girl interactions, spooky terrorist references, etc. This just reaffirms to me that cable networks are the only option anymore for people who can find 2 braincells to rub together. It's a shame, really. Spoon feeding us loads of pure predictability and softened up, soppy characters and situations is yet another shining example of why network TV (especially ABC) is ultimately doomed. Get out of the 1950's guys! Quit insulting your viewers with this crap!
As long as this show is on opposite of NCIS, or even NCIS reruns, I probably won't catch it. I never have even heard of half the people in the reboot, and Jane Badler and Marc Singer are what made the original series great!
"V" stands for "Victory"! Ask Churchill if you don't believe it.
Reminded me of a old Twilight Zone episode called, "To Serve Man"
I remember loving the original when I was about 10 years old, so needless to say I was so excited to see the remake... I wanted to love it, but found myself flipping during the commercials wishing for something else, some "wow" factor to capture me like the original series did. I'll try it again next week, and if I can't get into it, I'll just have to reminisce to my childhood I guess.
Instead of calling it "V" (short for "Visitors"), it should be called "C" for "cliche".
Rag-tag band of misfits who set aside their differences to overcome impossible odds and learn a little something about themselves along they way-check. (seriously... this formula should have died with "the bad news bears")
Single, sexy mom with a heart of gold beneath a tough exterior, balancing the demands of her career with the demands of being a mother-check.
Hero given a mysterious package reluctantly investigates dying man's wish to find more than he bargained for -check.
Newsman tackles the moral complexities of doing right by his profession vs. doing right by his career - check.
It goes on. It's just your average cloak-and-dagger scenario with aliens instead of KGB.
Hmmm. Another Sci-Fi Remake. I wasn't too fond of 'V' back in the day, I thought 'Alien Nation' was much better. Do you think the GEICO Lizard is a 'V'?
I saw the original and it was breathtakingly different in its time. The new one, alas, doesn't seem to break any modes but is just another remake enwrapped in the standard soap opera themes.
They cancel good shows like Pushing Daisies for this?
The show was SOOO overwritten. It was good 20 minutes in, but for Pete's sake...they crammed in a whole seasons worth of cheesiness into the second half of the first episode!
A smart group of writers could spend the first 5 episodes over just the cultural impact of ALIEN INTELLIGENT LIFE!!! The priest story line was brilliant until the guy stumbles in with his photos...STUUUPID...the whole resistance thing was so syfy movie of the week. They should have pitched this to HBO to make it smart or for people who like to be challenged. But I guess the big brains in middle America aren't ready for that....
Honestly, this revamped version of 'V' did not keep me very interested. I did see the original 'V' series and, while the new one seems much more improved than the original, the storyline is pretty much the same as the original. The statement 'Been there, done that' applies regarding this series, especially for me....
Overall, this 1st show was fairly boring. I doubt I will watch another episode...
What is bugging me most about V is all the resistence has to do is put the black guy (who is a V and part of the resistence) on youtube and have him pull his 'human' mask off and show his reptile self. It would be around the world in 30 minutes. Show over. This will bug me every episode on the lack of simple logic. That's what makes 'Lost' so good...simple basic logic does not apply. But a lizard wearing a mask...well....take the mask off on live TV.
I missed the first few 10 minutes or so but had to tune in regardless. Some parts were predictable, but others were new and refreshing. For example, the presentation of a seemingly terrorist "sleeper cell" which will now become a resistance. I do however miss Diana and would love see cameos of original stars such as Marc Singer (why not have him be a cameraman, wink wink), Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, etc. I will tune in to see if it remains fresh and interesting enough.
I love how rather then talk about whether the series was good or not a lot of posts hear are about comparing this stuff to Obamas administration. Its very entertaining. I am looking forward to hearing more christian inbreed crying over this president especially when the real america votes for him again.
I am a vested viewer of the original, and I enjoyed the first episode of the new V. I think the premiere should have been a two hour event, and at least allow a little charecter development.
Any V is good V, and it's better than any reality television.
The most implausible part of this pilot was not that the Visitors were ridiculously good-looking. 'That' I can believe. The problem I have is that the rest of the human cast members are ridiculously good-looking too. Maybe the casting director should get out of Hollywood and maybe visit an IHOP in Cincinnati sometime. In this type of show, you need all the realism you can get!
I felt this version of V is more of using the name. Why didn't they just call it something else. I feel the idea of thew aliens infiltration of society a bit flimsy. Because a simple ultrasound would reveal the differences in anatomy.
This series I felt was well balanced overall and wasn't lacking action . It proceeded at a acceptable pace.
I do feel issues of human anatomy would make the aliens a bit unlikely .
As far as Obama paranoia well it is there sadly. However I felt it was more like my ex-wife's people in China with over aching control the (people minds and hearts) & the need to look good & they are good when the purposes justify a sinister end. The crushing of individualism and desire for self determination. Only the glorification of the state.
In China the full mind control of the state and the crushing of decent is going on today both from the inside and outside. Their need to reward sycophantic imagine building and where truth is is up grabs and only belongs to the state is much , much closer to the world of V.
Sadly I really disliked the comment of health care. This is really being used to purport a conservative viewpoint and implying the president's plan is being put out by hucksters . That is more being done by private health insurance lobby not the government. I felt this was wrong . This program is trying to manipulate public against the president . I hope cooler heads will work to make V more fun interesting more thought ful.
I just wish ABC could make something akin to Alien nation . It had it all writing action and a solid moral plays . V could get there not a bad start but I will filter out the conservative paranoia. I just love a good sci fi story been waiting for one ; get some writers.
I loved it. It is going to be one of our staples in our "Sci-Fi" diet here in this household along with Sanctuary, SGU, Warehouse 13, Eureka, and others.
It was sooooooooooooooo awesome! I loved the 80's version when I was young and I thought that the new special effects would take away from the spirit of the original series, but I loved it! And Morris Chestnut?!!!! lovvvvvvvvvvve him... didn't see his "twist" coming at all though!!!
This with out a doubt was absolutely the dumbest $#!^ I've ever seen in my life. I wanted to turn it off, but fell asleep before I could...
Interesting to read the political comments about a remake of a rather campy, early 80's show. Although most such have commented (negatively) on "obvious" similarities to the 08 campaign and Obama's election, we also have comments about "another Bush-bashing hack job by left-wing Hollywood writers." Huh?? Did you watch the show??
Spurlock, dude, "airheaded Obama?" I just looked up "political airhead" in the dictionary, and there she was: Sarah Palin!! Having been trained in the scientific method, I'd love to be able to conduct the following experiment. Change the 08 results in favor of McCain/Palin. and then let's see how much "better off "the country would have been run by a well meaning but doddering old fool as Pres, backed by his trusty, brainless VP Caribou Barbie. Talk about a holocaust!!
Oh, yeah, V. Loved it. Remembered the original series; loved it, too. Hey, I'm a sucker for most TV that smacks of sci-fi. Just hope the writers can maintain interest without getting really weird. I seem to recall a completely unbelievable V/human hybrid baby in the original. Let's don't go there...
Did anybody catch the chinese reference? We live in harmony!!! Do not say anything negative, it goes agains the "One Harmonious Nation" ... so much political undertones outside of just the US political arena.
Nothing can top the original. Have it on DVD and watch it every so often. How do you do a remake without Donnovan, Julie, and of cource – Michael Ironside??? Sure, it was a little campy, but what wasn't in the 80's?
I've read a lot of the posts on here and would have to agree that the "Pilot" episode was indeed too short. A 2 hour premiere would have been much better. As far as it feeling rushed, I have to disagree (although there were a few times that the timeline in the story was confusing). It seems pointless to try to keep a secret (the V's are out to destroy us) that everyone already knows. It's a revamping of the old series (just like 'The Dark Knight' & 'Batman'). Similar stories, but different deliveries.
I do agree that the parallels between the story and current administration are a little too obvious and overplayed. This is supposed to be entertainment, not a platform for social revolution. Enjoy it for what it is, which, at this point is over-hyped sci-fi.
I want to enjoy the show. I hope that the writing and character development will allow me to do so.
Wow! Steve the pirate is evil!
The Nashville affiliate didn't actually air the pilot at all last night, and I was quite annoyed. It may be overhyped, but I was still curious.
Check under BO's ear for skull bone. Maybe that's why there ain't no birth certificate.
This new V is gonna have to put the pedal to the metal to rical the original V.
They've already slithered off to the wrong hole.
How in the world can you have V without a Diana or a Marc Singer character???? tsk, tsk, tsk...
I'll watch one more episode.
"V" was okay, but not nearly as original and exciting as Defying Gravity. ABC please bring it back!
i thought they did a great job. looking forward to the next episode!!!
I'm sorry but "hype" is the only way to describe this remake. Or maybe "rushed" would be a better word? Do they really think that everyone's just gonna start applauding after making first contact? Did they not hear about the war of the worlds broadcast? And what's with the visitor ninjas? They're an advanced race that can cure many human ailments. Why didn't they just create a nerve gas that only affects humans and dissipates quickly? They all they have to do is send in a clean up kill? And why would they give up their FBI agent visitor? It was absurd that he'd go in with them except to tell the audience that he's also a visitor.
Watched it twice – FIRST and LAST time.
This was the worst piece of trash I have ever seen. Let me explain. I do some from a place of nostalgia since I have fond memories as a kid of watching the humans and aliens work together for the greater good. ok, here goes, First the original rebellion was begun by a medical student and a pilot (marc singer) i think. So there you have two opposing views of the world if not intellectual vs mundane then certainly differing enough to have them butt heads (and love each other) throughout the series. An FBI agent was too similar to the ridiculous "ticking time bomb premise" that 24 used (which is an excellent show until you realize the backdrop is not all those situations that Jack Bauer faced but a post 9/11 mentality propagated by this series...to scare you, dumb people anyway). But thats not even the crux, when the super hot alien in the grey suit is interviewed she says "We cannot be seen in a negative light" (obama's stardom) and then begins to talk about healthcare, and then universal health care, and the V's that have been here a while refer to themselves as "traitors", dude, that is obvious right wing propaganda (i can see a hillbilly saying to his younger hillbilly "Jebediah, thats how the government gets you thru a healthcare shot in the arM!"). If those werent cheap shots at the current administration, then, ....oh whatever if you dont see it, then you dont want to (cognitive dissonance anyone?). But then it is ABC, Buena Vista productions, what did I expect? I should have expected it. Now, im not a liberal (far from it) and Im certainly not conservative, but that was the whole point of the original V! When the girl in the original series gets knocked up by the blonde alien guy, there is a whole round table discussion between the father of the girl, the medical student, the pilot, an armed catholic priest, and a bomb maker about the rights of the mother, the baby, and the considerations for the future if the baby is born or aborted. And still no conclusion is reached because the point is dialogue (bouyed by violence, but that is a natural turning point in most human negotiations, i dont have experience negotiating with reptiles) Here its all, oh my god a sleeper cell of V's, Child Please! can we drop this ridiculousness and tell midwesterners finally that the only one thats gonna bomb them is themselves! (hello timothy Mcveigh, columbine, unabomber, etc). I would see this again because that Morena Baccarin is HOT and by that I mean HHHHHOOOOOOTTTTT!!!! but i rather watch the previews on Hulu and mute that darn thing. im just sick of all the stupidity on television but as long as those dummies in Hollywood continue to fund reality crap, i understand this is the best they have. Fringe is WAY BETTER, and this chick on V trying to be like Olivia Duhnam is terrible, its not believable for a minute that she is tuff (i do love Anna Torv, so Im a bit bias) Well im not moving to the middwest anytime soon so Im gonna go buy the original series and Tues at 8pm instead of watching ABC im popping in the DVD. Oh and the ships were better looking last time. Was it just me or do they look like robotic dogs in tin cans and grey? too ridiculous.
The original "V" miniseries was outstanding because of the suspence building. It totally hooked you the first two hours and you still didnt know exctly what was going on until the second night. The second miniseries was pretty good except for the end when Elizabeth saves the day, an lo the Star Child glowed,ugh. The series was flat out bad but fun in a soap opera way.
From everything I have read in these reviews they crammed a four hour miniseries into one hour. Not a good way to write a new series. Keep things drawn out but interesting and you will keep viewers interested ie Lost.
I havent been able to watch the new show yet as the Nashville affiliate decided to have the TItans couch do his talk show for the next 3 weeks in "V"s time slot and move it to 12:05am Wednesday mornings.
So the aliens arrived in a really really big iPhone. What app was that ?
Yawn. Network TV is incapable of making an original show that is groundbreaking and gets viewers. I wasn't born when the original V came out but i've watched the reruns with my brother and I loved it. I watched this new version online and it didn't do anything for me. The actors may be 'better looking' and the special effects better but it is missing the major elements that made the original so great. I don't see myself watching this show after the Pilot and I'm sure pretty soon ABC will cancel it. If they do, I hope they sell it to cable, Syfy has been doing well lately, maybe they could handle the content better. The big 5 Networks are losing viewers. They are spending major money on shows just to cancel them after a few episodes. No wonder so many people are getting rid of cable all together and just subscribing to Netflix. If the major networks can't draw in my generation, they are going to have big problems in the future. Nice try but no cigar.
when will they stop labeling C4, dynamite and TNT with "explosives"?
that's when things will get better.
Well this series is starting off pretty decent. Acting is much better then the original, but then again most of todays shows are that way....just take a look at some of the shows back in the 80's so it's hard to say if this is going to make the series better or worse.
Special effects are much better but again so has everything else on TV compared to the 80's.
The original series had a message, more along the lines of the Concentration camp and WWII type of message, but it's hard to say where this series is going to go. Seems more like a anti-terrorist message I guess because thats what we can relate to.
So far so good....but ABC killed off Defying Gravity after 5 episodes, yet the writter had 3 seasons already written. It's a shame that ABC does this to shows. ABC seems to be more concerned about following trends rather then going out on a limb and making something of itself. I am not a big ABC fan and honestly I wish this series was on the SyFy channel....because I think it would work better and bring in more of an audience...but we will see.
Seems a little rediculous that after the arrival of 29 huge spaceships around world the FBI would be conducting business as usual trying to uncover a terrorist cell – Oh well we'll get to the issue of alien visitors soon enough!
Interesting reboot-playing on existing national fears and urban legends as well as the overall story of the Visitors arriving asking for our help. Very timely and smartly done.
Which of course means it doesn't stand a chance on network T.V.
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Huge fan of the original. This was brilliant. They gave us meat in the first episode. I love the notion (new) that they've been here for years preparing for the final phase. It is brilliant. Makes me wonder who may be a V in our society....I'm pretty sure Obama is one :) The only thing that will make this PERFECT is if they bring JANE BADLER back....she could play Anna's mother, Diana. Apparently she has maintained her good looks over the years.......
I'm perplexed. The story appears to be in the "they've been here for a long time," not in the "wow, there's a giant spaceship over New York."
Why are they starting the series AFTER the interesting bit?
It needed a lot more character and story development before it plunged into revealing that the visitors are not peaceful and fighting between the visitors and resistors. I don't understand why the story was rushed so much. It's as if it's a 3-4 part miniseries.
I am a huge fan of the original and refuse to watch the remake. Can't Hollywood come up with an idea of their own? Anyone who grades the original as average or not up to par doesn't recognize it's true value. Do not judge the original by the pathetic series that followed the great miniseries. All people today seem to want are special features and obviously couldn't care less about plot. The 80's was a great time for television. They need to continue the original miniseries & not do an unimaginitve remake.
gotta tell ya, this was kind of a letdown after all the hype. the special effects were eh. i see a lot of people using the word "brilliant" and i think that's insulting that are truly brilliant. this was... okay. but i guess in a day and age where reality tv is king it doesn't take much to qualify as "brilliant."
Slick and sexy but boring, boring, boring boring! I was really looking forward to this - don't think I'll tune again. This show was really weak in comparison to shows like Fringe.
Plenty of things wrong with this version, but that only means there is a good chance it will even get better. I like it.
Dull, dull, pretty, but dull. While I don't miss the original series' RED jumpsuited lizard people, the "beautiful alien people" shtick is pretty stale as is the dialog and situations. I'll give it 9 episodes, tops.
I normally like sci-fi shows but I thought it was a corny plot. I don't think I'll be watching next week.
I thought V was ok, it sparked my interest. I did see the original mini-series and I enjoyed that very much. I was dismayed to learn after watching the remake that there would only be a few episodes and then it will go on hiatus for a few months. I don't understand the networks doing things like this. Take a show with promise, get people interested....then away it goes for a few months. People lose interest quickly. Anyone remember Jericho? Same thing.
I was a fan of the original V and series, but I was disappointed in this version. It was on fast forward from the minute the show opened. Hollywood just can't make a good suspense show anymore. In our instant gratification society, this premium could have been so much better. Any I'm sorry, but at least the original jumpsuits we're colorful. These Aliens look like a bunch of Wallstreet investors in black and grey.
Could not hear what the people were saying because the music was way too loud. Can`t hear it-can`t watch it.
Great pilot, this show has lots of potential.
The ultimate twist could be that the V's are actually who they say they are and the resistance is instead made up of disaffected V's that don't believe in cooperating with humans and manipuate the inherent fear and suspicion of humans to fight against them. A crazy idea but that would be quite a twist.
ABC has quickly become my favorite network now.
The premiere was great! Everything that I wanted with just slight changes to make it more interesting. But what is with all the people saying it was slow? Try watching the mini-series we got in one hour what took 2 hours to tell the first time. Try relaxing and taking a little ritalin to tone down your 21st century ADD.
A blatant attack on the Catholic Church from a boring show. Bring back Battle Star Galactica. This show looks like a lampoon of every earth gets invaded production. Come on guys think of something new.
still on the fence about this show. usually, i know from the first episode whether or not i'll watch the show.
and why do people keep saying the effects were better? of course they're better. it's been 25+ years! but, effects don't make good watching (i refer you to the last 3 installments of Star Wars).
It lost me when it blamed the Visitors for "unnecessary wars". If it's just going to be another Bush-bashing hack job by left-wing Hollywood writers, I won't be tuning back in. (At least these Visitors didn't have a swastika-like insignia on their red jumpsuits.)
You are missing the 80's paranoia because this is a different world. This is a post-9/11 telling of this story. Rather than the old cold-war paranoia, we are left with a "who can you trust in this day and age" feel. I felt they captured that brilliantly.
Drop the Obama references.
Noone cares about the political axe you brought to grind. Click on the political tab and leave those idiotic comments there if you must.
Hollywood seems to be the masters of recycling trash and my what garbage this rendition of "V" is. Seems they had to duplicate just how awful the original was and they did a fine job at that. Has all originality left Hollywood so all we can look forward to is more of the same, literally? Shows such as this will lead to the aliens when they do come to skip the greetings and go right to eating us.
I was not impressed, nor will I get attached to watching it. Can't they think up something new rather than doing re-makes?
Never saw the original. The show reminded me a lot of an old series called "The Invaders" (???), where earth was invaded by aliens who assumed human form, but were betrayed by pinkie fingers that were unable to bend. The Visitors are obviously a superior civilization. I have a few of main questions. If the V's want to destroy mankind, why don't they use their superior technology to get it done (I guess that wouldn't allow for much of a series)? Given they will take the slow route, what perverse pleasure is there to be had in prolonging the agony? Finally, what improbable, implausible occurrence will eventually lead to victory by the resistance?
This is one of the things I hate most about how the networks operate.
Remember when you could count on a show being on in a given time slot, every week? I hate tuning in to watch a show I have just found, and it's not on. It's on "hiatus". Or it moved.
Not a way to develop a loyal fan following for the show...or at least not for me, when I decide not to come back to the time slot next week because there's "crap" in the timeslot instead of the show I was just starting to like.
If I can't count on there being a show I like in a timeslot, then I'm not going to make a point in being in front of my TV at that time. ...and so, I really don't have any show I watch regularly.
It seems like they revealed too much too soon. It's like the difference between burlesque and stripping.
Let things build up a bit before putting everything out there. They could have held back the bits about Chesnut and Tudyk's characters being Visitors. They could have waited a few episodes to bring the priest into the fold.
The "Three Months Later" for the Visitors getting ingratiated into society seemed a little lazy. Stretch that out over four episodes, but reveal little bits the entire time.
I never watched the 80's version, so I can't compare the two but I did enjoy the series premiere. While I did think the story moved a bit too fast for the pilot, I consider that maybe the writers intend on taking it in a different direction than the 80's version. Plus, special effects are so much better now, I think it will make for happy viewing pleasure.
But it's on ABC. I rarely watch any series unless it's Showtime, HBO, FX and some Fox. ABC/NBC/CBS just cannot compare because they're limited by and broadcasting czars and petty sponsors.
At any rate, I welcome any new show that isn't ignorant reality crap, murder investigations, or lame medical dramas. Give me good old-fashioned sci-fi any day of the week.
I'm not a huge fan of the new one. Scott Wolfe has seen some better days. Also, I'm bummed that it's not filmed in LA like the original one. I think they packed too much into the first episode and it doesn't leave much to wonder about in the coming episodes...not sure that I'll continue watching1
I enjoyed it – I was a huge fan of the original and was really hoping not to be disappointed. It stared out OK... I like the high tech remake, hope it lasts!
I hope they dont give superpowers to a lizard/human offspring. That was the end for me in the original series.
I think it's all relative. To say the special effects of a 2009 show were way better is like comparing the computers of today to the machines of the early 80's. I like the show. But I still think about Jane Badler was the finest alien alive.
I loved the first V and am ready for more! It was slow moving at first but isn't that how you set up a story line in the beginning? I'm giving this a thumbs up and wish them lots of luck! I'm so tired of hospital,doctor or reality shows I could scream, thanks for something totally different. Bring it on!
I'm not sure but people keep talking about how fast the resistance formed.. If I'm not mistaken.. the FBI agent alluded to them when she was talking about the "terrorist" group activity that had spiked when all other groups had flatlined upon the Visitor arrival.. and she said this to her partner (a Visitor)
and for all the Obama references.. I don't see this referencing him at all.. MORE like it's referencing our greedy corporate culture. Anna – "This would be great for your career, wouldn't it?"
I'm concerned with how they'll keep this going but I'm enjoying it for now. Good job.
LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT.
Just the right balance of old and new. Storyline did not progress too fast – it's not like we didn't know what was going to happen! Can't wait for more.
I thought it was so bad that I went channel surfing and ended up watching a cooking show.
Didn't see this premier, but watched the original and loved it. Can anyone tell me whether they still eat rats? LOL
I am a huge fan of 1983 V and the follow up Mini series V the final battle and the 1984/85 V tv series. I still have my V doll and all of the magazines and clippings from that era. I loved the new V as well. While nothing will pass the 1983 version (btw, the acting was not wooden) this new version is a V for our times. You need to look at the new and old V's as seperate things. You really can't compare them. I hope it last a long time. I feel 13 all over again!
Effects were nice, and the kiddie humor was amusing. I watched was a big fan of the original, but found the new one to be a little boring, maybe because i already know the entire plot? I dont think they could of picked a better cast, ive been in love with Morena Baccarin since she was on Serenity/Firefly, and will continue to watch the series for her only lol.
Sounds a lot like Obama plan to me. Surprising for the media to be so truthful.
It was good enough to keep you watching, but they tried to pack too much into the first hour. There was no character/plot development and at times left me feeling a little disjointed. I wish they would have gone for the longer premier and let everything develop. Then they could have continued the storyline in future episodes. Special effects were excellent. We'll see where it goes in the coming episodes.
I will admit that I was secretly anticipating the return of a great miniseries. And the initial episode was excellent, certainly an improvement on the original.
However, one of the truely great thing about the originial was that it was a miniseries with a defined beginning, middle, and end. That is part of the reason I believe it had such broad lasting appeal. It certainly wasn't the acting. Anyway, I am actually very intrigued as to how long people (myself included) will remain interested. Without a clearly defined timeline and potential for an indefinitely dragging story for which we all already know the outcome ... I give it 1 season.
WOW! I'm very impressed with ABC lately. They seem to be re-capturing the audience. They've already had 'Lost' as a long time audience catcher, and this season they seem to be taking over more time-slots. With new shows such as 'Eastwick' (love it), and 'FlashForward'(loving it, so far), and now 'V'!
I was very impressed with the premier of 'V'. I too am a fan of the original series, and I'm actually glad they are not following it to a T. These are more modern times, and the show needs to be more modern. Which it is. I'm hooked, and will be looking forward to the new episodes.
I liked the remake. I remeber watching the original as a kid. I just hope they have some direction as to where they are taking the series like the writers of BSG did and not scattershoot it like the writers of Lost. I got tired of Lost after the first season. Too much where are they going with this and ignoring of other things (IE the black smaoke and white big foot).
A little boring to begin with hope it improves anything is better than watching reality tv.
Okay, it's not perfect. Butit was enough to hold interest. I watched the original until it became very predictable and boring. The new series holds proise both with the acting and potential storylines. SFX can do so much more these days. Lets see the reptiles as a slave race to a far more advanced group who uses the reptile like suicide soldiers and a couple of "pre-contact" episodes where NASA and several governments knew of alien presence and have been using technology provided to combat terrorist groups only to learn that the aliens were themselves learning from the Taliban. Yes, Lots of potential. Lets hope it can be sustained for a couple of years
Will the pilot be broadcast again before next weeks #2. Missed the first one and would like to see it before the second one airs.
I enjoyed the V pilot. The effects were better; the acting was better than the 80's version. However, what was made better was cancelled out by the way the writers and producers jammed way too much into a mere one-hour episode. I would have like to see the earth gripped in fear for a while longer as people wondered if they were about to be exterminated. There should have been more panic, more looting, more chaos, more planes falling from the sky, perhaps a world wide power outage, more menacing shots of spacecraft descending from orbit, more, more, more. Then, why couldn't we have savored the relief and celebration a bit longer as people were told that "we come in peace and we haven't come to blast you into obivion." The relief and celebration was limited to a few moments of applause by a few people who looked a little like they were attending a block party. After the fear and then the relief, the episode should have ended. It's too early to think about who the V really are, who's a good V, who's a bad V and who's a V period. It's too early to introduce the resistance or other main character or group of characters. Why couldn't the audience have been left with the feeling of relief that the earth wasn't destroyed and then be shocked and awed later when they found out who the V really are and what they really came to do.
It might be wishful thinking, but did Marc Singer have a brief cameo in the church scene? When the two priests enter the church to a full congregation, I could have sworn that Marc Singer was in the front pew at the church...
When you talk about airheaded presidents, I'm quite sure you're wondering if the President that took us into two wars and decided to promote torture to the world population was a Visitor. I mean going on vacation 33% of the time was probably his way of checking in (if ya know what I mean).
As for the person that wasn't clear how the resistance "popped up overnight" – it didn't. What's very interesting in this series is how the V's have been here all along. The resistance that was already around were clearly people – no doubt a small minority indulging in what would have appeared to be intergalactic conspiracy theory – who believed or had information that some of the highest levels of government, military, and industry were controlled by shape shifting-like aliens, and that their 'arrival' was just the end game of a clever scheme to entrap humanity.
Now the really interesting thing is this: In our "reality"- there really are a large number of people who believe this and even popular books touch on this, going back into antiquity with traditional Sumerian, Egyptian, and African creation and mythological stories. Books and lectures by David Icke in particular (but also Zecharia Sitchen, Robert Temple and others) address this. Anyone familiar with Icke's work must be amused, disturbed, etc by the V Pilot...how much of this science fiction is "fiction"?
As a kid, I saw the original movie and mini-series. I watched the pilot and saw many good pieces, but also many bad.
The character development and how the resistance was created, was rushed and has no development. The impact of seeing the ships the first time was very lacking. Remember the impact in the original or in Independence Day? Those were impacts. This was blah.
Too many plot twists were introduced in 43 minutes, that needed to be developed and character involvements explores, which should have taken 3-4 episodes. The pilot just did not flow well ... too much too quick, and really no emotion that got the audience "behind" the resistance. The audience just did not feel involved, as the original had done.
The special effects were were a lot better than the original, but the fight scene at the resistance meeting was poorly executed. Lighting was not there and I had to rewind twice to see everything that happened. A viewer should not have to do that.
Overall, I will give this another view next week, but I am not impressed by the pilot. I expect more to understand the characters, how this all begins to fit together "from a starting point", how and why resistance cells were coming into their own, and more of the "alien" mindset without giving away too many pieces too quickly.
I never got to see the last few minutes because the local network station in Richmond, Virginia pre-empted V for a concession speech by the losing candidate for Virginia gov.
I think that the show was great after all it was a pilot so they had to pack stuff in there and WOW what a job, yes there were some small parts that made me go dude bad set up or bad line; (like the opening scene with the guy in the wheel chair or the mom/FBI lady wanting to ‘talk’ to her son). But over all I loved it and am ready for more... really any show that has just one person from ‘firefly’ I am happy to watch and this one had 2…… Morena MARRY ME!!!! lol
The knew the original and loved it in the 1983 context. This one will be good too. The metaphorical relationship to the current administration is amazing..
I have FIVE pet lizards, so I am rooting for the other side! I keep thinking that if They ever take over, maybe they'll make me a quisling lackey local governor hated by the downtrodden residents of my district but with ultimate power over all I survey, at least until the unlikely hero shows up. Actually, maybe I should lay off this sfuff for a while... Naaaah!
I watched it,but never again. It was just plain stupid.
Has a ton of promise but didn't start off as well as the original. The Original was fantastic. I am pleased both the original and this one have strong female leads for the resistance and visitors ( Julie-Diana in the original, Anna-Ericka in this one).
ABC don't mess this up. This could be one of the most exciting shows in years.
Too soon to tell. You want character development and you want action, but you can't really have both at the same time. So far, the acting and story are ok. I'm hoping for the show to pick up some speed but not at the expense of the story.
I'll be watching, but the story will need to have more depth to keep me coming back for more.
Overally, I thought the premiere episode was good. But felt like they were moving the story a bit too fast, like the writers were trying to advance the story to get to the good parts as to not lose any of the "hardcore" fans' interest. I think they missed an opportunity to develop some characters and intrigue which is critical for a long standing series to survive.
I admit I watched the entire first V series "way back when" and, for the most part, found it acceptable. Then again, I also watched the entire original BattleStar Galactica series and found the reimagined one to be excellent (my apologies to the original-only BSG fans.) That said, my curiosity was piqued with the V-"reboot" promotions so I watched it with great anticipation. As expected Morena turns in an excellent performance (miss her in Firefly though) as did most of the other actors (welcome back Alan Tudyk.) Even the storyline was plausible... however the first episode felt like it should have been two hours long. It even felt like it started that way as the first 10 minutes of the show only covered the entrance of the ship (singular) up to the dramatic appearance of Ana. Had other scenes taken this amount of time to fill out the details it would have kick-started the series with more background as to why the various players reacted the way they did. Let's hope they don't try jamming so much "action" into such a small space every week as it will become very confusing and "Lost". Kudos though to ABC for not doing another police/medical drama. I'll keep watching.
Long live V !!! This was my favorite series as a teen, and the pilot did not disappoint. Great special effects, awesome acting and unlike alot of sci-fi shows this one has some level of plausability.....and in some ways stirs a deep fear in us that to date, has only been matched by the Great White Shark !!! I'm hooked already.
it was OK, i expected better. Still the best pilot episode goes to Lost.
I was really hoping this pilot would be just as good.
It was kind of boring really. And things just happened so fast after 3 weeks they already had an ambassador program? IN the original it took 6 months.
Ill give it a chance and tune in as I like Mitchel, Baccaren and Turdyk from Firefly.
If TV is going to bring us Morena Baccarin from outer space, then drop this mess and bring back "Firefly", which was well written, witty, and had interesting characters.
I saw this and the original – where is the Robert Englund character? – and I am betting that the re-make will not be able to sustain the suspense any more than the original.
I gave the show a try after watching the old series as a kid. It was nice and if the second episode dosent get better then I'll wont be tuning in anymore. So far it looks like there using super effects to polish a not so great story.
Nope. Didn't watch it. I saw the original series though. My first thought when I saw the ads for this remake was "Oh great, another rehash of a so-so show". I watched Nova "Becoming Human: First Steps" on PBS instead.
Far too many disconnets in the first showing, many jumps that did not connect, pooryly edited in my opinion. Better graphics for today but that was all, as much as I had hoped it would be better, the loss of connecting the issues ticked me off, I wont watch it further, needs to follow a solid story line, disappointed overall.
A good start. Slow to begin, but once the pace picked up it packed punches. A good cast, and despite the lack of a Michael Ironside bad good guy it worked.
My only criticism is that they should have used taller camera men! What were all those low shots about?
The back and forth close ups during conversations were a bit over the top too, but all in all, will keep watching.
I watched it and thought it was terrible. The story seemed so implausible. Within days of aliens landing, they have brochures printed up and giving tours of their spaceship with nary a scientist or security person to be seen.
the actors all look like WB and/or soap opera types.
I think the writers think the viewing audience are all dimwits.
Watched the premier of V last night. *Completely underwhelmed* Maybe it was better in the 80s because I was young. After 9/11 it just doesn't seem plausible even if they did roll the premise into the guise of a "sleeper terrorist cell" to make it more relevant.
If a huge space ship parked over any city on this planet all hell would break loose. Governments don't trust each other let alone a race of aliens. We certainly wouldn't roll over and let "the visitors" scratch our collective bellies. Maybe I'm just too cynical these days.
Only one episode and I'm as bored with this show as I am of FlashForward.
I am huge fan of the original mini-series and I remember it when it came on when I was freshman in high school. I have followed it ever since; even through that horrible weekly series. I always thought the story had relevance whether it was 1983 or 2009. I'm glad to see it back, and I have to say that I was impressed by it. It moved a lot faster than the original and felt a little rushed in some ways, but overall I was very happy with it. The trick is keeping that momentum going with good writing which can sometimes be hard with science fiction on network t.v. Hopefully ABC will give this series the time and support it needs. I will be watching just like I did 25 years ago; let's hope the outcome for this series is better than the one for it's predecessor.
Oh my GOD, I thought this was NBC News! Thank God it didn't really happen, I'm so relieved... Did the Republicans catch a few seats or was that a movie too? I'm just SOOOOOO confused...
It bored me to death... had DVR"d it, but gave up on it after 30 minutes.
I watched the original, which was hokey enough. Was never a "fav" of mine, but I thought the updated series might make up for some of the 80's effects cheesiness. Meh. Maybe I'm just too hard to please... however, I had completely written off NBC's "Heroes" after the last abysmal season(3) only to fall back in love with this year's Season 4 departure from the horrible plot and writing of Season 3.
I have a problem with aliens coming to earth with christian names, very silly. "Anna" give me a break. Once again we see how stupid and idiotic young men are when it comes to girls. The 17 year old goes gogo over some alien chick which only goes to show how stupid these shows are.
I liked it but I can see some points in which the show could be improved. It really didn't take enough time to establish its premise and characters before diving right into what is going to be the meat of the series, resistance vs. V.
I think if you made this premier into a three night consecutive mini series you could have established a stronger show. Develop the core characters, slow down the V arrival and set up a little more back story. More about the riots, more about the people lining up at clinics. Have the FBI lady's son be wheel chair bound for the first half of the mini series then have him go to a V healing center. That creates some drama, some internal conflict for one of the main characters. Makes her revelation that the V are here to kill or enslave humanity more dramatic. Do a little more with the Ana, she was spot on, character and the news reporter, have him sell his soul a little more, dive right in. Can make for a really compelling realization for him later on in the series, and he can either decide to be completely evil or seek redemption. If the introduction to the series was slowed down a bit, it could have made these types of developments for more of the core characters. This would have had people more invested, people would have started picking their favorite characters etc.
Then in the mini series finale have the entire concept come out, have the V plot revealed, reveal the concept that the V are reptilian, that they have been here for a long time, but not exactly who the V are, showing the FBI guy as a V was done a little to quickly.
Also creating suspense through different camera styles could have been great. Do a little of what District 9, and other movies, did with a combination of hand held documentary filming style and set up shots. Those V television screens, seen in the ship, would have been a great place to introduce that type of style. See the resistance meeting through a "spies" camera view then move into a set shot for the action scene. It could have created more suspense and a much grittier shot.
The show has a HUGE PLOT HOLE
WHY would the cover and plot of the aliens not be blown by the internet?
Just show them peeling the skin off of one of the aliens on the net and its game over. I don't see how the plot of this show is at all plausible unless in the next episode the aliens fess up and reveal that they are lizards, But then its an Independence Day plot.
The new "V" reminded me of the new Battlestar Galactica in many ways. It's an update of an old Sci-Fi Chesnut. I wasa fan of Galactica primarily because of its inspired writing. So I hope the writers of "V" can rise to the bar Ron Moore and Company set. If so, I'm there, complete with my bowl of popcorn.
If they revert to shots of Visitors eating small mammals and other BS, I'll pass and turn to watching paint dry.
John in AZ said this:
"I don't understand why, if this will be a series, they chose to pack so much into the premier. There was little character development, and little done to address some gaps in the story that were not evident back in the 80s (For example, why didn't NASA, or other space-watching entities, see them coming?)"
I totally agree with this but I'm impressed so far. I expected the FX to be better and it definitely exceeded my expectations but I do feel that things were rushed. In the original miniseries it took a couple of shows for the real intent to come out so I think the producers need to slow things down a bit.
Morris Chestnutt as a lizard. Yummy! Sorry but that's hot!
Andrew- no lasers yet. As a kid I loved those guns. I hope they keep them in this series.
Now that right-wingers have turned this into yet another piece of hate-filled anti-Obama propaganda, I will NOT be watching the series.
Didn't watch it and most likely wont. I hate remakes. It is a sorry commentary on the lack of originality and creativity of Hollywood. Can't think of something new? Redo! And each time they usually seriously mess up the original plot line trying to "Make their vision of what the original SHOULD have been."
Really liked the first episode, hope they can keep it as good as the premiere
I thought the show had everything going for it, a decent cast, decent special effects and all, but it was boring to watch. I didn't feel emotional attachment to a single character. I won't be back next week. I guess I was hoping for something more than repackaging an old story. There was little new or different to shock me or keep me interested.
Watched it...liked it enough to come back next week. It's important to note this is the first show I've watched in 2.5 years.
So far I'm not thrilled with any of the characters. The 5th columnist defectors have already been in place on Earth, hidden, for years. All the strife on Earth is because of the V's setting themselves up to be the saviors of Earth.
I find it amusing that everyone is saying the original cast can't make appearances? The original series was set in LA this is New York. Mike and Julie are in California beginning the west coast resistance. Ham was sent to help out their somewhat successful resistance movement in the second mini-series. Teflon bullets anyone :).
Also the comment about her dead partner coming back is obvisouly a guilty dream sequence for Erica. Since Dale was shown with lizard skin, holding a gun on Tyler I'd bet he'd lose his Visitor fascination really quick. He wouldn't likely be inclined to make out with Lisa if he knew it was a lizards under that blonde hair.
So I'll give it another go next Tuesday, but I could see this getting old pretty fast. I'm just glad Kenneth Johnson finally got the chance to bring us more V.
It is funny how each generation thinks the previous generation's film are cheesy. I remember seeing the original V and thought it had great effects but thought the old Flash Gordon serials from the '30s cheesy.
I wonder how cheesy the future generation 30 years from now will think of this version of V.
It was ok. Better looking than the original, certainly, but unfortunately a little too formulaic and predictable. Don't think this is going to be a "must see" for me on a weekly basis.
Didn't see it. Probably won't. What bothers me more than anything else though is the immediate leap of some to pronounce it as "anti-alien propoganda". Give me a break people. Its fiction. Wake up. Yes, there probably are aliens out there,... somewhere. They might have dropped by in the past, though its unlikely. If they did, they'd have had the good sense to take one sniff and avoid this species entirely. But jumping on the anti-human propoganda wagon is equally idiotic. Try this one on for size,... the chances of meeting a peaceful, advanced, space fairing race versus a war-like conqueror race are about the same as meeting a peaceful human versus a fanatic infidel killer, or a raving, lunatic activist.
Boring, boring, boring ... stilted, trite dialogue, little, absolutely no motivation for the characters to act the way they do, Several scenes, e.g., b'twn Huffman and Mitchell was like walking into the middle of a conversation; over-acted and over-reacted. Logan Huffman can't act his way out of paper bag ... his character is ridiculous. I'll probably not watch again. I think Chelsea Lately is on the other station.
Liked (not loved) the first episode and will stay tuned next week. Did anyone notice that the address of warehouse holding the resistance meeting was 4400 xxx Street? is there any connection to this series and "The 4400" (besides Joel Gretsch) or is this a coincidence?
I was a huge fan of the original V mini-series, and even bought a bunch of the spin-off novels that were around for awhile (and were actually more interesting than the TV series!). I can already see where this rebooted series is going to go, however. It'll be a dumbed-down version of the new "Battlestar Galactica", simply replacing the undercover Cylons with undercover lizards. Yawn....
I hope the writers have a very, very good explanation as to why the Visitors, who are obviously superior to humans in every other way, do not possess all the physical attributes that all reptiles share: superior strength, blinding speed, tough skin, weak eyesight and hearing, etc. And what are the odds that this species somehow evolved to be the exact same height, weight, and shape as humans (how many reptiles don't have tails)? Are they going to use the lame "Star Trek" excuse as to why all intelligent beings wind up being humanoid in appearance?
I was excited to watch this, but at the end of the episode, I found myself questioning pretty much everything.
1. No advance warning from anyone on Earth? Cloaking device, maybe? explanation would be nice.
2. The advancement of time. I have no idea how many days the episode spanned. It seemed like all in one day.
2a. Were teenagers taking shuttles to the ship hours after arrival?
2b. They were healing people? on the first day? and they say universal healthcare is a slow process..
2c. How quickly did the teenager go the ship, come back, spraypaint walls, post video of spraypainting on websites, go back to ship, join the visitors??
2d. Visitor websites? already? They could barely get a facebook fan page going in that amount of time.
3. How was she speaking to all nations simultaneously? in the original, Visitors were trained on specific languages, not a master of all of them.
4. 1st night, and we're planning the resistance already? kinda rushing things a bit.
–but Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk were outstanding in their roles. Morena was definitely the VIP of the evening. (viva la Firefly)
Maybe the dust will settle next week and the story will strengthen.
Agreed I would watch just for Anna (Morena Baccarin) who is stunning as the leader of the Visitors and plays her role extremely well. But the rest of the cast delivers and so did the story. Hey it's sci-fi there's gonna be some cheeses and you don't have to be able to explain everything!
Found it to be a boring update of a bad orgonal series. The original was laughable and this is heading down the same road.
Its like the Bush years, your either for us or against us. We will come to your land and get your resources(oil) and we will stay as long as we want.
First off,let me say that I am of the age group who can remember watching the original V in, I believe it was '84 or '85. I mention this only to say that I could appreciate the atmosphere surrounding the original and the changes that have taken place since that time.
That said, I thought the pilot showed that this remake might have potential and the special effects have certainly come a long way since the mid-80"s, even for television.
However I have to say that I think, like so many shows on t.v. today, the storyline moved far too fast, especially compared to the 80's mini-series It was disappointing to me to see "fast forwarding" of time with captions like "Three Weeks Later" on the screen.
This also ties in my next comment and that is that I didn't feel as though the pilot created the "creepiness and underlying feeling that "something just isn't right" that marked the original V. Perhaps this is because the plot moved too fast in the pilot and it didn't take the time, like the original did, to create an atmosphere of probable doom.
Also, in the original series, the Visitors were made to look as though they were patterned off of Hitler's Nazi Germany, complete with the "Visitor Youth Corp". The new series, I think is taking stabs at the present US administration, with references to things like "univeral health care", "Youth Ambassador Leagues", and supposed media influence. Maybe it's nothing, but I find it interesting how times change.
did anyone notice that this show was not aired in parts of tennessee? on abc at 7 was the jeff fisher show, and then at 8 was some kind of dance show. how can abc hype this thing for the last few days like the next coming and then play the jeff fisher show.
they did however air it at midnight. that was great of them. did anyone notice this or did this only happen in tennessee?
The show was OK. Not great.
What's the deal with Anna, the leader of the Visitors, wearing a skirt every time we saw her? Didn't she find working on the spaceship to be more difficult when she was wearing a skirt? Lol.
What a snooze. Reading some of these comments, I have to ask: has the public become so accustomed to pervasive mediocrity that it actually thinks "V" was good? It wasn't *terrible*, but what a wasted opportunity to reinvent the series! The dialogue was excessively cliched, but worse, they did nothing new. Far too much was revealed in the first episode and the various plot-lines were rendered incredibly superficial. Did we really need to learn *everything* we learned in the first hour? Couldn't the writers have built up some suspense? And couldn't they have surprised us, even just a little?
@ A. Smith – I agree! I never saw the original series but I had watched and read previews of "V".
I too am tired of the invading alien force. Wow, how creative! I think a more intriguing series would be to have a peaceful alien race visit Earth and are "stuck" here for some amount of time (Think "District 9"). The series could then analyze our cultural differences and similarities and push thought provoking / hot topic scenarios towards the viewers. Plus the addition of technology would be great!
Either way, "V" was entertaining and I'll still watch but shake my head as I see more and more aliens wearing human suits trying to kill us humans.
It was Ok but this is ABC and no matter how good it may get it will be cancelled and probably at the point were some if not all of the answers are given . Just like the far better show Defying gravity
~Why would the alien's name be "Anna"...odd. But can't wait to see some lizard faces.
I loved it, I watched the orginial series back in the 80's and it was on
syfy last weekend and got us caught back up in the show. Of course
it will probably have some better special effects but that will only add to it.
ROCKED!!!! 'Nuff said..
I like the show..I think they did an excellent job of updating it to the new decade while staying tue to a lot of the old series. I especially like the act that they used some of the original actors. Everything flowed nicely. My only 'con" is that they did so much so fast in the first episode. There was no development. They shoud have had a two hour movie to make the story flow better. Its like the difference btwn fine wine, and a quick gulp of fruit juice
I didnt watch this- but wanted to! and sadly, I never will> I was watching NCIS.....Note to ABC.. why the hell would you pit this new show against THE #1 SHOW ON TV... N.C.I.S. ??? what were yall thinking,. If there is to be any hope for V to survive it needs to be moved immediately.
The whole V concept is a stolen African legacy read Credo Mutwa
If it was't going up against NCIS I would give it a shot. They should have it on Wednesday instead of Eastwick.
As previously stated, the first 30 to 40 minutes were dreadfully slow and the story line did not flow at all. The characters were all over the place. Athough the last 20 minutes were good, they (the writers) are going to have to do alot more to keep it's audience. I'll stick with it for now.....
The original 'V', about aliens who have destroyed the environment on their home planet and now seek humans (for food!), is a parable for the 'bama administration and its cap-and-trade legislation. Cause once cap-and-trade is in place, there will be massive resource shortages due the the added expense from the artificial carbon tax exchange. For example, cows, which produce carbon gas (ewww), will be drastically reduced in supply in order to comply with the reduced carbon emission requirements, causing food prices to soar.
Also, the alien leader in 'V' was called The Great Leader, a strong similarity to 'bama being called The Annointed One, or sometimes The Messianiac One.
It sucked but if you're gay you're going to love this series.
Terrible disappointment. Long dialogs boarding plot less.
Is it a coincident that this particular story line was funded and made into a series and the story is about an outsider taking over Government and bringing “Universal health care”?
In addition, the absolute hands down best science fiction series ever, Serenity, which had an underlying theme that was definitely at odds with Republicanism-American-centric, male-centric ethics lost it’s funding and lost its actors to this really bad series “V”.
Wakeup people and boycott this series.
I wish that the mothership appearances would have been held until the end of last nights episode. the show should have started with building up the characters stories, the approach of the ships world wide, tension and fears building slowly and at last seeing the ships slowly hover over the cities. Leave the Morena reveal until the next episode.
The premier was garbage. This would never happen. If a network wants to draw more viewers to their "show" they need to make it seem like this could really happen. The US military wouldnt even let a russian tourist plane fly into our airspace let alone 20 giant alien space crafts. Those things would of been shot down and destroyed way before they made it above those citys. Another thing if all you had to do was slash one of thise aliens in order to reveal their reptillian skin, why hasnt any one seen these things or herd of them before???? think of the car crashes, homicides, and just plain old accidents that happen in every day life. I just dont think the writers of this show did a very good job with providing a background for the show or even making this show interesting enough. I would rather watch back to back episodes of survivor while sticking a pen up my a** then watch this.
Am I the only person who found last evening's premier of "V" somewhat disturbing. The fight out between the Earthlings and the Visitors appeared too much for the first episode. There was no real developement of the story line before "the fight". Then, wham! The fight was right in our faces.
With all that is going on in the world right now: War in Iraq & Afganistan, human disasters in Africa, a disasterous economy, massive job losses, home foreclosures, teen gang rapes, murders, droughts & fires in the West; all, I need now is another disaster...an alien invasion...to add to the list.
Hollywood, can't you come up with something pleasant to take our minds off the worlds problems...even if only for an evening at home with our families?
Not sure if I'll continue to watch the series.
I feel asleep half way through it, So I dont know if it was due to me being tired or the show not being interesting. I will see how next week goes.
I watched the original series, which I loved, and I watched the premiere of the new V. It was excellent. I cannot wait for next week's show! And it's great that the Visitors seem to be Democrats (we only want positive things said about us on air) and the Resistance seems to be made up of Republicans. And both have some switch hitters! Couldn't have come at a better time!
The show was excellent last night. It really held my interest even though most pilot episodes are often painfully slow to get started. It is difficult for any new series to introduce a string of characters that come from diverse backgrounds, especially when the actors are mostly nobodies or perhaps someone you had seen in a show somewhere before. For this reason, I struggle getting into a new series because the 2 minute introduction for each character is almost always pale and makes me say, "YAWN, what else is on TV". But each of the actors in the pilot episode of V, managed to be extremely compelling and made me want to see more. The special effects were of very high production value for a television series. The storyline is as well built on pop-culture (e.g. with a scene involving a youtube like website, myspace) as well as current social concerns (e.g. Terrorism). I was very excited by the pilot episode and craving more. I hope these first 4-episodes are well received by all.
"No, it can't be an Obama speech, this is actually interesting, and certainly more plausable that anything our airheaded President has come up with"
No the airheaded president left in 2009. He need to do more strategery!
What I missed over the original serie and follow up over this version is the music.
Also to note that the writers dumped all of the intrigues in one hour.. Nothing major to discover for us..
Not that good if you ask me
For those that are complaining about the political references in the pilot, won't you please stop. It was very obvious that they were there and who they were referring to. And rightly so.
I suppose that the original "V" made no references to Nazi Germany either? Get a clue.
Good pilot, I'll be watching next week.
Overall I liked it. My biggest dissapointment though was they showed the lizard too fast. I knew the V were bad guys (It is a remake after all). The "they were already here" part remainds me of War of the Worlds the series, but otherwise is an interesting twist to the original. Morena makes a great hot alien villan.
So overall I intend to catch more episodes at this point, even if it was a little slow and without enough depth in my opinion.
I thought it moved a little fast on the plotline, but was very well done. I love the original series, and am interested in seeing where they can take it with today's technology.... I have to admit though, there doesn't seem to be a "hero" to match Donovan yet. Also the change in the meaning of the graffiti V takes away from the original idea.
For a change, I would love to see an alien series or movie where the aliens are truly nice and here to help, and what changes that would truly bring to this planet. What a concept! I guess fear and mayhem play better to the masses.
I didn't see the prior V series because I worked evenings back then, but I remembered the basic premise, so I watched it last night. I thought it dragged a bit, but I will give it one more week before I decide to follow it or not. One thing about living in the middle of the US – it's on too early. I'm not ready to sit down and relax at 7 p.m. – most of the shows I watch are at 8 p.m. or later. That may kill this show in my time zone.
I thought the first 15 minutes was awesome! I watched with fascination and tried by best to compare the new with the old, and it pretty much followed the course. how-ever, it did go way to fast....for a first episode!
I will continue to watch as I think this is great fare.
It's a shame that Defying Gravity, which was a new, different show with an interesting story gets canned, while they hype another rehashed 80's show instead. We all saw V in the 80. We already know what happens. Cancel V and bring back Defying Gravity
It may have been because I was a 10 year old when the original first aired, but the original 1983 version was an “event” as opposed to just another mini-series. Everyone I knew watched it and it kept our attention for weeks. It benefited a lack of competition on the TV (no gaming or thousands of other cable channels), but it really seemed like a big event. The new version is just following in the foot steps of the original, and nothing will seem like a surprise, rather a clever spin. The new version has the better effects and acting. But the original was, well, original and close to iconic status. It also had more actors, a bigger canvas, longer program time (10 hours vs. 4 hours) and tough guy Michael Ironside – take THAT you lizard scum! No comparison in my opinion.
The premiere was "ok". It didn't disappoint, exactly, but neither did it impress particularly. All the trappings of the original were there along with the expected technological special effects updates, but there didn't seem to be anything new about it - no interesting new angle on the story ala the much celebrated "Battlestar Galactica". And honestly, I think I prefer the kitschy 80's hair, orange jumpsuits, and wooden acting from the original, I mean really, isn't that what made it great?
If they want me to keep watching week after week, they're going to have to work a little harder than simply re-staging the original story.
I'm fed up with all these remakes, why don't they just let them be.
If the kids of today feel that the old versions are too inferior for them,
then they don't deserve to watch it. Eventually we are going to do a remake of all the movies/TV shows, so that the future generation wouldn't know actor/esses like Humprey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Gene Kelly e.t.c, even actors of today will be forgotten because the future generation wouldn't get to see them because they will be watching the remakes.
It seems to me they tried to stuff too much into the 1 hour pilot. There was little character development, although the special effects were much better than the original series. In comparison, I would sa y I prefer the original. Hopefully the next few episodes will improve, but if not I think it'll be cancelled by Christmas.
Love the Zoolander reference in this blog (whether intentional or not).
I think it was ok. Not great, not bad, just ok. I'll continue to watch it.
The only real problem I had with it was during the scene where the lead alien (Anna I think) and one of her advisors was watching some holo-tv projected above a desk in their ship. They had an everyday office rollerchair sitting below the desk. Apparently they do their office furniture shopping at Target.
The trend of anorexic bone baring limp plumper actresses really should stop. Lips don't move that way!
V actresses I can forgive–but the ones playing humans should look more..well, human!
No Marc Singer? Fail.
My thoughts exactly. V was good, but has none of the brilliance of Lost. It will be interesting to see how well they hold our attention in the weeks to come.
As a kid, I did not get the references underlying the original series, however I always loved the show. The New V is a great take on the original concept–and it's made me interested in TV again. There's just enough 80's camp (albeit dressed up and slick) to keep it fun; and since I know the dirty little secret, I can't wait to see how the new century V's will look when they finally shed their human skin.
And yes, Ana is HOT!
The kid in me will never grow up and one of my favourite parts of the original V was the laser guns. Being British we're not going to see this remake for a few more weeks so can someone please tell me whether they got them right or whether they've opted for the Battlestar Galactica route where the weapons are more 'Earth like' (nukes, machine guns etc)
What happened to the continuation of this story whereby Diana comes back to earth after having fled in the 80s version??. I didn' t think they'd go David Icke on us but have a continuation of what happened in the previous V. Diana is supposed to come back and show us Humans how dumb we are and this time she's going to subjugate us. I thought that would have been a better story than taking David Icke's book and trying to make a show out of it??? At least we get some tid bits of info and visuals of high tech gadgetry...
I found it absolutely unwatchable. I actually turned it off after 20 minutes, then put it back on after five to give it one more try. I think I made it through three more minutes. The pace was beyond leaden and the characters were hideously cliched. The only interesting one was Joel Gretsch's priest (long live The 4400!) The F/X were better than in the original miniseries, but at least I stayed awake through that. In this case V stands for Very Bad, Very Dull and Verly Likely Cancelled.
As stated above so far, so good. I will watch again so lets hope they can keep up the story and suspense.
I was a fan of the original and have them on dvd. I also enjoyed the SyFy channel's marathon last weekend. So what if the effects are bad and everyone has 80's haircuts? The story was fun.
While I think the original got off to a slow start, this premier at least should have been 2 hours long, like Lost. It felt very rushed with a lot of gaps. I couldn't believe they already introduced the reptile skin and the underground resistance by the end of the first episode! There was no build up; we're just right there now.
The effects are great and the story is promising. I just question why they rushed things and why they are going to put the show on hiatus until next spring. Why not make it a full blown season of 20+ episodes? Is it only going to be a mini-series like the original? I'm afraid ABC is taking too great of a gamble and will lose interest. This could have been a great Fall season to fill the void of Lost until it starts up again in January.
I stopped trying to understand TV executives' decisions long ago after NBC complained about ratings for Scrubs, but didn't follow up with any advertising for it and kept changing what nights it was on.
I loved the original as a kid but when I saw it as an adult I realized how horrible and corny it was. Still loved it.
The new version is awsome and much better acting. I'm hooked already. Can't believe they are only giving us 4 episodes.
Just when I started thinking network television had sunk to an all time low level of intelligence (see ANY reality show, prime time soap such as Melrose Place, BH90210, the God awful Kardashians, etc.), along come adult shows such as Lost, Fringe, and now, V. These are shows that don't insult the audience's intelligence, and actually dare it to think. Oh for the good old days of X-Files, Buffy, Invasion, American Gothic! I don't expect miracles. But it's hopeful to see something on network that will draw me to it, instead of having to go to premium cable for intelligence, subtlety and surprise. Thanks ABC.
With all the remakes out there, I'm starting to think Hollywood has gone creatively bankrupt. Of course this is more visually appealing than the one 20 years ago, but the story's been told. If they really wanted to bring the story back, they should have had it be a return of the Visitors after the showdown 20 years ago. Something that explores the rebuilding of a relationship between two socities once at war.
I hope they at least pay hommage to the people who were a part of the original series. Cast and Crew alike.
While looking back the 1980's version was cheesy as hell, living in the moment it was fun as hell! I'm sure that in 20 years this version will be looked at with much the same esteem. If they're lucky.
Agree that it should have been a two hour premier. To the person who wondered why the FBI agent's partner came back to life - she stabbed him in the chest ... with Vs you have to aim for the legs!!!
A little rushed, but love that a lot of the characters from the original series are remade into new characters. The priest, FBI agent (Donovan), Anna (Diana), the kid is just like Donovan's, the V traitor (see Freddy Kruger from the original), the TV reporter guy ... I'm sure it will continue!
Well, the plot of this movie demonstrates that it'll be a few years yet before we are really ready to accept non-human visitors. We are still too paranoid, still too much of the "victim" mindset. And, we haven't accepted our own self worth as individuals and as a species. Most importantly, we haven't accepted the premise that we create our own reality. Until then, we'll have to have fun with the same "Us versus Them" dramas.
I thought it was outstanding! Just enough special effects to make it real but not over the top. Love the story line and how it has simply been updated and not really changed. I do appreciate how the writers responded to the need for more action and plot development without dragging too much of it out until mid-season. Very well done! Cannot wait for the rest.
Good pilot with lots of potential. For those complaining about alien ships arriving undetected by NASA, I refer you to "Star Trek" and "Battlestar Galactica" in which ships appeared suddenly and without warning thanks to cloaking devices and jump drives.
I did watch it and I was drawn to it. The opening show got my attention and made me want to watch it again, but if it drags on and on without anything coming to some kind of an end every now and then, I'll eventually get tired of it and move on. As Stephen's Kings' teenage character said in "Stand By Me", I hope this show doesn't just keep on "Wagon Training". They got to soon get 'somewhere' if they want to keep me watching.
Too trite and too predictable. Teens going on tours from New York's harbor via an anti grav lifter and no US Military all over the place trying to gain that technology?
Visuals were too representative of Independence Day, hovering over cities. The underground meeting to see WHO was an alien was too simple...too little up front proof for the speaker to have captured the groups attention enough to have their necks carved on.
And finally, the overall gullibility of everyone...the at home viewers could see through the plot from the start. You mean no thinkers in the world of government or science or education could really advise world leaders that this was a possible fascade? Good try but too much effect, too cute at times. V needs an IV. Should be a single movie and not a series. Next!
V has the potential to be a great series. The cast has so much to offer. Personally, I would like to see lots more action which would hold my interest and I would think the interest of all viewers. I was a huge fan of the original V and would really like to see this new version of V to be a great success! This should be a series that everyone wants to see and that no one can turn off because it is that good. The reality programs are awful and I would like to see more good series return to our TV stations.
I watched it, and thought it was very very slow; almost to the point of being boring.
Ironically, I had to change the channel from SciFi( who was showing the original) to catch the new version. I liked the original, while I must admit; it was really hard to watch the bad acting, and oh the costuming for this piece. Very very very hard to watch.
What is has going for it. Scott Wolfe was great. I never much cared for him in Party of Five; but oddly I thought his character showed depth and he carried it well. That glimmer in his eye was great. The character knew it was wrong and so did he; but he did it anyway.
Morena was dead on. Extremely charismatic! I like this villain much better than Diana (in the original). Her character is written just like a modern day politician would be...sneaky, convincing, and attractive. In the original Diana was seen as powerful and just a major, well I'll say witch. Not all powerful women fit this category. The update on this is good.
Ah, people this is a movie not the next launching pad for political propaganda.
Honestly, I don't think this will get passed one season if the tempo doesn't pick it up just a tad.
V for very bad scifi
I think the premiere was good. Those who saw the original will think that it is going too slow, but it may have been too fast to attract newer viewers. You don't want to spend hours to reveal the Vs plans and who they really are, when most know the storyline already.
Too many people are reading into Sci-Fi for the inaccuracies of what would really happen if something like this would happen. It is Sci-Fi. It is a story and has no bearing on the political or scientific realities of today.
The initial plots and characters are good and works for me. I liked the original for its cheese and its twists. There was enough last night for me to stick with it for now.
It think it will do enough in four episodes for people to want to taste more next year.
I watched the old series and this new one was a bit rushed I think.
In their hurry to let us know about the"aliens among us" type
story.. they took all the drama out of it. The thing that struck me the most was the thought that an alien visitor coming in peace could be a terriorist in many cells all out to take over the world. NOW THAT is SCARY! Don't know if I will watch it again or not.
I fell asleep during it because I thought it was boring... =\
It's a shame they had to kill off Steve the Pirate in the first episode. Garrr!
I was a fan of the original and I hope they can make this new reimagined version work. They certainly have a lot of material they can work with. The proof will be if the writers can rise to the task or remain brain dead. Overall it was a good beginning with countless possible story lines. I just wish the producers realized that downtown L.A. looks nothing like New York City.
DULL DULL DULL
I never saw the original show but I watched last night. I thought it was pretty good. The actress who plays Anna, the leader of the visitors, was creepy and she even looked a little reptilian when she blinked. I became a fan of Elizabeth Mitchell from watching LOST. I hope she still appears in the last season of LOST (rumour has it, she will). My only complaint was with Scott Wolff. I just don't think he's a very good actor...at lease not on this show.
it's obvious A. Smith is an alien infiltrator!!!
"V is sadly a continuation of sowing the seeds of fear and mistrust.
There are no atheists that travel thru outer space, only our brothers and sisters of the human civilization.
I had much more fun watching the original series running at the same time on the Sy Fy channel. I miss the jumpsuits.
The original was about larger-than-life character archetypes who lived inside a cautionary tale about creeping fascism/statism. The acting was poor at times, but the deep political subtext was not only brilliant, but one of the most challenging things ever put on TV. It was very high concept – "what if the whole world was the Jewish Ghetto?"
The new series is smarter on the surface, but it lacks the huge concept in many ways. They people are just people, y'know?
watched it it seemed like their was a lack of spirit to it.I hope it gets better. I loved Alan Tudyk's change of character in the last 20 minutes way cool. he plays a good villain. awesome that two of fireflys cast is on the show also.
Do they still make a cliched comparison to the Nazis? I recall the vistor insignia being a screwed up swastika.
another terrible series. What is going on with network TV? why can't they get a decent series on anymore?
I think A. Smith needs a reality check.
The brilliance of 'lost' – you have to be kidding
That show makes no sense from week to week
It was too much to roll out in a one hour pilot. What ABC should have done was create a mini-series to appropriately set the tone for the show, gauge the reaction, and start off with the series. All of the investigation scenes leading up to the revelation of the resistance felt forced. I also think that there should have been a more militaristic feeling to the Visitor's like the old mini-series. The Visitors looked like lawyers from outer space.
I don't think this will hold up. Sci-Fi on network television never holds up well with the exception of a few shows.
I watched. I wasn't wowed by the new show, but then again, it is a remake and not covering any new territory. I'm hoping they will get away from the cameo themes and move on. The minute I see the half human half visitor alien baby, I'm changing the channel.
i have to agree with most, it was extremely rushed.. should've been a 2 hour season premiere.. and all the political references, are dead on.. attractive/young/handsome face, touting change, peace, universal healthcare, young people jumping on the bandwagon (and older) w/no information or knowledge of what's really going to happen.. I don't know if this is a bad remake of a great series for it's time, or a democratic/obama infomercial...
As a fan of the original miniseries I thought the remake was very good. I really liked the hand to hand fighting vs. the laser guns from the old series as a fight choreographer myself I loved the full speed Kali/Silat moves.
The journalist compromising his principles to interview Anna has a lot more impact today than it did in the 80's. I hope the series continues to explore the idea of media as the new weapon of choice for would be tyrants.
I was very happy to see the re-make coming. I absolutely loved the original when I was a kid. I'm excited to see it play out with the special effects available now. One change that I was especially excited about is their voices. I always thought the voices of the V's in the original were cheesy. In the new one, it will be more difficult to determine who is what.
My teenage son loved it. Looking forward to having a show to watch with him.
I had hoped this would be a revisioning like Battlestar Galactica, but it actually was worse than the 80's version. The V leader chick was hot, but that was all the show had to offer.
I'm glad to see anything other than another reality showl. It seemed watchable to me.
I did not see the original and I really enjoyed the show last night. Not as great as Lost but still, entertaining.... and I agree with the person who said 'more series tv means less reality tv'...AMEN to that! I mourn the age of sitcom and drama series, reality tv BITES!
Not bad, good try; still liked the original better...Marc Singer in tight jeans certainly helped. The first mistake was putting it up against NCIS...PLEASE!!! They'll have to move it to get me to watch it.
Did not watch the remake last night and do not intend on watching it in the future. At the age of 53, I want to keep my fond memories of Mike Donovan and all of the resistance as they battled the truly ruthless Diana. It was a great show for the period and really a pioneer of SciFi on TV. It brought a lot of entertainment to me during a time that I really needed it.
I will enjoy my memories and let this show create a new generation of "resistance fighters" and SciFi lovers!
Yes, there are many parallels to the Obama administration. And as far as there already being a resistance, if you recall they were searching for terrorists. It was only later they discovered the "terrorists" were actually the resistance.
V... Eh. I'd rather watch Lie To Me or Fringe
man has this word gone nuts – you people posting your hate based politics on a blog like this is beyond weird and very revealing about your one dimensional life and thinking – you are lost puppies in a real world of all sorts of wonderful possibilities – but I apologize for adding to your distractions so – PLEASE GO AWAY POLITICOS WITH YOUR CRAZY HATE TALK POSTING ALL OVER THE WEB YOUR INSANE INTERPRETATIONS OF CURRENT EVENTS.
This new "V" is definitely higher on the creepy scale than the original...it nearly evokes the feelings of uneasy tension and paranoia that Phillip Kaufman injected into his classic "Body Snatchers" remake from 1978. Of course all the original elements of the 1980s series are there: big spaceships blocking the sun, forked tongues behind the too-white teeth, green, scaly flesh beneath the too-perfect skin, and the clash between staying human vs. becoming One of Them (or their next menu item). Whereas the original miniseries evoked the terror of watching Nazi stormtroopers goose-step into your town square, the new "V" treads water in today's pool, grabbing today's news headlines to crawl into the back of your neck with the fear of basement terror groups and high-minded government ideals that sound too good to be true. It's an interesting update, and I'm definitely onboard to see which direction this show's taking.
I have to agree with Andrew Downing, Defying Gravity had an interesting storyline, the characters were well developed etc, I really enjoyed the show and yet it was canceled. I felt that the 'V' premiere had interesting special effects, Morena Baccarin is perfect for the role (as another commenter put it) creepy but hot. It just seemed weird how the resistance just suddently appeared. I felt that too much was crammed into the 1 hr premiere, should've been a 2 hour premiere or perhaps the characters should've been fleshed out a bit more, seemed liked things moved way too fast. I wasn't left feeling like I actually knew what happened. I will continue to watch in the hopes that it improves.
Uh I think you should have your TV sent to the shop or your eyes checked....the alien outfits were red...In all, this series has much potential considering our lack of trust in government, terrorism...I will be tuning in...but if it becomes "soap operaish" as the original V series for TV did...I am gone...
Too much story in 1 hr... It seems they tried to pack too much into the first episode. I would have been more than happy for them to spend the entire hour on the just the arrival of the Visitors alone.
It seems they packed a few weeks of events into 1 show.
I want to know when they'll start eating mice.
I watched the premiere last night and was entertained by the show. I also watched some of the V marathon on SyFy this weekend. I think ABC didn't want to do a remake of the old show but rather update the old series. They did a very good job contemporizing the story so viewers would feel like this could really be happening in real life. I've read some posts here that think they revealed so much in the first episode; V's are lizards, resistance already up and running. If you stop to think about it the way the visitors show up is classic, send in the recon element to gain intelligence and embed themselves in postions of influence then wow the populace with bright lights, charismatic speeches and cool gadgetry and then take them for all they own.
Worked for Obama.
I enjoyed watching the premiere and wasn't aware that there was a previous attempt at the show in the 80's. I would say that it could be quite entertaining, but there are a number of items that are missing and that don't make a great deal of sense.
No apparent government response. The public spokesperson is a news reporter and not a government liaison. The resistance is a start-up by a Federal agent who left evidence behind that directly tied the V to a more sinister plot and we conveniently now have a V on the side of the resistance. The series has a great cast but I hope that the story leaves a better mark than "Earth: Final Conflict"... this show has some similarities.
I liked the original series and found the remake to be interesting as well so far. What I saw was the obvious warnings about devotion to a fresh face who made all kinds of promises, the fawning of the media over the latest "darling", that the terrorists were pawns for a larger power (the Visitors) and that the "people" warning about the Vistors were in fact Vistor "traitors" who had lived among humans and decided to fight against their own species to help humanity survive. I look forward to seeing much more of V and what direction that it will take. I have also heard reports that some of the stars of the original series may be doing cameo appearances on the remake as well.
Why don't they make mini series any more? V was a great mini series. As I recall, back in the 80s it was turned into a weekly series and that tanked. My hubs watched it and said it was okay. I plan to watch it this weekend. Just for fun we watched the original that was shown on SciFi this past week. Campy but fun.
I agree with previous posters – the new series looks better, the actors act better – but for the most part its the same old show.
The original was a sci fi metaphor about questioning the motives of others. It was also dedicated to the freedom fighters everywhere by the original author.
This new one feels like it's off to a good start. But instead of making the audience think about the motives and discover the truth with the characters, the motive is stated flat out in the first episode.
Either this is not going to do more than provide an hour of escapism each week, or there is a much deeper motive that we'll learn over time.
Either way, this is a fun and visually entertaining show that I hope survives the hiatus and returns in March!
The first 1/2 of it I was really disappointed. The last 30 mins was great.I still think the original is best .I think the new V has potential , but may be hard to sustain as a Tv show.
V was one of my favourite series as a teen. The original miniseries was exciting and fresh: full of plot twists and evil machinations. When it was eventually adapted into a longer-running series, it lost some of its vitality, but the story remained that of people fighting for survival. (On a side note: Why would anyone want to eat us? We must taste terrible.)
As last night's premier unfolded, I kept wondering how the writers would handle a story where the plot is known in advance. From the moment the Visitors arrive, we all know Anna is lying, that she's a reptile, and she wants to eat us. We know that no matter what happens, a small group of resistors will develop, some of the Visitors will become sympathetic to the human's cause, most of the humans will be blinded by propaganda, and the odds against human survival will be very long.
The new series' premeir laid all the cards on the table in the first episode. Wasn't it the third episode of the original series before we discovered that the aliens were VERY alien and Marc Singer started sneaking around with the resistance?
At this point, I think the writers have to rely on character development, exceptional acting from a truly remarkable cast, and a few plot deviations from the original to keep our interest. However, for now, I'll actually watch a few episodes just to see what happens.
I watched it, I liked it (and thought it was a little better than the original), and yes, I will watch it again. But, with any new series, we will see. So far, so good.
I loved the premiere of V. I do admit it was a little slow at the beginning but the near ending was definitely full of twists and surprises. I loved the original V as well and I wonder if these new aliens will eat rats like the ones in the original series? Remember? Lol!
Actually, I thought they did a really good job introducing the series. Yes, there's a lot of backstory inherent in the first episode, but I think they're relying a LOT on previous fandom love to get them through that and us into the rest of the series. I also think they will focus strongly on the build-up of the resistance and the survival aspect of the story, which is morale-boosting, saying yes, we can survive anything. Not a bad idea in today's world; it's a good hook (assuming it works).
I was a bit dismayed over the loss (even if in name only) of original characters like Mike, Julie, and Ham. I've been joyfully geeking out to Syfy's replay of the originals this weekend. I love Elizabeth Mitchell and Joel Gretsch, so I think they will do quite well. Morena Baccarin is doing brilliantly as the renamed Anna (though I miss Diana), being lovely yet entirely creepy. I would ADORE seeing some original cast members drop by. I would rather NOT deal with the whole Elizabeth-super-child subplot, however. Some things are just too sparkly.
I do understand why they went the route they did as it makes more sense for today's society. It makes far more sense to have aliens here already and prepping for invasion rather than an all-out drop-in-and-conquer scenario. It also makes sense to have an FBI Agent involved, especially anti-terrorism. It doesn't have near the same grab as the original as it took a while for the original to reveal what the Visitors really were – but then again, we KNEW that going in this time around, as we know it's a remake, so the way they played that I think was done well. So those, I feel, are good updates. Also, the dialogue has some Whedon-esque feel to it, some snark and wit, and if they can keep that, that will definitely be a big boost. (And seriously, who didn't want to see a few toy dinosaurs on Tudyk's desk?)
I will be tuning in again to see what else they do and see how well it can stack up to fond memories.
I watched totally by accident...I am not an ABC fan ever since they cancelled Life on Mars....I just don't like the network...WOW ! This show was GREAT! I did watch the 80's show. THe special effects awesome the suspense was there (hope it holds and don;t drag it out...keep it moving). I will def 2 watch again...I just hope ABC don't give up and cancel...I did DVR NCSI...next week though I will DVR V...can't trust ABC they cancel too soon all the good ones...the Palin Station quitters....Hate the unversal heathcare reference...cheap shot...tacky...but overall very good...
V felt rushed, but I did enjoy it – watched the original too and enjoyed it for what it was – a rather cheesy, but good attempt to build out something different.
A lot of comments here about how quickly things are happening on the show vs dragging out the suspense. I think there are two reasons:
First, we as the viewing audience have changed – we seek instant gratification, and if we aren't grabbed right away, we don't come back.
Secondly, the networks have responded to this by giving us what we want – pretty much instant gratification and accelerated story lines – we simply aren't patient enough to give a show like this to slowly lead us to a satisfying conclusion – if ratings aren't great right away, the network cancels right away. There are few exceptions – Lost is one, but they have seen steadily declining ratings and prove the exception proves the rule. I also believe, and am guilty of this myself, that a lot of new shows don't get a fair chance, because the audience is unwilling to invest in a show without some assurance it's not just a few weeks and then a cancellation with no wrap-up. I hardly ever watch new shows – if they survive a whole year and then come back for a second, I just buy the first season DVD's and catch up that way.
For crying out loud, can everyone stop with the ridiculous analogies to politics, and just appreciate this for what it is - ENTERTAINMENT! You either enjoyed or not - OK. Save all the other BS for someone who wants to hear all your whining.
I thinks it's ironic that ABC would air such a show. It comes awfully close to the political climate of this country at this time. The Vs bringing 'hope,' 'peace always,' recruiting into their 'organization,' the opposition, the Vs having lived here and finally infiltrated, with their ultimate goal to destroy humankind as we know it. sounds an awful lot like the liberals. they've been around for a while, finally infiltrated every part of the country, proclaimed 'hope and change,' 'we'll take care of your every need,' stupid people falling for it, and tea party goers opposing it. ABC is either very smart or very stupid, since they are in bed with the real life Vs. I wouldn't doubt that obama and pelosi have reptilian skin underneath...they sure act like reptiles.
I liked the pilot episode and I like the direction they are taking it in contrast with the original show, but I think the way the story was told was rushed and filled with too much exposition. It would have been better as a 2 hour premier.
Seriously John Spurlock? – you call President Obama airheaded? I bet you voted for Bush in 2004 and McCain/Palin this year, all of whom are intellectual heavyweights (note the sarcasm).
Show was great! Correlations between the aliens and our current government were dead on!! Peace and Change. National Health Care. Recruitment of the youth. Media bias. Loved it.
Saw the original V in the 80's, saw Battlestar Galactica with Lorne Greene (Bonanza in Space), recycling old plots in order to gain audience is part for the course. Saw Day the Earth Stood Still (remake). All Dismal. Actually, these programs are better watched as an image of the society of the present as perceived by screenwriters which turns it into comedy. Not the target audience, I guess. Better to watch you-tube
I just didn't care for remaking it. I didn't care for the remake, nor that this is what the networks can come up with. I am all for recycling, however, this go round I think I will sit out. I want something besides reaity shows, but this is not it.
Pretty good show.The plot followed true stories of witnesses, abductees under hypnosis and the information they are given subconsciously, and government workers that risk their lives to annouce what the government is up to. Majority of people are going to believe this is all made up.
Some of the actors don't speak clearly or loud enough. The new high definition sound since the conversion has made the speaking worse.
I was happy with the show, however it would have been nice to have no name actors so to not distract from the plot
I really enjoyed it. I just wish they had done a 2 hour premier, an hour just didn't cut it.
I was looking forward to last night and was let down a bit I think. There were alot of plot holes and things moved so fast from the arrival to three weeks later that it was hard to tell what was going on. The kid is annoying as well. There is so much they can do though that with a few changes I can see it becoming much better. I just hope it doesn't get stale, a mini-series with a limited number of shows to wrap it up like the original is better, dragging this out year after year will get old after awhile.
V was meh at best. As a huge fan of the original I can't help but think they're trying to do what Sci-Fi channel achieved with BSG and at this point I just don't see it happening.
Thought it was good, but too rushed. They tried to cram too much in the first episode. Seems to be a trend in a lot of new series these days; I guess they're afraid of cancellation. Still, pretty good start. Thought Morena was great, but I thought Elizabeth Mitchell was still playing Juliet (from Lost). She doesn't seem to have much range. Gave it a B+. Was also looking for cameos from the original V, but didn't see any. Did anyone else notice any former V cast?
I liked it. I'll be watching all the episodes as they come on and hope for a pick up to series. But we'll see.
I agree with another of other commentors in that, where was NASA during all of this? Think about the premiere episode of 4400, the entire world knew this thing was coming and everyone was freaking out. All the space agencies, world governments were all preparing for some sort of impact event. And if you watched the show you know what happened, but if you didn't, turns out that this object brought back 4400 people who'd been abducted were suddenly and completely returned, unaged, but not unaffected.
But back to V, and where the heck was the military? Not that I think the military would do the right thing, the only time we see the military is at the very beginning with the F-16 crashing and the National Guard doing crowd control in NYC. You mean to tell me the military wouldn't be crawling all over the ships and the people? That governments wouldn't have their sticky little fingers on the tech and wouldn't allow civilians anywhere near the Visitors or the ships.
And please stop comparing all this to Obama and the current administration to V and the Visitors. It's asinine and ridiculous. That'd be like comparing the Bush administration to The Empire in Star Wars. Just stop.
There was no suspense! The original series doled out the story so well. 22 minutes into the premiere we already knew the V's are bad guys with malevolent intent. In the original mini-series we got great character development (okay – not great acting – but great characters!) and it was well after the premise had been established that we started to question the real reason behind the Visitor's mission. Where's the greedy industrialist that helps ease societal acceptance of the V's? That's an 80's metaphor is still applicable today. And of course my memory may be faulty as I was young when I saw the show, I don't think we got 'lizards' until the great scene where Diana ate the gerbil...that scene stayed with me for 25 years!!!
To Andrew Downing- At the end of the original miniseries, the Visitors were not defeated. The resistance had just begun. That is what is so interesting this time around. We are full circle from the 80s. Now "resistance fighters" are terrorists like Al Quaeda and the like. In the 80s, we were still thinking the French underground and the Jewish resistance (Do today's viewers even remember the Holocaust? The real one, not the one bandied about by Congress.). V relies on a big, common enemy. I don't know how that is going to play in a world where the enemy is small unconnected groups bent wholly on anarchy.
On the other hand, this country was founded and our freedom won by civilians stepping up to fight a guerrilla war against a better armed and manned foe. With V and the remake of Red Dawn on the way, maybe we can remember a time when we weren't the only Superpower. We were just a bunch of idealists wanting the world to be a better place.
I am so young to remember "V" show that I saw last night, it was great show and not awesome like I think it was..and yes, It is so slow montion.
Having remembered the orginal series and having grown tired of the hype, I watched NCIS....better story, better acting, better show.
I wanted to watch, but thanks to either Comcast or our local ABC station in Jacksonville, we had sound but no picture for the first 15 minutes on the HD channel (recorded on DVR, so I could not check if the SD channel was the same). After that sound went in and out for another 10 minutes, so I could only enjoy the last half.
I saw the premiere episode last night and enjoyed it, but I didn't think it lived up to the hype it was given. I totally enjoyed the mini-series as it took time to develop the plot and it seemed the resistance didn't come on strong as it did on the show last night. In the mini-series you thought that through the character development you got to know the visitors and perhaps liked them, until little things started to show up which proved they weren't who they said they were.
I will watch it again, if I remember that it is on, that is.
Disappointing. I've been watching the originals and despite some problems I think it was better. The new series caters to the life style of give it to me now generation. I'm betting it won't survive 13
Although, I digress, after reading a few more of the comments it would seem that most people are not interested in a well developed story and are far more interested in shoot 'em ups and action, action, action! Geez, its no wonder a vast majority of what Hollywood pumps out is total crap, we keep asking for it.
Loved the universal healthcare reference... Kinda plays into the whole Obama administration. What timing!
I caught the mostly impressive debut last night and enjoy seeing "Firefly" alums in another space saga. I'm reserving judgement for the rollout of the series, even though it only gets 4 plays before going on hiatus. This seems a ridiculous network strategy to me. They did the same thing with "Jericho." Interesting start, fresh scenario and when they came back from hiatus it was so completely mired in cliched melodrama that I stopped watching. Make me care about the characters, keep the stories fresh and I'll be there. Of course, it'll be on hiatus soon so I'm not getting overly attached.
Oh cmon John Spurlock, political commentary on an article regarding a TV show, you just cant stop being political long enough to just review the show?...jebus...
As fas as the show goes, i agree they moved waaaay to fast. If this is supposed to be a series, they just pumped out about a month worth of story in one hour. The development of the resistance should take longer, its a series not a mini-series. It seems like they are glossing over alot of things to get to the "good stuff". If the series is going to continue in this fashion i just dont think it will last as they are just going to run out of stories.
Visually, this new version of V looks better, with much better special effects, but they did pack too much into less than an hour.
The premier was rife with obvious political undertones, what with the arrival of the Visitors bringing "hope", with the promise of technological advances, the promise of "universal health care", with a goodlooking, charismatic leader, and people that immediately "see the danger" of the Visitors and protest, not unlike "teapartiers"; coupled with the premier on election night. In the first 10 minutes you see a cross in a church scene fall upon the arrival of the Visitors.
I hope the show moves away from those obvious subtleties.
Never saw the original so I was excited....well excitement turned to ...boredom...it was slow and frankley the acting is terrible......super race of aliens who have mastered gravity control...but are unable to bring their ship in without causing earthquakes?....and the FBI agent
beats the crap out of and looks like she kills the V posing as a fbi agent .....only to have him spring to life in the next episode....how people can compare this to flash forward is beyond me....I can hardly see this as a mini-series..but a full blown series...no way....
As a much younger person, I enjoyed the original, campy, obvious rendition in the 80's. While it certainly didn't hold up on trying to watch it this weekend, any time we can bring the story of the rise of Nazism and holocaust to a new generation is certainly worthwhile.
I doubt I'll watch this version. I'm too old to be taken in by good effects or bad, and the story really has very little room to maneuver.
Hmm...An attractive, charismatic leader charms the media and recruits young people to the cause of providing education and universal health care, but as it turns out, is actually an evil alien overlord bent on the domination of "real Americans," here represented by a priest, an FBI agent, and a gang of conspiracy theorists...they are joined by a black "traitor" who helps lead the new Republican...er, I mean, Resistance Party in their guerilla war against tyranny. There is international approval of the new leader (bad), but a resurgence of church attendance in the U.S. (good), and a priest who warns us not to look to political leaders as "saviors." Was this actually written by a bunch of conservative talking-heads and produced by FOX?
I Remember the original, and this was definitely better in terms of acting and special effects. But I was disappointed in how quickly they revealed that the V's are up to no good and now quickly they introduced the resistance. I think it would have been more interesting if they had slowly worked up to that. Let us see the characters slowly starting to question the V's motives and the resistance slowly building.
I also thought that Julie's immediate reaction of "we build a resistance" was out of character for a FBI agent. Wouldn't her first reaction be to report what she's seen to the proper channels and then – if that doesn't get a response – join the resistance?
Finally – I agree that it was sort of unrealistic that we were completely unaware of 29 giant spaceships bearing down on us until they appear directly over the cities. Surely EVERYONE at Nasa (and all the other such agencies around the world) can't be V's!!
I can't believe ABC cancelled 'Defying Gravity' which showed original writing and better acting for an 80's remake of a 'C' grade series. I love science fiction, and series that tell a story, but let’s stop recycling archaic shows that we already know the outcome…the story has been told. Are we going to be surprised at the end of the series when the resistance defeats the visitors? The ratings for V are going to fall of so quickly by episode 4 that I’m sure ABC is already planning its next sci-fi remake.
Hollywood is so lacking in original thought that they have to rehash a lousy 1980's era miniseries in a pathetic cry for viewers. I guess they have spent so much time in political activism that it has detroyed their capacity for original thinking. Get back to your ioriginal work and come up with new creative ideas, not rehashes of old trash. Watch this show?-NOT!!!
I'm a huge fan of the original and was skeptical of the remake... I watched and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. I liked the way it was updated and I enjoyed the twist (I won;t say what because I don't want to spoil it for anyone). I will be back but I must add that the pace of the show will be important. Since V- the original set the basic story it will be easy to walk away if the show begins to "copy" too much. It was also really great to see Alan Tudyk..... He rocks!!!!!!
I was let down, dialogue was bad. not very good production value.
It was pretty good, and I liked the changes.
Morena Baccarin did a good job playing the leader who was both creepy and hot.
I think this reimagine could be as good as Battlestar, they certainly have the Cast and the Budget.
I thought the show was great. I never saw the original however. I will be watching next week.
It's sad that even in this day and time that Hollywood is continuing to run the blatant propaganda of Aliens are Evil beings out to destroy humans on earth theme.
The Odds favoring clusters of human beings existing elsewhere in the Universe are greater than the same mathematical odds that crime labs use to help convict someone of MURDER.
And yet instead of preparing American people for that joyous day of meeting with open arms our fellow brothers and sisters, Hollywood continues to drive the stake into the heart of galactic peace.
What are the governments of the world actually afraid of? It certainly appears that leaders of the world are individually afraid of losing their position of authority and power.
V is sadly a continuation of sowing the seeds of fear and mistrust.
To start, I am a huge fan of the original. When I heard ABC was remaking it, I felt a little apprehensive. Overall, I like where it's going (although the plot felt a little rushed). I'm curious to see where it goes from here.
I watched it. I will say at least it isn't a Lawyer, Forensics, Hospital series...I just don't know how long they will be able to "drag" it out...I think it will get repetitious after awhile. Seems like some of the shows they are putting on are for the "juvenile" of mind...seems like nobody has any "fresh" ideas anymore...it is either reality or very lame comedies and/or series... Camelot this summer was a GREAT idea-I hope that will be coming back.
No, I didn't see it–I did not realize that last night was the premiere. Is this going to be a mini-series, like the 80's version, or an on-going series? I hope it is just a mini-series–otherwise I probably won't watch the show. I wish the networks would do more limited series–it is easier to make a commitment to a show that you know will only be on for a set number of episodes. I have only limited time to devote to watching TV, so I limit the number of shows I watch to only a few favorites. (You can't TiVo everything!)
I see a show with a LOT of promise. Good characters, a nice twist on the storyline. It will be tough to keep going without resorting to cliches and old devices. Keeping my fingers crossed for them!
I saw the original series as a kid and was enthralled. I watched parts of that original series again recently during a marathon rerun.
Wow, it did not hold up well over time.
Anyhow, the new series looks great and captured my interest as well as my wifes'. We will be looking forward to the rest of the series.
I think "V" has potential, but the pilot had the same problem "Flashforward" did - that is, ABC most likely forced the writers to dumb it down and spell out tons of exposition immediately in order to grab viewers' attention. Unlike "LOST," whose brilliance lay in its mystery and slow-to-unfold character development, writers on these new shows are throwing in too much action/exposition and not enough emotional core, which prevents it from reaching the quality level of "LOST." I love Elizabeth Mitchell, and I would have loved to care about her character more from the get-go. Last's night's pilot had at least 3 or 4 episodes worth of exposition squeezed into 43 minutes, which left it without much soul.
I will watch. Finally someone smart enough to put something proven on TV. And more new TV series means less reality TV !
I absolutely loved the premiere of "V". I am 62 y/o and never saw the original "V" so this is all new to me. I have no preconceived ideas as to where this series will/should go. The only negative was my disappointment when the show ended much too soon for me. This premiere was so much better than most of the "full blown" science fiction movies that I paid BIG MONEY to see in the past 5 years. Can't wait to see more. Cudo's!
Watched a little of it. I don't care what anyone says. I liked the original and I'm sticking to it. People may look at the original and think it is corny, but it was good for it's time period and I loved it. No need for me to watch the remake.
While I enjoy seeing the return of the V series, I was bothered by how bad the editing seemed. The story seemed to jump around a great deal. Such as how did the FBI agent, played by Elizabeth Mitchell son get tickets to see the inside of the space craft and the resistance seemed to appear almost over night. These are just a few problems I had but all in all I enjoyed it and am waiting to see more.
The first 40 minutes were agonizingly slow that I almost turned the channel. But the last 20 were great. Fast moving, good storytelling and a couple of shocks and twists compared to the original. What last night's show missed was the paranoia/tension from the 1983 series. Even though the acting was cheesy they had a way of making you feel like something really bad was about to happen every few minutes, it always kept you on the edge of your seat. Last night's show didn't have that. But I loved the female alien leader. She's good.
Never saw original series watched premiere thought it interesting but not sure it is a story that can be sustained. Kind of reminds of a move Rowdy Roddy Piper the wrestler was in I think called Them. Not sure it will work as more than a 2 hour movie
What ? No Diana ?! She was the best thing about "V" as the uber-villain of the Visitors and she's not in the re-boot ? And no Mike Donovan, heroic, swashbuckling ex-network cameraman turned resistance leader ? plus no Julie Parrish, brilliant underground scientist ? or even Ham Tyler, CIA tough guy ?
Well, I'll try to keep my mind open to the new stuff, so far...so good. But I've seen some sci-fi stuff start off good and then dribble off into crap later on.
Morena Baccarin is good in her role, thou, and Elizabeth Mitchell might make a good "Donovan" in the re-boot..
I don't understand why, if this will be a series, they chose to pack so much into the premier. There was little character development, and little done to address some gaps in the story that were not evident back in the 80s (For example, why didn't NASA, or other space-watching entities, see them coming?). Also, some of the performances were dreadful, most significantly that of Logan Huffman. I'll be watching, but it was NOT the strong start I expected.
In a troubled world a slick new leader appears to save the planet with talk of change and vague promises, Wait a minute is this the new "V" or just a rerun of some of Obama's old, tired speeches.
No, it can't be an Obama speech, this is actually interesting, and certainly more plausable that anything our airheaded President has come up with.
Action, Intrigue, Intelligence; "V" has is all, and Morena Baccarin on top of that, just to prove that the concept of eye candy isn't dead. Anda pretty poison she is. A remake always lacks the surprise of the original, but other than that nothings missing. I'll be back for more.
It was weird because the new series looked better, the actors acted better but the show was boring. It had all the cliches of an invasion series. It just didn't invoke the same sort of excitement the original did.
Yeah this article is dead on. But I feel like the writers captured the show much better than the other writers for FlashForward. My guess is that the writers know they can't keep doing some kind of Cylon game where they make you wait til the end of the show to know who exactly is a V. That is why they revealed a lot of who was a V in the very first episode. I doubt they are going to play that game. My guess is that they're much more concerned with how things are going to play out with the resistence and the V's than anything else and to be honest that is what is most exciting for me too. Making this a science ficiton adventure story rather than a thriller/mystery would be a much better route to take. I guess we'll see what the writers do with the series.
The "V" Premier was awesome!!! The Special Effects was way better now than the 1983 version. I would love to see more. I will say this about the beginning, very slow.....i want more action, shooting lizards and so on. Cannot wait to see the next episode
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