The idea of aliens just showing up without their guns blazing is in itself pretty damn cool. Yes, the Vs are going on about peace to our faces, straight from the mouth of their hot female queen (a clever ruse) who just happens to be bearing gifts like special forms of healing and sweet ass technology which just so happens to become rather biblical in the eyes of those desperate to believe in something. For me, this is where V became interesting. The religious overtones used for this series are one hundred and ten percent believable. People want to believe in a higher power and yet are more inclined to believe what they can actually see. The Vís know this, theyíre as smart and cunning as they are ruthless, using our own fears, prejudices and ignorance against us, a game plan that came together all too easily.
Juliet became one of my favourite characters on LOST so naturally I was happy to see Elizabeth Mitchell score the lead here. She plays a cop well and a distraught mother even better but sheís also a good leader and a hero you can root for. The fifth column is a cool wild card with Morris Chestnut running point. It only makes sense to have some of the Vís revolt as the humans alone would no doubt get slaughtered. I dug the turncoats on the ship (the emotional testing was a nice touch) especially when Annaís own daughter gets in too deep. Being a SMALLVILLE fan, Laura Vandervoort is also obviously a favourite and seeing as how she also played an alien in SMALLVILLE, this shouldnít have been much of a stretch for her. Her characterís path went about how I figured it would (that torture bit near the end of the season was brutal) but her relationship with Ericaís son was the weak point of the series for me.
V SEASON ONE is full of surprises and tons of cool Sci-Fi stuff for the alien lover at heart. The special effects were bang on here, especially when it came down to the Vís advanced weaponry (loved the exploding grenade bombs). I was really hoping to see a V in full out lizard mode (maybe next season) but was more than impressed and content with the scene involving Ericaís partner when they peeled a bit of his face away. There are more than enough cool concepts (Annaís eggs and super soldiers), moral questions (God vs. Aliens), action and intrigue (loved that our fate is partially in the hands of a rogue mercenary who ended up being one of the showís biggest assets) to satisfy this happy camper and though some people may not have been sold, Iím looking forward to season two. Again, itís not perfect but itís certainly worth a watch if you dig anything Iíve been selling.
An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V: Here weíre given a taste of what it takes to make a lizard look human. Itís been twenty five years since the original show and weíve certainly come a long way. I canít wait to see a V in full lizard form.
The Visual FX of V: One thing that set this series apart from other TV shows for me is the time and effort put into the FX. This show looks fantastic, the crew involved worked hard and it shows.
The Actorís Journey from Human to V: Here we go through a series of flash interviews with all the actors where they express their thoughts about the original series and what it was like to reinvent a cult phenomenon.
Deleted Scenes: Thereís over fifteen minutesí worth spread over both discs but nothing really stands out which is common for TV deleted scenes. If theyíd been crucial, theyíd have stayed in. Thereís also a commentary for episode eleven, Fruition, which offers some insight and ties to the next season.
Extra Tidbit: Robert Englund needs to make a cameo appearence in season 2, that would be badass.