14 January, 2011

V.... It's Something Else (Part 2)

Last week I debated whether V was going to be a continuation of the original series or not. Too be honest, I really didn't believe it. There would be too many thing requiring an explanation. Firstly, why did no one remember the V's being on Earth? And what about the skin? In the original it was a mere prosthesis, in this new series it's actually grown over the lizard skin. It seems any similarities to the original series ended with Jane Badler playing a character named Diana. It's likely nothing else will match up.

Still, it's fun to imagine this as sort of an alternate universe V. In the original universe Diana tries to take control of Earth but is thwarted time and again by the resistance till she is finally captured. What becomes of her after, is unclear. But in this 'alternate universe', it seems Diana came to Earth merely to observe and study the humans. Instead of being captured by the resistance she is corrupted with human emotion so is captured and imprisoned by her own daughter. It seems treachery is a trait they share.

So what's in store for the rest of the series? Does V have staying power, and will it likely move forward? There was a definite plus with the original mini-series in that there was a limited amount of time to tell the story. So the action was fast paced. V and V - The Final Battle were outstanding in their story telling. Suddenly, V became a standard series in 1984 and it lost most of it's drama, intrigue and charm. This new series still feels like it's setting things up and that can be a problem for viewers who don't want 'filler' episodes, they want story. Being a series is limiting V to it's full potential. You almost wonder if it wouldn't have been better to be released as a film.

For the time being, I'm enjoying the story. And that's a big deal, normally I'm not a fan of re-imaginings. I'm willing to give this run a fair chance. Alternate universe or no, you can be sure of one thing, Diana is not one to be trifled with. She still has the venom to strike; whether it'll be toward the resistance or her own daughter is yet to be determined. My thought? Anna better watch her back.

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