"V"...Best Premiere I've Seen in a LONG, LONG TIME!!!

"V"...Best Premiere I've Seen in a LONG, LONG TIME!!!

Well I thought that Norma Jean's Robin costume was the greatest thing I would see tonight...and it WAS...but "V" was a close second.

"V" begins with the arrival of the "Visitors" on Earth, and how it impacts the world that (much like ours) is in turmoil from war, terrorism, and a busted economy. Immediately Anna, the leader, reassures everyone that they "come in peace always" and merely seek supplies from Earth and will offer techonology and medicine in return.

We then see how this impacts the main characters:

Erica Mitchell: A counter terrorism FBI agent

Tyler Evans: Erica's rebellious son

Ryan Nichols: A banker with a mysterious past who is about to get married

Father Jack: A dedicated Catholic priest

Dale Maddox: Erica's partner

Georgie Sutton: A former associate of Ryan's

Chad Decker: An underappreciated news reporter who immedatiely developes a repoir with Anna.

The world is thrown into chaos as people embrace, reject or merely cautiously observe the visitors in this first episode. 90% is the reaction of the humans to the aliens who claim that we are the first intelligent species they have found apart from themselves. Erica is disturbed because her son immediately embraces the "V's" while simultaneously tracking a terrorist cell in NY with her partner Dale. However it quickly becomes apparent that there is a leak in the FBI and the two begin to conduct investigations alone.

Father Jack is highly skeptical of the aliens and how they fit into God's plan, despite his older priest colleague, Father Travis, insisting they are a miracle and that their presence has urged people to go back to church, seeking direction.

Ryan begins getting phone calls from old friend Georgie, who it soon turns out is the ring-leader of a resistance movement declaring that the V's are in fact hostile and have been present on Earth for a long time, causing catastrophies such as war and economic woes in order to place themselves as our saviors when they are revealed.

It is at this meeting that most of the characters come together, though Ryan is reluctant to assist his friend, referring to some kind of clan-destine past the two shared, and the dangers that resulted from it.

Tyler joins an "ambassador" program to the V's at the prompting of Lisa (Smallvile's Laura Vanderfoot), despite his mother's disapproval of his fixation.

In the last bit of the show, the resistance has a meeting where they "test" the people present to ensure they are human, claiming that the V's are reptiles beneath cloned human skin. As this meeting is being conducted, reporter Chad Decker is about to interview Anna who suddenly instructs him not to ask her anything that may make the V's look bad. When Decker says he cannot be asked to do that Anna reminds him of how beneficial it will be for his career and that if he fails to agree to the terms, she will cancel the interview.

Meanwhile back at the meeting, Georgie is trying to convince everyone of the V's true intentions when a kind of "bomb", deployed by the V's, goes off within their building, immediately killing several people, while the survivors are suddenly attacked by knife-wielding intruders, among them, Erica's partner Dale.

Initially the humans drop like flies, however Erica manages to over-power Dale by bludgeoning him in the head, which reveals his reptillian skin below his human appearance. She and Father Jack flee while Georgie is about to be killed by another intruder, only to be stopped and eliminated by Ryan, who afterwards retreats with Georgie. Soon after it is revealed that Ryan is a V himself, but a good one and he promises to help the resistance, with more V's who think like him.

Erica and Fr. Jack begin to make plans about a new resistance, while Tyler is welcomed as a V Ambassador.

What's bad about the show is that it feels a bit rushed. It's almost as if the writers don't even TRY to get us to trust the V's before they reveal their intentions. That and the kid who plays Tyler can't act too well.

What's good about it is A LOT...the story is fast and intelligent. The special effects are movie quality, the mood and the action fit right, and the time goes by quickly, making the viewer merely salivate at the thought of the next installment.

I think this show is AMAZING if the pilot is any indicator and I am truly scared about the effect of the hiatus that will begin after a mere 4 episodes. But I have to remain positive. And btw, to avoid criticism about writing about a non-comic entity (some people do piss and moan if it's technically not), let me tell you "V" DOES have a comic book pedigree, circa 1980's from DC comics.

I'm anxious to hear if anyone else was as blown away as I was by this bad boy, so please let me know!

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BmanHall - 11/4/2009, 8:13 AM
I have it recorded, but I haven't watched it yet. I'll probably see it tonight.
ironknight27 - 11/4/2009, 9:50 AM
My thoughts exactly about Norma Jean in her Robin outfit. I totally forgot about the premiere of V. I hope I can catch it later.
superdog - 11/4/2009, 9:51 AM
im gonna watch it this afternoon if its on the net somewhere. otherwise maybe tonight on the dvr.
Spock - 11/4/2009, 9:53 AM
I think the pilot episode was rushed a little bit with them rushing the timeline to 3 weeks within the 1st 15 min, & then showing the people starting to have doubts about the V's, & all the blind devotion of some people & the open club house membership for good will Ambassadors etc. Also want to point out that they all of sudden just showed up with any slightest notice. Thou they didn't show any military or scientist picking them up on Satellite. I for one had a little problem with this. Especially with my background in the Military. But overall I did like the show, & look forward to it. I just think they rushed it, Just like the 1st Triple X movie was rushed in my opinion.
ecksmanfan - 11/4/2009, 9:57 AM
I'm going to echo SPOCK here. It was extremely rushed. Being that this is a series, they could have easily spread that episode out of two, maybe three weeks.

The show does have potential though. However, a lot of show have been starting out great and go downhill from there. Sorry to be a pessamist, but I really don't see this one going to far. Too bad.
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:11 AM

I'm giving HIM the directions to the Lizards Home World!

; D
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:15 AM

Spock - 11/4/2009, 10:15 AM
Lee777!!!!!! UmmmmH!
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:16 AM
Ooops by the way, V is a great reboot, i had my doubts but hopefully this is the next BSG!!
DarthKyrat1 - 11/4/2009, 10:18 AM
@ LEEE777 lol man love the comic strip and i don't know i always pictured Eva Longria as Wasp but who knows this actress might be able to pull this role off who knows i'm not too familiar with her roles what tv shows and movies has she been in

LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:20 AM

Spock - 11/4/2009, 10:21 AM
Funny Lee777
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:22 AM
KYRAT @ Yo buddy!! Hey i like EVA too! Infact i cast here as WASP in my 116 AVENGERS casting plus THE ULTIMATES casting in fan fic dude!

Either will do! ; D

And nice ta see ya!
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 10:22 AM
SPOCK @ Heh heh heh!
TucsonRican - 11/4/2009, 10:41 AM
When was this on? My guide for cable said it was yesterday, but lame-ass Dancing with the Stars was on....

Dmon - 11/4/2009, 10:44 AM
I watched V last night and loved it. I thought the special effects were pretty good for a TV show. I agree it might have been rushed but I think they did a good job of grabbing peoples intrests early. If they spread out everything then it might have bored people plus I think everyone knows the aliens are up to no good from the get go so why not come right out an say it. My fiance does not care much for SciFi but really liked the show too. We both cant wait to see more. Plus who knows what surprises that might be reveled later on
Dmon - 11/4/2009, 10:46 AM
@Tucson it came on right before Dancing with the Stars. Hopfully they will reair it this weekend. Or you can catch it on the internet. I recommend you check it out
StephenStrange - 11/4/2009, 10:56 AM
OMG yall I am so damn livid about this. This show got freaking re empted where I live!!! Ack! For a STUPID sports show. Jeff Fisher's wanking hour or some shit!

I sent profanity filled missives to the tv station, and TiVo'd it when it came on AT MIDNIGHT!! Man I was fit to be tied! And now I hear you guys say it was good just makes it worse. lol

MatchesMalone - 11/4/2009, 11:06 AM
Yes, V was awesome and, dragonquest67, we know that's you, Luffy. Why don't you knock it off with the anime?
JerusalemJr - 11/4/2009, 11:08 AM
This was awesome, I am looking forward to the rest of the season. From what I have heard it is only playing four episodes and then stopping until March, so I am sure it will play again for anyone who missed it.

Also, Morena plays a really good hot yet kinda creepy chick.
Runefyst - 11/4/2009, 11:17 AM
I thought it was pretty decent. Didn't hook me quite as well as Flash Forward did this year, but I'll definitly be watching V every Tuesday. :)
Superboy5 - 11/4/2009, 11:23 AM
i thought it sucked
Phinehas - 11/4/2009, 11:45 AM
Good first episode. If it can maintain the same momentum throughout the show, it is a shoe-in for success. I didn't like, that they were already calling them "V's". That was stupid. Although its popular to abbreviate everything, people wouldn't do it that fast. In fact, I think it was the "V's" that coined the term for themselves. Extra stupid. In the original, the people applied the term and the "Visitors" took advantage of marketing that term to build relations with the people. That is a better angle. Also, I was dissappointed in only an hour presentation.
That's it! Everything else was grand.
JoshWilding - 11/4/2009, 12:09 PM
I didnt read the article because I havent watched it yet (thank God for the internet because I cant imagine when it when it will end up showing here in the UK!) but from what I've seen it looks pretty good!
starsofwar - 11/4/2009, 1:10 PM
I agree with Spock's comments. It was decent but rushed...definitley has potential but I was somewhat disappointed
Set2Fallfirst - 11/4/2009, 1:39 PM
@durkin there is no way i can get my girlfriends images out of your head huh?? lol
LEEE777 - 11/4/2009, 2:13 PM
SET2FALL @ Hey there not im my head, where are they lol?

; D
Bandrews1 - 11/4/2009, 2:36 PM
I thought the premiere was great, this will surely be one of my new shows to watch.
gothamknight611 - 11/4/2009, 2:40 PM
I really enjoyed the show , but to have a small spoiler , my girlfriend was comparing it to Independce day and i told her it iwas a knock off ...and like clock work they had the inteview with the two guys
gothamknight611 - 11/4/2009, 2:43 PM
Btw nice article Durking and I agree the show did rush what they could have spread out into the first couple episodes.
BuckNastee - 11/4/2009, 2:57 PM
What killed the show back in the 80's was that once everything was revealed, the show had no where else to go. Characters started dropping like flies. I hope that doesn't happen with this one. I think it was a smart angle to say that they have been living among us for a while causing trouble. There's a lot of different directions they can go with that.

On a side note, I found it funny that 2 of the characters of the show (Anna & Dale) were from also characters together on a show I thought was good but didn't get the proper airplay, Firefly.
JoshWilding - 11/4/2009, 3:05 PM
I just watched it and thought it was excellent!!! Its the most exciting premiere of a TV show I've seen since Dexter! I just hope it can keep the pace up from here...does anyone know if its going to be just one season or more?
Whispers68 - 11/4/2009, 3:31 PM

There will be three more episodes this month and it will continue the rest of the season's nine episodes in March 2010 after the Olympics begin. No word as to whether they'll continue from there or not, but chances are if the ratings continue (it beat the expectations by bringing in about 13.9 million viewers) then they may do a continuation of the serial series. It won't hit the UK until 2010.
JoshWilding - 11/4/2009, 3:35 PM
Whispers68: Thanks for the info bud! :) Bloody hell though that a long wait until March!!! They're risking losing a fair few viewers by leaving such a gap I would have thought... Im used to the UK being waaaay behind when it comes to the US TV shows so I watch everything online now (but often re-watch them when they air here!) Thank God for the internet because you guys make the best TV shows!
JerusalemJr - 11/4/2009, 3:48 PM
Not a fan of Dr. Who and Torchwood?
jallanr - 11/4/2009, 4:10 PM
i thought that the pilot of v was really good. I dont i agree wit most of wut u said, although the special effects arnt exactly movie quality, they def better thanbasiclly anything else out there on tv. rlly lookin forward to this show

woo hoo!
JoshWilding - 11/4/2009, 4:14 PM
JerusalemJr: The first two seasons of Torchwood were excellent but they made a huge mistake by killing off two of the main characters in the Season 2 finale IMO and that sort of ruined it for me...I was really disappointed by that 5 part special from a few months back as well! Dr. Who is a bit hit and miss for me - I wasnt a fan of Christopher Eccleston but David Tennant has been excellent as the Doctor! Not sure about the new guy though... In my opinion, no UK TV show can match up to the likes of House, 24, Supernatural, Dexter etc! Its a pity because there are a lot of decent shows here but nothing thats as original or that can match up to any of the ones I've mentioned above!

Im actually glad that I watched this today - it helped me finish off my Alpha Flight Fan Cast which you'll find under Fan Fic sometime tomorrow! :)
Banner123 - 11/4/2009, 4:22 PM
Solid pilot. I enjoyed it, but while watching, was curious to see how long it would be before they revealed the reptile aliens underneath the human forms. As mentioned by a few other posters, it would have been more compelling to have the V's gain the trust of the earth characters and viewers to a certain extent even though we know what is coming. Gotta say, I watched this show as a kid and it used to scare me shitless! The peeling away of the faces was always freaky. Check out some of the youtube videos to really get an idea of what the show was like back then. With the advances of special effects and if the writing is done well, the show has a lot of potential.

@Runefyst.... I too was hooked much more by FlashForward, but it's been slowing down a bit. I think having V and FlashForward is a way for ABC to 'hedge their bet' when the time comes that LOST goes off the air
Set2Fallfirst - 11/4/2009, 4:35 PM
lol @lee norma jeane is my gf hahaha thats why i said that about her robin pics. Photobucket

that costume is a gift used year round now ; ]]
GUNSMITH - 11/4/2009, 6:03 PM
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