I’ll be up front with you. I didn’t really watch the original mini series or full season runs of the original “V.” I can’t tell you why, it seems like something my young mind would have liked at the time. I remember watching a few of them, but never really following it. So I think, like a number of people, I remember the concept, but not the actual story.
The premier episode was okay. I know some radio DJ’s were raving about it on my Wednesday morning commute. Yeah, it had some action. The special effects were as good as anything on “Lost.” There were also a number of actors in the cast worth watching.
The thing for me was the concept seems worn out. Since it has came out we have seen a number of different versions of aliens come to Earth for their own purposes scenario. The film version Alien Nation spawned a TV series and several TV films about aliens among us. “Independence Day” gave us aliens that didn’t really want us around. Even “The Matrix” was about aliens enslaving the human race.
The other part that seems to be wearing on me is the multi thread plots that are played out by an ensemble cast. “Heroes” does the best job of this by only concentrating on a couple of characters at a time. “Flash Forward” is also in this camp along with the show it’s destined to replace, “Lost.” “V” really reminds a lot of “The 4400” in this regard.
I like all of these shows and films. What bothers me isn’t the aliens, plot, or large cast. It’s that all of them combined make me feel like it’s been done before. Oh wait, it has. It’s a remake of a show that spawned copies that inspired the remake.
In case you didn’t know the original show was two mini series and 19 episodes of weekly television. A little more than one season, basically. Yet, ABC decided that it was time to remake a show that really wasn’t a big hit at the time. Why now?
I’m betting there is a couple of reasons for this. The first being to compete with “Fringe” and some of the other Sci-Fi offerings that are out there on various networks. The other reason I suspect is that a good portion of the show happens on Earth in cities. Shooting on existing backlots is a lot cheaper than creating whole new alien environments.
I’m guessing most of us have been somewhere and seen a cover band. But, how many of you have ever paid the same price to see a cover band as the real performer? And that’s what this version of V feels like to me, a cover band that has pulled up a nostalgic 80’s hit. You might like it, but it’s because you like the lyrics or the tune. Occasionally, a cover improves on the original, but that normally requires a new twist on it.
I can’t believe that ABC would give a retread like this a chance. I’m sure they were hoping people of Mrs. Nerd and my generation are going to be nostalgic about it. To be fair, Mrs. Nerd kind of liked it. But, she isn’t a huge Sci Fi fan. For her the song is a newer and fresher.
Both of us do agree on one thing. We’d rather have an original show like “Pushing Daisies” back instead of this. It’s sad to see a major network spinning cover tunes instead of giving us some new music that we can dance to.
I’ll keep watching with Mrs. Nerd to see if it improves. Okay, and I think human eating lizard babies are cute.