Just to introduce you to this “checking in” thing, we’ll occasionally be doing posts here on the blog for shows that we don’t regularly cover but still watch and sometimes feel like talking about. This is one such post.
Alright, so V finished it’s second season this week, and that seemed like a good time to talk about it. It’s considered a bubble show at this point, but I’m not real confident it’ll get picked up. It might, but … Anyway, what follows will be a totally bipolar look and reasons why I kind of hope it isn’t renewed and a few reasons why I kind of hope it is.
It seems weird to hope for a show that you watch to get cancelled, mainly because 1. If you want it to get cancelled, why are you watching it? and 2. If you like it enough to watch it, why do you want it to be cancelled. Listen, I don’t know. Perhaps I am the mythical mystery wrapped in an enigma dipped in chocolate. More than that though, I think I’m an optimist who keeps wanting the show to get better. And to be real honest with you, it DID get better here in the last couple episodes and particularly in the finale. I’m just not sure it’s enough.
I keep watching the show because I really like sci-fi, and for all the vampires and werewolves and zombies on TV right now, there’s just not much sci-fi. I do have a void where Battlestar was, and I had hoped that V would at least somewhat fill it. I knew any sci-fi show I tried to follow BSG with would be … less … but it’s like boyfriends, right? You have to do the rebound thing with SOMEONE, so you might as well get it over with so you can move on to the next great love. My biggest complaint about V isn’t that it’s BAD, it’s that it’s BORING. There are good stories to be had, but the show gets suffocated by its own pace. I commented to Billy about three episodes ago, maybe less, that if you hadn’t watched this show since early in S1, you would be able to come back in with no problem since absolutely nothing had changed. Um, that is NOT a good thing, for those keeping track.
Yeah, having said all that, I really DON’T know why I kept watching it. Part habit, part Billy, I think. And I’ll keep watching it, even if it doesn’t get any better, which is a strong argument for hoping for cancellation.
BUT. And thank god for buts (hee!), I think that the end of S2 really did set up some great story stuff. Erica has discovered the underground lair of resistance, she’s sleeping with Hobbs (or as he’s known at our place, Straight Hugh Jackman), and her whiny ass bitch ass fucker of a son is (hopefully) dead, eaten by his alien girlfriend’s evil doppelganger. So Erica is free to realize her full badass potential now.
Anna also has a lot going on, and Lisa has shown her cards on wanting to kill Anna, but stupidly did not follow through. There’s a lot of potential there. I am more interested in the idea of the humans overthrowing Anna to make Lisa queen than I am of the humans defeating the Visitors, which seems like a story dead end and therefore not likely until the end of the series (assuming this wasn’t it). I WAS sad to see Anna kill Diana, because she was my favorite–every scene that Anna and Diana had together was comedic gold, like straight up watching an episode of Passions with Spike. God, it was hilarious–so laughably dramatic, and I loved Diana’s red dress with the cutout that made her tit’s look like a tiny baby’s ass. Hee! Maybe that’s it–the camp was my favorite part of this show, and maybe it needs a little more of that. It doesn’t seem like a show where that would belong, but some tonal changes and lightness helped.
At this point, I don’t know who’s still watching this show, or who ever was. My guess is that none of the regular crowd here watches it, although I sometimes wish SOMEONE did, just so I could have a five minute tweet session about it. It has its moments, but what I really wish is that this was a better show.
Alright … if anyone is out there, still reading this, it’s comment time. Talk to me. What did you think of this season, and what do you think of the show in general? Let’s have our five minutes!