Man, you guys. I really like this show, and I am bummed it’s going on hiatus after only FOUR episodes! That is cruel. Also, can we briefly discuss how the title card came up and Billy referred to it as a “bloody V”? Sigh.
This week’s episode kept things moving on all fronts, which I liked. My favorite story is probably still Scott Wolf’s (and also, I am having a TERRIBLE time getting a grip on the names on this show, so hang with me as I refer to them by description or the actor’s name, and I’ll keep working on it). I find it interesting that he’s beating himself up for the unethical interview, so he kind of maybe tries to make up for it by having his own debate with different guests on his show, but in the end, he’s still kind of the Vs’ bitch, as he brought it back around to a positive spin. And at the end, you kind of wish that he’d just wanted to do the right thing, but you’re left with the sort of queasy feeling that maybe he just wanted the appearance of the right thing, but his own personal gain is still the most important thing to him.
Also, when Anna was watching that show, she was SCARY, dude. And I love the acting choices she made, which were all in the face. It reminded me a little bit of Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek (probably my favorite movie of this past summer, btw), and how he was definitely not a human, but he still had some emotions and found really subtle ways to express them. Meanwhile, I don’t think the Vs are supposed to be AS stoic as the Vulcans, and we’ve already seen that they are definitely subject to human emotions (i.e., Almost-Engaged Secret Alien).
But Anna’s face was CRAZY. She looked shocked and upset and angry all at the same time while barely moving, and you really just had no idea what she would do. Same thing, kind of, when Scott Wolf came up to the Manhattan Mothership to talk her down, and you could see her calming down and getting a little googly-eyed, like she had a schoolgirl crush on him. And again, her face BARELY moved, but it was totally enough. I think Morena Baccarin might have been as awesomely cast as possible.
Moving on to Almost-Engaged Secret Alien, I liked that story too. (Actually, I pretty much liked all the stories, so I should probably quit saying that … but probably I won’t.) It was cool getting to see how their healing/medical process went, and I like his Mechanic Secret Alien Friend. Who, you know, drugged him … but still looked out for his best interests and tried to warn him about getting away from his fiance and keeping her out of danger. I think it’s interesting because I wonder if he CAN, like if he’s strong enough to do it, and I hope they continue in that vein because it seems like in TV shows and movies where someone has to leave their One True Love or whatever, for some selfless reason or to keep them out of harm’s way, it’s always like, yeah, I’ll totally do it and not think twice, and then I’ll suffer in silence forever. But in reality, I think that would be REALLY REALLY REALLY hard, and not that easy a choice. Plus, most people are selfish. I know I am, and I wouldn’t want to just leave Billy and run off by myself. So then it becomes like a three-option question–do you leave, do you stay and carry on as normal, or do you stay and let them in on the secret? I’d like to see the show explore this a bit.
And speaking of things I’d like to see the show explore … let’s discuss the priests. Now, before I say what I’m about to say, let me just tell you that I am a total spoilerphobe and have no idea what’s coming next, but I AM about to speculate, so if you don’t even want to read that, skip this paragraph, okay? Cool. Anyway, as we were watching this, Billy said that he thinks the old priest is an alien. And can I just say, I hope not? First of all, it’s way too obvious. Secondly, I think it’s a MUCH more interesting story if he’s not. It’s two differing opinions by people of the same religious stature, and not just some master V plan of indoctrination. I prefer that.
I do like the young priest a lot, and how jaded he’s becoming, and I’ll be interested in seeing that play out. It’s clear that he and FBI Lady are the cornerstone of this show, and I like that, and I like that they found out what each other does for a living in this episode. Although, and I know I might get ripped a new one for saying this, since she’s y’all’s “Lost” girl and everything, but does anyone else find FBI Lady to be a bit of a mushmouth? I kept having to rewind the DVR and me and Billy keep looking at each other and saying, “Wha … ? Huh? What did she say? I don’t know, rewind!”
Her storyline did whiz around all over the place a little bit–I liked what happened with her convincing her director that not only did she have a hand in Alan Tudyk’s disappearance, but also that he might have been working for a terrorist cell and that she can prove it. This was my big beef, actually–that she could prove it in one (half of an) episode, and with just ONE. SIMPLE. PHONE STATEMENT! Sort of ridiculous, and not very smooth on his part either. He’s in the FBI, hasn’t that bitch heard of a prepaid cell phone that you throw away? Hello!
I did like her interactions with the priest, and that they found out the Vs were intercepting 911 calls. I also liked seeing Tory from Battlestar Galactica (MORE nerd cred!) and finding out a little more about the state of the Vs’ relations with the US and other governments. And I always like seeing the Blue Ball of Death come out of nowhere!
As for FBI Lady’s kid … I like that we have the youth element and I like the possibilities it provides, especially with seeing the inside of the ship and learning more about how they work, but I can’t quite shake the feeling that he’s a turd and I might not like him. I mean, the flirting was kind of cute, especially Laura Vandervoort flirting, but him showing her multiple pictures of his bike and then punching a dude? Loserville! And yet I’m still totally interested, so they must be doing something right.
Okay, I think that mostly covers it, although there was a TON of stuff in this episode, so if I forgot something, PLEASE remind me in the comments, and join in the chat of what you did and didn’t like, what did and didn’t work, and how much you loved Anna’s high-tech closet rummaging device (which, as my TwitterFriend heroine_tv pointed out, Cher from Clueless would be WAY jealous of)!