Okay, so to answer the first question we’re all asking each other–I liked it! Did you?
From there, let me just say that I haven’t seen any of the original series and hadn’t even heard of it until recently, so I have nothing really to add from that perspective. I fell in very much like, which is good for a sci-fi geek girl like myself, who finds falling in love with new stuff kind of challenging. But it could BECOME love, if say I’m having a really shitty day and V offers to take me out to the Olive Garden just to be nice. That’s what Billy does, because he is the best BF ever, and if V really wants to know how to make me fall in love, they could get tips from him. Or from BSG. Which reminds me, I wasn’t into the pilot of BSG at ALL, so V is already ahead there. In general, I thought it moved quickly, had interesting characters and an interesting premise, looked amazing, and was super fun. I’m completely stoked to see more sci-fi on network television (especially since the bitches at Comcast don’t think SyFy should come with my regular cable), and I am SUPER thrilled to have something to watch on Tuesday TV Wasteland.
Obviously this show has some serious geek cred, what with it being a remake and all the Whedon alums, plus an actress from Lost, a production team with an impressive nerd pedigree, cool effects, and hello … it’s about aliens. Speaking of, did anyone else catch Laura Vandervoort, AKA Smallville’s SuperGirl? That’s twice now that she’s been cast as an alien. A very hot alien, no doubt, but how many times do you get cast as an alien before you start to wonder if it’s you? And I can’t believe I’m saying this, because in general, while I love Smallville madly (and kind of hate it too), I don’t generally think they’re better at anything that anyone else, but … they really need to bring back whoever was doing her makeup over there. She looked really washed out on the mothership, and their lighting didn’t even look fluorescent.
Where was I going with this?
Oh, right. Obviously it’s not a lot of geek cred, and a lot of potential, but there are a couple issues that I would worry about. First of all, it was pretty easy for me to suspend disbelief while watching the show, but then later as I continued thinking about it, I realized that I usually cut sci-fi shows a lot of slack because they exist in a different world than ours. But V wants to take place in modern day America and hold onto some of that reality, and if they want to do that and maintain integrity, they have to either operate in reality or explain whatever different set of rules we’re working with.
The thing is, I like the thought of there being a resistance made up of more or less average Joes, and I like focusing on it from the perspective of the common people, but in doing that, you miss out on a LOT of what happens behind the scenes, which was part of the awesomeness of Battlestar Galactica (sorry, I’m not trying to be obnoxious with the comparisons). Because you dealt so much with Roslin and Adama, you were watching the people responsible for making decisions and their thought processes in doing so. Here, we know that the Visitors met with the UN, but that’s about it. I just have a hard time believing that people would be so immediately accepting of all this and that the US in particular would just let them wander in and do whatever they want, especially re: setting up healing centers. But it may just be something I have to get over if I want to enjoy the show, and I definitely do.
Because the storylines that we DO have are really working for me, especially the one with the priest. His conversation with the older priest was so interesting and seemed exactly how a converation like that might go, and I don’t know … I just found that a fascinating angle to take. (Also, I should probably make it perfectly clear that I don’t know anyone’s name yet besides Anna’s.)
I liked the FBI angle too, mostly because of story possibilities and the mom/agent was pretty good too–loved when she called the kid about the video and said that she was SO proud. I was truly shocked when Alan Tudyk turned out to be an alien in disguise, and less shocked but still excited when the black guy turned out to be a good rebel alien. Also, that guy’s future? fiance is one of the hottest girls I’ve ever seen. And the way the teenage son’s obession with the aliens ties into Agent Mom’s storyline also really works for me.
I have to say though that my favorite story of the episode was Scott Wolf as the reporter stuck in an ethical dilemma, probably because I was most interested in seeing what he’d do and because there again, it seemed like something that could legitimately happen. And I liked that even though he did it, he didn’t seem to like it and he seemed to kind of hate himself for it, but he couldn’t say no to doing it again because the promise of fame was just too much for him. But you know, being the new guy’s bitch doesn’t usually end well–just ask Gaius Baltar. (OKAY, I’m sorry!)
So I’ve heard people saying, “ZOMG it’s totally about Obama!” or “It’s obviously about terrorists!” Well, I could see how certain things could be taken either way for both of those arguments, but nothing that I thought ran throughout the whole episode even, and it’s WAY too soon to call the symbolism for a series, if there even is intentional allegory. So my vote is that we all chill out on that for awhile, but given that this is the internet, doubtful, so … as you were. :)
A couple other odds and ends before I turn it over to you guys–I love the spaceship. It is GORGEOUS. I loved how the bottom flipped over into screens–I was so mesmerized, and I was especially taken with the inside, which looks so sleek and awesome (particularly the city they were looking down over). And, total nerd moment, I got SO EXCITED during the interview with Anna because the red chairs they were sitting in? We totally have those in my office! Y’all, my office has spaceship furniture! How cool is THAT?
Speaking of the interview, I’m trying to place who Scott Wolf is looking like. My initial thought was Michael J. Fox, but now I kind of think it’s like Michael J. Fox and Seth Meyers had a baby. Anybody else have any better ideas?
Did anyone else fah-reak out when they started cutting skin flaps (cleverly in the shape of a V, of course)? I was gonna get totally grossed out, and I was all WTF, but it did definitely serve a purpose both for the meeting and for the audience, so we could get an idea of what’s underneath the Visitor skin. And I liked having just a taste, with the skin and one eyeball–very cool and restrained.
And finally, the last segment was totally action packed and surprising and I enjoyed that a lot, but I was so pissed at the promo monkeys for spoiling me WAY too hard for next week re: Alan Tudyk/Wash. If for some reason, anyone there sees this, TELL THEM NOT TO DO THAT AGAIN.
Alright, what did everyone think? I can’t WAIT to get your thoughts–did it meet your expectations? Did you have a favorite part? Do you think you’ll be able to overlook the issues? And which geek fandom idol (if any) did you tune in for? Share it in the comments!