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Good popcorn TV. Some random thoughts:

* It's nice to see Elizabeth Mitchell, Alan Tudyk, and Morena Baccarin all getting work. I'm less crazy about the other characters so far.

* I'm not sure if it's the haircut or what, but they did something to give Morena Baccarin just a hint of uncanny valley, and it's very effective. She's still gorgeous but I can totally buy that she's an evil reptilian who wants to eat my family and my pets.

* The Syphillis Channel has been replaying episodes from the original series. Having seen it the first time around as a kid, I knew it would be cheesy, but damn... It's striking how much the state-of-the-art of TV storytelling has changed, particularly the pacing. The new V squeezes in three major plot points in the same time it took the old series to open the door on one of the alien shuttlecraft.

* The alien spacecraft appear over 23 major cities around the world, but of course the action is set in America. I know it's a different show, but I really would love to see an alien invasion story centered around, say, Tehran. (No, I still haven't seen District 9, but it's in the Netflix queue for December.)

* Since I bring it up, what are Khamenei and Ahmadinejad's responses to the giant face of Morena Baccarin floating over the Iranian capital? And how are the North Koreans taking it?

* The show's biggest misstep is the failure, once again, to acknowledge the reality of the Internet. There's a major subplot about the aliens' subversion of the mainstream media, but the MSM just isn't the informational gatekeeper it used to be. Lisa and I both wanted to know why the resistance wasn't posting video of a captured alien, minus its human skin, on YouTube. Where's the #zomgsheisareptile Twitter feed? Of course it's possible that the aliens are using their super-advanced technology to somehow filter out all negative webposts, emails, and tweets, but if they've got that level of control, taking over the MSM ought to be trivial.

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hal_obrien
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I've only seen the first nine minutes, which are online... But I liked the self-referentiality of one fanboy-ish type going, "This is the real Independence Day!" while another replies, "Which was a rip-off of untold earlier alien invasion stories..."

V, in its original incarnation, always seemed to me to be "Childhood's End meets "To Serve Man."" The visuals over New York, echoing Childhood's End's covers, seemed particularly blatant.

Your point about internet communications is well taken. Heck, even in the mid-1980s when I was one of the first to chat on BITNET's RELAY, I would think to myself, "Imagine if the anti-Vietnam protesters had had this." It's only gotten more developed since then.

Edited at 2009-11-04 08:48 pm (UTC)
morbid_o
Nov. 4th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
The acting in this really nagged at me during the pilot. I'm hoping that it's just first-episode awkwardness.
wiredgargoyle
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Some good points, all pretty much came to my mind as well.

A major plot point they introduced was that the Visitors had been here for a long time, creating the economic/social/political turmoil that is gripping our planet right now. With that in mind, you'd think they could use the already placed major talking heads on Fox/MSNBC/CNN/AL JAZEERA etc. whom the various sides trust for news to do the big interview. Why turn to a human who'd otherwise be a gamble? Unless they're trying to push some sort of romance between Anna and Chad Decker?

They're also going for the creepy cross species mating plot from the old V. Specifically, the Ryan Nichols character in a relationship with a human which would infer quite alot in the way of similiar bodily 'functions' if they've been sexually active.

I'd also be interested in learning how that cloned human skin works. Is it some technology that keeps the skin supple, filled with blood and body heat warm to the touch? What about the sense of touch and that's being relayed to the wearer of the 'skin suit'...
bluetyson
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Although 'slower' isn't such a bad tradeoff for 'ten minutes less screaming advertising' - which is one reason shows are faster now?

Of course these days, no need to see advertising, ever. :)
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