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This new remake of "V" sounds interesting

From today's Chicago Tribune.

"V" starts tonight on ABC at 8:00 Eastern (7:00 Central).

'V' aims at Obamamania

By Glenn Garvin McClatchy/Tribune News
November 3, 2009

Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.

The news media swoons in admiration — one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: "Why don't you show some respect?!" The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader's origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: "Embracing change is never easy."

So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait — did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who's come here to eat us?

Welcome to ABC's "V," the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors.

"We're all so quick to jump on the bandwagon," observes one character. "A ride on the bandwagon, it sounds like fun. But before we get on, let us at least make sure it is sturdy."

The bandwagon in this case is conspicuously saucer-shaped. "V" starts with the arrival of a couple of dozen ships from outer space, piloted by creatures who look like humans except a lot prettier. "Don't be frightened," says their luminously beautiful leader Anna (Morena Baccarin, "Serenity"). "We mean no harm."

The aliens — who become known as V's, for visitors — quickly enthrall their wide-eyed human hosts.

A handful of dissidents hold out against the rapturous reception given the V's. Some are simply uneasy, such as the youthful priest Father Jack (Joel Gretsch, "The 4400"), who sharply criticizes the Vatican's embrace of the V's as divine creations: "Rattlesnakes are God's creatures too."

With or without the political sheen, "V" is sweeping television storytelling at its best. Whether you choose to view it as a blood-and-guts war story, a spy thriller (unlike the original show, these V's are perfect replicas of humans, so you never really know who might be sitting beside you at the bar), a high-stakes family drama (as households divide over the intentions of the V's), a religious allegory (the V's make a crippled man walk, filling up churches again) or just a sci-fi throwback to the days of "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" and "The Thing," "V" is irresistible. This bandwagon is definitely worth jumping on.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-tc-tvcolumn-v-1102-1103nov03,0,7062976.story

6 Comments:

  • Morena Baccarin..... they cut all her beautiful long hair off for her role.

    By four4me, at 10:03 PM

  • Well, looks like Obama is losing some of his pull in N.J. and Virginia. The next elections around the country will be really interesting.

    By rcbbuckeye, at 10:51 PM

  • Opening show was pretty good. Effects were very good for a network TV show. Not quite as good as BSG, but much better than most. I would have liked to see more departure from the old show though.

    By Todd, at 7:17 AM

  • Enjoyed the show, especially the message in the dialog. ;-)

    By konane, at 10:43 AM

  • Off topic ...... Huge congratulations are in order..... :-D

    "Christie Gives GOP Stunning Win In N.J.
    By Defeating Incumbent, Former U.S. Attorney Deals Blow To President Obama, Who Carried The State Easily In 2008

    http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/chris.christie.nj.2.1290144.html

    By konane, at 10:48 AM

  • Even Democrats did want the atrocious Corzine any more. I don't think Christie is the bees knees either, but at least he might be able to keep the state from sinking further into financial ruin. The productive people living in NJ have been fleeing by the thousands as their taxes have become unbearable.

    By Todd, at 10:55 AM

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