I’ve finally had a chance to watch the pilot episode of ABC’s V and I have to say that I’m REALLY happy with the way it turned out! I won’t bother going into a recap here cause there are literally thousands of podcasts, blogs, etc. out there that will do that for you. That said, I was so exicted about the show’s return that I figured I needed to do a follow up with a couple of thoughts on the show.
- First off… it LOOKS great. I recently re-watched the original and the special effects were TERRIBLE. This show isn’t movie quality CGI but I’ve got to say it’s some of the best that I’ve seen on TV.
- The updates to the story are well done – and necessary. They’ve brought the story into current day scenarios by using references to terrorist cells, universal health care, etc.
- Political stance – I don’t buy it. The 406 blog has historically been apolitical and I intend on keeping it that way. There have been many stories that V is social commentary on President Obama. Quite frankly I don’t buy it and I’ll leave it at that.
- I miss Mike Donovan but I’m thrilled with Elizabeth Mitchell as the choice of the lead and think that she’ll do a GREAT job.
- I LOVE the fact that the V’s have been on Earth for years before the series has started. A nice update on the original tale.
- Time line – this is a bad thing. For those that don’t know V is going to have 4 episodes and then take a break until MARCH due to the Olympic games on ABC. Not sure if this is yet another tactical error on ABC’s part or not. I hope that the show gains a large following that will indeed return after such a long hiatus.
All of that being said, after one episode I can say that I’m very happy with where the series is going. There’s some GREAT potential there. I just hope that they really knock it out for these next 3 episodes to really get people hooked. Time will tell.