Thursday, April 8, 2010

V for Vapid

I recorded this week's V and tried to watch it last night, but after a few minutes had absolutely NO interest in it whatsoever.

I thought the original V miniseries from the 1980s was a fun tale (as fun as update Nazi allegories can be), but this new version doesn't seem to offer anything new. I'm simply not interested in any of the characters. No one "pops"; the cast are all competent actors, but no one stands out. Elizabeth Mitchell is just not a commanding lead, at least not here. Her icy-ness is a problem. I think it's just bad casting (for spot-on casting look at ER (the original cast), The X-Files, NYPD Blue (before David Caruso started hiding behind sunglasses - and look at how veteran actor Dennis Franz brought Andy Sipowicz to life!), Lost, The Sopranos, The Wire and Battlestar Galactica).

In Battlestar Galactica, the humans had to worry about Cylon infiltrators and terrorists among them, since Cylons had evolved to look exactly like humans. In this new V, the Visitors have to contend with traitors among THEM, who are opposed to their leader's plans. OMG, they flipped that on us! But where BSG was totally involving, V is just a big shrug.

They should have stuck with the Nazi allegory.

ps: from what I've read recently about its ratings, V doesn't seem long for the TV world, nor does FlashForward which I've also sorta given up on. But on the good news front, Fringe is a go for season three!

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