At least V fires on all cylinders! That’s great. What’s not great is that this might not be the season finale, but the series finale.
This episode pulled out all the stops as three major characters die, new characters are introduced, we see the Vs without human skin, and the status quo is changed with the bad guys winning.
The Fifth Column’s plan to overthrow Anna (Morena Baccarin) goes south when Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) doesn’t have the nerve to assassinate her, especially after Anna realizes this and plays on her daughter’s emotions.
Even though this part of the coup fails, Queen Diana (Jane Badler) still wants to rally her people. However, in a WTF moment, Anna mercilessly guts her and tells Lisa, “Now that’s how you kill your mother.” Cold.
Anna’s egg hatches and her child (marking the first time we see the aliens in their true form and they’re pretty ugly) is fitted with Lisa’s skin. The Lisa doppelganger next makes love to Tyler (Logan Huffman), then kills him with the real Lisa watching helplessly in her dungeon. Anna wanted Lisa to see this to make her suffer, once again showing her how vindictive she is. What makes Anna so dangerous is that she’s not crazy, but very cunning and calculating.
Another example of this is how Anna poisons Amy (Tanessa Holomon), the human-alien hybrid daughter of Ryan (Morris Chestnut) and Valerie (Lourdes Benedicto) against her own father. In fact, Amy murders Ryan (or at least it seems that way) by breaking his neck with her tail.
It has to be noted that Amy is very similar to Elizabeth from the original V. Elizabeth was a human-alien hybrid who grew exponentially and possessed powers beyond the scope of even the Visitors. This was demonstrated with Amy as she uses the Bliss – a form of mass telepathy – to take control of the human race. Previously, Bliss was something that can only work on Visitors.
The subplot where Chris Bolling (Jay Karnes) and Paul Kendrick (Roark Critchlow) investigate Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) is addressed again after several episodes. Turns out, they’re on her side and are part of Project: Ares, a clandestine cabal that knows that the Vs are up to no good. Their leader is Lars Tremont (Marc Singer, the hero of the original V), who brings Erica into the fold.
The episode ends on a cliffhanger with Erica and a Blissed-out Jack (Joel Gretsch) staring up at the sky (similar to the way the original V ended). Erica is unaware of her son’s fate, as well as the fates of Ryan and Diana. Also, Anna learns of Chad’s (Scott Wolf) duplicity and has her people retrieve him for her, not to mention that Hobbes (Charles Mesure) wasn’t seen after early in the episode when he gives Lisa the gun to kill Anna. So where did he go?
Plenty going on here as things really kick into high gear, which is why it got the grade it received. Let’s hope we get to see this resolved because V’s episode count was reduced from 13 to 10 this season and the ratings haven’t been the greatest. Plus, episodes cannot be seen online. This doesn’t bode well for this series.
However, a spokeswoman from ABC stated that its fall schedule won’t be announced until May 17. As of now, ABC has not committed to picking up several shows, including V, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7 (its two Tuesday night companion shows on prime-time), Brothers & Sisters, and Desperate Housewives, to name a few. For now, this episode of V is a season finale, NOT a series finale.
Let’s hope that remains so come May 17 because the fans deserve to see this resolved.
Fans of this show: If you want to see V return for a third season, click on http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us in order to express your desire to see these characters again to Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment.