The US reviews are in for the remake of V, the classic 1980s science fiction with rodent-eating aliens.
And they like what they see. One went as far as to call it ‘irresistable’ and another described it as ‘a first-rate thriller filled with twists, shocks and heroic figures.’ And apparently it’s all about Morena Baccarin (pictured) as the alien leader.
Despite those promos Nine ran, programmer Michael Healy told TV Tonight last week he had decided to hold it until next year, working around ABC’s episode split of 4 now, 4 next year (please don’t use the D word, guys…).
While “V” might at first appear like a strange Reagan-era artifact, ABC and the producers have concocted an updated reboot that’s unexpectedly timely — a strange amalgam of post-Sept. 11 paranoia and science-fiction soap opera. The pilot busily races through too much business, but it dangles a tantalizing array of plots, and features a knockout performance (in more ways than one) by Morena Baccarin as the cool, beguiling alien leader. The network’s scheduling gambit — four weeks on in November, then a hiatus — is either genius or folly, but “V’s” maiden voyage rates near the top of the alphabet. The best science fiction always has something to say about the present, and the show does that without skimping on the soapy or dramatic elements. Whether the serialized storytelling can be sustained is potentially another matter (witness the growing pains experienced by ABC’s “FlashForward”), but at least in terms of the acrobatics that go into a polished launch, “V” sticks the landing.
The Hollywood Reporter said:
After about 25 years, those sneaky, lizardlike aliens are back. Once again, they want to take over Earth and, maybe, destroy or consume the populace. But so what? In exchange for their malevolence, they promise to provide a world of fast-paced, eye-catching action and provocative drama. Bold and still surprising, ABC’s new “V” is clever enough for a cult following and accessible enough to reach a broad demo.
Miami Herald said:
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 Vs 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 Vs), a religious allegory (the Vs 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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said:
Following a production shutdown for creative retooling, ABC has decided to air just four “V” episodes this month with the promise of more to come in March, which is not the most positive sign that the success of the pilot will carry forward. But the ingredients are certainly right. After her role as Juliet on “Lost,” it’s tough to imagine another actress who balances empathy and brains as well as Mitchell, a smart choice for the lead hero of “V.” Gretsch offers solid support as a rock of a priest; actor Morris Chestnut intrigues as an engaged businessman with a secret past unbeknownst to his fiance and Baccarin displays a scarily serene coolness that positions Anna as a formidable adversary to humankind. Once again we have Visitors — time will tell if viewers and ABC executives welcome them with open arms.
Orlando Sentinel said:
The surprisingly timely “V” plays off concerns about universal health care, terrorism, sleeper cells and journalists’ access to leaders. But the series is, above all, a first-rate thriller filled with twists, shocks and heroic figures. Director Yves Simoneau and writer Scott Peters get the show off to a thrilling start as the Visitors shake, rattle and roll into view. The most exciting sequence contrasts the Visitor leader’s smarmy interview on national television with a secret meeting among humans intent on fighting alien power. “V” is simpler and more old-fashioned than ABC’s “Lost” and “FlashForward.” That approach may help “V” in the long run click with a mass audience. “V” is, along with CBS’ “Good Wife” and The CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” one of the fall’s most promising efforts. The sci-fi thriller should mean good things for ABC, which could use a ratings miracle from the Visitors.