TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Siege”

Elizabeth Mitchell and Nicholas Lea in V - Season 2 - "Siege" |©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Dean Widenmann Director: John Behring Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 15, 2011 All I can say is, “it’s about friggin’ time.” After a low point last week with the utterly lifeless “Concordia” episode of V, the show finally grows some alien balls to shake things up, kill off some characters and deliver a mission statement that probably should have happened a little earlier in the season. Yes, “Siege” is what V has desperately needed – a cleaning house episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Concordia”

Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season 2 - "Concordia" | ©2011 ABC/Sergei Backlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: David Rambo Director: Jesse Warn Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 8, 2011 There’s only so much planning an audience can take when it comes to aliens getting ready to take over earth and V is severely testing that patience. It’s clear Season Two is going to end on the V’s true intentions finally being revealed to the world – but that means any remaining fans have to suffer through a bunch of filler episodes that lead nowhere fast. With […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V star Joel Gretsch doesn’t let those lizards get under his collar

Joel Gretsch in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

In Season Two of V, it’s become pretty clear that the alien Visitors, lead by Morena Baccarin’s stern Anna, do not have the best interests of humanity at heart. What the Vs do have is an enormous amount of high-tech weaponry. Standing against them are a small group of mixed humans and Vs known as the Fifth Column. Joel Gretsch plays Father Jack Landry, a key member of the Fifth Column whose faith is powerfully tested by both the existence and actions of the Visitors. Gretsch is something of a genre veteran – he was in the extraterrestrial miniseries TAKEN […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Unholy Alliance”

Joel Gretsch, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jay Karnes in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Something strange and wonderful happened with V last night taking its regular story about aliens and the human resistance fighters trying to take them down and mixing it with the hot button issue of “religion.”

Religion in science-fiction is a no brainer (not without its own controversy), and to find such an intelligence, smart and still entertaining way of integrating it into a network show takes balance and tact which writer Rockne S. O’Bannon handles effortlessly.

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Laid Bare”

Rekha Sharma is dissected on V - Season 2 - "Laid Bare" | ©2011 ABC/Jeff Petry

It’s no surprise that V has struggled during its run to find its voice and remedy pacing issues. And the first two episodes of Season Two offered up promise, but still felt like the series was dealing with the wayward plotting ghosts of Season One.

However, “Laid Bare” has remedied many of those issues. A solid episode packed with action, revelations and some very cool effects, it’s one of the best episodes of the series to date and promises a major upheaval in the personal lives of all the characters.

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TV Review: V – SEASON 2 – “Serpent’s Tooth”

Joel Gretsch in V - Season 2 - "Serpent's Tooth" | ©2011 ABC/Elke Schroter

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writers: Gregg Hurwitz Director: Steve Shill Network: ABC Original Telecast: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 You know, having a Visitor around the house would be pretty handy. Any time you get a mouse infestation or a rat, you’d have the perfect defense … they’d just be able to devour it and be done with it. Of course, this was the money shot that V fans have been waiting for since the beginning of the rebooted series began. The lizards in action, doing lizard-type things […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC hopes the ‘V’ lizards won’t die

Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort, Logan Huffman, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure in V - Season Two | ©2010 ABC/photo by Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the strategy for V – Season 2 and hopes the numbers continue to be as strong as the season two premiere. “Those lizards just won’t die,” says Lee. “They keep coming back. We’re pleased with that. We wanted to give it space [by ordering] ten episodes, so we could quality control those episodes. We brought whole new ideas to it and amped up the adrenaline in that show to make sure it gets better and better.” CLICK HERE for ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with V […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – SEASON 2 – “Red Rain” – Season Premiere

Logan Huffman and Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season Two - "Red Rain" |©2011 ABC/Marcel Williams

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Morena Baccarin, Laura Vandervoort, Scott Wolf, Logan Huffman, Charles Mesure Writers: Scott Rosenbaum and Gregg Andrew Hurwitz Director: Bryan Spicer Network: ABC, airs Tuesdays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 4, 2011 I had high hopes for the reboot of V when it aired last year. The classic series was fun and had some great moments but it was always cheeseball with lousy special effects and props. However, what made up for it was great storytelling and of a resistance that actually was organized, motivated and did something. The first season of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V star Morena Baccarin sheds her skin

Morena Baccarin in V - Season Two | ©2010 ABC/photo by Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s reboot of V, the alien Visitors trying to take over Earth are led by Anna (played by Morena Baccarin), who is a pretty cold customer even by extraterrestrial reptile standards. She mates with humans and then eats them, skins alive subordinates who displease her and even beats up her own daughter Lisa for disobedience. This season, we’ll see that Anna also has been dishing out rough treatment to her mother (portrayed by Jane Badler, who was the primary alien villainess in the original ’80s incarnation of V). Thanks to the fact that Anna is played by Baccarin (pronounced […]Read On »

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