Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cameron Litvack, Gregg Hurwitz Director: Jeff Woolnough Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2011 Maybe I’ve been wanting V to turn itself around so badly, that I completely overlooked how campy it’s become. With “Uneasy Lies the Hand”, the show has somehow devolved into a silly soap opera with hokey dialogue, ridiculous reaction shots and a wholly unbelievable romantic hook-up that was worth it only to see Elizabeth Mitchell (who plays FBI agent Erica Evans) undressed and sporting a […]Read On »
Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writers: Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman, Akiva Goldsman Director: Fred Toye Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 25, 2011 When the previews to last week’s FRINGE had us going back in time to when Walter (John Noble) was working with the Cortexiphan kids in Jacksonville, Florida, I was hoping we’d finally get to see it. I wanted to see the point where evil Walter was upon us, the reason why he had William Bell remove parts of his brain and the reason why he was locked away in […]Read On »
Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cathyrn Humphris Director: David Barrett Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 22, 2011 It’s taken one and a half seasons, but it looks like V is finally on a roll and heading into the right direction. At the end of last week’s episode, Fifth Column leader Eli Cohn (Oded Fehr) was killed and FBI Agent Erica Evans was named as his replacement. With her ex-husband dead and Anna stealing her son Tyler (Logan Huffman) away from her, “Birth Pangs” showcases […]Read On »
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 »
Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Kirk Acevedo Director: Brad Anderson Writers: David Wilcox, Ethan Gross Airs: Fridays on Fox Original Telecast: February 11, 2011 Bugs. I don’t think anyone really likes them other than those that have something invested scientifically. Even if you don’t mind them, you can’t really say you enjoy their presence. So having them hatch and explode from inside of you isn’t a pleasant thought at all and gives me specifically the heebie jeebies. Of course, it was FRINGE that decided to capitalize on this very subject in “Immortality” where a […]Read On »
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 »
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 »
Anyway … “Concrete and Ask Again” delved away from the core mythology of FRINGE for the first time in a few weeks by delivering a “monster of the week” tale. Of course, there was no real monster here as it was a trio of ex-military officers scorned by the fact that after they were inoculated for a powder that breaks every bone in the body, they couldn’t have children or their children died of the same bone condition the powder caused.
Well, that’s it. Peter (Joshua Jackson) is starting to crack on FRINGE.
When you go on a murderous rampage of self-affirmation and just-cause that’s always a bad precedent to start – even if that murderous rampage happened to be the wholesale killing of a bunch of scumbag shapeshifters.
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.