The premise of V is so inherently juicy — those nice well-mannered aliens secretly want to kill us all! — so it was a real bummer that season 1 of the sci-fi reboot turned into such a go-nowhere slog. But a new creative team, headed up by showrunner Jonathan Rosenbaum, managed to inject some thrill juice in the season finale, and although last night’s premiere was far from perfect, it was the show’s most consistent outing yet. It was darker, funnier, faster than last season. Best of all, it was weirder: In one pivotal scene, the show took a decisive (and seriously gross) step into full-on sci-fi grotesquerie.
Let’s run down what we saw last night, and consider what it portends for this ten-episode second season:
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