V: "Red Rain" Review

Hey, want to make sure everyone knows you're a Visitor mole planted in the FBI? Say this line after the world has suffered through a terrifying "Red Sky" outbreak for four days: "There's still no proof that the Visitors are behind this." Man, Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) should have smacked Agent Malik (BSG's Rekha Sharma) in the mouth after that dumbass remark. No, I'm not a huge fan of this new V reboot/remake/remodel, and you might have noticed that the episode reviews are now being conducted by me, Matt Fowler, and not by Eric Goldman anymore, but the show does have the potential to move out of some its more asinine trappings.

I think one of the things that struck me while I was watching the Season 2 premiere of V, "Red Rain," is that I don't want to see global sci-fi events through the eyes of FBI agents. I don't want giant, sweeping world wide catastrophes to be regulated to "case work" and for all the expository information to be funneled through the Bureau. It's too middle-ground. It, as an institution, is not powerful enough to get anything done and it's also not small enough to show us nuanced plights of humanity. I ran into similar problems with the "FBI as information hub" back when I tried to get into FlashForward.

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