V (Reimagined Series) Season 1, Episode 1: 'Liberation Day' Review - Featured

Not having seen the original 'V,' I'm going off of others' comments that it was revolutionary for its time, and that the new V (Reimagined Series) is thrilling as it can include all sorts of amazing graphics with new technology.



But, even not having watched the original, I can certainly say after watching the first episode, 'Liberation Day,' that there was an excellent use of new technology to show off "The Visitors" arrival and spaceships that was truly cool and made this series, though about aliens which are not so trendy right now, a very edgy new series.


The only issue I had with it from the premiere, especially by the end when we discovered there really were "sleeper cell" aliens as some of the seemingly paranoid humans were saying, was that with all the TV series since the original V, plus the cast members well-known from other shows, the newbie is a bit of a confusing mash-up of Battlestar Galactica, Lost, FlashForward, and Firefly.


My mind was a blown in a great and a bad way in the big revelation scene where Juliet, or excuse me, Erica, was attending the secret meeting which was attacked by sleeper cell aliens. It was a realization of awesomeness as we saw Erica attacked by her partner who, when she saw his head sliced open, revealed not only scaley skin but a creepy big alien eye! My issue with this at this point in TV time is that revelation of sleepers in human bodies felt very BSG, then to have that discovery come as a main Lost character was attacking a main Firefly character... well, it was a little too much of an overload of TV that's been done since V was all new and shiny in the original series.


But nonetheless, I think after this first episode where it's hard not to compare it to other scifi shows, especially when ABC's big on FlashForward and Lost, V will have its own stride and will solidly hook in fans if the first episode didn't already. It's also nice that it's being done differently than a regular series as they're going to air it in chapters with 5 episodes at a time, instead of a full 22+ episode season.


So all those TV-addict comparisons going on for me aside, V really did have an excellent and already addictive premiere. I was hooked quickly as they wisely opened with the big drama of The Visitors' arrival as that gave way to all sorts of intriguing drama and questions, then I found myself not as intrigued by the midsection of the episode as we got to know the way things were going to run with The Visitors around, but then I became entirely sucked in for good in the scene mentioned previously including the big reveal of the real situation. So much for peace - and that's the way we like it!


I think the show overall is going to be a really fascinating and dramatic look as people take sides for and against The Visitors, and the extra twist already unveiled that The Visitors are not entirely new to the planet will make for some serious suspense as we won't know if someone might actually be an alien or not. With my BSG comparison in mind there, though, I'm curious to see how many people are going to turn up being aliens in disguise - is it thousands or a select number of prominent or otherwise importantly placed people? Could any of our main characters end up aliens like the agent working with Erica, or have the known characters who are aliens already revealed themselves?


So, what did you think of the premiere? Are you most looking forward to aspects of the show like revealing who the aliens are, or are you more looking forward to seeing how the alien vs. human conflict develops in general?

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Nov 4, 2009 2:50PM EST

Ahahaha love your addictbrain connections. This show is seriously swimming in sci-fi show alums - did you notice BSG's Rekha Sharma in the post-episode glance at things to come?!
Extra kudos for you for actually managing to gather your thoughts and make them into a coherent review. I'm having so much trouble trying to sort it all out in my brain, I don't know if I'm actually going to manage a pilot review or not.

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Nov 4, 2009 2:56PM EST

Damn right this is going to be awesome, lets hope it doesn't get cancelled some how i doubt it but my trust in networks has been jaded by way too many good shows been cancelled because they didnt get off on the right foot with most people but as you said the first episode really hooks you in so fingers crossed we get a second season and yes i am thinking that far ahead from this one episode

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Nov 4, 2009 5:05PM EST

having seen the original and not liking that i doubt i will give this much more time before removing it from my playlist its a show that already been done and i cant see it been any better sorry to all fans of stuff like this

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Nov 5, 2009 4:39AM EST

watching from the uk, i used the usual sidereel megavideo links and what i saw was a disjointed non chronological video which annoyed me.
we had up to the arrival, we had about 3 weeks later, then 3 weeks earlier etc - it ended with the sermon which we had the ending of near the start, maybe it was a seriously dodgy video but personally i havent found myself gripped by this, any time i found myself enjoying it, the screen flashed back to a earlier duller time.i hope that in the weeks to come there will be some better videos, that will keep me gripped.
ok so my favourite character so far has to be the black visitor that i dont remember the name of. which goes to show that this show ISNT great. as a pilot goes, visually its stunning but the story seems a little far fetched

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Nov 5, 2009 5:17AM EST

My major problem is they had a perfect ending to the ep when they are all sitting on the roof I would have much rather have moved that to the very end of the ep instead of having the flash back but that is just me

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Nov 5, 2009 7:09PM EST

Having just watched this premiere in Ireland (which Im seriously shocked we got so soon) I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It shows alot of promise and I look forward to seeing what the future of the show has to offer.Im looking forward to seeing the resistance growing/failing and just how sucked in the humans become etc

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Nov 12, 2009 4:10PM EST

This show was great. It took the old idea, which was good, and did it better. You can just tell that the plot will be very much like a combination of 4400 and Lost. I loved both those shows, so this will be a treat! The TV addict stuff is BS in my opinion, no offense, but yes, some of these actors have certainly been in other shows, what of it? As for the scaly skin showing through the hman skin, and being attacked at the meeting, that one part is straight from the old V, so you have that one wrong too. You know, its good to do a little research and get your thoughts in order before you do a review. It makes almost no sense to me. You lied it, except some meaningless things, like the fact that you have seen the actors before freaked you out is what I gathered from it. OOOK. Good luck, and keep attending those AA meetings.Also, if there were no sleeper aliens as you call them, then the fact that all the nations just decided to accept the aliens without any skepticism would be silly. There must be a reason they simply weren't shot out of the sky when they started to do funky stuff like refuse to answer any questions, and submit to a very thourough medical examination. Humans aren't usually so trustinf, thus some aliens had to have been around geting into positions of power to pave the way, Duh. Plot point.

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Nov 22, 2009 9:48PM EST

I'm interested in the premise of the show, but so far it's pretty slow going. If it doesn't start moving along in the next few episodes, I'm going to drop it.

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