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?