V Episode 3: "A Bright New Day" - Review

This episode of V got off to a bit of a clunky start, with a montage sequence in which Father Jack performs one confession after another and is seemingly overwhelmed by the differing reactions to the Visitors arrival. It was an interesting idea in theory, but not executed very well, coming off a bit cheesy.

In general, the first half of this episode felt a bit lethargic. We learned that the US was now in diplomatic relations with the Visitors, and Anna and Lisa were among the first to receive Visas (A bit of unfortunate alliteration there, with the Visas for Vs program). Meanwhile, the possibility of a murder attempt on one of the Visitors had Erica and other FBI agents working in tandem with Visitors to find the man targeting them, but it seemed like a missed story opportunity With Erica now aware of the Visitors' true nature, a lot more could have been done with her interaction with one of them, but it was all fairly mundane material consisting of "the suspect looks like And even as Erica spotted the guy and guns were waved, there was no discernable tension in the midst of the situation.

Luckily, the episode picked up in a big way in its second half. Erica's discovery of a surveillance room (albeit one with incredibly poor security) was a very cool sequence the visuals of dozens of floating, holographic, red-tinged screens was a compelling one, and Erica's discovery that the footage she was seeing was coming from hidden cameras inside the Visitors' uniforms was a nice "Ah ha!" moment.

I also really enjoyed Anna's reaction to the widow of a pilot who died when the Visitors arrived, who was fast becoming the face of anti-Visitor sentiment. After she learned the woman was coming to her building to make a speech, we saw Anna practicing over and over again what to say to the woman to appear kind, caring and sympathetic, changing her inflection and tone. It was a chilling, yet fun look at how manipulative Anna can be, as she expertly got the woman on her side, with the two speaking together about peace and unity. Plus there was the fact that it turned out the assassination attempt was all a ruse, set up by Anna to help garner sympathy. Oh Anna, you are a clever one.

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