V: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray review - now at peace, always

Remember when V built some momentum during a short Season One? No? Well, it did, but it was likely most noticeable when watching in a marathon session rather than attempting to follow it around the ABC schedule. Unfortunately, that momentum and the show’s ratings dissipated almost immediately in Season Two, leading to the series cancellation after ten unremarkable episodes. If you’re still a fan or want to attempt one last marathon, Season Two has now been released in a box set on DVD and Blu-ray.

vErica (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Anna (Morena Baccarin) again lead the fray as the heads of the opposing human and alien visitor forces, ably abetted by a rotating roster of supporting players constantly at risk of shifting their allegiance to the other side. Erica and Anna aren’t just fighters, they’re also moms, and the series continues to mine their motherly devotion as well as their exploitation of their offspring in their deadly game. Those children continue to be as doe-eyed and bland as ever, especially Erica’s dopey son Tyler (Logan Huffman).

Erica’s ragtag team of Fifth Column freedom fighters connect with other cells around the world, elevating her to the key leadership role in the resistance while she also maintains her cover identity as an FBI counter-terrorism agent. Meanwhile, Anna continues to secretly scheme to overthrow the planet with her lieutenants while publicly appearing as a concerned, benevolent visitor offering new technology and assistance to the humans. The themes are unchanged from season one, but the writing and continuity aren’t very compelling, leading to a mostly disappointing season two.

For fans of the original '80s series, stars Jane Badler and Marc Singer make guest appearances here, with Badler reprising her alien role as a now older queen mother to current sovereign Anna and Singer playing a new role as a member of a top secret organization of high-ranking global leaders who suspect the Visitors. Badler is featured throughout the season, but Singer doesn’t appear until the final episode, giving just a taste of what might have been.

The series looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, although those CG interior backgrounds inside the greenscreen-of-death spaceship quickly become tiresome in hi def. The exterior shots of the spaceships hold up to close scrutiny much better, and the production values for all other footage shot on exteriors and sets on Earth are of adequate quality to make it worth shelling out the few extra dollars for Blu.

Bonus features include cast members and writers recalling season highlights, a look at the special effects, unaired scenes for every episode, and an inconsequential blooper reel.

By Steve Geise

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Reviewing for various magazines and websites since 2004.

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1 Comment
On: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

I was excited to see what this series could do as the original was a fave of mine, albeit when I was around ten years old. But I couldn't help thinking that this version didn't do a lot to make us care about these characters (humans or visitors) and lacked any of the swashbuckling goofiness of the original. 


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