Friday, May 22, 2009

Pre-V

Last fall I made note of a revised version of the iconic '80s sci-fi'er V that was wending its way through the Hollywood development process. Well, with this week's network upfronts, we now know that V '09 has been picked up as part of ABC's schedule for next season. This trailer gives us a good sense of what to expect, and while I'd be happier if they'd gotten V creator Kenneth Johnson onboard with this version, I can't say I'm unimpressed with what I see so far:



Starring Morena Baccarin (of Firefly fame) as Anna, presumably a stand-in for Jane Badler's Diana, and Elizabeth Mitchell (of Lost fame) as Erica Evans, the resident skeptical human, this new V looks to retain the broad concepts of the original (alien visitors in big ships, seemingly friendly, actually evil, etc.), but incorporates an intriguing new element of religious fanaticism to the already-extent fascism angle.

The previous run with the concept started strong, with a brilliant first miniseries, followed by a slightly-less brilliant second miniseries, and a terrible regular series that was done-and-gone inside of a season. Now, with the current vogue for serialized dramas with a fixed endpoint, and with ABC juggernaut Lost reaching its denouement next season, the time seems ripe for V 2.0.

Still, regardless of what they come up with for the new version, and maybe this is just a whole lot of nostalgia talking, they'll be hard-pressed to match this for suspense and just downright creepiness:

6 comments:

Oma rA. said...

This looks GREAT. I'm on board. And this is from someone who hasn't watch a TV show from inception in years (Everything I watch now I started well into the run/later seasons).

The Mad Swede said...

It certainly looks like it's got potential. Thanks for the heads-up, Zaki.

Parvez said...

This does look great. I like Scott Wolf too. Should be good.

Ferph said...

Did I see Laura Vandervoort ever so briefly?

Zaki said...

Yep, that's her, fresh off the Krypton Express.

J.R. LeMar said...

Looks good. But, like the first movie, always thought that the human acceptance of the Visitors was a little too easy. I think it would take a LONG time for them to gain that kind of trust, especially among the religious fundamentalists (of every stripe).