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V – Welcome to the War

After a four month hiatus, V returns in an attempt to finish what it started. In case, like me, you had forgotten all about the race of lizard people led by a beautiful but ultimately ruthless Queen, the episode begins with a quick rundown of some of the more important events that occurred previously:

  • Kyle and his fiancé have [somehow] managed to conceive a cross-species child
  • Chad Decker is diagnosed by the V’s with an imminent aneurysm that he’s told will kill him unless he is treated with their technology
  • A vaccine is being given to people at clinics set up by the V’s and it has become apparent that there is something very sinister about it’s true purpose
  • Tyler has become a ‘Peace Ambassador’ for the V’s and Erica discovers that each uniform contains a camera that is constantly monitoring Human activity
  • The last episode ends with Father Jack being stabbed by a V operative and his life hangs in the balance.

Now that we are up to speed, the episode maintains pace by landing the viewer into an action sequence where the same V operative that attacked Father Jack, is now in Erica’s front room and he is not a happy lizard. As fun as the fight between them is, it does lead to one of the more puzzling scenarios in the series. I wont spoil anything, but something happens after the battle is concluded that had me shouting at my TV. There is a very straightforward way that the resistance team could reveal the V’s true identity but do not. It was a glaring inconsistency which was quite unnecessary.
                                             
The episode continues and the fate of Father Jack is revealed along with an interesting reference to the vaccine and the V’s motive for offering it. Chad must also come to terms with the idea that he may be near to death and can only be saved by the V’s superior technology. It is an interesting premise that basically boils down to a gamble based on trusting the untrustworthy. Even from an audience viewpoint, with knowledge of the V’s secret, it is difficult to know whether one would risk doing nothing when their own life may be on the line. This was an excellent way to show Anna’s power of manipulation, which she always pursues in a temperate manner, but which is still rather unsettling to both viewer and on-screen characters.

Tyler begins to spend more time on the mothership and it is implied that there is something that makes the teenager of significance to the V’s. This plot line is somewhat frustrating and unconvincing and I find myself wishing Erica would simply grab him by his earlobe and send him to his bedroom. Having said that, it may prove to by an excellent source of intrigue, although I would still rather they just killed him off.

Maybe most promising, is the introduction of a new character, Kyle Hobbes, a somewhat stereotypical mercenary who may join the resistance in the pursuit of a common enemy. His inclusion could create an excellent dynamic within the somewhat unconventional resistance group and I’m always partial to antihero’s who don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

Overall

There are several other sub-plots which I have not even touched upon and I’m a little wary that the writers might over commit themselves and lose direction. But the show makes a welcome return and seems to have reasserted itself. Although some characters make strange choices and it is still a little confusing as to why the V’s need to gain Human trust before they destroy us, it is still an entertaining watch which promises to get better in the coming weeks. Long live the lizard people!

Oliver Hume

Rating
7.7

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