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V – John May

The writers and producers are clearly listening to feedback as the entire atmosphere of the show has changed and it is definitely for the better. After last weeks episode I expressed a wish for Anna to become more sinister, I felt the duality of her character was a little weird and I obviously wasn't alone. Tonight’s episode gave a far more villainous portrayal of her role and she was able to provide tension even without dialogue. The entire episode felt darker and there was a definite sense of foreboding as the possibility of all out war teeters on the horizon.

We finally find out the secret surrounding Tyler (I still hate this character). However, it would appear that there may be more to his situation than meets the eye, as we are given conflicting stories surrounding the identity of his biological father. Valerie learns more about what Ryan's been hiding from her when she discovers a hidden safe (I want to say vault), which once opened, forces her to question everything she thought she new about her future husband and even her unborn child.

The main plot line of the resistance is developed and we even find out what happened to John May and why he is so revered. His stepson is introduced and after some convincing, helped along by his girlfriend's green claw hand, he agrees to join the fight. Personally, I’d be surprised if we do not hear more surrounding John May’s demise. Little information was given about how or where he was killed, leaving the possibility that he is still alive and maybe that is a door the writers didn’t want to close completely.

The show has clearly been given some love and attention and it has resulted in a much improved story and script. The green screen footage of the ship is still really poor however, with no shadows and poor lighting effects which make the characters appear like they are floating within a video game. I can't understand why in the scenes set in a white room, they can't just use a white room. Of course you need to create the ship backdrop, but surely they can create a white floor without a computer. I have one in my bathroom they could use.


I am really enjoying the show and its new found direction. After 'The 4400' I was expecting another compelling story with good pacing and constant character development and 'V' is finally starting to deliver. I am intrigued to see how the resistance will gain strength and the next few episodes should prove interesting as Ryan and Valerie’s  hybrid offspring approaches full-term.

Oliver Hume


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