V Hearts and Minds S01E10 (ABC)

I really enjoyed the original series. It was something quite astounding to watch. It was a mix between ultra-80s tackiness and just good old plain American science-fiction. I didn’t really get much at the time when it was originally broadcast nor did I watch it really, I just knew of it. I watched it a few times when I was older, when I got the DVD sets. The episodes were a standard science-fiction affair, but the concept was really good.

V tells the story of visitors from outer space coming to Earth to trade with humans. Strangely enough, they look human. In the original series, it took a while to find this out, as they were always wearing helmets for a while. It also took a while to discover that the Visitors aren’t really human. We discover this in the first episode of the new series. The Visitors have got a plan to take over Earth, only the people are too dumbfounded to react. They are in awe of the technology and the trades that the Visitors promise

Warning: spoilers ahead

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I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I wasn’t expecting much, as the concept of the V show would have been easy to miss. For now, it’s nowhere near as good as Battlestar Galactica, but I’m expecting that the next few episodes will help flesh out the story.

The actors are good, so expect something better than Stargate Universe. The fact that they are using an ensemble cast makes parts of the story difficult to follow. This was true for the pilot, but not for the rest of the episodes

We will see 4 episodes of V in November. The rest will be broadcast in the spring. The 1st season has 13 episodes. All in all, I liked the pilot. I’m looking forward to more episodes.

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The resistance is on the move. Hobbs deploys a V missile launcher to take down a shuttle. They make a surprising discovery in the wreckage. At the FBI, all of the phones start ringing at the same time. Ryan calls her. He says that the shuttle was filled with humans. There were no survivors.

The remains were placed by the Vs in order to blame the 5th Column.

12 hours earlier, Joshua calls Ryan. He says that Anna is sending down a shuttle filled with trackers. Joshua says that they need to knock down the shuttle. They need to fabricate some kind of missile from V tech in order to breach the hull of the shuttle.

Ryan comes to see Hobbs, Evans and Father Jack and says that they need to take down the shuttle filled with trackers.

Chad keeps pestering the priest. He wants to join the 5th Column. What a crock! Jack tells him to stay away from the V-only shuttles. This was the tactical mistake they made, trusting a priest to keep quiet.

Anna is spying on Lisa. Chad comes to see Anna. He tells her about the priest’s warning. Anna tells Marcus about the warning and the trackers. Anna plans on duping the 5th Column.

The story shifts after the attack. Evans is part of the investigation into the terrorist act. She’s got to cover the tracks of the operation. She tells Ryan where he needs to go to wipe the footage from the tollbooth.

Evans finds some photos that prove that they didn’t blow up any people. The people were already dead. However, the evidence gets quickly erased. It’s Kendrick, the guy in charge.

Chad continues to work on Father Jack. Jack realizes that Chad is playing him.

Anna realizes that her daughter is developing emotions. Lisa investigates the claims of some of the humans part of the live aboard program. They are getting poked by hundreds of needles for some reason. Lisa sees that Ty is going to be part of this experiment. She goes down to the planet and breaks up with Ty. She also tells him not to come up on the Mothership.

Evans learns that Kendrick outplayed them. They’ve got Father Jack in custody. He was driving his van scouting for the op. Erica manages to tell him that they didn’t kill anyone. This is enough for him to trying to maintain his composure and get out of trouble.

Anna makes a speech and says that they are reconsidering their presence here on Earth.

Evans is told by Kendrick that she is heading up a task force focusing on the 5th Column. She’s going to be partnered with Agent Malik. She’s a V. She’s going up to the Mothership to meet with Anna. She says that she logged into the server with Kendrick’s account and deleted the images.

Father Jack tells the resistance that he told Chad.

Lisa reports her failure with Ty to her mom. She strikes Lisa savagely. She says that the story will be that Lisa was injured in a 5th Column attack. This will draw Ty to her. he then orders a guard to break Lisa’s legs.

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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