'V: The Complete First Season'
(Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell, et al / 3-DVD / NR / 2010 /Warner Home Video)
Overview: The Visitors are among us. In a single shared moment, they appear in every major city in the world, promoting a message of peace. They want to share their knowledge of technology; they want us to unite. And they are counting on a very important component of human nature: devotion.
DVD Verdict: In an instant, Earth is surrounded by ships from another world. The aliens, called "Visitors", claim to be a peaceful race. But FBI Agent Erica Evans soon discovers that their human appearance is just a façade. The Visitors are lizard-like species, with far more advanced technology and healing abilities. And Erica learns that they are lying about their purpose as well. Erica, along with a group of other Visitor-skeptics and even a Visitor traitor, band together to discover what the Visitors want and stop them at any cost.
This remake of the popular 1983 miniseries of the same name borrow liberally from the predecessors plot and initial feel. But this new series delves more into the characters and human emotions. And the V-traitor aspect, as Visitors begin experiencing human emotions, is truly inspired.
The story drives it well and the characters are interesting and well acted (Tyler being the notable exception to both). My biggest problem with the show is its scale - a group of four or five people fighting an alien invasion just seems like there's no chance. I mean, they're not Terminators, they need a heck of a lot more people if they're really going to accomplish anything. But, scale of the resistance aside, V is an interesting show that will keep you wanting to watch more - especially the excellently done season finale.
The each episode is fast-paced, full of hear-pounding suspense and shocking surprises. And this would hook me alone. But the colorful characters and fantastic acting, along with such intense plotting, quickly made this my favorite show on television. Shows like this make me proud to be a scifi fan. V is smart, shocking, dramatic, creative, and action-packed, with never a dull moment.
I'm looking forward to season 2, and hoping that the both the CGI and the scope of the show and storyline will be improved. All in all, the first season of 'V' feels almost like it was a pilot to something much bigger, and that we've only gotten a hint of what we're going to get to see in the following seasons. Regardless, I'm ecstatic to now have this show on DVD - as you can hopefully tell! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Actor's Journey from Human to V featurette: Featuring the principal cast of V discussing the techniques, challenges and rewards they faced in terms of bringing V alive for a new generation
An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V featurette: Contemporary techniques of special effects makeup application and execution are revealed
Breaking Story: The World of V featurette: An in-depth look into how the producers were able to create a fresh perspective on the V mythology
The Visual FX of V featurette: A primer on the visual effects used to help enhance V, featuring a guided tour through ZOIC studios, the visual FX powerhouse responsible for the amazing CGI
Commentary on episode 11 by executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman