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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

V: The Resurrection

by Ken Newquist / May 22, 2009

V was one of my favorite mini-series as a kid, and not just because it was one of the first times I was allowed to stay up late on a school night. The theme of benevolent oppressors struck a cord with my proto-libertarian self, and I loved the battle for Earth that unfolded over the course of several nights.

ABC is resurrecting the series for Fall 2009, and I'm cautiously optimistic. Here's the trailer:

The main lesson of the series -- beware aliens (or politicians) bearing gifts -- is just as relevant now as it was then (even more so now, given the state of the economy and reactions to it). Moreover, it could be a good fall for science fiction and geekdom as V takes its place alongside new seasons of Dollhouse and Chuck.

Comments

Looks very nice, sleek and well made. If it has good acting, then it should be a great remake. It will be interesting to see the social/political backlash that the success of a "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" laden show could very well generate. Wouldn't it be interesting . . .

Did you happen to watch Earth Final Conflict? The ideas are similar. I watched it for 2 seasons and then it just slipped under my radar.

I caught Earth Final Conflict now and again, but never enough to really understand the major plot points (and that in turn meant I never got interested enough in the show to try and watch it).

Things might be different nowadays with that sort of show, as I tend to DVR at least the first few episodes of a series I'm interested in, but it says something that I've never sought it out on DVD, even though it's probably there :)

I'm optimistic, mostly because the guys who did The 4400 are also doing the V remake. While The 4400 never got huge ratings, I think it told some decent, character-driven stories. I just wish they'd had a chance to finish it with Season 5 (instead, it got cancelled in the aftermath of the Writer's Strike).

I have high hopes for the ABC treatment of "V", but after "Invasion", I'm a little wary of the alphabet network. I agree that "The 4400" was a fairly well done series which deserved to, at least, provide a conclusion to the story line for followers like myself. Has anyone seen the Steven Spielberg mini-series "Taken"? I missed that on the initial go-around, but have seen the DVD available in some sales bins. Is it worth a view?