As a huge fan of the original cheese-tastic ’80s miniseries, I’ve been looking forward to ABC’s remake of “V,” starring Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost.”
Over the weekend, the network finally announced the show’s premiere date: Tues., Nov. 3. That’s late for a season premiere, but earlier than expected, since the series had been trumpeted as a mid-season replacement. (Maybe it’s a quarter-season replacement?)
Anyway, as you can see from the official trailer, the original “V” premise remains the same.
Aliens come to Earth pledging peace and offering to share scientific and technologic advances. But this helpful facade is literally skin-deep; there’s something evil going on with these Visitors. A group of resistance fighters develop, including Mitchell’s FBI counter-terrorism agent, to out the V’ secrets.
I was lucky enough to catch an early peek at the pilot episode, and while I’m disappointed that none of the Visitors snacked on rats, the series looks incredibly promising. For one, the production value is super-slick (hey, the original was in 1983!) and the plot hasn’t deviated greatly from the source material.
For instance, we’ve still got a sexy-creepy female leader of the Visitors, traitor aliens working to help the humans, an ambitious TV anchor willing to overlook journalistic and moral ethics, and a potential boy-meets-Visitor love match.
It’s very cool to see all these winks at the first version, but I’m hoping that the reboot will take on a bit more life of its own as the season progresses.
And I can’t wait to see how the show will top this so-bad-it’s-fantastic alien birth scene from 1984’s “V: The Final Battle”…I dare you not to crack up!
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