May 12, 2014
V “War of Illusions” (part 1 of 4)
SUMMARY: The Resistance enlists the help of a bratty, marble-mouthed computer hacker to stop the Visitors’ computerized “Battlesphere”, AKA the MacGuffin of the Week. With plenty of stock footage, cheap props, scenes that go nowhere, and one completely untalented guest star, it’s obvious that by this point in the series, everyone involved had just plain given up.
So, here we are again, talking about the ‘80s version of V. The current remake of V returns to ABC on Tuesday, and I for one can’t wait. Of all the new shows that debuted last fall, ABC’s V was, without a doubt, one of them. Hopefully, they’ll pick up right where they left off, with… um…. with Elizabeth Mitchell doing… the thing. And Morena Baccarin doing the… other thing.
Quick question. Does anyone remember anything actually happening on the four episodes that aired in November? Because I’m drawing a blank.
It doesn’t matter, because we’re headed back to 1985 to once again examine the first weekly series based on V, which was… just as sucky, frankly. But at least it had its moments. The current episode is not one of them.
Since my last recap in December, I finally took the time to check out the DVD set for the very first time. Which may cause some of you to wonder how I was able to take the screen captures you see in my previous recap.
Well, I have a dirty little secret that I’m going to share right here for the first time: I’m one of the jerkwads who spent a couple hundred bucks to get this series on VHS back in the late ’90s, when full season DVD box sets were nothing more than a glimmer in Chris Carter’s eye. Yes, hundreds of dollars on a series that can now be acquired for around fifteen bucks. All I can really say for myself is that at least there are only 19 episodes, and I didn’t spend thousands to procure an entire series run, like other jerkwads I can name. And I truly weep for all the jerkwads who bought the two-episodes-each Star Trek DVDs when they first came out.
After watching a few episodes of V, I have to say that the DVD picture quality isn’t much sharper than my old VHS tapes, but who’s complaining, given the price? And how many other ‘80s shows that lasted less than a season ever see a DVD release? Well, yeah, there’s that one, but I still have no freaking clue how that happened.