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Episode Review: V – We Can't Win (Season 1, Episode 8)

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Ok, this is really late and I apologize – I will have last week’s up tomorrow and then back on Tuesday with the new episode… possibly. Hopefully. All I can say is that, work has been crazy and it is still snowing here in Utah. And I just had a KFC Mashed Potato Bowl and a root beer float. Not that you need to hear about my deteriorating eating habits and lack of physical fitness. Anyway, Comcast says: “We Can’t Win – Chad and Anna visit Geneva, Switzerland, with Anna toting a technological gift to present at the UN Energy Summit; Erica discovers that the V Task Force is looking into the Fifth Column; trust issues and baby worries prompt Valerie to go on the run.”

Let’s deal with this after the jump and I promise not to dwell on lack of a life.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Battlestar Galactica: Brothers Of Man."

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Back on President's Day, Syfy ran a mini-marathon of the original "V" series from the 80s. It's a much maligned show, and deservedly so. My own memories of it were that it was of a sub-Man From Atlantis level of crap. I ended up watching the original TV Movie (1983), however, and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It didn't really play out like an SF show, but an open allegory about Fascism and Scapegoating. It was like a good Playhouse 90 episode, or a superattenuated Twilight Zone.

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Episode Review: V – John May (Season 1, Episode 7)

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I’m late. I know. Hopefully, the expectation wasn’t interminable for all of you as you waited for this exciting recap.

This week on a very special episode of “V”: Erica, Ryan and Jack seek out the legendary John May to rescue Georgie; Tyler probes his mysterious past during a confrontation with his mother; Chad visits the mother ship to report on Anna’s Live Aboard program.

Excellent. Let’s get to the nitty gritty, right after the jump.

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Episode Review: V – Pound of Flesh (Season 1, Episode 6)

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Welcome back my fellow V-ites. According to our ever handy Comcast program synopsis, on tonight’s very special episode of “V”: Anna launches a pilot program to allow select groups of humans to live on the spaceships; Tyler uncovers a secret about his mom; Valerie’s accelerated pregnancy becomes an issue for Ryan; a sacrifice is made to save Ryan.

Before we get started I just wanted to be honest and state for the record that I question how good of a reviewer I am for this show, because I honestly don’t like it. It is painful to sit through. It has a terrible pacing problem. The story feels like it was written by a secluded writer suffering from Michael Bay syndrome. It just jumps around wantonly every 5 seconds. Lost has a ton of storylines that it is juggling but I always feel like they take the appropriate amount of time that each character requires. V on the other hand feels like the whole story is being told in short hand.

Anyway, enough of my whining – let’s get down the reason you are most likely here, right after the jump.

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Episode Review: V – Welcome to the War (Season 1, Episode 5)

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And welcome back...  According to our always semi-trusty Comcast episode summary for tonight’s return to the weekly trenches of episodic “V”: Val’s pregnancy concerns Ryan; the REstistance inducts a dangerous new member; Anna is puzzled by Chad, who hasn’t scheduled a follow-up for his diagnosis; and Erica gets attacked at home.

So, to take a cue from the ever trusty Republibot 2.0, let’s dive into this with a bit more depth – right after the jump.

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Episode Review: V - Mid-Season Recap episode (so not really a review at all)

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So, straight on the heels of tonight’s very good episode of Lost (and I say that with full realization that I have no place saying it considering this is the first season I have paid any attention to the series), we had a lackluster Season-to-Date recap of V. A whole hour (well, more like a whole 50 minutes) of lackluster tension building to recap the very little that happened in the previously aired 4 episodes.

So, to help get you up to speed before the show returns full time for the remainder of its short life, make the jump to see our previous coverage of show.

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BREAKING NEWS: "V" and "Flash Forward" ain't dead yet, and neither is Stargate Universe

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The Futon Critic is reporting that the two most prominent on-the-bubble genre shows at the moment have gotten orders for more episodes. Specifically:

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EPISODE REVIEW: V – It’s Only the Beginning (Season 1, Episode 4)

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So here we are at the fourth and final (possibly) episode of this new and re-jiggered version of “V”. As you may or may not know after tonight’s show, the series is going on an extended hiatus with a scheduled return date sometime in the late spring. A lot of the final decision on whether or not it will actually return is probably tightly tied up in how well the viewership has held up on the show over its short run. So chances are probably not very good.

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EPISODE REVIEW: V – A Bright New Day (Season 1, Episode 3)

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The third episode of the re-envisioned “V”, or is it re-imagined, was a nice incremental upgrade over the previous two episodes. To this point the show has been deathly dull, and that is on top of being unimaginably boring. According to our ever trusty and handy Comcast show guide, in tonight’s episode – A Bright New Day – Anna receives the first of 100 diplomatic visas issued to the American Visitors; Erica is paired with an alien officer to track down the source of a death threat; and Ryan recruits allies to oppose the Visitors.

So, on that slightly hopeful note let’s make the jump and see what we thinks.

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EPISODE REVIEW: V – There Is No Normal Anymore (Season 1, Episode 2)

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Welcome back to the second of episode of the rebooted V. A kinder, gentler V with a better effects budget. Our trusty Comcast episode synopsis tells us that: "A seeker among the visitors tracks Erica and Father Jack. Chad seeks redemption by investigating the aliens ahead of his next newscast while Law Enforcers press Erica for information concerning Dale Maddox’s whereabouts." I am assuming that “seeker” used in this sense is that floating V spy-bot and not the teen boy from that horrible adaptation of Susan Cooper’s award winning youth novel The Dark is Rising.

Sounds like an exciting evening of network television doesn't it? So what are you waiting for, make the jump and let’s get to the details.

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