Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)
Morris Chesnut (Kick-Ass 2)
Joel Gretsch (Taken)
Logan Huffman (Final Girl)
Lourdes Benedicto (Drive Me Crazy)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
Scott Wolf (Go)
Charles Mesure (Xena)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Alan Tudyk (Dollhouse)
Christopher Shyer (Smallville)
Dacid Richmond-Peck (Sanctuary)
Britt Irvin (The Vow)
Scott Hylands (Earthquake)
Roark Critchlow (Mr. Deeds)
Michael Flipowich (Earth: Final Conflict)
Mark Hildreth (Earthsea)
Michelle Harrison (The Flash)
Ryan Kennedy (Caprica)
Nicholas Lea (Andromeda)
Rekha Sharma (Dark Angel)
Lexa Doig (Stargate SG.1)
Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Secret Circle)
Samantha Ferris (Along Came A Spider)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Bret Harrison (That 70s Show)
Jane Badler (One Life To Live)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Oded Fehr (The Mummy)
Martin Cummins (Dark Angel)
Ona Grauer (Arrow)
Michael Trucco (How I Met Your Mother)
A City-sized alien ships have appeared over twenty-nine cities worldwide, and the aliens’ leader “Anna” (Morena Baccarin) declares that, “We are of peace.” The Visitors offer their advanced technology to better the world, and cause massive changes — social, religious, medical, and so on.
While hunting a terrorist cell FBI agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) stumbles across an anti-Visitor resistance — and the shocking discovery that not only are the visitors reptilian creatures in humanoid skins, but some Visitors are hiding among us. She and the skeptical priest Father Jack (Joel Gretsch) begin forming their own little resistance cell, along with the V-in-hiding Ryan Nicholas (Morris Chestnut) who is trying to reactivate an alien rebellion known as the Fifth Column. At the same time, news anchor Chad Decker (Scott Wolf) finds himself the media ambassador of the V’s, caught between ambition and his growing doubts.
But the resistance has more than Anna’s cruel, duplicitous nature to deal with — Erica’s gullible son Tyler (Logan Huffman) has become a “peace ambassador” for the V’s and is falling in love with Anna’s daughter Lisa (Laura Vandervoort). Ryan’s girlfriend is pregnant with a hybrid baby. One of their number is captured by the V’s and brutally tortured, even as Anna hatches terrifying new plots to wipe the Fifth Column from existence…
“V: The Complete First Season” is very different from the 1980s version — there are sweeping changes to the story, characters, the political commentary and the aliens’ manipulation. the writing is good — it’s full of suspense and some amazing plot twists. The characters are painstakingly sketched out and developed, along with strong dialogue, and yeah, there’s some creepy stuff too, such as when Erica gets her shocking first glimpse of a V face. Not so much rodent-eating, though.
Season 2’s most welcome surprise was the introduction of lizard Queen Anna’s mother, Diana, played to perfection by the original series’ Jane Badler. Though Jane played a character with the same name over 20 years ago, this Diana was not the same Diana audiences loved to hate in the 1980’s. This Diana was a Queen in exile playing cat and mouse with her own daughter. The dynamic between both actresses was electrifying and you frequently felt Anna had met her match. While the humans stumbled around trying to figure out how to save humanity from a vastly superior alien force, Diana tormented her daughter, creating doubt and sewing division with the raise of an eyebrow and a carefully planted suggestion.
In addition to Jane’s highly publicized return, season 2 also gave audiences a great many twists and turns, including:
– the return of Mark Singer, the original series’ Mike Donovan;
– an international resistance that finally started to do something other than debate the need to take action;
– technology versus the power of the human soul;
– Visitors without their human skin;
– critter eating in all its disgusting iconicness;
– Erica Evans finding her inner bad ass;
If season 1 was good, season 2 was excellent. Yes, it has it’s short falls like any young series, but in a remarkably short time the series found it’s feet and created a drama that was exciting and surprising. With outstanding performances from actors like Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf, Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort, Charles Measure, Christopher Shyer, Josh Hildreth and Jane Badler, season 2 was a lot of fun and incredibly easy to watch and get lost in.
As with the original series it ends on a cliffhanger and then cancelled so we will never know what was to be.