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TV Review: V (2010): Season 1, Ep.12: Red Sky

V (2010): Season 1, Ep.12: Red Sky is another example of Gregg Hurwitz and Scott Rosenbaum‘s good writing mingled with enormous plot holes once again. Beyond what was mentioned in 5 Things that will Hinder V (2009) from Succeeding, in a well-written V television series, none of the following would occur because it makes no sense. Red Sky should be renamed “The Moment of Great Contradiction”.

1.) Valerie Stevens (Lourdes Benedicto) gets taken by Anna (Morena Baccarin). Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut) does not  notify the other members of The Fifth Column and barges into a visitor’s center. This move opens him up to being tortured, questioned, and having his brain scanned for information about The Fifth Column.

2.) Valerie is about to deliver in a humongous room and Ryan leaves the room. Why? The room is huge, ten times bigger than a human delivery room. Why couldn’t he stand out of the way in some corner? In the open doorway? Human fathers do that all the time. They are in the room videotapping. Ryan knows Anna is tricky. Why would he let himself be separated from her at such an important moment?

3.) Access to the soldier birthing chamber by anyone with no security codes needed or special keys is allowed. BS! In Breach, for every section of the CIA, a code has to be input to gain entry. Then when you are in that section, you have to input another code to enter the rooms. On the V ship, people can just wander around haphazardly into classified areas. WTF! The goram rooms on the V ship do not even have guards posted around them (outside) or video surveillance.

4.) When Anna showed emotion, the best moment of the Red Sky, her second-in-command, Marcus (Christopher Shyer), should have immediately assumed command. Anna was no longer fit for lead. She was experiencing human emotion. By her own order, any V doing so was to be killed so how was she left in command? Plus, look what she did emotionally. She jumped the gun with invasion and showed the Vs’ true hand. Why didn’t Marcus stop her, like Riker would have done to Piccard before he made a tragic mistake? Bad writing by Gregg Hurwitz and Scott Rosenbaum, horrendous, rancid. This moment was such a enormous contradiction to the very rules the high commander, the Vs, and the show set for themselves.

5.) Anna can lay more eggs. The Fifth Column has not stopped that. They have not made her infertile.

Her rage is understandable but a true cold-blooded, logical V would have simply locked the ship down, chosen another male to mate with and laid more eggs. The new eggs could have been disturbed to separate ships all over the world and in orbit at random intervals in unmarked shuttles. When they hatched, they could have been brought back to the New York ship in the same fashion but with living humans aboard the shuttles so if The Fifth Column found out about the clandestine cargo, they would have to kill humans to destroy it.

What is your opinion on this waste episode and the season finale? What are your hopes for Season 2 of V?

 

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  • Jeez was that a painful episode! I just counted the minutes until it ended. Totally agree, and was dumbfounded, by all the points you mentioned. What was the deal with Marcus bringing Joshua back to life or healing or whatever at the end. Are they saying Marcus is Fifth column or just dense?

    A friend and I were wondering what, exactly, was wrong with the original show's concept? They could have played it the same way, just updated to modern times. Instead they insist on crafting these intricate, convoluted plots. Going to the V ship for dinner in two hrs? I can whip up a tiny, smart bomb made from untraceable chemicals that I just happened to have lying around. Give me 15 minutes. WTF?!

    If I had it my way, I'd kill the FBI mom and her son. A horrible story from Day 1 and I'm sorry but Logan Huffman can't act his way out of a wet paper sack. Ryan needs to man up as does Lisa. They should both flee to Earth and lead a resistance that consists of more than four people. Father Jack needs to rip the skin off the old Padre-V so we can end that painful cock tease. Kill or tweak Hobbes so he's not so ridiculous and stereotyped. Same goes for Decker. He needed a woman or cameraman to steel his resolve against V opinion instead of being this V puppy, but it may be too late for that. Finally, for the love of all that is holy, stop using special effects that SyFy would consider laughable (That V mouth thing is so crap!).

    That might possibly save the show in the long run, but honestly they should just cancel it and cut their losses. Sorry to demand firing so many people, but the quality actors like Baccarin deserve to be working on something far better than this.

    **steps down from soapbox**

  • “What was the deal with Marcus bringing Joshua back to life or healing or whatever at the end. Are they saying Marcus is Fifth column or just dense?”

    Not sure. Could go either way.

    I miss the modulated voices from the original series.

    “Going to the V ship for dinner in two hrs? I can whip up a tiny, smart bomb made from untraceable chemicals that I just happened to have lying around. Give me 15 minutes. WTF?!”

    AHAHAHAH. Brilliant writers at work.

    A resistance without 4 people would be nice as would a none stereotype Hobbes.

    “Finally, for the love of all that is holy, stop using special effects that SyFy would consider laughable (That V mouth thing is so crap!).”

    They are cheap. Too ambitious for their budget.

  • It's that cheapness that will ultimately end this show. That, and the writing.

    I miss the modulated voices, too.

  • The show most be getting decent ratings to have been renewed (decent ratings for an ABC show) and with Lost ended, maybe ABC will have more money for the CGI now.

    The old series made it obvious that their were differences between the two races. In this version, 99% of the humans are ignorant of the fact.

  • Blaze Morgan

    Commenting on a month old review…well, I need to get it off my chest. “V” is like watching a tree-growing race. They've spread five episodes worth of material over twelve with ridiculous angst padding. Despite all the holes mentioned in the finale, “Red Sky” was fun because there was suddenly a decent amount of forward momentum. Almost to the point of “action”.

  • “Almost to the point of 'action'. “

    Lol. Good one.

    “They've spread five episodes worth of material over twelve with ridiculous angst padding.”

    Great observation. The writers were in too big of a rush. Maybe they feared being canceled.

  • lol

    V is better this way the originals were shit, in regards to number 3 why would she need to have a code in her OWN ship and marcus cant take over as commander as she is the queen of the visitors it would be her daughter if anyone dumbass

  • lol

    number 4 sorry lol

  • With one episode left in the season, V has kind of picked up. The big thing this week is that Erica, the Fifth Column, Lisa, and Diana are going to overthrow Anna.

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