There are rumblings that ABC’s remake of the classic alien invasion series V is about to be cancelled.
Last year, when the series was surprisingly renewed (where fellow ABC show FlashForward was cancelled), many of us thought that V was equally weak and hadn’t capitalised on its first season. To be fair to V, it showed promise, even if the storylines felt dragged and plot progression was non-existent from week to week. It was a pleasant shock that it had been renewed – I’d hoped that the writers would pull together the stronger ideas from the show and throw out the things that weren’t working.
This year, V has been back for two episodes already, and getting mixed reviews. Den Of Geek have been impressed with the direction of the show, but the boffins at AV Club are scathing about the show. In fact, it’s this quote from the author, Simon Abrams that inspired this post:
The show’s major plot points are still moving forward at a snail’s pace, even though the show is slated to be cancelled after eight more episodes.
Eight more episodes? (Update: the season only runs for 10 episodes, so the speculation is that it won’t be renewed after that) So, I looked around, but most bloggers and sources are speculating based on the viewing figures and demographic ratings. The series hasn’t officially been cancelled yet.
Some people speculated the show’s renewal was ABC trying to save face, as it cancelled all the dramas it premiered during the 2009-2010 season, with only “Modern Family” emerging as a breakout hit for the network.
The 2.1 rating is abyssmal, and likely will go down for the rest of the show’s abbreviated second season. There wasn’t much show of confidence that it was held this late in the season anyway; now it’s sealed the show’s fate.
The problem is…V’s first couple of episodes this year have been terrible. The major coup that was getting Jane Badler back to play a character called Diana (note: not her original character from the 80’s series) descended into farce. Badler played the role like a hammy soap actor from Friends. It was embarrassing to watch.
Morena Baccarin – as AV Club noted – is getting harder and harder to take seriously as the alien leader. There was one scene where she addressed the captains of the ships dotted around the globe where she referred to her own race as “visitors”. I don’t go on a foreign holiday and call myself “tourist”, do you? It’s as if the V’s have no real identity beyond what Earthlings gave them and the show has no intention of filling in the blanks.
Based on events in Serpent’s Tooth, it seems that Agent Evans’ branch of the fifth column is spectacularly ill-informed. Because another faction were off suicide bombing the V medical centers. You’d think they’d send a memo to the rest of the cadre, wouldn’t you? It was an attempt to show that the Fifth Column were a global movement that fell flat because somehow Evans and her ragtag bunch of terrorists didn’t know about that strategy. They seemed weirdly disconnected – especially with Father Jack still preaching non-lethal forms of protest.
What I’m trying to say is that when V came back this year, it all felt a bit pointless. Like they’d given up trying. Lazy writing is killing the show. The cast seem to be shuffling around half-heartedly, waiting for someone to shut down this train wreck.
I have ONE SUGGESTION for how to revive this show – have a BIGGER alien menace show up and scare the V’s away, then start chopping up major cities with terrifying death rays. Immediately. And kill Tyler, because he’s an overstyled whiny little bitch. Send him and his haircut to a Disney tween show where he belongs.
Do you think V’s likely to be cancelled – and will you be sad if it is?