Well, now we’re getting somewhere. And shockingly at the season finale too. “Red Sky” basically raises the stakes and gives us the action we’ve been yelling for all series.
So where does the plot go in a nutshell? Well, Erica agrees to go for a friendly dinner with her son’s girlfriend and her mother. But as we all know, Lisa’s mother is an evil alien leader, hell-bent on the destruction of humanity. Yes, she looks like the extremely hot Morena Baccarin, but we know she’s 100% genocidal reptile under that gorgeous skin. Did anyone else think Ms Baccarin looked especially hot during this episode?
Anyway, there was a story. I think there was a story… Yes, Erica decided to moonlight as a terrorist, taking a bomb aboard the New York ship with the intention of detonating it and killing Anna’s hatchery of alien babies. In the midst of it all, Father Jack sets up a neat little test to see if Chad Decker will rat the Fifth Column out to Anna. Naturally, like the weasel Decker is passes the information straight to Anna.
Elsewhere, Ryan’s split loyalties are resolved when Val is captured by the V soldier and taken back to the mothership. Anna is at her most manipulative here, as she strategizes that Ryan would be a valuable asset if they could get him back on side.
He was able to resist my bliss, he fell in love with a human and turned Fifth Column. You don’t know what we have in him.
Rather brilliantly, Anna allows Val to give birth, but while Ryan’s absent, she injects Val, killing her. This scores Anna an alien/human hybrid baby and a vulnerable Ryan whom she blisses back to the dark side. Presumably. I won’t miss Val. She screamed a lot, and she had dead mouse breath.
When he’s not passing Chad Decker notes like a lovestruck schoolgirl, Father Jack is a one-man faith machine. It’s all about the faith. What do you call like a superior priest? A senior father? Well, the old priest tells Jack that he can’t preach anti-V sermons in church. Ever-earnest Jack won’t be deterred and (unintentionally) hilariously clears 95% of the congregation with his “hate speech”. Classic.
I’m not sure it was smart for Erica and Hobbes to stand up in the congregation in support of him though. Um, Erica, you run a task force for the protection of Vs…
Up on the mothership, Joshua is plotting to take down Anna’s evil regime, but Decker’s handiwork gets him caught. I always wondered why the V’s didn’t have the technology to intercept outgoing communications from their mothership. I still wonder why it took so long for them to start.
But anyway, Erica makes her excuses to leave the dinner table to powder her nose and kill some lizard babies. Except her exploding handbag is locked in a cloakroom. Luckily, alien princess Lisa chooses that moment to switch sides and gives Erica a blue energy crystal. She also creates a diversion by freeing Joshua. Well, Joshua creates the diversion.
So, in shorthand: lizard babies go boom, Erica shoots Joshua, Chad Decker sees nasty pointy alien probes being used on humans (why?), Erica and son go home after a pleasant dinner.
Then we get to the really great bit. Anna has a total frickin’ meltdown. All her alien babies are dead and she screams in anguish. Anguish? Isn’t that an emotion? Yes, it is. And when her henchman points out that Anna’s got an attack of the humans, she screams even more. I loved the crafty smirk on Laura Vandervoort’s face as she watched her mother’s painful realisation that she’d somehow caught some human emotions.
And flying on from there, Anna looks like she’s about to unleash full-scale war on the planet. I’m not sure why at this stage, considering all those alien soldiers seemed integral to her plans, but lets assume she’s been over-emotional and done a silly thing in a rash, impetuous, human moment.
Naturally, the whole thing is setting us up for the recently announced second season. We discover at the end that the V healing can actually resurrect dead aliens. But with red clouds covering the Earth, matching Anna’s mood, are the aliens about to show their true, scaly green colours? Will the ranks of the Fifth Column swell to five or even six sympathisers next year? I really, genuinely cannot wait to find out!
I don’t understand this…
Anna says: “With Agent Evans as my ally and my newborn army, the humans won’t know what hit them.” How the hell is Erica Evans on a par with a legion of deadly aliens? Somebody please explain…
And answer this…
How far can V go? Can we constantly have this PR battle between Anna and the human media, or will it descend into full-scale ground battle?