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V returns and we have advanced clips! Death to the lizards! by COOP

Posted on May 19th, 2009
Posted on May 19th, 2009


Yep, it’s another (sigh) remake. But I actually don’t mind if they update this one since the old 1985 TV miniseries/short-lived series doesn’t hold up well these days.

In case you don’t remember, were stil in diapers or sitting around in the guff waiting to be born, “V” begins with a bunch of city-sized spacecraft that appear over every major city in the world (yep, “Independence Day” kinda ripped that part off). Turns out they look exactly like us with the exception of their robot-sounding, metallic voice. Instead of attacking, the aliens announce they are happy to find us and would like to share their technology in exchange for some raw materials such as water and metal ore. As the “Visitors” mingle amongst our populations, terrorist attacks aimed at them begin to rise. The Visitors declare that they will utilize our military to restore order and protect both species, which of course leads to escalating violence, then to a complete military occupation by alien forces. Meanwhile, a reckless video journalist stows away aboard a Visitor ship and learns of the true intentions of the aliens towards Earth and humans.

While the original miniseries, the sequel miniseries and it’s one season series run are burned forever into the fond memories of my 1980’s childhood, I’m not terribly optimistic about this remake. I’m not 100% sure how this version differs from the original story, but it looks a tad on the cheap side with some C-grade actors (although I think Morena Baccarin looks like a perfect replacement for Jane Badler’s evil alien leader “Diana”). I’m afraid this cast will make fans of the original pine for Marc Singer, Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund and Michael Ironside to come back and salvage some of that 1980’s magic.

Additionally, “V” was an allegory about the Nazi occupations of WWII (hell, even their symbol looked kinda like a swastika). Is it timely enough or are they going to focus more on how all humans must become terrorists in order to defeat the aliens? I’m not thrilled by either prospect. Regardless, I was a little excited to see these two early clips. The look is definitely influenced by Battlestar Galactica and hopefully it will go pretty dark…

Clip 1: The Arrival

Clip 2: The Interview

What, no metallic alien voices???

Dig this instead…

and this!…

-C

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