Closet Sci-Fi Geek

Closet Sci-Fi Geek

science fiction news and reviews for closet nerds

Closet Sci-Fi Geek RSS Feed
 
 
 
 

Old V vs. New V

By - Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I’m aging myself here, but I remember when the original V miniseries aired back in 1983. I was about 13 years old at the time. V was a huge deal for us young teens – everyone seemed to be talking about it.

Some 25 years later, I still remember the main characters from V: The nice, shy, sweet alien (played by Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street). The beautiful but evil Diana. And our main hero, the adventurous cameraman. The miniseries spawned a second miniseries and then a one-season TV show, but for its brief lifespan it sure had an impact.

I recently watched the original V miniseries again and also the new ABC version of V, which premiered as a one-hour television episode. I was surprised at how well the old V held up, though the new V is also quite promising.

Old V

The old V does look dated now (if just that everyone watching news of the aliens is doing so on old console TV sets), but it is still a very compelling story. The basic plot is that aliens (the “Visitors”) land on earth, promising peace and harmony, but they are hiding a sinister plot instead.

The original V, dedicated to “resistance fighters,” shows parallels between the transition to martial law under the Visitors and Nazi Germany. Scientists are the Jews in the original V, and we are shown scenes of families hiding out and being persecuted as scapegoats as the Visitors use a concocted plot to clamp down on American freedoms.

The original V, despite being born of a more innocent age on television, does a surprisingly good job at showing the differing reactions and motivations of people living under the new regime. Some help others, while others turn their neighbors in to the “authorities” due to ego and a lust for power.

The special effects of the original V are actually surprisingly good for 1983; while the spaceships are a little clunky, the flying scenes are decent, and I actually kind of miss those obvious blue laser beams used in old sci-fi.

One thing we loved as kids when the original V came out were the alien voices. The strange reverberation is a neat effect to this day. As a 13-year-old in the 80s, this was seen as pretty darn “cool.”

(SPOILERS!) The original V also had some great reveals missing in the new version. The alien Diana eating a live mouse and guinea pig was probably one of the most shocking and surprising things ever shown on TV. And who can forget the alien hybrid baby that came about later?

New V

Of course, one of the main things that gets updated with a redo of an old sci-fi show is the special effects. The new V, of course, benefits from the enhanced special effects of our day, but these still would mean nothing without decent characters and plot. Special effects done for their own sake can get tired. Fortunately, the special effects in the new V are used to good effect. The visual of the alien commander Anna giving her initial greeting to the world through a big screen created on the bottom of each spaceship was exceptionally memorable.

It was also quite dramatic to show the city undergoing an earthquake as the large mothership descended.

As for the plot, so far, the new V keeps the general theme of the old, with some new twists.

The new V, for example, does not hit you over the head over parallels between the Visitors and Nazi Germany in the way the old V did (at least so far). Instead, the Visitors are greeted with a hysteria that some journalists have compared with the Obamamania that hit the nation in 2008. I personally did not see the first episode of V personally attacking Obama per se (except for one obvious “HOPE” sign). Still, you could find some vague parallels to the Obama craze with the selling of V t-shirts and merchandise. The show seems to caution against getting too enthralled before all the facts are known. But the parallels with Obama end there.

My feeling is this: It’s not that the show was trying to say that Obama was like the Visitors; rather, I think the show was trying to say: Look at what might happen should blind devotion be given without critical thought.

The biggest threat, we are told, is that the Visitors have a powerful weapon…”devotion.” So it looks like we’ll be seeing more exploration of the idea of “celebrity hype” and the Visitors.

(Perhaps we are lucky Obama isn’t secretly a reptile – though David Icke and other conspiracy theorists might dispute that!)

As for the Visitors themselves, they are updated from the original in that they are sleeker and better dressed. The old red uniforms, hats and cheesy sunglasses are out: Fashion-forward beige dress suits are in.

The alien commander, “Anna,” is a beautiful woman with a trendy pixie haircut. Diana’s big 80’s hair is out.

They are still lizards underneath the human-looking skin, but instead of showing us rigid masks underneath the fake skin, we just get to see glimpses of reptile in a more subtle fashion. Sometimes less is more.

As for our dear alien leader: The casting of Anna was perfect. She manages to give the creepiest smiles in her role as Supreme Stepford Wife.

As for the plot itself: Instead of the aliens going after scientists as in the original, we have aliens acting as terrorists who are infiltrating all aspects of American life and government. A counter-insurgency group is the only resistance at this point. This is a sophisticated and modern update of the original V story. I find both versions interesting.

I would say the only thing that I missed about the old V in the new V was the lovely pacing. The old V took a bit of time to do its revealing – of course, that was due in part to the mini-series format. The new V hit us over the head in a single episode with the whole shebang: “Here are the Visitors. They are promising peace. Whoops, they are actually evil reptiles. Surprise!”

So the new V has a little less mystery than the old V…but that’s OK. It seems to be starting off in a good direction.

If I have one minor gripe it’s that they flipped the use of the spraypainted Vs in the new version. In the old version the “V” spraypaint was a sign of the resistance – it meant “Victory.” In the new V, the “V” stands for the Visitors, and for some reason they are encouraging their followers to “tag” with it. Kind of silly, really.

Otherwise, I think the new V looks really promising.

P.S. Doesn’t Joel Gretsch (the priest from the new V) look like the long lost brother of Marc Singer (the cameraman of the old V)? Maybe that’s just me.

2 Responses to “Old V vs. New V”

  1. 1
    rob:

    There is NO comparison – old V wins hands-down everywhere you look (sexy women/expansive plot/cast etc.). The new version seems to be cheaply made and is rather boring).

    old v 5/5
    new v 1/5

  2. 2
    Leo Star Dragon 1:

    Hello! (I do have a Website, but it isn’t completed yet.) But anyway…. It is interesting to me, to read blogs like this one, after the fact. Diana was in the new “V” with her hair-style intact. There was a hybrid baby too! Both shows got cancelled too soon! Well, moving right along, this new “V” is like the new “Battlestar Galactica”, in a certain context. When the pilot for the new Galactica showed old props form the old Galactica, it had me wondering if the new one shared the same universe as the old one. When Diana showed up in the new “V”, I wondered if this was somehow a sign of the new show continuing the old one, but set in a parallel universe and/or alternate time line. The old “V” showed us those novel “mobile telephones” that the teenage girl had that even impressed an alien, while in the new “V”, they are so taken for granted, it is annoying to me since I don’t have one yet. (I was given an old-style one, but I never got it activated due to the cost being something like $500.00 to start it up again. Yes, it was a hand-me down.) I could go on and on, but I won’t, except to say that I enjoyed seeing certain cast members again after their previous series were cancelled or they were written at, like Supergirl was for example.

Leave a Reply

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 13 + 4 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:

 

November 2009
M T W T F S S
« Oct   Feb »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Tags

Categories

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Bad Behavior has blocked 332 access attempts in the last 7 days.

Viagra 50mg pills
cialis generic 20mg
sildenafil online canada
real viagra
cialis online canada
Generic Viagra
cialis for daily use disount
viagra online
tadalafil 20mg
viagra online nz
brand levitra
Viagra on line
Tadalafil canada
buy tadalafil
genaric viagra
order viagra
buy brand cialis
buy viagra canada
generis cialis
1 800 490 0365
buy viagra from germany
viagra paypal payment canada
Sildenafil citrate 50mg
where to buy cialis
best viagra source
cialis promise program
cialis voucher
viagra loest prise
Viagra cheap
canada generic viagra
buy cialis online in canada
buy generic cialis
viagra uk
Priligy
viagra gold
cialis paypal
viagra india
viagra quebec
aftermarket viagra
viagra paypal checkout
generic viagra 50 mg
supreme suppliers viagra
cialis no prescription
discount cialis 20mg
ggeneric viagra for sale
generic cialis cipla
whats the least expensive place to buy viagra
propecia
is it illegal to buy viagra online
buy cialis online in usa
cheap sildenafil
viagra prices walmart
cialis 20 mg best price
tadalafil daily use
canadian generic viagra
how can i buy viagra online in canada
viagra no prescription
Viagra uk
online overnight viagra
viagra coupons and discounts
overnight generic viagra
chip viagra
viagra sale
sildenafil citrate 100mg
generic viagra blogs
levitra canada
nolvadex buy
purchase propecia
mixing cocaine and viagra
VIAGRA
cialis 20 mg
levitra substitute
discount viagra
viagra for sale in ireland
finasteride 1mg generic
viagrasuperforte
GENERIC CIALIS WITH DAPOXETINE 80MG
viagra mail order
viagra express
cialis without prescriptions
cialis canada pharmacy
viagra for sale
redtube viagra
viagra online australia
cialis comparison
generic viagia
buy viagra in toronto
generic cialis in canada
is super active cialis a scam
HTMLGIANT LEVITRA
cialis 200 mg price
no risk pharmacy
generic viagra
viagra levitra cialis offers
cialis 36 canada
viagra soft tabs
propecia
original cialis
canada pharmacy generic cialis
genaric propecia
buy viagra usa
order viagra online
generic viagra
30 day free trial of cialis
kamagra for sale
cialis tablets
cialis 20 mg from united kingdom
cialis 5mg
buy Dapoxetine
generic cialas
sildenafil tablets
Buy Viagra in Canada
causes of irectal dysfuction
36 hour cialis
viagra uk
buy viagra on line
where to buy genuine viagra online
cialis for sale
VIAGRA IN USA
cialis 10mg vs 20mg
buy cialis black
compralviagra
viagra usa
cialis viagra cocktail
canada viagra paypal
where can i buy finasteride
cheap viagra
levitra bayer
viagra canada
cialis south africa
buying viagra with next day shipping
pharmacy express
cialis coupons
where to buy viagra in toronto
buy viagra in canada fast
best viagra online toronto
cheapest cialis 20mg
reasons to use viagra
viagra online in usa
viagra prices
Viagra for sale
does generic viagra work
viagra no perscription
Cheap viagra
planet pharma warehouse pvt ltd
tadalafil tablets
10mg cialis
generic vs brand name viagra
levitra india
canadian pharmacies selling viagra
purchase generic viagra
VIAGRA ONLINE
cheapest viagra
cialis
viagra from canada
cialis no prescription
finasteride 1 mg
generic ciallis
sildenafil 100mg
ed pro trial pack
Generic viagra
pfizer viagra online
next day shipping viagra
cialis vs viagra
viagra online without prescription
viagra for sale australia
generic viagra soft tabs
levitra generic
Sildenafil citrate 100mg
paypal online pharmacy
levitra online canadian
sildenafil citrate
Viagra prices
buy propecia
viagra canada online
generic levitra for sale
online viagra
1 mg propecia
generic cialis 20mg
ganeric viagra
sildenafil citrate generic
cialis men
Finasteride purchase
viagra pro online
Sildenafil Citrate
Viagra Oklahoma city
viagra overnight no prescription
viagra canada sales
buy finasteride
cialis generic 10 mg
cialis soft tabs canada
cialis professional
Buy Viagra online
finisteride
best viagra deals from India
viagra sales
viagra
buy viagra super force
cialis generic versus brand name
canada customs and cialis
generic viagra paypal
cialis online
generic medications cialis
viagra low cost
canadian cialis online
buy viagra montreal
viagra price in india
viagra softtabs
cilias 20mg
cialis black 800mg
brand name viagra canada
viagra
cheap vigra
overnight pharmacy4u
cialis 36 hour
viagra no prescription overnight
viagra prices
generic viagra 50mg
buy strong viagra
cialis fastest shipping
Sildenafil Citrate
PROPECIA
viagra suppliers canada
canadian levitra vs usa levitra
viagra alcohol effects
buy viagra Australia
cialis online canadian pharmacy
cialis replacement
cialis daily
viagra professional
36 hour cialis mg
cialis online uk
generic viagra canada
viagra 100mg
cialis viagra levitra canada
cheap viagra 50 mg
cialis paypal payment
generic viagra from india
online viagra no prescription
cialis samples
cialis usa online
pfizer viagra without prescription
viagra cialis combo
walmart canada pharmacy
viagra next day delivery usa
cialis 10mg
drugstore 1st
cheap generic viagra 100mg
cialis generic
viagra deals
Cialis 5mg Tablets
shipping viagra to australia
cialis 200 mg no prescription
viagra no prescription
newestpills
generic cailis
order cialis 20 online
real viagra paypal
cialis overnight shipping
status 365 pills
tadafil cialis
levitra
buy dapoxetine online
buy nolvadex
VIAGRA FOR DAILY USE
viagra usa OVERNIGHT SHIPPING
viagra ireland
Discount Viagra
buy viagra
cheap generic cialis
cialis 200mg
walmartprices for viagra
cialis-buy-info/
viagra no prescrition
cealis generic
buy cialis using paypal
viagra no prescription cialis
viagra canada free sample
viagra nz
cialis 20mg prices
propecia generic finasteride
cialis 20mg price
cialis 10 mg where to buy
generic Viagra
viagra coupons
cialis soft tabs
is levitra sold at walmart
ebay + cialis
cialis black reviews
generic levitra overnight delivery
black tab cialis
viagra onlnine
order cialis 20mg
ciali sell from usa
Cheap Viagra
buy cheap cialis
cheap viagra online
Finasteride
finasteride sale
viagra coupons printable
buy cialis generic
buy viagra online
viagra online 365
noriskpharmacy
Cheap viagra
viagra trial sample
buy levitra online
Order viagra
viagra pfizer
tadalafil canada
cailis online
viagra 100 tablets
BUYING EGYPT VIAGRA
order viagra online australia
buy cialis no prescription
levitra 10mg buy
walmartcanadapharmacy
viagra without a script
tadalafil soft gelatin capsules
where to buy viagra
where can I buy cialis 20mg
viragra
cialis overnight
cialis online
generic viagra soft tabs
cheep viagra
cheaP viagra
20mg cialis
propecia generic
pfizer viagra price
cheapest cialis tadalafil 20 mg
levitrawithnoprescription
Dapoxetine
viagra for sell
low cost viagra
order viagra from canada
accutane for sale online
buy cialis 20mg
100mg viagra
where can I buy propecia?
viagra 50mg canada
street value for viagra
cialis 40 mg
Buy viagra online
very cheap propecia
cost of viagra
Generic Cialis
buy viagra online sydney
cialis black
viagra profesionals
Cialis
viagra and dapoxetine
VIAGRA UK
viagra online netherlands
where to buy viagra in calgary
overnightpharmacy4u
30 day free cialis
100mg Viagra
where to get viagra online
Female Cialis
generic cialis
generic viagra online
Viagra online
uninsured cost of cialis
bying viagra uk
levitra 20mg
viagra canada no prescription
buy DAPOXETINE
cheapest generic levitra
viagra canada pharmacy
Cialis online
viagra in united states
buy cialis 20 mg
sun pharmaceuticals india
buy viagra no prescription
cialis for sale nz
.buy viagra
buy cialis online canada
vardenafil
how to buy viagra from canada
buy finpecia onlline
viagra 4 pack
original viagra for sale
viagra coupon
cialis onlilne
buy oral viagra online
viagra costs walmart
buy tadalafil us
viagra vs cialis which is better
viagra, no prescription
levitra order
cialis sales
zithromax next day
viagra cialis trial pack
viagra free trial offer
cialis with dapoxetine
Cialis generic alternative
finpecia
viagra from tijuana
lilly cialis 20mg
buy cialis
montreal online pharmacy
buy real viagra with a echeck
drugstore 365 org order levitra online
cialis coupon
herbal viagra samples
viagra no prescription canada pfizer
online pharmacy for cialis
viagra patent date
20mg cialis buy
viagra in uk
Sildenafil Citrate 50mg
cialis dosage frequency
cialis vs viagra vs kamagra
viagra no prescription
generic viagra vs viagra
liquid viagra to buy
10 mg cialis for sale
viagRA online
buy viagra using paypal
cheap sildenafil citrate
cialis no prescription canada
can i take cialis with daxpoteine
cialis online nz
centerpill
buy cialis from india
Propecia 1mg
cialis 20mg