Trailer for the “V” series remake hits the net.

I remember when the original V TV mini-series was aired back in 1983. It was a big hit in part because it had some surprisingly decent special effects for a sci-fi TV series for that time. Watching it now the Nazi allegory of the story is about as subtle as jackboot on your neck, but for a 15 year old me it was awesome. So when the second mini-series, V: The Final Battle, rolled around I made sure I was in front of the TV to catch it. Then they did V: The Series which was a mess in part due to the budget constraints of a weekly TV series and the fact that the producers where just trying to milk things for all they could at that point. It quickly devolved into a cliched mess that resulted in its cancellation after only one season. Still the two mini-series seemed to do fairly well so I suppose it was only a matter of time before they decided to resurrect the series. Here’s what the original looked like:

Now, 24 years later, here’s what the remake looks like:

Looks like it’s staying pretty close to the original premise, which would be a bit of a disappointment if that is indeed the case. A lot has changed since 1985 when the original series ended. It’d be nice to see the politics updated to incorporate some of the issues we’re dealing with these days. It would be interesting to see, say, an allegory where the Visitors represented America and Earth represented Iraq. They managed to update the remake of Battlestar Galactica in a similar way. Speaking of BSG, it seems the biggest impact that show has had is in the trend to try and resurrect old shows and give them a more modern dark and gritty feel—Bionic Woman and Knightrider for example—which hasn’t done terribly well outside of BSG itself. Lets hope V has more success in that regard.

Either way I’ll probably watch at least the first episode to see how the treat it. The trailer looks decent enough, but if it’s just going to be a case of doing the same thing with prettier effects and the same ham-fisted story telling then I probably won’t make it much further in than the first episode.

8 thoughts on “Trailer for the “V” series remake hits the net.

  1. Looks good, but it’s running on ABC.  Considering how they screwed “Miracles” around, the first episode had better kick ass if it’s gonna stay on the air.

  2. Holy Shit…it’s been 24 years??!!  I remember watching that as a kid but I didn’t realize it was that old!  OMG!!

    Well, we will see what they do with it…maybe it will be good.  I need another good show to watch..

  3. Any idea when it will be on the air?  I used to watch V every time it was on.

  4. Remakes are fine and dandy, but I’d rather they take some material which has never been put to film. Adapt novels which haven’t been adapted to either the big or little screen, for example: “Stranger in a Strange Land”, “Ringworld”, “Foundation”, “Midnight at the Well of Souls”, The “Soul Rider” series, the “John Carter of Mars” series, “Code of the Lifemaker”, the “Saga of Pliocene Exile” series, or even “The Complete Fuzzy” series. There are so many novels out there where the authors have rich vibrate worlds. And what does hollywood do? Crank out rehashed versions of the same old stories. I mean, the new Star Trek movie was fun to watch, but what was the point? Instead of just showing the same old visions how about some new ones? Lets stretch the collective imagination a little instead of grinding it deeper into the rut it’s already in.

  5. Am I the only one who finds it amusingly ironic that the priest is the one talking about wanting evidence before believing in the Visitors’ stated purposes?

  6. Anyone else notice that “god-damn” was edited to “damn” in the recap? About 2:30 or so. FFS!

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