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.