The February "sweeps" period is over in the US, so after a few weeks where I found myself energized by V's surge of pace and reveals, "Uneasy Lies The Head" returned to dawdling, exposition-heavy normality. The amount of times the characters keep explaining or reminding each other about what's going can be ridiculous. I understand the need to help bring newcomers up to speed with events and minutiae, but each episode's "previously" recap should be enough.
There wasn't much going on in this episode, particularly compared to the last few weeks. The brakes squealed and the amount of ongoing subplots have decreased. The only thing of interest was seeing Erica's start to lose her humanity in her vengeful quest to defeat the V's, while Father Jack's (Joel Gretsch) moral guidance is being deliberately ignored. And as Erica's relationship with the former priest hit turbulence, her new aggressive approach brought her closer to Johnny Bravo-alike Hobbes (Charles Mesure). After last week's blunt foreshadowing of a Hobbes/Erica love-match, they both stripped to their underwear for an unexpectedly explicit clinch. Having spent some time highlighting action and violence, is V now trying a "sex sells" approach? We can only hope this means more Vandervoort in her bra. Also note the foreshadowing of a love-triangle, with Jack picking up on the flirtatious vibe between Erica and Hobbes in their lair and looking quietly jealous.
Good to see the show remembering it introduced young scientist Sid (Bret Harrison) weeks ago, who seems intended to be a rare source of comedy. I know the future of mankind's at stake every week, but considering the intrinsic cheesiness of V it's a shame the show doesn't explore its sillier side. I guess it's hard to be intentionally funny when every storyline's driven by reacting to evil lizards and their plans to enslave humanity, but a few quips would be appreciated. Sid may deliver some levity, but there's also a danger he'll become the incongruent wiseass of the show.
There are only two episodes left of V before, in lieu of a miracle, ABC call it a day. I'm hoping for a fast, furious and exciting finish, although confirmation the season will end on a cliffhanger is frustrating. I dearly wish the US system was somehow able to get word to showrunners that their show is doomed, so they could write a fitting conclusion. Loyal fans deserve that.
- Does anyone see a family resemblance between Diana, Anna and Lisa? I mean, ANYONE?
- Nobody's aware that Ryan's daughter is now immune to Anna's bliss. I don't know if this will be something that figures into the remaining episodes, or was intended to be part of season 3, but who else thinks Ryan's daughter's DNA could be used to spread that immunity to ALL the Visitors and, effectively, remove their need to feel their queen's bliss?
- Original V star Marc Singer is set to make his debut in a few weeks, so I predict his character's behind the gruesome deaths of Peace Ambassadors.