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You Might Think I’d Be Upset About This, But I’m Not

May 19th, 2009

This morning, ABC announced its 2009 – 2010 schedule, and one of its midseason shows is a new adaptation of the ’80s series V: the one about the alien lizards who come here to steal our water and to put us on their menu. Among the geek-friendly cast is Elizabeth Mitchell (who just got killed off on Lost), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville‘s Supergirl) and–playing the leader of the Visitors–Morena Baccarin (who played a space hooker on Firefly).

Now, I’m something of a V fan, in that I had one of the first websites devoted to the series back in the Wild West phase of the Internet. Truth to tell, it was really because I was itching to do a website about something, and I figured that since I had access to a bunch of V ephemera, I might as well make it about that. 

V captured my imagination during my college days, coming at a time when, quite frankly, there was little sci-fi on the tube and virtually nothing of quality. Back then, you took what you got. Still, the original miniseries came out of nowhere, delivering good shocks, a decent allegory about the possibilities of fascism in America, and a whole lot of soap opera shenanigans. (The latter wasn’t all that unwelcome; I can appreciate a bit of soap in my drama.)

While the follow-up miniseries (V: The Final Battle) lacked the show’s creator Kenneth Johnson, it contained enough of his original concepts to be watchable fun. The ensuing weekly series was pretty damned stupid, but again, it was 1985 and you took what you got.

Johnson has tried (and so far failed) to launch his own sequel/remake. The closest he’s come so far was a novelization of his script for V: The Second Generation

Instead, the new V has been handed over to an entirely different production staff. Predictably, the old-school fans have already decried it as a mockery, with the inevitable nickname VINO (“V In Name Only”).

As for me, I say “Bring it on.” Sure, it’s entirely possible that it will hew more closely to the terrible weekly series that ended the franchise back in the ’80s than to the original miniseries. But I think there’s ample evidence to suggest that it’s not the worst thing in the world for someone to take a fresh look at an old, somewhat cheesy sci-fi show (see Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who). Hell, would even the most ardent Star Trek fan suggest that particular franchise’s best days were the ones in which Gene Roddenberry had the most influence? (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, plus the first two seasons of The Next Generation.)

I’m looking forward to V, if only because it’s entirely likely I’ll get to see Morena Baccarin eat a guinea pig. That’s just how I roll.

Updated: A couple of clips from the pilot have been posted online. No guinea pigs (yet), but looks promising.

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