Episode Title: "It's Only The Beginning"
Written By: Cameron Litvack & Angela Russo-Otstot
Synopsis: FBI Agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell), Father Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch), secret Visitor Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut) and the trigger-happy Georgie (David Richmond-Peck) set forth on their first mission as a rudimentary resistance upon learning that the Visitors' plan to institute revolutionary healing techniques secretly spells disaster for humanity. Unbeknownst to Erica, her son Tyler (Logan Huffman) is being seduced by Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) and her mother Anna (Morena Baccarin), leader of the V's, for a still murky plot. Elsewhere, Chad Decker (Scott Wolf) and Ryan's girlfriend Valerie (Lourdes Benedicto) get shocking medical news, while the Visitors' premiere medical officer Joshua (Mark Hildreth) is forced to commit an unspeakable atrocity towards an ally.
Kill Heal The World: The world has latched onto the Visitors like a dog fatefully chasing down a car or a horse sprinting into a burning barn — that is to say, the Visitors are clearly dangerous, but their fancy tricks cause humanity to ignore their instincts. The idea of letting these Visitors provide medical assistance and evaluations after being on Earth's radar for barely a couple of months strikes me as completely ludicrous, but surprisingly believable. In the end, the Visitors offer humanity with an opportunity to be saved; an opportunity that a vast portion of mankind has seemingly embraced, consequences be damned. Too bad the consequences come in the form of an armada of menacing spaceships a galaxy or two away.
There Are Such Thing As Stupid Questions: When Erica finds out that Ryan is a Visitor, he permits her to ask him anything... so she asks him if there are other Visitors like Ryan, and what happened to their intended target's body. That's it? Really? You've got the chance to find out anything you want from a very friendly Visitor and you only have two questions? Talk about a missed opportunity. I would have asked him what the real name of their species is, how many of them are there, where do they come from, how they put human flesh over their lizard skin, is it itchy under there, do they have to shave as often as real humans, etcetera etcetera. What would you have asked?
The V-Team: Stupid questions aside, the formation of this Anti-V group is pretty awesome. Georgie is kind of a pain in the butt, but the pairing of Erica, Ryan and Jack makes for a solid team. There's also plenty of room for expansion — Joshua and Chad would make valuable members of the group one day given their positions next to Anna.
Ignorance Is Bliss: What the heck was up with Anna bathing the world in white light and happy thoughts at the end of the episode? It's called Bliss, apparently. I'm not sure what it is beyond that, but sign me up anyway. Morena Baccarin — though resembling a reptile more and more these days thanks to this show — is an absolute knock-out. I would happily listen to her words of encouragement and bask in her glowing presence even if I had no idea what she's really doing, just as long as she doesn't turn into a lizard and eat me. Other than that, I'm game for whatever.
Patience Is A V-irtue: Plenty of cliffhangers by the episode's conclusion — Ryan's girlfriend is pregnant with his half-alien child, Jack was stabbed in the gut and left for dead in his church, Tyler is poised to become an important fixture in the V's plot, and there are thousands upon thousands of fearsome Visitor vessels trekking across the universe to, err, "visit" Earth. Remind me to be on vacation when those guys show up at my front door.
V Is For Verdict: Overall, a solid installment of "V," though the fact that the show is off the air for the next few months isn't so great. "V" has some momentum right now, but is anyone going to remember the series when it returns in March? I'm interested enough right now, but I could see myself caring a lot less down the line. We'll find out for sure in just a few months.
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