It’s no secret that there were numerous problems behind the scenes on ABC’s “V.” For a start, the series lost its showrunner, Scott Peters, only four episodes in and the overall arc of the story had to be realigned.
However, what may not be apparent is just how directionless the series was after the upheaval and how much work was needed to re-create “V” into a working television series without stepping on the toes of the original four-episode story.
“It was tough in the beginning,” producer Scott Rosenbaum told The Futon Critic. “I had to create the mythology but then also back-track it so that it made sense with what the first four episodes” had set up.
In the first batch of episodes, “V” focused more on the arrival of the Visitors and their impact on society, as well as placing them in locations where they could influence the human race. Once the series returned from its extended break for the final run of episodes, the show focused more on the re-emergence of the Fifth Column and hints toward a coming war for the Earth.
However, one thing in short supply was answers on what the Visitors are really up to and why they are so interested in tagging the human race.
“In a complicated show that needs a mythology, you have to have … answers,” Rosenbaum said. “I think the reason the show had some problems in the beginning was because there weren’t answers to the questions” being posed.
How will that change in Season 2? Well, Rosenbaum insists he now knows who these aliens are and where they come from … something that will change — and maybe even expand upon — some of the original series.
“Going into Season 2, I spent a lot of time completely solving the mythology [and working out] where [the aliens] came from, where they’d been before Earth [and] why they’re at Earth,” he said.”They’re a little different than a typical alien. You’re going to understand what they are, how they were created and what they consist of. They’re not necessarily just lizards.”
“V” is expected to return to ABC in November. It stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf and Morena Baccarin.