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V – There Is No Normal Anymore

The number of people that can be trusted may be dropping, but the resistance is growing

By Jenn Falls.

This review may contain spoilers.

After all of the action at the warehouse, Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Father Jack (Joel Gretsch) are left to consider what to do next. Even though Erica calls 9-1-1, the Visitors (Vs) ominously intercept it leading us to the same conclusion that Erica gives to Father Jack when she leaves him – trust no one.

For the rest of the episode, sideways glances and questionable looks imply that anyone could be a V, so every person surrounding the main characters looks questionable. Erica deals with the disappearance of her partner Dale (Alan Tudyk) while Father Jack wrestles with what hes supposed to do now since Erica presumably left him on his own.

The politics of what to do with the Vs played a marginal part and unfortunately slowed down the show although they allowed for a few other charactersdevelopment. The reporter Chad (Scott Wolf) gets his revenge and seemingly gets one over on Anna (Morena Baccarin) by holding an unsolicited debate about the Vs. Ericas son Tyler (Logan Huffman) has a nice moment with Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) at the internment camp setting. Ryan (Morris Chestnut) shows that he wants to go against his own kind as he gets his alien skin fixed by another rogue V. The Vs are granted visas that allow them to leave their designated areas and mingle with the humans.

By the end, the start of a true resistance is formed between Erica and Father Jack as well as being implied by the potential of rebellion from Ryan and other underground Vs. Although it is promising to see a fraction of the potential of the Vs, such as their table of torture/healing and the return of Dale, the episode seems to be a building block for more serious action in future episodes. Hopefully, some of the excitement of the pilot episode will return.

What Worked

The strength that Mitchell shows in her acting and in her character carries most of the episode, especially the contrast between her ability to act quickly and her vulnerability. For those that are fans from the original V series, seeing the snakes during the torture scene is a nice throwback.

What Didnt Work

It was disappointing not to have more scenes with Anna (Morena Baccarin) and to see her character come into question. About the most interesting scene with her is after she talks to Chad on the ship and we see her blink in a very reptilian fashion. With all of the hype around the show and those who remember the absolute evil of Diana from the original series, it is necessary for Baccarins Anna to start showing her true colors.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

V stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Morris Chestnut, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Logan Huffman, Lourdes Benedicto, and Laura Vandervoort. There Is No Normal Anymore was written by Scott Peters and Sam Egan, and was directed by Yves Simoneau.

“V” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

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