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'V': Ignorance is bliss

V_abrightnewday3 You wanted some reveals? You got them with this episode.

The Visitors clearly have an endgame for their invasion of Earth and they've proved themselves quite adept at using our strengths against us, manipulating the media and our hopes and fears.

And they've clearly got a lock on surveillance, monitoring hundreds of live feeds in order to keep track of their own agents in the field as well as the human peace ambassadors they've recruited by some cleverly concealed cameras within the Visitor uniforms. 

This week's episode of "V" found the Visitors applying for, as well as receiving, visas allowing them to move about on U.S. soil unrestricted. At the same time, various plots came to fruition as the human resistance gained a few new members and Erica was forced to work alongside the Visitors to stop an assassination attempt. 

The third episode of the series definitely kicked up the pacing after last week's relatively sluggish installment, delivering more than a few intriguing twists and revealing some more information about the Visitors and the Fifth Column, juggling an assortment of characters in a compelling and interesting fashion.

While I'm not quite sure that I would have given Father Jack access to the FBI mainframe and left him alone in my house, Erica does just that. But her uncharacteristic trust in Father Jack does pay off, as he was able to track down Georgie Sutton using the files she swiped from the office. (Or rather Georgie was able to track down Father Jack after he left his card.) I love that Jack is just as willing as Erica to get his hands dirty, and it's a nice change to see a priest in the thick of it, placing himself in harm's way alongside a federal agent.

Georgie, we learned, has a personal stake in fighting the Visitors, after they wiped out his entire family. So his efforts to sabotage their invasion definitely stem from a very personal place, making him extremely dangerous. His relationship with Ryan has taken a major turn now that he knows that Ryan is a Visitor, but he's still willing to bring Ryan into the mix and introduce him to Jack and Erica. Very slowly, we're seeing the formation of a new Fifth Column, a human-Visitor resistance force that's committed to combating the invasion but would appear to be little more than an isolated quartet.

Or are they? Erica's sleeper agent partner Dale came aboard the mothership this week, albeit with post-traumatic amnesia as he was unable to recall just who attacked him and saw his "true face" at the warehouse. Working with a white-clad Visitor, Dale was able to reassemble his memories in a construct of the FBI (where he reveals that he was not the only Visitor in the bureau) but rather than allow him to seek vengeance against Erica, Mr. White (as I'll call him for now) drugged Dale and revealed that he's actually working for the Fifth Column. Very, very interesting...

We also learned that the Fifth Column has a mythical hero of sorts, the enigmatic John May, said to be its leader. Whether May is a fictional entity or a flesh-and-blood one (or a scales-and-flesh one) remains to be seen. Ryan invoked his name at Cyrus' restaurant after Cyrus attempts to betray him in order to be "reconnected." Reconnected to what? I'm not sure. And Cyrus spoke about Anna's use of "bliss," which intrigued me. Is it a form of mind control? Is it physical? Or is she able to disseminate this bliss via the airwaves? Is that why the media is so important to her? Hmm...

Just what happened to Cyrus? Perhaps I'm crazy, but it seemed as though his body had been reduced to little more than ash by the time Anna's right-hand man Marcus responded to the alarm that Cyrus triggered. Is this what happens when you truly kill a V? Just as interesting is the information that Dale has been a sleeper agent for nearly 20 years, which shows just how long the Visitors have been planning this large-scale invasion. They're willing to use any and all methods to achieve their goals, even going so far as to concoct a fake assassination attempt and defuse a potential PR disaster in an effort to achieve public sympathy. (Very canny, that Anna.)

But the real surprise came at the episode's conclusion as Erica's son Tyler and Visitor Lisa nearly hooked up in his bedroom, only to be interrupted by Erica. Despite catching her son nearly in flagrante delicto, Erica was none the wiser that the beautiful blond in question is actually a Visitor, one with a very distinct plan for her son. Lisa, meanwhile, informed Anna that Tyler was "the one." And, oh, Lisa just so happens to be Anna's daughter, something I never suspected until she walked through that door and stood in front of Anna. (Call it a hunch.)

Just what do the Visitors want with Tyler? What is their plan for him specifically? Does it involve human-Visitor cross-breeding? Who is John May? What is bliss? And what will happen next week before "V" takes a breather for a few months before it comes back in March? Head to the comments section to discuss.

— Jace Lacob (follow my musings on television, food and more television on Twitter at @televisionary)

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Photo: The Visitors' High Commander Anna (Morena Baccarin) cannily poses for the camera with her newly acquired visa on ABC's "V." Credit: Michael Courtney  / ABC.

 
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Erica took her computer with her. The father was only matching on paper.

Overall a good episode. Nice twist with the daughter.

Good review. I thought this episode was better than last week's too. One thing I wondered about was whether the lady leading the V protest movement whose husband was killed but had a change of heart after meeting Anna, if somehow once inside the V compound the protest movement lady was replaced by a V double, who would now have nice things to say about the visitors.

I also anticpated the mother/daughter runion at the end, but I don't think it had anything to do with the story at that point, it's just that we've been led to expect 'shocking' reveals all the time.

I don't think it would be any major spoiler to say that Erica's FBI boss - the close talker - is a Visitor.

Scott Wolfe is terrible as a newsguy -- no one over-enunciates like that anymore. Other than that, I like the show, not as much as the two 80's minis, but I think the momentum will carry me until March. (and I gave up on FlashForward during the pilot episode).

Riveting episode!!! Why, oh why does the show have to go on hiatus so soon?!?

I hate this new trend (within the past several years) of sending shows on hiatus for months on end in the middle of the season. Time was, you only had to put up with a few reruns around Christmas/New Year's and a couple other weeks here or there during the season, and the rest of the episodes were pretty much first-runs, from late September to May. Ah, those were the days... This haitus-ad-nauseum system is terrible. I don't have Tivo, so I lose track of when the show is coming back -- if I even remember where it left off, plot-wise. That's how I stopped watching Alias, Lost, and BSG. They went away for what seemed like eons, and I just never found them again when they started back up.

Anyway, to the episode: I thought Mr. White (actually, I would've called him Mr Grey) killed Dale, not just drugged him. Why would he keep Dale alive, when Dale could give Mr Grey up, not to mention get the rest of the Fifth Column killed by going after Erica?

As for Cyrus, I'm confused. In the previous episode, Ryan and his fiancée were on the couch, and she noticed their framed photo on the mantle was upside down. When they righted the photo, the business card with Cyrus's info fell out. I assumed Cyrus had left it as a calling card of sorts, as a message that he'd like to meet with Ryan, and that's why the photo was upside-down: so that Ryan would notice it and the card would be discovered. But in this episode, Cyrus seemed genuinely surprised to see Ryan; there was no talk of "you wanted to meet" or something similar. So how did the photo frame get turned upside down? And why was the business card in it? What was all that about? Can someone explain what I missed?

Anyone else disturbed by the supposed surveillance camera shot of Tyler and Lisa entering Tyler's house? Where could that shot have come from? It had been established, not 5 seconds before in that same scene, that the surveillance footage comes from cameras on Vs' jackets. And then we see a supposed surveillance shot that could only have come from someone wearing a jacket and walking backwards into the house in front of Tyler and Lisa as they were entering. Stupid. I like this show, but that was just stupid and careless directing.

Another stupid shot along the same lines was the shot in the pilot episode of the homeless guy in the wheelchair in the middle of the steps of St Josphine's Church. My immediate thought was, "How did that guy in the wheelchair get in the middle of those steps? And how does he expect to get into the church from there?!?" Again, just a stupid directing choice that takes people right out of the narrative.

Speaking of Tyler and Lisa, I'm thinking the Master Plan involves cross-breeding of some sort. The Vs need humans for something; maybe they need our gene pool because of some genetic problem they have that threatens the survival of their species. But then why wouldn't they just take that from us against our will? Quite the mystery, why our cooperation is so important to them.

And speaking of Tyler himself, I can't stand him. He has no redeeming qualities. I find myself hoping desperately that he gets offed before his idiocy can threaten Erica and her group. He AND his useless friend.

Did anyone catch how Georgie's family was murdered? All I could absorb from the brief headline shot was that they were dead. I didn't see the cause or circumstances.

I am so enjoying this show better the the oreginal, all tho the oreginal was go for it's time. But I never drink the cool aid.

I saw a few episodes of the original series when I was a kid but I was like 5 so I don't remember much aside from the graphic scenes.

My guess is that bliss is like Vonnegut's soma and reconnected means to the hive mind/matrix or whatever. anna is clearly the queen bee.

personally, i really don't care about tyler at all, the kid's a real bore (and he looks to be a bad kisser). killing him off early wouldn't be a bad idea.

i kinda realized this might turn out to be like Battlestar Galactica where everyone starts revealing themselves to be Cylons...is that a good thing? if done properly, sure. however, this show needs to start getting more consistent if people are going to keep watching. this hiatus probably comes at the worst possible time.

Kathode

Your Question:
Anyone else disturbed by the supposed surveillance camera shot of Tyler and Lisa entering Tyler's house? Where could that shot have come from?

Answer:
The shot was from Tylers jacket - him looking at himself in the mirror.

Your Question: "As for Cyrus, I'm confused":

Answer:
Cyrus has already turned in several V Tratiors, ( as he states he only needs one more) He probally has left card with all the ones he knows , so his surprise when Ryan walks in could be real becuase he never knows who is going to answer his calling card.

I'm glad the writers did a good job with this episode. I was getting worried after last week's boring episode, but "A Bright New Day" certainly put the series in the right direction. While we probably won't see this many twists in later episode, I think it set up enough intrigue with the Visitors to pull the rest of the series. Full review of the episode.

http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2009/11/review-v-2009-season-1-episode-3-bright.html


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