Does V stand for Visitor? Is it Victory? Or even Vengeance?
That seems to be the question pondered by the season finale of ABC's sci-fi drama "V," recently renewed for a second season. Although the series won't return until midseason (at the earliest, November), the writers left us with quite a few cliffhangers to think about in the meantime as alliances fractured, sides were taken, and a new threat to the planet was unleashed by a vengeful Anna, in the throes of her first real human emotion.
Given the way that the season ended, with more than a few plot twists thrown into the mix, I'm extremely glad that ABC is giving "V" another shot next season. This week's episode ("Red Sky"), offered quite a few surprises as Erica managed to get aboard the mother ship and throw a major wrench in Anna's plans ... only to have Anna bring about hell on Earth itself as the sky above every city on the planet turned crimson.
It was a fantastic sequence that effortlessly mirrored the pilot episode, which depicted the Visitors' arrival on Earth as mother ships descended on 29 of the planet's major cities. Here, we're once again treated to the site of Visitor ships hovering above Los Angeles, Florence and other cities, but with an eerie red backdrop that signals a major turning point in the shadowy war between the humans and the Visitors.
This week's episode also saw some unexpected new alliances and the disintegration of others as each of the characters had to decide which master they would serve, choosing whether to follow their heads or their hearts, knowing that it could be the most important decision of their lives ... as the fate of two races hangs in the balance.