In our second episode on our review of V the TV show, we take a look at some of the themes, plot points and highlights that made this mini-series such a hit back in its day.
On its surface, V the tv show may look like a cheesy, by the numbers sci-fi. While parts of it are, the first episode of V shows some excellent twists and turns in character development. This is particularly the case for the character of the streetwise “Elias Taylor” who goes from a somewhat annoying cardboard cut-out of a character in the beginning to a fantastically well-rounded individual with a definite edge to him by the end.
Kenneth Johnson’s writing is a real standout in V. His ability to develop seemingly two-dimensional characters together with his ability to build emotional climaxes make for a mostly very entertaining, and at times, a surprisingly touching drama.
Even the special effects, which are definitely of their time, hold up surprisingly well for the most part. There are of course moments when the effects do look a little ropey at times, but for a TV production that was planned and shot in just 3 weeks, Kenneth Johnson and his crew did a remarkable job.
Given the quality of the V the original series, it’s unsurprising that its initial airing in 1983 captured 40% of the American TV audience at the time. What is surprising though is that given this monumental achievement, Kenneth Johnson has struggled to find financial backers for his sequel plans.
We really do hope that Kenneth does have more luck in finding a backer. V the TV show was such a hit that still holds up well today. A modern-day sequel with a decent budget and contemporary special effects technology has the potential to be another hit. Here’s hoping it happens someday.
Want to check out our first episode in this series? Check it out here!