Nothing less than the fate of the world hangs in the balance at the conclusion of this, the second season of the sci-fi drama V
--but since the show has been canceled by ABC-TV, we may never know how it all turns out. In the meantime, though, there's plenty in these 10 episodes to keep us occupied. In year one, the Visitors, commonly known as "Vs," arrived in 29 enormous spaceships which they parked over an equal number of world cities (the significance of the number 29 is revealed in the course of season two), claiming they were "of peace" and performing messiah-worthy medical and scientific miracles to impress gullible Earthlings. But by the end of that season, a few humans--specifically the so-called Fifth Column, a gallant band headed by FBI agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell), whose own son had fallen under the evil sway of the Vs--figured out that all was not what it seemed. This time around, while icy V queen Anna (Morena Baccarin) continues to try to convince the populace of her benign intentions, the Fifth Column and their allies gradually uncover the Visitors' sinister plan to preserve their own race by enslaving and forcibly mating with humans. Among the allies are a few rebel Vs--Morris Chestnut plays Ryan Nichols, a V who wants to help the humans but is still manipulated by Anna, who has Ryan's half-V/half-human child captive, and Laura Vandervoort is Lisa, Anna's own disenchanted daughter. The good guys have made some progress in clueing the world into what's really going on, but not much. A few major characters die; we get a better look at what the Vs really look like (Alien
-esque lizards with nasty teeth and lethal pointed tails), witness more of their wondrous technology (as before, the effects work is excellent), and realize that while the Vs are virtually omnipotent, they'll never be able to steal our souls. But by the end of the final episode, it's not at all clear if, let alone how, humanity will prevail.
V and its creators, who drew on the 1983 miniseries of the same name, seem to have an agenda that goes somewhat beyond spinning a compulsively watchable, if fairly standard, humans vs. space invaders yarn. The aliens' offer of free health care and jobs might be seen as a criticism of politicians in general and the Obama administration in particular; the ease with which they cow the Vatican into submission isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of organized religion; and other stories hint at popular conservative stands against immigration and science (if not technology). Special features are limited to deleted scenes from every episode. --Sam Graham
They seem almost godlike among us. They are the alien Visitors who, led by mysterious queen Anna, base their operations out of 29 motherships hovering over 29 global sites. But why 29? The answer lies in the Vs’ secret plan – just one of the extraordinary revelations in Season 2 of V
. As that astonishing plan draws closer to fulfillment, a resourceful underground unit of resistance fighters called the Fifth Column redoubles its efforts to undermine it. And throughout are the amazing visuals that are hallmarks of the series: looming spaceships, advanced medical technologies and the fear-inducing morphing of Vs into their reptilian forms. Our world…their rules?