Story time! Let me set the scene: it’s the early ’80s, and I’ve been sent to stay with grandmother while my parents go out for the evening. Not the kindly grandmother who buys me toys and lavishes me with attention and food, but the surly, chain-smoking one who doesn’t care enough to realize when a 7-year-old is watching the V mini-series in the other room. I remember very little of the experience, other than pure terror at for what all I knew was breaking news, and when the first alien ripped his human race off to reveal the lizard-man inside, I was dead certain my parents were also aliens, and would similarly rip their faces off when they realized I knew their terrible secret. And then eat me.
So V is coming back, courtesy of ABC and Scott Peters, the guy responsible for USA’s The 4400, which by all indications was Heroes before Heroes, and not nearly as goofy. From Variety:
“Whenever I mention ?V? to anybody, they still have a lot of good memories about the original movie and series,” Peters said. “Everybody has that imagery of their uniforms, or the visitor eating a hamster. It?s a science fiction icon and too good to pass up.”
The original “V” served as an allegory for the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Peters said he won?t duplicate that concept, except that the new “V” will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.
In this case, the new “V” will center on Erica Evans, a Homeland Security agent with an aimless son who?s got problems. When the aliens arrive, her son gloms on to them ? causing tension within the family. As in the original “V,” several storylines will unfold simultaneously.
I have mixed feelings about this, primarily because I have mixed feelings about V. I mean, it’s hard to hate something that scared me so effectively, but on the other hand, I’ll be seriously upset if my parents do rip their faces off and then eat me.