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V’s Visitors Show Their Scales

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?USA Today showed off what the aliens in V look like under their human disguises — to be revealed over the course of season 2 — and it’s that. Up above. First of all, I dig it — it’s very lizard-y and reminiscent of the original, but updated for a modern audience. Second, USA Today didn’t consider this a spoiler, so neither did I, although mostly because putting it after the jump would’ve required me to do slightly more work. Third, while I like the design, I still don’t find it as scary as the original alien-lizard design… but I’m pretty sure that’s because the first time a Visitor ripped off his human face to reveal his lizard alien face in the original V I got so scared that I’m still feeling the emotional scars, more than 25 years later. At least I finally realized my parents weren’t lizard aliens who were going to rip their faces off and eat me because I learning of their secret alien identities, which I was 100% certain of back in 1984. I mean… I’m pretty sure. If only because I would have been much better eating in the ’80s. If they’re actually aliens, they really missed the time when I was good eatin’.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.