V – The Complete First Season (2009 – 2010 revival series/Warner Blu-ray Review)
B- Sound: B- Extras: C Episodes: B-
V for those who don’t know or
realize is based on the 1983 miniseries and 1984 television series originally
created by Kenneth Johnson (The Bionic
Woman, The Incredible Hulk; he
is not involved with this version). The
series chronicles the coming of a technology advanced alien race that
pronounces peace, but in actually have much deeper and audacious motives.
arrive in 29 major cities around the globe.
The leader of the aliens Anna (Morena Baccarin) steps forward to offer
the people of earth a deal. In exchange
for a small amount of natural resources the vistors will share their advanced
technology. Whereas some welcome the
aliens with open arms, there is a growing band of people who are hesitant and
suspect the aliens have other intentions.
Due to the growing suspicions centering on the aliens actions, a
resistance group is formed. FBI agent Erica
Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) stumbles across the fact that aliens have been
infiltrating all walks of human life for decades (including that of government)
and in turn joins the resistance movement.
There are a number twists and turns throughout the First Season that should not be revealed here, but in general
involves double agents and countless cliffhangers.
is not what I imagined it would be. I
find the series to be on the same level as the original miniseries as far as
storyline, but the overuse of CG and green screen makes certain sequences
obnoxious. I would have traded the CG
for old Star Trek cardboard sets at
any point, at least then there would have been more passion then dollar
signs. The acting is well done and the
cast seems to have good enough chemistry.
I think as long as the series doesn’t go too over the top that V can go on for quite a while. On the down side I have the nagging sense
that the series may have spun out of control way too early and the double
crosses and such that took The X-Files years
to amass have all happened in Season One.
technical features on this First Season Blu-ray
are actually pretty bad. The picture is
presented in a 1.78 X 1 1080p that has a muddy appearance at best. The colors and flesh tones of “the real
world” are stunning and crisp, but as we switch back and forth between CG and
reality the visual experience becomes mucky.
Whereas I am supposed to believe this alien technology is the most
advanced in the universe, I instead find myself picking out the blaringly
obvious green screen moments. The
overuse of green screen and budgetary restrictions have plagued this Blu-ray’s
image quality, making it unbalanced at best.
The sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that is weak with most
of the sound blasting from the front and the occasional musical score or
ambient noise coming from the rears. The
dialogue is crisp for the most part, but when the dialogue gets loud there are
moments of spatter and crackling.
- Audio Commentary (oddly) on
- The Actors Journey from Human
- Breaking Story: The World of
- An Alien in Human Skin: The
Makeup FX of V
- The Visual Effects of V
- Unaired Scenes
the extras are short, but cover a fair bit of enough in the short segments.
series is interesting and shows promise, but it may take another season to get
me hooked. For now I am just visiting.
- Michael P. Dougherty II