V "Serpent's Tooth" Reaction

Part of me wonders if "V" is co-produced by Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat because for every two steps it takes forward, it also takes two steps back (yes, I know that's a dated reference, but the original "V", "Opposites Attract" and I are all children of the '80s, so deal with it).

For this week's episode, "Serpent's Tooth", I'll start with the two steps back and keep it short, because rather than continue to harp on the negative I want to focus on the positive. First, the whole story about the nature of the soul and that being what makes us human was an unnecessary leap into the deep end, and just felt awkward the whole time. I'm not sure a show about lizard-human hybrid aliens needs to muddle things up with more religious themes, especially after the backlash to the end of "Battlestar Galactica." Also, I thought given the importance placed on the relationship between Anna and Diana, there wasn't enough Anna-Lisa interaction, which would have made for a nice generational continuum.

OK, now for the good things, because there were two major developments in this episode that give me hope for the future of the series, even if this week continued to move at the slow-burn pace this show has fallen in love with.

Jane Badler's appearance as Diana, Anna's mother, is a Godsend for this show. In her first scene this week, she revealed more about the V's backstory, endgame, and reason why they haven't wiped out the humans than the previous 13 episodes combined. She had an amazing screen presence and because of her ties with human emotion, I can see her eventually bonding with Lisa and rebelling against Anna. Part of me wishes they'd brought her in sooner, but I'm not sure having her show up in the 4th or 5th episode of last year would have had the same impact.

The other big development this week was the introduction of a second anti-V terrorist group calling themselves Fifth Column, which addresses one of my biggest complaints of the show to this point. Through the first 13 episodes, it seemed like Erica Evans and her merry group of dissenters were the only people skeptical about the V's motivations, even after Red Sky. But it seems like that's no longer the case, and this Fifth Column group is even more hardcore than Erica's (which, admittedly, isn't hard). If this leads to more action and less talk in the show, that's a decidedly good thing.

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