PREMIERES: Thursday, March 24 at 10pm on Syfy
THE PREMISE: Twenty-nine spaceships have parked above every major city on Earth, like giant, stretched-out mirror balls in the sky. They're helmed by the Visitors, an alien race that looks human on the outside and is led by a very pretty queen named Anna. Some people believe Anna's claims of coming in peace, and they can't get enough of her promises to cure all of mankind’s ills. Others, not so much: A resistance effort known as the Fifth Column is working in secret to prevent the Vs from carrying out whatever evil plans the Vs have really come to Earth to achieve.
WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: The Visitors are the evil alien invaders you just can’t help but love. Most of them are more beautiful than any of us (until their skin comes off and you see their reptilian innards). Queen Anna is not only gorgeous, she's super-strong-willed; name me another race of evil aliens managed by a woman? The Vs are cagey, shrouded in mystery, and never appear to become ill. V also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.
WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: The Visitors eat, breathe, and walk surrounded by so much CGI that at times it feels hard to connect with their scenes. And though I love watching the two moms at the center of the show demonstrate a parent’s passion for her kids, you have to ask, "Where are the fathers?" Father Jack Landry, who's one of the key Fifth Columnists, is such a wet character that you may lose interest in whether he lives or dies.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The show's main Fifth Column group is led by FBI agent Erica Evans, who was shocked to learn early in Season 1 that her partner of many years was an embedded V in disguise. Erica’s son Tyler is in love with Lisa, who's not only a V but the daughter of Queen Anna herself. Anna has co-opted a leading human news anchor—Chad Decker—to be her propaganda tool, which she accomplished by tricking him into thinking she has saved him from terminal illness. At the end of the first season, Erica found her way onto the V mothership and launched a grenade into a huge chamber full of Anna’s eggs, appearing to destroy them all.
Season 2 is set to reveal more about why the Visitors are here on Earth. We already know that peace is really the last thing on their minds, and that Jane Badler will return to reprise her role as Queen Diana from the original 1983 miniseries—yes, the one that made her famous for appearing to eat a hamster whole. Rumor has it that Diana is Anna’s mother, and that she's been kept prisoner by Anna in a part of the mothership tricked out to resemble their home planet. Evil never looked so much fun.
Here's a long-but-thorough Season 1 "V-cap" to help you catch up. Bonus: There's a Season 2 preview at the end.