V

Season 1 Episode 11

Fruition

2
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 11, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Anna says the V's are leaving but she hopes to enlist Chad to investigate her list of possible Fifth Column members. A scientist may have developed a weapon against the V's.

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  • 111

    5.0
    V looks like a goner based on its ratings, but the quality has not always been there either. This season has been nothing short of a roller coaster, and while they have managed to create one of the best villains on TV, they have also had plethora of intelligence insulting storylines and moments that just make you put your face into your palm asking why. Why is Tyler so important to the V's? With the season concluding soon I doubt that we will even discover the answer to that question, among others.



    This topsy-turvy ride was certainly watching, but if there is not a second season I don't know how upset I will be.moreless
  • Fruition

    8.5
    Fruition was a really great episode of V. This episode saw Lisa recovering from a so called anti V attack as Erica learns more about Anna and her relationship with Lisa. I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was drama, action, and character development. The gang learn of another guy being framed by the V's who has information which can help to fight them. It was fun to watch the interactions of Erica with Anna who is pretending to have emotions over what has happened. It was also cool to see Joshua and Lisa share a moment. I was shocked by the ending and can't wait to watch more V!!!!!!!moreless
  • ast week saw the weakest instalment of the series and my review was appropriately scathing. Will tonight's episode claw it's way back from mediocrity, or has the damage already been done?moreless

    8.0
    The opening shot unveils the twisted and beaten body of Lisa, which if you remember, was ordered at the behest of Anna in the final moments of Hearts and Minds. This was one of the few redeeming developments of the last episode and Fruition focus significantly on the effects on the Queen's manipulation of public opinion.



    Lisa's scarred and bruised face is paraded before the media, as evidence of the viscious nature of the '5th Column' and Anna's threat to leave Earth causes a mass outcry and eventually the compliance of world governments to assist in the capture of any and all members of the resistance. Where last week saw a fumbling and confused narrative structure that stumbled across tired clichés and troublesome plot holes, tonight draws focus from Lisa's turmoil and efficiently paces the episode towards an ominous climax. The main source of intrigue lies in the prodigal daughter's conflicting feelings of loyalty to her mother and to Tyler. At several points, she seems set to unravel Anna's conspiracy, but eventually succumbs to fear and plays the role the V's have shackled upon her. Even Tyler envokes few moments of irritation, providing a necessary supporting role as Lisa's catalyst for her new human emotions. We are provided with an interesting situation, where Erica finally realises that not only is her son's girlfriend a V, but that she is also the daughter of the hive Queen. This provokes some tension although I must confess, I wasn't aware that Lisa's 'visitor' status was a secret and am still uncertain as to whether this was as guarded a secret, as we were led to believe. Anna and Erica have an unnerving exchange, as they discuss the lengths a Mother would go to protect her offspring and there is a definite threatening subtext. Although this was a poignant moment, I was a little puzzled as to why it was happening. Anna is not aware of Erica's true motivations and it was strange to see them sparring in this manner. This was a first of a few inconsistencies, which although glaring, were easier to forgive due to the strong momentum of events.



    The suspects for Lisa's attack are Hobbes and a scientist called Dr Parker. Although the witness sketches are basically a man with a trimmed beard and a man with horned rimmed glasses, the suspects decide not to shave or wear contacts and so it isn't long before the worldwide media knows all about their identity. We finally learn why the V's are so intent on incriminating Hobbes and the Dr, and at last we see some glint of hope that the most impotent resistance in human history, may actually be able to fight back. Everyone who's seen War of the Worlds knows that aliens hate bacteria, it gets them every time. I think it's because they are almost exactly the same as Native Americans and have a low immunity to disease… yeah that must be it. Ryan seems to be having quite the crisis, as his human emotions towards Val are waning and his reason for fighting against the V's is suddenly in doubt. In one of the highlights of the episode, as Anna cracks open a can of 'bliss' for her people, we see Lisa turn to Joshua, apparently unaffected by her mother's mind control, whilst Ryan struggles to resist its allure. Hobbes is also working away in the shadows, performing deals with the enemy in an apparent attempt to save his own skin. I do find myself hoping he is performing a kind of doublecross however, as the show already has enough characters to hate and could use a few people to root for. Father Jack, with his ever grating religious mumbo jumbo, certainly isn't one of them. Presently, listening to him is like sitting through a Psalm recital at Sunday school (just without the molestation and subsequent nightsweats).



    Overall



    A significant improvement on last weeks disaster, with some excellent moments of clarity for several characters. Suddenly, I find myself extremely intrigued by what Lisa will do next, with a hint that she may even help Joshua destroy Anna's freshly hatching soldiers, which would surely be a defining moment in the story.



    There are still several inconsistencies throughout the episode and the producers are slightly over doing Anna's sinister smiles to herself (I might start trying them out in my own everyday life, like when the missus asks me if she looks fat…). But all in all, a good episode and a step in the right direction. I haven't forgiven V for what happened last week, but with time and possibly some make-up sex, we'll be able to get through this.moreless
  • betrayal, weaknesses, manipulation, weirdo aliens which are ridiculously hot. what more can you ask for?

    9.5
    haha. I never liked the pass few episodes of V, infact i didn't really like any of the episodes. the commercials were misleading, it ended where the story should've begun and when the next episode finally came it totally let you down. but this episode, i liked. i don't know why but anna's manipulation is just astonishing, using her own daughter, that is cold! although not all 30 minutes were awesome, this still was a pretty cool episode. i wanna see more soldiers though, it would also be pretty cool if a soldier got injured and a blind human takes care of him. he develops feelings and sides with the good guys in the end. haha!moreless
Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Lawrence Parker

Guest Star

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Private Investigator

Guest Star

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma

Sarita Malik

Recurring Role

Christopher Shyer

Christopher Shyer

Marcus

Recurring Role

Mark Hildreth

Mark Hildreth

Joshua

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ryan: Anna's lying. They're never leaving.
      Jack: Then why make the announcement?
      Hobbes: Oh, it's theater. The boo-hoo, the attack on the princess. She's putting on a show.
      Ryan: Hobbes is right. Anna could've healed Lisa's wounds, but instead she left them for the world to see.
      Erica: Question is, why? What is her interest in you and Parker?
      Hobbes: I don't know.
      Erica: Well, we need to find out. Joshua said that Anna is the one who beat Lisa. Slashed her face. She broke her legs.
      Jack: Wait, Anna did that?
      Erica: Yes.
      Jack: How could she do that to her own daughter?
      Ryan: Because she's not human. She's a Visitor. There's nothing that she won't do to get what she wants.

    • Erica: My son is in love with her daughter. Is he in danger?
      Joshua: At first, Tyler was just an assignment. But now I believe that her feelings for him are real. I don't think that she'd hurt him.

    • Erica: I want you to know that I'm going to make stopping the Fifth Column my top priority.
      Anna: Then I'm sure we'll cross paths again soon.
      Erica: I'm not going anywhere, Anna.
      Anna: As of this evening, neither am I.

    • Ryan: Val has changed me. She allowed me to see the beauty in humanity. It was her love that enabled me to fight off Anna's bliss. But without her, I just don't think I can do it anymore.
      Father Jack: None of us knows if we can. But with faith we can and, with faith, we do. That's all you can do, Ryan. That's all any of us can do.

    • Kyle: Frame me once, shame on you. Frame me twice, shame on me.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 11, 2010 on A
      Australia: May 30, 2010 on Channel Nine
      United Kingdom: June 15, 2010 on Syfy
      Israel: June 4, 2011 on HOT Zone
      Czech Republic: September 24, 2012 on FANDA

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