Season 1 Episode 2

There Is No Normal Anymore

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2009 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Anna, the leader of the V's, uses popular TV anchor Chad Decker to deliver her messages to the world. However, suspicion arises from FBI investigator Erica who believes that the V's have different intentions to those they claim. Also, Erica and Father Jack find themselves being tracked down by a seeker.moreless

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    Erica and Father Jack find themselves being tracked by a "Seeker" from the V's. Meanwhile, Chad, thinking his last interview with Anna didn't go so well, tries to be more investigative on his next newscast. I love V. It's more evident that despite their best efforts the atheists are losing the war to win the hearts and minds of the people. V is absolutely loaded with religious themes and imagery asking the big questions about the meaning of life and what our values are. Of course the atheists will say that V's employment of religious themes and imagery is simply evidence of the ignorance of the masses. But one has to make a case for that. Not simply assume it over and over again until it's accepted as gospel truth. Watch V and make up your own mind.

  • There Is No Normal Anymore

    There Is No Normal Anymore was a perfect follow up to the pilot episode of V the 2009 version of the series. I really enjoyed watching this episode as Erica and Father Jack are torn about what just happened to them. We learned more about the V's and how much control they have. I thought the suspense was fun, and watching Erica hold her own against a panel of questioning, and demands from her boss, she plays her cards just right and makes a great character. I think Tyler and Lisa had some interesting interactions and wonder where that will lead. I thought Chad Decker was awesome in this episode as he challenged Anna's will while helping her at the same time, making him more valuable to her. I look forward to more!!!!!!!moreless
  • 'There is No Normal Anymore' isn't a bad episode as such, it's just rather uninspiring.

    V treads water this week, relying on a number of fairly bog-standard narrative tropes to keep the arc plot chugging along rather than soaring ahead. While Scott Wolf continues to be excellent as put-upon anchorman Chad Decker, his attack of journalistic integrity is predictably written: his solution to the problem of Anna's insistent censorship is far too easily orchestrated, conveniently tied up in a neat little bow by episode's end. It would be nice if this was a little less black and white; if things weren't so quickly resolved, as they aren't in that lovely little thing we call real life. It wouldn't hurt to make a few braver decisions guys; in fact, your audience would probably appreciate you more for it. They are trying though - the fact that the Visitors aren't all duplicitous no-gooders with sinister intent is certainly commendable, ensuring that the show avoids becoming trapped in an all-too-simplistic binary opposition. So Vs can have a conscience too, as demonstrated by Morris Chestnut's Ryan Nichols, whose quest to round up those that sympathise less with stone cold Anna and more with, well, humankind is at least somewhat interesting thanks to its penchant for withholding information, for offering oblique references to 'resistance' minutiae but rarely explaining them. Unfortunately, it's also a little lazy; it's obvious from the get go that his contact is going to pull the wool over his eyes... well, how else could the writers drag the storyline out over more than episodes than it's really worth?

    Elsewhere, Elizabeth Mitchell and Joel Gretsch continue their joint quest to form some sort of resistance, but the story ends up just running around in circles and not really going anywhere. Sure, there's some noteworthy fallout from last week's revelation about Dale but it ultimately amounts to a list of phone numbers which, frankly, after twenty-five minutes of chin stroking, feels somewhat disappointing. Alan Tudyk's reappearance at hour's end can't salvage it either, since the very fact of the narrative's prominent focus on his character is a massive giveaway that the show isn't done with him. And then there's Tyler's story, which reads like a fourteen year old's attempt at dramatic plot structure: boy likes girl, girl likes boy, girl contrives a situation so that they spend time together, boy and girl flirt, boy tries to impress girl with his prowess, girl is decidedly unimpressed, conflict ensues. Yup, haven't seen that one before. The fact that Tyler will go just that one step too far is a given from the moment we see his Peace Ambassador initiation contrasted with the unruly protesters outside, and it's bloody irritating. As if the whole storyline didn't feel uninteresting enough in concept, now we have to endure the weepy, brooding youngster trying desperately to win back the affections of the girl he met about five minutes ago but already knows he's madly in love with. Yawn. Just get him to take off his clothes please, that'd be far more interesting.

    'There is No Normal Anymore' isn't a bad episode as such, it's just rather uninspiring. The arc plot doesn't really go anywhere and the material that we're given fails to disguise the fact that it's just stalling for time. After being treated to a plethora of alien invasion/exposition TV shows and movies in the last decade, we're used to the sort of beats that are on offer here. We need something that genuinely surprises to keep our attention and sadly, at the moment, V seems content to rest squarely on its laurels.moreless
  • Shaping up nicely!

    I loved the second installment. It seems there are some negative reviews, but I have no negative feelings about this ep whatsover. It nicely picked up from ep one, and immersed us in the 'new reality' of life with the visitors. The excellent casting continues to go a long way toward viewing enjoyment, and the plot thickened at a nice speed. I don't know why some folks say it went slow - there were lots of tense moments - e..g, when the flying thing chased Erica and Father Jack from the phone booth, when Erica's partner Dale was officially declared missing and she got the third degree, when Ryan gets drugged by that other visitor... and through it all I'm just so happy and contented to have Joel Gretsch (Father Jack) back in a series again - I just love that guy!moreless
  • you're unbelievably ????

    are you serious, what the hell is wrong with you guys??? its the second episode of the season, i read some reviews and someone said "nothing happen, its boring and i slept the whole episode" what the hell??!! watch the season at least before you judge, a lot of good shows are getting cancelled because of this.

    its just the 2nd episode??? unbelievable????

    for me i liked the show, the plot, and the characters, and i like were the show is going. we'll see action and a lot of action, i liked Anna, a pretty face from the outside and im guessing a devil from the inside. all what i am saying is that we haven't seen anything of the show yet, just give it a try.moreless
Jacqueline Ann Steuart

Jacqueline Ann Steuart

Marion Geiger

Guest Star

Jesse Wheeler

Jesse Wheeler


Guest Star

Britt Irvin

Britt Irvin

Haley Stark

Guest Star

David Richmond-Peck

David Richmond-Peck

Georgie Sutton

Recurring Role

Roark Critchlow

Roark Critchlow

Paul Kendrick

Recurring Role

Scott Hylands

Scott Hylands

Father Travis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: After Erica tells Tyler to go to bed he picks up his iPhone to look at the picture of Lisa. On the wider shot of the phone the time clearly says "8:48". When the shot cuts to a close up of the phone the time has changed to "12:37".

    • Goof: When Anna is scrolling through potential outfits, the movements of her physical and simulated selves are not in sync. They are also not merely 'delayed' but actually different movements.

    • Goof: The expression in the photo of Lisa on Tyler's iPhone is not the same as when she took the picture of herself.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Father Travis: Establishing ties with the visitors is a good thing, Jack. More souls to save. You'll see.

    • Anna: (looking at herself in the mirror dressed in a kimono) I'm told in Japan this conveys both a respect for tradition and the allure of submission.
      Marcus: I'm not sure that's the message you want to send.
      Anna: You still don't understand Humanity.

    • Erica: The Visitors, they traced the call.
      Jack: How's that possible?
      Erica: How is any of this possible? Dale was my partner, he was one of them. He's been my partner for 7 years, long before the ships showed up. Anyone could be a Visitor. Jack, go home. Jack, go home.
      Jack: What?
      Erica: Go home. Act normal. Pretend this never happened.
      Jack: Wait, we can't just walk away from this.
      Erica: We can't attack it head-on. It's too dangerous. I have to figure out what to do. Go home. Don't trust anyone. Anyone.

    • Tyler: Wow. Space girls are funny.

    • Chad: I have to show Anna she's not the only one to get what she wants. When I'm done she'll be the one calling me.

    • Jack: You're an FBI agent?
      Erica: You're a friggin' priest?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 13, 2010 on Syfy
      Israel: April 2, 2011 on HOT Zone
      Czech Republic: July 23, 2012 on FANDA
      Slovakia: April 4, 2013 on Dajto