Season 2 Episode 8

Uneasy Lies the Head

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2011 on ABC

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  • Squandering the potential yet again

    The sad thing about "V" (other than its eroding ratings) is how they've squandered all the potential that they gave themselves with "Siege". After that episode, I was completely ready to support them on their new direction, and was even looking forward to a third season. Yet in two episodes, they've lost whatever momentum that the revitalization of the Fifth Column provided.

    Erica's more pro-active anti-Visitor terrorism does have its benefits. It throws her into some morally ambiguous territory, which gives Elizabeth Mitchell more to do than stand around and look worried for Tyler. But that's where the good part stops. Why in the world would this ridiculously complex plan be necessary to force Anna to acknowledge that the Fifth Column still exists? Just a few episodes ago, Anna demonstrated the utility of viral video to carry a targeted message. Why not use that?

    Or better yet, why not go underground for a while until Erika can work with the global Resistance leadership to come up with a truly effective counter-strike? Erika has, ostensibly, an entire network worth of intellectual resources to put to the task, yet she shuts them out in favor of her existing team's very limited (and conflicted) perspective. Proactive does not mean short-term and short-sighted. In essence, the writers should have had the Fifth Column consolidating resources, putting plans in place while thwarting Anna's initiatives with targeted actions, and then triggering the big payoff in the season finale.

    Instead, they continue on the ill-advised path of having Erika and Hobbes get together. One could say that this is a way to demonstrate how far Erika is spiraling out of control after Joe's death and Tyler's conversion to the Visitors, but that isn't being explored nearly well enough to make it plausible. Granted, I can't complain too much about a scene that displays Mitchell's considerable hotness, but when there's a reminder in that very scene about the loss of her family, it just highlights the logical gaps!

    Another part of the problem is that Jack is supposed to be transitioning into the soldier he vowed to become. So when is that going to happen? I'm glad they haven't dispensed with his moral compass completely, but does it have to paralyze him to such an extent? He knows this is war, and he knows the stakes. If he was willing to stand up to the pressure of his church to speak his heart, where is that conviction now, when the time has come to fight? Perhaps, as some have speculated, it's because he has nothing left to lose, so in a certain respect, he has that much less to fight for.

    On the Visitor side of the equation, things are getting interesting, but not enough to make up for the lack on the human side. (Pretty much the ongoing structural flaw in the series since the beginning.) Things are heading towards a Team Anna vs. Team Diana throwdown, which makes sense given the direction of the second season. But is it just me, or did they completely drop the exploration of the human soul that was at the heart of that conflict?