Tonight will see the return of the ABC’s alien-centric drama, V. After four months of being off the air, viewers will finally witness the battle between the Visitors and the Visitor Resistance start taking shape as the V’s take the offense.

Will tonight’s return prove to the network and viewers both that V is a show worth watching?

The episode, entitled “Welcome to the War”, will find Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) having to watch her back both at work and at home as a Visitor comes to kill her.  Anna (Morena Baccarin) will send her lap dog Michael (Christopher Shyer) to the FBI, where he’s all too happy to provide them with information as to who was behind the warehouse explosion that destroyed their R6 compound.

As public opinion of the Visitors declines, Anna sets out to rectify the problem with a positive news piece from Chad (Scott Wolf), but with him having second thoughts on helping the Visitors, what depths will she stoop to get him to do what she wants?

In the middle of the impending war, Ryan (Morris Chestnut) becomes concerned with Val’s (Lourdes Benedicto) pregnancy when she starts craving more than just pickles and sherbet (dead mice – yuck!) and Erica’s son Tyler (Logan Huffman) continues to befriend the Visitors, which pleases Anna because that means her daughter, Lisa (Laura Vandervoort), is one step closer to her destiny.

With only four episodes of V previously aired, the series, much like FlashForward, has had problems with ratings decline, which caused ABC to cut an episode from both series’ slate. As I hypothesized in my TV status report, ABC will only keep one of these freshman series. While FlashForward has attempted to rectify the story problems that viewers complained of, will tonight’s episode of V seal FlashForward’s cancellation?

In my opinion, yes.

While V is far from a perfect series, it still does everything better than FlashForward. Even with its recent over-haul, FlashForward has a problem moving its convoluted plot forward. It would seem that the only way to obtain any satisfaction from the series is finding out answers to the big questions.

Unfortunately, that’s all viewers are looking for – meanwhile, the means to obtaining those answers has proved to be unworthy of the hours of television viewing that one would need to put in order to get them.

What’s interesting is that while both series had time to prepare for their next move, it would seem that V actually took a step backwards. While overall the series is the same, there are some small things that stuck out to me and they all have to do with Anna and her ship.

As I was watching tonight’s episode, I started to notice how janky the green screen space ship scenes look. At first, I blamed this on unfinished graphics because ABC usually provides advanced episodes with either temporary graphics in place or no graphics at all (imagine a black background with tracking markers on the ground), but I checked back and I was indeed seeing the final version that will air. While I’m not saying they’re all horrible, there are a few scenes on the space ship that look a bit off.

Then there’s Anna. My first impression was that she was a really great character, with her emotionless face and monotone voice, but now it’s almost comical. I’m not sure if it’s always been that way and I didn’t notice or something that happened during the long break. Either way, some scenes just don’t work because of it. Keep what I’m saying in mind when you’re watching the last scene of this episode (the scene where Anna “mates”).

For many viewers, tonight is just another Tuesday (read: Lost night), but for the casts and crews of V and FlashForward, tonight’s ratings will determine the fate of these two freshman series.

Who do you think will come out on top? Are you a fan of V? Was Anna always like that? Who would you like to see return from the original series?

Catch the return of V tonight @10pm, on ABC.

FlashFoward airs Thursdays on ABC.

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