‘V’ Season 2 Finale Review & Discussion

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Following what many consider to be a poor execution of its second season, V finally attempted to breathe new life into this problematic series with a surprisingly shocking second season finale. Unfortunately, this move towards episodic redemption falls within the familiar bounds of too little, too late.

For all intents and purposes, the V season 2 finale was captivating, suspenseful and, at times, enjoyable. If separated from the contrived storylines that made up the series’ sophomore year, the second season finale may have been the refreshing change that fans were hoping for earlier in the series.

While still riddled with many of the problems that have been cited as to V‘s downfall, the finale provided on some level, a new aggressive methodology that allowed fans to see that there was in fact, intentions by the producers to remedy much of V’s weak storylines, poor performances and awkward dialogue.  One cannot simply place a proverbial bubble around the second season finale and not reflect upon its contradictory nature in regard to the episodes that came before it.

For most of its second season, V was focused on progressing the illogical sub-plot of extracting the human soul. Even within the world of sci-fi, this elemental absurdity proved itself to be the red herring to those watching that something was amiss with the execution of the series.

Taking an alien race that is more advanced than humans and exploring their ignorance in relation to humanity as a whole is an intriguing notion, but when one decides to follow a plotline that has no logical conclusion, it proves to alienate your core audience.

When it was revealed that Anna could use her “bliss” on humans, the poorly realized soul-extraction plot was effectively dead. For the purpose of attempting to progress the overall series storyline forward, this move was a success. For those who invested hours in watching such a meaningless addition, there’s no other way to describe their time commitment than to say it was a waste.

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To the credit of those behind the series, one could see that their attempt with the V season 2 finale was to make one last attempt at saving their struggling series. With the deaths and disappearances of a majority of the show’s cast in the episode’s final moments, they not only emphasized to the audience that they can deliver dramatic storylines , but they also showed ABC that if V were to continue for another season, the production budget of the series would be dramatically cut. (Fewer main cast members = lower production costs.)

While it will be a few months before we find out whether or not this last-ditched effort was a success, one must admit that they would be surprised to see V return next year. Unlike many other series on television, V had its chance to shine – and with the second season, they were given a second chance.

Acknowledging that V will most likely not return, the producers were able to scrape together a somewhat appropriate conclusion to the overall series. With a twist ending similar to many favorite Twilight Zone episodes, viewers were left with a shocking revelation: humanity is doomed; the Vs have won.

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Even though it may not be a popular result among the cult fanbase, the fact that a series – which convoluted their many sub-plots – had enough foresight to admit the inevitable has to be applauded. While these type of endings are often seen in many theatrical releases, the world of television has yet to embrace such honest, yet frustrating, storytelling.

Like BBC’s Life on Mars or Ashes to Ashes, the fate of the protagonist was inevitable. Despite spending hours championing their story, the sheer magnitude of the situation was too much to overcome. Of course, with any story told within the medium of television, there’s always one more chapter waiting to be told.

That being said, I don’t think it could have ended any better.

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Expect to hear the fate of V season 3 in the coming months.

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  1. You know, Duane, I have to agree: I would have loved to have seen Diana as the supreme leader whom Anna answered to. (The season finale of the 80′s series kinda hinted that that’s where she was heading, since she had planted a bomb on the original Leader’s shuttle. Makes sense that she would then have taken his place.) Jane Badler/Diana was squandered here in the second season, first of all kept locked in the basement the whole time, and then emerging only to act completely un-Diana-ish. After that speech she gave, I wasn’t even all that sad to see her killed – and she was my favorite in the original series.

  2. I loved the show it was great! the real issue of whether or not the show gets cancelled has to do with poor decisions from executives at ABC. The biggest downfall of this show has nothing to do with the media content. It is due to the alienation of the sci-fi geeks who watch everything on the internet. By banning the show on Hulu and the ABC webpage they frustrated the majority of it’s viewers. The executives have lost touch with reality and regardless of their archaic formulas, the world of T.V. has changed. The future of T.V. is internet broadcasting. They need to learn to adapt or they will be among the myriad of companies like IBM, Hollywood Video, Corel, Novel and Circut City who thought they were to prestigious to adapt to the changing times. They all ended up loosing their shirts. As a result of their arrogance they refused to change with the times. ABC needs to wake up or soon people will be remembering when there once was a network station called the American Broadcasting Company.

  3. Oh, it’s over?Season 1 has 12 episodes, this one 10, ok…Disapointing, i wont be watching the 3rd one, even if it comes, One year waiting,again?Nope…

  4. Still, don’t want nobody to get me wrong, it’s a great TV show, has all that a TV show is about: entertainment. But it’s just too long of a wait, The Walking dead was another one, great show, so long in the making and then, 6 episodes, sad, and plus, it’s based on the first 6 comic books, there are over 75, that makes a whole lot of seasons and a whole lot of years wishing and hoping it comes out.

  5. I am sick of all the crime drama on the tv.
    I want to thank the producers for coming up with Something for people like us .

    I am just praying they produce season 3.

  6. Huge fan of V when it first came out in the 80′s. This is enjoyable to watch too.

  7. I am out of the country a lot and had no way to keep up like I could in season 1. Also can’t even find a place to BUY a download to it now except with a Canadian iTunes account. I pray they do a season 3 but sell season 2 or better yet, put it up on Hulu. Also, folks HAVE to be able to keep up!!

  8. Absloutely -loved- the last episode, but then I’ve been rooting for the Vee’s all along (much to the consternation of my partner). Yeah, some of the writing was a bit of a hack job, particularly with the religious overtones from Father Emote. It was a high point to see him defrocked.

    Season 3? Hell yeah! Bring it on…

  9. Janice in Toronto: I’ve always rooted for the Visitors myself! :)

  10. I agree Save “V”!!) The season Finale was great, but if you want the series renewed you have to act. Call ABC directly 1-818-460-7477( this is apublished phone number to voice your opinion) Be polite and tell them you want the series renewed!

  11. What i find annoying is the breaks the USA programme makers seem to have. Just as you get into a series it stops (V ep 10) another programme is Vampire Diaries again the same thing, why do the US made tv programmes have this break??????

    • ooops just read number 10 was the last one, that was crap. Sorry to say the 80s version was far better

  12. Personally I hope they renew the show for at least one more season. Even though, for me, it has thus far been largely describable the way Quagmire described Scrubs: “the best show you’re not watching.”

  13. I liked the V series It should have not been discontinued. I have never watch such ridiculous programing such as Pan AM, Charlie Angels, nor will I. It is typical of too much of foolish same old TV. Goodby abc.

  14. well watching that last show made me sick to my gully wutts If they were going to save it now then the priest must play a big part! I know he was in total bliss at the end but what if his was from god just by some master plan and divine right! He could become star of the show with a hole new outlook and carry out another good heavy season, with that whole soul thing being left out bring it back you have a chance.

  15. poor ending is any plan for another episode

  16. Marathon’d thru both seasons. I applaud the production value, it was a beautiful show (mostly on earth) and not too green screeny on the ships , and I liked the cast (sad to see not all of them survive). I didn’t mind the soul thing, it was an alien concept to them that they thought it could be extracted, it never really replaced the main goals of domination by the one side and finding a way to defeat the invader by the other. Just puzzle pieces that towards the end didn’t paint a picture that the network felt like renewing. Frankly, I found the introduction of another resistance to the aliens a bit of a weak toss, we had a worldwide counter in the 5th column but lo and behold, some group new and undiscovered until, the last moment. I felt a shark had been jumped.

  17. This remake was doomed by its overcomplicated plot. All the best sci fi had pretty straightforwartd stories, but had cool chara

  18. This remake was doomed by its overcomplicated plot. All the best sci fi had pretty straightforward stories, but had cool characters played by actors who delivered their unbelievable character in a believable way, and probably less of the EMO stuff tbh.. And every original V episode and the final battle, that made them famous had a pay off, each episode stood alone, until they went on to that bizarre last series which was daft.. Writers need to get thinking, get original, stop with the windy shaggy dog plots and provide delivery and separate story in each episode, with the greater theme ticking along in the background.. time tunnel; land of the giants, star trek, quantum leap even the first V episodes did that… its no secret… and no more remakes…

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