Friday, February 4, 2011

What I’m Watching: V

V: Season 2, Episode 4 “Unholy Alliance” (C-)

As this show further descends into its own inanity, I’d like to take a moment to point out two very notable (in my mind, anyway) guest stars, both of whom are being underused and should really be doing other things with their considerable talents. The first is Oded Fehr, who first played a terrorist on “Sleeper Cell” and now seems to be go-to Israeli guy after portraying a Mossad agent on “Covert Affairs” last summer, as the Israeli man of mystery Eli Cohen. The fact that the show needs to have the terrorist slash murderer be an Israeli is problematic in its own right, but it’s also highly irrelevant and nonsensical, since he would likely be operating in a different city other than just this show’s perceived Center of the World, which is where the good guys from the non-violent Fifth Column happen to be. The second guest star of note is Jay Karnes, who was fantastic on two FX shows, “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and recently dropped by “Burn Notice” to play the slippery and sniveling Tyler Brennen. This part is considerably better than Fehr’s, and hopefully he’ll help all of this FBI stuff become much more three-dimensional than it’s been so far. Erica’s decision to have the FBI arrest Eli seems ill-informed since he saw her face and can speak to her involvement in the Fifth Column efforts. I’m getting tired of this Diana-Anna rivalry, and I don’t buy the Catholic Church endorsing the presence of the Vs. Also, is Tyler not the most detestable teenager on TV these days?

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