Friday, March 18, 2011

What I’m Watching: V (Season Finale)

V: Season 2, Episode 10 “Mother’s Day” (B)

If nothing else, this is certainly a finale if I’ve ever seen one. After steadily building over the last few episodes, this installment contains a whole lot of action and even a few major deaths! I had read speculation that these pre-advertised big deaths would be red shirts, and while Diana wasn’t exactly central to the plot, both Ryan and Tyler once were. I’m a bit afraid, as are the folks over at the TV Addict, that the latter character may actually somehow return in the future, and I do hope that’s not the case. Ryan being gone makes sense because he hasn’t had anything to do besides moan about his daughter in a while. The best line of the episode, hands-down, comes from Anna, who, after spearing Diana in front of her entire people, sends the show to commercial break by telling Lisa “now that’s how you kill your mother!” Bizarro Lisa has quite the appetite, and I’m not sure which Anna spawn is scarier, her or Ryan’s daughter (who I keep wanting to call Hera). Chad getting pinpointed by Anna as one of Lisa’s kidnappers is definitely a bad thing, but I’m not quite clear on why she couldn’t identify the other kidnapper, unless it was just because he didn’t speak. Erica’s discovery of the awesome underground anti-V project, complete with a star of the original show and our good buddy Chris (more importantly, actor Jay Karnes), is quite intriguing, but I’m not sure it’s going to matter now that Ryan’s daughter up and offered to relieve Anna and managed to bliss all the above-ground humans without so much as breaking a sweat. This is quite a way to go out, and a fitting uneven end to a season that has been all over the place. I’d be interested in where season three might be going, but I feel like it might be hard to pick up the pieces even if this show does miraculously get renewed.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Christopher Shyer as Marcus

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