V S01E09 — Heretic’s Fork, Review

I feel like I’m saying the same things week after week when I talk about V. I want to like it, I watch it. But I just don’t really care that much after­wards.

Part of the prob­lem is that despite a large cast, the writ­ers have done a poor job of devel­op­ing them. Look­ing at the central char­ac­ters of V, there are really only two I actu­ally like. Specif­i­cally Morris Chest­nut as Ryan Nichols and Joel Gretsch as Father Jack Landry, and I suspect it’s more a case of me liking the actors than anything partic­u­lar about their char­ac­ters. The rest are either too bland to matter or just don’t get enough screen time. And that’s a major prob­lem. Several very inter­est­ing secondary char­ac­ters aren’t getting nearly enough time to shine. After nine episodes it’s just not accept­able to have so many under­de­vel­oped char­ac­ters.

The other prob­lem that was strongly in evidence in Heretic’s Fork was that there’s far too much talk and not enough action. When the show focused on action it was very enter­tain­ing. It was cool to see the soldier V with his weird “V Vision”. Admit­tedly he was a bit Termi­na­tor like, but it was fast paced and excit­ing. But the rest of it was a tedious soap opera complete with lots of signif­i­cant looks and people hold­ing completely unnat­u­ral and stilted conver­sa­tions.

Let’s not even touch on the incom­pe­tence of this “resis­tance”. Why are they having conver­sa­tions on open phone lines?

I’m going to stick it out until the end of the season in the hopes of a major payoff to all this. But I have a feel­ing if it does survive cancel­la­tion, I won’t be back next year.

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