My hopes were raised when the episode started with the resistance shooting down a V shuttle. The sort of thing they should have been doing all along. But something is very wrong. At that point the episode flashes back to show us how this all happened.
But that wasn’t the only reason I enjoyed this week’s V so much. We got another small glimpse into V society with the mention of Trackers. Between them and the soldiers, it’s clear that there is some sort of specialized breeding. We really need to know more about V society and culture. Also good is that after weeks of vacillating, it seems that Chad Decker has picked a side!
But perhaps more important is that this episode addressed some of my biggest complaints about V. The chemistry they are teasing between Ericka and Father Jack came on a bit abruptly, but at least it made them interesting. Even better was the fact that Father Jack was faced with the consequences of taking part in a guerrilla war. Even his military background didn’t prepare him for that. His struggle to cope with what he thought he had done was the emotional heart of the episode and it finally gave me a reason to care about his character.
This is what we need. Real emotional drama, not soap opera. And the result is that finally V lives up to its potential with the best episode of this series to date. It wasn’t perfect mind you. We still had too much of the whiny teenager, a character that I really wish the V would torture to death. But the chilling ending, which shows just how calculating and unemotional Anna is easily made up for that.
For the first time since the series began, I’m actually eager to watch the next episode. More of this please!