may 21


One of my most vivid childhood memories was watching that terrifying twin alien birth in the original V miniseries. (It's not so terrifying anymore -- it looks like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coming out of the womb.) Based upon the trailer, I am completely stoked for the new ABC miniseries, which will star Elizabeth Mitchell (the other in Lost), Morena Baccarin (the hooker in Firefly), and Laura Vandervoort (the supergirl in Smallville).


In general, remakes suck and should be avoided and discouraged.

NBC (or....anybody) should counterprogram with a re-airing of the original two "V" miniseries for possible case study material and because I am too cheap to invest in DVDs.

Tangentially: Speaking of being scared shitless, did you watch/do you have any memories of ABC's nuke movie "The Day After" because THAT was what did it for me. Thankfully, we just managed to slip by the 25th anniversary of THAT one without a remake in sight.

posted by CRZ at 4:40 PM on May 21, 2009

Looks like they remade it for conservatives. Instead of scientists, looks like the skeptics are priests, and the no schwastika-like insignia, instead the visitors are talking about hope and change.

posted by condour at 6:14 PM on May 21, 2009

Ironically, I'm finishing up with the origninal miniseries, and tv show. I really want one of these posters:

posted by taulpaul at 9:38 PM on May 21, 2009

i only saw a tiny big of "v", and many years later due to living in an area that didn't get cable when i was a kid, but i'm pretty sure my junior high school had us watch "the day after" for some class. teachers are evil.

and as for remakes, for every knight rider 2.0 or melrose place:electric boogaloo there's a battlestar galactica, star trek or batman. (or jane eyre, the bbc is really good at remaking stuff every 10 years.)

posted by kittyholmes at 10:59 PM on May 21, 2009

Equipment Leasing

posted by Ayesha at 2:37 AM on May 22, 2009

Yep. They decided to pander to the religious right by making religion, not science, the target of the alien propaganda. Indeed, I suspect that intellectuals will be villains in this version rather than being perescuted as in the original. By the way, you didn't see the alien twin birth in the original miniseries -- it was part of the sequel mini-series V: The Final Battle. When I was a kid, the anti-fascist message of V went right over my head, but the action of V: The Final Battle was great for network TV. I even watched every episode of the short-lived series.

posted by Jeff at 4:25 AM on May 22, 2009

I'm excited, but skeptical. I loved V but it could definitely use a remake. But... Her name was DIANA, not ANNA. Sigh.

posted by rick Webb at 5:07 AM on May 22, 2009

I also have the V-alien-baby-birth scene seared into my brain. I wonder how many kids from the 80s also have this indelible memory? Man, that baby' tongue crazy!

posted by Amy at 10:40 AM on May 22, 2009

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