“V”: A show ABC should be ashamed of

“V” and “No ordinary family” must be among the most cliche scifi shows on TV right now. On V I can’t go passed through the over-explanations of the situation. Which is unfortunately unexplainable, since the plot is illogical. And then they try to explore human emotions and what is the human soul. Subjects that have been discussed 20 years ago on Star Trek, and as far as soul goes, it’s a subject that doesn’t attract most modern scifi viewers. Eventually, we then get an “alien mother” who says that the human soul is somewhere on… her cleavage (as io9 correctly noted).

Sorry, I know, I don’t make much sense right now. But if you’ve actually watched “V”, you know what I’m talking about. This is one show in disarray. It’s uninteresting, stupid, over the top, cliche, old style, you name it. It’s like it has no direction at all.

Of course it’s not going to see a third season, and we should all be happy for that. Unfortunately, everything else also sucks on TV right now, a lot of boring, unimaginative shit. At least we ditched cable, so we don’t have to pay for these terrible shows we’re getting served. It’s funny how only 5-6 really good shows end up happening every decade.

And don’t get me started about “The Cape” on NBC.

Update: EXCELLENT analysis of the situation.


memsom wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 7:21 AM PST:

Did you ever see the 1983 series? I think a lot of your criticism is based off the fact that they tried to re-create a lot of what went on in the original (what, 4 or 5 years before STTNG?)

William Eggington wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 12:43 PM PST:

Yea I agree. V is all over the map. The Cape was even worse. My wife and I started watching Breaking Bad. Now THAT is a cool show. But. . . not on a major network.

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Eugenia wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 4:06 PM PST:

Memson, they should have not try to do this. But honestly, I think that this is just an excuse. A lot of how the dialog is constructed, it’s like it’s meant to be for 10 year olds. I personally see an inability of the writers and production to actually create a show that makes sense, is not patronizing, and looks good in 2011. Just as with FlashForward (which was a much better show than V, even if itself sucked), the problem is one: a bad production team.

I wonder if the real problem is these networks either not giving enough freedom to filmmakers/writers, or the ones they recruit suck, or are all very old themselves and unable to create anything modern, unique, and thought-provoking.

Glenn wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 8:36 PM PST:

Ever thought of making your own show? It could start as a web series, with the shows hosted on Vimeo. I’m sure finding actors looking for more exposure and willing to work for free wouldn’t be too difficult.

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Eugenia wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 8:40 PM PST:

I can’t do any of that. My health doesn’t allow me for one thing, and writing a script in English without sounding all weird to native speakers would be impossible.

Glenn wrote on January 14th, 2011 at 9:16 PM PST:

Sorry to hear about your health, but the writing part I think you could use to your advantage. ‘Weird’ can be interesting.

Brian wrote on January 17th, 2011 at 11:08 AM PST:


Your english commentary (what you write on your blog) sounds perfect! Besides, I’m sure many folks-perhaps even some of us readers-would be happy to proofread or edit for you. Don’t hold yourself back.

Erik wrote on January 17th, 2011 at 3:34 PM PST:

What Brian said. Script writing these days goes through several people (in some cases, not enough…) so it gets refined, aplenty.

As for sci-fi, there’s pretty much nothing interesting these days.

Comedy? Well, I’ve burned through plenty of Community lately. Who’d have thought an NBC sitcom could have good writing? 😛

Henry wrote on January 18th, 2011 at 1:18 PM PST:

Here’s another one for you…”The Cape” A show NBC should be afraid of. It seems like all the decent to entertaining shows are on networks like TBS and USA,both of which are on cable. That’s most unfortunate. It seems like the “majors” are tying desperately NOT to pay good writers. In the case of NBC,they hoped to have lightning strike twice, as Heroes was the unexpected first.

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Eugenia wrote on January 18th, 2011 at 2:06 PM PST:

Well, that’s why we have Netflix. We can get all these shows when they’re out of DVD via Netflix, no reason to pay $90+ per month for cable. Netflix costs $10 per month and has more selection.

Jeremy wrote on January 18th, 2011 at 5:43 PM PST:

We’ll see what happens to services like Netflix now that the Comcast/NBC merger is a done deal…

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