Screenshot: I'm rooting for the aliens
Because V is only four episodes in, I am not sure whether sci-fi tinted TV will be giving or taking away. I am cautiously optimistic, and here's why: Anna, the leader of the extra-terrestrials.
Anna is the leader of the alien envoy, and what is striking about how that leadership is conveyed is its utter matter-of-factness. There is absolutely nothing in the aliens' comportment or behavior to suggest that having a chick in charge is something of a novelty. Anna wears her authority and power over others unobtrusively, but doesn't hesitate to exert it -- and she seems to delight in making these little displays around humans.
I'd give V credit for making the aliens seem more alien by their subtle lack of gender politics, but I don't think that's the real intent. Anna (Morena Baccarin) is obviously cast as the exact opposite number of homo sapiens freedom fighter Erica Evans. Where Erica is a frazzled blonde, a distracted mother whose relationship with her son is fraught with misunderstanding on both sides, and systematically discounted as the voice of expertise on anything ... Anna is a sleek gamine brunette, her daughter serenely complies with Anna's every aim, and her authority is absolute. We could be looking at the 21st-century update to the infamous Alexis/Krystle catfight on Dynasty.
Like I said, it's too early to tell in which way V will veer. But if you'd like to see what I'm talking about, check it all four episodes on Hulu. The series returns in March 2010.
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