V 1×09 Reviews

Last night episode got some really good reviews. I’ve collected them here:

Rated 4.5 / 5.0

For all of you naysayers out there that don’t enjoy the remake of this classic mini series – watch last night’s episode!

“Heretic’s Fork” had everything in it that we love so much about V! We’ve listed a few reasons why you should definitely be tuning into this awesomely fun sci-fi show!

  • Anna was as creepy as ever – especially when she let out the soldier (reminded us of Clash of the Titans – release the kraken!) and her thousands of soldier eggs surrounding her. Also, how eerie was she with Lisa? We know that Anna knows something is up with her daughter! Our only hope is that Joshua does not get in trouble!
  • Ryan and Valerie escape getting caught by the Visitors – barely. The entire episode revolved around them and the cat and mouse game they were playing with Anna. The suspense was killing us, but we loved every second of it! Their relationship and pregnancy was something we expected, yet we did not expect Valerie to break up with him. Would you give your alien baby daddy another chance? Would you forgive him for lying about who he is for over ten years? One thing is for certain – we can’t wait to see what happens here!
  • The heretic’s fork itself – upon coming into this episode we had no idea what that was (it is a torture device used to keep prisoners awake and cause them deliriousness without being able to sleep). After Kyle brought it out to use on Jeffrey we knew that this guy is into the fight against the Visitors more than anyone else! The ending scene between Kyle and Jeffrey only briefly shows us a glimpse into the magnitude of the war that is pending!
  • We weren’t sure (and perhaps maybe still aren’t sure) if Lisa really was turning into a good Visitor, but the scene where she tells Tyler to say and not join the live aboard program must mean she cares! Or it could be a trap, but something about the way she looked when Anna told her that Tyler is dispensable must mean that she is becoming a good guy! What do you think – is Lisa bad or good?!
  • Chad being a double crosser! Who knew he would be working for Anna!? We hope Jack doesn’t fall for this dudes treachery!

This show has everything great to offer – with a twist of science fiction that we love! We really believe that if you aren’t a fan yet – set your DVRs to record and give it a shot! For the rest of us V lovers out there – let us know what your favorite part of last night’s episode was! We would love to hear from you!

Follow the jump to read a couple of our favorite V quotes! Also – don’t forget to rate this week’s episode!

Kyle: First you are going to tell me everything about the V’s then, you are going to beg me to kill you.

Erica: Jeffery, tell me where the Thompson’s live – either tell me now, or you are going to tell him.
Kyle: Time for all decent people to leave the room now.

Kyle: Human decency is a privilege father, he’s lost his. And when we prove that he is lying, you are going to lose yours too.

Ryan: I need you to get into the car – okay? The visitors know about us now and will be looking for us.
Valerie: Why?
Ryan: They want our baby.

Anna: I’m sorry. No one should be alone in this world.

Source: TVFanatic

US, April 28, 2010 – Ah, now that’s more like it. This was a busy, entertaining episode that found almost every character in the midst of pretty notable occurrences.

You knew they’d decided to pick up the pace when the episode began with Ryan just flat out telling Valerie he was a Visitor, without any more prolonged build up. With that lizard out of the bag, momentum built as Ryan and Valerie (accompanied by Lexa Doig’s Leah) were forced to go on the run, while we saw that Anna and the other Visitors did indeed know about the baby’s existence and wanted it killed.

Abortion remains a touchy subject for any TV series to deal with, but still, it was a bit frustrating when Valerie told Leah she wanted the baby out of her and was told, “That’s not an option. You’re too far along,” with no further elaboration. If you were Valerie, wouldn’t you be asking what that meant? It’s an alien, so there could have been many, many possible answers (including something about how removing it would definitely kill Valerie too) that would have sufficed, but it seemed like they wanted Valerie to bring up the option without really dealing with the reasons she wouldn’t do it.

We got a lot more of an idea on what Anna’s “Soldiers” are in this episode and it turned out it’s not just a career path for a Visitor, but really a different type of V all together. Silent, deadly and apparently extremely difficult to kill, the Soldier we met here was basically the V version of a Terminator. One clever touch was seeing how it had a radar-like ability to sense the heartbeats coming through the ceiling above it, as it searched for Valerie. Considering that sucker survived multiple gun shots and an axe wound, the threat the Soldiers pose if they attack in a group was very apparent and a nicely done way of upping the danger our heroes are in.

It’s still maddening that Erica hasn’t told Tyler the truth about the Vs, after all this time. When he asked her to name one thing they’d done since they arrived, I nearly shouted out, “Killed a warehouse full of people!” But of course Erica didn’t say that. Hell, she didn’t even bring it up with their human prisoner, when he asked the same question! What is her issue in articulating the actual evil things she’s seen the Vs do?

That prisoner though led to some better and more interesting moments through the episode, including a bit of a moral crossroads, once it became clear he was lying about who he was and what he knew. Erica deciding to let Hobbes torture him (and Jack not supporting it, but not stopping it either) obviously showed this group is deciding to go to extreme measures at this point. The reveal on the meaning of this episode’s title was pretty cool, I must say, as it turned out to be a crude but effective torture device Hobbes had – who is turning into an increasingly compelling character.

While Tyler himself remains amazingly hateable (who else wanted Erica to smack him, when he hissed, “What did you say to her?!” after Lisa spoke to Erica), at least Lisa is getting some good material related to his story. When Tyler reacted in his typically abrasive manner and told Erica he was definitely going to join the live aboard program, I wondered if Lisa had used a bit of complex manipulation on him – knowing that she could set him off like that by first speaking to Erica and then telling him she didn’t want him to live on the ship. But instead, it turned out she really was trying to keep him off the ship and away from Anna, as we see more of her own slow but sure rebellion occurring against her oh-so-dangerous mama.

I’m a bit confused by what Chad is up to, but for now at least, it’s an intriguing sort of confusion. When he woke from his surgery and seemed so thankful to Anna and eager to help her find the Fifth Column, I was really annoyed, because the last few episodes have shown he clearly has his own suspicions about what the Vs are up to – hell, just last week, he basically called Anna out on using a world crisis to garner sympathy, and I loved how he made his medical issues into a big news story, to help protect himself. But the last couple of scenes with Chad in this episode played out much more ambiguously. He seemed very sincere with Jack about his concerns about Anna, but then he went to Anna and said he thinks he’s on the right track towards uncovering the Fifth Column. So where do his loyalties really lie and who is he actually playing? For now, I’m enjoying the uncertainty at work in this storyline, and hope that tension can get some good pay off.

As I mentioned in last week’s review, the resistance remains ridiculously small at this point, so I was concerned when Ryan seemed to be taking off at the end that the puny group of four would become a puny group of three. Thankfully, he stuck around, after Valerie told him she couldn’t forgive him for lying to her. I’m glad to see that scenario couldn’t be wrapped up so quickly and neatly, and hope Erica, Ryan, Jack and Hobbes can finally get some more people helping them soon!

Source: IGN

I feel the same as last week, to be honest. This was a good episode in that we finally got a little bit of action. We still don’t know who is on what side of the V vs. Human war-to-come. Ryan finally tells Valerie that he’s a V. I feel a little bit better about things this week than I did a few weeks back.

My Rating: 7 of 10

Source: TV GUIDE

Ifmagazine rated  B

Televisionwithoutpit rated  A+