Then the V panel came on, with producer Scott Rosenbaum, Elizabeth Mitchell and Marc Singer. Mitchell has sort of a nervous, giddy personality completely and totally at odds with her Erica portrayal, although it might been simply being in front of such a crowd. In any event, it proves she’s a damn good actress.
Singer, whom I’ve never seen interviewed before, was impressive. He has great presence and an excellent command of the English language. He was very complimentary to Mitchell and the show, and talked a lot about how he’d waited a long time to come back to the series. He made the point that there was a great difference between the original V and the current version in that the advance of technology and society made it possible for the creators of the current show to imagine a much more sophisticated concept for the show.
I didn’t ask any questions of this panel, although I contemplated asking about their renewal chances. There was some references indicating Rosenbaum knew it was definitely not a certainty. But there wasn’t any suggestions made that they knew anything positive about their renewal chances.
Rosenbaum explained one aspect of the season 2 finale: Hobbes disappearance. There was apparently about six or seven minutes which had to be cut from the finale due to time constraints which involved an attempt to break Diana out of a cell on the mothership by Ryan and others. I can’t remember the details, but in season 3 Erica will be trying to locate Hobbes again. It’s also not certain that their relationship will be further developed and it may even turn hostile.
Rosenbaum said that in season 3, Laura Vandervoort would get to play both “good Lisa” and “bad Lisa”. Mitchell was effusive in her compliments on Laura’s acting ability.
Rosenbaum also explained some of the back concept of V. For instance, the reason the aliens are not as lizard-like as in the original is because of the concept that the V’s have been traversing the galaxy extracting genetic material from various species and therefore the design of the alien was specifically to include features from other species such as insects in addition to lizards. He also said the males don’t have tails or stingers – the females are the more powerful, which also plays into the “competing mothers” roles of Erica and Anna.
He suggested that Ryan’s daughter was a potential queen and that perhaps there would develop a “triangle” of competition between Anna, Lisa (good and bad) and the new hybrid child. That hybrid child by the way will grow quickly to adulthood, and they’ll be casting an actress in the 20-somethings to play her.
The second season of V has concluded, and while the future of the ABC series remains uncertain, that didn’t discourage fans from packing a ballroom Sunday at WonderCon for a spirited question-and-answer session with executive producer/writer Scott Rosenbaum and stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Marc Singer.
Warning: Due to the nature of the panel, the below may contain spoilers.
Moderator Eric Goldman, executive editor of IGN TV, kicked off the presentation with an exclusive Season 2 clip reel highlighting the conflict between mankind and the alien Visitors. For those who haven’t seen the series, or the 1980s miniseries on which it’s based, V is an epic science fiction drama that chronicles mankind’s first encounter with an alien race. Although the Visitors appear friendly at first, their relationship with humanity quickly goes south as it is revealed the aliens are genetic thieves, intent on creating the ultimate race of beings.
Rosenbaum began by thanking fans for their support, and by expressing hope for a third season. He said V had more viewers at the end of this season than in the spring run of Season 1, noting that “this show is growing.”
Singer, who starred in the original incarnation as hero Mike Donovan, spoke on his return to V and his excitement with the direction of the new series. “The new generation is outshining us in many ways, and it’s nice to be invited along,” he said.
Mitchell said she was excited about working with Singer, admitting “I geeked out before I met him and then I met him and I geeked out more.”
Goldman turned the discussion toward story plans for Season 3. Citing the three major deaths last season, Goldman asked, “How dead is dead?” Rosenbaum replied, “Science fiction is science fiction, and on this show you never know.” He did, however, confirm there are no plans for character deaths in the third season.
Rosenbaum also expressed interest in flashbacks, particularly those exploring the existence of the series’ clandestine secret agency Project Ares, and promised lots of screentime for Singer (he plays Project Ares leader Lars Fremont). Rosenbaum also said he would like to see the tables turn on the Visitors, so we would “see the humans hit back and hit back hard.” Singer also won’t be confined to a talking role, the producer said: “He can be polished enough to wear a suit, but he’s a warrior.”
Rosenbaum dropped more hints about his plans for the future, including talk of a scene cut from last season that would send Mitchell’s character Erica Evans chasing after love interest Tyler Hobbes (Charles Mesure) to find out what caused his disappearance.
The first question from the audience centered on the reinvention of the ’80s series. Of the original incarnation, Rosenbaum said, “When we first saw V, we were blown away. It was groundbreaking.”
Singer added, “It’s one of the greatest feelings that an actor or anyone can have, is to know that something you’ve had a hand in early on has had another life and goes on to mean something meaningful to other generations.” He also remarked that current technology was a defining factor in remaking the series, explaining that it allowed “an interesting melding between the real and the fanciful.”
Fans praised crowd-favorite Mitchell for her portrayal of Erica, a character that attracted the actress to the series. “I loved the idea of being a female protagonist,” she said.
Mitchell said that she was drawn as a child to action heroes: “Han Solo, I wanted to be him.” The actress, who has a 5-year-old son, also liked the fact that Erica is a mother, which allowed her to explore aspects that previous roles hadn’t. But there was one more reason: “I was really excited about fighting aliens.”