Winter 2011 TV Primer: ABC’s ‘V’

With the new year comes brand new television and over the following days and weeks, we’ll take a look at the premieres of the Winter’s hottest shows in our Winter 2011 TV Primer!

First up will be the return of ABC’s V!

Tonight, at 9/8 Central on ABC, V is back for a second season, helmed by Scott Rosenbaum (formerly of Chuck and The Shield).

Below is ABC’s official recap summary of Season 1 which does a great job of explaining exactly what V is and what happened previously to catch you up for the Season 2 premiere. Also, embedded below is the latest V podcast that offers a good idea of what’s to come in Season 2.

First there was rumbling. Then, darkness filled the sky. The Visitors have arrived. FBI Counterterrorism Agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) stares in disbelief at one of the 29 massive alien ships hovering over the major cities of the world. A video image of the beautiful High Commander, Anna (Morena Baccarin), is seen from above. She soothingly says, “Don’t be frightened. We mean you no harm.” That’s a relief.

The Visitors spread their message quickly and clearly: They come in peace, bearing gifts of medical miracles and technological breakthroughs far beyond our wildest imaginations. Through their Peace Ambassadors program, the Visitors have built a loyal following. But not everyone trusts the V’s. There are those who believe they are strategically arming themselves with a very powerful weapon: Devotion.

As the world’s fascination with the V’s continues to grow, Erica discovers a secret hidden beneath the skin of every V – a secret that may threaten the lives of everyone close to her. This includes her teenage son, Tyler (Logan Huffman), who believes the V’s are his ticket to something incredible.

Chad Decker (Scott Wolf), an ambitious network news anchor, scored the first one-on-one TV interview with Anna. This led to an exclusive relationship that furthered Chad’s career while providing positive PR for the V’s. This was necessary because there are those are skeptical of Anna’s intentions.

Father Jack (Joel Gretsch) is a priest who began questioning his own faith in the wake of the Visitors’ arrival. Seeking answers outside the church, Jack learned there are other dissidents who believe the Visitors are not who they say they are, including Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut), who was faced with his own life-altering decision once the Visitors arrived. Why? Well, Ryan is a V who knows the truth behind Anna’s plan. There are others like him. These V’s who have turned against their leadership became known as the Fifth Column.

So, here’s where we are: Erica knows that Ryan is a Visitor, but doesn’t know that Tyler visited the Mothership with Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) to meet her mother, Anna; Father Jack was stabbed by a V security guard he saw at a warehouse where evidence showed that experimentation on humans had taken place; Tyler’s therapist, Valerie (Lourdes Benedicto) , revealed that she’s pregnant with Ryan’s child; and Chad, while doing a report on the V’s Healing Center, was told he has a potentially fatal illness. Will he let the V’s cure him and, in turn, be indebted to them forever? Will Erica and the rest of the Resistance be able to build an army strong enough to win the day?

If you want more of an episode by episode break down, ABC also has a very handy episode guide that is worth checking out.

So that’s what you’ll need to know when the Visitors return tonight on ABC.

Will you be tuning in?


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