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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

V and Fr. Jack



This week's rental was the 2009 tv series V. I remembered the original 1983 V miniseries starring Marc Singer (the Beastmaster :), and also Mark Mossa SJ had posted about one of the characters, a priest named Fr. Jack, so I thought I'd give it a try.

In both versions of the series, the plot chronicles the arrival on Earth of a technologically advanced alien species which ostensibly comes in peace, but actually has sinister motives. The original series was inspired by the Sinclair Lewis novel about fascism in the US, It Can't Happen Here (1935), and you can see a fascist alien seduction of earth in the new series as well ..... the aliens move to control the media with Scott Wolf's tv journalist becoming the aliens' spokesperson, they incorporate human teens into a paramilitary youth organization, and they also get religious institutions to back them up.

So far RC priest Fr. Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch of The 4400) is my favorite character .... we're barely into the first minutes of the first episode before he's disagreeing with the Vatican :) Here he is below with FBI agent Erica Evens with whom he creates a resistance movement against the aliens .....



And the tv trailer for the show ...




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