"... Episode two of V is a marvel of mediocrity. While it never achieves the levels of drek found in the pilot, it also makes no visible improvements whatsoever. V is still dry and tepid with little to no understanding of suspense or drama. It pretends to, it wears the skin of an exciting, compelling series, but we are not fooled...The biggest problem that stands out to me with episode two, and honestly a big problem with the pilot, is the balance. In the first episode, the issue was striking a balance between inciting action and exposition. The aliens arrive and the emphasis becomes how these characters’ lives have changed before the audience has any concept of what that life used to be. In this episode, the balance problems have to do with the pre-commercial 'punches'. These are the moments typically reserved for either startling revelations or moments of foreboding intrigue, but episode two offers very little revelation at all. For all the things we learned right at the end of the pilot, you would imagine some startling truth would surface in episode two, right? Well, the aliens can hack 911. That’s…something.... I desperately want this show to hit its stride, but at this point I would settle for an upgrade to average. The sophomore episode of V offers very little in the way of new information and the biggest conflict of the episode is largely fought offscreen: the visitors trying to obtain diplomatic relations with the United States and getting issued visas. There is actually a totally predictable twist at the end of this one, but I wouldn’t want to spoil what you will all figure out from minute five. The acting is still piss poor and the imbalance of surprises makes for clunky story progression. Here’s hoping episode three gives us something to sing about."
Like "Battlestar Galactica," "V" imagines a world where no one is quite what they seem, where everyone you encounter — whether stranger, lover, co-worker — could be an enemy. After all, when the enemy you're fighting looks just like you, how can you tell your friends from your foes?... It's in this mind-set that we find Erica Evans and Father Jack Landry. After witnessing the truth of the Visitors in last week's pilot episode, they are thrust into a world where they can trust no one but themselves ... and even that seems hard for Erica and Jack to pull off. It's an instinct that seems more or less ingrained in Erica. She's been betrayed by not one but three men in her life (more on this in a bit), which could perhaps explain the chemistry she shares with Father Jack. It's an attraction that can never be reciprocated, never be consummated, and it's incredibly safe for a woman who has had her heart broken several times already. If only she knew that her son Tyler was lying right to her face... I thought Elizabeth Mitchell played her anguish at Dale's betrayal beautifully, as well as her frustration with Father Jack for doing the right thing and attempting to upset the apple cart. Her fleeting nightmare — that Dale had returned to take Tyler hostage — was unnerving and palpably felt, even if it was clear that it was in her mind. Erica is smart to keep what she knows a secret for now and to be suspicious of the members of the FBI Visitor Threat Assessment Joint Task Force (even Jack admits that's a "mouthful"); there's no telling how far the Visitor infiltration has gone. I even suspect the older priest at Jack's church of being a Visitor... Which could be a problem for Jack, who is far more concerned with doing the right thing than keeping his head. He was right to question the Visitors' intentions and the so-called divine plan for them, but he's far too altruistic and myopic about his own actions and his involvement.... It's clear that the Visitors' reach is quite long... Loved Anna's wardrobe selection scene. Morena Baccarin plays the sultry high commander pitch perfectly, and her performance this week was fantastic as she conveyed Anna's confidence in the master plan (see: kimono) and her vexation with Chad Decker after he ambushes them. I'm curious to see just how dirty Anna is willing to get her hands. She didn't turn up to witness the torture of the human prisoner they took from the warehouse. Is she the sort of high commander who leaves dirty work to those beneath her? Or is she even more dangerous than she seems?..."
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Showmescifi.com: The second episode of ABC’s V was another really great episode. The key character is really shaping up to be FBI Agent Erica Evans played by actress Elizabeth Mitchell... We think that Agent Erica will end up leading the human resistance overall, she’s got what it takes... Overall, the sophistication of the series so far is superb. There are so many layers to the plot that it’s clear this show has legs — so long as ABC doesn’t cut this show off at the knees.