I saw V when I was kid in the eighties, and liked it a lot then. Now I heard there's a new version of it, and watched the first episode. Some spoilers may follow. The original V had it's oddities too. For example that no one seemed to be surprised by the human looks of the visitors. I remember there were anthropologists who were thrilled by it, but not surprised. This leads to other weird thing: that the visitors go through the effort of disguising themselves, when it's absolutely unbelievable that they would look just like us. Smarter visitors would of course come as they are, and the humans would just accept that they don't please our eye very much. Now, my point is not to nit pick about the holes in the plot, but more about the reason the holes are there. The message of the series seems to be that the biggest crime of the visitors is that they don't look like us. It's the big secret they're trying to hide, and that's the truth the resistance eventually reveals to the world about them: They are ugly. Sure, they are going to rob all the water from our planet and eat us during the process, but that's just something added evilness. The latter series, at least the first episode, makes people more skeptical about their looks, although not as much as they should be. So it almost avoids that plot hole, but that's not the big deal here, it seems their disgust for aliens is even bigger than the that of the first edition. In the 80s version it looks more like something unconscious that just slipped there, a plot hole indeed. In this new one it looks like it's deliberate agenda of the creators. So, when I watched the first episode, I was first put off by the first reactions of the protagonists: They were all skeptical, not afraid, which would be normal in that situation, but just purely prejudiced and even judgmental. This was at first an aesthetic fault in my opinion: that the heroes are portrayed as infallible. Later it started to look like a message the creators are trying to put forward, a message that prejudice is a good thing, and it's always smart to doubt new things. Now the thing gets really weird when there's some out of the place statements. The priest preaches that the visitors have to earn our trust first. Well, if they're giving us new technology and means to heal people, haven't they really done it already? Didn't they earn it when they didn't just announce we're their slaves, surely they have capacity for that if they are able to travel the stars. This gets explained later: They haven't earned it, and as a matter of fact, them bringing us universal health care is a proof of their evilness. This comes up in an interview with the chief visitor, and it really breaks the rhythm of the narrative, there's too long pauses, like the reporter was in shock about this atrocity they're planning on us: Visitor: "We want to provide complete medical services to all." Interviewer: "You're talking about... Universal health care?" Visitor: "I believe that's what you call it, yes." After the interview the reporter is told: "But you did the right thing. Compromising one's principles for the greater good is not a shameful act. It's a noble one." How could anyone say anything like this, if he's intention is not to tell that the reporter did the wrong thing? Seriously, it makes no sense at all! If he'd try to convince the reporter that he did the right thing, he would try to explain why the reporter didn't compromise his principles. It took me longer to understand what this statement was about. Why do the American conservatives need to be reminded that they have to hold up their principles? The only explanation I came up with comes from "the greater good": even if it were established that the universal health care is for the greater good, it must be opposed because of the principle. In conclusion, it seems like the new V is all about proving us that Obama is really a space lizard, and I have to admit the similarities are striking: In addition to universal health care, Obama is disguising himself with false birth certificate (and being half white, but let's not talk about that so our racism isn't so obvious. More seriously, I think that if Obama's both parents were black, his haters wouldn't have that big problem with him, because he'd be "honestly" black). I'm going to watch some more episodes just to prove my hypothesis that it will be brain wash of the similar caliber.