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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Exciting sci-fi remake mixes action, moral quandaries.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 17+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

V is a departure from the typical alien-invasion yarn because these invaders don't rush in with blasters blazing; their plan -- to gain the planet's trust and then slowly assume power -- is much more insidious. There's plenty of fighting when the guerrillas take on Visitor guards, but the more interesting part of the show is watching how people react to the Visitors. Ambitious journalist Chad Decker (Scott Wolf), for example, is offered the chance to become the Visitors' primary news conduit, a position certain to boost his career if he's willing to abandon his principles. As Anna watches him squirm, it's clear that the Visitors know exactly how to manipulate the people of Earth.

Still, it's sometimes hard to believe that so many people can be so easily misled, and that only a small handful of resistance fighters are aware that that the Visitors' intentions are anything but benign. Not only is Erica defying the aliens, she also must stand up to the government that seems only too willing to embrace the Visitors and ignore the potential threat. As a result, the show often plays much like many other actions programs that pit a small team of rebels against a larger force -- the fight scenes can be dramatic but not especially original. Where V stands out is in the more personal dramas, when it creates thoughtful moral conflicts. Watching people struggle with choices that could be good for them as individuals but terrible for the world shows the best, and worst, of humanity.

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