V: We Can’t Win
Members of the Fifth Column are being hunted and Erica, Jack, Ryan and Kyle must lure him out before it’s too late.
After weeks of good episodes, “We Can’t Win” just wasn’t up to par. “V” is getting into a bit of a rut with the resistance and nothing new for anyone else is presented here either.
Erica and the FBI are called to the site of the killing of several members of the Fifth Column. Erica, Ryan, Jack and Kyle decide to try and find the one survivor in the hopes of meeting allies in the war against the V’s. After finding him they realize that a hard drive stolen from the scene contained the names of several other Fifth Column members and decide to use him to lure the killer out of hiding. Though they are expecting a V the killer turns out to be a human convinced that fighting back against the V’s will get humanity nowhere. In Geneva, Anna attempts to make a speech to the countries meeting at the UN there but the Secretary General won’t allow it. A convenient disaster allows Anna to show off “blue energy” and the countries at the meeting allow her to speak. On the V ship Lisa fails Anna’s emotion test but Joshua keeps this secret in the hopes that he may be able to use her for the resistance in the future.
For the past few weeks our small group of resistance members has done pretty much the same thing over and over. They come up with a plan that’s supposed to really help, they manage to get it done by the end of the episode but then the effect seems to be considerably less than originally thought. Of course that’s what happens again this week. I can’t see the resistance of four people really stopping the V’s very effectively so hopefully we can finally get some new additions to the team soon and maybe some kind of future battle plan with them.
Father Jack got to be in the spotlight last night for the first time in quite a while. As a priest, he doesn’t really have the first skills you’d be looking for in someone to infiltrate and destroy the V’s so he’s generally been relegated to being in the background. A pity considering Joel Gretsch is an incredibly talented actor. He gets to show it a little this week even if Jack’s interference does eventually result in the death of Alex.
At the UN Chad goes with Anna who hopes to present “blue energy” as a solution to the world’s energy crisis. Thankfully the Secretary General has some sense and says no but when a monsoon occurs there’s little he can do but accept the help. Truthfully I’m rather enjoying watching Chad struggle with whether to go with his gut feelings about the V’s or his ego. So far ego’s won out every time but it’s clear that Chad really doesn’t trust Anna; particularly since every week someone new warns him about the possible dangers. As for the “blue energy” Anna presents, I would have liked a little more information about how it works and what it comes from. All we really got was blue lightning. Yes it looked good but it left it unclear how Anna controls it and how, in the end, she will take it back.
With Lisa’s failure of the test of her emotions she’s awakened to the fact that her mother would easily be willing to kill her if she felt Lisa was a danger. She’s growing closer to Tyler every week (someone else with Mommy issues) and it looks like at some point down the line we’ll see her turning against her mother and the world she grew up in. That is if Joshua plays things right. Now that he knows the truth about her he has the leverage to get her killed at any moment but, in keeping her secret, he leaves himself just as vulnerable.
Most episodes leading up to here we’ve had some sort of major revelation about the V’s or their plan but this week’s just wasn’t as exciting. We find that the V killing members of the Fifth Column is not in fact a V at all; he’s human. When asked why he would do this he replies with “Because we can’t win.” Overall it’s not the most satisfying explanation. I mean if the V’s are going to kill us all (or at least make the world unliveable in whatever way) then what’s the harm in fighting back. If you don’t you’re going to die anyways so you might as well go out fighting. I’m curious as to how much information this man had about the V’s plans.
“We Can’t Win” changes little in the grand scheme of the show or the way in which we see the characters and their plans. Maybe if those ships that we saw leave just before “V” went on hiatus were to show up things might get a little interesting.