V: Uneasy Lies the Head
Erica comes up with a plan to derail the V’s human DNA collection.
In order to stop Anna’s plan to collect human DNA, Erica comes up with the idea to steal a virus which destroys DNA and give it to members of the last group of live aboards. When the virus comes in contact with the Visitor’s DNA stash it will continue to destroy every last strand of DNA that they’ve collected. In order to get a hold of the virus they must rob the lab a move which results in Kyle being shot and a guard at the lab nearly being killed by Erica’s gun fire. Jack learns that the virus is untested and could result in the death of the hosts but Erica is not swayed and the plan continues. Unfortunately one of the live aboards becomes sick after being infected by the virus causing Anna to look into the problem and discover the virus. She is forced to announce the resurgence of the Fifth Column but no damage is done to the DNA. On the mothership, Anna again forces Lisa to meet with Rafael but Tyler discovers them. Rafael is struck down by a mysterious illness and Ryan finds Lisa to ask for help. Lisa brings Ryan to see Diana and they help him escape to Earth. In return Diana asks Lisa to seek out someone she trusts on the ship; Marcus.
“Uneasy Lies the Head” is a bit of a slowdown in comparison to the past couple of weeks but certainly still an exciting episode in its own right. The episode shows us more about where the characters opinions lie on killing innocents if it means taking down the enemy and just how much they’ve changed since the war for Earth began.
For a while it seemed that Jack and Erica becoming an item was inevitable, once he was removed from the church, but things have changed in Erica’s life and thus so has she. Jack and Kyle seem to represent opposite ends of the spectrum of Erica. She started out unwilling to kill humans in her quest to take down the Visitors, particularly after she saw Eli’s men string up Peace Ambassadors who easily could have been her son. Erica and Jack tended to agree on decisions about how things should be done (with no innocent casualties) while Kyle and Ryan were a little more willing to get their hands dirty. With the death of Joe and the departure of Tyler though, Erica has begun to move more towards Kyle’s opinion on matters. In this episode she shows that she’s far less concerned about the fact that this virus is untested and could easily kill the humans she is infecting (who have no idea what is being done to them) so long as the Visitors are set back by it. Even when the mission turns out to be a failure Erica still sees only the success of forcing Anna to admit that the Fifth Column is back. The romantic triangle between Jack, Erica and Kyle reflects where Erica’s character lies at any given time and her decision in the end when Jack won’t answer her phone calls and she ends up with Kyle seems to indicate that she’ll only be going further from the Erica we used to know.
It’s clear that Jack cares quite a bit about Erica so it’s definitely a struggle for him this week to voice his opinion that she is wrong. Still I’m glad to see that at least one character is still going to stand up for the innocent people in this war between humans and Visitors. It would have been easy for Jack to just let Erica walk all over him now that she is in a leadership position but thankfully it seems he won’t be giving up his opinions any time soon even when Erica escalates to giving him an order so that he’ll do what she wants.
With the illness of several of Anna’s breeding candidates for Lisa it seems that Tyler is quickly becoming the only option. Now that all the necessary DNA has been assembled I’m interested to see how the procedure of fusing it into Tyler’s genome will affect him. You can’t change half of your DNA and expect to see no change after all.
With such heated discussions between Anna and Diana when they talk in the cave, I’m curious to how Anna’s take over went down when she became queen and told everyone that her mother was dead. It couldn’t have been easy for the other Visitors to switch from following Diana to following Anna particularly when they’re views seem to differ so strongly. It’s no surprise that Diana would still have some sympathisers on board and when she sent Lisa in search of one, I’m sure we all knew it had to be someone the audience wouldn’t expect. Who fits that better than Marcus? I’m glad that Marcus is recovering from the gun shot would that was meant to kill Anna and hopefully with this revelation that he may not be on the side we thought he was on, we’ll get to see more of him.
“V” hasn’t had a long season this year but as we get closer to the end the episodes continue to stay strong. I only hope the series will be back for another season after this one.