V: Devil In A Blue Dress
Erica and the Fifth Column try to sabotage the Concordia sites.
Anna holds a press conference as the blue energy reactors at Concordia sites around the world are turned on. Both present, Erica and Tyler reunite and Tyler realizes he’s been wrong to blame his mother for Joe’s death. Marcus meets with Diana but is not quick to believe her claims that Anna has been corrupted by human emotions. Sidney realizes from the shape of the Concordia sites that they are to be landing platforms for the Visitor spacecraft and Erica decides that they should stage a “melt down” so that people will become afraid of the technology and the building will be stopped. All does not go as planned when Lisa discovers that sabotaging the reactor may cause a huge explosion and sends Ryan in to stop Sidney and the others. Ryan persuades Erica to let him shut down the reactor causing a power outage around the city and allowing Anna a chance to “save the city” by using blue energy to make up for the power outage. Joshua begins to regain his memories and decides to protect Lisa from Anna’s suspicions. With modified binoculars Sidney realizes that the Visitor fleet has already arrived and has been hiding from humanity and the group is brought together to come up with a final plan to bring down Anna.
“Devil In A Blue Dress” makes it pretty clear that the season finale of “V” is just around the corner (next week) setting up everything we need to know before a final attempt at removing Anna from power can be made. The existence of Diana proves that a queen does not need to die before her successor can take over and, with that in mind; the Fifth Column decides to replace Anna with Lisa. The only question is, how? Anna is already suspicious that Lisa doesn’t have what it takes to be queen and even with Joshua’s reassurance that nothing untoward is happening; I’m not convinced Anna fully trusts Lisa. Based on her own rise to power Anna should be wary of someone trying to bring her down in the same fashion she did her mother but as Diana pointed out, she does have a lot of pride and maybe she believes herself to be too powerful to be brought down in that way.
Marcus returns fully recovered this week to the show and is forced to make the decision between his former queen and the current one. When Diana asked to speak with Marcus last week it seemed as though he might have been one of the Visitors who accepted emotions as Diana has always claimed she was but when they do meet we can see that isn’t the case. Instead of attempting to persuade Marcus to her side by saying human emotions should not be fought Diana tries to convince him that is in fact Anna who is experiencing human emotions. Diana’s been a little shifty in these past few episodes and the changes in her story based on who she is speaking to are becoming evident. She may be playing an important part in the plans of the Fifth Column but I don’t know how long Diana will stay allied with them.
Anna’s attempts to manipulate Tyler rested on the assumption that he would continue to be at odds with Erica but like most humans he instead realizes he can’t be without emotions forever. Tyler took out his anger over his father’s death on Erica but deep down he knows it wasn’t her fault meaning it was inevitable that he’d want to speak with her again. Of course this is the opposite of what Anna wants and she’s forced to bliss Tyler just to keep him around. Before now Anna has never been capable of blissing humans but she is growing in strength and with a weapon like bliss she could convince humanity to do whatever she wanted; right down to killing themselves should Anna give the order. So far it may only affect one person at a time but should Anna become able to bliss groups of people at the same time it would become the greatest weapon she has against humanity.
A difficult choice for Chad comes about when Anna insists that he remove his co-reporter, Kerry, because she may be hurting the image of the Visitors. Though Chad really is against Anna, he knows that his biggest asset is the fact that she trusts him. He can’t afford to lose that and, in order to protect Kerry from Anna; he has to get her fired. Chad is left with almost everyone he knows believing him to be a terrible person when really he liked to Kerry to keep her safe from Anna and that can’t be easy.
Like last week, Erica, as leader of the Fifth Column, is forced to make a difficult choice about whether the mission of sabotaging the V’s is more important than the lives of the people that would be sacrificed. Tyler’s influence on Erica shows through here and she has Ryan deactivate the reactor instead of destroying it and possibly thousands of people in the area. Of course afterward Erica isn’t sure she made the right choice getting into a strong debate with Jack over how she should have handled this mission. This time it’s Kyle who comes forward and points out that she’s changed. If even Kyle isn’t convinced you should be killing thousands of innocents then you know you might be going too far. He’s right in saying that Eli chose Erica to be leader because she cared about the people and the question of just how many people is acceptable losses comes to mind.
The season’s been short but sweet for “V” this year. Next week promises to be another exciting matchup between Anna and the Fifth Column and I’ll be waiting on the edge of my seat to see how it turns out.