I had high hopes, but ABC's revamp of "V," the 1983 miniseries-then-series about an alien invasion, isn't really doing it for me.
The original, though? Awesome. Could it have been more custom-made for a 15-year-old boy? Intrigue! Lizard people! Half-lizard babies! A pre-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund! Nazi-Germany allegory!
But the best moment was the one people are still talking about today: When Jane Badler's Diana unhinged her jaw and swallowed a guinea pig. Gross-out and cringe-inducing? Sure. But it also was the big reveal, and carried with it an ominous meaning: There was more to these Visitors than we thought. If you haven't seen it, please do (it's below).
Beat that, 2011 "V." Actually, maybe they can. Now, there's word that the new series is serving up a delicious piece of '80s ham: original star Marc Singer. (They'd already announced a move to bring back Jane Badler.)
If Singer and Badler can reignite some of that '80s sci-fi cheesiness that made the original must-see TV, count me in as a viewer. If not, well, thank goodness for YouTube.