Here Come the Aliens!

Where were you when you saw the original V miniseries, back in 1983?

If you're anything like my husband, who was a preteen in '83, this alien invasion saga was seared permanently into your memory. Or maybe V was a nonevent in your life. (That would be me. I must have been busy teasing my hair.) Either way, the Visitors are back: Last night, V premiered in modern day form as an ongoing ABC series.

Here's the nutshell plot: Twenty-nine giant space ships descend over the world's major cities. A raven-haired, ruby-lipped supermodel named Anna (Morena Baccarin) appears, gigantic, in the sky. “No worries,” she basically says. “We're nice aliens, just looking to share our superior knowledge and technology with you in exchange for some natural resources that you don't need anyway.” Gullible earthlings fall for this false pretense--the aliens are actually bent on exterminating us later -- but a few sharp humans don't buy it. They'll have to save the world, against all odds.

And make no mistake, it will be against all odds. These aliens, who call themselves Visitors, are ultra-lovable. They set up worldwide healing centers, eradicating 65 human ailments; and their arrival has boosted tourism (creating an economic boom) in the lucky cities chosen to host them. But most of all -- and here's the big reason -- they are just so dang cute.

Reviewers have pointed out the parallels between the Visitors and actual, polished leaders who use their panache to hoodwink the general public. But the show also makes blatant use of something else: the premium we all place on physical beauty. "Is there such a thing as an ugly visitor?" asks Chad Decker, a TV reporter (played by Scott Wolf). "You all seem to be what we would consider attractive." "Damn, she's hot!" says teen-aged boy Tyler Evans (Logan Huffman), when Anna speaks on TV. Then Tyler falls hard for a curvy blond, Lisa (Laura Vandervoort), an alien who works on the New York mother ship. There's no forgetting this girl is a Visitor--not with that zippered, plunging V of a neckline.

In the last few minutes of the show, an in-the-know FBI agent, Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell), sums up the reason that the aliens are so dangerous: "They're arming themselves with the most powerful weapon out there." And that is? "Devotion." Even as she speaks her son Tyler is devoting himself to Lisa, the sexy blond. It reminded me of that 30 Rock episode from last season, when Jon Hamm guest-starred as Liz Lemon's GQ-dreamy boyfriend. The guy got anything he wanted. All compliments. No criticism. No waiting for restaurant tables…Oh, the power of physical beauty! Seriously, it's like Beautiful People could take over the planet.

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