Anna gets a visa, Erica gets a new partner and the Resistance grows
"A Bright New Day" is half snooze, half actual plot momentum, as though the producers of "V" realized about midway through that, hey, this is a show about alien warfare they're building here, so everyone involved might as well get down to fightin' some aliens. With all of the ABC "Lost"-alikes this season, it often seems like the network really truly thinks that what made "Lost" such a popular show with so many people was its sense of dramatic portent, those scenes when the characters stared ominously into the distance as ominous music played and ominous birds made ominous noises off in the ominous distance. But that's not why it was at all! "Lost" is a really fun show, and it has a great sense of how to balance out its ability to be portentious with its ability to have, like, Hurley drive a van through some Others. So far, "V" and "FlashForward" haven't quite figured this out yet, but at least there were indications "V" knows the direction to head in in this episode.
But the bad thing is that all involved with "V" apparently think the best way to go about a show about killin' those damned aliens is by turning it into a police procedural. Tonight, there's a death threat against the V's, so, naturally, they turn to Elizabeth Mitchell's Erica because a.) the V's don't have security measures of their own and b.) Erica's the only woman for the job and c.) No one's apparently realized that she was Dale's partner, and maybe the fact that he died and was with her at the resistance meeting where he died doesn't raise any alarms for the V's, who mostly seem concerned with making sure they're pleasing all of the people all of the time at this stage of their mysterious plan. (To the show's credit, at least Erica and Joel Gretsch's Jack vocalized some of our questions about what's going on, like why the V's don't just blast us all to kingdom come and then take our kangaroos or whatever it is they're here for.)
[More on Tuesday (Nov. 17) night's "V" after the break...]