A couple weeks ago I posted about the V ebooks, and I mentioned that the sequel, V: The Second Generation, goes into new territory. After finally finished the book, I saw just how new it was.
The Second Generation is written by series creator Kenneth Johnson, takes place twenty years after the events of the first miniseries, and ignores the second miniseries and TV series. And there is a lot of it that is familiar . Julie is there, as are Donovan, Willie (who still gets his words wrong even after twenty years) & Harmony, Robert Maxwell, Martin, and Diana. Seeing Diana, Julie, and, most of all, Donovan again after all these years was certainly a thrill. There were a lot of newcomers, though, as well, that didn’t have any nostalgic value, including a new race of aliens that have evolved from insects and still maintain some insect-like qualities.
The new elements didn’t thrill me that much, nor did the new storyline. It isn’t that it is bad (it’s not), but I am in love with The Final Battle, having been impressed upon it in duckling-like fashion, and even though I can admit that The Second Generation has deeper sensibilities to it, I just can’t get over what I grew up with. What did thrill me, though, and what had a deep connection to what I grew up with, was the appearance of The Leader. The Leader was referenced many times in the show and is nothing like I expected. I won’t tell you how. You’ll just have to find out for yourself.
Overall, even though I still love and prefer The Final Battle, The Second Generation was an interesting experience and did give me some new, nostalgia-esque experiences with characters that I loved then and still love now. And I suppose it doesn’t get much better than that today!