V: The Second Generation

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!

V Novelizations and Sequels

After picking up the original V miniseries on DVD the other day, I decided to search Amazon.com for the Final Battle DVD. My search brought up something I wasn’t expecting: V novels.

I knew there were V novels. I had even read one back in the day (Alien Swordmaster). I didn’t know there was a novelization of the miniseries, though, nor did I know it had been updated for the Kindle and that a sequel had been released. I quickly bought them all.

Now the novelization is tons of fun. The original novelization covers both miniseries and follows them pretty much point for point. You do get some additional details and character thoughts, and some of the narrative (such as Barbara helping Donovan escape from the mother ship) are condensed, and a few adult words have been edited (Diana even drops an S-bomb), but it is still pretty much the shows.

However, the Kindle versions, which have been edited by series creator Kenneth Johnson, are significantly different. The Kindle version of the original miniseries only covers the first series with the addition of the birth of Robin’s alien baby (in this version, only one baby is born and it looks more reptilian than in the TV series) and the arrival of another race of aliens. The sequel, then, goes into radically new territory. I didn’t understand this when I bought the e-versions. Reviewers had said the ending had been changed, but they didn’t say that half the book had been cut out.

That omission notwithstanding, I loved reading the e-version, not only because I love V but because it brought back that sense of nostalgia, reminding me of what it was like to read novelizations when I was a kid (I did Robocop, which was pretty good, and Jaws: The Revenge, which was better than the movie). Though I did miss the second miniseries, I still have it in the paperback version, and I am interested to see what new paths the story will follow in the Second Generation.