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!

Moonlighting: The Soundtrack

I originally avoided Moonlighting. I thought it was a girl’s show. I think I thought the same thing about Remington Steele. But after Die Hard exposed me to the awesomeness that is Bruce Willis, I began checking out reruns on Lifetime. Yes, that’s right. I eventually started watching a TV show I had originally written off as a girl’s show on a girl’s channel. I’m not trying to justify or defend that. I’m just saying that’s the way it was.

While I’m sure that is how my relationship with the TV show Moonlighting played out, I’m less certain how my relationship with Moonlighting the sound track did.

I know I bought this on cassette at a local record store, and I know I listened to it often as I cruised around Columbus, Ohio in my 1979 Toyota Celica, but I’m not sure what I initially saw in it. My guess is that the hook was the Moonlighting theme by Al Jarreau.

However, I know I was pretty impressed by the fact that both Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd had tracks as well, and while I had forgotten which song Willis covered, I remembered Shepherd’s “I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out”. I didn’t remember the other songs as well, but you can see them listed on the album’s back cover.

The Moonlighting soundtrack was just one of the weird soundtracks I had at this time, sharing space in the little cassette cubbyhole of my car with the Sleepwalkers soundtrack, the Batman soundtrack, and Danny Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theater. I really liked it because I thought it added another dimension to the show. Moonlighting was multi-media before multi-media was cool, and they held on to at least one more fan that way. If only Remington Steele had done the same.