‘V’ finds its theme: How far two mothers will go to protect their children

March 12, 2010 | 8:14 p.m.

Over at Show Tracker, our sister blog, there’s an enlightening Q&A with the new show runner on “V,” the alien-invasion show that is looking to find its feet. The interview was by Jace Lacob; here’s an excerpt…

V looks up

 

They’re back.

ABC’s sci-fi series ”V” returns at the end of the month with new episodes, a new time slot and a new show runner in former “Chuck” and “The Shield” writer Scott Rosenbaum. He assumes creative oversight on the Warner Bros. Television-produced series.

“I do hope that it’s not only a visceral, fun action ride,” said Rosenbaum of his vision for the series, which returns March 30 at 10 p.m., “but also, hopefully, intellectually challenging.”

We caught up with Rosenbaum for a one-on-one interview to discuss his plans for the final eight episodes of “V” this season, the relationship between Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Anna (Morena Baccarin), the possible hybrid baby on the way, what’s coming up and much more.

Warning: Spoilers abound!

Morena Baccarin

JL: How are these next eight episodes of “V” different from the four that aired in the fall?

SR: Every single episode of the show now, starting with Episode 4, there will be three or four huge, oh-my-God, wow …  I-didn’t-see-that-coming [moments]. …  I’m one of those TV viewers where I want to get information. I want to learn more about the V’s. I want to learn about why the V’s are here. I don’t want to wait 25 episodes to find that stuff out. …

You’ll learn more about the Vs anatomically in my first episode back than you did in the first four episodes and get an understanding of how they work, why they’re different. Everything is like that. The plan, why they’re here. We’re really going to dive into that kind of stuff. … That first episode coming back, just in Acts 5 and 6, there’s four huge reveals, just in two acts of that show alone.

JL: What were the challenges involved with jumping in part way through the season?

SR: Probably one of the hardest things was really just diving in and [understanding] what the mythology is. How long have they been here for? What are they here to do? What are they going to do once they’ve established their plan, how are they going to execute it? Once I had all that information, I could start giving some of it back to the audience. That was really a difficult thing to do at the beginning, just because knowing the way I wanted to tell stories, I knew I was going to need a humongous mythology to be able to draw upon.

After watching the first four [episodes], I didn’t feel like there was any real sense of conflict between our humans — and when I say humans, I also mean Ryan. It felt like they were completely united in a fight against the Vs. One of the things I wanted to do was, by getting into their personal lives a little more and understanding their own personal agendas, [look at] how that can complicate working as a team.

JL: What should we make of the fact that adversaries Erica and Anna are both mothers?

SR: I never was quite sure from the first four episodes what [the show] was really about, outside of just “Visitors have come.” What I told [the studio] about how I see it is that, at its spine, it’s really about two mothers and how far that they’re willing to go to protect their children….

THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST

– Jace Lacob

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