Comic-Con: Human Target and V Pilots Reviewed

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Even though Comic-Con doesn’t really start until Thursday, the Slashfilm gang arrived on Wednesday to take in the preview night. Adam and I took the opportunity to check out the pilot premieres for the new V series, as well as Human Target. They also premiered the pilot for Vampire Diaries, but we took the hint from the majority of the audience and bolted before that started.

Human Target stars Mark Valley (Fringe), as an all-around badass who uses his many skills, including a heightened sense of observation and a mastery of subterfuge, to protect his clients. The series also stars Chi McBride, playing a character not unlike his Pushing Daisies detective role, and Jackie Earle Haley as a badass of a geekier persuasion.

V is a remake of the classic 80′s miniseries, which was about an alien invasion that eventually grows to enslave mankind in a totalitarian government. The new series shares much with its predecessor, but it’s unclear right now how far they’re going to go with the original story. The series stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morena Baccarin (Firefly), and Joel Gretsch (The 4400).

View a quick video discussion about what Adam and I thought of these series pilots after the break:

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Disclosure: I had a roommate freshman year of college who never left our room and watched V non-stop on ancient bootleg VHS, even while I tried to sleep. I’d wake up at 5 a.m. and he’d be hovering over me in a zombie state, one eye on me, the other on the hypnotic glow of…V. It was traumatizing. He flunked out after one semester. I’m sure V is awesome, but I don’t need the flashbacks. However they might be inevitable, as V creator, Kenneth Johnson, has plans to bring his ’80s sci-fi/aliens TV series to theaters in a big way. Here’s what he recently told The Dead Bolt

“… since I own the motion picture rights to V, we’re in the process to do a remake of the original mini-series first as a theatrical feature, which I’m so jazzed about because it will give me an opportunity to really realize it and execute it in a way that was impossible to do back then. Then that will lead to the obvious sequel, because it is a franchise, and then we’ll get into The Second Generation and I’m hoping we’ll be able to do two movies, because there’s certainly enough material in the novel to warrant two separate sequels. That’s my goal at this point and that’s what we’re in the process of doing. I just literally came from a meeting, 15-20 minutes ago with a fellow in Beverly Hills who really says that we’re gonna do it.”

Let’s hope this fellow in Beverly Hills isn’t Jason Priestley. V centers around an alien lizard race (like “reptilians”?) called the Visitors that decide to crash our overrated Earth party in huge UFOs. They take on a human appearance and wage war for dominance of the planet. The V franchise has enjoyed a healthy life into the present in book form. Thanks to Slashfilm reader/bud Jonny for the tip.

Discuss: I know a number of you are probably V fans, so geek out in the comments. Was V more fit for the big screen than TV in the first place, in your opinion? What are the chances these films happen?

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