What Happened to “V” — The Purpose of Science Fiction

Remember the 2009 reboot of “V”? Its failure is a reminder of what sci-fi should (and shouldn’t) be.

Odin Halvorson
3 min readApr 21, 2023
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Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, and the nostalgia for a rather brilliant 1980s miniseries. With a great cast, reasonable (for the era) special effects, and a proven pedigree, this show looked like gold on paper. So, why did it fail?

We’ll gloss over some of the factors beyond the show, like splitting the first season into two messy halves to accommodate the Olympics. This was before the modern streaming era, and studios like ABC were struggling to comprehend their audience.

No, let’s focus on a contrast between the wildly cult-popular 1980s miniseries and the modern reboot.

It comes down to this: the original V miniseries was about the pervasive lure of fascist ideologies.

It was so explicitly about this that one of the characters, who had lived through Nazi times, made a point of stating how “Never again” meant something —…

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Odin Halvorson

A futurist/socialist/fantasist writer, editor, and scholar. MFA/MLIS. Free access to my articles at OdinHalvorson.substack.com | More over at OdinHalvorson.com.