"Devil in a Blue Dress"
Written by Hans Tobeason
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
The Fifth Column
plans to sabotage one of the Concordia blue energy reactors;
Diana urges Lisa to act against her mother.
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The episode's title probably comes from the 1990 crime novel of
the same name by Walter Mosley. The devil in a blue dress after
which the book is named is revealed as a black woman posing as white
in order to get away with a crime. In the context of
V, this could be Anna
posing as human to dupe humanity and/or Lisa posing as her
mother's dutiful daughter, but actually working with the human
Fifth Column to stop the Visitors' plan. And, of course, the
color blue references the blue energy used by the Visitors and
which is a prominent point in this episode.
Is the rain at the groundbreaking of the Concordia site at the
beginning of the episode meant as a metaphor suggesting the
funeral of humanity?
During Anna's speech at the groundbreaking in New York City, we
get a montage of other cities. Presumably these are other
Concordia sites. We see: Beijing, China; Macau, China; Tokyo,
Chad reveals there are 538 Concordia sites being built around
Erica mentions the Three Mile Island accident. This was a real
world incident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating
Station in Pennsylvania, 1979, which resulted in the release of radioactive
gases into the environment and greatly hindered the growth of
the nuclear power industry.
Anna is continuing to call the hybrid child "Amy", part of her
deception in "Uneasy Lies the
Head", so I guess that is now her official name!
At 10:52 in the episode, a Victoria's Secret store is visible in
Victoria's Secret is a women's wear store known particularly for
its sexy lingerie.
The discussion among Joshua, Anna, and Marcus about the
phosphorus given to the hybrid's mother during the pregnancy
suggests that Amy may begin to develop abilities beyond the norm for either Visitors or humans (perhaps in the vein of
Elizabeth's paranormal powers in the original
The drops of Anna's blood on the floor at 14:39 in the episode
form a vaguely V shape.
While telling the others of his discoveries regarding the
Visitors' blue energy, Sid throws about the terms particle,
antiparticle and coupling constant. These are
all real terms in the physical sciences, relating to subatomic
particles and their energy.
Note that at 17:51 in the episode, Sid is
vomiting. The occurrence is passed off as being due to his nervousness
about his assignment to infiltrate the Concordia site to
sabotage the blue energy reactor. But might it actually be that
he has radiation poisoning from messing around with blue energy
sources in his recent research? Notice that at 23:37, there is
a sign in the Concordia blue energy reactor warning about
potential radiation hazard.
The symbol to the right, seen at
20:36 in the episode, seems to
be the symbol of the Concordia
complexes being built by the Vs.
There is V writing on the holo-monitor
at 25:03-25:33 in the episode,
as Ryan deactivates the blue
energy reaction. Most of the
words seem to be just a jumble
of letters or are too blurry to
make out. The larger word-set in
white seems to spell out ELECNIC
LO, perhaps a reference to
electricity. Other words are
COMAND B, OVERRIDE, OUTPUT,
The news crawl at the bottom of the TV screen during the Prime
Focus broadcast at 27:06 in the episode, reads: "...message of
peace toward humankind...Armed forces of the..."
At 27:18 in the episode, we see what is probably one of Sid's
laptops, with a bunch of goofy stickers on it.
Kerry's insult to Chad that he is "a shallow, self-absorbed
snake" harkens to the Visitors' reptilian nature.