Written by Scott Rosenbaum and Gregg Hurwitz
Directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
Visitor armada arrives at Earth, Anna's soldiers are about to be
born and Erica and the Fifth Column stage a daring assault; Val
gives birth to the hybrid.
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In my study of "Welcome to the War", I asked if all V's have the
same hideous set of dentures Anna does. Well, at least the
soldiers do, as seen in the opening of this episode!
|At 6:23 in the episode, V
writing is on the back of the
uniform of the guard in front of the
healing center. It says the same
thing all the uniforms of the
type seem to say, "OVER CENTER".
The same words appear on a
uniform at 19:10.
After Ryan's capture, Anna says that if they can turn him back
to their side, they can turn anyone. Could this be a nod by the
writers to the conversion process of
At 12:36 in the episode, Hobbes refers to a Visitor as a gecko.
The intersection of New York thoroughfares at 14:07 in the
episode looks like a "V".
There appears to be a giant potted plant in the entryway to
Anna's executive suite on the mothership. It must be vegetation
from another world, probably the V's own homeworld.
Marcus seems to show Hobbes a photo and refers to having "found
her", though we don't get to see the picture. Who is it? It would
seem to be someone close to Hobbes whom Marcus can use to
blackmail him into infiltrating the Fifth Column. It could be a
relative or lover. Or could it be Erica herself, suggesting that
Marcus, at least, knows Erica's true allegiance?
Would Anna really allow Chad to return to the medical bay to
question Joshua after his capture? It seems to me she would be
extra careful about making sure Chad was kept out of there after
the setup. As it is, Joshua tells Chad how to witness for
himself the truth of Anna's deceit.
When Val's baby is born, we don't get to see the little tyke. We
do see Val's reaction when she sees it and, although she
looks as though the sight is unexpected, she does not appear
horrified as you might expect. When Ryan later holds the
swaddled bundle of joy, a small, green appendage, presumably the
baby's tail, snakes out of the cloth and wraps tenderly around
his thumb, seemingly indicating a mostly reptilian form. We
also do not learn the infant's gender.
As the daughter of Queen Anna, Lisa is a princess. While
scheming against Anna's design, Joshua refers to Lisa as "my
Queen". This may suggest a coming battle between two queens for
the right to rule the Visitors.
At 27:40 in the episode, a Visitor appears to be looking at a
schematic of the mothership on a holoscreen, similar to the
giant mothership schematic seen in the command center of the
motherships on V80. The Visitorese word appearing below the
schematic appears to be ALERT.
We finally get our first look at
a V gun in this episode.
Anna seems to recognize some hesitancy in Chad's demeanor,
almost mocking him when she says, "...thank you for your
loyalty. You've trusted us with your career. And your health.
Without us, you'd lose everything."
Erica tells Hobbes she didn't think he'd come through and
continues, "I guess I was wrong," to which Hobbes replies, "You
wouldn't be the first." Could this be a reference to the "her"
in Marcus' photo?
Mourning Valerie, Ryan seems to be falling back into the spell
of Anna's Bliss. Or is it an act? Surely he knows she's lying
about the cause of Val's death?
Does Lisa have the same power of Bliss that her mother does?
In his sermon, Father Jack says, "Let 'V' no longer stand for
Visitor. Let 'V' stand for victory!" This statement harkens back
to V80 and Abraham's
statement of "V for victory" in
"Visitors, Victims and Victory".
As Father Jack leaves his church with the few parishioners who
stayed through his anti-Visitor sermon, Chad steps out from the
shadows and nods to him. Does this mean that Chad has finally
seen the light and will aid in the fight against Anna?
The hybrid baby has a reverberating vocal quality that is
similar to the original Visitor voices in the two original
V: The Final Battle.
I love that slight smile Lisa gives while her mother is
experiencing her first human emotion, grief and rage over the
death of her about-to-be-born soldier eggs.
As Anna initiates her
"retaliation" against Earth at
38:27 in the episode, the
Visitor symbols at the bottom
center of the holoscreen appear
to spell GO. The dots on the
globe appear to indicate a
pattern into which the ships are to fall
due to Anna's command;
notice that some of the dots
stay still and some move
slightly to new positions. Some
ships are even presented as
being over unoccupied portions
The scene of the Visitor armada entering Earth's atmosphere
appears to be recycled footage of the same ships from the
end of "It's Only the
Beginning" but with a new background of the Earth and moon.
Why do the skies turn red as the newly arriving motherships
enter Earth's atmosphere? In an opposite manner of the red dust
as seen dispersed in the V80
episode "The Final Battle",
are the Visitors releasing a red pathogen that is harmful to
humans? The redness of the sky and clouds seems more pervasive
and instantaneous than that, like the entire atmosphere is being
effected virtually simultaneously. ("Red
Rain" reveals that the temporary redness is the Visitors
"injecting" the atmosphere with phosphorus in order to "infect"
all life with it for their purposes.)
At 39:27 in the episode, it might at first appear that Hobbes is
playing a solo game of darts. But notice that it is actually
knives he is throwing at the target!
At the end of the episode, we see Visitor doctors bringing
Joshua back to life after he was shot multiple times by
Erica at his own urging to protect her cover. Marcus welcomes
him back to the land of the living with a smile. Is Marcus Fifth
At 3:43 in the episode, a Visitor Fifth Columnist warns Joshua
that Marcus has released another wave of guards throughout the
ship, searching everyone and that he needs to get rid of the
comm device with which he has been communicating with the
resistance on Earth; perhaps this is an example of Marcus
deliberately sending a warning to Joshua and other Fifth
Or was Joshua a double agent against the Fifth Column,
working for the Visitors? Or could Joshua and Marcus be something in
between? Perhaps there is a third faction that is not
necessarily pro-human, but is anti-Anna?
Might Joshua's resurrection also presage Valerie's return next