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Ken Johnson's Re"V"lections, Part 4

In his screenplay turned novel "V": The Second Generation, Ken Johnson explains that the stories of many of the characters audiences came to know and love are carried on. "Certainly Diana is a pre-eminent figure as the Visitor commandant," he says. "Juliet, our resistance leading lady, is a key player. Harmie, the waitress who fell in love with Willie, played by Robert Englund in the original, are both back in very key roles, as well as Robert Maxwell and a couple of others.

V_Second_Generation_Rev-400x600"There are, of course, a raft of new players that are indeed the second generation. And they're exciting folks. There are many new characters on both sides of the battle. A number of people have asked me about Mike Donovan's character, and what I have said is Mike was apparently killed in a battle in London.
   "As I've mentioned," he continues, "I think that there are elements of The Second Generation that very clearly speak to some of the issues we're facing in the world today, and America's role as a hyper power. It was something I was anxious to have the opportunity to deal with in an allegorical, metaphorical way. And it's an important element in the picture. One of the other elements was, if the original 'V' was thematically about power, then I think 'V': The Second Generation is thematically about loyalty. Virtually every character in 'V': The Second Generation has, at one time or another, some crises of conscience regarding loyalty."

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EdGross
3/27/2009

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