Whereas I might tune in to a remake of an old television show out of curiosity and even enjoy it, I generally prefer the original. The remake of V is unusual in that respect, though, in that I’ve never seen the original, yet I’m watching the remake with my wife because she numbers the original among her favorites. Oddly, even though I’ve never seen the original I find myself in some ways “missing” the original and wondering in what respects it may have been different.
I guess I’ll soon find out, because the weekend after part one aired we found a VHS box set at Half Price Books which included the complete original mini-series as well as “The Final Battle.” In this case, the VHS is actually preferable to the DVD because the latter cuts off the top and bottom of the original full-screen presentation in that ridiculous “faux letterbox” format. I don’t know when we’ll find the time to watch it, but the cancellation of Dollhouse has opened up an hour in our weekly viewing schedule, so we’ll at least be watching the remake.