In general the first episode of ABC's V remake has been getting pretty favorable reviews, but you wouldn't know it from reading the brutal review in The New York Times. Their reviewer, Mike Hale, dissects the show and finds it lacking from its opening moments.
He called a scene where New Yorkers applaud the arrival of the Visitors implausible and said it only made sense on "Planet Television," where producers need "the aliens to win over the rest of humanity before the third commercial break."
He went on to say the show's storytelling is "formulaic" and "slapdash," noted its "absence of compelling drama" and then made a particularly backhanded comparison of the show to The 4400. "It, too, treated big ideas in a cramped, underwritten style, content to fall back on prime-time formulas to get from one set piece to another."
In an aside he even took a shot at the name of Anna, the leader of the visitors: "The most talked-about performance will be that of Morena Baccarin (the courtesan Inara on Firefly) as the highly attractive alien leader, Anna. (No, no one asks why an alien who had never encountered humans before would be named Anna.)"
If we had to guess, we'd say Mike Hale won't be a regular watcher when V debuts tonight on ABC. Hey Mike, we kinda liked it!