Alan Tudyk says the pilot for ABC's V has a Firefly link

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Alan Tudyk, who stars in ABC's sci-fi pilot for a remake of V, told a group of reporters that the new version is what you remember the original was. V is based on the 1980s series about lizard-like aliens taking human form to invade Earth.

"If you are a fan, which I was, of the first one, this is kind of everything that you remember, without going back and watching," Tudyk said in a conference call on Monday to promote Fox's Dollhouse. "If you go back and watch the original V, you're like, 'Oh, I thought this was great. It kind of looks really cheesy.' It fills in your memory as it should be."

One of the major factors in this update, Tudyk added, is the top-notch visual effects. "It's really awesome effects," he said. "The effects are done by Zoic, who did Firefly [in which Tudyk starred]. Zoic does all the spacecrafts. Anything requiring digital enhancement is Zoic, and they do a great job. Then, of course, Morena Baccarin is in it, and she's the leader of the aliens, so you can't get any better than that." Baccarin co-starred with Tudyk in Firefly and its movie spinoff, Serenity.

Unfortunately, there is no Firefly reunion. At least in the pilot, Tudyk has no scenes with Baccarin. "No, but we got to hang out, and that was cool," he said.

Tudyk did not wish to discuss the plot of the new V. "I can say this," he said. "It's really good. I hope that they pick it up."

V awaits pickup from ABC.