December 31, 2011

Ye Olde School Café: V for Vendetta pt 3

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Written by: Billy
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Hey everybody, welcome to another week in Ye Olde School Café! This week, we’ll continue our look at V for Vendetta and push through another couple of issues. So far, we’ve seen Evey get rescued by V, and also some of the inner workings of the government that is as corrupt as the people it leads. Also, V has assassinated several key members of this party, and it appears he’s just beginning.

As we watch the everyday life and thoughts of Adam Susan (the party leader), and then also peek in on V having a conversation with Madam Justice, we see some frightening similarities between the two. Mostly their deep convictions, and this is a point where we realize that they are both willing to do anything to get what they want. In the case of V, we are just beginning to see his reasoning with morality, but we’ve already seen what lengths the Norsefire party will go to, or so we think. V’s conversation pretty much can be summed up by stating that he tells “her” that since she has seemingly taken a leave of absence, he’ll have to replace her justice with his version of the word. And it’s far more lethal than what she teaches. Then he proceeds to blow up the Old Bailey.

After returning home, V is approached by Evey. She asks him about an inscription on an arch that reads VVVVV. He explains to her that it stands for ” Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici,” which translated into English means “By the power of truth, I while living, have conquered the universe.” Evey then goes on to ask V if she can help him with any of his plans. He then tells her that she doesn’t have to make a deal with him, but she tells him that she wants to. He then in turn asks her if she’s ever heard of anyone named Faust. Next, we see Mr. Heyer and his wife along with Mr. Almond and his wife at church service. The service is led by a man that is also part of the Norsefire’s influence. He tells them what he’s told to, and it keeps some people scared, while others know better. After the service, the two couples talk on their way to their automobiles. We listen to Mr. Heyer’s wife as she is very condescending to him in front of their friends. Mr. Almond’s wife comments to her husband about the tone Mrs. Heyer used with her husband, but Mr. Almond tells her to shut up, and defends her vigorously.

Later that night, we see the priest and his servant, Dennis, as they talk about the day’s message, and then the night’s pleasures. You see, the priest talks a good game during the day, but at night he’s a fornicating freak, with girls young enough to be his grand-daughter. As Dennis shows the new girl in, we see that it’s Evey, and the priest gets quite aroused at the site of her in a teeny little pink dress (like something a ten-year-old would wear). As he tells Evey about his creepy life, we watch as V slices his way past the guards. Just as the priest is about to sexually assault Evey, V appears out of nowhere. We then switch to the spies who listen to their devices that are planted in just about every home in the U.K. They listen in on the priest because they know of his “habits,” but this night when they tune in, they hear another man in the room reciting the 23rd Psalm, along with the priest crying for help. Later, Mr. Finch and his partner Dominic recreate what they believe happened, and they are actually pretty close. Basically, V killed Dennis with inhuman speed, then spoke to the priest about religious subjects, then fed him a communion wafer that was poisoned.

Mr. Finch then heads over to the coroner’s office to talk with Delia Surridge about the murders and the weapons used to carry them out. He also knows that she’s a botanist, so he gives her a flower. One that was found when they picked up Prothero. It’s a flower that was believed to be extinct, but also one that sends a shiver down the spine of the good doctor.  Back at the Shadow Gallery, Evey confronts V about his killings. She yells at him for his murders, but he reminds her that she wanted to make a deal, and didn’t ask what he was going to do. Also, at the residence of Mr. Almond, we see him in the kitchen trying to work on the case, but he is interrupted by his wife. She yells at him because he “doesn’t eat with her, or have sex with her,” and just as she’s about to finish, he punches her right in the face. She cries and he yells at her to shut up. He then tells her to go to bed while he cleans his gun. We then see Evey apologize to V for shouting at him, but she tells him that she won’t be a part of any more killing, not even for him. V just smiles….

OK, that’s it for now, but be right back here next week for more of this sinister, yet revolutionary work of literature by Moore and Lloyd. We’ll see more action and intrigue, and dive even deeper into the minds of V and the Norsefire party. And believe me, it’s not a nice place. See you next week!

Billy Dunleavy



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