'V': Joel Gretsch serves God, fights Aliens

joel-gretsch-v-320.jpgWhen we last saw Father Jack Landry ( Joel Gretsch) on "V," he'd just shown off his right hook decking an enemy alien, only to wind up with a knife in his gut thanks to the same alien, who was nursing both a sore jaw and a grudge.

On Tuesday, March 30, the sci-fi drama returns after a long hiatus (four episodes aired last November) continuing the re-imagined tale of outwardly benevolent and technologically generous alien "Visitors" who are concealing a possibly deadly agenda. They've been infiltrating human society for years, but there are those in their number who have aligned themselves with the growing human resistance.

Since the aliens appeared, Father Jack has been struggling to reconcile the existence of aliens with his Roman Catholic faith and to help others do the same -- all while teaming up with FBI Agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) to battle the invaders.

"When we left off in the last four episodes," Gretsch tells Zap2it, "I'm getting stabbed, and that changed him tremendously. How does that change somebody? I think it changed Father Jack.

"It coincides with what [new show-runner] Scott Rosenbaum is writing for our show. The pace is just flying. We're learning a lot about the Vs. We're learning a lot about the characters on the show. It's very fast-paced. It's the urgency of, life is so precious. We don't have much time."

Gretsch also appreciates playing a man of the cloth fighting the good fight.

"Religion brings up a lot of feelings," he says. "I love that our show is not veering away from that. They're not being afraid to give the point of view of someone who's religious. Father Jack represents people in religion and belief.

"So this isn't just particularly Catholic. That's where he's coming from, but he's a man who wants to make a difference. He wants people to have a relationship to God. That's a brave move for our studio and our network. I applaud them for it. I applaud them for bringing up a lot of risky questions about it."

Playing Father Jack has also had an affect on Gretsch's life.

"I can't walk down the street," he says, "without a 'Bless me' here and there. I love Father Jack. In many ways, he brings out the best of me."

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