Post by dscarter1975 on Oct 11, 2015 19:01:49 GMT
Classic sci-fi thriller series that began as a three-part story in 1983 about aliens arriving on Earth to proclaim peace and a friendly alliance with human beings despite one or two doubts expressed by reporters, doctors and scientists. Soon, these same people go missing and TV cameraman Michael Donovan (Marc Singer) finds out what these ETs in orange suits really are in a very memorable scene where he sneaks into one of their ships and sees a woman eat a rat and a man remove his "human" eyes to reveal those of a reptile. After a brutal fight, Donovan escapes and sets out to reveal how evil these aliens really are, but it is not easy (shades of Roy Thinnes' Invaders here). However, he reluctantly joins forces with a group known as the Resistance led by Julie (Faye Grant), a young medical student, who make it their main priority to expose the visitors and save the human race. Created by Kenneth Johnson (The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk), this was actually a WWII allegory with the Visitors representing the Nazis (their insignia slightly resembled a swastika) and the Resistance were like the one formed in WW2. This was a more suspenseful, slow building tale which still had some dynamite action, the quotient of which was increased in its sequel The Final Battle in 1984. Kenneth Johnson withdrew from this project as he did not want the humans to win so easily against the lizards which is what happened but the craze for V was so much that a regular series began the next year and it finished pretty quickly because it didn't go down so well.
I remember V (the original mini-series) and The Final Battle being premiered in the summer of '84 on ITV while BBC1 screened the Olympics then the follow-up series was premiered late the next year.