When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Diana 2 episodes, 1983
...  Robert Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
...  Juliet Parrish 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Nelson ...  Brian 2 episodes, 1983
David Packer ...  Daniel Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
...  Eleanor Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Petersen ...  Josh Brooks 2 episodes, 1983
...  Mike Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Blair Tefkin ...  Robin Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
...  Elias Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
...  Lynn Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
...  Abraham Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
...  John 2 episodes, 1983
Evan C. Kim ...  Tony Wah Chong Leonetti 2 episodes, 1983
...  Dr. Ben Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
George Morfogen ...  Stanley Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
...  Steven 2 episodes, 1983
...  Arthur Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
...  Kristine Walsh 2 episodes, 1983
...  Kathleen Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
...  Bill Graham 2 episodes, 1983
...  Ruby Engels 2 episodes, 1983
...  Martin 2 episodes, 1983
...  Caleb Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Bond ...  Officer Talbot 2 episodes, 1983
...  Sancho Gomez 2 episodes, 1983
...  Harmony Moore 2 episodes, 1983
...  Polly Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
...  Willie 2 episodes, 1983
Ron Hajak ...  Denny 2 episodes, 1983
Mary Alan Hokanson ...  Ruth Barnes 2 episodes, 1983
David Hooks ...  Dr. Rudolf Metz 2 episodes, 1983
...  Marjorie Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Neumann ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1983
...  Brad 2 episodes, 1983
...  Officer Bob Briggs 2 episodes, 1983
Stephanie Faulkner ...  LA TV Studio Assistant Director 2 episodes, 1983
Tom Fuccello ...  Senator Raymond Burke 2 episodes, 1983
Wiley Harker ...  UN Secretary General 2 episodes, 1983
Dick Harwood ...  LA TV Studio Director 2 episodes, 1983
...  Arch Quinton 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Johns ...  Woman 2 episodes, 1983
...  Sean Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
...  Dr. Maurice Jankowski 2 episodes, 1983
Marin May ...  Katie Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Mike Monahan ...  LA TV Studio Console Man 2 episodes, 1983
Jennifer Perito ...  Resistance Member 2 episodes, 1983
...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1983
Nathan Roberts ...  LA TV Anchor 2 episodes, 1983
...  Howard K. Smith 2 episodes, 1983
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Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have disguised themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens' planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins. An important key to the humans' success is distinguishing their own from who the aliens are. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu> with help

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Humankind's last stand. See more »


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The music during the closing credits was a combination of most, if not all, motifs of the 4th movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th Symphony closing with the final couple of measures of the 4th movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. According to Kenneth Johnson's DVD commentary, the lyrics to Beethoven's music were added with some self-admitted outrageous chutzpah and were the following translated into Latin: glory to the cause, glory to the fallen, glory to the fighters for freedom, victoria...victoria, for victory! See more »

Goofs

In the shuttle right after Mike escapes with Robin from the mothership, Mike loops the shuttle, and there is shot of them upside-down. Robin raises her arms, apparently to keep from falling out of her seat, but the entire time her hair rests on her shoulders as if right-side up. See more »

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Barbara: Martin couldn't make it, so you'll have to wear my uniform.
Mike Donovan: Oh, lots of luck. I'll never be able to...
Barbara: It'll stretch enough to fit.
Mike Donovan: [Sees Barbara without her uniform] You sure don't look like an iguana.
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End of credits: In Loving Memory of Dominique Dunne Her friends miss her See more »

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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Nightmares on Elm Street #5-6 (2015) See more »

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Composed by John Williams
© 1977 Lucasfilm Ltd.
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Girl Power!!
18 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Long before Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) assumed command of the Starship Enterprise, long before 80s prettyboy Starbuck (Dirk Benedict) had a sex change turning him into Katee Sackhoff ...there was "V".

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, it was unheard of to put a woman in power (the honourable Mrs. Margaret Thatcher notwithstanding), but here we see a series that pushed the envelope. Not only was the antagonist (beautiful Jane Badler) one of the most formidable characters in scifi history, but the leader of the good guys (Faye Grant) was one tough cookie herself. Throw into the mix a few beefcakey gents with great abs and whose shirts always seem to fall off, and you've got yourself a great show for the ladies.

Me, I'm actually a dude. All the same, I love shows that offer a viewpoint contrary to the usual male-dominated adventures that Hollywood churned out for the first 100 years. This was one of the first shows that really gave women proper credit for being leaders and warriors (and genocidal villains). Faye Grant delivers a particularly powerful performance as an ordinary geek who's suddenly thrust into leading the human race to salvation--not your typical born leader yet one who accepts the responsibility nonetheless and does it with passion.

Jane Badler... *phew, a moment of silence for bodacious Jane Badler, please* ... all I can say is she was the fantasy gal that got me through me pre-pubescent years. Homina homina.

Sure, the show has many flaws befitting an 80s TV series. It can seem cartoony at times, predictable and cheezy. But this is what made 80s TV so GREAT! Today's kids may have a tough time understanding it, but they should give it a try just the same. The overall quality and production of this miniseries was stellar, with special effects that were so colossal they were used 10 years later in the motion picture "Independence Day". Created and directed by Kenneth Johnson ("The Incredible Hulk") and musically scored by Joseph Harnell (again, "The Incredible Hulk" ...best made-for-TV music ever), this miniseries was nothing short of huge. Any kid who was alive back in 83 HAD to see this or else risk getting pummelled in school gym class.

Being, I dunno, 6 years old at the time, I hardly noticed some of the complex themes this show introduced. The miniseries has a very WWII-era slant to it with many allusions to fascism, political deception and the underground movement to liberate an oppressed race. At times you feel like you could be watching a historical recount of Nazi occupation. Other times the show makes a pretty strong argument for vegetarianism, especially after you see human beings being prodded and carted off to slaughterhouses. And on an individual level we see an intricate soap opera of human behaviour, how people are driven by different passions (for better or worse) in extreme situations. The overall theme, which keeps recurring throughout the whole series, seems to be that everyone can make a difference regardless of age, sex, size or stature. This show makes you want to go out and kick some butt, fight for what you believe in, vive la resistance, or maybe I should just hold up 2 fingers and say "V". Rock on!


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