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Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1983)
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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Jane Badler ...  Diana 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Durrell ...  Robert Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Faye Grant ...  Juliet Parrish 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ...  Brian 2 episodes, 1983
David Packer David Packer ...  Daniel Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Neva Patterson ...  Eleanor Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Petersen Tommy Petersen ...  Josh Brooks 2 episodes, 1983
Marc Singer ...  Mike Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ...  Robin Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Wright ...  Elias Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Lynn Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Leonardo Cimino ...  Abraham Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Herd ...  John 2 episodes, 1983
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ...  Tony Wah Chong Leonetti 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Lawson ...  Dr. Ben Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
George Morfogen George Morfogen ...  Stanley Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Andrew Prine ...  Steven 2 episodes, 1983
Hansford Rowe ...  Arthur Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Sullivan ...  Kristine Walsh 2 episodes, 1983
Penelope Windust ...  Kathleen Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Alldredge ...  Bill Graham 2 episodes, 1983
Camila Ashland ...  Ruby Engels 2 episodes, 1983
Frank Ashmore ...  Martin 2 episodes, 1983
Jason Bernard ...  Caleb Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Bond Michael Bond ...  Officer Talbot 2 episodes, 1983
Rafael Campos ...  Sancho Gomez 2 episodes, 1983
Diane Cary ...  Harmony Moore 2 episodes, 1983
Viveka Davis ...  Polly Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Englund ...  Willie 2 episodes, 1983
Ron Hajak Ron Hajak ...  Denny 2 episodes, 1983
Mary Alan Hokanson Mary Alan Hokanson ...  Ruth Barnes 2 episodes, 1983
David Hooks David Hooks ...  Dr. Rudolf Metz 2 episodes, 1983
Joanna Kerns ...  Marjorie Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
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William Russ ...  Brad 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Swan ...  Officer Bob Briggs 2 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1983 (USA) See more »

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Storm Warnings See more »

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Mono

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Color

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16:9
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Trivia

The series was intended as a literal retelling of the Nazi takeover of various countries, and the resistance movement against them. However, because of the popularity of the Star Wars saga and other science fiction hits, as well as the belief among network executives that U.S. citizens would not believe a fascist takeover, the network executives had the producers change it to a science fiction miniseries. Other ideas were also discussed, but discarded. See more »

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When the voice is counting down in multiple languages the Greek part is not correct: enea (9), theka (10), octo (8). See more »

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Mike Donovan: How'd someone like that get to be your leader anyway?
Martin: Charisma. Circumstances, promises... Not enough of us spoke out to question him until it was too late. It happens on your planet, doesn't it?
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End of credits: In Loving Memory of Dominique Dunne Her friends miss her See more »

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References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

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Composed by John Williams
© 1977 Lucasfilm Ltd.
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Girl Power!!
18 May 2008 | by rooprectSee 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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