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V: The Series
Genre Science Fiction
Created by Kenneth Johnson
Starring Marc Singer
Faye Grant
Jane Badler
Lane Smith
Blair Tefkin
Jennifer Cooke
Frank Ashmore
Michael Ironside
Michael Wright
Robert Englund
Jeff Yagher
June Chadwick
Howard K. Smith
Aki Aleong
Michael Durrell
Jason Bernard
Composer(s) Dennis McCarthy
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Daniel H. Blatt
Robert Singer
Producer(s) Dean O'Brien
Skip Ward
Running time 47 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26) – March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Chronology
Preceded by V (The Final Battle)

V: The Series is a one-hour weekly television series that aired in the United States on NBC in 1984-85. It was a continuation of the science fiction franchise about an alien invasion of Earth by a carnivorous race of reptilians known as "The Visitors" which was originally conceived by American writer, producer and director Kenneth Johnson. Johnson, however, was not involved in the production of the weekly series.

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Plot summary

Following directly on from V: The Final Battle mini-series, the alien Diana escapes from her captured mothership in a shuttle, but is pursued by Donovan. The two engage in combat in the atmosphere, and Donovan successfully shoots her down. After a short fight, he captures her.

One year after the day when the Red Dust was deployed, now the international holiday called "Liberation Day", the former members of the Resistance and their Fifth Column allies have gone their separate ways and are each looking forward to prosperous careers and bright futures. When Diana is finally put on trial for the atrocities she committed during the First Invasion, Science Frontiers, the company responsible for mass production of the Red Dust, at the behest of its CEO Nathan Bates, arranged for Ham Tyler and his security firm to publicly "assassinate" Diana on her way to the trial by shooting her and take her to a secret cabin in the woods outside L.A. After this is done, Nathan offers Diana better accommodations in exchange for helping to solve problems such as disease and environmental failure on Earth by providing Visitor technological information.

Donovan and Martin, having witnessed her supposed assassination, sense something isn't right and pursue Tyler's agents in a stolen helicopter. After reaching the cabin, Donovan is knocked unconscious by Martin, who wants Diana dead. Before Martin can kill her, Diana is able to overpower him, stealing his pistol. She forces him to surrender his last antidote pill so she can temporarily survive on Earth and then shoots him, enabling her escape to the Southwest Tracking Station.

Martin tells Donovan about Diana's plan to make the Visitor Fleet return moments before his death, and Donovan sets off on foot. Donovan meets Tyler and both agree to pursue Diana together. Attempts to stop her fail, and Diana escapes to a Visitor Shuttle that arrived from a new fleet hidden behind the Moon. Diana proceeds to launch the Second Invasion of the Earth.

The Resistance assembles once more, now fighting the Visitors nationwide and also contending with the power-hungry Nathan who has used the power vacuum of the collapse of the government and authorities to become Governor of Los Angeles. The Resistance fights however it can, often joined by other rebel groups. Although 50% of the Earth is still protected from The Visitors by the Red Dust bacterium, the Resistance cannot use any more of it due to the toxic long-term effects it will have on the Earth. Diana had further discovered that the Red Dust bacterium is highly sensitive, requiring a period of dormancy to regenerate its life cycle. In warmer climates such as Los Angeles, the Red Dust cannot survive; but it can regenerate and thrive in cooler ones. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who has transformed yet again and now looks like a young adult, becomes increasingly important in the cause for Earth's freedom which eventually leads her to control the destiny of both races and decide the outcome of the conflict.

Episodes list

Main cast

Humans
Character Actor
Michael Donovan Marc Singer
Juliet Parrish Faye Grant
Elizabeth Maxwell Jennifer Cooke
Ham Tyler Michael Ironside
Chris Farber Mickey Jones
Robin Maxwell Blair Tefkin
Robert Maxwell Michael Durrell
Kyle Bates Jeff Yagher
Nathan Bates Lane Smith
Mr. Chiang Aki Aleong
Elias Taylor Michael Wright
Sean Donovan Nicky Katt
Young Elizabeth Jenny Beck
Visitors
Character Actor
Diana Jane Badler
Lydia June Chadwick
Martin
Philip
Frank Ashmore
Willie Robert Englund
Charles Duncan Regehr
Lt. James Judson Scott

Production notes

  • The TV series' single season was released on Region 1 DVD in 2004, and Region 2 in 2008.
  • The weekly series reused a lot of action footage from the mini-series. This was especially evident in the Visitor fighter craft chase scene in the pilot episode, where nearly all external shots were lifted from the climax scene of the original mini-series.
  • In the original mini-series and The Final Battle, the Visitors' voices were given, among other post-processing, a pitch shift effect. This was dropped from the weekly series.

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