V: the Series
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Aliens conspired to invade Earth in this allegory for the Nazi takeover of Europe in the 1930s. The Visitors were lizardlike beings who masked themselves to appear human, and offered to solve Earth's problems by sharing their technology in exchange for some of the planet's resources. The series was a spin-off from the miniseries `V' and `V: The Final Battle.'
"V: The Series" aired on the NBC broadcast network. It premiered October 26, 1984.
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- Marc Singer as Mike Donovan
- Faye Grant as Dr. Julie Parrish
- Jane Badler as Diana
- June Chadwick as Lydia
- Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler
- Robert Englund as Willie
- Jeff Yagher as Kyle Bates
- Jennifer Cooke as Elizabeth Maxwell
- Judson Scott as Lt. James
- Blair Tefkin as Robin Maxwell
- Michael Wright as Elias
- Lane Smith as Nathan Bates
- Frank Ashmore as Martin / Phillip
- Aki Aleong as Mr. Chiang
Aired: October 26, 1984
It has been nearly one year since the Visitors were forced from the Earth because of the red dust. The visitor leader Diana who was captured to await trial for crimes against humanity escapes. Ham Tyler and Donavan chase after her. Diana reaches a communication/tracking center and radios the Visitor fleet in space to come pick here up. A visitor craft descends and Diana rejoins her fleet who is still within the bounds of the Earth's solar system. Visitor fifth columnist Martin from V: The Final Battle is killed by Diana and the starchild Elizabeth goes into a cocoon state of metamorphosis. Elias opens up a bar known as Club Creole. It later is to serve as a hideout for human resistance forces when the Visitors attack the Earth again.
Aired: November 2, 1984
The starchild Elizabeth awakes from her cocoon and re-emters the world as a fully grown woman. Julie Parrish and Robert Maxwell holdup in a small ranch and attempt to help the starchild Elizabeth cope with her new physical form. Visitor shocktroopers arrive at the ranch and attempt to take the starchild and nearly succeed until the red dust slowly kills them off. Nathan Lane, the head of Scientific Frontiers the company responsible for mass producing the red dust toxin that killed off the visitors in the past strikes a deal with visitor leader Diana. Los Angeles is to be an open city where there will be no hostilities between visitors and humans.
Aired: November 9, 1984
Kyle Bates becomes more and more a part of the resistance rather than a pawn of his father's schemes. Kyle finds the starchild Elizabeth and gives her a ride on a motorcycle. On the way Kyle finds and retrieves a pouch from a jet fighter that is shot down. The pouch has a resistance message inside requesting the starchild Elizabeth be transported to New York for safety. Mike Donavan is captured and the sensual visitor Lydia attempts to extract information through holographic technology; she pretends to be Julie. A mock picture of the starchild as a little girl gives away this scheme to Mike who then forces his way out and escapes.
Aired: November 16, 1984
Mike Donavan finally finds his son Sean in a visitor youth education training center. Mike battles the vistior instructer Klaus who attacks with a lazer whip.
Aired: November 23, 1984
Visitor commander are planning a major meeting to discuss a new advance in human food processing technology. The resistance gets wind of this and plans a raid. Nathan Bates worries about the path his son is undertaking with the resistance and dispatches his assistance Mr. Chiang to question him and "talk some sense into him."
Aired: November 30, 1984
The small town of Rawlinsville is being used as a source of cobalt, an energy source for visitor weapons. A gang of humans forces the townsfolk to mine the cobalt in exchange for financial gain from the visitors. The resistance plans an attack to free the town.
Aired: December 7, 1984
Diana presents a scheme to Nathan Bates to enclose the city in a forcefield to increase their mutual control of Los Angeles. The resistance captures the force field's creator and attempts to take down the force field before it can become a problem.
"Reflections in Terror"
Aired: December 14, 1984
Diana steals a blood sample from the starchild Elizabeth. From this blood sample, Diana creates a clone of the starchild which escapes. The visitor's best tracker is dispatched to track down the clone. A showdown ends with the clone dying to protect the real starchild. Ham Tyler and Mike Donavan smuggle orphan children into Los Angeles where they meet up with Ham's old buddy Chris Farber from V: The Final Battle.
Aired: January 4, 1985
A new commander Charles, is dispatched to the Visitor fleet. There he plans to brainwash Ham Tyler into killing Mike Donvan. While trying to carry out the killing, Ham shoots Nathan Bates of Scientific Frontiers instead.
Aired: January 11, 1985
Diana dispatches one of her lieutenants, James in a mission to sabatoge the credibility of the resistance. James terrorizes LA in human disguise with his unit of shocktroopers who are pretending to be Resistance members.. Diana then threatens to kills resistance sympathesizers if resistance leaders Ham, Julie, and Mike do not surrender. Diana places John a visitor spy into the human resistance amidst the confusion.
Aired: January 18, 1985
Visitor spy John continues with his plan to impreganate Robin in hopes of producing another starchild for Diana. Willie of the Resistance gets shot while gathering information from a Visitor fifth columnist. While all of this is going on Kyle becomes suspicious of his dad actually being alive while seeing him speak on TV in a most healthy manner inspite of the devestating injuries he has suffered.
Aired: February 1, 1985
Los Angeles is no longer an open city after Nathan Bates is found out to be dead. The visitors take advantage of this and launch an all out attack. Julie protects a pregnant lady and Visitor Charles plans to marry Diana so that he may better control her.
Aired: February 8, 1985
While delivering weapons to resistance forces in Arizona Mike Donavan stumbles upon a small community under rule by Visitor collaborators. Mike empowers the community to resist. Visitor commander Lydia is about to be executed for treason for killing Charles via poison. Before this can happen, a new commander Inspector General Phillip arrives. Phillip is Martin's twin brother. Phillip decides that the fate of Lydia will be tried in combat with Diana. When new evidence is introduced which shows that Lydia's prints were not on the glass that poisoned Charles the fight to the death is ended. Phillip invokes the inter-guardian rule which makes Lydia a protector of Diana, and Diana a protector of Lydia. If anything happens to one of them then the other is held accountable.
Aired: February 15, 1985
Diana and Lydia place the blame for the death of Charles their superior on a low ranking pharmacist Marta because her prints were on the glass used to kill him. The resistance enlists the aid of a youthful band of teenagers known as the Wildcats to help them locate a vaccine for diphtheria, an epidemic that is spreading rapidly.
"The Littlest Dragon"
Aired: February 22, 1985
A fifth columnist and his pregnant wife flee a mothership with crystals necessary to power the defensive lasers of a mothership. Inspector General Phillip tracks them to earth and surrounds them with a laser cannon and shocktroopers. The family of visitor refugess finds there way to an abandoned warehouse where Mike Donavan, Kyle, and Willie provide protection. Willie helps deliver the visitor baby. Phillip battles Mike Donavan in hand to hand combat for honor because he believes Mike killed his brother Martin when in reality Diana did. After witnessing Mike's bravery, Phillip comes to the conclusion that Mike is a man of honor.
"War of Illusions"
Aired: March 8, 1985
The supreme visitor leader sends a battlesphere to the Visitor fleet with his ultimate battle plan for victory against the Earth. The plan is to be carried out in an entirely automated computer driven fashion. The resistance breaks into Scientific Frontiers and gains access to a powerful computer. With the aid of a hacker the resistance hacks the Visitor's computer network and alters the battlesphere plan so it will fail.
"The Secret Underground"
Aired: March 15, 1985
Visitor commander Lt. James' squad acquires a disk with the locations of resistance gathering points. Mike and Julie sneak into the Visitor mothership in disguise to try to retrieve it before the information can bring harm to the resistance. Onboard the mothership Lydia's brother is scheduled to be sacrificed as part of the Visitor Holy Feist of Romalon since he is the youngest officer onboard. Lydia blackmales Diana into agreeing to allow her brother's life to be spared and the resistance destroys a virus designed to kill people during this episodes adventure onboard the mothership.
Aired: March 22, 1985
The Visitor's leader arrives on Earth from the Visitor home world. He orders an end to all visitor hostilities on Earth and the leaders of the resistance and their visitor enemies gather onboard the Diana's mothership. The leader leaves in a shuttle with the starchild Elisabeth but Diana has planted a bomb on the shuttle which rises slowly.
Aired: May 24, 1985
Mike Donavan and Ham Tyler attempt to rescue Mike's son Sean but get captured and put in a visitor prison camp. At the camp creatures that live within the sand prevent prisoners from escaping. Nathan Bates' son Kyle is also at the prison camp. Diana wants the starchild and bargains with Nathan for Elizabeth in exchange for his son Nathan. Nathan begins to search for the starchild in Los Angeles but Kyle escapes before such a search to find her has really been completed. Mike, Ham, and Kyle escape the prison compound.