V (Miniseries + 1985 series)

 

V (or V: The Original Miniseries) is a two-part science fiction television miniseries, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson. First shown in 1983, it initiated the science fiction franchise concerning aliens known as "The Visitors" trying to gain control of Earth.

 

V: The Final Battle (abbreviated as V:TFB) is a 1984 TV miniseries. It is a sequel to the 1983 miniseries written by Kenneth Johnson about aliens known as "The Visitors" trying to take over Earth. Johnson, however, left production of V: The Final Battle in its early stages, after completing a draft with three other writers. This draft was reckoned by the four writers to have delivered an exciting and emotionally satisfying conclusion, but NBC was not prepared to make the necessary budget available to realize the special effects. The network fired Johnson before he had the opportunity to make edits bringing The Final Battle in on a reduced budget. He is credited as one of the writers under the pseudonym Lillian Weezer.

V: The Final Battle is included in the V novel written by A.C. Crispin.

 

 

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.

 

Origins:

 

Inspired by Sinclair Lewis' anti-fascist novel It Can't Happen Here (1935), director–producer Kenneth Johnson wrote an adaptation titled Storm Warnings, in 1982. The script was presented to NBC for production as a television mini-series, but the NBC executives rejected the initial version, claiming it was too "cerebral" for the average American viewer. To make the script more marketable, the American fascists were re-cast as man-eating extraterrestrials, taking the story into the realm of science fiction to capitalize on the popularity of science-fiction franchises such as Star Wars. V, which cost $13 million ($30,000,000 today) to make, premiered on May 1, 1983.

 

Legacy:

 

The two-part miniseries ran for 200 minutes; the first part was the second most-popular program of the week with a 25.4 rating or 40 share, and more than 40 million viewers. The second part also did very well, with a 39 share. Its success spawned a sequel, V: The Final Battle, which was meant to conclude the story. In spite of the apparent conclusion, this itself was then followed by a weekly television series, V: The Series, from 1984 to 1985 that continued the story a year after The Final Battle. Johnson left V during The Final Battle due to disagreements with NBC over how the story should progress.

 

In November 2005, Entertainment Weekly named V one of the ten best miniseries on DVD. The article noted, "As a parable about it-can-happen-here fascism, V was far from subtle, but it carved a place for lavish and intelligent sci-fi on TV. Its impact can still be felt in projects like Taken and The 4400." In December 2008, Entertainment Weekly put V on its list "The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre's Best Since 1982", and called Visitor leader Diana's devouring a guinea pig "one of the best TV reveals ever."

 

For many years, Johnson has campaigned to revive V, and even wrote a sequel novel, V: The Second Generation which picked up the story 20 years after the original miniseries (but omitted the events of The Final Battle and V: The Series). Warner Bros. Television (who own the television rights to the V franchise) declined to make a continuation as Johnson had planned, and opted for a remake instead. A reimagining of V premiered on ABC on November 3, 2009 and ran for two seasons.

 

Though Johnson was not involved in the remake, which featured all new characters, executive producer Scott Peters said that it would nod to the most iconic moments from the original franchise and may potentially include actors from the original in new roles. Both Jane Badler and Marc Singer appeared in the second season. As of 2009, Johnson has also said he is still moving ahead with his plans for a big screen remake of his original V mini-series though no progress has been made.

 

Media Releases:

 

The miniseries was first released as V: The Original Miniseries on VHS during the mid-1990s, and later on DVD in 2001. The DVD release is in 16:9 widescreen format, which is how the miniseries was originally filmed, though earlier television screenings and video releases were in 4:3 format.

 

In 2012, SyFy broadcast the entire miniseries in high definition, leading to speculation that a Blu-Ray release was imminent. However, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment currently has no plans to release the show on Blu-Ray.

 

V - Remake:

 

A reimagining of V premiered on ABC on November 3, 2009. Though Johnson is not involved and the new series features all new characters, executive producer Scott Peters says that it will nod to the most iconic moments from the original franchise and may potentially include actors from the original in different roles (to date, Jane Badler and Marc Singer have appeared). Johnson has also said he is still moving ahead with his plans for a big screen version of the original franchise.

 

V (Miniseries + 1985 series)

V Episode Guide

V (Miniseries + 1985 series)
V Season 1

Miniseries [1983-1984]

 

The Original Mini-Series (1)

The Original Mini-Series (2)

The Final Battle (1)

The Final Battle (2)

The Final Battle (3)

 

Season 1 [1985]

 

1.01 Liberation Day

1.02 Dreadnaught

1.03 Breakout

1.04 The Deception

1.05 The Sanction

1.06 Visitor's Choice

1.07 The Overlord

1.08 The Dissident

1.09 Reflections in Terror

1.10 The Conversion

1.11 The Hero

1.12 The Betrayal

1.13 The Rescue

1.14 The Champion

1.15 The Wildcats

1.16 The Littlest Dragon

1.17 War of Illusions

1.18 The Secret Underground

1.19 The Return

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    sfseriesenfilms (Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:14)

    One of the best Theme Songs in TV history

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