In 1983, TV audiences were introduced to a race of alien lizards posing as humans known as the Visitors. These visitors arrived on Earth in a fleet of fifty three ships, each three miles long, with tech far superior to our own. The Visitors, posing as human like beings, claimed to come in peace with gifts of knowledge that could change our world for the better. In reality, they sought to drain the Earth of its resources and enslave the human race as cattle for food.

The original, two hundred minutes long mini-series spawned a sequel titled V: the Final Battle in which the human race found a means to truly fight back against its alien oppressors. This second mini-series event led into a nineteen episode long TV series.

Both the original mini-series and the Final Battle hold up well to the passage of time, still containing a powerful message of anti-fascism. However the actual TV series that followed them does not. Try as it might, the TV series never manages to capture the awe and fear inspiring power of those original features and V ends with a whimper.

In 2009, V was rebooted by by ABC, running for two seasons on the network. To some, this reboot carried an anti-Obama message. Obama's promises and methods , in terms of using the media as a political tool, too closely resembled those of the alien lizards' false promises of “hope” and “change”. V had always been very political in nature.

The lizard commander from the original mini-series can also easily be seen as a more capable and frightening allegory for President Trump today. Perhaps this was part of the downfall of its reboot. No one on either side of the political spectrum wanted more politics in their life and anyone watching the series was sure to see the lizards as those on the “other side” of their own politics.

One important difference between the reboot and the original series is that in the reboot the lizards win and claim the Earth as their own or at least such is strongly implied by its final episode.

Regardless, V retains a small but devote fan following today and is well worth watching for any fan of classic SF. Its story holds up extremely well and carries a powerful message that perhaps does need to be heard, especially now. There is talk of a new V movie being produced in the near future. If such a film is produced, it will certainly be interesting to see how viewers respond to it.

Eric S. Brown, of Canton, is the author of numerous books, including the "Bigfoot War" series that is being made into a movie, and "Wars of the Worlds Plus, Blood, Guts and Zombies." He is a lifelong comic collector and fan.

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