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V (The Original Miniseries)
V is a science fiction two-part television miniseries, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, that launched his science fiction franchise concerning aliens known as \\\"The Visitors\\\" trying to take over Earth. It stars Jane Badler, Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Durrell, Jenny Sullivan, Richard Herd, Peter Nelson, David Packer, Blair Tefkin, Diane Civita, Richard Lawson, and Robert Englund.
Aliens arrive on Earth in a fleet of 50 huge, saucer-shaped motherships, which hover over key major cities. They reveal themselves on the roof of the United Nations building in New York City, and are human in appearance, but require special glasses to protect their eyes and have a distinctive low resonance to their voices. Simply referred to as the Visitors, they reach out in friendship, ostensibly seeking the help of humans to obtain chemicals needed to aid their ailing world. In return, the Visitors promise to share their advanced technology with humanity. The governments of Earth accept the arrangement, and the Visitors, led by their leader John and his deputy Diana, gain considerable influence with human authorities.
However, strange things are soon noted. Scientists find themselves facing increasing media hostility, and government restrictions on their activities and movements. Others, particularly those keen on examining the Visitors more closely, begin to disappear or are discredited. Noted scientists confess to subversive activities; some exhibit other unusual behavior, such as suddenly demonstrating an opposite hand preference to the one they are known to have.
Journalist and TV cameraman Michael Donovan (Singer) sneaks aboard one of the Visitors\\\' motherships and discovers that beneath their human like facade, the aliens are reptilian in nature, and carnivorous - preferring to eat live food, like rodents and birds. Donovan gets some of this on tape, but just as this exposé is about to air, the broadcast is interrupted by a Visitor announcement suddenly making Donovan a fugitive, pursued by both the police and the Visitors.
Scientists around the world continue to be persecuted - both to discredit them (as the part of the human population most likely to discover the Visitors\\\' secrets) and to distract the rest of the population with a scapegoat upon whom they could focus their fears. Key human individuals are subjected to Diana\\\'s special mind control process called \\\"conversion\\\", which turns them into the Visitors\\\' pawns, leaving only subtle behavioral clues to this manipulation; others are subjects of biological experiments. Some other humans, on the other hand (including Mike Donovan\\\'s mother, Eleanor Dupres), willingly collaborate with the Visitors, seduced by their power. Daniel Bernstein, a grandson of a Holocaust survivor, joins the Visitor Youth and begins to reveal the locations of traitors to the alien cause. One teenager, Robin Maxwell, the daughter of a prominent scientist who went into hiding, is seduced by a male Visitor named Brian, who impregnates her as one of Diana\\\'s \\\"medical experiments.\\\"
A resistance movement is formed, determined to expose and oppose the Visitors as much as possible. The Los Angeles cell leader is Dr. Juliet \\\"Julie\\\" Parrish. Donovan is later assimilated into the group and, sneaking again into a mothership, he learns from a Visitor named Martin that the story about the needed chemicals is merely a diversion. The true purpose of the Visitors\\\' trip to Earth is to conquer and subdue the planet, steal all of the Earth\\\'s water and harvest the human race as food, leaving only a few as slaves and soldiers/cannon fodder for the Visitors\\\' wars with other alien races. Donovan also discovers there are dissidents among the Visitors (later known as the Fifth Column) who oppose their leader\\\'s plans. Martin promises to aid the Resistance, and gives Donovan access to an alien ship, which he quickly learns how to pilot.
Soon, the members of the Resistance strike their first blows against the Visitors, while procuring laboratory equipment and weapons to carry on the fight. The symbol of the resistance is blood-red letter V\\\'s spray-painted over posters promoting Visitor friendship among humans.