V: The Final Battle
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V: The Final Battle (Dbl DVD)
Marc Singer, Robert Englund and Michael Ironside in the thrilling sequel miniseries about human resistance to alien invaders - from the birth of the first interspecies child to a harrowing countdown to nuclear doomsday.]]>
Though followers of current science fiction television series may dismiss V: The Final Battle as a quaint relic from the pre-computer animation days, the six-hour miniseries about an alien invasion of Earth was a ratings juggernaut for NBC in 1984 and should still provide some entertainment for hard-bitten devotees and fans of '50s-style sci-fi. The Final Battle picks up four months after the shock conclusion of the 1983 prequel miniseries, with a small group of humans known as the Resistance struggling to convince their fellow humans that a fleet of seemingly friendly visitors from space are in fact bent on world domination.
Executive producer Kenneth Johnson (who oversaw most aspects of the first series) only supervised the sequel's script (which underwent several changes before its airing), and the writing occasionally suffers due to the lack of his attention. But the series still delivers its share of action and intrigue, as well as one showstopping gruesome moment involving the birth of interspecies twins. Acting is again a stumbling block, with leads Marc Singer and Faye Grant as bland as any performers from the American International Pictures stable; character actor Michael Ironside makes the strongest impression as a tough Resistance member, and a pre-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund is amusing as a kind-hearted alien. The miniseries was followed by an inevitable weekly series featuring most of the same cast, which was demolished in the ratings by Dallas, but a faithful Resistance-like following remains to this day. --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
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It is a story about the human spirit and surviving under a terrible threat, this set is the finale of the movie min-series then continues in the T.V. series which is about 20 episodes long, its special effects are good for that time period and the story and acting for most part is better than the 2000's remake which could have been called anything else and would have been all right. the remake just had better effects but they lost the great story line and destroyed what the series was about. I believe they even made a Comic book series off this series, I could be wrong though.
So I highly recommend the entire series from beginning to end is worth the watching. I also recommend Alien Nation movie, Alien Nation T.V. series and Alien Nation T.V. movies
V - The Final Battle picks right up where the first miniseries left off. The Resistance is now in full swing, led by Mike (Marc Singer) and Julie (Faye Grant). In the second episode, they are joined by Tyler (Michael Ironside), Mike's former nemesis whom he must now trust. Together they believe that they might be able to find a weakness in the Visitors and possibly plan an attack that will save the Earth. While this is going on, there is also plenty of action amongst the Visitors themselves, with political intrigue and dissent amongst the ranks (something, incidentally, that is completely missing from the remake).
Given that this movie was made in the mid-80s and is now 25 years old, a bit of cheesiness is to be expected. However, I thought that the acting was weaker and the plot thinner than in the debut miniseries. Still, The Final Battle is an entertaining work that holds up surprisingly well over the year, and fans of the original series are unlikely to be disappointed.
the only reason this isnt 5 stars is because the way the DVD's were done (two sided) could have been better.