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V - The Original TV Series vs V New TV Series

Updated on January 10, 2013

V - The Real Final Battle

Welcome to my new lens about one of my favourite Sci-Fi programmes ever made... V.

The real battle is now to determine which is the better programme - V the Original Mini-series/Final Battle or the updated production of V.

I have already made my choice - now it's your turn to decide.

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V - The Original Mini Series & Final Battle

80's Sci Fi Sensation

The original V TV mini series was first aired in 1983 and was an instant hit - drawing approximately 40 million viewers!

The series depicts the arrival of a seemingly friendly race of aliens, who wish to share their technology and medical advancements in return for some of Earth's natural resources, being refined in various power plants throughout the world.

Naturally, the story is entirely based around the visit in America (with the occasional referral to other capitals throughout the globe).

At first it seems that the visitors simply wish to be our friends - but thanks to the intervention of our hero (Michael Donovan) - a more sinister reason for their visit starts to emerge.

V: The Final Battle series aired in 1984, focused purely on the resitance group, led by Juliet Parrish and how they were determined to reveal the visitors for who they truly were, and stop them from destroying the human race.

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V - The Original Mini Series - Heroes

Michael Donovan (Mike Donovan)

Michael Donovan (portrayed by the actor Marc Singer), is a news cameraman who loves to live on the edge. Working with his partner Tony Wah Chong Leonetti, we are first introduced to Michael when he is covering a news report in a war zone.

It is whilst filming the news report (as they are trying to escape) that we get the first glimpse of one of the Visitors Motherships flying overhead.

Michael is one of the first to become suspicious of the Visitors - and starts probing to reveal the truth about them. Sneaking on board one of the Visitor motherships, Michael manages to film the Visitors in their true form.

As a result, Michael is now on the Visitors most wanted list and his life will never be the same again...

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V - The Original Mini Series - Heroes

Juliet Parrish (Julie Parrish)

Juliet Parrish (portrayed by Faye Grant) is a medical student still going through her training when the Visitors arrive.

Shortly after their visit, scientists and doctors (including colleauges and co workers of Julie) start disappearing or are being named as conspirators against the Visitors.

For fear of upsetting the Visitors, members of the public start to distance themselves from anyone who works in the field of medical/clinical research - including Julie's own boyfriend Denny.

Unsure of the reasoning behind the Visitors treatment of doctors and scientists - Julie is forced into hiding and starts to form a resistance group, determined to uncover the truth.

Only after meeting Mike Donovan, Julie and the resistance group establish the Visitors motives and reason for fearing the scientific realm.

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V - The Original Mini Series - Villains

Diana

Probably the nastiest of all the Visitors.

Diana (portrayed by Jane Badler) is on the surface an attractive, intelligent and very ambitious person.

She is determined to make a name for herself, and climb the ranks, no matter what the cost.

In the original series and subsequent Final Battle series, she feels threatened and held back by one of her colleagues Steven (responsible for security). Diana uses every opportunity to undermine Steven with a view of promoting her own importance and inflate her rank.

Diana is determined to stop the resistance group and bears an incredible grudge against Mike Donovan and Juliet Parrish.

Diana is so corrupt and despicably evil, that she goes to extraordinary lengths to gain more power - including killing her own kind.

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V - The Original Mini Series

V - The Original Mini Series/Final Battle Cast

Michael Durrell ... Robert Maxwell

Michael Ironside ... Ham Tyler

Peter Nelson ... Brian

David Packer ... Daniel Bernstein

Neva Patterson ... Eleanor Dupres

Blair Tefkin ... Robin Maxwell

Mickey Jones ... Chris Farber

Michael Wright ... Elias Taylor

Bonnie Bartlett ... Lynn Bernstein

Leonardo Cimino ... Abraham Bernstein

Richard Herd ... John

Evan C. Kim ... Tony Wah Chong Leonetti

Richard Lawson ... Dr. Ben Taylor

George Morfogen ... Stanley Bernstein

Andrew Prine ... Steven

Hansford Rowe ... Arthur Dupres

Jenny Sullivan ... Kristine Walsh

Penelope Windust ... Kathleen Maxwell

Camila Ashland ... Ruby Engels

Frank Ashmore ... Martin

Jason Bernard ... Caleb Taylor

Rafael Campos ... Sancho Gomez

Diane Cary ... Harmony Moore

Viveka Davis ... Polly Maxwell

Robert Englund ... Willie

Ron Hajak ... Denny

Joanna Kerns ... Marjorie Donovan

Jenny Neumann ... Barbara

William Russ ... Brad

Eric Johnston ... Sean Donovan

V - The Mini Series - V - Where It All Began...

Get a taste of the original V mini series...

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V - The New Series - Heroes

Erica Evans

In the new series of V, our heroine is Erica Evans (portrayed by Elizabeth Mitchell).

Erica is an FBI Agent working within the Counter Terrorist Division.

Shortly after the Visitors arrive, she notices that of all the terrorist cells that she has been monitoring, all terrorist activity has declined - except for one terrorist cell - activity has in fact increased.

Arousing her suspicions, she starts to investigate further and tries to arrange for a co-ordinated raid to take place when members of the cell meet. However, on each attempt, the terrorist members are always one step ahead, and have vacated or abandonned their meeting before the FBI arrive.

Using information she has discovered during one of the failed raids, Erica manages to establish where the next meeting is due to take place, and goes undercover to infiltrate the cell.

This is where the nightmare begins - Erica has to make some difficult decisions about who she can trust, including her partner of many years, Dale Maddox.

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V - The New Series - Heroes

Father Jack Landry

Father Jack Landry (portrayed by Joel Gretsch)is a catholic priest who develops an instant distrust of the Visitors.

He is concerned that people are starting to place more faith in the Visitors than they do of God, and this does not sit very well with him.

Unfortunately for Jack, he encounters a mortally wounded man within his church, who begs him to take an envelope containing vital information about the Visitors to a meeting site on his behalf.

Compelled to honour the mans dying wish, Father Jack attends the meeting (the same meeting that Erica has infiltrated) only for the Visitors to attack and kill some of the members.

Running for his life, he leaves the meeting site with Erica - Father Jack now has to decide whether to keep quiet and act like nothing ever happened - or to stand and fight for humanity...

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V - The New Series - Villains

Anna

Anna is the leader of the Visitors (portrayed by Morena Baccarin).

Upon the arrival of the Visitor Motherships, Anna makes an announcement to the world (speaking in a multitude of different languages), via a huge projection screen which is located on the underside of the craft.

Anna speaks of peace, and her willingness to share technology and medical advancements in return for a small amount of Earth's resources.

Opening a healing centre and curing humans with previously inoperable or curable ailments, Anna is seen as a good and kind person.

However, it soon becomes apparent that Anna and her fellow Visitors, are not all they appear to be...

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V - The New Series

V - The New Series Cast List

Morris Chestnut ... Ryan Nichols

Logan Huffman ... Tyler Evans

Laura Vandervoort ... Lisa

Scott Wolf ... Chad Decker

Christopher Shyer ... Marcus

Lourdes Benedicto ... Valerie Stevens

Mark Hildreth ... Joshua

Charles Measure ... Kyle Hobbes

Roark Critchlow ... Paul Kendrick

Scott Hylands ... Father Travis

David Richmond-Peck ... Georgie Sutton

Lexa Doig ... Dr. Leah Pearlman

Rekha Sharma ... Sarita Malik

Alan Tudyk ... Dale Maddox

Nicholas Lea ... Joe Evans

Brittney Irvin ... Haley Stark

Jesse Wheeler ... Brandon

Lucas Wolf ... Samuel

V - The New Series - Promo Video of V The New Series

Here is a clip of the promotional video prior to the launch of the new V TV Series.

Which Is Better? - Original V Mini Series or V New Series

Which is the better series - the original V TV Mini Series/Final Battle or the New V TV Series

I love the original V series with Mike Donovan, Juliet Parrish & Diana - the characters were far more likeable

I love the original V series with Mike Donovan, Juliet Parrish & Diana - the characters were far more likeable

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    • stephen 13 months ago

      V the original was by far the best. Take away 1980's effects vs modern day effects for a minute. The original V had very clear strong loveable characters from dashing hero's like Donovan to hard-core no nonsense kick ass Tyler, harmless Willie, regular girl turned resistance leader Julie to the love to hate villains like the ruthless Diana and the other scheming Visitor characters.

      The story kept us captivated throughout, V the original mini series and V the final battle were classic sci fi drama with awesome storytelling, the weekly tv series that followed started well but lost its way mid season when cuts became so bad it just bastardised the greatness of what once was.

      The modern tv series was far too slow in getting underway, the absence of alien distinction minus the uniforms and the takeover of society was lacking and it just made it dull viewing.

      I am not a fan of CGI corridors and lizard tails either, at least the 1980's series had original realistic sets and the lizard makeup before the budget cuts was good and scary for that time.

      Kenneth Johnson should never have been cast out of his own project, it would have been interesting to see what he would have came up with years later.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      No doubt: the original.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      V, 1984 In my honest opinion was MUTCH better! Although the effects as we look back on them now seem rather cheesy, they were awesome for their time. The storyline moved along at a better clip and you really fell in love (or in hate) with the charaters. The new (now cancelled series) took to long to get off the ground, and I had a hard time relating to the new characters.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I prefer the original. The new series is pretty lame in comparison. The original series was far more atmospheric.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Sever - FYI V For Vendetta was written AFTER V first came out.

    • markbateman 6 years ago

      50/50 the OS was cheesey but the new series was getting very dark and needed a 3rd series

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      V is for Vendetta not visitors.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I refuse to watch the new show. V stands for VICTORY! Not Visitors.

    • TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I tried to watch the news series but I did not like it. I am not sure why. I much prefer the original mini series. .

    • oliviavanlogum lm 6 years ago

      As I watched V the first time around - my heart belongs to the original series...

    I love the new V TV series with Erica Evans, Father Jack Landry & Anna - the special effects make it far superior

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      • cynch18ify 6 years ago

        I don't know about the original V but I Love the one currently. It just gets better and better!

      Favourite All Time V Character

      I would love to know who your favourite V character is (whether this be from the 80's series or the new series)..

      I have selected the more popular/memorable characters, so please vote away!

      Who is your favourite V character?

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      V - My Personal Favourite

      When I saw the advertisments for the new series of V, I was really excited. I remembered watching the original mini series in the 80's when I was 10 years old, so I was hoping that the new series would bring back the same feeling of excitement.

      However, despite the bigger budget, the special effects and the attractive cast - I was overall disappointed with the new version of V.

      I thought perhaps my memories of the original series were jaded - so I decided to watch the original and Final Battle series of V back to back (almost 8 hrs) just to be sure.

      Even taking into the account the big hair, the inferior special effect and sometimes cheesy dialogue - I still found the original series overall superior and more enjoyable.

      The pace for the original series was steadier, and didn't give away all of the secrets straight away. This resulted in tension being built, getting to know and empathise with the characters and leading up to the shocking secret and then the resistance group being formed.

      The new series, just seemed to want to cram everything into the first episode - the arrival, the Visitors secret, the resistance group.. It was too much, too soon (especially for the younger generation who may not have seen the original V series).

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          We all know the original was soooo much better than the new V. The new V was unnecessarily gory and Anna did way too much killing. They relied way tooo much on special effects. The story line was weak and so was the characters. The writing for the new V was horrible. The original V was so rich with characters and the story line was so deep. I loved the original V.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          The original was far superior especially the first mini-series when creator Kenneth Johnson worked on it, it had depth class and substance. It is an all time classic. Jonhnson is planning on a remake for the big screen with sequels that will tell the story in how it was supposed to be told. Johnson had nothing to do with The Final Battle and you can notice it doesn't have the same quality as the original mini-series. I'm glad this ABC reimagination ended, now its time for the film!

          Martin (Frank Ashmore) is my favourite character! Love him!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I too find the original mini-series to be better. I can tolerate the new series though nevertheless there are several aspects of the original that were better. They distort the definition 5th column in the new series, but that's a minor annoyance.

          The single worst aspect of the new series, which at times can make the show unwatchable, is the PC "B" from hell FBI agent. The "tough" single mother that apparently is smarter than and can whip anybody in the world's ass up to and including Mike Tyson, yeah all 135 pounds of her. This hard faced broad is, of course, prima facie an insult to everyone's intelligence, an obvious sop to the PC culture, but also at times just offensively over the top with her constant punking of every male character. This character essentially just assumed unto herself the leadership of the resistance. The original series somehow managed to have a female leader of the resistance that did not have to be super-stud "B" on wheels.

          I do like the new Anna character. She may be the only character that rivals the former series. Even in her natural look she exudes some kind of lizard like quality.

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          markbateman 6 years ago

          I enjoyed both versions and the reboot was just really building up to something great then "pop" cancellation

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          SeanVernall LM 6 years ago

          The original mini series, the final battle (which was also a mini series) and of course the 19-episode original series (which follows on from the final battle), are far superior in my opinion to the current series, now in its second season. There are so many problems with the current show like: V stands for victory not visitor, the fifth column is the name given to the rebelion among the visitors and not the humans who are referred to as the resistance, the resistance actually won battles whilst the current band come up with some good ideas only to pull out at the last moment because the whinning Father Travis seems to convince them that it's better to put the lives of billions at risk so as to save a few hundred. Finally, there is a general lack of shoulder pads, which is reason enough not to like the current show.

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          Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

          Anna is sexy. Cougar! Good info. Thanks for making me smile.