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V - The Original TV Series vs V New TV Series
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.
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.
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...
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.
V - The Original Mini Series - Villains
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.
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...
V - The New Series - Heroes
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.
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...
V - The New Series - Villains
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...
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
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?
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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