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V

On the TV sitcom, 'Bewitched' (1964-1972), Samantha (a witch) married Darrin (a mortal) and gave birth to Tabitha (a witch, in 1966) and Adam (a warlock, in 1969). In May 1983, the first interplanetary mating took place. By May 1984, the birth of earthling Robin Maxwell's twins became the most anxiously awaited moment in history. The question was asked, "Will her children be mankind's destruction or salvation?" Producer Dan Blatt told 'Scripps-Howard News Service', "We're setting up a situation (for the weekly TV series) where there is more interplay between Earth and the aliens. I think we all believe somewhere out there in all those galaxies are other races. The conflict between the 2 worlds in 'V' is reality-based." 

'V' referred to visitors in the science-fiction TV mini-series shown in 1983 and 1984. In May 1983, an estimated 65 million viewers were counted watching the entire 4 hours (over 2 nights). The 6 hours sequel, 'The Final Battle' shown in May 1984 attracted an estimated 100 million viewers. It was, as the narrator observed, "the greatest event mankind has ever witnessed." 

'V' told a tale about the thousands of "visitors" from another world landed on Earth in 50 motherships measured 3 miles across and all positioned around the world's key urban centers. NBC felt compelled to preempt 'Knight Rider' with the "epic the world has been waiting for - man's first alien encounter." 'V' (reportedly costing NBC $23 million to make) and the sequel 'V: The Final Battle' were monster hits, winning around 40 shares of the audience when it went on air. It was understood at the time it was less expensive cost-per-hour for the networks to make TV mini-series or TV movies. 

The visitors were reptilians in human skin and were allergic to red-dust chemical except in warmer climate. The visitors came to Earth with the intention of colonizing the planet in order to take control of Earth's water supply and to use humans as slaves and for food. David Handler of 'Newspaper Enterprise Association' noted, "The mini-series was something fresh. After all, the future of mankind was at stake."

Faye Grant played one of the freedom fighters who formed the Resistance Movement remarked, "At first, I couldn't believe it. I thought the first mini-series was wonderful and I would have settled for a walk-on role just to be a part of it. But I didn’t feel the same about the sequel, although I have to admit it worked out much better than I expected." 

Kenneth Johnson wrote, produced, directed and developed 'V' for television. Of the analogy to the Fall of France which took place on June 22 1940, Marc Singer stressed, "The point was perhaps made a little too stridently. The major point to revitalize is that men and women can lose control of their destiny. They can lose control of their souls as individuals, and as a nation, if they allow their government to be subverted and to lose moral direction. That is a transcendental message that cover much space and much time and many events in history. Our most recent and most dramatic example of this was Nazi Germany. But the lesson is not to draw us backward in time, but to make us aware of our present condition and the possibilities and our responsibilities." 

Faye made the comment, "I've always felt there was something out there … I think it's just a matter of time before we make contact." Of the TV series, she enthused, "After 10 hours (of the 2 mini-series) I didn’t know what we could do to top a woman eating a rat or a woman giving birth to a monster. But they have found a way to top it." In 2009, another 'V' series went on air. The show attracted an estimated 9 million viewers in its first season. 

Kenneth Johnson maintained, "'V' was never about spaceships and aliens but about power; about its abuse and some people who suck up to it, others who lay low hoping it won't bother them and still others who say no this is wrong and we have to fight back. It's a timeless story with deep roots that go back through the American Revolution all the way to Sparticus' revolt of the slaves." 

Dan Blatt believed the 'V' weekly series could "probably be the most expensive show in television" with a budget of over $1 million for each episode. The Associated Press pointed out at the time, "'V' takes on excruciatingly pretentious overtones. When the true, un-American intentions of the visitors become clear, parallels are drawn between the aliens and Nazi terror. A uniformed Visitors Friend Group, with similarities to the Hitler Youth Movement, attracts malcontents susceptible to the power of power who frighten their parents with the fear of ratting to the authorities." Jacques-Yves Cousteau reminded, "The Earth will be consumed by the Sun in 4 or 5 billion years and the universe will carry on without man – exactly as before; no change." 

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