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V

1983

TV: V

Creator: Kenneth Johnson

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In Depth

V

Oppression and resistance examined by a thoughtful saga.

V is indeed for victory in Kenneth Johnson's acclaimed four-hour mini-series, which successfully combines top-notch science fiction entertainment with powerful allegory.

The saga opens with the arrival of a seemingly benevolent alien race, who promise to bring prosperity to Earth. But a small group of humans soon learn that the humanoid 'Visitors' are literally not what they appear to be, and form a resistance movement.

The resistance's subsequent fight for freedom not only provides the basis of an excellently realised alien invasion drama, but also offers a thinly-veiled commentary on the evils of fascism and the rise of Nazism during the 30s. Ignore the plot-holes and enjoy.

The saga was satisfyingly resolved by the more action-orientated V: The Final Battle, and then needlessly continued in the mindless and repetitive season-long shoot-'em-up, V: The Series.

Work nominated by imbtivoli and thustle.

Text Radio Times/BBC Worldwide.

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