"Betrayal and Reward"
V (the mini-series, part
2, hour 1)
0:00-48:16 on Side 2 of the DVD
Written and Directed by Kenneth Johnson
Loyalties are tested as a
resistance to the Visitors takes form.
(This episode begins with Donovan driving into the
battle-scarred town where is son and ex-wife live and ends with
Diana observing Brian and Robin's liaison.)
I slightly modified chapter title 6 on the DVD, "Betrayals and
Rewards" as the
title for this hour.
Daniel's betrayal of his family to the Visitors plays a
prominent part in the episode as well the revelation of a fifth
column resistance among the Visitors. And some smaller betrayals
as well. And, of course, the rewards for these betrayals must be
weighed on the conscience of the betrayers; did they do it for
altruistic reasons or self-serving ones?
When Donovan finds young Josh on the blasted out streets of his
home town (the novelization reveals the town to be San Pedro), the boy tells the story of Visitor shock troops
decimating the town after the death of the Visitor's area
supervisor. He comments that one of the shock troops lifts his
black visor to reveal his alien eyes. This may suggest, as I
speculated earlier in the notes on "Visitors, Victims, and
Victory", that the aliens see better without the humanoid
contact lenses in place and that, at times, the soldiers are
allowed to go without during battle. (Donovan is still driving
the same car that the novelization says is a rental. But, also
according to the novel, a couple of weeks have now passed with
Donovan a fugitive, wanted by the Visitors. So how has he
managed to keep his rental car? Even if he kept it, it would be
risky to keep driving it around.)
At 6:39 on the DVD, as Daniel is pouring champagne, you can see
the reflection of the boom mike pole in the glass of the picture
frame behind him.
As Sancho smuggles the Maxwell family out of the city in his
pickup, little Katie Maxwell starts crying and Sancho gives
Robert a bag of candy to help keep her quiet. Impressed, Robert
says, "You come prepared," to which Sancho replies, "I have some
experience at this!" Obviously this is a reference to the
problem of Mexicans who are legally in the United States also
smuggling in family members and friends who do not have
documentation to enter the country legally.
The cop who allows Sancho to pass through the checkpoint despite
having heard the whimperings of little Katie from the back of
the pickup is the same cop who was dismayed at his partner's
eagerness to embrace the Visitors' orders in the previous
episode when a fleeing human was shot and injured and taken into
custody in front of the Maxwells.
After helping Julie and the Resistance find a headquarters in
the L.A. area, Elias goes off to talk to the Angels, the local
gang that controls the turf of the area. He thinks he can get
them to help, saying he is the Henry Kissinger of East L.A.
Former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was well-known at the time
for his pragmatic foreign policy influence between the U.S. and
other nations. The Angels appears to be a fictitious street gang.
After Daniel Bernstein turns in the Maxwell family (who were
living in the Bernsteins' pool house) and the Visitor troops
find they are no longer there, they take Daniel's family into
custody instead. Missing them, Daniel checks with his Visitor
Youth superiors and is assured by Brian that they will be
released soon. But he is told that his grandfather (Abraham) is not well
and is with Visitor doctors who hope to have him feeling better
soon. However, we do not see Abraham again.
Daniel gets a promotion to Brian's second-in-command and gets a
special ring said to be from Diana herself. He can be seen
wearing it for the rest of this mini-series (though he's not
wearing it during V: The Final
Before making their attempt to sneak aboard a Visitor transport,
Donovan shows Tony how to use the Visitor rifle he has, pointing
out how to set the laser's intensity, how to prime it and that
he thinks it is rechargeable. Tony quips, "Clever, those
Japanese." Japan is still known for inventive technology, but
particularly so in the 1980s when V
At 29:06 on the DVD, there is some Visitor writing on
the door panel.
At 29:11 on the DVD, as Martin is leading the captured Donovan
into the corridor, they hear the sounds of a man's screams
behind them. Presumably these are the screams of Stanley
Bernstein (seen briefly in the previous scene) as Diana begins
her interrogation of him. Seconds later, they see Donovan's old
flame Kristine Walsh (now the Visitors' press secretary)
chatting with some crewmembers; you'd think that the Visitors
would be careful to keep Kristine well away from areas where
torture was occurring. It seems like she could well have heard
the screams also.
|At 30:32 on the DVD, there is
some Visitor writing on the outer door panel of
|As Donovan makes his way across
the hangar deck to escape, there are a couple examples
of Visitor symbols on walls and pillars.
At 34:15 on the DVD, the clear edges of the decal of the Visitor
symbol are just barely visible on the front of the shuttle.
In the scene 35:07-35:19 on the DVD, one of the extras playing
an Angels gang member keeps looking at the camera!
At 36:22 on the DVD, we see that the makeshift medical room that
the Resistance has set up has been labeled with a crudely
painted sign that says M.A.S.H. This stands for Mobile Army
Surgical Hospital, a term used by the U.S. Army for it's mobile
medical units in theaters of war. In this case, it may be
intended as more of a joke by the resistance members in
recognition of the popular TV series called M*A*S*H
which ran from 1972-1983 about the dedicated, but zany,
doctors of just such an army medical unit during the Korean War.
|At 47:29 on the DVD there is
some Visitor writing on the inner door panel of Robin's
When Brian is kissing Robin, wouldn't she notice that his tongue
and other parts of his mouth are not like a human's? In later
episodes she denies believing that the Visitors are reptilian.
From the Audio Commentary by Kenneth Johnson
The town that Sean Donovan
and his mother lived in and which was wiped out by the Visitors
was shot in Monrovia, CA. (According to the novelization the
town was San Pedro.)
The miniatures were built by Greg Jean, who also built the
original U.S.S. Enterprise model for
The El Tepeyac restaurant mentioned by Sancho at the roadblock
is a real Mexican restaurant in East L.A. Michael Swan, the
actor playing the "bad cop" at the roadblock was particularly
known for frequenting the place, so Johnson threw the name in as
a joke to him.
V's on the walls of the Resistance headquarters were painted
by Johnson himself.
For the scene where Fifth Columnist Barbara removes her uniform
to give to Donovan, actress Jenny Neumann had to practice
removing it quickly without her underwear peeling off in the
Johnson reveals that if the series had continued under his
guidance, a relationship would have developed between Donovan
and the Visitor, Barbara.
Notes from the V
mini-series novelization by A.C. Crispin
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing,
paperback edition, published May 1984)
Pages 136-180 cover the events of "Betrayal and Reward"
On page 146, it is vaguely implied that the "good cop", Randy,
who allowed Sancho to pass through the checkpoint while
smuggling the Maxwell family out of the city may now be in
some trouble for that. Upon Sancho's return trip through the
checkpoint, and thanks to Eleanor's tip, the "bad cop", Bob,
discovers the now empty hidden space in the bed of the pickup
and chides Randy, "You sure missed it this time, Randy!"
On page 147, referring to the Visitors, Donovan says, "They must
have some Achilles heel...some chink--" and Tony interrupts,
"Watch it there, pal..." Tony (who is of Chinese descent) is
making a joke about the fact that the word "chink" is also a
derogatory word for a Chinese person.
On page 151, Donovan and Tony climb from the beach rocks up the
Richland refinery seawall and knock out the Visitor guard,
leaving him laying on the ground. A few minutes later an alarm
goes out and they realize that the guard has been discovered.
Donovan says, "We should have heaved him over the wall," and
Tony responds, "somehow I'd hate to think we'd sunk to the level
of cold-blooded murder. Even if they are a bunch of lizards
under those pretty faces." But in the mini-series itself, they
instead climb up a bridge over a waterway, knock out the guard
and throw him over. Even in this situation, the guard would
likely either be dead from drowning while unconscious or the
water would revive him and he would let out the alarm.
The scene of Robert Maxwell and his daughter, Robin, arriving at
the resistance headquarters is expanded in the book. When they
first arrive at the door, they are asked for the password. It is
"Jabba the Hutt eats Visitors." Jabba, of course, is the giant,
slug-like crime lord seen in several of the Star Wars
Page 178 reveals that Diana must have Brian in the laboratory in
preparation for his "liaison" with Robin, now in custody. Page
179 also reveals that shortly after she was apprehended, Robin was
made to spend some time in a lab with Diana as well and the young girl
is not sure exactly what was done to her there. These two
incidents suggest that Diana made alterations, perhaps on a genetic level, to both individuals in order to make them
compatible as a breeding pair.
Notes from the novel V: East
by Howard Weinstein and A.C. Crispin
The events of V: East Coast
Crisis take place concurrently with the two mini-series
V: The Final Battle and
details the goings-on in the area around New York City.
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing,
paperback edition, published September 1984)
Pages 155-203 take place concurrently with the events of "Betrayal
Lisa is one of the Visitors who has not been told the full plan
for Earth and on page 178 she reveals to Joey that despite her
being a sociologist assigned to learn about human behavior, she
(and other sociologists) are given less and less time to be with
humans and being told such contact could be dangerous to their
On page 182, Jennifer comments that the New York mothership is
still far from meeting their quota of 5,000 humans in food-pod
storage. Presumably all the motherships have the same quota.
Page 198 reveals that Jennifer has a medal for "Uncommon Courage
and Unselfish Valor in Peaceful Alien Contact--Kisszizk
Mission". She muses that the Kisszizk are extinct now. This also
puts the lie to John's statement at the U.N. that humans are the
first intelligent life they have encountered.