Written by Steven E. de Souza
Directed by Paul Krasny
emerges transformed from the cocoon; an unfortunate truth about
the red dust is revealed; Nathan Bates negotiates a deal with
Like he did last episode, Donovan again asks
Tyler what he was doing at the tracking station. Tyler answers that
when he heard Diana had been killed he went to the morgue to
check out the body and found that it was a year-old Visitor
corpse, so somebody had pulled a switch to help Diana escape. So
now Tyler is actively lying to cover-up his involvement in
At 2:41 on the DVD, on the police car door, it can be seen that
the LAPD motto "to protect and to serve" is actually on a
magnetized sign rather than painted on the door. This is common
of the generic police cars in Hollywood productions, so the car
can be used to represent the police of virtually any U.S.
city with the correct PD motto put into place. By the
way, "to protect and to serve" is the correct motto of the LAPD.
first emerges from the cocoon,
she is seemingly covered with a
hybrid covering of skin and
scales. After fully emerging,
she peels the covering off to
reveal her adult human form.
After Elizabeth's emergence, Robert and Julie take her back to
the ranch house, leaving the broken cocoon in the cave. Did they
ever recover it for analysis?
Our glimpse of the Visitor fleet in this episode again shows
just 7 motherships (as at the end of the previous episode,
As Diana returns to the Visitor fleet hiding behind Earth's
moon, Diana meets the Fleet Security Officer, Lydia. But Jane
Badler (as Diana) seems to flub her line slightly, calling
her Security Fleet Officer.
Lydia has kind of a lame uniform, different from any others
we've seen. Notice the very '80s-looking puffy shoulder
decorations! Her uniform becomes less garish in
"The Dissident" and the episodes
that follow it.
Lydia tells Diana that in the past year, their homeworld has
become a barren wasteland and that their search for a new world
must continue. Diana replies that she plans to take Earth now
that the red dust seems to have become ineffective. Do these
statements mean the Visitors no longer plan to simply take food
and water from Earth, but make it their new home? What about the
other worlds they have allegedly conquered (according to the
novels)? Couldn't they as easily make one of those their home?
At 7:30 on the
DVD we get our first look at the
command center of a mothership
in the weekly series. A lot of
color has been added to the
consoles and some other cosmetic
changes made to the set from
what was seen in the
mini-series. Maybe this is a
newer model of mothership.
center in the weekly series
The Final Battle
At 8:31 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing below the image of
Elizabeth on the display.
Julie says that Elizabeth has jumped 10 years physiologically.
Since she was estimated to have the body of a 9-year old by the
end of V: The Final Battle
and one year has passed since then, it stands to reason that
Elizabeth is physiologically 20 years old. However, as the
series progresses we hear different physiological ages given to
her from 16-18.
At 10:58 on the DVD, Elizabeth appears to have nicely manicured
nails considering she just underwent a metamorphosis from a
|At 13:04 on the DVD there is
Visitor writing on the portable
display card carried by the
Visitor squad leader.
The invasion begins anew as Visitor troops pour onto the planet.
Diana and Lydia receive word that their troops are collapsing
and dying in New York, Moscow, and Tokyo (due to the red dust's
continued effectiveness there) but have been successful in
Miami, Panama, and Rio de Janeiro. Does this also mean there are
motherships over all those cities?
|At 13:50 on the
DVD, there is a succession of
maps on the display that have
Visitor symbols beneath. The
second map shows red areas that
indicate the ranges where the red
dust is still effective in
dispersal of red dust
effective zones still in red
Starting at 14:46
on the DVD, we get scenes of a
burning Los Angeles after the
Visitor assault. The screenshots
below show that the producers
borrowed effects shots from the
1953 classic film War of the
Following the War of the Worlds scenes, at 15:00 on the
DVD, the episode then borrows resistance battle scenes from the
original V mini-series.
At 15:26 on the
DVD, refugees are flooding into
Elias' Club Creole for food and
care. Elias is looking at a
framed magazine cover now
hanging crookedly on the wall.
It is Tempo magazine
and his portrait is on the
cover, but it is too far away
from the camera to read the
cover blurbs. Probably it
features Elias being profiled
regarding his past with the
resistance or the recent opening
of his restaurant. There are a
number of magazines called
Tempo in the real world,
but this one is probably made up
as a generic title for a
At 15:50 on the DVD, as Robert, Julie, and Elizabeth enter the
Club Creole, it is amusing to note that the now adult Elizabeth
is clutching a teddy bear. During their discussion with Elias,
she is seen stroking the stuffed animal as well, revealing to us
that she is still very much a little girl in her mind.
Willie recognizes the now grown-up Elizabeth by the "mark of Zon"
she carries...two ugly moles between the thumb and forefinger of
her right hand! Presumably she had this mark all along since her
birth and Willie never bothered to mention its significance to
his human friends until now! Willie explains that Zon is an
outlawed religion practiced by the Lords of Light who opposed
the Leader of the Visitors until he had them killed. One Lord
named Amon is said to have survived and that he has this same
mark. The mark of Zon appears differently in
"The Dissident". Amon is later glimpsed as a hologram image in
Tyler mentions that the Club Creole is on 4th Street. 4th Street
runs through the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the ocean.
But it seems to be placed on different streets in later
episodes: in "The Deception", it's said to be on Main Street,
and in "The Sanction", on 6th Street.
Back in my study of the "Arrival"
episode of the original mini-series, I started a list of cities
over which the Visitors had one of their 50 motherships. Now
that the Visitors have returned from defeat with a smaller, unknown
number of craft (according to
"Liberation Day"), I'll have to start a new list here!
Presumably there are not any motherships hovering over the
cities in parts of the world that are still protected by the red
dust. Obviously there is a mothership over Los Angeles. Monitors
in Nathan Bates' office show images of ships over San Francisco
and Washington, D.C. The novel The Texas Run reveals a
mothership over Houston; the novel Death Tide
reveals there is one over Buenos Aires, Argentina, one in Iran (presumably Tehran) and that there was one over Beirut, Lebanon until locals
detonated a nuclear device in the city, obliterating both the
city and the ship; the novel To Conquer the Throne
reveals there are ones over London, England, Paris, France, and
Dublin, Ireland--though the red dust map above suggests that
Ireland is mostly under the protection of the bacteria and the
London ship is captured by the IRA at the end of the book! The
novel Below the Threshold
mentions one over Atlanta, Georgia. The series' final episode,
"The Return", mentions ships withdrawing from Rome and St.
Louis. The novel
Generation reveals that there is a mothership over Beijing,
China and seems to imply it has been there from the start, when
the Visitors arrived in "Arrival";
the novel also reveals there is a mothership over Honolulu, HI.
At 20:22 on the DVD, we see from the logo on the middle
television monitor in the background of Bates' office that the
newscast he was just watching had been transmitted over the
Emergency Broadcast System.
Bates pulls out a blue folder marked Top Secret and shows Julie
some photos and data of tests on animals exposed to high doses
of red dust.
They show sterility, mutation, and death. Since
Julie initially tested the red dust on herself, might she now be
sterile? Bates goes on to say that Earth is at the threshold of
dangerous amounts of red dust right now, so more cannot be used.
At 22:12 on the DVD, we see that Elias' secret entrance to the
speakeasy of the Club Creole is located in the middle unit of
three walk-in freezers. (Elias guesses it used to be a bordello
from Prohibition days, but that doesn't really make sense, it
seems too small for a bordello and Prohibition refers to the ban
on alcohol sales which speakeasies were designed to circumvent.)
While in the speakeasy, Elias comments that Elizabeth is an
"intergalactic hot potato". Technically, he should have said
"interstellar" as "intergalactic" means between galaxies;
"interstellar" means between stars (or solar systems) which is
the case between Earth and the Visitors, whose home system is Sirius.
When Diana makes the decision to have the particle beam triax
weapon moved to Earth to annihilate Los Angeles and, thus,
Bates' supply of red dust, Lydia says the triax is supposed to
remain where it is to protect the main space lanes. Protect them
from what? Are the Leader's enemies that close as to threaten
the Visitors' conquest of Earth?
When Bates makes his announcement to the city about the deal he
has struck with the Visitors, he is at the broadcasting studio
of KSJF-TV, channel 10. This is not a real TV station in the
L.A. area. During the broadcast, we can see also that there
appears to be a U.S. military officer seated to Bates' right;
presumably he was involved with negotiations with the U.S.
government to allow Bates to administer the city during this
crisis rather than having the normal mayor's office do it.
While the resistance discusses stealing the old mothership from
Bates to prevent Diana from recovering it, Julie mentions they
may not be able to get it off the ground because Bates shut down
the main reactor months ago.
Tyler rushes out of the resistance meeting intent on
assassinating Nathan Bates to prevent him from making further
deals with Diana. Might he also want to silence Bates, who could
implicate him as an accomplice in freeing Diana from custody in
the first place?
Trivia question: In what important way is Earth's solar system
different in the V
universe than it is in real life? Answer: In the
V universe, Jupiter has
only 3 major moons instead of four! Diana destroyed one of
Jupiter's moons with the particle beam triax in this episode!
Though the moon is not named in the story, from the screenshot
below, it appears to be Europa.
At 28:59 on the
DVD, Bates appears to have a
digital vector map on a large
display on his office wall. The
words on it are too far away and
blurry to read but, from the
contour shown, it may be a map
of the greater Metropolitan Los
Angeles area and its coastline
from Long Beach in the south to
approximately Malibu in the
||Google map of
Los Angeles area coastline
Speaking of maps, Donovan draws a map on the chalkboard of the
captured mothership and its location. We see three areas on the
mothership itself designated as power, lab, and control.
We learn that the triax actually has its own crew aboard and is
not just a remote controlled weapon when the commander of the
triax sends a message to Diana's ship that he wants to return it
to its previous position or he will contact the Leader directly.
From Lydia's dialog, it seems that the white uniform that Diana
wears to her meeting with Bates is a diplomatic uniform.
At 32:54 on the DVD, the boom mike can be seen in the top left
When the resistance force takes command of the captured
mothership, its command center has also been redesigned (obviously due to the production using the same set for all
motherships). Too bad they couldn't have shot this scene before
doing the redesign to make it fit seamlessly with the
After getting into the command center, Willie reads and
translates the Visitor writing on the consoles. He first speaks
the guttural, throat-rasping Visitor words and then translates
their meaning into English. He says "Arc circumf" which he says
are the flight controls ("arc circumf" sounds like the buttons
on a scientific calculator!). Then he says "hans zurach" which
|There are Visitor symbols on
the flight control console of
the mothership at 34:08 on the
|As Elizabeth users her
abilities to power up the
mothership, Visitor writing
appears on the monitor in front
During Bates' meeting with Diana, he announces that the open
city encompasses the 50 square mile area of Los Angeles.
When Elias makes a comment on Willie's clumsiness, Willie
reveals he was drafted into the Visitor army.
There is a bunch of Visitor writing on a display console at
39:43 on the DVD, but it is too blurry to make out.
Willie seems to lead Elizabeth in a Zon ritual to honor her
grandfather's sacrifice of his life. The two of them wear white
robes and Willie speak words of ritual. Listen:
In the final scene of the episode we see Robin driving up to a
Visitor checkpoint on the road. But she is driving a different
car now than the one she left in in the previous episode!
Although we didn't get a good look at the car she left in, it
was a white car with a trunk. The car she is driving now is a
white car with a hatchback (looks like a Datsun vehicle).
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