Written by Paul F. Edwards
Directed by Cliff Bole
Donovan helps a town set up its
own Resistance; Diana places Lydia on trial for the murder of
Starting with this episode, the opening theme changes.
There is new music reminiscent of that from
V: The Final Battle, a
narrator's voiceover describing a very basic setup of the series
and a reduced cast list since many characters were written out during the
last couple episodes. The voiceover is as follows:
They arrived in 50 motherships, offering
their friendship and advanced technology to Earth.
Skeptical of the Visitors, Mike Donovan and Juliet Parrish
infiltrated their ranks and soon discovered some startling
The resistance is all that stands between us...and the Visitors.
Also starting with this episode, there are no Freedom
Network reports by Howard K. Smith.
The end credits from this episode on, list Science
Fiction Consultants. At the time the ongoing series of
airing, many fans of the mini-series criticized the weekly
series for being
based more on soap operas than on science-fiction. This may be
why these consultants were brought in as the show struggled for
ratings. The consultants listed are Michael Chase Walker,
Jeffrey B. Walker, and Thomas Scortia. Michael Chase Walker is a
Hollywood writer and producer currently working on a number of
animated projects and is the author of the graphic novel
Circus Galacticus: Circus of the Beyond. Jeffrey B. Walker
has been an actor, producer, and writer since the late 1960s.
Thomas Scortia was an author who also worked in the aerospace
industry; he wrote the novel The Glass Inferno on which
the movie The Towering Inferno was based; he died in
During the new
opening credit sequence, we see
several still shots of
motherships over major world
cities. There is a shot of
Paris, France (identified by the
Eiffel Tower), but the nighttime
image is so dark, you can't see
the ship! Only by turning up the
brightness a lot in a photo
editor is part of the ship
|Shot of Paris
from the opening credit sequence
shot (notice the center
indentation of the ship on the
left and part of the rim of the
ship at top center of image).
The title of this episode, "The Champion", may
refer to both the potential winner of the battle between Diana
and Lydia, and Donovan, who is hero-worshipped by young Jessie
Courtney when he helps to establish a resistance group where she
The resistance must be really hard up since the
Visitors took over Los Angeles. As they drive towards Tucson in
the pickup, Donovan and Kyle are sharing a cup of coffee from
the same cup!
I guess it takes a really long time to drive to
Tucson on the back roads. Kyle comments that Donovan has been
driving since midnight; it's daylight now, and Donovan tells the
Sheriff that he was driving fast because they are due in Tucson
by tomorrow. By freeway it would only take 7-8 hours to drive
from L.A. to Tucson. Sure, using only back roads would make the
trip longer, but two days? It might be argued that they are
coming from somewhere other than L.A. with the weapons shipment,
but they are, at least, still in California because the Sheriff
vehicle that pulls them over has a CA plate. (And later, when
Kyle returns to L.A., he mentions having left Donovan at a
farmhouse just west of San Bernardino. That would be less than
60 miles away!)
license plates, the license
plate number on the Sheriff
vehicle changes during the
chase! At 4:52 on the DVD it
reads 37174 and at 5:23 it reads
At 6:13 on the DVD, the boom microphone is
visible at the top of the screen.
In her cell, Lydia wears a belt that appears to
keep her confined within the glowing poles. Her prisoner's garb
also has an unusual Visitor symbol on it.
Diana gives Lydia a box with a scorpion in it should she choose
to commit suicide rather than face trial for the murder of
Charles. Apparently scorpion poison is just as harmful to
Visitors as to humans, if not more so.
At 12:13 on the DVD, some men are at the Desert Dollar Bar and
Grill drinking beer from cans that look like the Coors design of
the time, but the cans are actually generic Hollywood props; notice
the cursive logo actually says "Beer", not "Coors".
As Lydia is to be escorted from her cell and prepared for
trial, the guard turns off the power poles and enters to place
handcuffs on her. But, since the belt Lydia wears prevents her from
walking between the poles and allows others to pass through,
wouldn't it have been safer for him to just walk through, cuff
her, then have his companion guard turn off the poles? As it is,
Lydia could have potentially made a break for it.
As Donovan and Kyle say goodbye to Kathy on her front porch, she
mentions that Jessie is in the barn feeding the horses. But when
the house is shot at by the local enforcers a minute later,
Jessie comes out of the house, not the barn, to return fire!
Since the barn is to the side of the house, she may have run
from the barn to the house and through a back door when the
In the courtroom of the mothership, there are two large lizards
tethered on top of the judges' bench! The center judge then
vaporizes them, apparently a symbolic act of having found Lydia
The initial scenes of Donovan and Kathy on horseback being
chased by a skyfighter are new, but when Kathy's horse falls and
Donovan is left running solo, the scenes are stolen from the
similar chase scene in "Unity".
There is Visitor writing on Lydia's blindfold (which she
refuses) at 20:25 on the DVD.
The Inspector General and special envoy of the Leader who
arrives on Earth in this episode turns out to be Martin's
brother, Philip, and they look exactly alike. Philip explains
that the two of them were developed from a mutual zygote.
We learn from Diana's exchange with Philip that she has
concealed Martin's betrayal of the Visitors and membership in
the fifth column, presumably to protect herself from appearing
incompetent at allowing her personal assistant to deceive her
for so long. It seems unlikely though that Martin's betrayal
could be kept secret considering he seems to have been somewhat
known on Earth during the year after the red dust drove the
Visitors away (in "Liberation Day",
Nathan Bates mentions that his company manufactures the
antitoxin that allows Visitors like Martin and Willie to live on
The disintegrator with which Diana's court plans to execute
Lydia appears to be the same model as the one seen in
At 26:22 on the DVD, for the first time we see a wanted poster
for Mike Donovan!
At 27:37 on the DVD, Julie is seen wearing a neck
brace. Later, Kyle mentions that she is still on "injured
reserve" and Julie protests that it's just a pulled muscle, but
no explanation is given as to how she got it. Perhaps actress
Faye Grant was injured in her personal life and had no choice
but to wear it even during shooting.
make-up Diana and Lydia wear
during their mortal combat makes
them look like female versions
of members of
the rock band Kiss!
At 31:51 on the DVD, Philip, presiding over the
mortal combat ritual, speaks some Visitor words to begin the
combat between Diana and Lydia. It sounds like "Maloch kon pombe."
We learn that the Courtney farm is just west of
San Bernardino and on County Line Road. This may put it near
Chino Hills, CA.
The shot of James lifting off and escaping in the
skyfighter at 41:06 on the DVD is obviously a rewound version of a
previously shot scene of the craft landing because after lifting
into the air, it flies off backwards!
As Donovan and his fellow L.A. resistance members
leave the farm at 41:38 on the DVD, Willie is carrying a basket
of fruit with him, with a pleased look on his face. It may have
been a gift from the Courtneys to him since he is a vegetarian.
There appears to be some Visitor writing on a
panel above Lydia's head at 44:11 on the DVD, but the words are
too blurry to make out.
After stopping the mortal combat between Diana
and Lydia, Philip invokes the Interguardian Rule which makes the
two each responsible for the other's well-being. If anything
untoward should happen to one, the blame will automatically fall
on the other.