Written by Brian Taggert
Directed by Gilbert Shilton
Diana is caught by surprise when
she finds the Leader has sent a war hero as a replacement for
her as commander of the invasion.
The Freedom Network reports that a huge battle is
taking place near Rome, Italy where resistance fighters are dug
in all along the Appian Way; in the U.S., resistance fighters
destroyed an important Visitor supply depot near Tulsa, OK;
fighting continues on the Mogollon Rim where the Ron Bishop
Commandos are hemmed in by the sheer cliffs
of the Grand Canyon;
high school science teacher Dixie Reilly earns the Freedom
Network's Medal of Valor for using his home computer to patch
into the Visitor security system which provided information that
prevented a surprise attack on Memphis, TN.
Freedom Network report mentions the Appian Way in
Italy. The Appian Way was an important and strategic road of the
Roman Empire and portions of the original still exist in parts
of the country. It began construction in 312 BC.
The Freedom Network report also mentions fighting
occurring in the state of Oklahoma. But from both the map in
"Dreadnought" and comments in the
novel The Texas Run,
Oklahoma should still have red dust efficacy and thus no Visitor
presence. Perhaps the same extended summer weather of northern
Texas in the novel has now caused a die-off of the bacteria in
Oklahoma as well?
Mogollon Rim mentioned in the
Freedom Network report is the southwestern
escarpment of the Colorado Plateau, running east-west through
most of Arizona and named after the Spanish Governor of
New Mexico from 1712-1715,
Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón.
Part of it runs along the Grand Canyon. Howard K. Smith seems to
pronounce it here as "Mongolian"!
Freedom Network also reports on a thwarted
Visitor attack on Memphis, TN. But, again, Tennessee should be
well within the red dust effective area! It must have been a long,
bad summer in the U.S. in 1984!
In a street view of the alley next to the ruins
of the Club Creole at 3:41 on the DVD, we see that graffiti
vandals have spray-painted on the walls there. It's a nice
production touch to indicate the "abandonment" of the
restaurant. In this same scene an old jacket appears to have been
thrown across the screen! I guess it's supposed to suggest a
strong gust of wind blowing trash around.
At 3:45 on the DVD, Donovan, in anger, smashes
his hand into a large aluminum container on the shelf! I bet it
was Marc Singer's idea, he enjoyed bringing a physical element
to his performances.
Chris tells Donovan they got word from Indio that the
Visitors were slipping the converter through to the legation
tonight. Unless he's referring to a person, Indio is a city in
the southeastern desert of California, 26 miles east of Palm
Springs and 125 east of L.A. But why would Indio, per se, have
knowledge of the Visitors moving the converter to the L.A. legation?
At 5:02 on the DVD, a subordinate brings a pad
for Diana to sign. The pad is vaguely science-fictional looking,
with buttons at the top. It's similar to the pads Captain Kirk
would sign on the classic
At 5:44 on the DVD, Visitor writing appears on the monitor
screen as Charles' ship, the Prospero, approaches. From
Diana's dialog, it would appear this line of text indicates
the Prospero's name; in fact, the second word shown
actually does translate to
"Prospero" when compared to the
Visitor alphabet chart! Most of
the Visitor writing seen in
does not translate directly into
English words (unlike
where they do).
Why is Charles' ship named
Prospero? It doesn't sound like a Visitor word. Surely
it wouldn't be named after the character in Shakespeare's
The Tempest. Then again, maybe it is...you haven't
experienced Shakespeare until you've read him in the original
|At 6:19 on the
DVD, Visitor writing appears on
the monitor as the
Charles' shuttle crew and bodyguards wear a white
version of the standard Visitor uniforms.
Diana says that she has moved the conversion
chamber to the legation in Los Angeles. Why? Wouldn't it be
safer on the mothership? For that matter, why not just build a
new one if she wants one at the legation?
Charles declares that he is now in command of the
fleet at Earth, with Lydia as his adjutant, and that Diana is to
be merely the science officer and that her commands must be
cleared through him or Lydia first. This is similar to the
declaration made by Pamela in "The
Masterpiece". Pamela didn't live long after that.
|There is Visitor writing
visible on Lydia's shuttle at
11:12 on the DVD.
chamber seen in this episode is
quite a bit different than the
one seen previously in
Masterpiece". This one is much brighter and has the
victim seated in a chair,
watching a video screen that
shows the images which are being
placed in the victim's mind. The
original chamber had the victim
standing, locked in place by an
invisible force while a blue
beam of light swirled around
|There are Visitor characters
on the keypad of the conversion
chamber at the legation at 12:54
on the DVD. Interesting to note
that the size and shape of the
keys conform to a standard human
Charles is seen to wear a cheap
plastic ring on his left hand
that triggers conversion
commands in those he has
converted. He also wears an
earring on his left ear.
In the conversion chamber, we get our only glimpse of Tyler's
wife and daughter. Their names are still unrevealed.
We see a new piece of Visitor technology in this episode. While
captive in the mothership, Kyle is kept in a gravity chair which
keeps him in place without visible restraints. It may be similar
gravity technology that was used in the original conversion
chamber seen in
At 25:59 on the DVD, Willie is wearing a Visitor sign that,
according to him, reads, "Live rodents, all you can eat."
27:14 on the DVD, there is
Visitor writing next to the air
At 27:47 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing on a stack of
papers Diana finds in Charles' quarters.
When Kyle ducks into a Visitor workout room on the mothership,
one of the lizards in there is wearing a sweatjacket with a
little humanoid figure on the left breast. What's that all
about? I suppose it's a play on the little crocodile that
appeared on the breast of Izod-Lacoste polo shirts in 1980s,
seeing as how the Visitors are reptilian!
Donovan says he can get his friend at KDHB television to rig a
hookup of their own to broadcast the prisoner exchange in
conjunction with the Visitors' broadcast. KDHB is the station
Donovan was working for in
"Liberation Day" and
At 38:07 on the DVD, we see Diana sitting in
at a desk with five old books sitting up
on it. What are these books? Why would the Visitors have them
As the limousine carrying Charles and Diana cruises down the
street at 40:29 on the DVD, it can be easily seen that there is
no one in it besides the driver! It happens again at 45:28 (in
fact, you can tell from the storefronts that it's the same shot repeated).