"The Day That the Rains Didn't Come"
V Annual 1986 (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The Visitors use their superior scientific
knowledge to plot a devastating flood against human
A fifth columnist named Steven has informed the L.A. resistance
of the Visitors' plot to cause a tremendous flood by triggering
torrential rains. Elizabeth and Willie write a computer program
that should halt the Visitors' plan and make them believe that
their calculations for it are erroneous.
Later, while others plant explosives at a Visitor chemical plant
and blow them as a diversion, Donovan, Kyle, and Elizabeth sneak
into the cargo hold of a shuttle heading back to the mothership.
But they never arrive at their destination. Instead, the cargo
doors open and they are looking into the faces and gun muzzles
of four guards led by Diana. They struggle with the guards but
are overcome. Suddenly, the second resistance team drives up and
rescues them with the help of a bazooka, but their mission
to sabotage the Visitors' flood plan is seemingly thwarted.
Later, Elizabeth explains that she recognized one of the guards
as Steven and slipped the computer tape to him to plant the glitch
in the system. When the weather is still hot and dry two days
later, they know Steven was successful.
This story appeared in the British V
Annual 1986, a kids book of short stories, articles, and
games all about V. The
stories are all pretty lame. There is a page of
V jokes, described as
being anti-Visitor jokes told by the humans of occupied Earth;
the jokes are all bad as well, but I kind of like this one: Q:
What's worse than seeing a Visitor's tongue? A: Seeing its
The resistance's fifth column contact in this story is named
Steven. I guess the Visitors recycled the name after the Visitor
security chief by that name died in
"The Final Battle"!
As the story opens, Steven is taping over a hairline crack in
his camera. The illustration appears to show him with a standard
Earth 35mm camera. But why does he have such an unusual (for a
Visitor) item? It seems like it's supposed to be a setup for
events later in the story, yet it's never used nor mentioned
again! I guess he just wanted to snap some pix of his human
As the resistance members drive down the road to head to the
Visitor chemical plant to cause a diversion and steal aboard a
shuttle to the mothership, they are suddenly attacked from the
air by skyfighters. Why were they attacked? How did the Visitors
know this particular van was a threat?
Who is sitting to Kyle's right in the van on page 8? The dark,
frizzy hair doesn't seem to match any of the characters
described in the story. If anything, it looks like Robin's
hairdo in early episodes of the weekly series.
On page 9, Abe refers to the Visitors as "reptilicus nasticus".
Possibly this is a reference to the low-budget cult-classic 1961
film Reptilicus. Other than that, I have no special point to make about it, I just like all the
nicknames the humans give to the Visitors.
The presence of Diana at the chemical plant for the capture of
the resistance members might suggest that she knew about the
infiltration attempt that was to take place. But how? We're
On page 12, a Visitor guard is about to kill Elizabeth during
her struggle with him. Diana stops him, saying, "No!
Afterwards--by all means you may have her. But first...first we
must do the experiments." This seems a bit out of character for
Diana though, to say that about Elizabeth. The others, yes,
maybe...but with Elizabeth she has tried to give the impression
that they are friends who can help each other achieve greatness.
At the end of the story, the resistance members realize the
computer sabotage must have worked because the Visitors' plan to
cause a huge flood of rain has not occurred. What was the
Visitors' full plan? We learn only that a flood was planned,
apparently by artificially triggering massive rains. It must
have been a plan focused solely on Los Angeles or the southern
California region, because it's not too likely they could flood
the entire world, despite Al's description of the plan as an
apocalypse. Still, if they could control the weather, the
Visitors would have a fairly effective weapon against human
population centers (as witnessed by such natural storms as
Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans, Louisiana in
2005). The Visitors do also use a weather control device in
"The Deadly Rites of Spring" and
Path to Conquest.
Elizabeth and Willie wrote a computer program to halt the
Visitors' flood plan and make them believe that their
calculations are wrong. But they would also have to convince
them that the science was also untenable or the Visitors would
just try it again.
And speaking of the computer program, since Elizabeth ends up
giving it to Steven to plant in the mothership's system, why
didn't they just give it to him in the first place? Steven was
there with Elizabeth when she was writing it!
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