"The Final Battle"
V: The Final Battle (part 3,
49:55-1:24:55 on Disc 2 of the DVD set
Teleplay by Brian Taggert and Faustus Buck
Story by Lillian Weezer & Faustus Buck & Diane Frolov & Peggy
Directed by Richard T. Heffron
Sean betrays the resistance while
they prepare to unleash the red dust against the Visitors;
Martin warns Donovan about the Visitors’ own ultimate weapon.
(This episode begins with Julie giving
the red dust immunity pill
to Martin and Willie and the Fifth Columnists and ends with the
captured L.A. mothership returning to Earth after the Visitors'
For the title of this hour, obviously I used the title of the
mini-series itself. This episode is where the final throw-down
At 50:22 on the DVD, Martin throws his head back in a jerking
motion while swallowing the pill that will give him immunity to
the red dust. A nice touch by actor Frank Ashmore, suggesting
the Visitors' reptilian swallowing pattern. Notice that Willie,
however, seems to swallow his pill in a more human manner.
As Diana monitors the deployment of troops to military bases
across the country, at 51:56 on the DVD we hear "Denver squadron
reporting full deployment at China Lake." The only China Lake
military base I'm aware of is the China Lake Naval Weapons
Center (as it was known at the time of
V), located in the northeast Mojave Desert of California.
I know because I used to live there! So, why would a Denver (Colorado)
Visitor squadron be assigned to it? There are bases in Colorado
that you'd think would be covered by the Denver mothership.
|At 52:18 on the DVD, there is an unusual star-shaped
diagram on one of the screens in the command center of
the L.A. mothership.
What is it?
It also looks like it may be Fifth Columnist Lorraine
manning the console.
There is a nice, fairly subtle, bit at 52:17-52:26 on the DVD
that shows Elizabeth seated at a console in the command center
and then, looking to see that the crewman next to her is not
watching, getting up to follow and unobtrusively observe Diana
and John from a distance as the panning camera follows their
path across the set.
At 53:38 on the DVD, we see the lighthouse in action with its
strobing light at the
resistance HQ. This would suggest that the complex was not
entirely abandoned when the resistance moved in, but may have
been invited by the lighthouse keeper. If it was actually
abandoned wouldn't the light be kept off so as not to attract
attention from the Visitors or other authorities?
At 53:43 on the DVD, from the packaging seen, Chris appears to be
loading Remington cartridges into his gun. Is Remington making
the Teflon loads mentioned in "The
Masterpiece" which cut through the Visitors' shock-trooper
Filminamerica.com, the balloon scenes were shot at the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. This
is what allowed the production to get many different hot-air
balloon designs on film. I suppose the one with the big
V on it was brought by the
production itself! (The novel reveals that the
V balloon was purchased
by Ham Tyler specially for the occasion! I wonder if he got it
back after the victory?)
At 56:06 on the DVD, Tyler says the release of the red dust is
to take place at 1100 hours at 10,000 feet altitude.
At 58:06 (and other places) on the DVD are what appears to be studio lights hanging
from the ceiling of the hangar deck on the mothership! (On the
left in the screenshot below.)
The red dust immunity pill that the resistance scientists have
developed for the Fifth Columnists seems to work well. If the
resistance was able to formulate it so quickly, what makes them
think the Visitors couldn't do it just as easily?
|As Steven is packing a briefcase before attempting
escape from Visitor Security Headquarters at 1:01:41 on
the DVD, there is Visitor writing on the computer
In this episode we see that Eleanor will apparently take any
side she can to survive, even betray her new friend Steven. Who,
in turn, shoots her in the back!
When Lorraine meets up with the resistance forces aboard the
mothership, Julie gives her a pill to protect her from the
toxin. Shouldn't all the Fifth Columnists already have received
and taken the pills by now?! If not, there must be a lot of dead
Fifth Columnists on the L.A. mothership! (Page 386 of the novel
reveals that Lorraine had not been able to contact all of the
Fifth Columnists aboard due to increased security, so the
resistance fighters who board the ship bring extra supplies of
the vaccine and gas masks for any Fifth Columnists they meet who
may still need them.)
There is Visitor writing visible on the tanker craft at 1:03:49
on the DVD.
|At 1:04:24 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing on
the computer screen next to a schematic of the air
system on the mothership.
At 1:05:27 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing visible
on several places on the tanker craft.
|At 1:05:43 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing or
symbols visible on the pipes behind the shock-trooper.
When Harmony gets shot from behind, it's clear Willie doesn't
know what to do for her. It looks like he's about to grab her
At 1:06:50 on the DVD, Diana is conversing with the leader of
the troops dispatched to Edwards Air Force Base and watching him
over a video monitor. Would the troop leader really bother to
set up a video camera in the grass pointed at himself?!
After dispensing with all the Visitor troops at the Visitor Security
Headquarters, the resistance members are seen shouting and
celebrating with bottles of champagne. Did they pack a bunch of
champagne with them or did they just find it stored in the
building? (The novel The Pursuit of Diana reveals that
they found the cache of champagne in the building. Steven had
kept it there for entertaining the Visitors' human
At 1:07:32-1:07:37 on the DVD, during the celebration at the
Visitor Security Headquarters,
we see a resistance member pouring champagne from the
balcony down into the mouth of another member on the ground!
At 1:07:39 on the DVD, Chris is getting some "face-time"
with a female resistance member!
||On the hangar wall
behind the shock troopers, at 1:07:49 on the DVD, are
seen what appear to be a fire extinguisher case with a
Visitor symbol on it and a sign with some kind of
instructions on it.
|As Diana targets one of the balloons from the
mothership at 1:09:34 on the DVD, Visitor writing is on
the console screen below the targeting image.
Watching the balloon passengers dumping bags of red dust into
the atmosphere, at 1:10:49 on the DVD,
one passenger, though we can't hear him speaking, seems to be
telling the other person in his balloon to spread the dust out
more...but they are 10,000 feet in the air! I think the dust
will disperse quite nicely by itself at that height!
Looking up at the balloons releasing the red dust, at
1:11:08 on the DVD, we see Stanley Bernstein for the
first time since the original mini-series (though
Stanley has been present through it all in the novelization). And he has
his arm around a woman who is not his wife!
|Stanley Bernstein and mistress
The writers' inspiration for the bacteria that is lethal to the
Visitors may have been the H.G. Wells classic novel The War
of the Worlds (1898), in which Martians invade and
essentially conquer Earth but eventually succumb to pathogenic
bacteria in the environment.
During the scenes of celebration around the world at the
departure of the Visitors, we see a water fountain turning on
and some people playing in it. I suppose this is meant to
symbolize that Earth's water is its own again, no longer being
stolen by the aliens.
As the Visitors' ships begin to depart, a newscaster reports that
there is a growing worldwide sense of excitement unparalleled
since the end of the second world war.
At 1:13:20 on the DVD, the large viewport of the command center of
the mothership can be seen in the background. It appears the
ship must be enveloped in a cloud of red dust! Seems unlikely
that enough red dust was released to accomplish that, even for a
At 1:13:30 on the DVD, there are a number of interesting monitor
screens visible in the command center of the mothership. The
large one in the background has a round image on it; perhaps it
is some kind of schematic of the mothership itself? The screens
on the console on the left and right of the screenshot look like
levels from Donkey Kong or something! And the two console
screens in the middle might be views of the inner corridors.
John refuses to participate in Diana's desire to devastate
the Earth with the nuclear device before they flee, saying he
will not be part of this obscene destruction. From what we've
heard from Martin in the mini-series and the novel, the order to
do so in this eventuality comes from the Leader himself. If John
is willing to follow the Leader (hey, I made a pun!) in all of
his other directives regarding Earth, why does he balk at this
one? It does redeem him just a bit that he is willing to admit
defeat and sees no reason to devastate the planet for petty
At 1:15:00 on the DVD, Diana's gun does not appear to have an
opening in the barrel! I suppose since it shoots laser bolts of
some kind there might be an explanation. But usually sci-fi
films and television will have a hole or emitter on the end of
the gun barrel even on a laser weapon.
When Diana arms the nuclear device, a pinging sound like that
from many submarine movies or TV shows like Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea is heard in the command center. Listen:
Also with the arming of the nuclear device, the ship's computer
starts a verbal warning of the buildup to critical mass...in
English! In earlier episode studies we've deduced that the
Visitors themselves continued to speak the language of the
country they're assigned to even when alone, for practice and due
to the extreme difficulty of pronouncing Visitor words in the
human masks they wear. But what is the reason for the ship's
computer to speak it? We've already seen that text messages on
the computer screens throughout the ship remain in the alien
Throughout the scenes in the command center of the mothership,
monitors in the background can be seen that show an overhead view
of Steven's corpse at the Visitor Security Headquarters on
Earth! (Look at the monitor to Diana's left, screen right on the
image below; plus Diana's gun now has a proper hole in the
At 1:16:45 on the DVD, as Diana lies injured on the command
center floor, she looks away at the wall when Julie covers her
with the gun. We see Diana continuing to look at the wall in
scenes following until she finally turns her face back to us and
seems to use a mental power to force Julie to let her escape.
Why was she looking away? Was she too humiliated to face her
foes? Or was she focusing elsewhere as a means of concentrating
her mental power to a point where she could use it against the
partially converted Julie? Do all of the Visitors have this
ability to some degree? It was never mentioned before this scene. (The
novel The Pursuit of Diana reveals that Diana and her
conversion technicians discovered the telepathic control as an
unintentional by-product of the conversion process just about a
month before the "final battle".)
At 1:19:29 on the DVD, the nuclear reaction of the mothership
has built to critical mass with 30 seconds left to detonation.
And the computer's verbal warning is accompanied by the sound of
an old-fashioned bell ringing! Kind of a low tech sound for the
Visitors to use isn't it? Listen:
What exactly did Elizabeth do to stop the explosion of the
mothership? With less than 30 seconds remaining until
detonation, Elizabeth dashes to the arming console, grasps the
two inserted keys and begins to glow with light, seemingly
sending some kind of energy through the console, disarming the
device and presumably also reversing the critical mass that had
been built up in the ship's gravity drive. To reverse the
critical mass of an impending nuclear detonation is quite a
strength to wield. Did that energy come from within her? Or did
she tap into another source?
At 1:21:16 on the DVD, Diana makes her escape in a squad
vehicle. As she flies out of the hangar bay of the fast-moving
mothership, we see the stars flying by in an unrealistic fashion
(similar to the effect used in the original Star Trek
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 383-end cover the
events of "The Final Battle"
Page 385 reveals that Donovan brought a small,
hand-held video camera in the pocket of his Visitor uniform in
the hope of shooting some footage. Apparently he is still a
newsman at heart! At the end of the book though he realizes he
forgot to shoot any video in the hectic confusion.
On page 386 Donovan wonders if his son will ever be back to
normal after the conversion process he went through. In the
following novel The Pursuit of Diana,
Sean is seemingly deconverted aboard the captured mothership.
However, later episodes of the weekly series show that it's
going to take quite a
while, if ever, to bring Sean back to human mental normality.
Unlike in the aired episode, the novel says that each resistance
fighter that boards the mothership is wearing one of the
Pages 388-389 reveal that Arthur Dupres did not leave Eleanor as
he did in the mini-series. But here he does decide to abscond
with Sean to a cabin in the mountains they have to protect the
during what could be the final battle.
On page 390, Martin says the shock-troopers helmets are equipped
with built-in gas masks containing about 5 minutes of oxygen.
This protects some of the shock-troopers, for a time, from the
red dust being pumped into the mothership's ventilation system.
Pages 393-394 reveal that Eleanor was at the Visitor Security
Headquarters because a mob was surrounding her home! I guess
that with the Visitors being driven away, her neighbors were
finally expressing their anger at her collaboration. Maybe that
is also why Arthur made the decision to take Sean out of there.
On page 397, Diana takes control of Julie, but does not use
mental powers to do so, she whispers to her while the others are
busy worrying about the nuclear detonator. Earlier in the novel
it is explained that Diana used Donovan's image as one of the
figures who was chasing and trying to rape Julie in the
conversion chamber, so Diana tells
her to kill the one that hurt her and Julie turns the gun toward
Donovan. Julie finally breaks the link however and shoves Diana
down an open, laddered hatchway which happens to lead to a
special escape shuttle for command center staff.
On page 397, Elizabeth stops the detonator, but not with a show
of quasi-mystical power. She uses her super-genius level brain
and the knowledge she has gained while aboard the mothership and
reprograms the detonator countdown clock to continually loop
back on itself until it can be properly disarmed. Elizabeth
never utters the word "pre-te-nama" ("peace" in the
Visitor language) in the novel as she does in the episode.
On page 399, after the nuclear countdown has been stopped,
Donovan proposes to Julie! She says she will have to think about
something so permanent and that maybe they should live together for a
On page 400, Martin says he and Lorraine will be heading back to
their own world to join with the Alliance to try to end the
Leader's reign. He does agree to stay for a few days to help
release the humans being held in pods in the belly of the ship.
He also says that perhaps if they win back home, the humans
podded in the other motherships can be returned to Earth
Also on page 400, Donovan says that perhaps the authorities will
allow Martin to take the water on board the L.A. ship back to
Sirius as a gesture of goodwill to the Alliance.
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 262-end take place concurrently with the events of "The
Similar to a scene in the
novelization with Diana, here, on page 280, a
Visitor captain called Carl hisses an oath in his native
language and causes his human mask to split at the mouth.
Page 287 describes a Visitor ground-rover tank never seen in the
series. It's "low and squat, with a laser-cannon turret behind
the driver's compartment...armored skirts covered its drive
tracks." It's too bad the budget prevented the series from
showing more Visitor technology like this.
Page 296 reveals that 6 hours after V-day began the still
unconverted President was returned to his position in the United
Page 297 reveals that Jennifer and the Fifth Column captured the
New York mothership and brought it back to Earth to return the
human captives aboard. Like Martin in the
V novelization, she plans
to take the ship back to her homeworld to join the Alliance.
On page 299, Jennifer comments that many of Earth's leaders were
killed or have been taken away in the motherships still
controlled by the Leader's forces.
Page 302 reveals that President Morrow specifically requested
the baseball commissioner to get the major leagues back up and
playing as soon as possible to have something "normal" return to