"The Littlest Dragon"
Written by David Abramowitz
Directed by Cliff Bole
The Resistance helps a pregnant
Fifth Columnist; Phillip confronts Donovan.
Starting with this episode the "Science Fiction
Consultants" credit in the end titles is changed to simply
"Consultants". The same three men are still listed.
At 2:54 on the DVD, there is Visitor writing scrolling on the
monitor screen on the command center console, but it is too far
away to make out clearly.
This episode mentions a Visitor weapon called the Mentamorph.
Willie says it is a sort of mind-control device that destroys
the will to live and to fight. It is unclear if there is more
than one of the devices. It appears to be made up of a number of
huge crystals in a stone base, looking almost like a natural
formation that has been carved out of its geologic home.
However, the one we see in this episode turns out to be a fake,
designed to lure the resistance into a trap. So, where is the
genuine article? Wouldn't it make sense for the Visitors to use
it on the stubborn human fighters of Earth? Perhaps, if there is
only one, it is currently in use against one of the Leader's
other foes in the galaxy?
This is a crystal-heavy episode. We also see for the first time
that the motherships' laser weapons are powered by some kind of
beryllium crystals. Beryllium is a real element which can be
found in a crystalline structure.
After the Mentamorph blows up, Willie knows immediately it was a
fake because "the real Mentamorph would never shatter."
The fifth columnist Robert
appears to have the same luggage
bag as Diana did in
Rescue"! I guess it's
standard Visitor military issue.
Looks stylin' though.
"The Littlest Dragon"
After barely escaping the Visitors' trap, Willie blames himself
for the setup and laments that Elizabeth wasn't there to sense
the danger beforehand. Kyle tries to reassure him it wasn't his
fault and mentions that Elizabeth is up north with Julie at the
research center. What research center is he referring to? Is it
in the area of Lassen Valley of northern California where they
were in the previous episode ("The
Wildcats") and have the two of them just not returned yet?
Still feeling guilty, Willie says he should leave
before he gets the others killed and that he'd find a cave
somewhere to live. The remark reminds me of the Visitor character of Hadad who goes awol from his post and soon begins living in a
cave in Oregon in the novel
The Oregon Invasion.
Willie goes on to say he's not one of them (the humans), he's
alone, a cast out, he bleeds green. You'd think he'd be feeling
a bit happier considering his encounter with Ellen up north in
"The Wildcats". But, then again,
we never do see the ultimate resolution to that relationship.
Although she forgave him at the end of the episode for hiding
the fact that he was a Visitor, it's not clear that she would
necessarily have the same feelings of attraction she had
earlier. So Willie may be feeling somewhat rebuffed now.
When Angela defeats her large opponent, green blood trickles out
of his mouth at 12:41 on the DVD.
Angela climbs out of Robert and Glenda's crashed and abandoned skyfighter
and reports to Philip that the photo drive unit is still warm.
What is a photo drive unit? Is it a reference to the engine?
In the course of their conversation during the hunt for Robert
and Glenda, Philip reveals he found Angela as a "bloodthirsty
little orphan" on Andromeda's moon. And she responds to him that
he should have killed her when his armies killed the rest of her
people. Who are her people? Seemingly she is still of the same
reptilian species as the rest of the Visitors, for we see her
swallow a mouse in Diana's quarters. Later, she refers to her
"tribe". It is unclear which Andromeda Philip is referring to as
it is the Earth name of both a constellation and a galaxy.
Presumably he is referring to a planet within the Andromeda
constellation; it may have been a colony world of the Sirians
that at some point declared its independence from the rule of the
Leader and was reconquered by him.
|In this episode,
Philip wears a similar vision
enhancement device on his
sunglasses to that worn by the
tracker Laird in
"Reflections in Terror".
Also, notice that the "Predator
vision" image he sees while
tracking Robert and his wife is
just a horizontal flip of the
image seen by Laird in that
"The Littlest Dragon"
"Reflections in Terror"
As Glenda is about to give birth in the warehouse, Kyle
nervously asks if somebody should boil some water or something.
Willie emphatically says, "No! No, no, no! No water!" Would
water actually be somehow harmful to the newborn Sirian (or the
egg it hatches from)?
Willie is named as the new child's wantu. A wantu is a Visitor
term similar to godfather or uncle.
At 20:24 on the DVD, Willie and Robert share the same type of
Visitor "handshake" as witnessed in
"The Betrayal" between Willie and Simon.
It seems odd that Visitors give birth to eggs that hatch almost
immediately. Normally the biological reason for creatures to lay
hard-shelled eggs is to protect the embryo as it continues
developing outside of the mother's body for a somewhat lengthy
period of time.
This episode reveals that Philip was one of the greatest
warriors of the Sirians until he became a man of peace and law.
When Philip runs out from his cover to grab the beryllium
crystals dropped by Robert, a small piece of one of the crystals
seems to fall off in his hand and drop to the pavement. Probably
the prop crystals were just fragile hunks of rock candy.
Kyle says that Philip's shuttle is going to take Robert and
Glenda and their child to an island in the South Pacific where
they will never be found. It would be interesting to learn where
exactly they went and what became of the family.
Willie gives the newborn a bath of motor oil and rock salt,
saying it is very soothing and will help to keep the child's
scales moist. Does this unusual bath have anything to do with
his not wanting any water around the baby? And do adult Visitors
regularly bathe in this way as well?
After Willie places the baby in the bath, Glenda says, "Your
wantu will always protect you. You will never be alone." And
Willie says, "Neither will I." Uh, unless Willie's planning to
get on the shuttle to that South Pacific island, he and the boy
are not likely to see each other for a long time!
The scene of a Visitor "golf cart" driving through the hangar
bay at 45:18 on the DVD, is borrowed from