Thursday, March 5, 2009

V for Victory (part 1)

V The Original Miniseries NBC Promo

From the wiki plot summary: A race of aliens arrive on Earth in a fleet of 50 huge, saucer-shaped motherships, which hover over major key cities across the world. They reveal themselves on the roof of the United Nations building in New York City, appearing human but requiring special glasses to protect their eyes and having a distinctive resonance to their voices. Simply referred to as the Visitors, they reach out in friendship, ostensibly seeking the help of humans to obtain chemicals and minerals needed to aid their ailing world. In return, the Visitors promise to share their advanced technology with humanity. The governments of Earth accept the arrangement, and the Visitors, led by their leader John and his deputy Diana, begin to gain considerable influence with human authorities. (More, here.)
"They arrived in fifty mother ships, 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 secrets. The Resistance is all that stands between us ... and the Visitors!"
Titan skull?
Interesting lighting on the Eiffel Tower

Lookie at what's on the wall
Out of the Saucers comes a smaller Snakey ship (pic below), with a winged-snake-like looking logo, and also swastika-like.

The story became a Nazi allegory, right down to the Swastika-like emblem used by the Visitors and their SS like uniforms. There is a youth auxiliary movement called the "Friends of the Visitors" with obvious similarities to the Hitler Youth, and Visitor broadcasts mimic Nazi-era propaganda. The show's portrayal of human interaction with the Visitors bears a striking resemblance to stories from Occupied Europe during the Second World War with some citizens choosing collaboration and others choosing to join underground resistance movements.

Where the Nazis primarily persecuted Jews, the Visitors were likewise depicted to persecute scientists, their families, and anyone associating with them. They also distribute propaganda in an effort to hide their true identity. Some of the central characters in the initial series were from a Jewish family and the grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, frequently commented on the events of the past again unfolding. Once they are in a position to do so, the Visitors later declare martial law to control the scientists (and resistance fighters) as well. In addition, direct figure analogies are used, such as the senior Visitor scientist, Diana, who can be compared to Dr. Josef Mengele.

First audio message in all national languages: "Citizens of planet earth we bring you greetings and we come in peace, may we respectfully request the secretary general of your United Nations. Please come to the top of the UN building in NY at 01.00 Greenwhich (green witch) time."

"Please come up the ramp." (ramp = disaster in flemish/dutch)

Exit please!
"These visitors assure me they come in peace and they wish to honor all the covenants of our UN charter. As you will see they are much like us, although their voices are unusual. They ask for me to speak on their behalf, but I felt that everyone would be more comfortable if their supreme commander who is aboard this vessel, spoke directly to all of you."

Then the ambassador steps a few steps down and the alien supreme commander:
"I trust that you will forgvie me, but our eyes are unaccustomed to this kind of brightness."

and he puts on his alien brand of 'Hoffman Lenses' ;p

"Our planet is the 4th in distance from the star you call Sirius. This is the first time we have left our system, and you the first intelligent life we've encountered. We're pleased to meet you. Our names would sound peculiar to you, so me and my fellow visitors and I have chosen simple names from Earth. My name is John. Our planet is in sirius environmental difficulty, far worse than yours, it's reached a stage where we will be unable to survive."

They supposedly need a compound manufactured to save their planet.

"We will reward your generosity by educating your industrial and scientific complex to the limits of our knowledge. Then we'll leave you as we came in peace."

"Talk about an offer we can't refuse, huh?"
"I wonder what would happen if we did."

"Would I like to get in his ship."
"I would like to get into his DNA."
says the biochemist to be

The aliens' orange jumpsuits kinda make them look like terr'rists

Power plant, power planet

From JK

"Can I help you?"
"I'm just"
"Yes, just!"
"Yes, help. Help to go. To this place. I'm just!"
"You don't know where to go?"
"Yes. I'm just."
"You're lost!"
"Oh yes, lost!"
"English (angels) not well to me."

Haha, he's not 'just' at all, but very lost, just excellent. That's Robert Englund, aka Freddy Krueger, and his character learned Arabic instead of English and got sent the wrong place, heh. Alien bureaucracies eh.

"Of all the people we've met my people say they feel most comfortable with you, so do I. We've done research that shows your people have a lot of confidence in you. You're trusted, respected and attractive. Qualities which are essential in our new official spokes woman."

Flattery will get you everywhere as the alien pursuades the journalist. Later the woman says "it's a great career move. The perfect opportunity." Blabla. "I'm going to stay objective. I'm one of us, not them." She says later to someone. We'll see about that!

Someone is missing, but they found his car. In the car, there is a weird stain on the inside of the driver's side door.

A news bulletin comes on that there is "an international conspiracy against" the visitors.

"Scientists have simply vanished, which leads credence to them being part of the conspiracy."
lol. Right!

All the benefits they planned to share with us could be in danger. Scientific seminars will have to postponed. The UN has agreed to visitor requests that all scientists and their relatives must register their whereabouts and they will be computer monitored.

"Abraham, nothing's going to happen. NOt to you or your family, they're not scientists. Anyway it's going to pass."
"That's what I said in 1938 back in Berlin"
"But this is different."
"Is it?"
cut to the new Hitler Jugend, orange jumpsuits, terrorists, also used in the show Heroes now.

on the news: "Many scientists have suppressed major breakthroughs in science. Like cancer, because there is much money to be made from research grants..."

Some scientists on TV suddenly 'change their hand preference' and some people notice it, while there's a hissing sound in the background!

The camera man climbs on board and finds that all the chemical stuff is show for nothing. As the aliens load the chemical onto the saucers and just dump them into space again.

He shoots some interesting footage, that's a mouse in his mouth.

I wonder if they cough up hairballs.

Then the camera dude gets spotted and gets into a fight with what turns out to be a 'shapeshifting' reptilian. Symbolizing fear, the primitive centers of the brain, or anything else you want it to. The wiki page mentions this being based on 'fringe theories'. Believe nothing!

He gets back to earth, and almost succeeds in broadcasting his footage, but all TV channels go offline.
As the logo comes on the screen, followed by the Alien Supreme Commander...
Now the aliens not only control the 'journalist' but the entire airwaves.

He ostracises the scientists and adds: "Your national leaders have suggested that a state of martial law will be most helpful at this time and we agree. we will also help the ask of our Visitor Friends Units everywhere."

The Visitor Friends Units are thrilled...

Propaganda posters are everywhere, but the resistance is forming too, their message? "Find the others." And what can be more helpful than a symbol:

V for Victory

Stay tuned for Part 2.


brEYE said...

I would love to watch that show again. I was so young when it was on TV, me and my family would watch it together. Now the show seems prophetic and more meaningful. Looking forward to the next part.

Thuth said...

Very nice. It's been a while since I watched V. Although I did just finish V for Vendetta.

This letter V, which is also 5 in roman numerology is some kind of signature I feel.



dedroidify said...

First time I've seen it, it's pretty cool.

Yeah, the law of fives comes into play! 23.

Peace Thuth!

db said...

Great post. It reminded me of another favorite orange jumpsuited world domination clip: Sealab 2021 (2012?)