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Though followers of current science fiction television series may dismissV: The Final Battleas a quaint relic from the pre-computer animation days, the six-hour miniseries about an alien invasion of Earth was a ratings juggernaut for NBC in 1984 and should still provide some entertainment for hard-bitten devotees and fans of '50s-style sci-fi.The Final Battlepicks up four months after the shock conclusion of the 1983 prequel miniseries, with a small group of humans known as the Resistance struggling to convince their fellow humans that a fleet of seemingly friendly visitors from space are in fact bent on world domination.

Executive producer Kenneth Johnson (who oversaw most aspects of the first series) only supervised the sequel's script (which underwent several changes before its airing), and the writing occasionally suffers due to the lack of his attention. But the series still delivers its share of action and intrigue, as well as one showstopping gruesome moment involving the birth of interspecies twins. Acting is again a stumbling block, with leads Marc Singer and Faye Grant as bland as any performers from the American International Pictures stable; character actor Michael Ironside makes the strongest impression as a tough Resistance member, and a pre-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund is amusing as a kind-hearted alien. The miniseries was followed by an inevitable weekly series featuring most of the same cast, which was demolished in the ratings by Dallas, but a faithful Resistance-like following remains to this day. --Paul Gaita

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CastRichard Herd, Robert Englund, Michael Durrell, Faye Grant, Jane Badler
Screen WriterKenneth Johnson
DVD Release Date:  August 6, 2002
Runtime:  267 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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Following the huge success of the miniseries V, NBC followed up a year later with the sequel to the saga, V: THE FINAL BATTLE. V: THE FINAL BATTLE begins not long after where V ended. Even after their successful attacks by resistance fighters, the Visitors are still in control of Earth and most of the world's population still believes the Big Lie: that the Visitors are here for purely peaceful purposes. In reality, the Visitors are giant reptiles who have come to drain the Earth of water and take …
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