Way back in the halcyon days of 1984, a summer of strikes and strife and of Tory cuts and layoffs. It was the summer that the United States boycotted the XXIII Olympic Games, an event that left massive holes in the schedules of broadcasters here in the UK. As such ITV one of the main broadcasting channels in the UK at the time, replaced its Olympic coverage with movies and shows, one of which had been shown the previous year in America.
At the time there was no such thing as the internet and the almost instant communication we have in the world of the super information highway these days. Unlike today where a show such as Game of Thrones may come out in America one month or several months ahead of the UK, fans who really want to know what is happening in their favorite show can simply check online and see hundreds of reviews and videos, some will break down the show scene by scene!
At that time in 1984 nobody in the UK had really heard of V The Mini Series, let alone its twists and turns in its narrative that had viewers here hooked and for several weeks it was workplace talk across the UK. The mini series is only two episodes long, but packs a huge punch and was followed by V The Final Battle which continued the story from the mini series 200 minute long run, and in turn V The Series followed this running for nearly two years and running of almost 20 episodes.
The shows premise was pretty simple, a fleet of alien spacecraft arrive and take station above fifty of the worlds largest cities. The aliens make contact a short while afterwards and appear very much like humans, save for a strange voice and an aversion to bright lights. The come in peace and offer to help us end the environmental disasters that are plaguing our world, and all they ask for in return is some chemicals that are in abundance here on Earth!
Of course things are not as simple as they seem and within a few short days of the first contact, scientists and doctors around the world start to disappear and soon as the world gains to love and trust these Visitors, they use propaganda to convince the world that the science community are out to destroy them and doom our world. Naturally there are those who won’t sit by idly as our world falls under an alien yoke and soon as resistance movement is formed to uncover the truth about these beings from another world!
Although they appear almost identical to humans, the Visitors are in fact a species descended from reptiles and the real reason they are here is to harvest our planet for food and use it as a staging point in a war with another alien species!
The reveal of the lizard like appearance of the Visitors is one of the best plot twists in television and the show has been voted one of the best of the 20th Century several times. With a cast of well known faces such as Richard Herd as the leader of the Visitors John, Marc Singer who during the 80s was better known as The Beastmaster, the very beautiful Jane Badler who starred as the main vilian of the show Diana and a little known actor who played the loveable alien defector Willie, Robert Englund who is perhaps better known now by one of his other character personas a one Freddy Kruger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films, television shows and comic books!
The show was extremely popular on both sides of the pond and show runner and creator Kenneth Johnson is still attempting to recreate the series in a big budget movie with modern day effects which would be outstanding. In 2009 the show was revamped for television and featured an all new cast and ran for two seasons before cancellation, though the reboot was nowhere near as popular as the original.
The video above is a quick look at the excellent range of miniatures from Crooked Dice Games Design Studios and features some of the best looking white metal models I have seen in the past twenty years or so. We will take a more indepth look at the miniatures with our review soon here on Gamers Web and as mentioned on the video will be bringing you a free to play set of rules set around the V television show.
You can get your hands on these excellent models available individually or as two sets of four miniatures and check out the full range of miniatures from Crooked Dice at their website HERE.
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