(or V: The Original Miniseries
) is a two-part science fiction television miniseries
, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson
. First shown in 1983, it initiated the science fiction franchise
concerning aliens known as "The Visitors
" trying to gain control of Earth.
A race of aliens arrive on Earth in a fleet of 50 huge, saucer-shaped motherships
, which hover over major 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. 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, commanded by their leader John and his deputy Diana, begin to gain considerable influence with human authorities.
Strange events begin to occur and scientists become objects of increasing media hostility. They experience government restrictions on their activities and movements. Others, particularly those keen on examining the Visitors more closely, begin to disappear or are discredited. Noted scientists confess to subversive activities; some of them exhibit other unusual behaviors, such as suddenly demonstrating an opposite hand preference
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