Ahh…this is good television, let me tell you. There is too much to cover, really, but I’d like to tell a tale of a green reptilian alien baby hand puppet, and I’d like you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Okay, I’m not going to say much more about the green reptilian alien baby hand puppet other than to merely mention it, but I will say that that was a highlight of the series for me. Well, the whole birthing scene was fantastic with the “regular” looking human baby and its evil green twin. But, even the human baby had a few moments of monsterdom when she came out and hissed with her nasty reptilian tongue, and then later as she “grew up” very quickly, she spat poison on another little girl, paralyzing her. But the green reptilian alien baby was a feat of superb special effects. I’ve said before on this blog, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE older special effects. The ones that are so obviously unreal that it really crowns the occasion because they couldn’t come up with anything better. No CGI, no problem!
I suppose a lot was going on in the real world when this TV miniseries was on. We can make some plausible connections between the alien Visitors and Communists, for sure, because the Visitors wore red and they were “aliens” who not only were sucking the oceans dry, but they also stored and ate us. I’m pretty sure those were the major complaints against the communists, right?! And the Visitors recruited young’uns for their police brigades, which very nearly resembles our friend George Orwell’s sentiments in 1984 (oh, irony and coincidence!) about the propensity of Youth to be spies, etc. And, the Hitler Youth. And on and on.
What I liked about this series was that it:
1. Had a cheese factor of 10 (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest). Cheesy effects, Cheesy dialogue, Cheesy character development. REALLY cheesy acting.
2. It was Science Fiction!
3. And, it showed the humans working with the rebel Visitors to overthrow the tyranny.
The only thing I didn’t like was that in the end, it didn’t show what life was like getting used to living with the Visitors who were left behind. Maybe there’s a sequel that I don’t know about. Maybe I’ll make one in my back yard. Anybody seen the Beastmaster lately?!