04 November 2009

Marc Singer and the Visitors are My Heroes

Did any of you watch V last night? I didn't. My TiVo did. We were at a concert. Star Wars in Concert, to be exact.* I will be watching it tonight so shut it! I don't want to know!

Way back when this blog started, I wrote a post about the original V series. It was my Kevin Smith-esque rant about the Visitors. I re-post it for you now. I know. You're thrilled beyond words. You're welcome. And, yeah, that's Marc Singer right there. Mouth watering, you say? You're welcome again.

Supposedly, when the Visitors came to Earth, they came in 50 mother ships, each ship carrying about 6,500 aliens. That makes for 325,000 aliens total on Earth, not all of them soldiers. That means, a mere 325,000 aliens versus 6,000,000,000 (that's right, as in b) humans. Hmmmm, I think we could kick their butts in numbers alone. Now, putting those ships together costs money, right? Supposedly their planet and eco-system are dying and they need our natural resources to fix that problem. They're at war with several other alien species and need us for food and cannon fodder. OK, taking into account that these 50 mother ships are each 3.2 km in circumference and 900 feet tall, I would say 50 of those suckers would cost a pretty penny. In addition to that, each ship has three fusion (that right, fusion not fission) nuclear reactors to provide power, propulsion, and a wicked self-destruct mechanism. Again, lots of Benjamins. So, they've taken away 325,000 of their people (people that could have helped to fight their wars) and spent an incalculable amount of money on these 50 ships to get to Earth. Not only is their planet dying, but they've now screwed their economy with all the ship construction going on! Hello! Why not spend the cash on figuring out ways to turn around their eco-system? I mean, come on, it's not like water is some special chemical compound that requires 10 different rare elements. You need hydrogen (the most plentiful element in the universe) and oxygen. That's it! Figure it out!

Also, the Visitors are openly hostile toward Earth scientists. Early in the series, scientists begin to either disappear or become brainwashed, presumably because the Visitors don't want their secret found out by these scientists and then leaked to the public. The secret, of course, is that they're 6-foot tall walking, talking iguanas. This doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't you rather take out the military arms of each country? I would be more worried about Navy SEALS, the Army Rangers, the "black ops" CIA agents, the Israeli army who uses Krav Maga to kick serious ass, the armed Columbian drug runners, and members of the NRA. Wouldn't you rather get rid of these people instead of going after a bunch of geeky scientist who could beat you at Trivial Pursuit, but not so good at hand-to-hand combat? Just a thought.



Chelsie said...

A woman after my own heart. My husband hates that I do this...but I want believeabilty...I'm all about some aliens but don't create a convoluted backstory that just doesn't hold water. I know what you mean, however I too will be watching the new version to see how it works out.

Irrational Dad said...

My DVR watched it too... I'll catch it tonight.

But your economic analysis has a very simple solution. They have a government like ours and spend money that they don't have. Maybe all those aliens have an American Express Black card. They built the ships and high-tailed it towards Earth before the statements arrived.

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

OK, so I watched the old version over the weekend. I didn't remember it being so cheesy. I remember really liking it...and it being all about the aliens. My husband and I giggled at the lack-of-shirt in many scenes as well as the soap opera-esque side dramas.

Anyhow. I DID watch last night. I totally got sucked in. I won't spoil it for you. But, it is believable enough that I can see the crazies thinking it's real and that Obama is actually a "visitor".

Anonymous said...

I love that you took a rational approach to a television series...it just confirms everything that I already adore about you.

Me? I'm able to just ignore the stuff even though I know it is there. I use TV as a drug to silence my head so whatever, as long as there are some pretty people peppered into my SciFi, I am happy. ;)

Avitable said...

Did you say that he is mouth watering? Really?

I'm interested to hear what you thought of the V remake. I barely remember the original - I was a little too young.

Expat No. 3699 said...

Marc Singer...

Beastmaster: Yes.
Mouth watering: Uhm, no. Unless its how your mouth starts to water before you throw up.


Dave2 said...

ZOMG! You met The Beastmaster!! Was Kodo and Podo there? And what about Tanya Roberts... any pictures of her floating around you'd like to share? :-)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Ha! We'll be watching tonight, too. I do have the original on DVD, so I can also reminisce when the mood strikes me.

As for the "fear" of our army, I can see why the Visitors didn't give a shit. I mean bullets? When we have a spaceship? I can see where the overconfidence was a factor. :)

sybil law said...

Hahahaha! I love it.
I did watch it last night. It was decent. I guess. :)

Unknown said...

GOT to respect a guy that worked with Tanya Roberts mostly naked - her, not him. What did he wear in that series anyway?

tracey.becker1@gmail.com said...

I watched it! And I giggled at the action scenes and hair and repeats of flight sequences... But I LOVED it back in the day.

And I DID watch the new one! Very good so far. Gotta love the idea that all terrorists aren't actually human beings that are complete wack jobs, but aliens that want to eat us!

It's quite a relief when I think of it that way!

Patois42 said...

Damn, am I glad I didn't read this post of yours originally. I don't know if I would have been back for more.

Oh, wait, is that MARC SINGER! EEEEEEEEEK!

Momisodes said...

Love the pic!

And yes, we did watch it last night.

My lips are sealed :)

metalmom said...

I thought I was the only one who did that. I hate when I see glaring plot holes. That said, I still seem to find a way to suspend that knowledge long enough to watch the shows anyway.

I watched the original marathon recently and I enjoyed the new one too.