V (TV series)

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V is a science fiction TV franchise created by American producer and director Kenneth Johnson concerning aliens known as "The Visitors" trying to take over Earth. It ran as a miniseries in 1983 and 1984, and a weekly TV series from 1984 to 1985.

V: The Original Miniseries

[Daniel Bernstein saunters up to Robin Maxwell.]
Robin Maxwell: Is he still a virgin, you think?
Daniel Bernstein: Who?
Robin: Brian.

[The morning after Daniel Bernstein learns that the Maxwells are in their poolhouse]
Daniel Bernstein: [pours champagne into parents and grandfather's glasses] Pretty classy, huh? Champagne for breakfast.
Stanley Bernstein: Where'd you get it?
Daniel: From a local merchant. One who knows the value of having friends. And now a toast-to my engagement.
Lynn Maxwell: To whom?
Daniel: Robin Maxwell.
Lynn: [after looking at Stanley] But she's gone away, Danny.
Daniel: Oh, not that far away.
Stanley: How does Robin feel about this, Daniel?
Daniel: She doesn't know about it, yet. You don't realize it. But I want her, so I'll get her, just as much as I wanted this champagne...and I got it. Otherwise, I'll just have to turn the whole damned family in.
[Abraham Bernstein splashes his champagne into Daniel's face before walking out of the dining room.]

[Stanley Bernstein discovers that his father, Abraham, hid the Maxwells in their pool house]
Stanley Bernstein: I really don't believe you brought them here.
Abraham Bernstein: They have nowhere to go. Their house is being watched now.
Stanley: And so is ours! By Daniel! Tell them that we're sorry...
Abraham: Stanley, you don't understand. They have to stay. They need a place to hide!
Stanley: And why is that?
Abraham: Because the father is a scientist -
Stanley: - and therefore suspect! And a fugitive, I take it, which would make them doubly dangerous.
Abraham: They have to stay.
Stanley: And I'm telling you to get them out, before I...
Abraham: I won't.
Stanley: Then I will!
Abraham: [shouts] NO, YOU WON'T! We had to put you in a suitcase. In a suitcase! You were eight months old. That's how we smuggled you out.
Stanley: I know the story!
Abraham: No, you don't! You don't. Your mother, auv shalom...your mother didn't have a heart attack in the boxcar. She made it with me, to the camp. I can still see her, standing naked in the freezing cold. Her beautiful black hair was gone. They'd shaved her head. I can still see her waving to me, as they marched her off with the others to the showers - the showers with no water. Perhaps, if somebody had given us a place to hide...don't you see, Stanley? They have to stay. Or else, we haven't learned a thing!

[Abraham Bernstein and Ruby Engels see a group of kids spraypainting a row of Visitor propaganda posters]
Abraham Bernstein: No...If you are going to do it, do it right. [takes the hand of the kid with the spray paint and draws a large red "V" on the FRIENDSHIP IS UNIVERSAL poster] You understand? For Victory! Go tell your friends...[walks away]

[During Mike's second escape from the mothership, where he brings out Robin and Sancho aboard a Skyfighter with Martin's help]
Mike Donovan: Martin. Say it man! You're scared.
Martin: It's very, very dangerous for me here now.
Mike: [points to Sancho] What does he look like, a Sunday afternoon at Disneyland? I'm sure Barbara was scared and Tony too. Hell man, we're all scared, every damn one of us! But we've all gotta help out in the best way we can. Now how about it, man? Are you game?
Martin: The controls have a tendency to overcompensate. Are you sure you could fly one of these?
Mike: I hope so. [Just before settling at the controls, he reaches his hand to Martin] Martin? I'm glad to have you as a friend.
Martin: [shakes hand] I hope that we could all be friends.

Eleanor Dupres: I know the Visitors aren't saints, but they're in power! They are power...You and I are in unique positions, don't you see that? Why not take advantage of-
Mike Donovan: Because I can't survive at the expense of other people, it's not right! [pauses] You know, when I was a kid, there was a woman who taught me what was right and what was wrong...I wonder what became of her. [Eleanor smirks]

Lynn Bernstein:(Reading out Abraham's farewell letter) 'My dear family: It's painful knowing that I'll not see your faces anymore. But I must take this stand for what I know is right. You may think that an old man wouldn't be afraid to die, but this old man is very frightened. I'm hoping that I'll find a little of your mother's dignity and strength. So far, I'm as frightened as a child who fears the dark. But we must fight the darkness that is threatening to engulf us. Each of us must be a ray of hope and do our part and join with the others till we've become a blinding light, triumphant over darkness. Until that task is accomplished, life will have no meaning. More than anything, you must remember which side you're on and fight for it. You mother and I will march beside you, holding hands again. We'll sing your song of victory. You'll feel us in your hearts. Our spirit...' [nearly breaks down]
Stanley Bernstein: 'Our spirits will be with you always. And our love.' We have to help, or else we won't have learned a thing.

V: The Final Battle

[Referring to Ham Tyler]
Martin: Are there many more like him?
Mike Donovan: Fortunately, selective breeding keeps their population to a minimum.

Pamela: You scientific types are so easily ruffled.
Diana: And you military types are so predictable.
[Takes out her gun and shoots Pamela and her guard.]
Diana: You rely on cunning, intrigue...I prefer the direct approach. Don't worry, dear Pamela, I'll do my scientific best to command your fleet. And tomorrow I'll destroy the rebels! Consider this an early retirement.
[shoots Pamela in the stomach]

Pamela: You might reflect that your 'lover' has sent you 65 trillion light-years away from him...hardly an indication he can't bear to be apart from you.

[During the capture of Brian at the Maxwell residence, Ham is about to thrust a broken bottle in Daniel's face as revenge for killing Ruby. Caleb holds him back.]
Caleb Taylor: Are you gonna kill him?
Ham Tyler: As many times as I can!
Caleb: No, I got a better idea. [Pistol-whips Daniel at the back of his head]
Ham: That's it?
Caleb: Trust me!

[While thinking of how to counterfeit a security pass for the hospital raid]
Mike Donovan: We need to get those passes. Mark, you're a cop.
Mark: Ex-cop.
Mike: Elias, you're a hood.
Elias Taylor: Ex-hood.
Mike Donovan: Together, I think you two could come up with the best counterfeiter around.
Mark: [after pondering] Pascal.
Elias: Dan Pascal?
Mark: Yeah.
Elias: [sarcastic] If he's still alive.
Mike: Find him.
Mark: Ok. [motions to Elias] Let's go.

[During John's announcement at the the Los Angeles Medical Center, the rebels suddenly spring up and hijack the place]
Ruby Engels: [points a shotgun at Kristine Walsh, who sits at the camera area] All right, pretty face, grab some air!
[Elias and Robert hold John together while Mike grabs Diana at the top of the stairs]
Juliet Parrish: The Visitors are not our friends! They've come to rape our planet and kill us! They are NOT who they appear to be! [Rips off part of John's mask to the horrors of the audience.]

[Inside the Visitor security headquarters, after the Visitors beat up Daniel over Brian's capture and how he became the fall guy.]
Daniel Bernstein: What are you going to do with me, Stephen?
Stephen: Send you where you'll serve us well.
Daniel: [Sees two white-coated orderlies enter the room] Where is that?
Stephen: Where else? On a serving platter. [snaps fingers at guards]
Daniel: No! Stephen, no!!!! NOOOO!!!!!
[The guards haul off Daniel, followed by the orderlies]

Ham Tyler: You know, from this distance I could almost cut him in half.
Mike Donovan: Anything more than a flesh wound and you get the same.

Ham Tyler: I like to get everyone's attention. That way, I don't have to repeat myself.

Ham Tyler: You know, if you let them live, Gooder, they're gonna breed.
Mike Donovan: I prefer them to you.
Ham:: I may bring the neighbourhood down, but they'll eat it!

[Inside the Visitors' LA Mothership, Robin's daughter, Elizabeth, begins to type words in a computer. Diana is close by.]
Elizabeth:[utters single word from computer] Pretanama. (Visitorese for 'Peace')
Diana: It's not in our destiny.
Elizabeth: Pretanama.
Diana: NO!

V: The Series

Lydia: I'm merely following the commander's orders, Diana. I suggest you do the same.
Diana: When I want your suggestions, Lydia, I'll put a box outside my door.

(Bates is reciting a list of Diana's crimes to her)
Nathan Bates: ...and, not to forget, cannibalism.
Diana: That's a matter of taste.
Bates: I may have been born at night, Diana, but I wasn't born last night.

Lydia: You know, I've never lost in mortal combat!
Diana: Idiot! If you had, you'd be dead.

Mike Donovan: We know Bates is in bed with Diana.
Willie: Really? I did not know that.
Elias Taylor: It's a figure of speech, Willie.
Willie: With Diana, one never knows.

(Playing the piano and singing off-key.)
Willie: Deck the halls with lousy folly/Fa la la la la, la la la la/Tis the evening scruffy molly/Fa la la la la, la la la la/Don't we know how gay a carol/Fa la la, la la la, la la la/Holy moly Yule Tide carol/Fa la la la la, la la...
Visitor Guard:(Yanking Willie off the piano and starting to play.) That's terrible. Take a walk!

Julie Parrish: Willie, are you all right?
Willie: Yes. He only injured my prize.

(An even worse sounding tune is played on the piano by the Visitor guard, and all the Visitors present rise to their feet)

Julie 'What is that noise?'

Willie 'Oh, that is our National Anthem'

(Julie then stands up and begins a vocal of America the Beautiful)

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