Reptilian Alien Tearing Through Fake Human Face Thermos

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  1. buddy66 says:

    Arky,

    The mixed metaphors is pretty good for another reason: those mouse-swallowing aliens would have found the African Queen’s waters real tasty, what with all the blood-sucking leeches infesting it.

    I was an adult, so I have no excuse for watching this turkey … but I did.

    Okay: Diana turned me on.

  2. EeyoreX says:

    I´m kinda miffed that nobody has mentioned Michael Ironside yet.
    Robert Englund is awesome, sure, but to any kid alive in the 1980´s Michael Ironside was the living definition of “badass”. This was long before Chuck Norris had picked up the gauntlet.

    So any series that has Michael Ironside + Robert Englund + icky alien lizards + laser explotions galore is so full of win that it owerflows.

  3. Jonathan Badger says:

    The funny part is that Englund plays the one *good* alien, if I recall. Funny how he’s been typecast as villains afterwords.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The opening scene was ripped off from Clarke. That’s the thing I remember the most.

  5. Antinous / Moderator says:

    My favorite part about V is that the evil alien leader Diana left V one week only to reappear the next week on Falcon Crest playing pretty much the same character.

  6. Nylund says:

    Although many children did this for other reasons, the whole reason I poured elmer’s glue on my hand, waited for it dry, and peeled it off, was because I wanted to recreate my own personal bit of “V” every day as a small child.

    I too barely remember anything other than the face-peeling, but boy did that one thing have an effect on me.

  7. The Lizardman says:

    Not surprisingly, I loved V as a kid – just made my wife (who was too young to remember its original airing) watch the complete series with me and for the most part it holds up really well, if anything its pacing is just a bit slower along with some film conventions that are showing their age (angles, cuts, etc).

  8. Snig says:

    Remember being bugged while it was coming out. Reruns of Tom Baker Dr. Who was on at 9 in the morning and got no support and was frequently pre-empted by professional wrestling. This show, which I always thought of as “Dynasty in Space” was plugged beyond belief. Had as the theme “if someone is from far away and funny looking, they’re likely evil”. If you still believe the part about being funny looking, you haven’t been following the career of Rep. Waxman. Hopefully the new series will be transmogrified beyond recognition.

    Curious what Lizardman’s take on this is.

  9. Daemon says:

    I remember them redesigning the aliens at least 2 or 3 times throughout the run of the series, with no explanation for why the aliens suddently look differant.

  10. Pantograph says:

    Of course it would make a good kids’ lunchbox. They were eating live mice!

    And it had the guy who played Freddy Kruger in it too.

  11. SkullHyphy says:

    The show’s coming back so maybe they can make some creepier Thermoses!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307824/

  12. reesemlm says:

    this post is just in time for ABC’s new V remake.

    http://www.filmjunk.com/2009/05/21/abcs-v-remake-trailer/

  13. Manooshi says:

    I was a child of the 80′s and V definitely ruled!!!

  14. TheHikingStick says:

    Halt! Who grows there?

  15. hectorinwa says:

    Oh man. The part that I remember was when the half-alien, half-human baby was born, and it looked human and everyone was all “phew it’s a human after all…” and then it’s tongue came out and it was all alien-snake tongue! and then it cut to commercial.

  16. Trent Hawkins says:

    Halflife 2 is basically V-the series-the video game.

  17. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Buddy, I love it :)

  18. The Lizardman says:

    @ SNIG

    Looks like we cross posted and you missed mine.

    I’m not sure what you mean by the “if someone is from far away and funny looking, they’re likely evil” theme though, one of the big points in V was the aliens look just like us (at least in their disguises) and when we discover their true faces we also discover they are evil and here to steal resources and use us as food. Sorry if that is a spoiler for anyone.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Jeez, kids these days. Don’t remember the classics.

    “V; The Final Battle” was a big deal when it originally aired, and it was spun into a regular series for a season or two afterward.

  20. Anonymous says:

    @HECTORINWA,

    You forgot the baby’s twin, born slimy and green, that died shortly. That was the horrific part, at least for a pubescent girl!

  21. Talia says:

    Hehe. I too was a kid in the ’80s, and the face peely thing is one of the only things I recall. We were probably slightly traumatized:P

  22. Phikus says:

    It’s The Lizardman! (Cheers Erik!)

  23. Anonymous says:

    Series technical consultant: David Icke.

  24. andyhavens says:

    @William: YOU ARE MY HERO. That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking of! Many, many thanks. That small, itchy part of my brain is now calm and relaxed.

    And, holy crap… you can see the opening sequence on YouTube, of course:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63_lcQUdxxE

    “A highly trained crew of young people…” (and a chimp, of course).

    This is truly what makes bb great. Access to the Hive Overmind.

    Thanks again, William.

  25. Lord Runcible says:

    I think V is what truly cemented the burgeoning geek in me – Star Wars gave me a healthy start but V really nailed it.

  26. Johnny Cat says:

    Marc Singer was in V. And that’s all I needed to know to watch it. Looking forward to the reboot.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I was a child in the 80s, and Mom didn’t let us watch V. When my brother and I got our wisdom teeth out in college, we rented the entire V miniseries, “Barbarella,” and “Dune.”

    I guess I’m saying it goes well with painkillers. Didn’t they eat a guinea pig, too?

  28. The Unusual Suspect says:

    The art on that Thermos looks like Jack Kirby’s handiwork. Could it be?

  29. mypalmike says:

    The thing I remember is the woman eating the mouse whole, and the lump in her neck as she swallowed it. Awesomeness.

  30. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    I remember the animal gobbling. Does someone eat a budgie too?

    They aired it again around 2001, on Sky in the UK, we sampled it for some hiphop instrumentals, oddly enough there was also a couple of samples from The African Queen in the same track.. mixed metaphor?

    Oh wait! I totally remember the context.. V is about aliens who have come to steal our water, and the African Queen is all about a journey down a river, on a boat. See? Perfectly rational.

  31. mellowknees says:

    I totally remember being terrified of “V” as a kid, and then actually watching an episode and realizing it was way more fake than Star Trek, so therefore I was no longer scared (or, at least, that is what I told myself so I wouldn’t have nightmares).

    And although it seems like a really odd concept for a kid’s lunchbox, I can say from real 1980s experience that a lot of kids watched it. And I mean a LOT!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Wow, there’s a blast from the past! I knew a kid in elementary school who had the V lunchbox/thermos set, and I remember thinking at the time that it was a more than a little bit creepy. IIRC, that kid ended up getting pulled out of school later that year and all we heard about it was that his parents decided to put him in a “private school.” COINCIDENCE?!?!?!?

  33. Snig says:

    @Lizardman

    Interesting. Never thought about it, but I guess it just pushed the wrong buttons for me. As an outsider at the time, i felt more kinship with representations of outsiders. When they drew the outsiders as inhuman maneating monsters not to be trusted, outside of the one token “good monster”, I felt that they’d dissed my people.

    Also, as a young science geek, I disliked the depiction of bringers of new technology as evil schemers.

    And none of the aliens wore scarves or used brilliance and irreverance to overcome smallmindedness, damning it in my eyes.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The original contains a scene with a guinea pig that include a large lump going down the throat, there is also a scene with a white mouse eaten by the same alien later in the series – the two get conflated / mixed up a lot

  35. andyhavens says:

    Need help from bb community on marginally related issue… I don’t remember “V,” but I have vague memories of another 1970′s/early 80′s Saturday morning sci-fi TV show that I can’t for the life of me put my finger on.

    All I really remember is that the main character rode around in a big, silver RV looking thing, out of the back of which could come one (or more?) ATV type vehicles. I seem to remember that it also took place on either another planet or a post-apocalyptic environment.

    I also remember that that background musical riff reminded me of the bridge from The Who’s, “Bargain.”

    If that’s enough to help someone else jog my frozen brain, I’d be grateful.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Go to this link to see all the interviews from the “V” cast, past and present. http://www.mindpulse.com/users/lizlady

    It’s run by that chick Ilana who knows them all personally.

  37. Willsan says:

    I dropped out of the boy-scouts because the meetings were on the same night as V the series. if it weren’t for V (or had they invented the DVR earlier) I might be a totally different person today.

  38. nerdkiller says:

    @ Pantograph – “It had that guy who played Freddy Kruger in it”.

    Firstly he’s not some GUY he’s ROBERT FREAKING ENGLUND!

    And it’s not Kruger it’s KRUEGER! you’re insulting the characters Germanic heritage, a subtextual element of Krueger which was picked up and played so artfully by Mr. Englund.

    Respekt the franchise!!1

  39. william says:

    @AndyHavens: I’m pretty sure you’re thinking of Ark II, which ran in the later half of the 70s:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_II

    If you search Google Images for “Ark II” and “Ark Roamer” (their ATV thing) you should be able to check your hazy recollections.

  40. The Lizardman says:

    Snig,

    By the the time V came out, I had long since resolved myself to identifying with villians since they were always cooler. But with V, I just thought they looked cooler. The aliens were not outsiders, they were the establishment or at least almost instantly merged with the earth establishment.

    As for the bringers of new technology, really the aliens were the suppressors of technology – they witchhunted the scientists (which fit nicely with the R.A.W. I was reading at the time) under the guise of sharing technology. As a young science geek V was probably trying, if anything, to speak to you about the ways in which science was the power to save mankind – the heroes were the scientists discovering the truth behind the alien lies / deceit and organizing the resistance.

    How long has it been since you last watched it? I wonder if time has not oddly colored your memory of its details.

    And I know it is heresy of a sort but Tom Baker, while the one that first drew me into Dr Who, is not my favorite doctor.

  41. Takuan says:

    why yes, yes Willsan, you WOULD have been a very different “person”.

  42. phlavor says:

    V was my first realization that it was very easy to fall in with Nazi ideals if you don’t question authority and that being part of the resistance was so much cooler anyway.

  43. Snig says:

    Lizardman,
    Thanks for answering. I haven’t looked at it since it came out. I was an adolescent at the time, so judgement was likely suspect. One thing I remember being miffed was the sudden proliferation of “V” novels crowding into the Waldenbooks scifi section. I felt like Hollywood was crowding into my corner of the ghetto. As I said, adolescent, so more than a dram of drama. I may well have not given it enough of a chance. May try again.

    Rowan Atkinson is probably my favorite incarnation of the doctor, so no offense taken.

  44. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Rowan Atkinson is probably my favorite incarnation of the doctor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM

  45. johnnyaction says:

    I have both V miniseries and the entire tv show on dvd.

    It makes for awesome viewing and you get to watch the hair get bigger and the eyeshadow get bluer as the years go on.

    Alienbaby is the best part.

  46. muteboy says:

    #29 I put it on my face so I could pretend to be Yaphet Kotto in ‘Live And Let Die’

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