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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
V: East Coast Crisis V
East Coast Crisis
Written by Howard Weinstein and A.C. Crispin

The events of V: East Coast Crisis take place concurrently with the two mini-series V and V: The Final Battle and details the goings-on in the area around New York City.

(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, paperback edition, published September 1984)

During the events of V and V: The Final Battle, the New York resistance group known as White Christmas deals with the Visitor invasion both on their own and in conjunction with the L.A. resistance.

Didja Know?

Not only does East Coast Crisis take place concurrently with V and V: The Final Battle, the characters and events depicted seem to thematically parallel the two mini-series as well:

  • New York=Los Angeles: each is the major city on the east and west coasts of the U.S.
  • Pete Forsythe=Juliet Parrish: both characters are medical students and both become the leader of their respective resistance groups.
  • Denise Daltrey=Kristine Walsh: both are newswomen reporting on the Visitor presence.
  • Eleanor's party=Mayor O'Connor's party: both parties are thrown in honor of the newly-arrived Visitors and their avoidance of cooked food is noticed at both.
  • Cardinal Palazzo=Father Andrew: both are religious figures of the Catholic faith who join the resistance.
  • Alexander Garr=Eleanor Dupres: both seek power and stability by cozying up to the Visitors.
  • Lisa=Willy: both are Visitors who befriend a human and become attracted and eventually join the resistance/Fifth Column to oppose their own people's plans for Earth.
  • Dr. Mary Chu=Dr. Ruth Barnes: Both obtain Visitor skin samples (actually syntho-skin) and are killed for it.
  • Reporter Denise Daltrey chased through the woods by Visitors, escaping on horseback=News cameraman Mike Donovan chased through the woods by Visitors, escaping on horseback.
  • Diablos=Angels: The Diablos are a New York street gang that reluctantly helps the resistance; the Angels are an L.A. street gang that reluctantly helps the resistance. Plus, Diablos is Spanish for Devils, obviously the opposite of Angels!
  • The L.A. resistance mounts a successful raid on an armory=White Christmas mounts a successful raid on an armory
  • Donovan learns the Visitors' true plan to take water and humans as food from Fifth Columnist Martin=White Christmas learns the Visitors true plan to take water and humans as food from Fifth Columnist Jennifer.
  • The L.A. resistance blows up a Visitor water pumping plant=White Christmas blows up a Visitor chemical plant and a nitroglycerin factory that sit side-by-side
  • The L.A. resistance suffers a humiliating defeat attempting to shut down a Visitor processing plant, losing one of their own in the process and realizing the shock troopers are wearing stronger armor=White Christmas suffers a humiliating defeat attempting to shut down a Visitor processing plant, losing one of their own in the process and realizing the shock troopers are wearing stronger armor
  • Roger's mass kidnapping plot in New York on V-day=Diana's nuclear detonation plan in L.A. on V-day
  • The L.A. mothership returns to the city, commanded by the Fifth Column to return the captive humans aboard=The New York mothership returns to the city, commanded by the Fifth Column to return the captive humans aboard

Many of the chapter titles in this book seem to be borrowed from movies, plays, television, and music. They are noted in the story summary below.

Story Summary

Prologue: Journey's End
(Title is possibly borrowed from the 1928 play Journey's End by R.C. Sherriff about British Army officers in WWI.)

The fleet of Visitor motherships enters the solar system. On board one of the ships, command crew members Angela and Jennifer bicker over protocol.

Chapter 1: Where Were You When the UFOs Landed?
(Title is possibly borrowed from the 1968 comedy film Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? which is set in New York City during the great blackout of November 9, 1965.)

Yankees baseball players Pete Forsythe and Joey Vitale participate in training at Yankees stadium under team manager Bobby Neal, while Yankees owner Alex Garr observes and kibitzes. We learn that Pete is also a medical student and recovering alcoholic. They witness the New York mothership come in over the city.

New York City Mayor Daniel O'Connor is at a photo op at the Bronx Zoo with City Council President Alison Stein as the mothership parks itself over his city. In Washington D.C. President William Morrow is awakened by his wife and aides and informed of the UFOs arriving over the major cities of Earth. In Manhattan, CBS newswoman Denise Daltrey is told by her co-worker Dan Rather about the UFOs. Dr. George Stewart and his daughter Lauren (assistant to the U.N. Secretary-General) witness the mothership's arrival.

Chapter 2: Alarums and Excursions
(Title comes from the stage direction in Elizabethan dramas for the movement of soldiers across the stage.)

We learn that President Morrow was a bomber pilot in WWII. Denise Daltrey interviews Isaac Asimov about the alien presence just before the Visitors make their announcement to meet at the top of the U.N. building.

Chapter 3: The Visitors
(Title obviously refers to our alien antagonists, but may also be a reference to any of a number of other inspirations, possibly the 1980 science-fiction novel The Visitors by Clifford D. Simak about a perplexing alien visitation of Earth.)

The Visitors, U.N. personnel, and news media all prepare for Earth's first extraterrestrial meeting in their own way and then the meeting atop the U.N. building takes place.

Chapter 4: Party Time
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer other than it being a fairly common phrase)

Mayor O'Connor throws a party for the Visitors at Gracie Mansion. Jennifer has a discussion with Cardinal Palazzo about religion in their respective societies. The human party guests discuss, among themselves, some of the strange aspects of the Visitors.

Chapter 5: Make New Friends, Lose the Old
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer)

Joey visits his old childhood neighborhood for dinner with his parents and bumps into an old flame. Denise reports on the retooling of various industrial plants to produce the Visitors' needed chemical; after offering some questioning commentary on the Visitors, she and her producer are chewed out by the network president. While discussing the news incident with Roger and Jennifer, Angela reveals that the CBS network president has undergone conversion by the Visitors.

The first meeting of the Visitor Friends group of New York City takes place at Yankees Stadium, sponsored by owner Alex Garr. Pete and Joey are required to attend and they meet the Visitor Lisa.

Dr. Mary Chu complains about the Visitors' introductory lecture of advanced scientific knowledge but reveals she got some Visitor skin samples on her long fingernails which she intends to examine; shortly after, Mary goes missing.

Chapter 6: Rat Patrol
(Title is from the 1966-1968 television series about an Allied long-range desert patrol group in North Africa during WWII.)

Joey and Lisa begin to feel attraction for each other. Pete catches some of the Visitor Youth group getting drunk and tells them the story of his drunk driving accident. He witnesses a drunk Visitor grab and eat a live rat.

Chapter 7: Conversations in the Park
(Title is possibly inspired by the 1969 novel Conversation in the Cathedral by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, about life in Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odría in the 1950s.)

Dr. Stewart tells Lauren his suspicions about the Visitors' involvement in Mary's disappearance. Pete tells Dr. Stewart about the rat-eating Visitor.

Chapter 8: "I Suggest a New Strategy..."
(Title is a partial quote from Star Wars: A New Hope made by C-3PO. The full quote is "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookiee win.")

The President and some of his closest advisors along with U.N. Secretary-General Olav Lindstrom, meet with Roger and Angela who express concern that some Earth scientists may try to hamper Visitor activity. The aliens suggest a registration of scientists to which the President is hostile, but is convinced to investigate the matter further.

Chapter 9: "I Never Knew There'd Be Days Like These..."
(Possibly this title is a paraphrase of a lyric from the John Lennon song "Nobody Told Me", the lyric being "Nobody told me there'd be days like these"; in this song Lennon alludes to things happening that aren't really happening.)

Newscasts break the story of an alleged conspiracy of the world's scientists against the Visitors. The U.S. Congress passes the scientist registration act proposed by the Visitors, overriding the President's veto. The Visitors present "evidence" that Dr. Mary Chu was part of the conspiracy before her disappearance.

With Pete's help, Dr. Stewart finds "evidence" that has been planted in his office. They also find where Mary hid slides of the Visitor skin samples. Pete takes the slides and promises that if anything happens to Dr. Stewart he will get them to Dr. Hannah Donnenfeld at Brook Cove Lab in Oyster Bay on Long Island.

Chapter 10: Spiderweb
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer)

Denise Daltrey is getting fed up with the propaganda in favor of the Visitors in news reports. Mayor O'Connor makes some negative comments about the Visitors to reporters. Pete witnesses Dr. Stewart being led away from his office by cops and Visitors; Pete retreats to his apartment and gets drunk until he passes out. The next day he informs Lauren of what happened to her father and she sets out to investigate using her U.N. status.

Chapter 11: Revelations
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer unless it is the Biblical book of Revelations)

Lauren requests an audience with Roger regarding her father's arrest. The scientists at the Brook Cove Lab spy on Visitor activities. Pete takes the slides to Brook Cove and meets the scientists there and they discover the artificial nature of the skin.

Chapter 12: Power Play
(Title is probably a reference to the concept of a political power play, the use of power or threats for coercion)

With the President being held for conversion, the converted U.S. Secretary of Defense signs a cooperation agreement with the Visitors to hunt down rogue scientists and martial law is declared. Lauren begins to notice political figures becoming wrong-handed. Denise takes part in the aborted broadcast of Donovan's mothership footage.

Chapter 13: Strange Days, Indeed
(Possibly this title is from the refrain of the John Lennon song "Nobody Told Me". Among other things in the song, Lennon mentions having seen a UFO over New York)

Pete and Lauren meet for lunch and agree to resist the Visitors. After seeing her home, Pete impulsively kisses Lauren good-bye. Pete's Yankees manager speaks out against the Visitor Friends group and is taken away.

Chapter 14: Exeunt, Pursued by...What?
("Exeunt" is Latin for "to go out", i.e. exit, and is often used as stage direction in the writing of plays to indicate that the characters exit the stage. The title here is a take-off on a stage direction in Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale, in which he provides the stage direction "exeunt, pursued by bear." In this chapter of the book, Denise Daltrey is pursued by Visitors.)

After the declaration of martial law, Denise is essentially unemployed as a newswoman; several of her colleagues get arrested snooping around for the real story. Denise decides to get out of the city to a friend's vacation cottage in the mountains. On the way, she decides to pay Kristine Walsh a visit to give her a piece of her mind. But Angela was watching the exchange on a monitor and orders Denise followed and picked up someplace isolated. She escapes with the timely aid of police sergeant Sam Yeager of the New York mounted police. She learns he is a member of a resistance group and joins them.

Chapter 15: No More Mr. Nice Guy
(Title may come from the 1973 song of the same name by Alice Cooper, or may merely refer to the common English idiom.)

Alison Stein is informed by police that Mayor O'Connor has killed himself. As City Council President she is promoted to Mayor.

The Visitors commandeer the Madonna del Sol church as their headquarters for the area of Spanish Harlem. Father Roberto Lopez is ejected and Diablos street gang member Julio Cruz protests against the action and sets on a course to make the Visitors pay.

Chapter 16: It Begins When You're Always Afraid...
(Title is a paraphrase of a lyric from the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth", the lyric being "It starts when you're always afraid.")

Guido's restaurant, Bella Capri, becomes a meeting place for the resistance. They agree they need to gather more people and weapons. Lisa tells Joey she thinks her people are lying to her and others about the true mission to Earth.

Chapter 17: Step Out of Line and They'll Come and Take You Away...
(Title is a paraphrase of a lyric from the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth", the lyric being "You step out of line, the man come and take you away.")

The Visitors raid the Brook Cove lab, but miss the underground portion. The Diablos street gang, led by Julio, toss Molotov cocktails at the former La Madonna church, now local Visitor headquarters; in the ensuing chase one of the gang members is killed by the Visitors.

Chapter 18: Taking it to the Streets
(Title is from the 1976 Doobie Brothers song, "Takin' it to the Streets".)

The rebel group has its third meeting at Bella Capri, now with 16 members. They make plans to raid an armory and discuss the Visitors' hidden reptilian nature, which disturbs Joey due to his attraction to Lisa. Pete tells Joey to try to find out if she can help them. The group also decides to hold a celebration at Christmas despite the Visitors ban on holiday festivities. They arrange with Julio to have the Diablos help them with the armory raid; it is mentioned that some other street gangs have cooperated with the aliens and have received Visitor weapons in return.

Chapter 19: Dreams of a Revolution
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer.)

Jennifer receives a Mission Commendation from Roger and reminisces on another award she won in more peaceful times.

Alex Garr has a Christmas party for New York bigwigs and the Visitors while the rebel group has their own small one at Bella Capri. Garr's party turns out to be a rather poor one, with Mayor Alison Stein recounting a long list of terrorist activities suddenly taking place in the city; a decision is reached to make a goodwill tour of the city by Visitors and city officials on Valentine's Day. At Bella Capri, the party is much better with Pete and Lauren sharing a kiss under the mistletoe, Christmas carols, and a decision reached to call their rebel group White Christmas.

Chapter 20: The Right to Bear Arms...
(I presume the title is a reference to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which, in part, states that citizens have a right to keep and bear arms.)

White Christmas successfully makes a raid on the armory to obtain weapons. Later, the group learns of the planned propaganda tour and make plans to kidnap Roger and Angela during the event.

Chapter 21: The Face of the Enemy
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer other than it being a fairly common phrase.)

For 2 weeks before the propaganda tour, the White Christmas members practice using their new weapons and finalize their plan. The day arrives and they pull off the caper successfully except that Roger had business elsewhere and is not present to be kidnapped. They grab Angela and Jennifer instead and Jennifer reveals that she is a Fifth Columnist, giving the group information about the Visitors' true mission. Angela gets killed trying to silence Jennifer.

Chapter 22: Left-Handed Blessings
(Title comes from the Bible, the Book of Matthew, "The wicked took up with left-handed blessings, riches and honour, and so shall their doom be." This chapter of East Coast Crisis deals with the Visitors conversion of many humans in positions of power, which causes them to switch from right to left-handed (or vice versa).)

Cardinal Palazzo is shocked by what he has learned about the Visitors during the kidnapping and he soon realizes that even the Pope has been converted by them when he sees the high bishop using his left hand on television. Alex Garr is also disturbed by what he's learned and ashamed of his brown-nosing with the Visitors; he volunteers to use his connections with the aliens to be a double agent for White Christmas.

Chapter 23: Just One of Those Days
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer other than it being a fairly common phrase.)

Through February and March, Jennifer continues to give information to White Christmas. They successfully hit many Visitor targets and continue their smaller harassments of alien progress. But they suffer a humiliating defeat attempting to shut down a Visitor processing plant, losing one of their own in the process.

While pretending to be working on converting him, Jennifer secretly heals the damage done to President Morrow's mind.

Chapter 24: The California Connection
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer; in this chapter members of the New York group meet with Julie and Tyler of the L.A. group.)

Juliet Parrish and Ham Tyler visit Brook Cove Lab. The communication between the two groups continues as they work on the hybrid bacterium together and the plan for distributing it around the world to drive off the Visitors.

Chapter 25: Grocery List
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer other than it being a common phrase; in this chapter it refers to Roger's plan to fill his ship's quota of humans for food.)

Roger comes up with a plan to fill his ship's quota of packaged humans in one night and Jennifer sends Lisa to warn White Christmas of the plot. Meanwhile, resistance and Visitor forces both prepare for V-day.

Chapter 26: Thrown Gauntlet
(I am unaware of a specific outside influence to which this title may refer; historically, a knight would throw down one of his gauntlets as a challenge to another and if the other picked it up, the challenge was accepted.)

Lisa delivers news of Roger's plot to White Christmas and Joey confronts her about her reptilian nature. The group quickly makes plans for foiling Roger's scheme.

Chapter 27: The Long Island Railroad
(Title is a reference to the real Long Island Railroad.)

Roger sets his plan in motion, faking a chemical spill at a Long Island processing plant and evacuating the nearby neighborhoods, herding the residents onto the Long Island Railroad with an eventual destination of a number of Visitor shuttles to the mothership. Joey's parents are among the evacuated.

Chapter 28: If the Train Should Jump the Track...
(Title is a reference to a jump-rope or patty-cake chant which goes, "Engine engine number nine, Rolling down Chicago line, If the train goes off the track, Do you want your money back?")

The evacuation train runs ahead of schedule, putting White Christmas' counter-plan in danger of failing. Pete orders the resistance's train to increase speed to intercept despite the threat of running off the tracks. The Visitor in charge of the evacuation train notices the paralleling resistance and soon the two trains are in a race to reach Jamaica Station first.

Chapter 29: The Last Battle
(Title is obviously a reference to the "The Final Battle" title of the second V mini-series.)

White Christmas ambushes the Visitor troopers at Farmingdale Airport where shuttles are awaiting the evac train to take humans to the mothership. Joey meets his old flame Marianne there and it seems there might be a rekindling of romance between them. Two Visitor shock troopers man a Visitor tank that had been stored in a hangar and its laser cannon begins to blast away at the resistance force. The resistance's support shuttle flown by Alex Garr gets shot out of the air but lands safely with just one casualty.

Another support shuttle arrives and is shot down and crashes; the pilot turns out to be the President, set free by Jennifer. He joins in the resistance's firefight against the aliens. Then another support shuttle appears in the air, releasing balloons full of red dust.

Alex Garr sacrifices himself to finish off the Visitors' laser tank. The red dust begins to kill many of the Visitor troopers and the remaining ones soon flee.

Meanwhile, in the city, Julio tosses a canister grenade of red dust, killing the Visitor Security Commander at the Madonna del Sol church.

Chapter 30: When the Battle's Lost...and Won
(Title is a line from Shakespeare's MacBeth, "When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won.")

The word spreads that the motherships are fleeing Earth while the White Christmas members lick their wounds and count their dead. Six hours later, the New York mothership returns, now commanded by Jennifer, to return the human captives aboard, including Lauren's father, Dr. Stewart. Jennifer plans to gather the remaining Fifth Columnists on Earth and return to their homeworld to join the Alliance's struggle to end the reign of the Leader.

Epilogue: The Visitor on the Roof
(Title may be a play on Fiddler on the Roof, the well-known Broadway play first produced in 1964; it also refers to Supreme Commander John's appearance on the roof of the U.N. building shortly after the Visitors' arrival and, in this chapter, refers to Pete's landing on the same roof)

A week after V-day, Lauren Stewart returns to her job at the U.N. while Secretary-General Olav Lindstrom takes two weeks off to rest and relax after the events of the past year. Many of the resistance's survivors return to their previous lives. Pete borrows a captured Visitor shuttle from the authorities and lands on the roof of the U.N. building, scaring Lauren out of her wits. But he is there to invite her to spend some time with him in Hawaii. She agrees and they fly off together.


Didja Notice?

Pages 1-74 take place concurrently with the events of the episode "Arrival"

Page 1 describes the Visitor fleet first entering our solar system and passing the "ghostly and gray...small planet...[that] rode the loneliest reaches of its solar system." This must be Pluto (though Pluto is no longer considered a true planet, but a dwarf planet, as of 2006).

On page 3, command crew member Jennifer comments that the alien strategy for Earth is based almost entirely on long-range surveillance and monitoring of informational and entertainment broadcasts.

Pete Forsythe, the major character in the book, is a professional baseball player, playing third base for the New York Yankees and also a medical student. He is, of course, an entirely fictitious character; there has never been a Yankees player by this name.

Page 6 reveals the Yankees owner to be Alexander Garr. In the real world at the time of V, George Steinbrenner was the controlling owner of the team.

Page 10 reveals that the mayor of New York City is Daniel O'Connor (his big mouth reminds me of our real-life former Vice-President, Joe Biden!). In the real world the mayor of New York City at the time of the mini-series was Ed Koch.

Page 15 reveals that the President of the United States is William Brent Morrow. In the real world at the time of V, Ronald Reagan was President.

Page 26: After the motherships have arrived, but before the Visitors have revealed themselves, President Morrow comments, "And while we sweat, those little green creeps up there are probably laughing through their teeth--assuming they're green and have teeth." His reference to "little green creeps" is an allusion to the popular phrase "little green men", often used to humorously or cynically refer to the supposed alien occupants of UFOs alleged to have visited Earth (mostly in the 20th century and onward). Ironically, President Morrow is correct in referring to the Visitors as green!

On page 29, Isaac Asimov, writer and science authority, is interviewed by newscaster Denise Daltrey about the arrival of the motherships. This is similar to Julie's remark in the mini-series that Dan Rather had science-fiction writers Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clark on TV to provide commentary as well.

Pages 33 and 35 provide some background on the Swedish U.N. Secretary-General, Olav Lindstrom, who is seen only briefly in the mini-series but is the first human to meet the Visitors. The book reveals that he has apparently been a diplomat and person of note for some time, having met the likes of Hitler (Chancellor of Germany 1934-1945), Stalin (leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s through 1952), Mao (leader of China from 1949-1976), Einstein (renowned theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity in physics), and Albert Schweitzer (Nobel Prize winning philosopher and medical doctor). In the real world, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru was the U.N. Secretary-General at the time of the mini-series.

Page 35 has an interesting description of the Visitor language's alphabetic characters: "Jennifer sat at her console, busily keying in her native language. To a human familiar with ancient Hebrew or Sanskrit the characters might have appeared faintly recognizable, but to anyone else they would have been totally indecipherable." From the images below, it can be seen that the three alphabets do have some similarities, but how could an unfamiliar, alien alphabet from another world have characters that are "faintly recognizable"? Could the authors be planting a hint that either 1) the Visitor language originally evolved on Earth or 2) the Visitors had visited Earth previously in the distant past and influenced human language (this seems to fly in the face of Diana's statement that they have had the gravity drive for only about 100 years)?
V alphabet (1980)     
Visitor alphabet (from Omniglot)   Hebrew alphabet   Sanskrit alphabet

One of the major characters in the book, Lauren Stewart, an assistant to Secretary-General Lindstrom, accompanies him to the roof of the U.N. building for the historic first meeting with the Visitors on page 39, but separates from him before the televised view of Lindstrom we see in the mini-series.

On page 46, Roger, the commander of the New York mothership, is offered food at a party thrown by the mayor. Roger declines, saying that their scientists have not yet completed their analysis of Earth's flora and fauna for Visitor edibility. Of course, we know the main reason he doesn't partake is that the reptilian Visitors do not eat cooked food.

Page 51 reveals that the Archbishop of New York is Edward Cardinal Palazzo. In the real world, John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor was the archbishop at the time of the mini-series.

On page 51, Jennifer says to Cardinal Palazzo that religion has mostly faded into an item of historical interest with little impact on modern life for the Visitors. She also comments that she had expected more upheaval and fear from human religious groups upon the Visitors' arrival. Cardinal Palazzo defends religion (mostly Western) by pointing out that the Bible states that God created the heavens, the Earth, and the stars and that that makes the Visitors part of what He created. Palazzo continues, "...that's why the Church has no trouble accepting and welcoming you (...) to us, you're just newly discovered children of God." This acceptance in the context of V may be due to the Visitors' human looks (unknown at this time, artificial); since the Bible says God created man in His own image, the Visitors are vaguely acceptable as God's creation. But if the Visitors' true form had been known, would they have been accepted? It has been argued by many that religion, particularly Western forms, would have trouble accepting the existence of extraterrestrial beings, particularly if they did not look human. For one, if God created man in his own image, why would He create other intelligent beings not in His own image? Does that make them inferior to us? And since the Bible tells that man was saved from original sin by the sacrifice of God's son, Jesus, what about the aliens? Were they free from ever committing original sin and therefore more perfect than man (human)? A lot of religious questions will come up if we ever encounter intelligent life from another world.

On page 57, Pete's Yankee teammate, Joey Vitale comments on "baseball Annies". Baseball Annies are female baseball groupies who follow teams or players around to games and are generally known to be easy bedtime targets for the players.

Pages 75-154 take place concurrently with the events of "Visitors, Victims and Victory"

On Page 76, Lisa reveals that the Visitors' homeworld has two moons, both smaller than our own.

Pages 97-106 go into more detail about the "conspiracy" of scientists uncovered by the Visitors. When President Morrow argues against the registration of scientists, saying police-state tactics are not the way things are done in America, Pamela points out there is a precedent, the government-sponsored internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Later, it becomes obvious that many of the world leaders who have agreed to the registration have been put through the Visitors' conversion process, including members of President Morrow's cabinet.

On page 130, at Jennifer's prodding, Roger promises he will personally look into placating Lauren Stewart regarding the arrest of her father. But we never hear anything more about it and Lauren's father remains a captive.

On page 143, newscaster Denise Daltrey reminisces that she had worked with Donovan in the past and even dated him a little. One of her thoughts is that he was short, but with a good build. Excuse me, Donovan short? Actor Marc Singer, who portrayed Donovan on the series, stands 6'2! Why would the authors choose to alter the character's height for their book when the TV show upon which it is based clearly depicts him differently?

On page 153, Pete is studying Goodman and Gilman's Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. This is a real textbook in continuous publication and new editions since 1941.

Pages 155-203 take place concurrently with the events of "Betrayal and Reward"

Pages 168-169 feature Roger's musings on the Great Leader's plans for conquering Earth. Roger feels the Leader should have allowed them to take the most direct action instead of he and his ministers devising a plan of "too much complexity, too much time between initiation and completion, leaving too much to chance, too many openings for serendipitous factors to disrupt smooth execution...the typical result of bureaucratic planning."

On page 170, New York mayor Daniel O'Connor is reported dead (under suspicious circumstances) and City Council President Alison Stein becomes mayor as next in succession.

Lisa is one of the Visitors who has not been told the full plan for Earth and on page 178 she reveals to Joey that despite her being a sociologist assigned to learn about human behavior, she (and other sociologists) are given less and less time to be with humans and being told such contact could be dangerous to their mission.

On page 182, Jennifer comments that the New York mothership is still far from meeting their quota of 5,000 humans in food-pod storage. Presumably all the motherships have the same quota.

On page 195, the Diablos discuss one member's uncle, who they say was a member of FALN. FALN was the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (Armed Forces of National Liberation), a terrorist organization in Puerto Rico from 1974-1983 that advocated freedom from being a U.S. territory and for a conversion to a Marxist government for the island nation.

Page 198 reveals that Jennifer has a medal for "Uncommon Courage and Unselfish Valor in Peaceful Alien Contact--Kisszizk Mission". She muses that the Kisszizk are extinct now.

Unlike the Los Angeles resistance group we follow in the TV series, the New York group give themselves a name, White Christmas. The name comes about when snow falls during a secret Christmas dinner held by the local resistance members after the Visitors have started to forbid their human subjects from celebrating holidays (for fear that it will encourage gatherings and give humans hope for freedom).

Pages 204-239 take place concurrently with the events of "Plan for Resistance"

On page 221, Jennifer reveals that humans are being taken by the Visitors for three reasons: as food, as breeding stock for more food, and to act as conscripted soldiers in an interplanetary war against a power that had defeated several of their worlds early in their Great Leader's military career, the only defeat their civilization has ever suffered. She also says that their current military government overthrew the previous civilian republic government which she says was much like that of the United States. On page 222 she goes on to say that many of her people still do not know the true purpose of the Visitor mission to Earth; they were misled or lied to. Jennifer herself is part of a group called the Alliance, a holdover from the old government. Presumably the Alliance is part of what we will come to know as the Fifth Column.

After Jennifer has been captured by the White Christmas group and explains that she is a member of the Alliance and opposed to the Visitors mission on Earth, she seems to feel free to reveal a bit of her true physical form in front of the humans. Page 224 states, "Jennifer flicked her tongue out as she thought. The sight was unnerving to the humans."

Page 226 reveals that the Pope has been converted by the Visitors.

On page 229, Pete is compared to Mo Berg. Mo Berg was a real-life pro baseball player from 1923-1939 and a coach for the Boston Red Sox in 1940-41. He then became a spy for the Office of Strategic Services in WWII and later did some work for the CIA.

There are a couple of references to the Visitors having trouble in communist Russia. On page 101 Roger asks Secretary of Defense Mason for advice on dealing with the Russians after revealing that their mothership over Moscow is having trouble dealing with the Soviet government. Later, on page 238, Roger comments to Jennifer, "Even Ivan on the Moscow ship doesn't have to put up with the kind of bad luck I've had here. And these damned stubborn New Yorkers!"

Pages 240-262 take place concurrently with the events of "Test Subjects"

On page 241, Dr. Donnenfeld mentions that there are no pro sports taking place anymore and no amusement parks open.

Pages 242-246 depict Julie's, Tyler's, and Maggie's visit to the east coast shortly after the death of Robin's reptilian child but before Robert has discovered the hybrid bacteria that killed it.

On page 242, Dr. Donnenfeld congratulates Julie on her group's success at unmasking Supreme Commander John on worldwide television. Despite the Visitors' staged cover-up of the incident, it brought in more new recruits than the resistance can train.

On page 243 Tyler uses yet another slang term for the Visitors: scalies.

Also on page 243, Dr. Donnenfeld calls Tyler an "MCP". I haven't been able to figure out what that stands for. Email me if you know! Remember, this book was published in 1984, so it doesn't stand for Microsoft Certified Professional! (And I'm pretty sure it's not a reference to Tron's Master Control Program either!)

This book seems to jive a little more with the events and timeline of the mini-series than does the V novel. East Coast Crisis mentions that Robin was held aboard the L.A. mothership for several hours instead of days. Tyler also mentions that Robin's reptilian baby died within a day as in the mini-series, not a week after birth as in the V novel.

On page 245, Julie says that Robin gave birth early, in her 8th month of pregnancy.

Page 247 reveals that the White Christmas team helps the L.A. resistance's study of the toxin using their computers and scientists at the Brook Cove lab. The computer analysis seems to confirm the initial findings that the toxin was unlikely to harm humans.

On page 248, the Brook Cove team nicknames the mass-produced toxic powder "Cherry Tang" rather than calling it red dust. Tang is a powdered juice beverage.

Pages 249-250 reveal that Dr. Donnenfeld's group came up with the idea of using balloons to release the red dust.

Page 250 reveals a bit of Ham Tyler's past. When he first joined the CIA, he believed in good overcoming evil. In a way, he was the "gooder" he now refers to Donovan as! As his career as an intelligence operative progressed and he faced the parasites of world society he came to the conclusion that good could only win by adopting the same strategies as evil.

Page 250 also reveals that much of the transportation of the red dust to resistance groups around the world was done by drug dealers since they already had routes in place. This was arranged by Ham Tyler, in an example of his current world view.

Page 251 reveals that many members of the L.A. resistance traveled around the world to explain the master plan to other groups. The strategy was to keep things from being written down or communicated over the airwaves so as not to be intercepted by the enemy.

Pages 252-256 reveal that, similar to the L.A. resistance's need to counter the nuclear threat on the mothership on V-day, Roger has concocted a plan to stage a chemical leak at one of their Earth plants and, in the evacuation of the humans living in the area, abduct them and almost entirely fill the New York mothership's quota of humans in storage.

Pages 260-261 reveal that the Visitors mate while young, with multiple partners, when their bodies are at the strongest. Male-female matches are made for them based on genetics. Later in life a Visitor might choose to stay with the same mate.

Pages 262-end take place concurrently with the events of "The Final Battle"

As in the V novelization with Diana, here, on page 280, a Visitor captain called Carl hisses an oath in his native language and causes his human mask to split at the mouth.

Page 287 describes a Visitor ground-rover tank never seen in the series. It's "low and squat, with a laser-cannon turret behind the driver's compartment...armored skirts covered its drive tracks." It's too bad the budget prevented the series from showing more Visitor technology like this.

Page 296 reveals that 6 hours after V-day began the still unconverted President was returned to his position in the United States.

Page 297 reveals that Jennifer and the Fifth Column captured the New York mothership and brought it back to Earth to return the human captives aboard. Like Martin in the V novelization, she plans to take the ship back to her homeworld to join the Alliance.

On page 299, Jennifer comments that many of Earth's leaders were killed or have been taken away in the motherships still controlled by the Leader's forces.

Page 302 reveals that President Morrow specifically requested the baseball commissioner to get the major leagues back up and playing as soon as possible to have something "normal" return to the citizens' lives.

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