Series Episode Guide
"War of Illusions"
Original Airdate: March
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Plot Summary -
When the Leader sends his
Battlesphere to Earth, the Resistance must find a computer
hacker who is able to break into the Visitors
computer system to alter the battle plans. Lydia and Diana begin
to suspect that Philip is part of the Fifth Column.
In a post-coital embrace, Diana and James discuss
the arrival of the Battlesphere, programmed with the Leader's specific
battle plans to crush the Resistance once and for all.
On Earth, Philip meets with Kyle and Mike.
Kyle mistrusts Philip, who tells Mike that he knows that Martin would want
him to aid the Resistance. Philip warns the Resistance of the arrival
of the computerized Battlesphere, which will be programmed to mount a blitz
that will destroy the entire Southwest. Since the attack is
scheduled to begin in 36 hours, Philip agrees to attempt to get a copy
of the attack plan. Kyle and Mike attempt to find Kyle's friend Dr.
Atkins, a former cybernetic professor at Cal Tech who was an associate
of Nathan Bates, who they hope will be able to use his computer skills
to break into the Battlesphere's computer memory and alter the attack plans,
since Juliet is away in Fresno.
Lt. James is seen leading a patrol on Earth.
A party is held on the Mothership for the dual
purpose of celebrating both the Visitor holiday of Schluta and the arrival
of the Battlesphere. Diana toasts Philip, and informs him that she
had sent Lt. James to Earth to search for a hacker that has been tapping
into the Visitors main computer. A tipsy Lydia drapes herself over
Philip. Diana and Philip are called away from the party when the
Leader's battle plan arrives on the bridge. James reports in to Lydia,
assuring her that, though the hacker was not found, the area is being monitored.
The Leader attempts to send his plans to the Battlesphere, but the first
attempt is unsuccessful due to the hacker. James informs Diana that
his men are monitoring the transmission and that they will triangulate
on the signal and catch the hacker.
In a small food store on Earth, Dr. Atkins son
Henry shows his father what he has done with his computer -- he has hacked
into the main Visitor computer, taught himself their language and can even
translate what he finds. Dr. Atkins feels that they must bring
the information to the Resistance, but before they can the Visitors arrive.
Dr. Atkins forces Henry to leave alone, knowing that if they find only
Dr. Atkins in the store they will not search further, and one of them must
survive. Henry escapes and watches his father being taken into custody
along with other residents of the street.
James sends a message that the raid was unsuccessful,
and Philip begins to question Lydia about Diana's capabilities. Lydia
orders Diana to be sent to her quarters. Diana receives the order
just as she is choosing a consort from among three male human prisoners
that Oswald has provided. She orders them to be scrubbed and oiled
before heading to meet Lydia in Lydia's cabin, where she informs Lydia
of Dr. Atkins capture and confession. Lydia doesn't believe that
Atkins is the hacker, and orders his interrogation.
Atkins is brought to a computer room and hooked
into an interrogation device. He makes three attempts to hack into
the system, and fails. Diana then activates the interrogation device,
which produces a photo based on images from his brainwaves revealing the
hacker to be Henry. Lydia informs Lt. James.
Using stealth and making sure that he is not seen,
Philip enters the Battlesphere computer room and steals the Leader's battle
Mike, Kyle, and Elizabeth find that Dr. Atkins
store has been attacked and boarded up, but Elizabeth senses that the attack
was recent and that Dr. Atkins was taken away. Sending her back to
wait with Willie in the van, Mike breaks into the store while Kyle heads
to the back. Once inside, Henry jumps up from behind the counter
and holds a gun on Mike, but Kyle enters from the back and stops him.
Henry fills them in, and activates the computer to show what he's done.
The activation brings James and his men. The Resistance are able
to avoid a battle when Henry leads them through a secret entrance in the
While the others wait at a restaurant, Mike scopes
out an abandoned maintenance shed at an airfield, and discovers that the
prisoners are being held there. Henry refuses to help the Resistance
unless they will rescue his father, and the Resistance plans a raid on
the maintenance shed. Mike and Kyle knock out the guards, and
Mike gets inside to the prisoners. Henry is shattered when all the
prisoners are released and his father is not among them.
The next morning, Philip meets with Mike and hands
over the Leader's battle plans. He tells Mike that he knows that
Mike and the others suspect him of treachery, and that he hopes to prove
himself by providing the plans and information. He explains that
the attack co-ordinates are all controlled by computer and that the invasion
is set to start in 6 hours. Philip says that he will attempt to free
Dr. Atkins from the Mothership, but when Mike reports this to Kyle and
Henry, the boy doesn't believe it, and wants to give himself up to save
his father. Kyle takes him aside and speaks to him about Dr.
Atkins' hopes for his son, and convinces Henry to help the
The Battlesphere detects an unauthorized entry
into its memory components, and Diana and Lydia realize that the battle
plans have fallen into the hands of the Fifth Column. Philip covers
by accusing Lydia of incompetence, since she is in charge of security.
However, the plans cannot be altered once they are in the Battlesphere.
Lydia orders the guards doubled at all Earth computer facilities, and Diana
orders Lt. James to personally guard Science Frontiers, the most likely
target of the Resistance.
The Resistance have no problem getting into Science
Frontiers and make it into the elevators, only to be stopped by Lt. James
and his men. The elevator door won't close, and Willie realizes the
power has been cut. Mike and Kyle lower their weapons to the floor,
but Elizabeth uses her powers to shut the doors and activate the elevate.
She collapses into Kyle's arms, while Lt. James, shocked, orders some men
to remain at the elevator while he takes others and goes to the stairs.
Once they are on the 19th floor computer area,
Mike throws a grenade into the elevator and then has Elizabeth send it
back down to the main floor. Kyle and Elizabeth take Henry to the
computer room, while Willie and Mike head to the stairwell to wait for
Lt. James and his men. The elevator reaches the ground floor and
the remaining Visitors troops rush in, only to be blown back by the force
of the grenade's explosion.
Henry hooks his computer up to the main Science
Frontiers system, but he cannot do anything because the power has been
cut. Once again, Elizabeth uses her powers to activate power on the
19th floor. Henry hacks into the Visitor system, but can't get into
the Battlesphere. Frustrated, he almost gives up but Elizabeth convinces
him to keep trying.
On the Mothership, Lydia and Diana confront Philip
with an internal security report on the theft of the battle plans.
A sentry had gone to see Philip the night before to find that Philip was
not in his cabin . . . at the same time the battle plans were stolen.
Philip informs them that he does not have to justify his whereabouts to
his sub-ordinates, and that he will be leading an inquiry into the lack
of proper military procedures on board the ship. He leaves the bridge
and manages to get Dr. Atkins out of his detention cell and into a fighter,
where a Fifth Columnist will escort him to the Resistance.
Henry finally manages to break into the Battlesphere,
and begins inputting his own orders and co-ordinates, causing the fighters
to veer off course and crash. Lydia and Diana watch in dismay on
the Mothership, unable to stop the slaughter of their troops. When
Mike and Willie spot the Visitors on the stairwell, they are able to hold
them briefly with a few grenades, then they fetch the others and leave
the building. Outside Science Frontiers, they find Dr. Atkins waiting
for them with a Visitor van, courtesy of Philip. Henry and his father
are reunited, and Kyle tells Mike to pass along his apologies to Philip
for doubting him.
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and Nitpicks -
An entire scene from "The Rescue" is re-used!!
Lt. James says "Sergeant, that van there -- check it
out. I don't want to leave any vehicles in this sector that could
be commandeered by the Resistance."
Thanks to Nick for this nitpick!
The only back entry from the Atkins store is through
a secret panel. So how did Kyle get into the back of the store
at the beginning of the episode?
The same footage of the Visitors pulling up to
the store is used twice: once when they arrive to arrest
Dr. Atkins, and again when they arrive to get Henry, Mike, and Kyle.
If the power is cut to all of Science Frontiers,
why are the fluorescent overhead lights working on the
points out that in the previous episode, Kyle
was shot by a laser in the shoulder and the leg/hip
area. Since this same kind of injury caused Juliet to limp for quite
a while, why is it that Kyle is
perfectly fine in this episode, not sporting a cane or at least some bandages!
noted: Stock footage is used from the
end of "Breakout" on the Mothership when Lydia says to Diana, "Better luck
next time". Notice Lydia's early series hair style.
says: The gun that Henry pulls on Kyle
looks completely fake. It looks like an old style water rifle!
noticed that the shot of Donovan taking pictures
of the army base is reused footage from the original miniseries.
(Henry shows Kyle his hacking skills)
got into the Visitors main computer? That's great!
Henry: Yeah. Well at first
it was real difficult understanding Visitor-ese, but now it's like second
nature handling their symbols and codes.
Kyle: What are you
Henry: I'm not really sure, but
it must be driving 'em nuts.
Kyle: What makes
you think they even noticed?
took my father.
|Additional Guest Stars:
|Peter Elbling, Louise Fitch, David Abbott,
Ted Lehmann, Chip Heller
||Daniel H. Blatt
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