The enduring legacy, and ongoing relevance of Kenneth Johnson’s “V”…

****MOTHERSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!***** 1983’s “V.” In 1983, writer/director/producer Kenneth Johnson (“Six Million Dollar Man” “Bionic Woman” “The Incredible Hulk”), the man responsible for much of the TV that made up my childhood, released an epic two-night miniseries about a fleet of manned, giant flying saucers that come to Earth “in peace.” The onboard alien ‘Visitors’ appear…

“Alien Nation,” 30 years later…

I remember catching a matinee showing of yet another ‘buddy-cop’ movie in the fall of 1988 called “Alien Nation.”  The movie followed the same general template as “48 HRS,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Red Heat”, and a few dozen others, including the “Rush Hour” movies which came about a decade later.  However, “Alien Nation” had a science…