Science fiction has long been a staple of TV, initially featuring the US everyman (apart from ‘Dr Who’, of course!) striding boldly forth to conquer new worlds and dally with alien princesses. Very few entertained the thought that the aliens might want to repay the complement, despite the success of ‘War of the Worlds’.
Yet ‘alien invasion of Earth’ stories became unaccountably popular in the late Seventies and Eighties (who could forget 'UFO', with that grocer's apostrophe in the opening credits?), and have continued to be popular to this day, with a ‘V’ remake on US TV and Steven Spielberg aiming to keep everyone glued to the small screen this summer.
Gene Roddenberry is best known (of course) for ‘Star Trek’, which fitted the former category, but his work lived on after his death, resulting in ‘Earth: Final Conflict’, a very creditable entry in the ‘aliens are here, and they aren’t what they seem!’ stakes.
And it had a fantastic theme tune (by Maribeth Solomon and Micky Erbe) and opening credit sequence:
It ran for five series, and sadly the final series took a radical departure from the first four, which many fans believe lead to its eventual cancellation.
The script never quite lived up to the promise of those opening credits and stirring music, somehow.
Next month's theme: Man and Machine.