V “Reflections in Terror” (part 2 of 3)
Now we’re over at Science Frontiers, where Nathan Bates (Lane Smith) is in his office yelling at two of his henchmen. Lane Smith was Perry White on Lois & Clark, and he played another enemy sympathizer named “Bates” in Red Dawn, and he also had a memorable turn as Richard Nixon in a TV movie. Bates is hopping mad about all those cute orphans being smuggled into Los Angeles, because it’s making a mockery of his truce with the Visitors. He orders his men to find the Resistance members responsible, and “crush them!”
Meanwhile, Donovan and Tyler drive their van to a church. Once inside, they’re reunited with Chris Faber (Mickey Jones), a Resistance member who first appeared as Ham’s right hand man in The Final Battle, and who made sporadic appearances on the weekly series.
Chris introduces them to a young, generic priest named “Father Turney”, and Father Turney’s got a little girl with him. A cute, precocious little girl with pigtails who marches right up to Ham Tyler and asks why he “looks so grumpy”. Oh no. I can sense an oncoming attempt to warm my heart.
The girl jokes around with Ham, and she laughs at the name “Ham”, and lisps that it “stthhounds like a sthhhandwich!” Yeah, and you know what? It’s gonna sound like a knuckle sandwich in about a minute if you don’t shut it, little girl.
But Ham plays along, and you can tell his icy heart is being thawed just a tiny bit by the girl’s cuteness. Alas, the tender moment ends abruptly when three Visitors show up at the church. I wasn’t quite sure if the Visitors are supposed to be evil or not, but luckily the issue is settled when they start trashing the nativity scene out front.
Ham, Chris, and Mike run outside and jump the Visitors, who are thankfully too stupid to use the laser rifles clearly slung over their shoulders. The Visitors are all down for the count, and then Father Turney comes outside, and Mike warns him not to stay here. But Turney’s not worried. He tells them to “leave these three gentleman to me, and go with God!” I have no idea what a priest wants with three unconscious Visitors, and maybe I don’t want to know.