The original 1983 miniseries found success because it was both a political thriller and Nazi allegory that also incorporated a sci-fi element that appealed to the Star Wars craze. The miniseries went on to spawn a sequel and a television series, which was abruptly canceled after one season. The 2009 ABC reboot rode on the coattails of Lost after snagging Elizabeth Mitchell as the lead and created its own allegory of politics in a post-9/11 world. The show also made good use of familiar faces from the original, including Jane Badler and Marc Singer.
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