Don't panic but our planet is in dire need of saving - from alien invaders. At least, that's if the impending summer blockbuster movie season is any indication.
The immensely successful super hero supergroup movie The Avengers, directed by Buffyverse maestro Joss Whedon, was not only the beginning of the 2012 summer movie season, it also signaled the potential end of Earth unless a super-powered resistance can fight off godlike aliens. Then Peter Berg’s Battleship - an alien invasion flick based off the board game and starring Liam Neeson - came ashore on May 18. Memorial Day weekend unleashed Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black III with Will Smith before Ridley Scott’s Alien-esque prequel Prometheus opened up on June 8. But the fallout of an invasion is particularly nitty-gritty, with Falling Skies returning to the post-apocalyptic world of the 2nd Massachusetts human resistance regiment, with the second season premiering this Sunday, June 17.
So what does all this potential destruction of humanity mean? Well, we humans certainly love to watch films and television shows where our lives and planet are put in danger, but the appeal goes deeper than that. Audiences can deal with humankind on the verge of an extinction event as long as there a few good men and women willing to put up a fight to the finish. We love to watch a kick-ass leader emerge even if his efforts don't ultimately stop an invasion. To borrow from Bonnie Tyler, we need a hero whose got to be strong, sure and larger than life - and being smart and funny also helps to cope with the stress of saving the planet and inevitable whining of weaker characters.
With those characteristics in mind, we give you paranormal pop cultures' best human resistance leaders to face off against otherworldly threats.
Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
|McCarthy in 'Invasion'|
Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen)
The Blob (1958)
|McQueen in 'Blob'|
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)
|Weaver in 'Alien,'|
Courtesy 20th Century Fox
R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell)
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)
|Russell in 'The Thing,'|
Elliott (Henry Thomas)
E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
|Thomas in 'E.T,' Courtesy Universal|
Juliet Parrish (Faye Grant)
V (original miniseries 1983)
|Grant in 'V,' Courtesy Warner Bros.|
John Nada (Roddy Piper)
They Live (1988)
|Piper in 'They Live,' |
Courtesy Alive Films
Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith)
Independence Day (1996)
|Smith in 'ID4,' Courtesy 20th|
Tom Jones! ... and Richie Norris (Lukas Haas) and Byron Williams (Jim Brown)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
|Jones in 'Mars Attacks!'|
Courtesy Warner Bros.
Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)
Torchwood (premiered 2006)
|Barrowman in 'Torchwood'|
Tom Mason (Noah Wyle)
Falling Skies (premiered June 19, 2011/Season 2 begins June 17 on TNT)
|Wyle in 'Falling Skies,'|