In many ways, the characters from “V” were like the unfortunate red-shirted crew members on the original “Star Trek.” Throughout the original mini-series, its follow-up “V: The Final Battle” and the weekly television series, major characters tended to die in horrific ways or disappear forever. Some of those characters may be gone from the “V” universe, but they are not forgotten:
Ruby Engels (Played by Camila Ashland)
A former actress, Ruby was friends with Abraham Bernstein, a Nazi concentration camp survivor who saw the parallels between what he and his family endured in Germany and the tactics employed by the Visitors. When Abraham was detained by the Visitors, Ruby got revenge by tossing a Molotov Cocktail into one of their ships. Ham Tyler (Michael Ironside) always admired Ruby, saying she was “sold steel” underneath. When a Visitor collaborator shot her in the back, Tyler made sure he was taken care of permanently.
As an actress, Camila Ashland made several guest appearances on television, including an outrageously funny appearance on “Taxi,” but it was her work on “Dark Shadows” that earned her a cult following. Her work on “V” is one of her best performances ever.
Ham Tyler (Played by Michael Ironside)
First appearing in Part 2 of “V: The Final Battle,” Ham Tyler immediately rubs the resistance fighters the wrong way, calling their sewer system headquarters a death trap. Tyler, who likes to call Mike Donovan (Marc Singer) by the nickname “Gooder,” is part of a highly organized, worldwide resistance movement and he is bringing the Los Angeles-based fighters into the fold.
After a few episodes, Ham Tyler’s character was written out of the series, but the actor who played him has thrived. Ironside most recently appeared in “Terminator: Salvation” and also had memorable roles in “Top Gun” and “Total Recall.” The actor tends to play characters that are cold, calculating and have ice water running through their veins.
Elias Taylor (Played by Michael Wright)
A petty thief who lived in the shadow of his more successful brother, Elias Taylor initially made money after the Visitors arrived, switching from selling drugs to creating a black market for basic necessities like eggs. Elias joined the resistance after the Visitors killed his brother, using his street smarts to get his friends what they needed. After the Visitors appeared to be defeated, Elias cashed in by writing a tell-all book called “Lizard Kill.”
Before the season was over, Elias Taylor was disintegrated by a Visitor weapon, but Michael Wright has been busy. Since his days on “V,” Michael Wright did guest appearances as well as a multi-episode stint on the HBO original series “OZ.” He also supplied the voice of Black Mask in the animated “Batman: Dark Tomorrow.”