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"the leeches" 
31st-Mar-2010 06:14 am
Serge 2012
A few days ago, I watched "The Leeches", 4th episode of TV series "The Invaders". Nice story, but, once again, the title is misleading. For example, the 3rd episode, in spite of its being called "The Mutation", wasn't about a hideously difformed alien, but, like I said in an earlier entry, about Suzanne Pleshette as a stripper. The leeches aren't genetically altered bloodsucking parasites, but aliens in coveralls who crank a machine's levers back and forth while siphoning scientific knowledge out of the brains of smart humans trapped in a metal chair. Why people capable of FTL and of reshaping themselves to look human (except for the occasional stiff pinkie) would find anything of interest inside our skulls is never explained. On the other hand, they are aliens.

That story is the first that doesn't feature a major character who turns out to be inhuman, nor does one of the main human characters betray the good guys like Roddy McDowall did in the 2nd episode. Also, the plot doesn't have David Vincent trying to convince everybody that he's not crazy. In fact, an industrialist asks for his help because he's certain he's next on the alien abduction list. They decide that the best plan is for the industrialist to let himself be captured while his bodyguard and Vincent lie waiting. Of course, things don't quite work out because the aliens zap the pursuit car's engine away. Oops, especially since nobody thought of a backup plan. All right, the industrialist was carrying a tracking device on him. Still, it takes a lot of flying over a lot of New Mexico desert in a chopper (during which time the industrialist gets to lose a few brain cells) before they find an abandonned mine where the aliens are up to no good. Luckily, just like the good guys had not considered their plan going wrong, the aliens also didn't think to put locks on doors, in case someone might try to sneak in.

This raises an interesting point. The aliens should have expected someone to quickly show up, and Vincent shouldn't have wasted time looking all over the desert. I mean, the abandonned mine was near Bronson Rock, and anybody who's watched SF movies & TV series knows that there's always an alien near Bronson Rock.

Such as?
The Zanti Misfits.
Katherine Heigl.

Comments 
31st-Mar-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the Gorn from Star Trek
31st-Mar-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, the Gorn... I wasn't sure and neither was my wife. Thanks for the confirmation. Interestingly, would you believe that I couldn't find a web site listing Bronson Rock's cinematic appearances? I did find one for the Bronson Canyon, which served as the BatMobile's access to the BatCave in the old Adam West show. Go figure.
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