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rediscovering "The Invaders" - episodes 5 thru 8 
9th-May-2010 05:50 pm
Serge 2012


My revisiting 1967’s TV series ”The Invaders” is turning out to be quite enjoyable, especially after I watched the First Season’s 2nd DVD, which contains the following episodes:

”Genesis”
”Vikor”
”Nightmare”
”Doomsday Minus One”


Yes, the plots all too frequently resort to the device of people who stumble into the aliens’s machinations because the latter have a lousy idea of what constitutes proper security measures when one is trying to secretly take over another planet. It has certainly allowed architect David Vincent to pretty much waltz into their hidden lairs. Speaking of which, why don’t people ever tango into hidden lairs? Because it takes two to tango? But I digress. The bottom line is that I enjoy the stories. Yes, it has been necessary to put myself of the frame of mind of the era. Frankly, there is something almost refreshing in a story where alien invaders may be among us, but they haven’t infiltrated our government, and the assumption is that the government would fight them instead of eagerly selling us out for some scraps of power. In ”Doomsday Minus One”, a general in charge of a nuclear test knows he’s collaborating with aliens, but not what their true intentions are. What he wants is to make up for all the people he sent to their death – one of them his son – in the service of his country. The closest to an infiltration of the government’s power structure is found in ”Nightmare”, where the Principal of a small town’s school turns out to be from offworld. Interestingly that story’s title refer not to insects genetically engineered to eat everything that gets in their way, but to a teacher’s life after she found out about the aliens and everybody had almost convinced her that she’d gone crazy.

By now, you may be wondering why I posted a photo from ”Hawaii Five-O” at the beginning of this entry. It actually is from ”Vikor”, which, along with ”Genesis”, establishes that there are physical limits to what the aliens can bring across the gulfs of space to Earth, which is why they use and dupe the locals into building things for them. In "Genesis", a scientist finds that her research center on the origins of life on Earth really is a regeneration center for the aliens's human bodies. In ”Vikor” though, there is no duplicity. Jack Lord plays an industrialist who has made a fully-informed Faustian bargain with the Invaders.

By the way, the other day, a young co-worker was telling me that, for her birthday she and friends were planning to watch the whole first season of Doctor Who. By that, she really meant the Eccleston episodes, but I won’t quibble. That’s when I told her that I’m watching the whole ”Invaders” series. She had never heard about it, even though she likes media SF, so much so that she recently bought her hubby a USB station shaped like a TARDIS. I hope my telling her about the ancestor of "X-files" will be as pleasant a discovery as it has been a rediscovery for me.
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