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"How does a nightmare begin?"
on 6 October 2007
At last, one of the most iconic sci-fi series of the 60's has finally made it to DVD. When most people think about 60's sci-fi they think Star Trek or any of the myriad Irwin Allen shows, but the most overlooked and unquestionably one of the best was The Invaders.
Produced by Quinn Martin, The Invaders was on at a time when America's relationship with the USSR was paranoid and fearful. The show is full of the 'Reds under the bed' fear and in this case the show has simply used aliens in the social context.
The series centres around David Vincent, excellently played by Roy Thinnes, who gets lost one night while driving home from a conference and stops to sleep. At a closed, deserted diner he witnesses the landing of an alien ship.
Met with skepticism and ridicule, Vincent has a hard time to convince a disbelieving world that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form and that they are among us.
The show has all the hallmarks of a great sci-fi. The aliens are intriguing and subtle in their takeover plans as they try to establish a beachhead on Earth. Most people will remember their strange bodies with a mutated fourth finger, no pulse, they don't bleed and that they disintigrate in a red glow when they die - taking all the evidence with them!
This box set covers all 17 episodes from season 1 from Beachhead through to The Condemned. You feel for Vincent's plight as he tries to do battle with a vastly superior force who can remove all evidence of their appearance within seconds. The stories are well paced and keep the viewer interested, making you guess what the aliens will try next and whether Vincent will make allies in his fight.
You can see where The X-Files drew a lot of its immagery for it's alien storylines and Roy Thinnes actually starred in the show as an alien called Jeremiah Smith.
The show was full of big name stars from the 60's like Jack Lord (Hawaii 5-0), Burgess Meredith (Batman), Ed Begley, William Windom (Star Trek), Roddy McDowell and a host of others you'll recognise from other 60's sci-fi series.
The Invaders is a great slice of American paranoia and still stands up today as a great sci-fi show. A worthwhile addition to any DVD collection, this box set will have you counting down for season 2.