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classic science fiction,
This review is from: Invaders (DVD)
Just about everyone thinks David Vincent is crazy to believe the world is being taken over by a race of aliens who are here because their own world is dying.
David Vincent, the main character in this classic American sixties drama, goes from town to town, episode to episode trying to warn people of this peril. And in doing so he encounters the aliens, who know he knows their secret.
Vincent had witnessed the arrival of a spaceship and during the series he encounters other people who also know what is going on. But both Vincent and these other characters come up against a brick wall when it comes to proving things. Usually the other characters get killed and Vincent is left with no hard evidence and the stigma that he is deluded.
Everything seems to be against Vincent. The aliens assume human form so they look just like all humans. And Vincent has difficulty convincing anybody of his story. Often Vincent trusts people who then turn out to be aliens thus proving the difficulty in seeing the truth of who are aliens. However he learns that they have a few defects, a crooked little finger, no heart, no pulse and no emotions.
Eventually he gets a group together who support him in a financial and practical way and he continues his crusade against the aliens. The aliens glow red and disappear when they are killed which aggravates lack of evidence. They also have weapons to kill humans that only show up as heart failure.
The United States were ahead of the UK in terms of TV production in the early 1960s, and although the UK were catching up by the time of this series the vast experience of slick production shows in this classic.
The show was made by Quinn Martin productions and each episode is divided by four "Acts" and an "Epilogue".
By the standards of today the special effects are basic, and the dialogue is dated. But the originality of plot and production and the expert execution of those skills still shine through. There is an excellent sinister element about the aliens which makes good viewing and the music score is perfect for atmosphere and suspense.
This is a great, classic, science fiction series from a golden era.