The aliens take David Vincent up into their spaceship and then attempt to prove they have nothing but peaceful intentions by showing him what they've done to a desert valley. But all is not what it seems.



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Episode cast overview:
Nat Greely
Patricia Smith ...
Edna Greely
Katherine Justice ...
Capt. Mitchell Ross
Robert Doyle ...
Sgt. Walter Ruddell
Frank Marth ...
Calvin Adams
Billy Stearns
Johnny Jensen ...
Young Nat Greely
Ed Poole
Erik Holland ...
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In the file room of a U.S. government base, an air force captain is forced to shoot and kill an airman who pulls a gun on him. The airman glows and disintegrates. Meanwhile, David Vincent is in Maine, trying to find a fisherman who is in possession of an alien disk. After his bizarre experience, Captain Mitchell Ross wants David to testify with him before a committee. But David knows that talk will do no good: he needs that alien disk. Later, the aliens abduct David and take him on a trip into their space ship. Incredibly, they want to convince him that they have only peaceful intentions. To prove it, they show him how they've revived and replenished a dying desert valley. But all is not what it seems. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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14 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Epilog Narration] A trip to a nightmare world. A committee disbanded. Another defeat, another hope lost for David Vincent - maybe. Or maybe it's a hope begun.
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Excellent Script and Cast !
18 January 2010 | by (Laguna Woods, CA.) – See all my reviews

If there is one thing that can make a good series GREAT, it is a SOLID script. "The Innocent" represents just that. The "Invaders" in an attempt to rid themselves of David Vincent, kidnap him and use mind control to convince him that they are benefactors and not Colonists.

A terrific cast spearheaded by Michael Rennie as "Magnus" , the head Alien in this caper, who tries to convince David Vincent(Roy Thinnes) that being an "ALIEN" is not a bad thing, and that they will help more than harm the Earth and its' inhabitants. The DREAM sequence is filmed primarily in Laguna Hills, now Laguna Woods Village, before it was completely saturated with numerous buildings and massive communities and roads. It REALLY was a dream or paradise as the story suggests, ironic , isn't it...? The spinning globe was moved several times before being dismantled and sold for scrap in 2005, after a dispute between the previous owner and the new foundation. The white building with the tall columns and fountains is still there ! It is called the "Taj Mahal." True story. Now encumbered and less aesthetic to the surrounding environment, it still stands tall but less majestic than when in its' glory. So watch carefully, because that illusion is gone.

Anyway, be that as it may, the story is solid, as Roy fights back with the triumph of his will, and overcomes drunk driving with his unintended partner, William Smithers. In an against type role for him, his wife and child are being held hostage, until he recants his testimony of seeing aliens. A young Dabney Coleman as a military leader who learns of the aliens by eliminating one of them, and then seeking Roy's help.As good as TV sci-fi as you could get for the time. The trouble with the series was that it was never given a chance to gain an audience. Roy Thinnes continues his sci-fi ways 30 years later on the X-Files, where he plays an benign Alien. More irony. The series was never resolved, unlike "Coronet Blue". So, for what it is worth, watch "The Invaders" at your own risk, no final answers is worse than never being.

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