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
Capt. Mitchell Ross
Robert Doyle ...
Sgt. Walter Ruddell
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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A Dark, Intense moment in "The Invaders"
18 May 2007 | by (Out There in the Dark) – See all my reviews

A standout episode, "The Innocent" is one of the most troubling and intense chapters of THE INVADERS. Some sympathetic acting from William Smithers adds a deep level of vulnerability to this show. Smithers, his wife and son are all threatened with annihilation by aliens who want to regain possession of a mysterious cylinder that was lost during a plane crash that opens the episode. There is a Noirish sense of impending danger throughout "The Innocent", with many scenes shot in brooding, semi-darkness. Some really inventive and disorienting camera angles are used to create a paranoid nightmare for David Vincent when he is drugged by the aliens. And the sequence in which the alien Magnus takes him on a tour to see how the Earth will be after the takeover is another nightmare from which Vincent is glad to awaken.

The cast is greatly enhanced by the presence of Michael Rennie as Magnus. The actor is famed for playing a "good alien" in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Here, let's just say he's on the other team. Also doing a great job is Dabney Coleman, who plays a key character, yet is not featured in the opening guest-star lineup.

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