The Invaders: Season 1, Episode 2

The Mutation (24 Jan. 1967)

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In a border town, David Vincent meets a stripper who claims to have seen something strange in the desert.



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Episode cast overview:
Mark Evans
USAF Intelligence Officer Fellows
Alien #1
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Miguel (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
William Stevens ...
Tina Menard ...
Tony Davis ...
Roberto Contreras ...
Guide #1
Pepe Callahan ...
Guide #2
Ted Gehring ...
Cab Driver
Pedro Regas ...


Two con men trick David Vincent into believing they had seen something strange in the desert. They lure him into the wilderness, knock him unconscious, steal his money and leave him to die. But out in the desert, David sees a real spaceship. He manages to return to town, where he learns from a newspaperman of someone else who had seen something strange. This time it's a stripper, and she also proves to have a hidden agenda of her own. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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24 January 1967 (USA)  »

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In possibly an inside joke, the character of the USAF Intelligence Officer - Fellows - is likely named after veteran Quinn Martin Productions executive Arthur Fellows, who worked on Martin's series 'The Fugitive', 'The FBI', 'Streets of San Francisco', 'Cannon', '12 O'Clock High', and 'The Untouchables' as well as 'The Invaders.' See more »


At the humble desert ranch with the horse corral of the Mexican Americans, a roadway passes right in front of it - where the rancher's pick-up truck is parked. During the closing, that exterior view is shown from inside the house through the front door: that view is of an obviously painted backdrop of desert with cactus beyond a rickety pole railing, and no road next to the house, nor the edge of the attached high wood corral. In the next exterior shot of the ranch - the road, corral, and solid ground to roof pole supports are seen - not a rickety railing and desert sand with cactus. See more »


Narrator: [Epilog Narration] For a moment, in the desert south of Rosario, a man and woman came together across a void of space and time. Two people - star-crossed from alien worlds. In the months to come, David Vincent will remember that moment.
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All "invaders" are not created equal
25 October 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

The third episode in Quinn Martin's sci-fi series features Suzanne Pleshette as "Vicki," an alien that has a distinct difference between herself and her fellow "invaders": she was born with the capacity to feel emotion. Though she is supposed to deliver an unsuspecting David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) to the location of an disabled alien ship, she warns David and reveals her alien origins. She is then equally hunted by her compatriots, like Vincent, through the desert. This makes for a tense episode as Vincent must deal with his prejudices about the aliens and his growing feelings for Vicki.

Thinnes and Pleshette make an intriguing couple on the run and veteran character actor Edward Andrews is fine as a seedy reporter with sinister motives of his own.

Also featured is Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., a Hispanic actor that had a long and varied career in movies and television.

Because of its similar desert location, Dominec Frontiere's score is quite unlike the music that he would provide for "The Rat Patrol." And this installment shows, for the first time, how the aliens "die".

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