The Invaders: Season 1, Episode 2

The Mutation (14 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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Mark Evans
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USAF Intelligence Officer Fellows
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Vikki
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Alien #1
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Miguel (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
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Manager
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Luz
William Stevens ...
Cobbs
Tina Menard ...
Mama
Tony Davis ...
Boy
Roberto Contreras ...
Guide #1
Pepe Callahan ...
Guide #2
Ted Gehring ...
Cab Driver
Pedro Regas ...
Beggar
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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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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 »

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Vikki's name appears with different spellings in different contexts. A sign outside the club where she works spells it "Vickie" while it is spelled "Vikki" on an interior sign. (One mitigating factor might be that the setting is bilingual with both Spanish- and English-speaking customers, but this would not adequately explain the discrepancies.) See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Three weeks since the report of a crash and strange, glowing lights had brought reporters, the Air Force, and David Vincent to the border town of Rosario. Betrayed by his own kind and left to die under a blazing sun, he retains a vision of a ship launched by another kind under another sun. Now, the Air Force and reporters have gone. David Vincent remains to begin the search again.
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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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