Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 15

The Invaders (27 Jan. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Invaders (original title)

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When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.



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An old woman who lives alone in a ramshackle farm house comes face to face with alien invaders. She hears something on her roof and then finds a flying saucer, perhaps six or seven feet across from which emerges two small robots. She fights them as best she can and eventually succeeds in destroying their ship. The nature of the invaders however is not immediately obvious however. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Closing Narration] These are the invaders: the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag, and we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions in the universe - a bill stamped "Paid in Full" and to be found on file ...
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4 July 2007 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This episode marks a superb confluence of great writing (Richard Matheson), taut, suspenseful direction (Douglas Heyes), and bravura acting (Agnes Moorehead), and a brilliant Twilight Zone twist. A lonely woman in a deserted farmhouse must defend herself against tiny attacking aliens.

Moorehead's performance is a pantomime tour-de-force, using no words whatsoever, yet managing to make us feel for this poor, put-upon woman. She fully inhabits the character, showing us not only the character's fear, but also her resolution, fury, and -- in one touching moment -- a touch of wounded vanity mixed with pain. Although her gestures are somewhat broad, her dedication to the role make these gestures natural outgrowths of the character, not clumsy pantomime. Remarkably, an actress who repeatedly proved herself so adept at coiled up repression (e.g., "The Magnificent Ambersons", "Citizen Kane") lets herself go in compelling fashion here.

Further contributing to the energy and power of this episode is Matheson's script. Matheson's script is a model of economy -- no wasted dialogue, in fact, only minimal dialogue. Matheson's strength as a writer was always his skill for efficient and effective plotting, and this episode contains only those actions necessary to drive home the story. This, combined with Heyes' marvelous use of light and editing to heighten the mood and suspense, keep the story moving at a crisp pace.

Perhaps this episode lacks the deep moral truths of other "Twilight Zone" episodes (Matheson's episodes usually did), it more than makes up for it in suspense and brilliant character work.

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