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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The casting of Agnes Moorehead in this "silent" episode was an ironic flourish by director Douglas Heyes. At the time, Moorehead was famous for her powerful performance in the Suspense radio play "Sorry, Wrong Number," an absolute classic of the medium, where Moorehead was able terrorize audiences using only her voice. In "The Invaders" she was forced to use anything but. See more »

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This may be attributable to artistic license, however Rod appears in his prologue on the same visual scale as the old woman. Technically as a human he should have appeared on the scale of the invaders since he appears in front of the house, however that may have revealed the plot. See more »

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Narrator: This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror, which is even now coming at her from - The Twilight Zone.
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Agnes Morehead Rocks
14 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is frequently put near the top of the list of Twilight Zone episodes. It isn't so much the plot which follows the Rod Serling formula. It is the performance of this wonderful actress. The principle character deals with an unknown threat. She is also unknown and nondescript. She could be trying to get a fox out of the hen house rather than dealing with a flying saucer. She uses incredible facial expressions and battles her "adversary." One really feels for the people on board the space ship. They are innocent victims, but instead of making their presence known to a government agency, they are at war with a citizen, a really big one.


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