The Invaders (1967–1968)
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An alien saucer crashes in the Utah foothills. Reports of its fiery demise draw David Vincent, even after flyovers by Air Force jets failed to locate the site of the mysterious fireball. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

John W. Bloch, Larry Cohen (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Roy Thinnes ... David Vincent
Barbara Barrie ... Gale Frazer
Richard Anderson ... Blake
Paul Mantee ... Deputy Vern Hammond
Gene Lyons ... Sawyer
Russell Thorson ... Sheriff
George Keymas ... Lavin
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An alien saucer crashes in the Utah foothills. Reports of its fiery demise draw David Vincent, even after flyovers by Air Force jets failed to locate the site of the mysterious fireball. Vincent soon discovers Gale Frazer, who has helped the craft's only survivor, Blake. Frazer, sick of war after serving in Vietnam, believes Blake's people are peaceful. David must gain her trust and convince her that Blake's mission is not peaceful. That is complicated by the arrival of Sawyer and Lavin, who have come to collect the box Blake's craft brought to Earth. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode in which an Invader is clearly seen in his true form. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] For two days, planes have crossed and re-crossed the Utah wilderness, searching for some clue to the fiery object witnesses swore plunged from the sky. But the planes find nothing and the investigation is called off. Only one man continues the search. For somewhere in the forbidding mountains may be the remains of an alien spacecraft.
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"... he's reverting to his original form...."
11 December 2018 | by Brucey_DSee all my reviews

The Invaders is a good premise for a TV show, in that every episode is like pressing a reset button; there still isn't any proof and the next episode can use a whole new cast to tell a whole new story. In this respect it has a similar structure to other popular series like 'the fugitive' in which the only common themes are the main protagonists.

In this episode we see that rare thing, someone that doesn't want to kill every Alien in sight, almost on principle. The cast is well-chosen in this case; Barbara Barrie (you may have later seen as 'Mom' in Breaking Away, and Pte Benjamin's Mom again) and Richard Anderson (countless TV appearances) were both veterans of TV before they did this show and both went on working in film and TV for decades afterwards; safe hands for this episode indeed.

This is an above average episode of the series, different in that it involves more personal contact between Vincent and the Aliens, and maybe a better understanding of what their motivations are.

Eight out of ten from me.


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