Saturday, November 11, 2006
One night in 1967, Architect David Vincent ( RoyThinnes) is driving home and sees an alien landing. He has stumbled onto an invasion. Leaving the scene, Vincent's life deteriorates into a long nightmare as he tries to warn an uncaring public that Earth is in danger and that there are creatures in the society who look just like the rest of us but are in fact aliens intent on subjugation. We're talking about Quinn Martin's "THE INVADERS", a science fiction drama that ran for two seasons. It was the embodiment of Cold War paranoia and the turmoil of the 60's. With the Vietnam war in full swing; a growing youth movement that tore at well respected traditions and values; and several riots throughout American cities---the show played on the helplessness that some felt and the breakdown in trust in government and society as a whole. Now, skip ahead to 1995. With "Quantum Leap" behind him, Scott Bakula signed up for a stint in a three hour remake of "The Invaders". This disappointing enterprise (all puns intended) lacked the tension of the original series. It was pedestrian fare. Sci-fi by the numbers. No chances taken, and no rewards reaped. For those of you who may have missed this, the remake will be aired on the Sci Fi Channel at some point in the near future. If you happen to have the remote at hand and aren't watching something more pressing, then go ahead and give it a look. However, if you want to see the original, you'll have to buy vhs copies from Amazon. However, if you want them on DVD, they're available in bootleg form if you root around long enough on the net.