Saturday, November 11, 2006

THE INVADERS

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.

6 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

The original 'Invaders' always seemed made on a budget. Properly made, with great special effects, a series would be great now.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I agree. In some ways The Invaders was a precusor to the X-Files. In The Invaders, Vincent was constantly running into brick walls because the aliens had infiltrated the government and were manipulating things to their advantage.

The X-Files took the The Invaders' paranoia and ran it to a new level.

I would like to do a posting on the X Files at some future time, but right now my big complain about the series is that Carter kept changing the premise. By the end of the show, it was a muddy mess. Had he developed a solid story arc that could be played out over five or six years, much like that expertly drawn out in Babylon 5, The X Files would have finished with an explosive climax, instead of a lame trial that poorly tried tying together several frayed ends.

Crunchy Carpets said...

Re x-files...that show, like Lost too...was one of those things where they had a good short time story, but the rest they were making up on the fly and busy convincing us that they had it all planned out.

And if you are going to talk X-files precursers..you have to talk Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

SQT said...

I loved the X-files, and the spin off The Lone Gunmenn. I was really bummed when Gunmen was taken off the air. And X-files was never worth watching unless David Duchovney was on IMO, so I never actually saw the finale.

They briefly tried to remake the Night Stalker here in the U.S. last year and it wasn't half bad. But it never really caught on and it was pulled after about 5 shows.

Crunchy Carpets said...

My actor/writer/artist friends are buddies with Dean Haglund.
The skinny blonde lone gunman.

He is filming in Ohio right now ...my friends wrote the script..can't recall the name or premis at the moment.

It was fun seeing him at their wedding!

It was a big local celeb thing!!

Name dropping in a really sad and geek way...I know!!!

SQT said...

Name dropping in a really sad and geek way...I know!!!

Lol

My favorite celeb story is that John O'Hurley, who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld was at the premier party of the show I worked on years ago. He was an old friend of the host. That's my geek story.