Saturday, October 20, 2018

Episode 21: Valley of the Shadow - 9/26/67

Two doctors are driving along the coast, as the bride-to-be cautions her fiancé, Sam, that they won't have much of a honeymoon with the early morning calls they're getting. He offers to pour her a tranquilizer when they get back, and pulls her closer to snuggle as he drives. It's easy to sense the impending doom.

An erratic driver approaches them rapidly from behind, swerving to pass around them, as the car continues to weave across both lanes of the road until it hits the hillside and rolls over. The doctors pull over, and Sam tells Maria to call the highway patrol on their handy CB unit, while he grabs his kit and heads over to the scene of the accident.

The driver is squirming in his seat, and Sam cautions him not to move, explaining that he's a doctor. The man says he's okay and explains that he was driving so poorly because his brakes went out. Maria arrives with her stethoscope at the ready, and the man becomes combative when he sees it.

He forces his way out of the car and grapples with Sam, while Maria grabs him from behind, trying to pull him off.

He throws her off and picks up a rock and bashes Sam's skull in with it. Sam is unconscious on the hood of the car, and Maria is left facing the attacker.

He goes after her, but the highway patrol officers arrive just in time and arrest him. She goes to Sam, crying and calling his name, while she hugs his lifeless body.

Starring Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

Guest Stars:
 Nan Martin as Dr. Maria McKinley

Harry Townes as Will Hale

Ron Hayes as Sheriff Gordon Clements

Joe Maross as Alien Captain Taft

Monday, June 11, 2018

Episode 20: The Watchers - 9/19/67

A frantic man parks a company car from The Lodge on an airport runway. A worker tells him he can't park there and the man asks if the Washington flight has left yet and he says it's due now. Another car from The Lodge pulls up, and as two men get out and approach them, he tells the worker that they've taken over The Lodge. He says they look, talk and act like real people, but they're not, and they're going to kill him.

He runs willy-nilly around a truck, and is easily intercepted by one of the men, who holds up an alien mind control crystal and tells him that a plane will be landing momentarily.

He calmly strides out onto the runway in the path of the incoming plane while the worker chases after him. There is a loud thud and the worker winces and turns away, while the two aliens behind him share a pleased look with one another.

Starring Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

Guest Star:
  as Margaret Cook

Special Guest Star:
as Paul Cook

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Episode 19: The Saucer - 9/12/67

Police officers are out searching the desert because John Carter has seen a flying saucer and has photos to prove it. Since they find no evidence, the police chief claims he needs a doctor and says his photos don't make any sense.

Just as he's about to drive him back into town, Carter points out a disc in the sky, which turns out to be some kid's frisbee.

His dad comes running up with him, and when Jimmy says it's broken, his dad starts complaining about how toys these days are made of cheap plastic, which makes him seem like an alien who's trying too hard to appear human. The police chief asks if he noticed anything strange in the sky the night before, and he says he didn't last night or any other time, proving he's an alien, leaving us to wonder if little Jimmy is too.

Starring Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

Guest Stars:
  as Annie Rhodes

as Robert Morrison

as John Carter

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Episode 18: Condition: Red - 9/5/67

A woman is enjoying an afternoon horseback ride as two gentlemen stand by awkwardly and watch her. She is about to cross the road when a driver speeds around the curve with squealing tires, spooking the horse and causing it to throw her off. The driver pulls over and pries open her eyelid before checking her pulse. He looks dismayed and removes her wallet from her pocket before heading to a police call box which is conveniently located a few steps away.

He identifies himself as Dr. Rogers and explains that a woman named Laurie Keller was thrown from her horse and died up on Highway 14. He says he'll bring her in, but as he walks back toward the presumed dead woman, he sees a man helping her sit up, while the other two seen earlier stand nearby.

They approach the good doctor, grabbing him by the arms, and drag him to a pond as he protests. They hold him under the water as the threatening Invaders music plays.

Starring Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

Guest Stars:
  as Laurie Keller

as Maj. Dan Keller

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Forging Ahead with Season 2

I started blogging about The Invaders on a whim back in January. I soon realized I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, and was in over my head. I thought weekly blogging would be doable, but I soon found myself unable to keep up with my 50 year anniversary posts. I wasn't sure I was going to attempt Season 2, but I've decided to forge ahead with the adventures of David Vincent. I am not making any promises about posting on the anniversary of episodes, but it's my goal to post once a week.

There is something special about this series that has drawn me to it. I explained some of the reasons why in my introductory post. I suppose I am also enamored with the quaint retro technology, the crooked alien pinky fingers, the cerebral hemorrhage inducing discs, the regeneration tubes, the aliens' obsessiveness with destroying any trace of their existence, and their utter inability to stop David Vincent, that makes this series distinctive. I suppose I must continue watching to find out if the human race will be saved or if the aliens will take over. Will they settle for coexistence with humans, or will they annihilate all Earthlings in making this planet their own? Along the way, I expect there will be some question of whether or not humans are worth saving.

While I have seen the entire series once, several years ago, I don't really remember details of the episodes or how the series comes to an end. Part of my reason for blogging is so I can easily revisit episodes and refresh my memory, though I've also found that by writing about the show, I notice many more details than by just viewing casually. I hope that my feeble attempts at blogging this series may lead others to discover the enjoyable realm of The Invaders. The first episode of Season 2, "Condition: Red," will be posted on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Episode 17: The Condemned - 5/9/67

Mr. Tate is digging through files in a safe while his nervous cohort urges him to hurry. Tate finds the file he's looking for and, as they make for the door, they hear someone jiggling the handle and head for another exit.

They walk down the hall as cool as cucumbers, despite the fact that Tate is not concealing well the file that sticks out from under his coat. They go to the fire exit, but when they see someone coming, head in the other direction. A man sees them and sets off an alarm. Tate stashes the file in some sort of vent, and he and his partner try for another door, but men start emerging from the doors around them and they are forced to fight them off. They get away and lock a steel gate behind them. The pursuers recover and go to unlock the gate.

Tate's buddy, Ed, is freaking out, saying they'll find them no matter where they go, as they make their getaway in a truck. Sure enough, a car pulls up alongside them and runs them off the road. Ed is knocked out with a head injury. A little girl who's playing with her dolly inside her playhouse watches out the window as Tate gets out of the truck and hides in the bushes. Three men get out of the car and the two with ray guns fire on the truck and disintegrate it. The little girl screams and cries for her mommy.

Starring Roy Thinnes as Architect David Vincent

Guest Stars:
as Morgan Tate

as Carol Tate

as Lewis Dunn