Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Why The Invaders?

When I decided to blog The Invaders, I was asked why this show and not Lost in Space. My immediate response was that Lost in Space is a well known show, but there are still a lot of people who are unaware of The Invaders, which may be one reason why I have chosen to write about it, but there's more to it than that.

I first picked up both seasons of The Invaders in 2013. I had never heard of the series before, and after reading the description, I was intrigued enough to buy it and watch it. I watched the episodes over the scorching days of summer in 2013 and fell in love with it. It has all the things I love about The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, North by Northwest, the X-Files and Kolchak, and the music of Dominic Frontiere is the icing on the cake. Handsome Roy Thinnes is a delight to watch in this show, and having many of the popular actors of the day guest star makes it a special treat. This brilliant show does have its share of fans and it is a wonder that it is not more widely known and celebrated.

Like most shows, this one has its weaknesses. I don't remember specifically what they are and am about to rediscover them, but I do have a fondness for this show that I also hope to rediscover. I will be describing the action from each episode and adding in my own personal reflections.

Posts will happen on Tuesdays at 8:30pm, which is when episodes originally aired, in keeping with my fictional TV time portal.

Here's an interview with Roy Thinnes on French TV. At 25:00, Roy describes a real UFO sighting he had.

The Invaders will finally arrive next week.

1 comment:

  1. I've backed through your entire The Invaders blog and wanted to say... "Hi! I love the show too."
    Your blog has been a fun read and I look forward to your take on the second season.
    I first saw episodes on TV sometime after it's original airing, because my folks had no TV from about 1963 - 1969. It is, therefore, possible that I read the first novelization by Keith Laumer before I saw the show. The novels by Laumer are a lot of fun and doubtless have a lot to do with my perennial interest in the show.
    I watched the whole series a couple of years ago and was entertained, frustrated, amused, annoyed... The general range of feelings associated with science fiction film and TV in almost all cases. Still, the whole basic idea is so inherently cool and the sparks of brilliance are so unforgettable that the show remains among my favorites.