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For centuries, humans have searched the skies for signs of intelligent life...to no avail. But what if the explanation lies in the fact that aliens were already here...already among us? And what if all of the natural disasters were smokescreens designed to mask something far more ominous? For dedicated U.S. Park Ranger Russell Varon, a devastating Florida hurricane and its mysterious aftermath prove to be merely the beginning of a long journey into the unknown. Creator and executive producer Shaun Cassidy ("Cold Case," "The Mountain," "The Agency," "American Gothic," "Cover Me") presents the suspenseful tale of a blended family that finds itself at the center of a conspiracy designed to mask an alien takeover happening one neighbor at a time.]]>
Following the success of Lost, Invasion was one of numerous sci-fi-themed shows that debuted in the fall of 2005. But unlike Threshold and Surface, Invasion had the distinct advantage of airing in ABC's slot right after Lost, at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Created and produced by Shaun Cassidy (yes, the former teen idol who also produced American Gothic), the series starts in a flurry with a devastating hurricane threatening a Florida city and a 21st-century family happens to be in the middle of it. There's park ranger Russell Groves (Eddie Cibrian) and his wife, Larkin (Lisa Sheridan), who's an inquisitive television reporter. Living with them is Larkin's no-account brother, Dave (Tyler Labine), who blogs about conspiracy theories and aliens while between jobs. Also living with them some of the time are Russell's kids, Rose (Ariel Gade) and Jesse (Evan Peters), who also spend time with their mother, doctor Mariel Underlay (Kari Matchett), who has also remarried, to the town's sinister sheriff, Tom (William Fichtner). Tom also has a child from a previous marriage, sexy teen Kira (Alexis Dziena). Amid the chaos of the hurricane, little Rose is the only one to notice a group of strange lights dropping from the sky into the water, then Mariel disappears only to turn up in a swamp the next morning, seemingly unharmed but now with a strange affinity for water. Not so lucky is Dave, whose investigation of Rose's colored lights leads to the discovery that those lights have a pretty fierce set of teeth. And what does the sheriff have to hide? Parts of Invasion feel like The X-Files or 24, and obviously the central concept isn't new, but it has enough revelations and spooky chills to keep the viewer coming back for more. Unfortunately, even the plum slot following Lost wasn't enough to keep Invasion from being canceled after its first season. The problem is that the season--and the series--ends in a whopping cliffhanger, which may never be resolved. So before you invest yourself into a full season of Invasion, be warned. --David Horiuchi
- 22 episodes on six discs
- Missing scenes
- "Invading the Mind of Shaun Cassidy" featurette
- Gag reel
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The story line is about two families that are close. Mariel and Russell are divorced and have two children, a teenage son Jessie, and daughter Rose, a second grader. Rose is a sweetheart. Mariel remarried to Sheriff Tom who has a teenager daughter Kira. Russell remarried as well to Larkin, who is pregnant and works for the local TV station. During the hurricane, Mariel disappeared, and when she returned, Jessie and Rose told their father Russell that their mom was acting weird.
During the storm, Rose sees bright lights coming down from the sky and landing in the water. When the Hurricane was over, some of the town folks were acting differently. At first, they were confused, then acting very strange about water and an impulse to drink water. Afterwards, some folks acted almost normal and others became mean-spirited.
Tom Underlay was a Major in the Air Force when his plane crashed into a lake. Then he retired went to work for the Sheriff's Department. He was the only survivor of the lake crash, and was a Hybrid. Homestead Air Force Base had known about the Hybrids' in the lake for years and had known that Tom was a Hybrid. Consequently, it was a military cover-up to do experiments on the Hybrids in a secret location on the base.
These aren't you normal aliens' as in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. They are Hybrids which you can't tell apart from humans. Some of the Hybrids hadn't changed at all and were aware of their transformation. They didn't want any part of the Hybrid group that was having meetings. Sheriff Tom was the good guy, and he tried his best to help the town folks to adjust. Eli Szura betrayed Tom. Szura took charge of the group and was controlling them. Mariel, Larkin, and the children were on their way to leave town before the hurricane. They were being rounded up by the National Guards/Hybrids when their car was hit by a fallen tree.
Unfortunately, it was hamstrung by a weak cast and erratic writing.
However, the cast when strong, is very strong. Tom and Dave save the show for me, especially Tom. The more I learn about the character, the more interesting he becomes. Get Invasion to watch Tom. The deputy Lewis is also engaging. One of the more sympathetic characters. Elisabeh Moss has her best role in Invasion - Mad Men or not. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters just don't measure up.
The basic ideas are very good. The writers just don't seem capable of pulling it off consistently.
The show does end with a cliffhanger. However, as I can't stand that character, it didn't really bother me.
Wikipedia explains what was planned for season 2, per an interview with the actor who plays Dave. Did not sound good.
Still, if you can find it on sale, grab it. Despite the flaws, Invasion did suck me in and kept me watching.