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The Invaders Review

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Out of this world

★★★★

The high concept of this series is The Fugitive meets Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

Architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) sees a flying saucer land and learns that ‘alien beings from a dying world’ intend to take over. They’re able to look just like us, although some can’t bend their little fingers (a comical, somehow sinister detail). A major influence on X-Files-style TV sci-fi, this was made in an age of standalone stories rather than series arcs, giving it a jittery intensity - any gains the hero makes are wiped out next week. Thinnes’ square martyr/nut is compelling, and the guest stars are creepy as aliens masquerading as anyone from businessmen to tassel-tossing strippers. The music, titles and slightly skewed direction all suggest a moment in pop culture when everyone had to admit there was something wrong in America.