Season two of "The Invaders" has finally touched down at Amazon.It's with a heavy heart that one realizes that this was it,the curtain was ringing down on such a good show. The years of 1965 and 1966 had seen a peak of interest in UFOs as they were in newspaper headlines around the world(remember Allen Hynek's famous"swamp gas" explanation?).So while the subject matter The Invaders dealt with was a "hot" topic,the demographics of the folks who had the most say when it came to its'ratings(30 yrs.and up),didn't exactly warm to its'content at all.And so its' demise was rather swift but not unexpected given the times. For those of us who "got it" though, this was a series to savour all the way through.A main component of this show was the paranoia factor;one man believing in and fighting against a terrible enemy,that no one else would believe in.The only other show I can compare it to in that era was "The Fugitive' with David Jansen;an innocent man accused of something he didn't do,trying to clear his name and constantly on the run from the authorities.In The Invaders though the paranoia factor goes up a notch because it is alien invaders set to conquer the world and only he knows it and no one will believe him. That was the case in Season One especially.In Season Two the paranoia factor lessens considerably.He finally gains allies now,either through his own work or meeting others that have also stumbled onto the alien menace.In fact he forms a cadre of believers with an industrialist Edgar Scoville,played by Kent Smith.Vincent now has friends and resources to help convince the authorities that the threat is imminent and real.And in Season Two this is just what he does.Read more ›
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The best 1960's drama series of it's kind!Oct. 28 2008
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The Invaders - Season Two
Roy Thinnes stars in the second and final season of the excellent science fiction drama series developed by Larry Cohen called The Invaders. For those of you not familiar with this franchise, the premise deals with one man's discovery of and subsequent battle with malevolent aliens who appear human on the surface. The show combines elements of Quinn Martin's chase series The Fugitive with concepts developed in prior films like I Married A Monster From Outer Space and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.
There are 26 episodes on 7 DVDs to be released in region 1 January 27, 2009. Extras at this writing most likely will include individual show introductions recorded this year by Roy Thinnes in New York City. Roy is a New Yorker now and working on matters to do with his artwork.
Some major character actors appear in the second season of the series, including Gene Hackman as an alien "seed salesman"; Fritz Weaver as an Iron Curtain ambassador; Carol Lynley as a collaborator with the aliens; R.G. Armstrong makes his second appearance this time as a cop; Diana Muldaur as a "good" alien; Michael Rennie makes another appearance as an alien posing as a Scandinavian ambassador; Ed Asner appears once again, this time playing a corrupt father; Richard Anderson of Perry Mason and Six Million Dollar Man fame stars as an alien who learns about human emotions and pain; and Suzanne Pleshette of The Birds and Bob Newhart fame reprises her role (of a sort) as an "emotional" alien. Many other key actors of that classic era of television make appearances, including Ed Begley, Wayne Rogers (who later found fame in M*A*S*H) and Laurence Naismith to name a few.
The show is known for having prioritized drama over special effects, with adult, plausible scripts. As with most, if not all Quinn Martin productions, the show took itself very seriously, with little humor and much melodrama. The music, primarily fueled by Dominic Frontiere's enigmatic theme, often propelled the show. The special effects were sparse, but intelligently done. The most famous visual elements were the alien immolation death scenes and the somewhat rare but trademark classic flying saucer appearances.
Season 2 is also notable for more adult themes, specifically some politics ("Summit Meeting" Part 1 and 2) and revealing banter in a court case ("The Trial"). Some scenes might be considered humorous by today's audiences. An example would be a scene in "The Pit" where a group of aliens bang their famous unbendable fourth fingers on the glass of a phone booth. Nevertheless, the show is solid drama with an interesting mix of science fiction elements.
Here are the episodes you will see in this set, in order of broadcast, which will be the same order observed in the set:
Season 2, Episode 1: Condition: Red Original Air Date--5 September 1967 Season 2, Episode 2: The Saucer Original Air Date--12 September 1967 Season 2, Episode 3: The Watchers Original Air Date--19 September 1967 Season 2, Episode 4: Valley of the Shadow Original Air Date--26 September 1967 Season 2, Episode 5: The Enemy Original Air Date--3 October 1967 Season 2, Episode 6: The Trial Original Air Date--10 October 1967 Season 2, Episode 7: The Spores Original Air Date--17 October 1967 Season 2, Episode 8: Dark Outpost Original Air Date--24 October 1967 Season 2, Episode 9: Summit Meeting: Part I Original Air Date--31 October 1967 Season 2, Episode 10: Summit Meeting: Part II Original Air Date--7 November 1967 Season 2, Episode 11: The Prophet Original Air Date--14 November 1967 Season 2, Episode 12: Labyrinth Original Air Date--21 November 1967 Season 2, Episode 13: The Captive Original Air Date--28 November 1967 Season 2, Episode 14: The Believers Original Air Date--5 December 1967 Season 2, Episode 15: The Ransom Original Air Date--12 December 1967 Season 2, Episode 16: Task Force Original Air Date--26 December 1967 Season 2, Episode 17: The Possessed Original Air Date--2 January 1968 Season 2, Episode 18: Counter-Attack Original Air Date--9 January 1968 Season 2, Episode 19: The Pit Original Air Date--16 January 1968 Season 2, Episode 20: The Organization Original Air Date--30 January 1968 Season 2, Episode 21: The Peacemaker Original Air Date--6 February 1968 Season 2, Episode 22: The Vise Original Air Date--20 February 1968 Season 2, Episode 23: The Miracle Original Air Date--27 February 1968 Season 2, Episode 24: The Life Seekers Original Air Date--12 March 1968 Season 2, Episode 25: The Pursued Original Air Date--12 March 1968 Season 2, Episode 26: Inquisition Original Air Date--26 March 1968
The price for this set is VERY reasonable compared to most other classic series being released. In fact, the price in Amazon's current pre-order (as of this writing) is $2 less than Season 1's 5 disc set.
The colors are rich and somewhat "technicolor" in appearance. While the mastering is from electronic sources as opposed to the original 35mm film elements, the episodes are clean intact as originally broadcast, averaging 51 minutes each, unlike many hour-long series of today, which range from about 42 to 44 minutes on average.
All in all, an excellent investment for a great show that met a premature end in 1968.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Hallelujah!!!Nov. 23 2008
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Another favorite from way back when. I'm not sure what ingredients were used to make those classic sci-fi's, but this one had them all - suspense, innocence, 60's directing, and a low voice narrator. So, round up the family and get ready for part two.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
THE INVADERS #2: The Believers come out!Oct. 31 2008
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You are about to witness the second and final season (1967-1968) of Quinn Martin's sci-fi series "The Invaders", produced by Alan Armer and whose new associate producer named David W. Rintells revises the series' original concept by introducing a team of experts called "The Believers", led by financier/industrialist Edgar Scoville (played by Kent Smith) who support the struggle of architect David Vincent (played by Roy Thinnes).
A new team of composers popsup under the direction of jazzman Duane Tatro who writes six scores. A fine writer named Laurence Heath (former "Mission: Impossible" writer and story consultant) puts to pen four scripts: the mind control intrigue "Condition: Red" (guest starring Jason Evers, Antoinette Bower and Mort Mills), the Soviet-oriented plot "The Captive" (guest starring Fritz Weaver and Dana Wynter), "Counterattack" (guest starring Anna Capri and Lin McCarthy) and perhaps' the season most challenging story "The Life Seekers" (guest starring Barry Morse and Diana Muldaur) in which David Vincent meets a couple of pacifist invaders willing to reform the politics of their society.
Find a selection of shocking episodes dealing with mental cruel acts as "Valley of the Shadow" (an entire town is reprogrammed to forget the presence of the invaders, guest starring Nan Martin, Harry Townes and Joe Maross), "Dark Outpost" (in which four students are brainwashed to see one of them executed in different ways, guest starring William Sargent, Andrew Prine and Whit Bissell), "The Possessed" (in wich an alien conditions the brain of a scientist to kill at will as a Pavlov's dog, guest starring Michael Tolan, Michael Constantine and William Smithers), "The Pit" (in which the invaders fashion a dream machine to turn scientists into madmen inside a Research Center, guest starring Charles Aidman, Joanne Linville and Donald Harron) and "The Pursued" (the unofficial sequel to "The Mutation" in which a female invader is the victim of a failed experiment and cannot control her wild impulses, guest starring Suzanne Pleshette, Dana Elcar and Will Geer). Two episodes try to depict the true form of the invaders: "The Spores" (guest starring Gene Hackman) which makes a veiled reference to alien seed pods from Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Enemy" (guest starring Richard Anderson).
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good but the First Season was BetterDec 12 2009
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I always enjoyed this show even as a boy but now, in retrospect, I can see why The Invaders was cancelled after only its second season.
For some reason, the writers decided to change the show's overall, and critical, premise - that of a man alone, persecuted, laughed at battling not only alien invaders but sceptics and disbelievers who would rather see him thrown into an insane asylum - to a new season where this same man, David Vincent, not only has a circle of co-believers around him but allies willing to collaborate in the battle. Some of these allies are even people like Edgar Scoville, who is wealthy and well placed with many connections in both military and industrial circles and who uses these connections (without much difficulty) to assist David Vincent in the struggle.
Unfortunately, this change undermines the whole spirit of the show, for the desperation the main character had to get people to believe him is pretty much negated. Just why the writers chose to do this I have no idea. In addition, there are several episodes where Vincent and his allies actually collaborate with the aliens to achieve mutual ends. One episode even has the aliens bringing a dead Vincent back to life after he is accidentally electrocuted. Credibility is definitely stretched to the limit here.
Probably the worst episode is one featuring black aliens along with a black investigator David has managed to convert. Inspite of some measure of obstructionism by his socially conscious black wife - who suspects reverse racism on her husband's part - this investigator remains undaunted as his suspicions about a well respected and famous black scientist continue to grow. To his credit, he has discovered one important and distinguishing feature of this interesting new type of alien that he quickly shares with David Vincent. He has realized that these black aliens are easily discerned from human blacks because, of all things, the palms of their hands are black too! It almost borders on the hilarious, not to mention the stilted, unconvincing performance of the socially conscious wife and several of the black extras which can only leave viewers shaking their heads. An obvious attempt to make the show 'socially relevant' stumbles badly.
There are also a number of actors who return to the series after appearances in the first season however none of them, if they weren't first killed off, reprise their original roles. I consider this a mistake because opportunities to present viewers with some measure of continuity are needlessly thrown away. The example of the alien 'leader' played by Alfred Ryder is worth noting. In the first season he was the sinister Mr. Nexus who ruthlessly kills the human collaborator he suspects has turned against him. In the second season he still plays a leader but is portrayed as a completely different, yet virtually identical, character and an opportunity to develop an on-going nemesis for David Vincent is, accordingly, lost. Perhaps the writers later realized their mistake for Mr. Ryder was brought back to portray this same, new character in a subsequent episode.
Nevertheless, there are still an overabundance of good moments throughout the second season, especially the first episode where the aliens have managed to infiltrate NORAD through the wife of an air force major. It makes for some really gripping moments.
All in all, I would still recommend this collection for interested viewers and I certainly don't regret purchasing it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding second and last season for the Quinn Martin classicMarch 26 2009
Reginald D. Garrard
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It's the second season of the show and those poor aliens still have to deal with their inability to shoot the broadside of a barn with human guns, that little problem with the finger, those fashion-challenged ugly teal-blue jumpsuits, and the relentless pursuit by that architect with obvious deep pockets, David Vincent (Roy Thinnes). This DVD compilation of the ABC series' 1967-68 season sports some nifty intros from Thinnes, along with stunning color and sound, and an easily navigable menu, with or without introductory comments on each episode.
In the second season, Vincent is joined by an evergrowing number of "believers," people that learn of the alien invasion and join him on his quest. But those are not the only changes in the story lines: the aliens themselves expand their own human images; this season, as opposed to the predominately white males of season one, there are black aliens, more females, and even a couple of kids sporting those tell-tale extended "pinkies."
The stories reflect the Cold War atmosphere of the time of the show's production, along with commentary on race relations, the "make peace, not war" outcries of the youth, and the changing politics of America. Though most sci-fi of the period was aimed at a younger audience, "The Invaders" didn't dumb down its stories, even tackling pre-marital sexual relations in one episode.
Best episodes: "Valley of the Shadow," "The Enemy," "The Trial," "The Spores," "The Prophet," "Labyrinth," "The Captive," "The Ransom," "The Possessed," "The Pit," "The Organization", "The Miracle," "The Pursued," and the final one of the series, "Inquisition." The only complaint about the latter is that it has a bad audio transfer, resulting in a slight "wavy" sound.
Unlike other sci-fi shows of the decade that were dependent on elaborate sets, "The Invaders" added a touch of "realism" through its use of location shots, ranging from countrysides to shipyards to amusement parks and others.
But, a true plus is the use of a stellar cast of guest stars, which could be divided into several categories.
There are the episodic television actors and "return players" (those that made more than one appearance on the show): Michael Tolan, Fritz Weaver, Nancy Kovack, Andrew Prine, Pat Hingle, Ford Rainey, Don Gordon, Susan Oliver, Booth Coleman, Linden Chiles, Laurence Naismith, Katherine Justice, Harold Gould, Ed Begley, William Windom, James Callahan, John Zaremba, Susan Oliver, R.G. Armstrong, Joanne Linville, Barbara Barrie, Ian Wolfe, Janet McLachlan, Ross Elliott ( in two episodes,with and without a toupee), Ken Lynch, Roy Poole, Chris Robinson, Phyllis Thaxter, Larry Gates, Frank Marth, Charles Aidman, Lin McCarthy, Joel Fluellen, Ron Hayes, Simon Scott, in addition to James Daly (father of Tyne and Tim) and J.D. Cannon who were both featured in the '67 pilot. Veteran Kent Smith has a recurring role as millionaire and fellow alien hunter Edgar Scoville. Alfred Ryder, himself a first-year guest star, has two turns as the alien "leader." Gene Lyons, John Milford, and Robert O'Brien, each, appear in two episodes in this compilation.
Then, there are the "up-and-comers," those whose star would shine brighter in future film and television roles: Gene Hackman, Sally Kellerman, Dabney Coleman, Wayne Rogers, Richard Anderson, Lynda Day, Karen Black, William Smithers, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Michael Constantine, Diana Hyland, Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Atwater, James B. Sikking, Louis Gossett, Jr., Barbara Hershey, Diana Muldaur, Will Geer, and Barry Williams, a few years shy of his debut as one of "The Brady Bunch."
Then, there are the "inspired casting," which includes Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, who themselves had battled aliens in the classic 50's "Invasion of the Body Snathers; Michael Rennie of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" fame; Whit Bissel, who made Michael Landon a "teenage werewolf; Roscoe Lee Browne and Raymond St. Jacques in a landmark episode; and Dawn Wells and Russell Johnson, who managed to leave "Gilligan's Island" to find their way in an "Invaders'" tale.
Finally, there are the actors that are probably known more for their voices than their faces: cartoon voiceover actor John Stephenson ("Mr. Slate" on "The Flintstone" for one); Ben Wright, heard in numerous films and television shows; Barney Phillips, another famous voice; and young Christopher Shea, who provided the voice of "Linus" for many of the early Charlie Brown specials.
Like the first in the series, this DVD also features an interview with Thinnes. This time, however, the actor provides a fascinating look at the making of the series, as well as other aspects of acting and celebrity.