Conclusion: My love for science fiction television leads me to some strange places. What’s that you say? Reports are supposed to start with a hypothesis and end with a conclusion? Well in my defense, since the creators of Invasion weren’t troubled with ending the series with any sort of conclusion, who says I should play by the rules in reviewing it?
Okay that’s a little harsh considering the reason Invasion never properly ends is that when the first (and only) season concluded, viewer ratings weren’t strong enough to justify creation of a second season. So it’s got to be bad right? Well not really. In fact of all the science fiction Lost can take credit for popularizing, (a list that includes Surface, Taken, Threshold, the 4400, Defying Gravity and so on) Invasion is actually one of the stronger entries.
The story goes like this: During a hurricane that hits Florida, a bunch of strange lights emerge from the ocean. Several people go missing, only to wind up the following morning near the water, completely naked and with no memory of how they survived. Immediately following the bizarre phenomenon, the people of the small town of Homestead begin slowly transforming into hybrids presumably in connection with the orange lights and weird fish-like monsters that are showing up washed ashore in pieces and bits of flesh.
Add a jovial but quickly dismissed unemployed blogger with a penchant for conspiracy theories, a creepy town sheriff, a few hormonally charged teens, the military and more schemes than the proverbial super-villain’s underground lair and the formula is complete.
Eventually it’s accepted that the small Floridian town is the beachhead for an impending invasion of creatures, possibly extraterrestrial, that abduct people in the water and make perfect hybrid copies of them, with the possible purpose being to either offer the next step in evolution or extinction.
The format is one fans of Lost will already know quite well: each 48-minute episode introduces new mysteries, answers a question or two but always ends on a cliffhanger. Unlike Lost however, Invasion doesn’t bury its viewers in new mysteries far more often than it solves old ones. In fact, despite a few twists and turns, the plot of Invasion is surprisingly focused and coherent for this genre.
The plot does tend to lean more heavily on the type of science fiction we associate with X-Files over say Star Trek and there’s little doubt that the pacing most closely resembles that of a soap opera than a typical prime-time drama.
So what we have here is essentially a horror-laced serial that runs 21-episodes without a definitive conclusion. Besides, for a premise centered on an alien invasion, there really isn’t much alien or invasion to be found here, rather innuendo, hypothesis and conspiracy theories. Even still it’s pretty safe to say the DVD box set is a worthy investment, especially during the winter months. For one thing it can eat up a massive chunk of time- nearly 20-hours in fact (spread across 6 discs). Secondly, while by no means revolutionary, the premise and delivery are strong enough to catch and hold most viewers’ attention. Finally those disappointed with the phenomenon that was Lost (a demographic that includes yours truly), Invasion offers a pretty intriguing alternative that isn’t nearly as muddled or implausible.
Of course when this set was initially released, the MSRP was a staggering $59.99. At that price point, your money could definitely be better spent elsewhere however these days it seems the entire set can be picked up for under ten-bucks. 907-minutes of mystery/ action coupled to special features including: Missing scenes, "Invading the Mind of Shaun Cassidy" featurette & a gag reel, you really can’t complain.
Hypothesis: Is it possible blue haired women and hungry gators aren’t the scariest residents of Florida after all?
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