Thursday, March 05, 2009

Revisitng a Classic

Do you remember The Invaders (in color) from 1967-8? Architect David Vincent witnesses a flying saucer landing and, learning that its occupants plan to rule the world, spends 2 seasons trying to convince other Earthlings that the invasion has begun. I have been watching episodes from the 2nd season, wherein a few people have been convinced, but there is still so much more to be done.

It's great to watch shows you haven't seen for 40 years and realize how many inconsistencies you missed the first time. For instance, how does architect David Vincent support himself while he drives around the country checking out flying saucer reports? He always has nice suits and new cars. Does he do quickie designs between his investigations? Perhaps this is why the narrator always say "Architect David Vincent"; to imply that he does something else between episodes.

The aliens's talents and powers are strangely limited. They travel between galaxies, they can take human form (for 3 days, after which they need regeneration, they have little palm-held devices that kill humans by cerebral hemorrhage, but when they need to get in touch with one another, they have to use the telephone. One poor alien is overheard calling for help from his (its?) superiors on a pay phone.

They also make bad choices: they aim to make the Earth their own, but they can't breath oxygen. What to do? They'll try to alter their own chemistry, and if that doesn't work, they'll suck all the oxygen out of the atmosphere. Wouldn't it be easier to find a planet with a suitable atmosphere? I mean, these people hop from galaxy to galaxy. You can't tell me that there aren't planets better suited. They remind me of some human organizations that insist on doing things in the most wasteful way possible.

1 comment:

Chuckbert said...

Sometimes it's best to leave the past behind. For some reason I thought that I'd like to relive that madcap "Laverne and Shirley." I hadn't seen it for many years and had some recollections of fun moments. I finally watched an episode on TV Land (I think) and was disappointed. That one episode erased all the fond memories I had.

I never watched "The Invaders" and now it seems less likely that I will take it up.