Invasion - The Complete Series (2005)

Actors: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan, Tyler Labine

Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs:

DVD Features:

  • Available Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 22 episodes on six discs
  • Missing scenes
  • Invading the Mind of Shaun Cassidy
  • Gag reel



Although you sometimes wish they would hurry things up a bit, Invasion remains compelling television viewing.

In the aftermath of a devastating hurricane, a small town in the American state of Florida not only has to cope with the devastation wreaked by the disaster but also with the mysterious happenings afterwards. After the appearance of some unexplainable bright lights falling from the sky, it would appear that the swamp world of the Everglades is now inhabited by an alien fish-like species. Even more worrisome is the peculiar behavior of some of the small town's inhabitants who seem to have somehow changed after being pulled from the water following the hurricane.

Sure, Invasion isn't particularly original - after all, it's Invasion of the Body Snatchers but with a modern X-Files sensibility (the army is also snooping about), but the series throws up some interesting plot developments that will intrigue dedicated science fiction fans. Also, the series benefits from some effective post-disaster swamp land locations, decent acting and plot ambiguity as viewers are supplied more clues.

Like a lot of contemporary TV shows (think Lost and Prison Break), Invasion doesn't consist of standalone episodes since it contains one narrative thread throughout. In that sense it is actually better suited to the DVD format than television broadcasts since you can simply slot in the next disc in the collection instead of waiting till next week's episode to find out what happens next.

THE DISCS: Unfortunately Invasion only lasted one season and you get the whole series ? all twenty-two 42-minute episodes - spread over six discs. Extra features include the occasional deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette titled Invading the Mind of Shaun Cassidy. (Yes, the Shaun Cassidy.)


RECOMMENDATION: Check it out. Invasion makes for captivating viewing.



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