If you read the title of this post and instantly know what I’m talking about, you’re awesome. Invasion was a television show that started back in 2005 on ABC; the premise was simple, and something of a twist on the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Without giving too much away, the show was set in an American town which is suffering after an unusual hurricane. During the hurricane, a hell of a lot of strange orange lights fall from the sky into the water. What are they? Well, it’s never quite made clear. It’s possible they’re aliens, or maybe just biofluorescent (or is that bioluminescent?) fish tossed up by the storm. At first, they’re just dismissed, but eventually some of the characters begin to take notice, and these are the show’s primary characters.
We’ve got Russell, a park ranger, married to Larkin, a news reporter on a cable television network. The sheriff in town is Tom, who’s married to Russell’s ex-wife Mariel, a doctor at the local hospital. Larkin’s brother Dave is unemployed, although he appears to run a blog, where he posts his latest conspiracy theories for the world to read. Russell and Mariel have two children, a teenage boy called Jessie and a young girl called Rose. It’s Rose who first spots these mysterious lights coming from the sky.
Now that I’ve established the show’s premise and introduced most of the ensemble cast, let’s move onto the show’s history. It was a fantastic show, I must say. I thoroughly enjoyed it; the characters were likeable and the story was gripping. Unfortunately, even after a strong start, Invasion was cancelled after its initial twenty-two episode run, ending on a cliffhanger. It took over a year for the studio to release the series on DVD, even after huge fan efforts to have the series restarted. It’s quite similar to the attempts to have Firefly restarted, a show with a similarly premature conclusion. It seems that television network executives don’t like me enjoying their stations.
I leave you with just this piece of advice: go to your favourite DVD retailer, online or physical, and grab the first season of Invasion on DVD. It’s an incredible show which is under-appreciated due to its age and status that does not deserve to be overlooked. It’s quite easy to imagine the show becoming as popular as Lost had it premièred before J.J.Abrams’ brainchild.