Complete Series DVD cover
|Created by||Shaun Cassidy|
|Starring|| William Fichtner |
|Composer(s)|| Jon Ehrlich |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Shaun Cassidy Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 21, 2005 –|
May 17, 2006
Invasion is an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for one season beginning in September 21, 2005. Somewhat similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers , the show told the story of the aftermath of a hurricane in which water-based creatures infiltrate a small Florida town and begin to take over the bodies of the town's inhabitants through a cloning process (by first merging with then replacing them). The show was produced by Shaun Cassidy Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, and extraterrestrials in fiction. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific other various innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas."
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Due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the aftermath in the southern United States, early on-air promotions were quickly pulled by ABC. The advertising then switched emphasis completely to the alien invasion aspect of the series, while the hurricane received no mention. The premiere was also preceded with a warning that the show featured images of a fictional hurricane to which viewers could be sensitive.
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The show was originally conceived for 5 seasons.
William Edward Fichtner Jr. is an American actor who has appeared in a number of films and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay in Invasion and Alexander Mahone on Prison Break. His film appearances include Heat, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Go, Crash, Blades of Glory, Black Hawk Down, The Longest Yard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Dark Knight, Date Night, The Lone Ranger, Elysium, Independence Day: Resurgence and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Edward Carl Cibrian is an American actor. He played Cole Deschanel on the television series Sunset Beach and has also appeared in films and as a cast member in several other television series, filling such roles as Jimmy Doherty on Third Watch, Russell Varon in Invasion, Jesse Cardoza in CSI: Miami and Eddie Valetik in Take Two.
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|1||"Pilot"||Thomas Schlamme||Shaun Cassidy||September 21, 2005||475281|
|Hurricane Eve strikes the town of Homestead. Lights are seen in the water and while Dave and Russell investigate, one attacks Dave. Sheriff Underlay orders the area quarantined and the town attempts to rebuild itself.|
|2||"Lights Out"||Lawrence Trilling||Shaun Cassidy||September 28, 2005||2T6951|
|Russell finds the body of an Air Force Officer who has similar wounds as Dave. Mariel finds something in Paxton, which arouses suspicion. Sheriff Underlay continues to cordon off the town.|
|3||"Watershed"||Michael Dinner||Shaun Cassidy||October 5, 2005||2T6952|
|Kira and Jesse investigate a motor home with terrible consequences. Russell worries about Mariel's strange behavior and Larkin suspects that Tom is involved in, or knows something about, a military cover-up.|
|4||"Alpha Male"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Juan Carlos Coto,|
Becky Hartman Edwards
|October 12, 2005||2T6953|
|Animals affected with a deadly flu virus escape from a sanctuary; Russell and Tom try to track them down. Jesse gets jealous as Kira flirts with a boy at a party. A woman attacks Larkin doubting her identity. Mariel shows more strange behavior.|
|5||"Unnatural Selection"||Thomas Schlamme||Michael Berns,|
|October 19, 2005||2T6954|
|One of Russell's colleagues is involved in shootout with Tom leading to dire consequences. Larkin seizes a chance to snoop around for answers when an old boyfriend invites her to visit his military base. Mariel is invited to a survivors group.|
|6||"The Hunt"||Lawrence Trilling||Shaun Cassidy,|
Becky Hartman Edwards
|October 26, 2005||2T6955|
|After finding an old Cuban refugee who lost his family to "the lights," Russell goes fishing to catch one of the luminescent beings. Transformed, Derek switches his interest to Mariel, incurring the wrath of Underlay.|
|7||"Fish Story"||Rod Holcomb|| Michael Alaimo,|
Juan Carlos Coto
|November 2, 2005||2T6956|
|After surviving a car crash, Larkin is picked up by a strange man who she becomes suspicious of, especially when she believes that he might have a link to the events that are occurring. Meanwhile, Mariel desperately tries to emotionally reconnect with her son, Jesse.|
|8||"The Cradle"||Ernest Dickerson||Julie Siege||November 9, 2005||2T6957|
|A baby is abandoned at Russell's ranger station. The mother Christina, who was 'changed' after the Hurricane claims it is not hers. Dave learns the owner of the wedding ring and Mariels makes a discovery in the water.|
|9||"The Dredge"||Michael Nankin||Jill E. Blotevogel,|
|November 16, 2005||2T6958|
|Russell's dark past is brought to the surface to the shock of Larkin. Dave investigates Mariel and her disappearance the night of the hurricane and Mariel pleads with Tom to dredge the bay to find out the identity of the body.|
|10||"Origin of Species"||Steve Shill||Shaun Cassidy,|
Juan Carlos Coto
|November 30, 2005||2T6959|
|Dave is abducted by his blog-readers wanting to know what he knows. Meanwhile Tom Underlay and his deputy Sirk learn the identity of the dead woman found in the bay and Sirk has an encounter with the lights.|
|11||"Us or Them"||J. Miller Tobin||Shaun Cassidy||January 11, 2006||2T6960|
|Russell finally confronts Mariel about the changes she's undergone since the hurricane. Underlay invites Sirk into his home to recuperate and Jesse meets a beautiful, but strange, girl while on vacation with Larkin and Rose.|
|12||"Power"||Lawrence Trilling||Becky Hartman Edwards,|
|January 18, 2006||2T6961|
|Tom disappears while taking the kids for a 'little adventure' at a cabin and brings along a mysterious bag. Meanwhile Russell and Mariel try to locate the children and Larkin gets suspicious about Russell getting close to Mariel.|
|13||"Redemption"||Bill Eagles||Michael Alaimo,|
|January 25, 2006||2T6962|
|After Tom's shooting he hovers between life and death as he re-lives his 1996 plane crash that led to his re-birth. Meanwhile Russell tries to prevent Larkin from telling the truth about what happens in the water.|
|14||"All God's Creatures"||Harry Winer||Michael Foley||February 8, 2006||2T6963|
|Russell, Larkin and Dave discover the creature that has been stalking their home. Tom goes on a mission to find out who shot him, while Kira questions what happened to her father and Mariel the night of the hurricane.|
|15||"The Nest"||Lawrence Trilling||Shaun Cassidy,|
|February 15, 2006||2T6964|
|Kira continues her search for answers but falls into the wrong crowd and into trouble. Russell helps Mariel test her blood for abnormalities with shocking results, and Derek and Christina make their return to Homestead.|
|16||"The Fittest"||Frederick E. O. Toye||Juan Carlos Coto||March 8, 2006||2T6965|
|Tom and Russell team up to pursue Derek and Christina, stumbling upon a mysterious group of migrant workers. Mariel comes clean to the kids, Kira's life is in the balance after her encounter and Larkin still looks for answers.|
|17||"The Key"||Bryan Spicer||Michael Alaimo,|
|March 15, 2006||2T6966|
|Christina uses a gun to get Mariel to perform an ultrasound. Russell and Dave set out to discover what the CIA knows about the hybrids, and Jesse and Rose return to school to witness some strange behaviour.|
|18||"Re-Evolution"||Eric Laneuville|| Charles Grant Craig,|
|April 19, 2006||2T6967|
|Russell and Dave investigate what's been happening on Szura's island. Tensions rise at school between those who have changed and those who haven't, and Tom looks into the military's involvement in the post-hurricane changes.|
|19||"The Son Also Rises"||Lawrence Trilling||Michael Alaimo,|
|April 26, 2006||2T6968|
|Russell finally blows the whistle on Szura's island leading to Russell being out of a job. Jesse and Rose deal with more bizarre changes at school, and the hybrids prepare as a new hurricane is brewing in the Caribbean.|
|20||"Run and Gun"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Juan Carlos Coto,|
|May 3, 2006||2T6969|
|With Szura at large in Homestead, unlikely partners Russell and Sheriff Tom team up in the hope of tracking down Szura. Meanwhile the hurricane gets increasingly closer to Homestead as the hybrids plan to make their move.|
|21||"Round Up"||Steve Shill||Shaun Cassidy||May 10, 2006||2T6970|
|As the hurricane hits, Tom and Russell try to stop Szura. Mariel, Larkin, and the kids are rounded up by what looks to be the National Guard, but they have suspicions. Mariel discovers that Szura has a horrifying job for her as she experiences the true horror of the situation.|
|22||"The Last Wave Goodbye"||Lawrence Trilling||Shaun Cassidy,|
Charles Grant Craig
|May 17, 2006||2T6971|
|In the middle of the hurricane chaos, Russell and Tom make a brave rescue bid. Brett and friends take Larkin, Dave, Jesse, and Rose hostage, which leads to a terrible accident for Larkin. Tom must make an important decision that could risk everything.|
Invasion received mostly positive critical reception. Metacritic gave the season a score of 72, making it generally favorable.The show was nominated on the 32nd Saturn Awards for Best Network TV Series and Best Television Actor for William Fichtner. It has been included in many "gone too soon" lists. In the independent web critic, Critics at large, the show was reviewed as a Lost Treasure.
The 32nd Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television in 2005, were held on May 2, 2006 at the Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The host for the event was Jeffrey Ross.
In 2010, to the question "You’ve played a lot of roles in a lot of different things in TV and Movies, what do you mostly get recognized for?", William Fichtner said: "I did a series a couple of years ago, Invasion, that was cancelled after one season and that’s a biggie because I remember at the time everyone was saying that Nielsen ratings were low. This show had no viewers, no one was watching it and that’s got to be in the top 3. A lot of people asking me if it’s coming back, and I’m like “no, it was 6 years ago, buddy!” That happens a lot, Invasion."
On a chat live between Bullz-eye.com and Tyler Labine, the actor says: "Invasion did get lots of love. Critics loved it. There was quite a huge following by the time we got cancelled. It was just the network didn’t love it, that’s all." He also acclaimed Shaun Cassidy's writing, calling him a "mad genius".
Later Labine reiterates his statement about the show's cancellation: "I still to this day don’t know why that show got canceled. We had great numbers, we had a good show, good critical acclaim… I don’t know. But it was a really fun show.
Shaun Cassidy made a similar statement about the show's cancellation: "I think there were unrealistic expectations that any show following Lost should do better. But no show after ours ever DID do better, so I suspect some of the execs may have regretted taking our show off the air."To the question "Of all the shows you’ve created that were canceled far too soon, which hurt the most ... and why?", Cassidy personally picked Invasion because "it was the most surprising".
In 2017, Eddie Cibrian named Invasion "one of my favorite shows to be a part of".
The series premiered on ABC on September 21, 2005, and aired for one season. The series included twenty-two episodes, which aired Wednesday evening at 10:00pm.After the show's cancellation there were reports of a possible move to The CW, however, a deal never came to fruition. The final episode aired on May 17, 2006. On August 22, 2006, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the complete first season as a six-disc DVD box set.
In the UK, the show premiered as a double bill on Channel 4, with the third episode shown shortly afterwards on 4's digital sister channel E4. In Bulgaria, Invasion premiered on February 21, 2007, on Nova Television and in Romania it premiered on March 10, 2009, on Pro Cinema movie channel. In Australia, the series premiered on the Nine Network in March 2006.
According to Nielsen ratings, the series premiere garnered 17 million viewers airing after Lost . By the November 30, 2005 episode, the show was only garnering 10 million viewers.
For the episodes shown on January 11, 18, and 25 the Nielsen Ratings only reached 9.7 million, 9 million and 9.3 million, respectively. It had lost nearly half of the first episode's audience, far behind CBS's CSI: NY , which had 13.7 million, 15.5 million and 14.9 million, for the same period.The show was then put on hiatus for the second time, during which time it was replaced with The Evidence .
In the "August 14–20, 2006" issue of TV Guide , actor Tyler Labine (who played the character Dave Groves) relayed what creator Shaun Cassidy had planned for the following season, saying that Cassidy had said, "Larkin was going to be presumed dead. Russell and I were going to join forces against Tom. Tom was going to find out that his first wife was alive and running this whole military operation, and she was Szura's boss."
William Fichtner (who played the character Tom Underlay) also stated the following about the development of the storyline:
"There was something in there that I thought that was so good," said Fichtner. "I discovered who it really was who was orchestrating [everything]. I didn't even see it coming from a million miles away. It was my [first wife, Grace], who got on the plane with me. Two people lived after that  plane crash, not just one. She went in another direction altogether. It's amazing. It was, 'ah, what you could have done with that.' "
In 2010, Labine gave an interview that detailed some of the ideas for season two and the entire show : "The idea of the show was we never gonna win. It was a evolutionary step. What's what happenning was not a invasion at all, it was a evolutionary step. So we're basically gonna spend 5 seasons tryin' to win this battle we can't win. It was just the end of the human nature -- the human kind -- as we know it." He also said: "Larkin was going to come back as a evolved hybrid and i was going to join a militia to killed her."
Invasion features an orchestral score performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra and composed by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka, incorporating many recurring themes and dramatic melodies.Their music was well received. The soundtrack of the show became available on October 21, 2008 at moviescoremedia.com. The album features more than 60 minutes of carefully selected tracks from the series.
Invasion is one of Ehrlich and Derlatka's favorite works saying: "Its always a treat working with a great orchestra. We love working with Shaun Cassidy."
|DVD name||Episodes||DVD release dates||Discs|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete Series||22||August 22, 2006||September 4, 2006||September 9, 2008||6|
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