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INVASION - THE COMPLETE SERIES
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Reviewed by: Rees Savidis

Directed by: Various

Starring:
William Fichtner
Eddie Cibrian
Kari Matchett

Movie:  
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Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
After a hurricane slams into the coastal Florida town of Homestead, the townís folk emerge, mostly unscathed, but somehow transformed. Are there extraterrestrial forces at work in the small town of Homestead, or is it a conspiracy or a much darker kind?
Is it good movie?
At last count there were three new sci-fi shows that bowed last season: Surface, Threshold and Invasion, and all sputtered out and died an early but wholly necessary death. Hell, Threshold didnít even make it all the way through its inaugural run, feeling the sting of the studio ax ĺ of the way through its first season. It would seem to me that the whole sci-fi TV thing only works - theses days anyway - if your hanging out in one of two camps: Full-on, unabashed space ships, lasers and aliens type shit (Battlestar Galactica) or the uber ambiguous, itís not sci-fi but really it is, kind of show like Lost.

Sometimes I wish there was more truth in advertising. I wish folks would just straight-up tell you what you were going to be getting yourself into with their product Ė it would save a lot of face I can assure you. Case in point: ABCís cancelled Lost cash-in, Invasion. If they would have just called the show f**kiní boring-ass TV, I might not have had to sit through hours of tedious soap opera storylines, looking for a science fiction show. I could have just resigned myself to looking at all the pretty pictures. Ultimately, thatís Invasions biggest crime. Despite its high production values and very capable stock of actors, it just couldnít hold water as a science fiction show; the idea that I was watching a show about aliens taking over the planet was lost on me. I could have just watched One Tree Hill, knowing full-well the chances of having an alien show up to violate a cast memberís tater-hole would be slim-to-none, instead of dragging my ass through 22 episodes of this drek.

Now I get the idea that Invasion was intended to be a take on the old Invasion of the Body Snatchers mythos, itís just that Invasion of the Body Snatchers doesnít really lends itself to episodic television. Thereís really no where to go with it. Whatís the resolve? I mean, even if Invasion was renewed and allowed to progress and expand; I just donít think you can go much farther than one season with an idea like this Ė and even that might be stretching things preciously thin.
Video / Audio
VIDEO: Invasion is presented in a very crisp and clean 1.78:1 anamorphic video transfer.

AUDIO: Itís strange that Warner Bros. didnít spring for a full fledged 5.1 audio mix with this DVD set. At any rate, the Dolby Surround Stereo suites the show just fine, especially considering how decidedly un-dynamic pages and pages of dialog can be.
The Extras
Not much to report here folks, seems Warner Bros. wanted to wash the taste of shit out of their mouths quick with this release. In any case, here's the list:

We get a handful of missing scenes aka deleted scenes that do nothing sway my opinion of the show one way or another as well as a standard gag reel and a little featurette titled: Invading The Mind Of Shaun Cassidy. This featurette is basicaly a collection of interviews conducted with Cassidy, the series creator, wherein he dishes on the shows genesis and waxes optemistic about the whole affair.
Last Call
People magazine proclaimed Invasion to be ďOne of primetimeís best dramas, period.Ē Should be telling enough; it may be good drama but it sure as shit ainít good sci-fi!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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