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Sunday, February 28, 2016

THE INVADERS: The Experiment

Starring Roy Thinnes
Guest Stars:  Roddy McDowall, Laurence Naismith, Harold Gould, Dabbs Greer, Lawrence Montaigne
Directed by Joseph Sargent
(actor & director credits courtesy

David reaches out to a scientist who also believes in the alien invasion, and has documented proof of its existence, but the aliens are also on his trail.

There's quite a few pyrotechnics in this installment, which reveals the aliens have been experimenting with brain surgery and McDowall is very good as one of their first victims.  Naismith, familiar to sci-fi fans from Village Of The Damned and The Valley Of Gwangi also gives a fine performance as the scientist who seems to be the only human besides Vincent who knows the truth, and finds his life in danger because of it.  To this point, the series seems to be not focusing in on one group of aliens but pockets of them across the country, conveniently allowing them to be played by different guest stars.  It'll be interesting to see if any recurring characters are developed, and how they'll play off of Thinnes.

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