What can you say about a short-lived network television series about ordinary Earthlings facing down an alien invasion?
Well, if it was "Threshold" or "Surface," you mostly just shrug. But in the case of "Invasion," "American Gothic" producer Shaun Cassidy's attempt at a moody extraterrestrial drama, the best response is a heavy sigh, in mourning for a show that was killed just before it got into gear.
Set in the tiny seaside hamlet of Homestead, Florida, "Invasion" examined the alien infiltration of that microcosmic community by focusing on two families at the center of the storm -- both of which are profoundly changed in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Eve, in the series pilot.
But while the show commanded a loyal following, it never turned into the hit it needed to be to hold ABC's post-"Lost" slot, and the slow-burning plot kept the story from really starting until the tenth episode -- a full four months after the show's premiere.
Still, by the end of that first season, the stage was set for a genuinely epic follow-up ... making it all the more frustrating that the show's fans will never find out what it was.
Evidently produced before ABC declined to pick up the show for a second season, the six-disc "Invasion" collection refuses even to hint at plotlines to come; there are no audio commentaries for any of the 22 episodes, and the handful of deleted scenes don't exactly answer any burning questions. (The gag reel does hold one twist: It turns out that no one, human or hybrid, is immune from blown lines.)
The sole extra of note is a 24-minute featurette, "Invading the Mind of Shaun Cassidy", which finds the creator-producer -- and a number of his cast and crew -- discussing the intriguing challenge of making a show with tiny mysteries that open up onto larger questions.
STUDIO: Warner Home Video
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2006
TIME: 907 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles; deleted scenes; production featurette; gag reel.
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