Invasion (American TV series)

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Complete Series DVD cover
Created byShaun Cassidy
StarringWilliam Fichtner
Eddie Cibrian
Kari Matchett
Lisa Sheridan
Tyler Labine
Alexis Dziena
Evan Peters
Ariel Gade
Aisha Hinds
ComposersJon Ehrlich
Jason Derlatka
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Executive producersShaun Cassidy
Thomas Schlamme (pilot)
Running time42 minutes
Production companiesShaun Cassidy Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2005 (2005-09-21) –
May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)

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.

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.

The show was originally conceived for 5 seasons.[1][2]

Cast and characters[edit]


Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
1"Pilot"Thomas SchlammeShaun CassidySeptember 21, 2005 (2005-09-21)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 TrillingShaun CassidySeptember 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)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 DinnerShaun CassidyOctober 5, 2005 (2005-10-05)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-GezzanJuan Carlos Coto,
Becky Hartman Edwards
October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12)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 SchlammeMichael Berns,
Shaun Cassidy
October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19)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 TrillingShaun Cassidy,
Becky Hartman Edwards
October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26)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 HolcombMichael Alaimo,
Juan Carlos Coto
November 2, 2005 (2005-11-02)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 DickersonJulie SiegeNovember 9, 2005 (2005-11-09)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 NankinJill E. Blotevogel,
Reed Steiner
November 16, 2005 (2005-11-16)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 ShillShaun Cassidy,
Juan Carlos Coto
November 30, 2005 (2005-11-30)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 TobinShaun CassidyJanuary 11, 2006 (2006-01-11)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 TrillingBecky Hartman Edwards,
Reed Steiner
January 18, 2006 (2006-01-18)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 EaglesMichael Alaimo,
Shaun Cassidy
January 25, 2006 (2006-01-25)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 WinerMichael FoleyFebruary 8, 2006 (2006-02-08)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 TrillingShaun Cassidy,
Julie Siege
February 15, 2006 (2006-02-15)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. ToyeJuan Carlos CotoMarch 8, 2006 (2006-03-08)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 SpicerMichael Alaimo,
Michael Foley
March 15, 2006 (2006-03-15)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 LaneuvilleCharles Grant Craig,
Julie Siege
April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19)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 TrillingMichael Alaimo,
Shaun Cassidy
April 26, 2006 (2006-04-26)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-GezzanJuan Carlos Coto,
Michael Foley
May 3, 2006 (2006-05-03)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 ShillShaun CassidyMay 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)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 TrillingShaun Cassidy,
Charles Grant Craig
May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)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.

Reception and Legacy[edit]

Invasion received mostly positive critical reception. Metacritic gave the season a score of 72, making it generally favorable.[3] 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.[4][5][6][7][8] In the independent web critic, Critics at large, the show was reviewed as a Lost Treasure.[9]

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."[10]

On a chat live between 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".[11]

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.[12]

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." [13] 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 2020, one of the writers, Carlos Coto, blamed the time slot for the show's cancelation: "They put us on after Lost. It made sense on paper, but audiences weren't up for two mythology-rich shows at once. Lost was awesome, but exhausting -- in a good way (and so were we)"[14]

In 2017, Eddie Cibrian named Invasion "one of my favorite shows to be a part of".[15]

Broadcast history[edit]

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.[16] After the show's cancellation there were reports of a possible move to The CW, however, a deal never came to fruition.[17] The final episode aired on May 17, 2006.[16] On August 22, 2006, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the complete first season as a six-disc DVD box set.[18]

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.

Ratings troubles[edit]

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.[19][20][21] The show was then put on hiatus for the second time, during which time it was replaced with The Evidence.

Future plotlines[edit]

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 [1996] 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 was happening 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 kill her."[1][22]


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.[23] Their music was well received.[24][25][26] The soundtrack of the show became available on October 21, 2008 at The album features more than 60 minutes of carefully selected tracks from the series.[27]

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."[28]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD name Episodes DVD release dates Discs
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete Series 22 August 22, 2006 (2006-08-22)[29] September 4, 2006 (2006-09-04)[30] September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09)[31] 6


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  28. ^ "r/IAmA - We are Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka, composers who have collectively scored over 1000 episodes of TV, including all of House M.D., all of NBC's Parenthood, and most recently, we scored Amazon's hit Goliath. Ask Us Anything!". reddit.
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