The Invaders (The Twilight Zone)

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"The Invaders"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 15 (episode 51 overall)
Directed by Douglas Heyes
Written by Richard Matheson
Featured music Original score by Jerry Goldsmith
Production code 173-3646
Original air date January 27, 1961
Guest appearance(s)

Agnes Moorehead as Alien Woman
Douglas Heyes as Human Invaders (voice)

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"The Invaders" is episode 15 of season 2 (and episode 51 overall) of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. The episode, which originally aired January 27, 1961,[1] starred Agnes Moorehead. It was written by Richard Matheson, directed by Douglas Heyes,[2] and scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Distinctive features of this episode include a near-solo performance by one character (interacting with miniature puppet "characters"), and an almost complete lack of dialogue. The protagonist portrayed by Moorehead often cries out in pain, terror, etc., but never speaks.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

An impoverished, aging woman (Agnes Moorehead) lives alone in a rustic cabin. She is dressed shabbily, and there are no modern conveniences in evidence. After hearing a strange noise above her kitchen roof, she is accosted by small intruders that come from a miniature flying saucer that has landed on her rooftop. Two tiny figures about six inches high, which may be robots or beings wearing pressure suits, emerge from the craft.

The small figures attack the woman, using small, pistol-like weapons that leave radiation burns on her skin, and, after following her into her cabin, slashing her ankle and hand with her own kitchen knife. The suspense builds as the woman searches for the invaders. She eventually destroys one, wrapping it in a blanket and beating it until it is still, then throwing it into the burning fireplace. She follows the other to the saucer-ship on her roof, which she proceeds to attack with a hatchet. From within the craft, she hears a voice speaking in English (voiced by Director Douglas Heyes). (Prior to this scene, the episode has had no dialogue.[3]) The intruder frantically warns other potential visitors that the planet is inhabited by giants and impossible to defeat.

The camera pans to the markings on the side of the ship, which read U.S. Air Force Space Probe No. 1 – revealing that the invaders were human astronauts from Earth, and the woman in the small farmhouse belongs to a race of giant humanoids native to another planet. The woman finishes destroying the ship and then climbs back down from the roof into the house, exhausted.

Closing narration[edit]

On radio[edit]

When the episode was adapted for the Twlilight Zone Radio Dramas, starring Kathy Garver,[4] the story was changed from an old non-speaking woman to an elderly couple.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (April 15, 2010). "TV Club: Gateways to Geekery: The Twilight Zone". AV Club. 
  2. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (March 31, 2012). "TV Club: The Twilight Zone: "The Invaders"/"A Penny For Your Thoughts"". AV Club. 
  3. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (March 31, 2012). "TV Club: The Twilight Zone: "The Invaders"/"A Penny For Your Thoughts"". AV Club. 
  4. ^ "The Invaders". The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0. 
  • Grams, Martin (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0. 
  • Zicree, Marc Scott (1982). The Twilight Zone Companion (Second ed.). Sillman-James Press. 

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