The Invaders tells the story of a lonely woman in her rustic farmhouse...no electricity, no modern conveniences, who is terrorized by miniature aliens one night. This episode is particularly impressive because it is almost completely dialog free, save for Rod Serling's opening and closing monologues and about 5 lines at the very end. Other than those instances, the story is propelled forward and the tension mounts as the tiny invaders infiltrate the house.
Interestingly, the Invaders themselves are less than terrifying, looking like toy wind up robots. It's the way in which they seem to pop up all over the house in the least expected places while the poor woman defends herself as best she can. Of course the episode wraps with a surprise twist which I won't spoil here.
|Home, home on the range......|
|Pay no attention the strange man outside your window....|
|Something has landed on the roof....|
|Of course she's going to take a look.....|
|Huh! A miniature UFO....ya weren't expecting THAT, were ya?|
|Right from the start the li'l bastards start their assault.|
|These aliens are quite portly......|
|After getting shot with mini lasers, she checks out her welts....|
|The whole thing kinda has a Trilogy of Terror Zuni Fetish Doll feel.....but with aliens|
|Uh-oh.....never good when a knife is missing....|
|Another attempt to get in through a kitchen window....|
|Found the knife! Ma'am? I found yer......POKE!|
|One of the Invaders fires off his mini laser.....|
|After catching one in a sheet, he gets beaten Friday the 13th Part VII style!|
|Then put in a wooden box and toss on the fire. Ouch!|
|The surviving Invader makes a break for his UFO.....|
|The woman BREAKS his UFO.....with an axe! That's hardcore!|
|Hope you got Triple A, dude.|
This is brings us up to the "twist" which I'm not going to spoil here....it's not a jaw dropping twist, but it does make you stop and think about your place in the universe.....I also wonder if they were thinking about this episode when they created some of the aspects of Men in Black!