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Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:59 pm 
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Episode: 19 - The Invisibles

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Air Date: February 3, 1964
Cast: Don Gordon, George Macready, Dee Hartford, Walter Burke, Richard Dawson, Len Lesser
Writer: Joseph Stefano
Director: Gerd Oswald

"You do not know these men. You may have looked at them, but you did not see them. They are newspapers blowing down a gutter on a windy night. For reasons both sociological and psychological these three have never joined or been invited to join society. They have never experienced love or friendship, or formed any lasting or constructive relationship, but today, at last, they will become a part of something. They will belong. They will come a little closer to their unrealistic dreams of power and glory. Today, finally they will join th... I almost said the human race, and that would have been a half-truth, for the race they are joining today is only half human."

Summary: A government agent infiltrates a secret organization, called 'The Invisibles' in order to thwart their master plan of the world-wide conquest.



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A strange one, I liked the idea of the government agent infiltrating the alien possessed society. The crab like alien parasite creature looked quite fake, but the noise it made was frightening. Nice scene towards the end as Don Gordon tries to crawl away from it. Another thing I like about it, is that the story and atmosphere of it is reminiscent of the BBC science fiction serial Quatermass 2 and it's Hammer horror remake. 7/10


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A nice story with a captivating option. Would you sell out your race, fellow humans let alone your country, only to receive power and prestige when the New World Order begins? Would you trade in your humanity for power?

An interesting look at the faults of mankind that has similarly been played out regardless of whether it has been country for money, your immortal soul for a bestowed power, or even your ideals for hopes of a better tomorrow.

I guess it's a matter of whom would you identify with more in this episode depends upon how well it plays for you. Is this 1960's propaganda about socialism, communism, home grown nationalism, or the desire to something/anything more than what you are now in the course of human history and achievement? Where would each of us draw that line that couldn't be crossed and who would cross it because they believed it was the best thing to do?

As for me, I like this episode. A government agent trying to infiltrate and stop an invisible underground movement to not only stop his own country from being infiltrated but all of humanity.


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I watched this again just last night. It’s beautifully shot and has a strong central performance by the excellent Don Gordon as Spain. Indeed, there’s not an actor in the whole show who isn’t impressive in some way. Oliver Fair (Richard Dawson) also deserves special mention for his creepy yet supercilious portrayal, and also Walter Burke as The Recruiter.

The Invisibles seems as relevant today, perhaps moreso, than when it first aired. Perhaps the only production failing is that the alien parasite seems a bit duff by today’s standards, but that’s easily overlooked and helped by some good sound effects. Anyway, one’s suspension of disbelief kept up by the overall atmosphere and mood of the episode.

I’m not even sure if the apparent cynicism of the script is getting at an overall distrust of the halls of power or whether it’s saying that power corrupts no matter how individual you may try to be – you won’t be able to remain honest and “true” once you get your feet a little way up the ladder. Maybe it’s neither of those things: it was conceived in a far less cynical climate than today and must have been ahead of its time when originally aired. Either way, it’s relentless in its dark mood and exploration of a sinister idea. Should go down well with conspiracy theorists. A very good episode.


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"The Invisibles" is another Gerd Oswald directed episode loaded with odd, angled shots, moody lighting and dark shadows. I liked the early scenes involving the infection of Planetta, Castle and Spain by the crab alien/parasite. The alien isn't exactly mobile. It needs the assistance of humans in exchange for a promise of power once it infiltrates enough of the government and military to take over the world. This is accomplished by some sort of mind control through infection, delivered by attaching an alien crab to the back of a human, not unlike letting a tick settle in for a bite. Spain (played by the mega-cool Don Gordon) is an agent who's mission is to infiltrate the aliens' party of minions and bring about an end to their evil plan.

There are a number of things that make this story work for me. There are two moments when General Clarke and Governor Hillmond release an impassioned plea and promise of faith to the aliens. Both actors, George MacReady and Neil Hamilton, do a great job of being manipulative bad guys who each suddenly breakdown, to praise their master aliens. They are both convincing moments because the aliens themselves are extremely ugly, but not exactly threatening.

There is another favorite scene when Spain, who has suffered a painful ankle injury, tries to escape an alien in hot pursuit. The alien moves along very slowly, complete with partially visible strings, that tug it along as Spain crawls in desperation. I am always amazed at how big a sucker I am for those special effects strings. Oh well...to know that it all somehow works is only proved out by watching it.

My Rating: 8 -Very Good

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Even though I'm not one of them, people who dislike Richard Dawson should see this story, because here he's MEANT to be dislikeable. And he's so GOOD at it! A helper of The Invisibles, who's also some kind of gigolo, and who (when it comes to the general's wife) manages to COMBINE the two things - Andre from "The Forms of Things Unknown" would be proud!


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Who can forget Richard Dawson's slimebag role in "The Running Man"?

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Who doesn't LOVE Richard Dawson?!? :wtf:

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How can you not like a man who signs in reference to his characters name. I love this shot - it pales here in comparison to TZ DZ's actual 8x10 - but you get the idea.

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Well, I suppose Major may have missed this one..........

Len Lesser has passed away.
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LOS ANGELES – Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 88.

Lesser’s family said in a statement that he died Wednesday in Burbank, Calif., from cancer-related pneumonia.

Lesser’s lengthy list of television credits included parts on “Get Smart,” “That Girl,” “The Munsters,” “The Monkees,” “The Rockford Files,” “thirtysomething,” “ER,” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which featured Lesser in a recurring role as the arm-shaking Garvin. His film credits included “Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Kelly’s Heroes,” “Birdman of Alcatraz” and “Death Hunt.” He most recently appeared on the TV drama “Castle.”

He is survived by his daughter, Michele; son, David; daughter-in-law, Julie; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Kayla, and Mayah.
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Just for kicks, and in case anyone here hasn't seen them, I was lucky enough to get Mr. Lesser to sign a couple of shots for me a few years ago.
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Good STUFF TZ! Rest in Peace Len Lesser. :(

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Yeah I read about this earlier today. Always a character in Seinfeld, and I'm a fan of this OL episodes too.

Good night, Uncle Leo.


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I've been away from here for a while, so I just now read that. I hate hearing it. (Coincidentally, I was about to watch Kelly's Heroes again pretty soon. Seinfeld is all well and good, but to me he'll always be that character and the comical villain in one of the Beach Movies!)


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I've been away from here for a while, so I just now read that.


Err, yeah we noticed, and even went so far as tried contacting you in other ways, as we heard you were asking about us elsewhere. :dance:

Please take a look at this thread if you will too. ------> viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2713
(We sent out PMs and emails to the majority of the posting community here, right around our relocating, but you apparently you missed that also)

On that note, you might want to check this thread out also, it seems you missed this one as well. (this one explains more about why we decided to move) -----> viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2686


Good to have you back on board. :D


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It's funny to see Neil Hamilton (of all actors) playing a character with a "trophy wife" (quite some time before that expression became trendy).
That leads to one of the best lines -
"Don't pity me - I've helped win wars!"


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the alien thing reminded me of the ST ep 'Operation Annihilate'. also used in Next Gen, I think.
the OL remake (which I mostly hated) had something like that; infected Alyssa Milano and turned her into a succubus.


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I liked this episode. kept one guessing. well plotted and paced.


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