Invasion

Season 1 Episode 2

Lights Out

5
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on ABC
8.4
out of 10
User Rating
407 votes
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After discovering an Air Force officer named Paxton in a wet suit and barely alive at the ranger station, Russell begins to question what befell the man when he notices his wounds are identical to Dave's wounds. However, Russell soon finds out that he's not the only one interested in Paxton when Sheriff Underlay and Larkin both begin to question the man's mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile Mariel finds something unexplainable protruding from Paxton's wounds, Russell's curiosity about the strange skeleton grows, and Underlay continues to push for town quarantine.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • What have we done to desrve this?

    0.1
    For the love of everything that's holy, would someone please remove my eyes with an ice cream scooper and then cover my eyesockets with vinegar. Also a nice labatomy so I could forget what I just saw. This is how I felt for the agonizing hour I wasted of my life watching this episode of Invasion. (By the way this is the second hour now that I've wasted having seen the pilot.) I have no idea where to begin but let's start with the writing. Horrible. Now lets me try to sum the acting up in one word. Horrible. So let's talk about the premise. I'd rather not. It makes me sick to even think about yet another remake of the zombie/alien/bodysnatcher, that takes over a city/state/world and converts everyone but a few, and then spends the rest of the time chasing those few that somehow each week will miraculously escape to drag out a story for a season. I hope to god that it's only one season. I fear for the executive at ABC, who is going to lose their job over this. I'm sure that he/she has a family and that they are going to starve to death because that person is never going to work again - anywhere. I'm looking at you Shawn Cassidy. I'm thinking about suing the network for the ceaning bill for the projectile vomit that is all over my house because of this show. For shame ABC.moreless
  • The mysteries keeps building but it`s difficult to get hooked.

    7.0
    So in this second episode, the mysteries keeps building as the hurricane looks more and more like a cover up. It was good but at times seriously dull...even boring.

    Characters continue to develop, Tom is the most interesting. Am not saying this because I`m a William Fitchner fan and he is the reason I`m watching this show but because he is an intriguing character...we don`t know if he good or bad. His wife is a very interesting character too as we still don`t know what really happened to her.

    So more questions but not much of actions. Overall it was a good episode but I was bored several times, which is not good.moreless
  • It keeps you hooked.

    10
    After seeing the first season, i was hoping for the next episode. i was amazed with this episode, it made me more interesting with the show's plot. this episode showed an air force parajumper hiding at Russel's ranger station. This was classic. They really didn't explain what happened to him after the air forced picked him up. It showed us a little something about the alien creatures in the water. Mariel starts to wonder who she is in this episode, maybe she is now an alien. It showed us more about the plot, but i'm enjoying every part of it, the writers did a good job keeping the story interesting.moreless
  • A well-written second episode!

    7.3
    A well-written second episode!



    That was the second episode of "Invasion" and again I really enjoyed watching it.

    I liked how they continued the story with the lights, which Rose and how it seems also Tom, saw. And it was good that they showed the thoughts of Rose about the change of Mariel. I also liked the concern of Russell about his family.



    Dave's kinda annoying, isn't he? But sometimes he is quite funny, too.

    And in my opinion it's pretty obvious, that the newspaper-editor, where Larkin works, is one of... the aliens? Or whatever.



    Tom/Mariel is a very interesting part of the show, I really want to see what's gonna happen next with them and the whole story. It really feels like there's a big conspiracy. It seems like the hurricane was just a cover-up of something bigger...

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  • Honestly more engrossing than the pilot, Lights Out does a lot to expand the scope of the show and draw you more into the characters lives. Invasion's success will depend on episodes like this.moreless

    8.0
    Honestly more engrossing than the pilot, the second episode of Invasion does a lot to expand the scope of the show and draw you into the characters lives. Lights Out acts well as a compliment to the pilot going much more in-depth into the intricacies of the characters relationships, and even giving a bit more substance to the still fairly obvious ‘aliens among us’ hook to the show.



    I don’t want to degrade the show by focusing on the similarity between it’s premise and other movies or shows of the past. The fact that a number of versions of this story have been told before doesn’t make it bad; and if Invasion is anything it is smartly telling a story that could be so very predictable. I am impressed with the clever and refreshing way the characters and plots have been written so far, and despite the fact that everyone is (slightly) too pretty for real life, the dialogue feels real, and the performances genuine.



    This is the episode that finishes the set up the Pilot forgot about. Not in terms of plotting or style, but in character development. And if Invasion is to succeed it will be on the strength and relatability of its characters.moreless
Holmes Osborne

Holmes Osborne

Mayor Littles

Guest Star

Nick Cokas

Nick Cokas

Paxton

Guest Star

Kimleigh Smith

Kimleigh Smith

Admitting Nurse

Guest Star

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Valerie

Recurring Role

Nathan Baesel

Nathan Baesel

Deputy Lewis Sirk

Recurring Role

Ivar Brogger

Ivar Brogger

Father Jeffrey Scanlon

Recurring Role

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