The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 19

The Invisibles

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 1964 on ABC
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A government agent infiltrates a secret organization known as the "Invisibles" who attach parasites to the spinal chords of their victims. And, in doing so, they hope to take over the world!

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  • A Puppet Masters Re-do

    A bit too much of a Puppet Masters (by R. A. Heinlein, 1951) steal. Still, the Film Noir effect in this episode is pretty good and rescues a warmed-over plot.

    Note: There was also The Brain Stealers, by Murray Leinster (1947 serial & 1954 novel), which had a similar theme. Not to mention the novel version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (The Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney, 1954).
  • A covert alien invasion! Will they succeed?

    What do you get when cross little alien creatures, unsuspecting civilians, and high profile politicians? No, not Washington D.C.! You have the Outer Limits and this current episode about "the Invisibles." A plot to infiltrate the governments of the world with aliens inhabiting human beings. These form a society known as the "invisibles." In their leader's own words, "it is subversive and illegal. It is also powerful and large and it is ready."

    In this creative and off-beat episode, you are hanging until the very end. We are not sure who is "good, bad, or ugly" until the final scene. Get your pop corn ready and enjoy!moreless
  • The Invisibles (alien-possessed humans) seek to conquer the US govt. by "infecting" key public officials. Three misfits are recruited to assist them, but one turns out to be an undercover agent out to stop them.moreless

    Particularly in anthology series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits," story is everything. In the case of "The Invisibles," writer-producer Joseph Stefano (who also wrote the screenplay for the Hitchcock classic "Psycho") weaves a spellbinding plot of aliens, political intrigue, and plot twists.

    The hero, played by Don Gordon, is GIA Agent 021 (three times as good as 007, get it?) who poses as a social outcast so as to be recruited by the Invisibles. His mission is to bring them down from within, but he learns only too late that they are onto him and are hoping to use him to infiltrate the GIA. The acting and special effects are above-average for this series, but the story itself is what sets this episode apart. In less skilled hands, the story could have quickly degenerated into convoluted, preposterous slop. However, Stefano was the series' best writer (with the possible exception of Harlan Ellison, who penned far fewer episodes), and he handled the plot masterfully. If you've never seen an "Outer Limits," either "The Invisibles" or Ellison's "Soldier" would be the place to start.moreless
Don Gordon

Don Gordon

Luis B. Spain

Guest Star

George Macready

George Macready

Larry K. Hillerman

Guest Star

Dee Hartford

Dee Hartford

Mrs. Clarke

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • General Clarke: (Referring to Luis Spain's injury) Nothing is as dangerous as a man in pain!

    • Luis Spain: (Informing his superior regarding the alien plot) Johnny, it's more horrible than we could have dreamed.

    • Larry Hillerman: (Speaking to his new recruits) Welcome, gentlemen. The society which you have voluntarily joined is called "The Invisibles." It is subversive and illegal. It is also powerful and large and it is ready. When the invisibles have become the masters of everyone and everything on this planet, you, the vanguard of this virile and violent inevitability, will sit so high that mankind will come to recognize you by the lines in the soles of your feet.

    • General Clarke: I knew when I married my wife, I was what the brain boys call a father image. What I didn't know is that she hated her father. Keep a mental record of every address you drive her to.
      Luis Spain: Maybe YOU driver her to those addresses, General.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) You do not know these men. You may have looked at them, but you did not see them. They are the wind that blows newspapers down a gutter on a windy night and sweeps the gutter clean.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) 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.

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