The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 15

The Invaders

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Aired Unknown Jan 27, 1961 on CBS
7.9
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An old woman in an isolated farmhouse encounters tiny, hostile aliens.

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  • fair but poor

    1.0
    The Invaders are obviously toys. Only suprized Twilight zone got away with USAF on the model. Knowing the paranoid mentality they should have written USSR!
  • Double, double, toil and trouble

    7.5
    I found this one highly entertaining and surprisingly violent for a TZ episode. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it at least partly inspired the "Amelia" story in the portmanteau horror film "Trilogy of Terror", a TV movie released in 1975 that featured Karen Black's character being terrorised by an African Zuni doll. Staying on the theme of inspiration, was Agnes Moorehead's performance in this tale responsible for her being cast as Endora in "Bewitched"? Because that slop she's cooking up at the beginning certainly looks like the contents of a witch's cauldron. xD Dry ice and all...moreless
  • INVADERS - abysmal plot and laughable story and acting - No comparison with Series One

    1.0
    I loved Series 1 and the thematic movie writing applied to shorts - it was clever and credible in its depictions but the second series fails for two reasons. Poor plot and storylines and unncessarily throws viewers out of the story with Rod Serling appearing but the Invaders episode is so bad it is upsetting. Compare this to Close Encounters which is strong, emotional and well acted credible believable scene of a mother's son being taken away in horrific circumstances. I laughed out loud at Invaders - Why? There is a woman who looks like she has never lived alone, never cooked or used knives - she cuts a huge vegetable with one knife which becomes blunt after a second when she cuts another small vegetable a few seconds later, hammy overacting over nothing and seems as if she does not know her own home, laughable to see anyone expecting us to take being terrorised by two toy robots seriously. Policy to switch off bad episodes from now onmoreless
  • A woman living alone in an isolated farm house gets an unwelcome visit from alien invaders.

    10
    This particular episode of The Twilight Zone goes to show that it is possible to create an excellent episode with very little dilouge. Agnes Morehead deliveres a phenomenal performance depite not saying a single word. This episode has all the elements that made The Twilight Zone possibly the greatest televison series ever. A great script, excellent acting and nail biting suspense. You will be hanging on the edge of your seat until the end and you will never see the ending coming. "The Invaders" is hands down the best episode of The Twilight Zone. One word: Excellent.moreless
  • Little alien beings attack a poor silent lady in her country house.

    10
    Of all the Twilight Zone episodes I watched as a kid, this is the one episode I remember the most. The poor lady being attacked by the little miniature devils. It was great!! Then in the end to find out the little devils were from an American spaceship. I wish I could say there was one program on television recently (1970's to now) that used so much imagination but I can't think of single one. Maybe the television executives need to turn over the creative side to the youth again like it was in the 1950's so there would be a reason to turn television back on again.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror which is even now coming at her from the Twilight Zone.

    • The Spaceman: Central Control...come in Central Control. Do you read me? Gresham is dead! Repeat, Gresham is dead! The ship's destroyed. Incredible race of giants here. Race of giants. No, Central Control. No counterattack. Repeat, no counterattack. Too much for us. Too powerful. Stay away. Gresham and I...we're finished! Finished! Stay away. Stay away...

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: These are the invaders, the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag. And we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions of the universe, a bill stamped 'paid in full,' and to be found, on file, in the Twilight Zone.

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