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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Season 1 Episode 20

The Invaders

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Jan 25, 1965 on ABC
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Episode Summary

An undersea quake uncovers the remains of an ancient civilization and numerous metallic pods containing human-like beings in a state of suspended animation.

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  • Interesting episode, although it raises questions. For one thing, just who are the "Invaders" of the title? The assumption is that they are Zar and his people--but as Kowalski points out, they were here first.moreless

    Given the knowledge we have now about the Earth's development--various life cycles emerging, developing, and then going extinct--the premise for this episode is more plausible than some they've had.

    Of course, you have to wonder if Zar's people were quite as superior as he claimed they were. Making stasis canisters that will let them survive over millions of years is quite an achievement--but apparently no one thought to install a way to open them from the inside! Just how did they expect to get out of them if the people who found them had been unable to do so?

    Considering that he's been sealed off for 20 million years, Zar seems to know an awful lot about the world, even before he started reading everything in the Seaview's micro-library. How did they know that the next sentient development would be human-shaped? It could have been intelligent reptiles, or insects. How did Zar know that certain animals allegedly live without sleeping?

    This episode gets my vote for the most blatant lack of ship's security. Having brought an unknown creature aboard, not knowing if he's friendly or hostile--but knowing for a fact that he can be dangerous--no guard is set on him. (Given Zar's powers, it might have been a futile gesture, but it should have been made, anyway.) Even as they grow more and more certain that his intentions are hostile, they still leave him the run of the ship until close to the end of the episode.

    All that aside, it was still a fine, creepy episode. Zar is the sort of villain you love to hate. His complacent assurance of his superiority and his undisguised scorn for these "lesser" beings makes you want to smack him. And while he implies that his activites are simply a way to test if the two species are compatible, the look on his face as he infects Foster makes it quite clear that he's enjoying what he's doing.

    You could say that the end is an example of brute force winning out over intellect--but it is so satisfying.moreless
Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall


Guest Star

Michael McDonald (III)

Michael McDonald (III)


Guest Star

Del Monroe

Del Monroe


Recurring Role

Richard Bull

Richard Bull


Recurring Role

Robert Dowdell

Robert Dowdell

Chip Morton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Uncredited roles:

      Marco Lopez, Richard Geary, and Bill Kinney (Sailors)

    • The same actor (Marco Lopez) is seen near the beginning of the episode as a uniformed officer in the Control Room, and near the end of the episode as a common seaman (one of the men called to keep Zar at gunpoint).

    • The doctor and Nelson finally get a close look at Zar's blood sample and see the "filtered virus". They make such comments as a drop of Zar's blood having enough virus to kill everyone on Earth, and, if he's wounded in any way, the virus will somehow get out of the Seaview into the ocean and multiply. However, Zar was wounded--twice. The doctor had drawn a blood sample--and that should have been enough to kill the doctor, Nelson and the aide in sickbay. Later, Zar had wounded himself to infect Foster, and he had considerably more than a drop of fluid on his hand.

    • The doctor casualy states that, according to Carbon-14 tests, Zar is 20 million years old. Carbon-14 is not used on living subjects, because it involves destroying a sample of the item being dated.

    • Zar (whose name is never actually mentioned in the episode)tells Crane that sleep is simply a habit that we picked up from being in darkness half the day. During the conversation, Crane concedes that dolphins do not sleep. In fact, dolphins do sleep--they just do it differently. And if humans are deprived of sleep long enough, they will die.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (All high-voltage equipment on board has stopped functioning.)
      Nelson: Our "friend" must be responsible, but how or why, I don't know. But I intend to find out.
      Crane: Why don't we take that weapon away from him and slap him in the brig?
      Nelson: No, no, no, let's play along with him. I want to see just what he's up to.
      Crane: Well, I hope he doesn't kill us all while we play along.

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