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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  • 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.

    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.