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Pilot

InvasionA C-130 hurricane hunter plane flies into the eye of Hurricane Eve, hours before it’s due to make landfall near Miami, Florida. The crew realizes too late that something else is in the eye of the storm as well – something large, under the water, which then blasts the plane out of the sky with thousands of brilliant lights.

Park ranger Russell Varon battens down the hatches at work and then rushes home to find that his daughter Rose has disappeared while looking for her missing cat. Russell’s teenage son, Jesse, is boarding up the windows of their home, and both Russell and Jesse are annoyed when Russell’s ex-wife Mariel, now married to the sheriff of Dade County, makes an appearance to accuse Russell of not caring properly for their children. Jesse shuts his mother out of the house while Russell looks for Rose in the woods near the house.

Just before Russell finds her, Rose sees thousands of lights descending from the storm itself into the water. Trying to dodge a falling power line on the drive home, Russell rolls his truck over and he and Rose aren’t rescued until the next morning. When Russell returns home, he finds it’s a mess, but Jesse is unhurt, as are Russell’s new wife, reporter Larkin Groves, and her hard-drinking conspiracy-theorist brother Dave. But Mariel apparently never made it home after leaving Russell’s house, and Sheriff Underlay promptly makes an appearance to question Russell and Jesse. Underlay gets a call: Mariel’s car has been found in the Everglades, but she’s not in it. He, Russell and Jesse join the search parties, and find her naked, but otherwise unharmed, at the edge of the swamp. She doesn’t seem to recognize anyone except Underlay.

Intrigued by Rose’s mention of lights in the sky, Dave asks her to guide him to where she saw them land. Traveling through the swamp by boat, Dave finds a large piece of metal – and finds something else as well. He takes Rose back home and then goes back to retrieve what he saw: mangled human remains, enmeshed in the remains of some kind of creature he’s never seen, floating just under the surface of the water. Dave shares his terrifying find only with Russell, who refuses to share Dave’s belief that it’s evidence of an alien presence on Earth. Still skeptical, Russell agrees to accompany Dave back to the swamp that night. They see something glowing under the water, and when Dave tries to get a closer look, something grabs him and pulls him under the water. Russell dives in and brings him back to safety, but now Dave is more convinced than ever that he’s seen an alien life form. Russell takes Dave to the hospital where Mariel is one of the head doctors, and she seems dismissive of the idea that Dave has been attacked by anything other than an alligator.

Why are more people being found in circumstances just like Mariel’s – completely disoriented, unclothed, and then back on their feet and doing their jobs within hours? Why have Mariel and Sheriff Underlay agreed to quarantine Homestead despite Russell’s assurances that it’s not necessary? Why can’t Rose shake the feeling that something has changed about her mother? And why is Russell starting to find that he can’t completely discount Dave’s rantings about alien invaders?

Season 1 Regular Cast: William Fichtner (Sheriff Tom Underlay), Eddie Cibrian (Russell Varon), Lisa Sheridan (Larkin Groves), Kari Matchett (Dr. Mariel Underlay), Tyler Labine (Dave Groves), Evan Peters (Jesse Varon), Ariel Gade (Rose Varon), Alexis Dziena (Kira Underlay), Aisha Hinds (Mona Gomez)

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directed by Thomas Schlamme
music by Jon Ehrlich & Jason Derlatka

Guest Cast: Jeannetta Arnette (Ruth), Frank Collison (Earl), Bryan Anthony (Guardsman), Ivar Brogger (Dazed man), Phe Caplan (Young woman), Holmes Osborne (Mayor Littles), Amy Watt (Ms. Gilroy), Scott Mercer (A.A. reporter), Rich Skidmore (Anchorman), Robert Standley (Pilot), Ryan Honey (Navigator), Gwen Mihok (Weather Officer), Mesan Richardson (Dropsonde operator), Juan Ramirez (Hispanic man,) Lorena Mena (Hispanic woman), Aramis Knight (Hispanic boy)

Notes: In reality, Homestead, Florida was nearly wiped off the map by Hurricane Andrew in 1992; the first two episodes allude to that real event. In an example of the worst possible timing, the pilot episode of Invasion aired mere weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed into parts of Louisiana and Mississippi – and just days before Hurricane Rita struck Texas and the other end of the Louisiana coast. ABC quickly pulled promos and previews referencing the fictional hurricane in the wake of Katrina.
Kari Matchett was a recurring cast member on the posthumous Gene Roddenberry series Earth: Final Conflict, appearing throughout the series as the Taelon conspirator Zo’or. SF movie fans may remember William Fichtner as Kent, the blind colleague of Jodie Foster’s character in the feature film adaptation of Contact.

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Lights Out

InvasionRussell goes to check out his ranger station, and finds a man, near death, in a diving suit. Russell takes him to Homestead Hospital, and when the man’s perfectly intact diving suit is cut off, doctors discover a series of nearly symmetrical puncture wounds from his neck to his waist – roughly corresponding to the placement of the tendrils along the body Dave recovered from the swamp. Russell goes back to his station and finds military dog tags, but can’t seem to find out – even from Sheriff Underlay – anything about a U.S. Air Force diver named Paxton. Dave, still hospitalized for his injuries, goes to visit Paxton, who can only dazedly moan “Don’t let them in” while Dave tries to take pictures of his wounds – moments before Underlay appears out of nowhere to confiscate the camera. Larkin tracks Paxton’s wife down and goes around the sheriff’s road blocks to reach her, but she thinks her husband is on a mission overseas and refuses to say anything more. Larkin returns to work with what she’s found out, but is informed by her news director – one of the many like Dr. Mariel Underlay who were found naked after the storm – that Paxton has died, and that the story isn’t worth chasing. Jesse and Rose, staying with the Underlays, come back to Russell’s house; Rose is upset that her mother and stepfather were both gone overnight. In addition that, though, Russell and Dave are worried about another disappearance – the intertwined human and alien remains hidden away in the trunk of Dave’s car have vanished. But Russell does still have one alien souvenir – a spore-like object that Mariel pulled out of Paxton’s head.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy
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Guest Cast: Holmes Osborne (Mayor Littles), Nick Cokas (Paxton), Veronica Cartwright (Valerie), Kimleigh Smith (Admitting Nurse), Michael Mitchell (Derek), Jake Richardson (Gage), Nathan Baesel (Deputy Lewis Sirk), Cirroc Lofton (Reed), Anne Dudek (Katie Paxton), Ivar Brogger (Father Jeffrey Scanlon), Reggie Jordan (Reporter #1), Elisa Llamido (Reporter #2), Ruth Silviera (Nurse Adrianne), Jennifer Wilkerson (Nurse)

Notes: Cirroc Lofton was a member of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s ensemble cast for all seven seasons, starring as Jake Sisko; he played Larkin’s co-worker and seems to have taken after his DS9 co-star and mentor Avery Brooks in shaving his head.

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Watershed

InvasionJesse and his stepsister, Sheriff Underlay’s daughter Kira, are walking home with containers of gasoline when they see an overturned RV trailer in the floodwater. They swim out to it to make sure no one is trapped, but while inside, Jesse sees something glowing in the water, and when he investigates closer, it lashes out at him, injuring him severely. Kira runs to get her father, but finds Russell at her house instead, babysitting Rose. Russell rushes back to the scene, recovers Jesse and takes him to the hospital, where Mariel hovers between parental concern and total disinterest in her son’s fate. She donates her own blood to Jesse, but instead of stabilizing him, it nearly kills him. Elsewhere, despite the five-mile quarantine radius around Homestead imposed by Sheriff Underlay, Larkin and her cameraman catch what looks like a military convoy going through town. When she confronts Underlay about it, Larkin gets a canned explanation and then demands the truth, which Underlay then tries to tell her involves the recovery of Airman Paxton’s helicopter. But when Larkin points out the radiation-suited hazmat teams near the crash site, it appears that even Sheriff Underlay doesn’t know the whole story. Nor can Russell explain why Mariel’s blood now resembles the blood of a marine animal more than it does that of a human being…

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Guest Cast: Kimleigh Smith (Admitting Nurse), Melody Butiu (Nurse Karlen), Armin Shimerman (Josh Breims), Joshua Gomez (Scott), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Leslie Carrera (Mrs. Hernandez), Jean Sincere (Mrs. Lowell), Ewan Chang (Doctor), Barry Wiggins (General Turner), Joshua Harto (Greg Ogilvy)

Notes: Once again, a member of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s ensemble features in the guest cast, this time Armin “Quark” Shimerman as a cautious jewelry store owner.

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Alpha Male

InvasionWeeks after the hurricane, Homestead is still under a quarantine that has the forceful backing of Sheriff Underlay. But at the next routinely scheduled press conference, which is increasingly becoming a forum for residents to voice their concerns as well, Russell challenges Underlay’s quarantine declaration, and once he voices that objection, others speak up too. Underlay backs down and opens the city to the rest of the world. Russell goes to check on a ranger station that hasn’t checked in, and finds it manned by a corpse – a diseased one by the look of it. That particular station monitored primates in captivity, and all of those specimens have escaped, possibly carrying the disease. Russell and the sheriff uneasily team up to track down the recapture them, but even then, the disease has spready among other people in Homestead – and has possibly already achieved epidemic status. And without the quarantine in place, there’s nothing to stop it from spreading further.

Order this DVDwritten by Juan Carlos Coto
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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Deputy Lewis Sirk), Lisa Jane Persky (Disheveled woman), Jeff Perry (Terrence Gale), James Carraway (Roger Weeks), Christine Healy (Dr. Bates), Holmes Osborne (Mayor Littles), Jim Cantafio (FPL manager), R.C. Shivers (COC woman), Jake Richardson (Gage), Michael Mitchell (Derek), James Sharpe (Frank Riegert), Peggy Dunne (Dottie Petrie), Kimleigh Smith (Nurse Kim), Katy Yeakey (Feverish girl), Bob Morrisey (Lawrence Burley), Joshua Gomez (Larkin’s cameraman)

Notes: Writer Juan Carlos Coto is the younger brother of Manny Coto, creator of Odyssey 5 and executive producer of Star Trek: Enterprise’s last two seasons.

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Unnatural Selection

InvasionRose runs home from playing at the water’s edge to tell Russell that she’s seen another of the glowing lights in the water. Russell and Dave go to look, but find nothing; their reaction, however, is telling to both Jesse, who finds it more difficult each day to trust either of his increasingly secretive parents, and Larkin, who wonders why Russell hasn’t brought this potential story to her attention. Larkin has been considering calling on an old flame at the local Air Force base to see if she can catch another glimpse of the containers she and Sheriff Underlay saw being removed from the water, and Russell’s continued secrecy only intensifies her resolve. Carl McKittrick, an old friend of Russell’s, appears in the midst of all this activity to confide some marital difficulties to Russell, but when Russell doesn’t have time to talk, McKittrick instead breaks into a gun store, arms himself, and when Sheriff Underlay arrives on the scene, shots ring out – and McKittrick is killed. Russell vows not to let the matter drop, and when he goes to see McKittrick’s wife, discovers that she was another of the hurricane survivors who was found unharmed in mysterious circumstances after the storm. She and other survivors, including Mariel, Kira’s boyfriend Derek, and the local priest, have formed a support group of sorts, meeting at the priest’s church to discuss their shared experience. And Sheriff Underlay is there too.

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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Matt Ross (Vince Teracoma), Sylvia Kelegian (Lucy McKittrick), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Veronica Cartwright (Valerie Shenkman), Jake Richardson (Gage), Stephen Lee (Carl McKittrick), Michael Mitchell (Derek Culie), Robert Dickenson (Newscaster), Jake Eberle (Man), Alexis Ryan (Woman), Saida Rodriguez Pagan (Newscaster #1), Reggie Jordan (Newscaster #2), Matt Sigloch (MP)

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The Hunt

InvasionRussell and fellow park ranger Mona Gomez find an old Cuban man adrift in the Everglades, stammering about how he has lost his family to “the lights.” Larkin confesses to Dave that she thinks she’s been followed since she managed to sneak into a top secret hangar at the Air Force base, shortly before Dave and Jesse join Russell to go hunting for one of the glowing creatures in the swamp. Strangely changed after his own experience in the water, Kira Underlay’s boyfriend Derek is stopped by Sheriff Underlay and warned to stay away from the sheriff’s daughter. Derek suddenly decides that he’s more interested in Mariel – despite the fact that this will surely set an even more direct confrontation in motion with the sheriff. Russell tags one of the glowing creatures with a radio device that he can track, but when he follows the signal, he discovers that these creatures can apparently take over human bodies. And Larkin finds that she is indeed being followed, though her attempt to outfox her pursuers puts her in even more danger.

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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Matt Ross (Vince Teracoma), Sylvia Kelegian (Lucy McKittrick), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Veronica Cartwright (Valerie Shenkman), Jake Richardson (Gage), Stephen Lee (Carl McKittrick), Michael Mitchell (Derek Culie), Robert Dickenson (Newscaster), Jake Eberle (Man), Alexis Ryan (Woman), Saida Rodriguez Pagan (Newscaster #1), Reggie Jordan (Newscaster #2), Matt Sigloch (MP)

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Fish Story

InvasionConvinced that someone from the Air Force base has been trailing her since she slipped into an unauthorized area, Larkin takes a sudden detour to get away from her pursuers, and winds up rolling her SUV. When she doesn’t report to work and misses a live broadcast, Russell and Dave set out to search for her. Larkin, injured in the wreck, manages to free herself and tries to find help or transport; the first car she finds is occupied by the decomposing body of its driver, impaled through the chest by an airborne tree branch during the hurricane. Even when she overcomes her revulsion enough to remove the body from the car, Larkin can’t get the car to start. She flags down a truck and demands that the driver take her to the hospital so she and the baby can be checked out, but the driver, a man who claims to be a Haitian fisherman, has other plans. And when Russell and Dave find that Sheriff Underlay insists on helping in the search for Larkin, they can’t help but wonder what his plans are as well.

Order this DVDwritten by Michael Alaimo & Juan Carlos Coto
directed by Rod Holcomb
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Guest Cast: Joshua Gomez (Scott), Allan Louis (Gerard), Jake Eberle (Man)

Note: The legend at the beginning of the episode notes that, at this point, only 14 days have passed since Hurricane Eve struck in the pilot episode.

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The Cradle

InvasionRussell finds an infant in a cooler and takes the baby to the hospital, and Sheriff Underlay later introduces him to a woman and her frantic mother, who says the woman has lost her newborn child. But when Mariel performs DNA matching tests, the baby and the woman don’t appear to be related – the woman has never even given birth. But she was also one of the many people who was found in a dazed state after the hurricane, just like Mariel, her mother reveals – and when Mariel goes to talk to the young woman about her experience later, she finds the woman’s mother laying dead nearby, brutally murdered. Mariel goes to the jail to talk to her fellow hurricane survivor, only to find that the woman has apparently received an unusual pep talk about her destiny – from the sheriff. When Mariel follows the woman’s advice and goes into the water near where she was found after the hurricane, Mariel comes back questioning who she – and her husband – really are.

Order this DVDwritten by Julie Siege
directed by Ernest Dickerson
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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Lee Garlington (Helen), Elisabeth Moss (Christina), Ron Butler (Coroner)

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The Dredge

InvasionObsessed with what she saw in the water – her own body, decomposing – Mariel demands that her husband and his deputies begin dredging the water to find what she saw. She’s just about to speak about her unnerving experience at one of the hurricane survivors’ support group meetings at the church when she spots Dave wandering in the door, and abruptly shuts up. Dave later visits Mariel at the hospital, apologizing for making her feel uncomfortable and promising that he’s not there to spy on her for Russell. Russell, in the meantime, abruptly ends a romantic picnic with Larkin when he sees one of the ponds in his jurisdiction has been poisoned. Russell barges into the nearby home of a known drug dealer and accuses him of dumping poison in the park; when the dealer’s wife draws a gun, Russell manages to get it away from her and holds both of them at gunpoint. A horrified Larkin calls the police, and after they arrest the dealer, Larkin looks into Russell’s past, and finds a criminal record with far darker secrets than she ever expected to find there, calling their trust and their relationship into question. And when Russell performs a necropsy on a poisoned alligator he recovers from the pond, he realizes that everything in the pond died as the result of something far more exotic than the manufacture of drugs.

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Guest Cast: Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Jeff Doucette (Bob Hemming), Meera Simhan (Connie / Pria), Ron Butler (Coroner), Leigh Kelly (Carla Hemming), Joyce Fessides (Woman in church), Rocky Carroll (Healy), James Carraway (Roger Weeks), Anthony Richardson (Scuba diver)

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Origin Of Species

InvasionIn the wee hours of the morning, Dave is kidnapped dragged off to an unknown location; when his captors remove the hood from his head, Dave sees a man he’s never met before – and a woman who has repeatedly spoken to him about his blog at the local internet cafe’. Russell discovers that Dave is missing, and finds Dave’s tape recorder. Russell learns from the internet cafe’ owner that a woman has repeatedly asked Dave to accompany her to an abandoned shipyard, but Dave has never taken her up on her invitation. When Russell hears the sound of Dave’s kidnapping on the tape, he doubles back to check out the shipyard himself, and pulls a gun on Dave’s captors – only to be taken by surprise himself. The man, who calls himself Healey (but admits that’s not his real name), tells Russell and Dave about similar incidents in Central America and South America, usually after hurricanes, where people who survived under mysterious circumstances were never the same. And in those cases, Healey says, those survivors committed suicide or killed one another, and the attempt at an invasion never took hold – making it important to find out why the transformations seem to be relatively uneventful in Homestead. In the meantime, Deputy Lewis Sirk, Sheriff Underlay’s right hand man who lost his left arm while serving in the military, probes further into the mystery of the body found underwater by Mariel – and he discovers far too much for Underlay’s comfort. But Underlay’s discomfort is intensified even more when he tries to sacrifice Sirk to the underwater beings – and they return him not only possessed, but with a new arm.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy & Juan Carlos Coto
directed by Steve Shill
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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Rocky Carroll (Healy), Meera Simhan (Pria), Robert Peters (Craig), Kamal Marayati (Pria’s husband)

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Us Or Them

InvasionWhen an angry husband tries to snatch his wife away from the support group of people who were found in an altered state after the hurricane, the other survivors gather around him and attack viciously, almost killing him. Mariel cuts the attack short and demands that someone call 911 – and finds no one willing to do so. Later, Russell and Dave confront Mariel with the human remains they’ve found – the remains of Sheriff Tom Underlay, with the remains of an unidentified creature wrapped around him. Mariel storms away, accusing Russell of trying to wrest custody of the children away from her. But the revelation unnerves her enough to demand answers from Tom – or at least who appears to be Tom. After convincing him to cut off his own new arm, Tom insists that Deputy Sirk should recuperate at the Underlay household, but he lies to Kira, telling her that Sirk is recovering from a gunshot wound. When Tom tries to explain Mariel’s situation to her, she threatens to leave him unless she gets the whole truth; she later meets Russell and admits to some very confused feelings, and Russell returns home equally confused. But when Russell learns that Larkin dropped his children off with Tom, he rushes to the Underlays’ house to find the children gone, Tom gone, Sirk gone, and Mariel in shock.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy
directed by J. Miller Tobin
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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Tammy Trull (Alma Tredwell), Scott Michael Morgan (Randy Tredwell), James Carraway (Roger Weeks), Nicole Garz (Emily)

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Power

InvasionAfter revealing the truth about Tom Underlay to Mariel, Russell fears that his children may pay the price – Tom has taken them on an unannounced trip, leaving no clues as to where they’re being taken. Where the children are concerned, Tom promises a fun weekend getaway, but Jesse is immediately skeptical, relentlessly questioning Tom about where they are, and why there’s a sheriff’s department boat tied to the dock. Jesse can’t seem to get Rose or Kira worked up about the situation, though. Worked up barely begins to describe Mariel and Russell’s state of mind, and worse yet, Larkin suspects that Russell may be spending time with his ex-wife for reasons that have nothing to do with their children. Russell decides it’s time to tell Larkin everything he knows about the hurricane survivors who have banded into an unusually insular group, and even tells her about finding the body of the real Tom Underlay. But he doesn’t know what Larkin will do with the information – she could discard it as a flimsy excuse, or she could decide to make a news story out of it. And all the while, Tom is calling Mariel and giving her only the most cryptic answers about her children’s well being. To ensure their safety, however, she’ll have to reaffirm her loyalty to her husband – despite knowing that he’s no longer human.

Order this DVDwritten by Becky Hartman Edwards & Reed Steiner
directed by Lawrence Trilling
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Guest Cast: Elisabeth Moss (Christina), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), Colin Fickes (Deputy Palmateer), Michael Mitchell (Derek Culie), Scott Klace (Stevie)

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Redemption

InvasionAfter his latest heated argument with Mariel about what information he’s holding back from her, Tom Underlay finds himself alone at home, but moments later he is shot by an intruder. Struggling to summon help, he experiences a flashback to the plane crash nine years ago that killed his first wife and led to his first encounter with the glowing aquatic beings…and his first fateful meeting with one Dr. Mariel Varon. Even when he’s taken to the hospital, Underlay is fading fast, his blood no longer compatible with that of any human, until he receives a transfusion from Mariel, whose blood isn’t even the same type as his – or at least it wasn’t when they were both fully human. Russell is confronted by Healy, the man who let him in on the secret of the failed alien incursions in the past, who tells him that Underlay may not be the problem – but whoever shot him most certainly is, and it may be someone competing to be the alpha male among the hybrids. But as sinister as Underlay’s agenda has seemed, can Russell bring himself to believe that there might be a worse alternative? Even if he does come around, Russell may not be able to stop Larkin from revealing the presence of alien life on her next news broadcast.

Order this DVDwritten by Michael Alaimo
directed by Bill Eagles
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Guest Cast: Veronica Cartwright (Valerie Shenkman), Rocky Carroll (Healy), Bob Bancroft (Dr. Feld), Monica Garcia (Past nurse), Stephen Alvarez (Reporter #1), Kate Emerick (Kira, age 7), Ewan Chung (Dr. Frances Cao), Lisa Harrison (Reporter #2), Carter Evans (Reporter #3), Jennifer Weston (Present nurse #1), Joshua Gomez (Scott), Pia Artesona (Deputy Sanchez), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), Kimleigh Smith (Present nurse #2), Meera Simhan (Pria)

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All God’s Creatures

InvasionWhen she thinks she sees someone outside the house watching her, Larkin finally admits that recent events have left her scared to remain in Homestead. Fresh out of the hospital, Sheriff Underlay asks the hurricane survivors’ support group if they know the whereabouts of Deputy Sirk, who is considered a prime suspect in the attempt on Underlay’s life. After the meeting, one man comes forward with a tip that leads Underlay to a campsite near the water, where he finds Sirk. He also finds that his daughter Kira has been staying there with Sirk, though both insist that they haven’t been sleeping together. But when Kira is able to provide an alibi for Sirk’s whereabouts, Underlay is left looking for a new suspect, and his next stop is at Russell’s house. Russell lets Underlay in on the information that he might have a rival for the leadership of the hybrids – but even when Underlay insists, Russell won’t divulge where he got the information. Dave looks for signs of whatever is stalking his house, and finds that it seems to have a fixation with him – it’s been getting into the house and stealing everything from his records to his beer. When Rose spots it at the house again, Dave follows it out to the shed and finds that it has a disturbingly familiar face.

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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Ivar Brogger (Father Scanlon), Bill Quinn (The Creature), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), James Geralden (Deputy Ramsden), Jennifer Wilkerson (Nurse), Juan Carlos Cantu (Survivor / Javi), Sylvia Kelegian (Lucy McKittrick), James Carraway (Roger Weeks), Pia Artesona (Deputy Sanchez), Reggie Jordan (Reporter #1), Saida Rodriguez Pagan (Reporter #2), Becca Battoe (Intern)

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The Nest

InvasionFrustrated that no one can or will tell her about “what happens in the water,” Kira Underlay decides to find out for herself, but only finds trouble. Her ex-boyfriend Derek and a young woman named Christina appear, claiming to have swum to Homestead from an island camp set up by Kira’s father. Kira reluctantly goes along with them as they introduce her to petty shoplifting, but when they break into a beachfront house and then Christina stabs the owner to death when he comes home, Kira wants no part of it – but she has no choice, as Christina holds her hostage. Even Derek, who has become a hybrid himself, is unsettled by Christina’s behavior. As Sheriff Underlay begins trying to track Kira down, Russell and Mariel get together to find out exactly how much becoming a hybrid has changed her, but the results of their tests only open more questions. Kira’s questions about what’s in the water lead her away from her captors and into an encounter with one of the glowing aquatic life forms.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy & Julie Siege
directed by Lawrence Trilling
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Guest Cast: Michael Mitchell (Derek Culie), Elisabeth Moss (Christina), Ruben Garfias (Albert Moldiva), Scott Klace (Stevie), Patricia Bethune (Ellen Paymer), Nathan Baesel (Sirk)

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The Fittest

InvasionDerek and Christina break into Russell’s park ranger station, but he isn’t there; they attack Mona Gomez, Russell’s fellow ranger, and steal her boat. When Russell arrives at the station, he learns who attacked Mona, but before he can call for backup to begin a search, Tom Underlay insists on the two of them searching alone. This means Russell will miss a meeting between Larkin, Mariel, and his children, a meeting where Mariel promises to answer their questions about Kira, and about what has happened to herself as well. The meeting doesn’t go as expected, and while Jesse and Rose are reassured that Kira has not become a hybrid, their faith in Mariel is shaken. Russell and Tom don’t find Derek and Christina, but they do find two groups of Honduran immigrants who are in the country illegally – some of them have become hybrids, but a few haven’t, and have been evicted from the hybrids’ camp. Finally, one of the men reveals that Derek and Christina have passed through, leading Russell and Tom to a camping cabin. But the two hyrbids get the drop on their would-be captors and escape, leaving death in their wake – including the only source of information on the hybrids that Russell had.

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directed by Fred Toye
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Guest Cast: James Frain (Andrew Dennison / Eli Szura), Elisabeth Moss (Christina), Michael Mitchell (Derek), Rocky Carroll (Healy), Matthew Ross (Vince), Jesus Mayorga (Oscar), Frank Merino (Hybrid migrant #1), Giovanni Martinez (Hybrid migrant #2)

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The Key

InvasionStill on the loose, Christina steals a vehicle, drives to the hospital, and demands that Mariel examine her – at gunpoint. But Mariel is more than willing to examine Christina and her unusual pregnancy, worried that the same thing is happening to her. Homestead’s schools open their doors for the first time since the hurricane, but Rose and Jesse are preoccupied by what they’ve learned about their mother. They also notice that many of their former classmates are behaving just as strangely as the other hybrids they’ve met. After Russell confronts him about how collaboration with Eli Szura, Tom goes to Szura and corners him about the escaped hybrids and the growing numbers of the dead among non-hybrids. One of those who have died because of what they knew, Russell’s informant, Healy, left a key to a boat where he kept some of his records. Those records lead Russell and Dave to the island where Szura is sequestering some of the more headstrong hybrids. When Tom returns Christina to Szura’s care, however, he may be signing her death sentence.

Order this DVDwritten by Michael Alaimo & Michael Foley
directed by Bryan Spicer
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Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Elisabeth Moss (Christina), Michael Mitchell (Derek), James Frain (Eli Szura), Ron Perkins (Man), Tina Holmes (Ms. Wade), Kimleigh Smith (Nurse #1), Eddie Rutkowski (Nurse #2), Owen Beckman (Scott), Edwin Hodge (Brett), Jessica Jaques (Young woman)

Notes: Somewhat appropriately, Neil Finn’s “Driving Me Mad” is heard as Jesse returns to school. Kira watches a clip from Forbidden Planet (1956) while she’s recovering from her ordeal.

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Re-Evolution

InvasionOn her way to chase down another story, Larkin accidentally hits a man in Air Force fatigues who she learns is a member of the C-130 hurricane hunter plane that was knocked out the sky moments after its crew spotted glowing lights in the eye of Hurricane Eve. He’s also a hybrid. Sheriff Underlay shows up with military police in tow, who quickly drag the man off despite Underlay’s protests. When Underlay pays a visit to the Air Force officer who enlisted his help to track down the missing hybrid, he finds that the man didn’t merely go missing, but escaped a facility where tests are being run on hybrids. It seems that the military is aware of the hybrids – and of Underlay himself – and has been taking note of more hyrbid incidents after each hurricane. Russell and Dave wait until daylight to land on Szura’s island, where they find that the pregnant Christina gave birth to something despite being shot by Szura himself – and whatever she gave birth to proceeded to go into the water. Russell and Dave find the Homestead priest who had been hosting a support group for the hybrid hurricane “survivors,” and he leads them to evidence that Szura is planning a war between hybrids and humans. And when Jesse runs into more trouble at school, including a fight with several hybrid boys, it seems he’s ready to turn to extreme violence to protect himself – namely, the gun that Underlay gave him during their unexpected retreat.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy & Michael Alaimo
directed by Lawrence Trilling
music by Jon Ehrlich & Jason Verlatka

Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), Edwin Hodge (Brett), James Frain (Eli Szura), David Huynh (Sun Kim), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Frank Vargas), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), Jay Malack (Connor), Charlie Bodin (Dino), Brent King (Lee), Nick Huff (Student #1), April Gilbert (Student #2), Owen Beckman (Student #3), Shasa Dabner (Student #4), Jason Rosario (Student no. 5), Tina Holmes (Ms. Wade), Cody Benjamin Lee (Logan)

Notes: This episode begins with an unusual recap covering the entire season, depicting several of the main characters in an “interrogation room” scenario that seems completely removed from anything currently happening in the series; in the two weeks leading up to Invasion’s return from an extended hiatus, ABC ran promos created with the same footage.

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The Son Also Rises

InvasionWhen Larkin finds Jesse at home, drunk, and practicing his aim with the gun that Tom gave him, Russell confronts his son first, and then confiscates the gun and goes to confront Tom about it. He also gives Tom the evidence he has uncovered, that Szura is part of the military’s plans for the hybrids. Worried that the future of the hybrids is falling out of his control, Tom and his most trusted deputy, Sirk, go to check in on Szura’s island operation, but they find the island deserted. Larkin and Dave try to find out more about Szura’s master plan from the documents Dave retrieved, but they also find that another hurricane is forming in the Atlantic – one that could be on a direct path for Homestead, and one that could cover Szura and his followers if they make a more overt grab for power. A group of boys from Jesse’s school invite him to join them as they band together to fight for non-hybrids – but when he discovers that their first sacrifice is Deputy Sirk, Jesse finds himself fighting his own kind.

Order this DVDwritten by Juan Carlos Coto & Michael Foley
directed by Sergio Mimica Gezzan
music by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Verlatka

Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), James Frain (Eli Szura), Tina Holmes (Ms. Wade), Joshua Gomez (Scott), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Frank Vargas), Holmes Osborne (Mayor Littles), Kimleigh Smith (Nurse #1), Eddie Rutkowski (Nurse #2), Veronica Cartwright (Valerie Shenkman), Tripp Pickel (Deputy Smith), Richard Lucas (TV Director), Carlos McCullers II (Jake), Stephen Alvarez (Paul Hambrick)

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Run And Gun

InvasionAs Hurricane Miranda approaches Homestead, Russell and Sheriff Underlay find that the hybrids seem to be ahead of the rest of the population in getting ready. At work, Larkin is frustrated to find that hybrids operating within the local government and media are actively working to keep the public in the dark about the danger. And unknown to Underlay, his own daughter is helping Szura, hoping that he can help Sirk. With another invasion imminent, Russell and Underlay both decide to get their families out of Homestead, though Underlay finds that he’s having to resort to extreme measures to accomplish this, even killing one of his own deputies – a hybrid working for Szura – in cold blood. But just as the Varons and Underlays are about to escape Homestead as the hurricane bears down on them, the families are still torn apart – Dave insists on remaining at home to document the next appearance of the lights and prove the existence of aliens once and for all, while Russell and Tom stay behind to fight out the endgame with Szura.

Order this DVDwritten by Juan Carlos Coto & Michael Foley
directed by Sergio Mimica Gezzan
music by Jon Ehrlich & Jason Verlatka

Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), James Frain (Szura), Tina Holmes (Ms. Wade), Joshua Gomez (Scott), Mark Colson (Deputy Munger), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Frank Vargas), Holmes Osborne (Mayor Littles), Kimleigh Smith (Nurse #1), Eddie Rutkowski (Nurse #2), Veronica Cartwright (Valerie Shenkman), Tripp Pickel (Deputy Smith), Richard Lucas (TV Director), Carlos McCullers II (Jake), Stephen Alvarez (Paul Hambrick)

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Round Up

InvasionAs Russell and Sheriff Underlay race back toward Homestead to stop Szura’s tkaeover plan, their families’ escape plan comes to a screeching halt – literally – until a National Guard vehicle picks them up and takes them, along with several other passengers, to a “shelter” – where the passengers are separated depending on whether they’re humans or hybrids. Mariel is taken away from her children and Larkin. Staying at Larkin’s home to document the lights that will herald another invasion, Dave is interrogated by Deputy Sirk and two other deputies who are trying to track down Underlay – on Szura’s orders. When the interrogation becomes a life-or-death struggle between human and hybrid, Dave discovers how far he’s willing to go to survive. Russell and Underlay find where the hybrids are being taken by Szura’s “National Guardsmen,” and Russell finds Mariel locked up. He slips her a gun in the event that Szura questions her personally about Underlay’s whereabouts. Szura does indeed come for Mariel, but not to interrogate her – he needs her help with pregnant hybrid women who have gone into premature labor with the arrival of the hurricane. And Larkin, Jesse and Rose discover the horrifying purpose behind Szura’s “shelters” – they aren’t going to wait out the storm there. They’re there to be sacrificed to the lights, becoming the next generation of hybrids…

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy
directed by Steve Shill
music by Jon Ehrlich & Jason Verlatka

Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), James Frain (Szura), Tammy Trull (Alma), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Frank Vargas), Cotter Smith (Deputy Buell), Tripp Pickel (Deputy Armis), Stephen Alvarez (Paul Hambrick), Sarah Colonna (Guardswoman), Jon Huertas (National Guardsman), Eric Sheffer Stevens (National Guard driver), Denny Pierce (Guardsman #2), Brennan Feonix (Guardsman #3)

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The Last Wave Goodbye

InvasionThe hurricane strikes Homestead, and Szura’s master plan goes into effect – people seeking shelter from the storm are forced into the water as the lights descend, providing the raw material for more hybrids. Larkin, Jesse and Rose try to escape the hybrids posing as the National Guard, and then Sheriff Underlay and Russell arrive, guns blazing, taking down as many of the hybrids as they can until backup arrives in the form of the Air Force, who has been called in by Dave and Deputy Sirk. Szura escapes, taking the pregnant hybrid women – and Mariel – with him, to an undisclosed location; his hybrid soldiers, along with Underlay, are rounded up and held for questioning. Once released, Underlay joins Russell to mount a rescue mission to save Mariel, but once she’s safe, Underlay’s next mission is to capture or kill Szura. When Russell tries to get Mariel to safety, she refuses to leave the pregnant hybrids. Even when cornered and mortally wounded, Szura has no doubt that the hybrids will take over, and dies with that promise on his lips. Jesse’s friend Brett, along with another boy from the school, take Larkin and Dave hostage, intending to use them as bait to trap and kill Underlay; Larkin manages to get word to Sirk. Jesse, Rose, Sirk and Kira hide out in the locked room at Underlay’s house, where Sirk hopes to end the hostage situation, but instead becomes a hostage himself. Jesse manages to alert Underlay to the situation just before Brett finds the secret room. Unaware of this, Russell and Mariel transport some of the pregnant hybrids to the water, despite Russell’s fear that allowing them to give birth may give rise to something even worse than Szura or his half-human, half-alien hybrids. Underlay takes back his house, but Larkin is shot in the ensuing firefight. In a last-ditch effort to save her life, Underlay takes Larkin to the water – becoming a hybrid may be her only chance.

Order this DVDwritten by Shaun Cassidy & Charlie Craig
directed by Lawrence Trilling
music by Jon Ehrlich & Jason Verlatka

Guest Cast: Nathan Baesel (Sirk), James Frain (Szura), Edwin Hodge (Brett), Verda Bridges (Brett’s mom), Brent King (Lee), Valerie Cruz (Col. Lopez), Tammy Trull (Alma), Tracey Rooney (Pregnant hybrid #1), Rebecca Avery (Pregnant hybrid #2), Christine Ogunade (Pregnant hybrid #3 – Lydia), Brennan Feonix (Guardsman #3), Alicia Wollerton (Mother), Arthur Young (7 year old), Michael Klock (Husband), Allison Gammon (Wife in crowd), Annie O’Donnell (Old woman in crowd)

Notes: Invasion was cancelled by ABC mere days before its season finale premiered. Though there were hopes that it would be picked up by the CW – a new network formed jointly by Viacom/Paramount/CBS and Warner Bros., the studio that produced Invasion – the show did not appear on the CW’s first schedule. As such, the cliffhanger of whether or not Larkin dies, or become a hybrid and lives, is left unresolved.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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