Invasion’s back — but with a negative twist

Last night ABC aired the 18th ‘Invasion’ episode, a TV series that came back after a 5-week hiatus. A couple of things (with apologies to my online friend Nathan who guest stars in the show):

Overnight ratings show a 2 million decline in the viewership compared to pre-hiatus episodes (about 7 million over 9.5 a month ago). This situation will have consequences in ABC’s decision to bring back the show next season or not. The whole hiatus thing and the rumors of cancellation put off a lot of viewers it seems.

The CG last night were awful. I made a forum post here and uploaded some screenshots to make my case. It really made me wonder if they had budget cuts because these scenes were really low quality.

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memson wrote on April 22nd, 2006 at 1:29 AM PST:

Invasion sucks. It comes across as Gentle Ben meets the X-files meets the Invaders (60’s US sci-fi show.) Very confused. Too slowly paced. Far too derivative.

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Eugenia wrote on April 22nd, 2006 at 1:43 AM PST:

Invasion does not suck. It is a very elaborate, well-done show with a pre-defined story. However, if you miss 1-2 episodes, it then becomes confusing, as you pointed out. You obviously only watched it periodically and you didn’t watch it recently. Recently the pace has picked up after ABC’s executives mandated this change to the producers, after episode 8 or so. But as I said, for best results, you must watch all episodes in order.

memson wrote on April 22nd, 2006 at 3:49 AM PST:

I watched the first 4 episodes, and it just didn’t grab me. I’m a big scifi fan, and none of it grabs me. It’s not like the revived Battlestar Galactica where it grabbed me after the series got going (the mini series sucked, the regular series got good till mid way through season 2 where is was so-so.) I was a big BSG fan as a kid. But I used to watch all of the SCIFI I could. Everything. Invasion is too derivative, too much like other things that were done a lot better. Would have made a passable film maybe, but not a serial.

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