January 9, 2006
Invasion, first thoughts
I watched the pilot and first episode of Invasion last night on Channel 4.
Not exactly blown away. Firstly the show doesn't expect its viewers to have a good memory, how many times did they spell out what EBE meant?! Secondly the start was slow, all that hurricane build up. Thirdly, none of the characters really grabbed me. And finally and most importantly, what's the hook to keep me watching? Surely it's entirely obvious what is happening and who the bad guys are, so all I care about now is how they are going to beat the aliens. And yet I have the feeling that I'll be left to suffer a dreary, "guess what's happening" build up. Maybe, I'll give it a few more episodes.
A few years ago and this might have passed as viewable watching, but compared to BSG or Lost and it doesn't really live up to my expectations of modern TV SF.