Invasion — Episode 1, Last Day Review

By Mark

Fresh from bringing us their interpretation of the Isaac Asimov Foundation series, AppleTV+ is heading back into the sci-fi realm with their latest series, Invasion.

Invasion is inspired by HG Wells’ War of the Worlds and in this first episode we are mainly introduced to, who we think, will be our main protagonists.

We have Sheriff John Bell Tyson, Sam Neill (“ Peter Rabbit”, “ Thor: Ragnarok “), on his final day before retirement (I know, a cliché but don’t worry), trying to find the one case that will bring his career the meaning he so craves.

A group of Japanese astronauts about to head up to the International Space Station for a year long mission, the lead of which is leaving her secret lover behind, Misuki Yamato, Shioli Kutsuna (“ Deadpool 2 “, “Oh Lucy!”).

Then there’s Aneesha Malik, Golshifteh Farahani (“Extraction”, “Gen: Lock (TV)”), a mother who went to Harvard medical school but, from what we know, gave it all up to live with her husband and bring their two children, Sarah, Tara Moayedi, and Luke, Azhy Robertson (“The Plot Against America (TV)”, “The Americans (TV)”), up.

She is called to school when it is forced to evacuate as all of the children suddenly have blood coming from their noses, all that is, except for Luke.

She appears to be happy with her life, until one night Luke notices that his daddy Ahmed, Firas Nassar (“Sirens (TV)”, “Foxtrot”), isn’t out of town on business, but at some street address nearby.

Aneesha sticks the kids in the car and heads on over to the address, only to discover her husband in the arms of another woman, without many clothes on.

She waits until he gets home and then confronts him, but this is interrupted by what appears to be an earthquake, but upon looking out the window is anything but, and coincides with plenty of other strange goings on we’ve seen throughout the episode.

Invasion is from the minds of Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, “This Means War”) and David Weil (“Solos (TV)”, “Hunters (TV)”).

It has all the makings of a great series, there’s certainly some big budgets being thrown around, if not they’ve spent what they have wisely as it looks quality.

The pair also write this first episode which is directed by Jakob Verbruggen (“The Alienist (TV)”, “London Spy (TV)”). It’s a nicely paced opening and does well to tease as to what is going, which is…time shall tell.

Originally published at https://www.ocmoviereviews.com.

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