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The Invaders (1967)
The Invaders a theme on the Cold War
The Invaders comes on the air at the height of the Cold War with the aliens replacing the Russians as the antagonists. Or they could be the protagonists with David Vincent as the antagonist who tries to thwart their attempts at taking over the world for their own nefarious reasons.
David Vincent comes across the invaders one night as he is heading home from a conference in another city. In an out of the way area that was supposed to be a short cut Vincent see an an alien saucer. He tries to inform the local law enforcement but when he couldn't come up with any evidence and convince them he sets out on his own to convince the world that either believes he paranoid or crazy or a kook looking for attention the world refuses to give him. Along the way David Vincent does manage to convince some that Invasion is all to real and become his ally in the hunt to end the invasion.
Series creator Larry Cohen has admitted that when came up with The Invaders that he intended to be a theme on the Cold War whether to entertain or send a message or both is not clear, but clearly to entertain.
In the 50 years since the show left the air waves it has developed a following among science fiction fans and has become very popular in European countries such as France and Italy. Will an updated motion picture or TV show be in the works in the future like any others shows has become only time will tell. Until then we have this classic 1960's version to enjoy.
On the Beach (1959)
On the Beach almost became all true real in Oct. 1962
When released in 1959, On the Beach was just a regular science fiction post nuclear war movie. But since October 1962 it has become one of the most chilling post nuclear war movie ever made. Had there been one misstep in those 13 days that Cuban Missile Crisis last and we could have faced the fate that the characters did in the movie.
Though the war never reached the Southern Hemisphere the atomic fallout gradually headed their way. It was only a matter of time before they too will be over come with nuclear fallout.
The last survivors gather in Australia and possibly New Zealand, but this never metioned in the movie. And as they wait for death live still goes on.
The last American submarine, under the command of Commander Dwight Towers, is sent out with a scientific team to find if there is some place that may still be clean of nuclear fallout.
There are several scenes that make this movie one of the most chilling post nuclear movie.
1. When Anthony Perkins looks at the calendar on the wall. It is dated January 1964.
2. When U. S. S. Sawfish sails into San Francisco bay and goes under an empty Golden Gate bridge and a scene later looking through the periscope to see San Francisco void of people.
3. Knowing there is no hope of survival, the last remaining citizens prepare to meet their fate. The government giving out suicide pills to the remaining humans so they won't have to suffer radioactive poisoning or as some did committed suicide on there own as Julian Osborne, played by Fred Astaire.
4. Pay attention to the banner at the end of the movie. It rings true today as did 60 years ago in 1959.
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Voyager as the Odyssey
Voyager can be said to be a science fiction version of Homer's story of The Odyssey with Captain Janeway as a female version of Odysseus. The crew of Voyager face the same adventures that Odysseus and his crew did after the Trojan War. Many of the episodes reflect the myths of the of The Odyssey especially the one where the planet of women that capture men to drain them of life such as Ceres did to the crew in the novel.
Guilty or not guilty of murder
Petty Officer Kyle Friedgen is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. His civilian trial ends in a mistrial when it proved that evident, found in his car, may have been seized illegally. Professing to be innocent Kyle, with his lawyer's help, asks NCIS if they would investigate the case and is necessary arrest him and face court. While investigating Gibbs finds that Friedgen may have lied about certain items in the first investigation. Evident in the ex-girlfriend's trial two years as an addict may help in the case.
Meanwhile Bishop finds out that his husband may be having an affair with another NSA agent.