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Invasion America

Entry updated 31 July 2017. Tagged: TV.

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US animated tv mini-series (1998). DreamWorks Animation for The Warner Brothers Television Network. Created by Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennett. Produced by Dan Fausett and Michael Reaves. Directors included Patrick Archibald and Fausett. Writers included Ruel Fischmann, Wayne Lemon, and Reaves. Cast includes Edward Albert, Tony Jay, Mikey Kelley, Lorenzo Lamas, Leonard Nimoy, James Sikking and Kath Soucie. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour.

During the early 1980s, a civil war breaks out on the planet Tyrus between forces loyal to its Emperor Cale-Oosha (Lamas) and his military adviser The Dragit (Jay). The Tyrusians have known of Earth for some years, sending agents disguised as humans to learn about our world. Cale wishes a peaceful First Contact, but The Dragit prefers Invasion since Tyrus has largely exhausted its natural resources. Forced to flee Tyrus, Cale and his friend/bodyguard Rafe (Albert) escape to Earth; there Cale meets, falls in love with and marries Rita Carter (Soucie). When their son David Carter (Kelley) is in his teens, Cale decides he must to return to Tyrus and rally his forces. Shortly after his departure, followers of The Dragit locate David and Rita, leading to the latter's apparent death during a standoff when a Weapon left by Cale causes the house to implode. Realizing his hybrid nature, David flees with Rafe while the Dragit's forces pursue. Along the way, they meet other Tyrusians and hybrids, all the while dodging enemy attacks. These include multiple Asteroid impacts on Earth, causing far less damage than would be realistic. David survives an attack by General Konrad (Nimoy) – a disguised Tyrusian who has become a US Air Force General – and other battles, in one of which Rafe dies. Sometimes the action goes beyond Earth, including a flight to the Moon by David that apparently results in the death of Konrad's successor General Gordon (Sikking). Dragit's forces on Earth are defeated in the concluding instalment, although it is unclear whether the war on Tyrus itself is also over.

Leaving several plot lines unresolved was clearly intentional: the Invasion America mini-series was presented as "Book One". No "Book Two" followed, presumably due to low ratings. The series has been shown outside the US but not released to the home video market. Two Tie novels by Christie Golden are Invasion America (1998) and Invasion America: On the Run (1998). [GSt/DRL]


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