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Friday, December 3, 2021

Invasion 1.9: Tables Turning

A block-buster penultimate episode of Invasion -- 1.9 -- in which it looks like the tables may be turned, or may be beginning to be turned ...

[Spoilers ahead.]

But let me see if I have this right.  Over in Tokyo, Mitsuki's sure she's in contact with Hinata, but everyone else doubts that, including her father (who's an engineer) and an audio specialist who concludes that what Mitsuki and the people in the control room are hearing is a synthetic replication of Hinata's voice.  But, at the beginning of the episode, we see that David Bowie's "Space Oddity" is very significant in Mitsuki and Hinata's relationship -- Hinata thinks Mitsuki looks like Bowie -- and, later, at a decisive moment in the control room, Bowie's "Major Tom" is suddenly broadcast from space, when Mitsuki prompts "Hinata" to play it.  (One of my favorite songs -- see my brief comments about it on WNBC News after Bowie's death in 2016.)

This convinces Mitsuki that Hinata is indeed alive.  It convinces the American military guy that this is the time to launch the attack on the invaders -- he says Mitsuki bought Earth some valuable time -- and the attack succeeds.   Here I'd just say: what kind of invaders are these, that they would so succumb so easily to the attack on them from Earth?  Wouldn't they have expected that we here on Earth would defend ourselves and counter attack in any way we could?

There are excellent action scenes in the hospital in London and the forest in the New York area, where the (presumed) destruction of the Invasion mothership stops the invading  creatures here on Earth, dead in their tracks.  Unfortunately, not in time to save Ahmed, who sacrifices his life to save Aneesha and the kids, and perhaps not Casper, either, whose survival is uncertain, given that the destruction of the invaders destroyed or disrupted a part of his mind.

And the question remains: how much if any of the invaders survived, and what kind of damage can they still mete out to us here on Earth?

But that's what season finales are for -- and I'll see you back here next week with my review.

See also Invasion 1.1-3: Compelling Contender ... Invasion 1.4: Three Out of Four ... Invasion 1.5: The Little Creepy Crawly Thing ... Invasion 1.6: Close Up! ... Invasion 1.7: Two Boys and their Connection to the Invaders ... Invasion 1.8: Contact!

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