“The Love of My Life”, “The Probe” and “Hello, Professor!” “ – .

“The Love of My Life”, “The Probe” and “Hello, Professor!” “ – .

The first three episodes of Invasion – “Love of My Life”, “The Probe” and “Goodbye, Teacher!” »- are now broadcast on Apple TV +. Below is a spoiler-free review.
Apple TV+ Invasion is a wildly ambitious series, portrayed by co-creator Simon Kinberg as a fusion of Oscar-winning political drama spanning the world Babel and HG Wells’ War of the Worlds. While the effort is admirable, the pieces don’t fit together well enough in the series’ three-episode premiere.

Invasion takes its time to present its wide array of characters scattered across the globe who experience alien assault in very different ways. Yet in an effort to avoid recreating the plots of typical alien attacks, Kinberg and co-creator David Weil end up producing a mix of high-profile dramatic snaps.

The first episode, “Love of My Life” is the hardest part of the first, focusing mainly on Jim Bell Tyson (Sam Neill), a small town sheriff on the verge of retirement who is looking to solve a problem. last case to give meaning to his life and career. We get the impression that the writers are trying to find the atmosphere of There is no country for old people, with an aging lawyer facing evil he is largely powerless to combat, but juxtaposing an alien mystery atop scenes of white supremacist meth merchants and Neill’s dismal monologues on faith feels terribly forced. This plot ends with a cliffhanger at the end of the first episode, with Neill not reappearing in the next two episodes, and the series is stronger for it.

The series’ pair of great relationship dramas are also too heavy. One focuses on Mitsuki Yamato (Shioli Kutsuna), a Japanese aerospace technician having an affair with an astronaut about to leave Earth for the International Space Station. It feels like a moody indie film filled with moons, brooding, and poor coping mechanisms. Considering how the spatial narrative seems to have the most potential to move the plot forward, it’s frustrating to see Mitsuki spend so much time crippled by his emotions, even though those feelings are understandable. At least when she kicks into action, the show comes into focus, turning into a gripping thriller.

The other turbulent love story involves Aneesha Malik (Golshifteh Farahani), a Syrian refugee living in America with her pathetic husband Ahmed (Firas Nassar) and their young children. Their plot is part of the recent wave of dramas like Marriage story and Scenes from a wedding, chronicling the melodramatic disintegration of a relationship where messy emotions must all be put aside to protect children from descending chaos.

The first part of the drama is particularly rote, filled with overblown storylines and boring lines as Ahmed telling Aneesha that the main reason he’s attracted to the Instagram influencer he’s having an affair with is “she’s not.” you “. But once unexplained explosions begin to rock their neighborhood, the plot takes a turn reminiscent of the classic The Twilight Zone episode “Monsters are expected on Maple Street.” Many films like The Avengers and Godzilla have used aliens and invading monsters as a metaphor for the trauma of September 11, 2001, but Invasion makes the comparison explicit as Malik’s neighbors begin to question whether the damage was the result of a terrorist attack and watch with suspicion. their Middle Eastern neighbors. Focusing the impact on Americans who are effectively doubly victimized shows the real potential of Invasion’s vision.

Shamier Anderson delivers the show’s best performance yet.


The second episode kicks off two new storylines, a Lord of the Flies sort of tale of a UK school trip gone horribly wrong and a war story following Trevante Ward (Shamier Anderson), a American soldier stationed in Afghanistan. This latest plot instantly dates the series, but after 20 years of war, the writers were presumably convinced that the near future would still involve American fighters there.

These storylines offer some desperately needed comedic relief through the crass humor of young British boys and the bored antics of the soldiers. Even as the tone changes, Trevante’s story remains incredibly compelling, showing tense chaos as American soldiers confront equally puzzled Afghans who try to find the source of an attack. Anderson delivers the best performance in the series so far, whether he’s joking with his men or quietly bonding with a Bedouin as they share intimate details of their lives in languages ​​the other man doesn’t. can not understand.

Invasion looks great, making the most of its wide variety of settings and blockbuster-quality special effects. It also distributes plenty of disturbing clues as to what’s going on, from kids with spontaneous nosebleeds to weird messages from space. Hopefully, the slowly unfolding plot will be worth the wait.


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