Invasion (2021– )

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Invasion (TV Series 2021– )

TV Series inspired by HG Wells' 'War of the Worlds'.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
USA
IMDb   N/A
Metacritic   50 %
TheMovieDb    7.6 /10
RottenTomatoes  37 %
FilmAffinity   4.5 /10
Creators
Creator Amanda Marsalis
Creator Jamie Payne
Creator Andrew Baldwin
Creator Simon Kinberg
Information
Release Date2021-10-22
Runtime
GenreDrama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyGenre Films, Platform One Media
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Sarahas Sarah
Luke Malikas Luke Malik
Kaito Kawaguchias Kaito Kawaguchi
Casper Morrowas Casper Morrow
Jamila Hustonas Jamila Huston
Montgomery (Monty) Cuttermillas Montgomery (Monty) Cuttermill
Alfie Ademuraas Alfie Ademura
Ikuro Muraias Ikuro Murai
Darwin Charlesas Darwin Charles
Jerome Hallas Jerome Hall
Poppy Reesas Poppy Rees
Fara Aminahas Fara Aminah
Liam Daviesas Liam Davies
Lucy Spenceras Lucy Spencer
Stanley Lane
Stanley Lane
Rupert Baileyas Rupert Bailey
Krish Misra
Krish Misra
Tupacas Tupac
Patrick Mitchellas Patrick Mitchell
Japanese News anchoras Japanese News anchor

Invasion (2021 TV series)

Invasion is an American science fiction television series created by Simon Kinberg and David Weil. It premiered on Apple TV+ on October 22, 2021. The series has received a mixed critical response.


Premise

An alien invasion is seen through the different perspectives of various people on different continents across the world.


Cast

  • Golshifteh Farahani as Aneesha Malik
  • Shamier Anderson as Trevante Ward
  • Shioli Kutsuna as Mitsuki Yamato
  • Firas Nassar as Ahmed "Manny" Malik
  • Billy Barratt as Caspar Morrow
  • Azhy Robertson as Luke Malik
  • Tara Moayedi as Sarah Malik
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Kaito Kawaguchi
  • Sam Neill as Sheriff John Bell Tyson

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten by Original release date 
1"Last Day"Jakob VerbruggenSimon Kinberg & David WeilOctober 22, 2021
2"Crash"Jakob VerbruggenSimon Kinberg & David WeilOctober 22, 2021
3"Orion"Jamie PayneSimon Kinberg & David WeilOctober 22, 2021
4"The King Is Dead"Jamie PayneSimon KinbergOctober 29, 2021
5"A Holy Place"Amanda MarsalisSimon KinbergNovember 5, 2021
6"Area 51?"Amanda MarsalisAndrew BaldwinNovember 12, 2021
7"Sentient"Amanda MarsalisStory by : Simon Kinberg and David J. Rosen
Teleplay by : Simon Kinberg & Andrew Baldwin
November 19, 2021
8"The Greatest Jailbreak"Amanda MarsalisStory by : Andrew Baldwin & Simon Kinberg and Gursimran Sandhu
Teleplay by : Andrew Baldwin & Simon Kinberg
November 26, 2021
9"This Is an Emergency"TBAAndrew Baldwin & Simon KinbergDecember 3, 2021
10"Deaths All Over the World"TBATBADecember 10, 2021

Production

Development

Apple gave an order for ten episodes in January 2019 with Simon Kinberg and David Weil creating, writing, and executive producing the series, with Audrey Chon also executive producing. Deadline reported that Chad Feehan was briefly brought in as a showrunner "out of necessity", but soon departed the series in September 2019. When filming was announced to resume, Jakob Verbruggen was said to be director and executive producer of the series with Amy Kaufman, Andrew Baldwin, and Elisa Ellis also executive producing; however, further reporting stated that Amanda Marsalis had also directed some episodes of the series. Invasion is reported to have a $200 million budget.

Casting

Deadline revealed in August 2020 that Neill, Anderson, Farahani, Nassar, and Kutsuna were all to be part of the cast.

Filming

Filming was originally planned to commence in mid-2019 with Kinberg directing but was delayed due to his work on the feature film The 355. According to a report by Deadline, Invasion planned to film in New York, Manchester, Morocco, and Japan. "Portions of the series had been shot in New York and Morocco, and producers were prepping for the UK shoot when the coronavirus-related industry shutdown started in mid-March." In February 2021, filming occurred in Greenwich, one of the last filming locations for the series. Filming for the first season concluded on March 15.


Release

The series premiered on October 22, 2021, with the release of its first three episodes; the remaining seven episodes are set to be released weekly.


Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 37% approval rating with an average rating of 5.2/10, based on 30 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Invasion attempts a slow burn but inadvertently lets its tension completely fizzle out with leaden pacing that will leave viewers impatient for the alien apocalypse to finally arrive." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 50 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Daniel Fienberg, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that "Invasion verges on 10 episodes of setup so pure and unfulfilling that a better title would be Evasion". He called the series, "amusing at first, then annoying, and finally, simply confusing", but praised Sam Neill's performance.