Invasion (2021– )
|Genre||Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|
|Company||Genre Films, Platform One Media|
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.
An alien invasion is seen through the different perspectives of various people on different continents across the world.
- 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
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Last Day"||Jakob Verbruggen||Simon Kinberg & David Weil||October 22, 2021|
|2||"Crash"||Jakob Verbruggen||Simon Kinberg & David Weil||October 22, 2021|
|3||"Orion"||Jamie Payne||Simon Kinberg & David Weil||October 22, 2021|
|4||"The King Is Dead"||Jamie Payne||Simon Kinberg||October 29, 2021|
|5||"A Holy Place"||Amanda Marsalis||Simon Kinberg||November 5, 2021|
|6||"Area 51?"||Amanda Marsalis||Andrew Baldwin||November 12, 2021|
|7||"Sentient"||Amanda Marsalis||Story by : Simon Kinberg and David J. Rosen|
Teleplay by : Simon Kinberg & Andrew Baldwin
|November 19, 2021|
|8||"The Greatest Jailbreak"||Amanda Marsalis||Story by : Andrew Baldwin & Simon Kinberg and Gursimran Sandhu|
Teleplay by : Andrew Baldwin & Simon Kinberg
|November 26, 2021|
|9||"This Is an Emergency"||TBA||Andrew Baldwin & Simon Kinberg||December 3, 2021|
|10||"Deaths All Over the World"||TBA||TBA||December 10, 2021|
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.
Deadline revealed in August 2020 that Neill, Anderson, Farahani, Nassar, and Kutsuna were all to be part of the cast.
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.
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.
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.