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The Invaders S2 EP17 The Possessed

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The Invaders is an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had provided scores for Twelve O'Clock High and The Outer Limits, provided scores for The Invaders as well.

The series was a Quinn Martin Production (Season One was produced in association with the ABC Television Network - or as it was listed in the end credits, "The American Broadcasting Company Television Network").


Roy Thinnes stars as architect David Vincent, who accidentally learns of a secret alien invasion already underway and thereafter travels from place to place attempting to foil the aliens' plots and warn a skeptical populace of the danger. As the series progresses Vincent is able to convince a small number of people to help him fight the aliens.


"The Possessed" William Hale John W. Bloch January 2, 1968

At the Willard Sanitarium, a place of rest and convalescence, Dr. Martin Willard (Michael Constantine) is working with the aliens and his brother Dr. Ted Willard (Michael Tolan) is also cooperating but is not fully committed. Ted breaks into a laboratory by night to try to get a particular file but is confronted by alien Adam Lane (William Smithers) who overcomes Ted after a struggle. Just as Adam is about to kill Ted with an alien disc weapon, his brother Martin appears and dissuades Adam from doing anything rash. Adam then plants a device in Ted's head, with Martin's agreement, supposedly in the cause of research, but the device is causing Ted to be confused in his memory and actions. Martin is very protective of Ted, who happens to be an old friend of David Vincent's. As Ted recuperates at home after the lab incident he is cared for by Martin who wants to make sure to keep aliens away from Ted.


He is visited by David Vincent who clearly sees that Ted is a troubled man. Martin has an uneasy relationship with Adam, and Martin is also under pressure from Janet Garner (Katherine Justice) who is Ted's fiancée. Her Father who was funding the research has died unexpectedly, and Martin has denied her access to Ted and to the research lab. Vincent calls Scoville who agrees to send a spy technician to the lab in order to service some equipment. Adam gets suspicious and tries to stop the technician from leaving, but Vincent and Scoville come to his rescue. The technician confirms that there are mind control experiments using earth made equipment going on and that Janet's father's death was caused by a head implant device. With that evidence Vincent persuades Janet to call for a second post mortem examination on her father's body. This puts further pressure on Martin and Adam's relationship. Adam then secretly uses the mind control equipment to order Ted to Kill Janet. David breaks into the lab and overhears Adam issuing the kill order to Ted remotely. Vincent gets to Janet's house just as Ted arrives and knocks Ted out, accidentally dislodging the implanted device. Ted recovers and goes back to the lab with David. After a scuffle with Adam during which Martin is accidentally shot by Ted, Vincent subsequently shoots Adam, who vaporizes. Ted takes over the running of the sanitarium with Janet, and the aliens are given their pink slips.


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