Western Animation: Invasion America
Created by Steven Spielberg
and produced by DreamWorks
, Invasion America
was a prime-time animated TV drama, an animesque miniseries
about aliens invading America
. It wasn't particularly popular with audiences. Invasion America
was created primarily to cash in on the late-1990s paranormal craze that The X-Files
The story of Invasion America
begins in the early 1980s
with Cale-Oosha, the ruler of Tyrus, looking into his uncle's project with Earth, believing it to be a plan to establish peaceful contact with humanity. However, his uncle, The Dragit, claims that their dying planet ought to invade Earth, conquer the bellicose humans and take hold of its resources. Cale refuses and a civil war breaks out.
Cale and his bodyguard/trainer/trusted friend Rafe escape to the Utah desert where Cale is rescued by Rita Carter, a human woman who guides the Tyrusians through human living and becomes a Love Interest
for Cale. After a few years of hiding on Earth, Cale returns to Tyrus to lead the loyalist forces (the Ooshati) that have organized, leaving Rita and their young son, David, under Rafe's protection.
In the present day, when the Dragit finally finds the family, he is determined to kill them, and David Carter's teenage life is thrown into a devastating adventure of stopping the Dragit, losing and gaining friends, and finding out just who he is.
Invasion America provides examples of:
- Alien Among Us: Most are part of the take-over conspiracy; some are benevolent.
- Alien Invasion: It's in the title.
- Aliens Speaking English: Played with. The Tyrusian do have their own language (see Con Lang below) and are definitely seen and heard speaking it. While they use "Earth-speak" mostly when communicating with humans, they're also seen speaking English to each other even when it makes no sense to (like between the Dragit and his underlings on board their ship). Likely because it would've been clunky and awkward to subtitle everything.
- Badass Longcoat: The Gal alien bounty hunters called the Ga'lim wear these with fedoras while trying to be less conspicuous on Earth.
- Major Phil Stark also tends to wear one of these.
- Simon wears one, too.
- Bald of Awesome: Major Stark.
- Big Bad: The Dragit is the main antagonist.
- Bowdlerize: The show re-ran on Kids' WB! after its prime-time run, removing much of the mature elements.
- Broken Bird: Rita in the novels, due to a Jerk Ass ex-boyfriend.
- Chekhov's Skill: David's penchant for gymnastics comes in pretty handy at various points in the series.
- Chivalrous Pervert: David's best friend Jim. Ask him how he feels about topless native women.
- Con Lang: Tyrusian is supposedly this. May just utilize a Fictionary.
- Conspicuous CG: One of the earlier cases. The CGI itself is fairly well-done, especially considering when it was made, but still looks out of place in a few scenes.
- Cool Pet / Team Pet: Blue, Doc's (relatively) tame Mangler.
- Creepy Twins: Simon and Sonia take this Up to Eleven, especially in the novels.
- Crystal Ball: Tyrusians can communicate over long distances via devices that look like glass orbs. These also seem to be a common interface for piloting spaceships and one enables David to turn on his motorcycle.
- Deadpan Snarker: David's internal monologues.
- Dead Star Walking: Leonard Nimoy was pretty heavily advertised as the main villain. He gets blown up at the end of the premiere.
- Disappeared Dad: David's still a toddler when Cale leaves Earth. They meet again in the last minutes of the final episode.
- There's no sign or mention of Jim's dad.
- Dramatic Alien VTOL: In episode 2.
- The Dragon: Konrad to the Dragit; Gordon takes his place.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Dragit.
- It seems implied that Cale-Oosha is also more of a title than a name, though it's used as more of a name than The Dragit's is, regularly being shortened to just Cale. At best, it's a Meaningful Name.
- Evil Uncle: The Dragit.
- Expanded Universe: The side-story novel On the Run by Christie Golden.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: David, because apparently being good at video games translates to being an excellent pilot.
- He even lampshades it in the first couple episodes when Rafe asks him if he knows how to use a gun. His response is that he's been to the movies.
- Interspecies Romance: Between Rita Carter and Cale-Oosha, the result of that being David.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Tyrusians greet each other with a pupil that expands and contracts with a glittery blue glow across the scelera. When angry or threatened, their eyes turn solid black.
- La Résistance: The Ooshati.
- Left Hanging: The show managed to reach the end of the first season called "Book One" with David winning the day over his uncle and getting a message from his father. But the lack of ratings and the show's cancellation ensured this would never get a resolution.
- Les Collaborateurs: Dr. Lear.
- Played with. While she's most definitely working for The Dragit, it's also very heavily implied that it's not completely by choice, and she doesn't like doing it, but fears she'll be killed if she defies her employers. She was right.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: After David is captured, he's led to believe he has arrived on Tyrus, the war is over and his family is reunited. Then it goes downhill.
- Mama Bear: Rita may qualify, especially if you consider the backstory from the novel On the Run to be canon.
- Even without that, pulling a gun on six Mooks, killing one of them and growling that they'll never get her son definitely counts.
- Mind over Matter: Tyrusians and half-human hybrids have telekinetic powers, though they usually seem to require some external help to focus their abilities.
- Missing Mom: After the first episode.
- The Mole: The military has several.
- Named After Their Planet: Tyrusians are natives of...Tyrus.
- The Obi-Wan: Rafe to David.
- Psychic Powers: Tyrusians have them, primarily telekinesis and telepathy, though the latter is more rarely seen.
- Rogue Agent: Major Stark and Sergeant Romar have to be to discover the conspiracy and find David.