I’ve changed my mind. Invasion is the first series officially deleted from my scheduled recording list.
I gave this show a longer chance than usual, solely because of Shaun Cassidy’s involvement, but I must say now that I’m disappointed. Cassidy’s name carried weight with me because of how much I enjoyed American Gothic (which finally came out on DVD last month).
It’s the same automatic consideration that I would give any show that has the names Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Jerry Bruckheimer or Dick Wolf attached… said show gets an automatic try-out, but it’s up to that show to present compelling enough evidence to keep me watching.
Make no mistake… those names alone are not a guarantee to me keep watching faithfully. Well, Joss Whedon is the exception in that list. He is indeed my master now, the sixth season of Buffy having long since been forgiven.
Outside of that, I no longer watch the original CSI, and I haven’t in about 3 years. I enjoy watching the Miami and New York CSI‘s instead. I also don’t watch the original Law & Order anymore, and haven’t for 3-5 years. I didn’t watch SVU past the 5th episode, and didn’t watch Trial by Jury past the 2nd episode. By contrast, I can’t get enough of Criminal Intent… I watch it all the time, including the reruns on USA and Bravo. I also still watch the older Law & Order shows with Chris Noth, George Dzundza and Paul Sorvino… basically any of the episodes before Benjamin Bratt joined the cast.
Returning from that tangent, I’m not going to invest any more time in Invasion.
That said, Night Stalker has earned a reprieve because of last week’s episode, and the way they fished me in with the “to be continued” tag. It still has a lot of work to do to overcome the disjointed and slow start, I think, but compared to Invasion, it and Threshold are masterworks.