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Created by Steven Spielberg, this prime-time animated TV drama, produced by DreamWorks, was 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 created.
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
- Badass Longcoat: The 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.
- Big Bad: The Dragit.
- Bowdlerize: The show re-ran on Kids WB after its primetime run, removing much of the mature elements.
- 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 Old Guy: Doc.
- 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.
- 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; later Gordon.
- 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.
- Eyepatch After Time Skip: Cale.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Tyrusians seem to love this.
- Half-Human Hybrid: David.
- And Sonia and Simon.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Simon is Lexington, General Konrad is Spock, and the Dragit is Megabyte. Also David is Michelangelo from the fourth TMNT movie.
- Higher-Tech Species
- Human Mom, Nonhuman Dad: David Carter. And again, Sonia and Simon.
- High Heel Face Turn: Sonia.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: David, because apparently being good at video games translates to being an excellent pilot.
- Interspecies Romance: Between Rita Carter and Cale-Oosha.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Tyrusians greet each other with a pupil that expands and contracts with a glittery blue glow across the scelera and when angry/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.
- 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.
- 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
- The Obi-Wan: Rafe.
- 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.
- Rubber Forehead Aliens
- Shoe Phone: A Tyrusian com orb is seen disguised as a snow globe.
- Silicon-Based Life: The genetically-engineered manglers.
- Space Base: Meteors are being launched at Earth from a base hidden on the dark side of the moon.
- Tell Me About My Father:
David: Mom, talk to me. He's been gone a long time. Who was he anyway? Why do you keep him such a mystery?
- Treacherous Advisor: Gordon is this for the President of the U.S.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: The Exotar, a silvery glove that's a symbol of the Oosha's sovereignty and enables the wearer to better utilize their telekinetic abilities. As Simon learns the hard way, it has genetic sensors and will the crush the hand of anyone who tries to wear it that isn't related to the Oosha.
- Twin Telepathy: Sonia and Simon.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Lomack is from a whole species of these.
- We Can Rule Together: The Dragit tries this on David.
- The Woobie: David. Someone needs to give that kid a hug.