‘Invasion’ Review: Meandering Apple Sci-Fi Drama Is Rarely More than a Survival Story Checklist

There’s a well-worn idea in disaster stories that calamity strikes right when a character is at their lowest.

The giant flood or the massive accident or some global crisis just happens to arrive at some rock-bottom revelation or in the wake of some life-changing moment.“Invasion” has a few of those, one of the first clues that this newest Apple TV+ series, created by Simon Kinberg and David Weil, isn’t doing much more than rearranging a box full of previously-used ideas.

Sheriff John Bell Tyson (Sam Neill) is serving his final day as a sheriff in an Oklahoma town.

Aneesha Malik (Golshifteh Farahani) is in the midst of a crisis that could crumble her family’s suburban Long Island happiness.

Mitsuki Yamato (Shioli Kutsuna) sits in the command center for a historic launch from the Japanese space program.As the title of the show implies, what follows is

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