Seventeen year old Daniel notices some strange occurrences
in his home town of Point Ridge. The subject of most suspicion
is his own parents, Hugh and Colette. They talk in conspiratorial
whispers, hide a mysterious box, and seem about to tell him
something vitally important on several occasions before changing
their minds. Finley arrives in town looking for her father
and intending to continue his work. She tells a crazy story
about everybody in the town being possessed by alien parasites.
They soon discover that Colette is a host but Hugh is perfectly
human. Daniel is important because on his eighteenth birthday
he will become the first proper crossbreed, with the help
of the pupae kept in the mysterious box. However, Daniel has
other ideas and his father second thoughts. They will ultimately
need the help of a few others, but who can they trust? And
can they prevent the inevitable?...
indications were that this They Are Among Us was going
to fall into the cheap and easy Invasion of the Body Snatchers
category. However, it does pick up and become more interesting.
The problem here is this is far from being new territory;
countless SF serials and films have covered this ground, perhaps
most successfully with Dark Skies and its Majestic
Visitor is well used to playing an alien from her work on
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Bruce Boxleitner has
proved himself a hundred times over on Babylon 5, but
no matter how good his acting is it's not quite enough to
cover some of the dialogue he is handed. When the guardian
creature holds Daniel captive and Hugh fires a shotgun at
it, he is forced to paraphrase Ripley from the Alien films
by saying, "Get away from him, you son-of-a-bitch!"
this film is comfortable to watch, it breaks no new ground
and offers no new slants on the concept of alien invasion
from within, therefore rendering it average viewing.