First Wave

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (142)

  • Nostradamus: On the seventh dawn of the seventh day A twice-blessed man will roam the fields. Doomed to shadows with his brethren Or savior to all who walk the ground. -Quatrain 3 Century 1

  • Cade: It's crazy, I mean I've had these hallucinations before, once in the park, once when I was driving, but never in a sales meeting.

  • Cade: (using a hefty art piece to knock the lock right off a safe) I love modern art.

  • Foster: (pointing at the surveillance camera) I know you’re here.

  • Alien Gentleman #1: Good work, doctor. Alien Doctor: No, gentlemen, give credit to 117. His final warrior probability rating was 97%. Alien Gentleman #1: Really? If there were more like him, these humans might stand a chance. I'll report your findings to the council. What did they call him? Alien Doctor: They called him Cade Foster.

  • Foster: Journal entry number one. Wherever something weird is going on you’re going to find Cade Foster. With the help of my friend Eddie Nambulous what I find will fill the pages of Paranoid Times. Maybe it’ll be a roadmap for others in the months and years ahead ‘cause we got a long way to go if we’re going to save this Earth. We know they’re here. They live in beautiful human shells. Maybe our race is too attracted to beauty to be able to spot the evil that lies within. On my bad days, I wonder if the human race is even worth saving, but then I think of Hannah. We can beat them. Believe in ourselves and each other. As my buddy Eddie says, sometimes madmen turn out to be prophets.

  • Eddie: Nostradamus wrote these puppies in France, exactly seven time zones ahead of Chicago. Foster: What’s your drift? Eddie: Chicago’s your home town, he was talking about you. Foster: Nostradamus is full of crap. Eddie: No he’s not… You’re the twice blessed man.

  • Eddie: Die alien scum! (fries alien and it disintegrates, looks at Foster), always wanted to say that… Foster: They don’t like to leave evidence around do they? Eddie: That self-annihilation is pretty clever.

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Notes (28)

  • Colonel Grace was wearing a ring with the Illuminati symbol on it.

  • Garwin Sanford, who plays Trevor Hyams, also starred as Nathan Brown in episode 'Asylum'.

  • Colonel Grace's last appearance.

  • Katharine Isabelle (Elizabeth) also starred as Denise in episode "The Channel".

  • Claudette Mink (Allegra) also starred as Allegra in episode 'The Plan'.

  • Episode originally previewed 14 Mar 99 on USA

  • Peter Fleming (Grant) also starred as Quinn in episode 'Susperience'.

  • Some claims that one of the co-stars is named Rani Tarhar - and not Rani Takhar.

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Trivia (13)

  • Cade Foster is Subject 117.

  • The alien tells Cade that on the first day of invasion, 19 million will die.

  • Subject 56 was a tobacco lobbyist who became unhinged in only two weeks.

  • Detective Samuel Hitchens was Subject 114

  • Emmett Mayhew was Subject 110

  • This is the first time we see Joshua since the first episode.

  • Cade Foster's story is aired on "America's Most Wanted."

  • It is revealed that Gua means "power to overcome."

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Allusions (8)

  • The idea of aliens completely disintegating when they are killed, so no evidence remains that could be shown to the authorities to prove that the hero isn't crazy, originated with the 1967 TV series The Invaders.

  • Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, an exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for espionage during World War I. She was accused by the French of being a double agent for Germany.

  • Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in a hostage, in which the hostage exhibits seeming loyalty to the hostage-taker, in spite of the danger (or at least risk) the hostage has been put in.

  • Jim Jones (Peoples Temple), David Koresh (Branch Davidians), and Marshall Applewhite (Heaven's Gate) were all cult leaders who ultimately caused the death of most, if not all of their followers.

  • The title Speaking in Tongues is a reference to Glossolalia which is the utterance of what appears either as an unknown foreign language (xenoglossia), meaningless syllables, or utterance of an unknown mystical language; the utterances sometimes occur as part of religious worship. Some Christians regard the act of speaking in tongues, as a gift of God through the Holy Spirit. As described in the Book of Acts and 1 Corinthians, it is one of holy Gifts of the Spirit given by God to the faithful on the Day of Pentecost. Other religious faiths also incorporate glossolalia as a component of worship traditions.

  • Peer Gynt: The music played during Cade's final loyalty test is a rocked up version of composer Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the classical Henrik Ibsen play "Peer Gynt". Cade Foster being undercover in the mob could be described as being "in the hall of the mountain king".

  • Cade and Jordan are trying to escape from the police station. Jordan: Where's the damn ruby slippers when you need them? This is a reference to "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy could click the heels of her ruby slippers to escape from the land of Oz.

  • The metaphorical cornerstone to this episode is the poem: MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE by Mother Goose Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go. Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works hard for a living, But the child born on the Sabbath Day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.