Nowhere Man

UPN (ended 1996)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 25

    Gemini Man

    Aired 5/20/96

  • S 1 : Ep 24


    Aired 5/13/96

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Zero Minus Ten

    Aired 5/6/96

  • S 1 : Ep 22


    Aired 4/29/96

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Aired 4/15/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bruce Greenwood

    Thomas Veil

  • Dean Stockwell

    Gus Shepard

  • Mike Starr

    Bert Williams

  • Sam Anderson

    The Man

  • Bryan Cranston

    Sheriff Wade

  • show Description
  • "My name is Thomas Veil, or at least it was. I'm a photographer, I had it all: a wife, Alyson, friends, a career. And in one moment it was all taken away, all because of a single photograph. I have it; They want it; and they will do anything to get the negative. I'm keeping this diary as proof that these events are real. I know they are. They have to be." On August 28, 1995, Thomas Veil, a professional photographer, has his identity suddenly erased by a mysterious conspiracy. Nobody recognizes him, including his own wife. His studio is empty, his art show at a gallery has vanished. His entire past ceased to exist in a moment. People are chasing him, but he doesn't know why, except that it has something to do with "Hidden Agenda", a picture of a brutal execution he took a year earlier, now missing from his studio. He has the negative, "they" want it, and the hunt is on. Tom Veil is on the run, trying to find out the truth of what happened to him while at the same time evading his unknown pursuers.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Thomas: (Opening narration) My name is Thomas Veil, or at least it was. I'm a photographer. I had it all: a wife, friends, a career. And in one moment it was all taken away, all because of a single photograph. I have it. They want it. And they will do anything to get the negative. I'm keeping this diary as proof that these events are real. I know they are... they have to be.

    • Scott Hansen: This isn't the Dark Ages. This isn't the '70s!

    • Tom: (opening dialogue) For the last five months of my life, I have been followed - followed in my nightmares, followed in the harsh light of day. Every time I turn to face my pursuers, they vanish in the shadows, they evaporate like so much smoke and I'm never sure that the next time I'm followed won't be my last.

    • Thomas: It's been over 9 months since this twisted odyssey began. With every day that passes, I get farther away from my old life. Lately I'm starting to doubt my ability to recall events accurately. Whatever Hidden Agenda is or was, is becoming less clear every day. Did I experience what I thought I did, and if so, were the events themselves real, or could they have been staged? Maybe these doubts are a side-effect of my current condition. I haven't slept in the last 9 days. Not an hour. Not a minute. Am I doing this to myself or it what happens to a person who has been cut off for too long.

    • Barton: Hidden Agenda was always as much about you as it was about concealing the deaths of four senators. It was about testing the limits of your belief! You were a part of the project, right from the beginning, Veil.

    • Iverson: (about Washington politics) You’re not an insider. Tom: Not by a long shot. Iverson: Well, you’re paranoid enough to be one. Tom: You should get out of Washington more often – there’s a fire-sale on paranoia right now.

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    Notes (7)

    • Michael Tucker as Dr. Bellamy in this episode is heard (on audiotapes about his research) and shown in still photos in his school file, but makes no other appearance.

    • Before shooting the night hotel room scene in which Tom and Gus are drinking together, Bruce Greenwood took several drinks to help him prepare. He unintentionally got so drunk that his lines had to be fed to him one by one.

    • This is the only episode in which the conspiratorial Organization has no presence.

    • James Tolkan, well-known for his playing authority figures, gets to play again in full character mode as Commander Cyrus Quinn in this episode.

    • There are a few sections of music during the episode that have a very similar sound to the typical X-Files episode score (most notably during the second conversation between Tom and Hank, after Tom has been to meet Helen). Mark Snow scored both shows, and given the nature of the episode's plot and the popularity of The X-Files at the time, this is unlikely to be coincidental.

    • It was during production of this episode that Megan Gallagher learned she had won the role of Catherine Black on the series Millennium. (Which means even had Nowhere Man been renewed by UPN, she was unlikely to reappear.)

    • "Nowhere Man" was canceled in midseason (it was one of UPN's first cancellations, in fact). The timing allowed the producers to scrap their intended season finale and compose this "farewell" episode.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Tom takes Dr. Bellamy to his studio, and walks over to the wall where "Hidden Agenda" is supposed to be hanging, part of the boom mic, very briefly, drops into the shot.

    • In the scene where Thomas is struggling with Simmons in his limo, you can see a man face reflected on the inside of the door window. Most likely a camera man who accidentally was reflected off of it.

    • The V.R. goggles in Pam Peters's house are clearly not plugged into anything.

    • Technical inaccuracy: Scott finds information on a "government computer at MIT," with the URL Even if a goverment computer was located there, MIT, not being an agency of the United States government, cannot have a .gov top-level domain.

    • The love interest of Gus, played by Dean Stockwell, is named Tina. Stockwell portrayed Al in Quantum Leap and his girlfriend throughout much of the series was also named Tina.

    • GOOF -- in this episode's one glimpse of Tom's negatives, they are color film instead of the correct black & white.

    • Not so much a goof of the episode, but of the DVD the episode is on. The title of this episode is "Stay Tuned", however, on the main menu of the DVD, where it lists the 3 episodes that are on the DVD, it has the title of this episode as "Staying Tuned". Then, if you select "Staying Tuned" and it goes to that show's sub menu, it has the title correct as "Stay Tuned".

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    Allusions (6)

    • In one of this many homages in this series to The Prisoner, this episode evokes the Prisoner episode Living In Harmony, which also has the protagonist placed in a fantasy life, only for those trying to break him as here to identify too much with the roles they too are playing in the script.

    • Lawrence Herzog has said casting the shadowy figure of the Voice as British is yet another homage to The Prisoner series.

    • Heart of Darkness This episode's title refers to Joseph Conrad's novelette of that title in which a journey is made upriver (in that case the Congo) to an ominous mystery man. The episode plot also nods to the most famous adaption of Conrad's tale, Francis Ford Coppola's feature film Apocalypse Now, in which those making the river journey are a military unit seeking a rogue commander who has founded a personal army.

    • When Knox lines up the recruits at the beginning of the episode to assign them numbers, Tom's number ends up being 6. This is a sly reference to The Prisoner, a show which series creator Larry Hertzog has often stated was a major influence in the creation of Nowhere Man.

    • Alyson : That would be telling. This line of Alyson's in the climactic showdown (and its repetition by Tom a few moments later) is yet another homage to The Prisoner, where the phrase featured in the opening titles introducing Number Six to that week's new Number Two.

    • Three Days of the Condor Raiding a covert government investigation office -- of which one member survives the ensuing killings -- is a nod to the feature film Three Days of the Condor (1975), starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Too hard to watch

    By voleure, May 29, 2014

  • A typical example of a great series that died too early

    By toddbailey758, Mar 22, 2013

  • america primetime television

    By davidstrattma, Feb 18, 2013

  • Excellent show with too short a life span.

    By wkgoddess, May 21, 2007

  • if you go to this link you can watch the series

    By sesshoth, Sep 18, 2009

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