Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 22

    Stone Dream

    Aired 5/20/00

  • S 4 : Ep 21

    Force Majeure

    Aired 5/13/00

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    Elevator

    Aired 5/6/00

  • S 4 : Ep 19

    Wendigo

    Aired 4/29/00

  • S 4 : Ep 18

    Regeneration

    Aired 4/22/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Aykroyd

    The Host

  • Matt Frewer

    Case Manager Matt Praeger (Seasons 2-4)

  • Nigel Bennett

    Director of Operations Frank Elsinger (Seasons 1-3)

  • Peter MacNeill

    Security Co-ordinator Ray Donahue (Seasons 1-3)

  • Colin Fox

    Dr. Anton Hendricks

  • show Description
  • "These stories are inspired by the actual case files of the Office of Scientific Investigation and Research (O.S.I.R.)."

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  • Quotes (112)

    • Dream House Opening Narration: Paranormal occurrences can range from the mundane to the fascinating to the outright dangerous. Well danger was the last thing on Blaine McAllister's mind, however, when he decided to build his dream house - a place to live out his vision of family contentment for years to come. But when the partially constructed dwelling started to behave as if it had a mind of its own, dreams quickly turned to horror.

    • Dream House Closing Narration: Was this simply an extremely active poltergeist haunt case, in which the McAllister's were being warned about dire events to come by future visions of themselves should they move into their dream house at 5214 Corvalis Crescent? Well this is one speculation investigators could formulate. When the OSIR made it clear that his family's safety might depend on it, Blaine McAllister willingly sold the house, and Blaine learned the sometimes elusive but ultimately obvious truth - that a dream home is not built of wood, brick or stone, but rather on the foundation of love, the contentment and happiness of one's family.

    • UFO Encounter Opening Narration: The SETI project - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - a worldwide network of radio dishes designed to receive any communication from outer space cultures, if they exist. Now despite the absence to date of any such messages and the repeated non-acknowledgment of actual contact by our North American military, we are continually confronted with reports of craft sightings, communications and abductions associated with a variety of sentient extra-terrestrial beings. When the OSIR was asked to investigate anomalous lights in Crescent County, Iowa, it found the bewildered residents' agitated state as challenging as the phenomenon it had set out to analyze.

    • UFO Encounter Closing Narration: Sometimes the most extraordinary occurrences have the simplest explanations. These teenagers weren't abducted by aliens in UFOs. No, this was human greed coupled with a blatant and criminal disregard for the health, welfare and stability of an honest, hardworking community. No ET or flying saucers here.

    • Possession Opening Narration: Demonic possession, occupation of an individual's soul by the devil, is a primitive belief. Yet despite centuries of social advancement, many still appeal to demonic lore when explaining some frightening and disturbing events. Paul Tanner, software developer, gourmet cook, proud owner with his wife Kelly of a restored Victorian-era San Francisco house, is very much a modern man but when the foundations of his life were shaken by wrenching visions, fuelled through an image of the devil, everyone assumed that this force had set out to capture his soul. Was Paul Tanner battling an evil influence over the control of his spirit?

    • Possession Closing Narration: The devil Paul and Kelly Tanner fought was not the demon of ancient superstition, but one created by pharmaceutical technology. Fear and paranoia, however, often couple with a strong religious element, a relatively common response to psychotropic drugs. A remarkable example might be the Salem witch hunts of 1692 which some historians propose were caused by the ingestion of ergot fungus, the derivative being LSD. Scientific investigation offered the Tanners a conventional explanation for the events in their home. To Paul and Kelly, that there was a rational explanation did not make their visions any less terrifying, or any less real.

    • Man Out of Time Opening Narration: Time travel, it's a concept that captivates our imagination. For science fiction authors, time travelers are usually depicted as courageous adventurers willing to conquer an unknown future or alter a troubled past. But what of the ordinary man, snatched from his own time and thrown into an unfamiliar future, there to be tortured by the loss of his family and tormented by a strange and threatening world. Within 36 hours after the discovery of a disoriented man in the English countryside the Office of Scientific Investigation and Research was onsite and attempting to determine whether his ravings were the delusions of a madman or the desperate pleas of a reluctant traveler, a man out of time.

    • Man Out of Time Closing Narration: The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research discovered no conclusive evidence of how John Hanrahan's unhappy journey occurred. But, if as the work of Einstein, Rosen and Hawking suggests, the fabric of space and time is one which can be bent, then perhaps he was unlucky enough to stumble through a compressed fold in that fabric. Whatever the reason, Hanrahan's tragic experience is a disturbing antidote to science fiction's premise that time travel is an exciting and glorious adventure.

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    Notes (26)

    • This is the first one-part episode.

    • Last two-part episode.

    • This is Maurice Dean Wint's (Dr. Curtis Rollins) last episode as a show star. However, he will continue to appear as a recurring guest star.

    • This is Paul Miller's (Connor Doyle) last episode as a show star. However, he will appear as a guest star.

    • Hereafter as one-part episodes.

    • This is Michael Moriarty's (Michael Kelly) first episode as a recurring character.

    • This is Matt Frewer's (Matt Praeger) first episode as a show star.

    • Brenda Bazinet (Kaitlin Jessup) also played Elena Bostwick in the season one episode "Creeping Darkness/The Power".

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    Trivia (33)

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Kim Poirier, who guest stars in this episode, wrote an anecdote for the book Science Fiction Television Series 1990-2004 about her experience on the show.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

    • Though listed in the credits, Maurice Dean Wint (Dr. Curtis Rollins) does not appear in this episode.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Fun and exciting enough

    By SFBarbear, May 07, 2012

  • Psi Factor Is The Great Show Ever!!!:D

    By tikasylver, Jun 06, 2012

  • very exciting show that had very natural end

    By Karelija, Feb 19, 2007

  • PSI Factor was an X-Files Clone That Quickly Degraded into Sci-Fi Parody

    By aesgaard41, Oct 17, 2006

  • A nice show.

    By sfviewer, Oct 16, 2006

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