Jonathan Creek

Season 3 Episode 3

The Omega Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 11, 1999 on BBC
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The Omega Man
Professor Lance Graumann, a leading authority on extra-terrestrial phenomena, claims to have discovered the perfectly-preserved skeleton of an alien lifeform. The US military impound the artefact, but when they open the case at their military base it has disappeared…

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  • No more 'normal' cases - we're now into the world of extra terrestrials; and disappearing ones at that!

    A strange episode this, outside the usual JC remit. No unexplained dead bodies this time. Instead, we have a disappearing alien skeleton. Dr Graumann, a leading UFO/alien specialist (and professional trickster to a cynic like Jonathan) shows Maddy what appears to be the skeleton of a very strange looking beast, unearthed in some desert somewhere. He wants her to document it. No sooner has she arrived at a secret rendezvous than the US military arrive, complete with overkill in the guns department. They seize the skeleton, which has the uncanny ability to burn human flesh when touched. They seal the box inside a crate, chain it up and take it to their base. When the crate is opened - one sealed box, no alien skeleton.

    So now Jonathan is pressed into service to solve the crime - a crime the military think was somehow arranged by Maddy! She's interrogated, he's intrigued.

    The solution is simple and silly, but reasonably satisfying. There are still some good comedy scenes too - the secretary's insistance that she can channel thoughts from a distant galaxy, through an alien called Sorgar; the whole military 'dumbness' of approach; the book signing with schoolgirls fawning over Jonathan (since when did he become a sex symbol?)

    All in all quite good, but not a classic mystery.moreless
John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Prof. Lance Graumann

Guest Star

Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon

Captain Frank Candy

Guest Star

Sonya Saul

Sonya Saul

T.V. Interviewer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: There is a very obvious continuity error near the beginning of the episode. As Jonathan leaves Maddy's flat and sets off downstairs, he is wearing his duffel coat. A second later, as we see him walking downstairs from a different angle, his coat is slung over his shoulder.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Phillipa [ describing her 'channelling' capabilities ]: It's like someone whispering inside a huge cave. And that's when I can feel him enter inside me.
      Maddy: Shergar.
      Phillipa: Sargor. Although he's from the constellation of Taurus, of course he speaks to me in English.
      Maddy: Well it's always good to have a second language.

    • Maddy [ worrying about a possible interrogation ]: What if they inject a truth drug into me?
      Jonathan: It wouldn't stand a chance.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jonathan: Chung Ling Soo – real name William Robinson
      Jonathan is referring to the American stage magician William Ellsworth Robinson (1861 – 1918). He changed his name for a touch of exoticism and pretended to be Chinese, never speaking on stage and using an interpreter where necessary. He was famous for his bullet-catching trick, where marked bullets would be shot at him and he would supposedly catch them in his hands or teeth. In fact he palmed the bullets. However, the trick would prove his undoing. On March 23 1918, he performed the trick, but the bullet that was put in the gun failed to drop into the chamber below because the gun had not been cleaned. He was shot in the chest and died the next day. There are theories that the death may not have been accidental, but nothing has ever been proven.

    • Jonathan: This would be your Roswell.
      He is referring to the famous/infamous UFO sighting in 1947 at Roswell, New Mexico. Supposedly a space ship crashed nearby and there was a military cover up to hide the truth. There were even rumours of an alien autopsy. Given the subject of this episode, the allusion seems entirely fitting.