Nowhere Man

Season 1 Episode 3

The Incredible Derek

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 11, 1995 on UPN
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The Incredible Derek
In his search for reasons why someone wants the negative of his "Hidden Agenda" photo, Tom Veil enlarges it and detects details which lead him to a remote Georgian town to hunt down more answers. There, he happens upon a traveling side show starring Derek, a 10-year-old blind child billed as "The Boy Psychic," who reveals ominous news about Veil's pursuers.moreless

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  • Unoffensive but unremarkable episode; worth seeing just to watch Greenwood work.

    The Incredible Derek is probably my least favorite episode of the entire series. Nothing about it is glaringly wrong, but at the end of the show it seems almost nothing has been accomplished.

    I should start by saying that the episode looks fantastic. I totally believed that it took place in and around a small Georgian burg. The supporting actors are all good and fit naturally into the setting (Derek himself is fine but I could have done without his "possessed voice").

    The real problem is that nothing really happens despite all the action. Tom goes from place to place--and back again, several times--looking for clues. Why does he do any of this? Because Derek has visions and that tell him to do so. As a basic framework for an episode this isn't abysmal, but it starts to feel very contrived as Tom moves in circles for reasons nobody understands. It comes off like a bottle episode, as if they had a few great locations and couldn't afford to go anywhere else. Despite the limited budget (it is a television show, after all), the series very rarely succumbs to this feeling.

    Certain things about the episode feel rushed, also. The relationship between Derek and his father isn't explored as much as I would have liked, and it's a shame because they hinted at it but never followed through. They missed an opportunity for some great drama, and it's something that could have been done in a good 2-3 minute scene (and there are several existing scenes they could have trimmed or removed to make it happen). The ending is also a little abrupt. Tom gets a clue, hears sirens, and leaves, almost just like that.

    In the end, Greenwood's performance makes it worth watching (as always), but it feels as if the episode could have been more complete and rounded had they had an extra 5 minutes to work with.moreless

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