Season 1 Episode 7

God's Equation

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2002 on Syfy
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God's Equation
Charlie and Lisa learn about their daughter Allie's amazing powers while trapped in a perilous situation. Mary Crawford lays the groundwork to snatch the child for government research.

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  • Charlie and Lisa find themselves in a dangerous situation when they are taken at gunpoint and forced into a hostage situation. Allie demonstrates her alien powers for the first time when she attempts to escape from Mary Crawford.moreless

    “God’s Equation” was a unique Taken episode. Dakota Fanning wowed fans with a very special performance as Allie Keys. She had previously appeared in every Taken episode as the narrator but this was the first episode that she was seen onscreen. This episode tastefully integrated Charlie Keys, Allie Keys and Lisa Clarke together, for there first perilous adventure. God’s equation allowed for a small but adequate amount of time to be spent on forming the relationships between Charlie, Allie and Lisa. An undeniable spark of attraction was ignited between Charlie and Lisa from the moment they first met. Charlie formed an instant bond with Allie that allowed for their relationships to be believable and touching. Charlie and Lisa found themselves in a dangerous situation when they were taken at gunpoint and forced into a hostage situation. The excitement was soon amplified when Allie accidentally became involved. Allie demonstrated her alien powers for the first time when she attempted to escape from Mary Crawford…and ran straight into an even more death-defying situation. Highlights of the episode include Allie’s demonstration of her alien powers, her insightfulness with their captor Ray and the bonding moments between Charlie, Allie and Lisa.moreless
  • The beginning of the best episodes of Taken.

    "He was just mean and crazy..."

    God's Equation finally introduces Allie on screen, as so far we've only heard her narrating (which she does brilliantly by the way), and the remainder of Taken becomes effectively her story. Dakota Fanning is a fantastic actress, and delivers every line with emotion and real feeling. Taken is worth watching just for her.

    Although this episode begins slowly, it soon picks up as a hostage situation develops where Charlie is shot (although he's healed later by Allie). Out of the many to choose from, the best scenes are probably Charlie and Allie meeting, and when Allie tells the gunman that it was not aliens who took him into the shed when he was young, but a mean and crazy old man.moreless
Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson

Ray Morrison

Guest Star

Gabrielle Rose

Gabrielle Rose

Harriet Penzler

Guest Star

R. Nelson Brown

R. Nelson Brown

Wilson Adams

Guest Star

Camille Sullivan

Camille Sullivan

Nina Toth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This episode marks the death of Eric Crawford (Andy Powers). Of the three major characters from the second generation, the others being Jacob Clarke and Jesse Keys, he was the last survivor.

    • This episode and the last three episode of the series all take place in December 2002.

    • This episode introduces physically Allie Keys, although the audience is familiar to Allie Keys because she is the narrator of the series.

    • Goofs:

      1) While Charlie and Lisa are talking at the soccer field, the umbrella strap keeps disappearing and re-appearing between camera shots.

      2) When Lisa is fixing dinner at home, and Charlie is looking at Allie's posters, the alien head tattoo Lisa has on her back shoulder has disappeared, even though it was visible in an early shot in the episode.

    • Goofs;

      1) Just before the therapy session where Charlie and Lisa tell everyone about Allie, there's an establishing shot of the building. You can clearly see Allie running in through the doors, even though at this point she's still at football practice. They must have reused the shot.

      2) When Allie goes to heal Charlie, Dr. Penzler gets up twice; once as Lisa starts towards them, and again as she kneels beside them.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Allie: So, this is the year I find out how everything works? The big ideas?
      Charlie: Mm-hm.
      Allie: And everybody takes these classes?
      Charlie: Pretty much.
      Allie: So, then what happens? They all forget?
      Charlie: (laughs) Uh, I never thought about it like that.

    • Allie: (narrating) I think when you're older, what gets hard is that you forget how to take things as they come. And sometimes, the things that do come, are more than anyone should have to take.

    • Allie: (narrating) I grew up, just my mom and me. I never thought a lot about who my father was or where he'd gone. I guess I knew there was something missing. But when you're a kid, your life is just your life. You don't think about all the other ways it might've been.

    • Charlie: How do you wanna tell her?
      Lisa: I-I don't know. I don't know if I wanna tell her.
      Charlie: She has to know.
      Lisa: No. She doesn't. We're doing fine here. Allie and me, we're fine. I-I don't know you. I...I don't know if I want you to be her father.

    • Allie: (narrating) As long as I can remember, people have liked to talk to me. You know, kind of how somebody says something to you. Doesn't have to mean so much. It's just that it opens a door for you and you can see into a room you couldn't see into before. It doesn't really matter how you got there. The important part is you're seeing something new and different.

    • Allie: (narrating) If a dream is just a dream, something that happens in your mind while you're asleep, then that's all right. It's yours to take with you into the morning, and it fades away there in the light. But when the dreams start to come while you're awake, and they come with the light, then that is not all right. What we look for then is other people who have dreamed what we've dreamed, who have seen what we've seen. When the dreams become real, sometimes the only comfort you can find is in knowing that you're not alone.

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