The Invisible Man

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (1)

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jun 09, 2000 on Syfy
9.1
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Pilot (1)
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Darien Fawkes is a con-man and thief who is captured for a third time. Rather then face California's three-strike law, he volunteers for an experiment conducted by his brother Kevin. Kevin and another scientist, Arnaud, have created a synthetic gland that secrets "Quicksilver", a substance that can bend light. They place the gland in Darien's head. He soon realizes what has happened and is none too pleased. Darien is even less happy when they discover the gland secretes Quicksilver into the recipient's brain, and enough of it drives the person insane. Darien learns to control his abilities, and soon discovers that Arnaud is up to something. Arnaud claims Darien is insane when he accuses the scientists, but then Arnaud's mercenaries break in, steal the information on the gland, and kill everyone except Darien. Darien goes to his ex-girlfriend, a doctor who is furious at him because he didn't reveal his past. She refuses to believe he can turn invisible, and then Darien is taken away by men in trenchcoats. He meets two men, the "Official" and a bureaucrat named Eberts, who tell him that Arnaud is a terrorist who is trying to duplicate the gland, and he'll have to go to Mexico and Arnaud's base of operations to try and find the duplicate gland and the method from which his gland can be removed.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Thief Darien Fawkes is made an offer he can't refuse. Life in prison or a government experiment and the promise of freedom. But things don't quite turn out as planned. This updated version of the I-Man premise is both clever and amusing. Check it out!moreless

    9.7
    The pilot of course has to set up the backstory of the character as well as setting the tone for the rest of the series. The first part of the pilot/movie for the new I-Man is fast paced and right on the mark. It's combination of humor and drama are played to perfection by series lead Vincent Ventresca. The story jumps right in with Darien Fawkes being imprisoned for life (without parole). His brother Kevin, a scientist working for the US government, pulls a few strings to get him a gig as a lab-rat in exchange for a possible pardon. Problem is he doesnt tell Darien exactly what the experiment really involves (top secret dont ya know)



    Before you can say "BOO" Darien has a gland in his head that secretes a viscous fluid through his pores called "quicksliver" that bends light and renders him invisible.



    But we wouldnt have an interesting story if something didnt go wrong and it of course it does in spades. Not only is one of the scientists a terrorist bent on selling invisibilty to the highest bidder but too much of the quicksilver hormone drives Darien into violent insanity. Add to that that the government wants return on their investment and you have an action packed premiere.



    Again I have to give kudos to Vincent Ventresca for being able to pull off not just the humor but the angst and the rage that is involved in Darien's transformation.moreless
Vincent Ventresca

Vincent Ventresca

Darien Fawkes

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

The Official/Charles Bowden

Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor

Robert "Bobby" Hobbes

Shannon Kenny

Shannon Kenny

The Keeper/Claire Keeply

Michael McCafferty

Michael McCafferty

Albert Eberts

Joel Bissonnette

Joel Bissonnette

Arnaud DeThiel/DeFehrn

Guest Star

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Huiclov

Guest Star

David Burke

David Burke

Kevin Fawkes

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At 33:09 when the guard rushes into the lab and points his gun at Darien. Yet when the shot changes, to behind the guard, his arms are down at his side.

    • When Arnaud's men shoots the three scientists, in the lab, the wire used to set off the blood packs is visible running up the leg of the man in the front left.

    • The gate Arnaud uses to let his team in, the gate is white on the outside, but it is black when they enter.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Casey: Come on, Darien.
      Darien: What?
      Casey: You're telling me that someone micro-grafted a synthetic bio-partition to your cerebral cortex. Do you know how lame that sounds?
      Darien: Yeah, of course, you know, when you say it like that.

    • Darien: My conscience was calling, and it was time to pick up the phone.

    • (about Arnaud)
      Darien: Why would you trust me? I could just make a deal with him.
      Official: Yeah, sure, you could. But will he give you what you're really looking for? Like, I don't know, justice?
      Darien: That is a crock of blatant manipulation.
      Official: Yeah. But as crocks of blatant manipulation go... (chuckling) ...it's pretty good.

    • Eberts: We believe your Arnaud De Thiel may very well be Arnaud De Fehrn.
      Darien: The Phone?
      Official: De Fehrn, his nom de guerre. It's Swiss German for "savage Alpine wind."
      Eberts: It also means "hair dryer."

    • Huiclov: The auction's in three days. What are you going to do? You're going to walk in empty-handed?(points to his stomach) "Oh, the disk is in here."
      Arnaud: My hands are never empty.
      Huiclov: Oh, no, there's too much blood on them.

    • Darien: Hey, wait, wait, wait. How the hell did you guys find me? What, you got, like, an Audubon Society spy satellite or something?
      Official: We staked out your girlfriend's hospital. Then we jumped you.

    • Darien: Who the hell are you?
      Eberts: Security prohibits him from giving his actual name, Mr. Fawkes. For now, you can simply call him "The Official."

    • (Darien remembers more of the trial)
      Bernstein: He tried to have his way with me. I can still feel his hands groping me! The bastard. I'm telling you, that son of a bitch robbed me of my manhood.

    • Kevin: There's a project we've been developing. It's Fed funded, kind of under the table. And we finished animal testing a month ago, and now we're ready for a volunteer.
      Darien: A volunteer? You mean, like a... As in, like, a guinea pig?
      Kevin: As in possible pardon, if you'll do it.
      Darien: What, is this... Is this some kind of Viagra thing?
      Kevin: Look, I can't get into it here. Suffice to say it'll involve some surgery.

    • Bernstein: I don't know how long I was out. But when I woke up, he was trying to have his way with me. The bastard.

    • Darien Fawkes: Time flies when you're having fun or in a coma.

    • Kevin: You got to think about premature visibility.
      Darien: Premature visibility?
      Kevin: It can happen if you get distracted.
      Darien: Well, then we need to get some uglier nurses.
      Kevin: No, we need to teach you some control.

  • NOTES (5)

    • "Dr. Reginald Ramsey" was named after the central character's alias in "Ramses the Damned" by Anne Rice.

    • Originally aired as a single 2-hour movie.

    • The same magazine cover with Kevin's article has a headline that reads "Winning the Game of Rassilon." This is another Doctor Who reference - this game was seen in the episode "The Five Doctors."

    • The magazine cover about Kevin Fawkes has an article titled "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space". This is the meaning of the acronym TARDIS - the time machine found in the BBC series "Doctor Who."

    • The doctors in charge of Darien's operation are introduced as "Doctors Baker, McGann, Hartnell, and Troughton." These are the names of five of the actors (there were two Bakers) who played the Doctor on the BBC series "Doctor Who."

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