The Sentinel

Season 1 Episode 1

The Switchman

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Aired Unknown Mar 20, 1996 on UPN
8.6
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The Switchman
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The sole survivor of an Army plane crash in the Peruvian hinterlands, Jim Ellison subsisted for nearly two years on his raw animal instincts. When he returned to America and became a police lieutenant, Jim discovered that the abilities that had kept him alive in the jungle now gave him extraordinary senses of perception. With the help of Captain Simon Banks and a grad student Blair Sandburg, Jim now attempts to use these powers to apprehend a terrorist bomber called the Switchman.moreless

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  • Funny, cool, and great way of starting a series!

    10
    The Switchman is a bomber with a grudge against Jim, a man with little control over his senses. You know, I never would have guessed the Switchman was a woman until the episode shows it's a woman, if a friend hadn't spoiled it for me. It was a definite twist since most bombers are male.



    Blair Sandburg is the fricking greatest neo-hippy in the world. I like how he had guts to pretend to be a doctor to get in to see Jim. Wow, the tension between Caroline Plummer and Jim is so obvious. I bet it would be hard to work with your ex especially after they make a comment about your kissing techniques. Great way to start a series.moreless
  • Introduction of The Sentinel-concept and the characters.

    8.8
    In this episode we see how everything started. Jim suppressed his senses after he was rescued and is now totally taken by surprise as they resurface. We see him struggling with spiking senses and not knowing what is going on with him.



    As he meets Blair he isn't too impressed with him and labels him as a neo-hippie witch-doctor. As Blair risks his own live to save Jim, Ellison agrees to at least listen to him and try some tests with his senses. Blair proves to be an asset during the search for the Switchman and in the end Jim agrees to let him help him with his senses.



    Blair comes across as a bit too hyper in this episode but luckily they toned him down a bit after the first episode. The two guys are total opposites and normally Jim wouldn't have given him the time of the day. It's very interesting to see how their relationship develops over time and how Jim comes to grip with his heightened senses.moreless
Molly Parker

Molly Parker

The Switchman

Guest Star

Tim Henry

Tim Henry

Col. Winters

Guest Star

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Capt. Mathis

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Ken Earl

Ken Earl

Captain Joel Taggert

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