Season 1 Episode 4

The Burning

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2005 on CBS
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The Burning
A patient at a psychiatric hospital in Ohio escapes, and Molly believes he may have been infected by the alien signal after paintings of glass trees are found in his cell. After further investigation, it is suspected one of the missing Big Horn crew members might be involved.moreless

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  • Exciting episode.

    This is a great episode. It starts off with a mental patient escaping from a mental institution, then the Threshold team investigates whether this relates to their mission. It turns out that the mental patient is not what people think he is. This turns out to be a big surprise. Another crew from the naval ship somehow ended up in Ohio and he is the actual person that is causing the problem. This is one very exciting episode, there's a mystery here, the Threshold team uncovers the truth about the mental patient. The detective thing looks really exciting, I'm looking forward to more episodes.moreless
  • The horror of adulthood is having to grow up as a child. The scope of the show broadens this ep. as we find out the alien presence has been her before.moreless

    Imagine digging in your backyard and finding an alien. Pretty far out, huh? While I don't think this show will inspire a generation of youth to go get their shovels, I do think it opens a great window of opportunity with the show. By opening up the possiblity the alien presence has been to the earth many times long before the show began, past occurences can now be explained. This broadening of the scope of the show will help to increase the longevity of the series. Even if they begin to understand what is happening now, they will have a lot of way back when to explain.

    I have to say, I don't think they dealt with the mental patient's breaking and entering and essentially kidnapping the lady at the apartment. Granted, the wacked out ship crewman's came in right behind him and could be blamed. However, if the guy was as rational as all that, why didn't he explain that he had left someone tied up in her living room? Other than this rather large plot hole, the show moved very well.moreless
  • The plot thickens which means the show is getting even better.

    I love how the show keeps making the alien threat more complicated with each installment. The revelation the aliens have been to Earth before, perhaps even as far back as a century, means that, despite Molly's "we have a plan" assurances, this may be too big for the team to handle.

    The plight of the mental patient was quite intriguing. Imagine watching your family die and forced to destory their bodies to save others. Then imagine no one believes you and you spend 26 years locked up for it. What got me was how, when they thought he was insane, everyone on the team (even Molly) was cool to him but once they realized he was telling the truth about aliens,they fell over each other to help him. It does make sense he'd lie to Molly to try to save others and their final scene was quite good.

    I enjoy seeing more of the other characters here. I liked Lucas' adding in some humor with trying to deal with his wedding and even asking Baylock to help pick a font. And I was surprised at the scene where Nigel is examing the family's corpses and actually seems on the verge of tears, whether over the mutations or the waste of life and shows he still has some human feelings.

    It seems that the fight against the aliens is growing and I look forward to more clues as to their origins and intentions. This is becoming a very cool series and I look forward to more.moreless
  • Moving the plot along....

    What this series needs is an underlying plot, cause I can't see it yet. I understand why it would be filmed this way - to allow everyone to watch it even if they missed the early episodes, but now is the time.

    We have the new object, there's a decent start, but the crew members seem to act on something new every week without closing old plot lines. This is ideal for a program like Lost, but doesn't suit this program.

    Carla (Molly) is doing a decent job holding the cast together, and Brent (Nigel) is a nice addition and really stands out.

    This is a keeper....looking forward to the next one :)moreless
Richard V. Licata

Richard V. Licata

Dr. Urbassik

Guest Star

Tanner Richie

Tanner Richie

Young Tate (voice)

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Richard Tate

Guest Star

Mark Berry

Mark Berry

Agent Hargrave

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Tate: (about the signal's effect on people) You have no idea what you're dealing with here. The nightmares are only the beginning. That's how it starts, then there are headaches, and then people change and they try to kill you.

    • (Baylock asks Lucas how he's handling the pressure)
      Lucas: It's great, just great. I've flunked out of existence, nearly 8 days with barely any sleep. I can't even tell my fiancée what I'm doing, when I might be back: 'You see, pumpkin, an extraterrestrial probe landed in the ocean and it sent out this weird-ass signal that mutates your DNA and turns you into an alien, and it infected a bunch of people on a ship. They're running loose in the general population. Oh! And by the way, I might be infected, how's your day?...' Okay, I'm done ranting now, sorry.

    • (Fenway can't explain how mental patient was infected by the signal)
      Fenway: Lucas said the signal only has a radius of 3000 meters, it's basic science.
      Molly: Basic science is out the window, in case you haven't noticed.

    • Baylock: What's on your mind?
      Lucas: Weapons. Dr. Caffrey wants me to up the amps on our stun shells.
      Baylock: Why?
      Lucas: Something about that infected mental patient breaking through an electrified fence. They're worried they'll need more stopping power… well, could you just sign off on a few things please?
      Baylock: (reading the order form) 300-amp laser diodes? Uranium? You building a bomb inside there, son?

    • Psychiatrist: (on the mental patient's drawings of the glass forest) What you are looking at is the landscape of a different world: the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. Note the glass trees, indicating a fragile sense of self.

    • Fenway (about an escaped mental patient): He'll probably come back once he hears what happened to Rock and Roll.

    • Lucas: Another nugget from the data miner, intercepted a Police report outside Cleveland, Ohio.
      Molly: Thanks… (Molly reads Lucas's report) escaped mental patient, cramped a guard's head around, took apart an orderly and then pulled through an electrified fence.
      Baylock: If these aliens are trying to hijack our planet by turning us into them, why the hell pick a guy in a loony bin?

    • Cavennaugh: How do you get DNA from someone you can't find?

      Fenway: Do I ask you how to shoot people.

    • Ramsey: His favorite dish is creamy tuna surprise, which they serve each and every Thursday. It couldn't have been much of a surprise.

    • Lucas (to Baylock): Hey, I'm glad you're here. Let's take a break from saving the world but do something really important. (Shows Baylock his fiancée's top five wedding invitations) Help me pick a font.

    • Molly: The rules of the game have changed.
      J.T.: How do you figure?
      Molly: Now we have something they want.

    • Dr. Fenway: I assume you have clearance for this?
      Cavennaugh: Assume whatever you want.

    • (Fenway explains an infectee's resistance to electricity)
      Fenway: Ever touched the end of a 9 volt battery with your tongue.
      Cavennaugh: Yes.
      Molly: No
      Fenway: Well we're looking for a guy who can suck on a car battery all day and not feel it.

    • (Molly and Cavennaugh clear the mental patient's room of alien evidence)
      Molly: Let's make sure he (the psychiatrist) doesn't have any painting in his possession, or photos or video, last thing we need is that genius writing a book about his star patient.
      Cavennaugh: I already have men at his house, right now.
      Molly: (annoyed) Is there a civil right you haven't violated.
      Cavennaugh: (with a grin) Subsection Alpha 14 of the protocol: "Alien evidence no matter how indirect, must be obtained by any means necessary".
      Molly: I see you read the classics.

  • NOTES (1)


    • At one point in the episode, Baylock says that he wonders what E.T. has in store for them. This is a reference to the 1982 movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.