Veritas: The Quest

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2003 on ABC
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In the premiere episode, "Reunion," When Nikko Zond, a hyper-intelligent but rebellious teenager still mourning the death of his renowned archeologist mother, is kicked out of yet another boarding school, he is delivered to his estranged archaeologist father, Solomon. But on the way home, when the two narrowly escape pursuit by armed men, Nikko realizes his father's career as a university professor is just a cover. Solomon is really head of the Veritas (Latin for "truth") Foundation, whose agenda is to seek the truth behind the mysteries of history and civilization and to protect its secrets at all costs. Soon, and against his father's better judgment, Nikko enters the high tech, classified world of Veritas and begins a journey that will lead to the unlocking of universal mysteries and, hopefully, bring him and his emotionally estranged father back together. Nikko and the Veritas jet to Paris, where Solomon is hot on the trail of a fabled vessel that contains a key to the puzzle of how civilization really may have evolved. However, when a mysterious brotherhood seeks to destroy the Foundation's research, father and son are swept up in a race to uncover the past before this nefarious organization can stop them.moreless

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  • A series with a great idea but this doesn't live up to it at all.

    Making a series along the lines of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones would seem to be something that would lead to a sure fire hit. Maybe not a Buffy/CSI style hit, but enough of one to last for a air few seasons.

    Add in a teenage son for the age demographic and a secret organisation (not unlike The Legacy in Poltergeist, in fact almost identical going by this episode) for a bit of mystery/conspiracy stuff and you have all the ingredients just waiting to be mixed to perfection.

    Unfortunately instead of being mixed to create a gourmet meal we get the equivalent of a MacDonalds Burger left over at the end of the day.

    The basic synopsis and overall plot line of the series sounds intriguing enough to draw viewers in for this first episode, all the makers need to do is grab those viewers and make them want to come back for more.

    This they fail to do on nearly every level, the action, such that it is, is very stilted and clichéd. The early car chase is, even with a fairly novel twist, just not exciting enough. The fight scenes later on do not work due to the complete lack of suspense or tension in the story.

    And that is one of the two major problems this pilot episode has… it just does not manage to build up any suspense, tension or drama.

    There is also a big problem with all the main characters, you don’t care about any of them.

    They are uninteresting and bland, after only one episode I already couldn’t care less about any of them. The son is just annoying and the rest are just enigmas. Hopefully this will be rectified in future episodes, but if you haven’t done enough to grab the viewers in the first episode it could be too late already!

    The second big problem is the age old problem of a TV series trying to emulate a film….the budget! The climatic tomb destruction fight cannot live up to expectations, or at least doesn’t live up to mine, the budget doesn’t allow the same big set piece look you see in a film. If you aim high make sure you have the money to back it up, otherwise aim lower and you’ll succeed and it will work much better.

  • Archaeological Hi-Tech adventures begin...

    The beginning of the episode was a bit funny to see bubbling toilet. Nikko did a good job, hehe. That's why he is known in every school office in North America.

    After this school accident his father takes him from school but on the way back home they are being chased by three cars and Nikko slightly finds out what his father really does... Well, Hi-Tech car chasing begins like in La Femme Nikita, but not coordinated by Birkoff this time...

    Then they all travel to Paris to meet Lafleur which is killed afterwards, appearantly by Hossik's group. Meanwhile Nikko finds out more and more about what his father does, that he is playing a dangerous game.

    Altough Nikko should stay in a flat in Paris and learn, with his new beautiful home teacher Juliet who works for Nikko's father in order to pay her school.

    So, there's no doubt that Nikko won't flirt with her. The funny scene was when Hossik's guys got into Nikko's flat and he had to leave the bath a bit naked but he moved to the next door flat of Juliet who was sleeping.

    Meanwhile the Solomon's group was trailling a fabled vessel. But when they got it finally Hossik's guys appear on the scene with their boss.

    Salomon tries to make a deal but without a success (did he really want to make a deal?), so he breaks the vessel in the end (to make a chaos thanks to defending system in that room/cave which was protecting the vessel) in order to get out of that place.

    Even if they've lost the vessel it's not the end of the world they continue in searching for other parts of the puzzle which bring them to something much valuable.moreless
Max Morrow

Max Morrow

Young Nikko Zond

Guest Star

Marybeth Cameron

Marybeth Cameron

Haley Cayce

Guest Star

Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

Ivan Hossik

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Nikko: Is my dad Batman?

    • Solomon: My wife uncovered something and I believe that's why she died. I want to know why Dorna is so worried about us figuring it out. What do they know? What are they hiding? Where's Vincent?

    • Maggie: (about Nikko) Good looking boy.
      Solomon Oh he's a handful, Maggie.
      Maggie: No more than he's supposed to be.

    • Nikko: Look can tell me what's up okay? I'm not ten years old anymore.
      Solomon: No, no you're not. Look Nikko, believe me, there's a lot of stuff. I just...I can't explain this to you right now. You're just going to have trust me, ok?
      Nikko: What? Like the way you trust me Dad?

    • Nikko: So what's in the case Dad? Cash? Golden idol? Answers to the SAT?

    • Nikko: (after car chase) Hey, dad. I think I'm ready to go back to school now.

    • Maggie: They took the bait.
      Solomon: They're still coming, if that's what you mean.

    • Solomon: You got the wheel, Maggie. You're my eyes. What do you want me to do?

    • Solomon: (on phone) Okay, prepare the jet.
      Nikko: The jet?!

    • Haley Zond: (telling story) See, a long, long time ago there was a young god who lived in
      the heavens. He ordered Sagittarius, the archer, to shoot his bow and god rode the star on the tip of the arrow to earth- so that he could find a bride and not be lonely anymore.

    • Dr. Bradley: There are policies in place here at Brighton that are designed...
      Solomon: Listen, I hear what you're saying, but he needs your help. Ever since his mother died, it's just been really rough on him. You can understand that, right?

    • NICHOLAS ZOND: Anyway, I've been at boarding school since I was in seventh grade. I spent Christmas with them usually but not always. I haven't been home for summer break in three years and he's rarely there anyway.

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