Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Mar 10, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

"Welcome to the game, ...." Sydney Bloom, a loner VR hobbyist, stumbles on a whole new dimension of VR when she inadvertently discovers that she can "pull" anyone into VR with her via the phone lines. When she innocently uses it on a man she is dating, she learns, to her horror, that he's a serial rapist/killer. To complicate matters, her inquiries into VR have brought her to the attention of a super-secret intelligence operation called "the Committee". Her life is changed forever by the words "Welcome to the game, Sydney Bloom ...."moreless

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  • Great plot, great acting, great effects. Great begining of one great TV show. (Sadly, not everyone tought that)

    Sydney we meet in the begining of the show is one shy girl who blames herself for her fathers and sisters death. She works in phone company and she have no friends but Duncan, who she knew since forever and who is the only person she can trust. As for Duncan, he is lost and absolute adorable. In pilot episode, we are also introduced to Dr. Morgan, VR expert.

    I just love seeing Sydney developing in this episode after realising what she can do.

    And I absolutely loved when Kravitz cleaned her car. It was totally hilarious moment.

    As I said: great begining. After watching the pilot episode you'll just feel that you must keep watching VR5. I know I did.moreless
  • Introducing Sydney, a girl who accidentally finds a way to access another reality via the phone and computer. Sydney\'s history is covered while swirling into the mystery of how real is virtual reality really?moreless

    I had my doubts when settling in to watch this series, but not only did this episode bring on more interest it also interested the kids who had never seen it before. They have grown up with the computers and internet, but find this show interesting.

    Neither had heard of VR and the many steps in the maze-like mystery embedded in the show are keeping them tuned in to see what comes next and where it is going.

    This episode not only keeps you guessing about what comes next but what already happened.

    What interesting landscape are they going to venture into in VR next?

    Imagine this show now with the advent of the cell phone explosion?moreless
  • Good as I remembered

    With all my shows on Hiatus for the holidays, I went in search of new downloads to fill my Emule. I remembered VR5 and found all 13 episodes. Let the memories begin. I remembered loving the premise of this show and tonight when viewing the pilot I was reminded why. The premise of this show was new and original, probably before its time. What a cast as well. There was "Jayne" from Firefly playing Sydney's serial killer TelCal co-worker. There's The Doctor from Voyager, Adam Bladwin when he was but a baby with long hair and ponytail. Louise Fletcher (Kai Wynn from DS9) and Will Patton is always a joy to watch. Remembering nothing except the fact that I liked this show, the pilot was engaging and I was drawn into the storyline. This show had so much potential and probably misunderstood in 1995,not to mention being presented to a public not near as embedded in I.T. as they are now. I am already taken again with "The Committee" and mystery surrounding the plotlines. Thank the TV Gods for Emule and Torrents to bring these shows back to us. This one's going to be fun to see again.

Noah Verduzco

Noah Verduzco


Guest Star

Chris Owen (III)

Chris Owen (III)

Harrassing boy

Guest Star

Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette

Orwell Kravitz

Guest Star

David McCallum

David McCallum

Dr. Joseph Bloom

Recurring Role

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Nora Bloom

Recurring Role

Kimberly Cullum

Kimberly Cullum

Young Samantha Bloom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (17)

    • Morgan: I wish you'd left it alone, but you didn't. And now the people that I work for want me to use you.
      Sydney: What if I said no?
      Morgan: You can't. It's too late. We're working together now. You need me, I need you. Welcome to the game, Sydney Bloom.

    • Sydney: Who are you?
      Morgan: You know there are people out there who'd kill to get their hands on what you can do?
      Sydney: How do you know that?
      Morgan: Because they almost did it to me, and I didn't get nearly as far as you did.
      Sydney: Who do you work for?
      Morgan: Let's just call 'em the Committee.

    • Sydney: What if I'm wrong? What if he's just a great guy?
      Duncan: Then you go have 2.6 children and live in Scarsdale.

    • Duncan: You know I've been meaning to say this to you for some time, and I always forget...
      Sydney: What?
      Duncan: I think you've lost your mind.

    • Morgan: Hey, look. Whatever it is that you're doing, just stop.
      Sydney: But I can't.
      Morgan: Yeah, you can. Get a hobby. Write a novel. Watch TV. You'll be much better off in the long run. I'm sorry, I can't help you.

    • Sydney: Dr. Morgan?
      Dr. Morgan: (from behind curtain) Who are you?
      Sydney: I'm Sydney Bloom.
      Dr. Morgan: What do with me, Sydney Bloom?
      Sydney: I want to know how virtual reality works.
      Dr. Morgan: Are we communicating right now?
      Sydney: I guess.
      Dr. Morgan: But you can't see me, and I can't see you. Is that right?
      Sydney: Yeah.
      Dr. Morgan: We're both having an experience which requires each of our minds to fill in the blanks. Isn't that right?
      Sydney: Yeah.
      Dr. Morgan: Well, that's it. You just had a virtual experience. Now go on back to your sorority house.

    • Duncan: Come on in. The shower's warm.
      Sydney: I always wondered what was on the other side of that door.
      Duncan: I've always wanted you to find out.

    • Duncan: You're going to do it again?
      Sydney: It was incredible.
      Duncan: So was peyote, but I didn't do it twice.
      Sydney: I'm fine now. I can control it. But if anything should happen...
      Duncan: I know, 'Eat the evidence.'

    • Duncan: You ever go on a walkabout, Syd? There's this song. It's like a map of Australia and every aboriginal is trusted with a certain part. That way, you can figure out wherever you are just by hearing another human's voice. Metaphysical navigation.

    • Samantha: Look what I found under the seat!
      Sydney: It's Theodore, I lost him in the third grade (making a grab for him)
      Samantha: It's mine, you stole him!
      Sydney: Did not! (Both girls start a tug-of-war)
      Samantha: You're such a liar!
      Sydney: You're a liar!
      Mr. Bloom: (annoyed and trying to see in the rain) Girls! Please...
      Samantha: Give him to me!
      Sydney: No!
      Samantha: Fine! (climbing over to the front seat) Only babies need stuffed animals anyway!
      Mr. Bloom: Samantha...
      Sydney: (about to cry, throws Sam the stuffed bearz) Fine! Take him! I hate you!
      Mr. Bloom: (turns around) Sydney, how many times...
      (car crashes)

    • Keeper: It's ours. We expect you to honor our deal.
      Mr. Bloom: We had no deal.
      Keeper: Your work is our work.
      Mr. Bloom: At the lab, not at home.
      Keeper: It's a lovely home. Nice kids.
      Mr. Bloom: Don't you threaten me! I want you out of here! I told you to stay away from my family!

    • Sydney: Who are you?
      Keeper: Well, hello there. You must be Samantha.
      Sydney: No, I'm Sydney.
      Keeper: He told me you were both pretty.
      Sydney: Who?
      Keeper: Your Dad. Is he home? I'm here to see him.
      Sydney: Sure, come in.

    • Nora: How much did all this cost?
      Dr. Bloom: I charged it to the Department. Research costs. (chuckling) It's good for the kids.

    • Sydney: What can you do with it?
      Dr. Bloom: Oh... spreadsheets... statistical analysis programs...(smiling) Games.
      Samantha: Is it better than Pong?

    • Samantha: What is it?
      Dr. Bloom: It's an Exigy S-100 bus. A computer for the home.
      Duncan: Cool!
      Dr. Bloom: 16K memory! I can get almost a whole book on this one little tape! One day, every house in the world is going to have one of these. Maybe even hooked up to one another. You see this, I can hook up this little computer up to the big one at the University just by using a telephone!

    • Duncan : "Did you know that if a meteor only 6 acres wide were to hit the earth at the correct velocity, we'd be plumetted into the equivalent of a 100 year neuclear winter. And life as we know it on this planet would be completely obliterated. Makes paying your taxes kinda futile doesn't it?"

    • Dr Morgan : "I warned you to stop".

      Sydney : "It's not just a theory, I can really do it"

      Dr Morgan : "And now you have come to me because something bad has happened, is that it?"

      Sydney : " I think there is somebody dangerous out there.

      Dr Morgan : "Just cause you have seen it in vr does not make it true.

      Sydney: " But it is what was in his mind, so there's gotta be some truth in it.

      Dr Morgan : "I've taken the checkered flag in Indianapolis in my mind, that doesn't mean that Mario Andretti should lose any sleep."

      Dr Morgan : "Destroy it, never use it again, and maybe you will be able to sleep at night. I sure can't."

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