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|The Invisible Man|
|Created by||Matt Greenberg|
|Developed by||Carlton Prickett |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46|
|Running time||60 minuets|
|Production companies||Stu Segall Productions|
USA Cable Entertainment
|Distributor||Studios USA Television Distribution|
|Original network||Sci-Fi Channel|
|Original release||June 9, 2000 -|
February 2, 2002
The Invisible Man (also shortened to "The I-Man" in Season 2) is a Sci-Fi American television series starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Eddie Jones, Shannon Kenny and Michael McCafferty. It aired for two seasons, from June 9, 2000 to February 1, 2002.
The plot revolves around Darien Fawkes (Ventresca), a thief facing life imprisonment who is recruited by a spy agency that is constantly short on funds, and given the power of invisibility via implantation of a special "Quicksilver gland" in his head. The gland allows Fawkes to secrete a light-bending substance called "Quicksilver" from his pores and follicles. The substance quickly coats his skin, hair, nails, clothes, and whatever he is carrying, and renders him invisible. He can consciously release the Quicksilver, which then flakes off and disintegrates. However, the Quicksilver gland was sabotaged at its creation by scientist Arnaud DeFehrn to release a neurotoxin that accumulates in the bloodstream and causes intense pain, followed by antisocial behavior and psychosis. The host requires regular doses of "counteragent" to keep him sane and healthy, which is controlled by the government agency. This series lasted for two seasons, before being cancelled due to cost issues and internal bickering between the Sci Fi Channel and its then-parent company, USA Networks. The show's first season ran concurrently in first-run syndication as well as on Sci-Fi.
The Invisible Man is both an action show and a comedy with buddy cop elements.
Episodes were generally of two types. Many centered on cases given to Fawkes and Hobbes by The Agency. These usually dealt with assassinations or government experiments that had run amok. During the first season, The Agency was given a nemesis agency called Chrysalis which was often behind the week's conspiracy.
Alternatively, episodes dealt with Fawkes' quest to have the gland removed from his head and/or to reduce his dependency on the counteragent. His unorthodox methods included reviving the mind of his dead brother and periodically contacting Arnaud DeFehrn, one of the gland's creators, though these encounters usually ended with one of the two in pain. The agency considered the gland too great an asset to remove so Fawkes' personal quest usually brought him in direct conflict with those in power.
Episodes usually begin with a voice-over by Fawkes who would open with a famous quote and comment about what he was currently thinking. The voice over would reemerge at the end of the episode to sum up Fawkes' opinion on the mission or allow him to voice lingering questions.
At the conclusion of the series, Fawkes had been given a new counteragent that permanently cured him of quicksilver madness- his body having become gradually immune to the standard counteragent- but after briefly returning to his old thieving career and another stint at the FBI, he returned to the Agency to continue fighting Chrysalis.
The following is a list of characters featured in the American science fiction series The Invisible Man. This list may not list characters that have only made guest appearances.
David Burke (Kevin Fawkes) and Armin Shimerman (Thomas Walker) also starred together in the short-lived The Tick live action series.
The Agency is a U.S. government espionage and special operations agency, but one that is extremely secretive - so much that it doesn't have a proper name. Charlie Borden (known as "The Official"), the director of The Agency, explained that the organization takes on cases that the other agencies "can't, won't, or don't". References in the show point to the Agency as being a "Cold War relic".
The most curious characteristic of The Agency is how it keeps being "absorbed" by Federal Departments that are completely unrelated to intelligence. During the first season, The Agency was a division of the semi-fictional federal "Department of Fish and Game" (i.e. the Fish and Wildlife Service). In the pilot episode, it was explained this was due to the fact that at the time the Department of Defense was having budget cuts while the DFG had a surplus of money.
During the second season, The Agency changed departments several times, having been absorbed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, and (very briefly) the United States Postal Service before settling in the semi-fictional Bureau of Weights and Measures. All of this led to a running gag in which Hobbes and Fawkes are never taken seriously as federal agents, since their identifications always includes their unassuming department name.
The series' concept of invisibility is explained through the existence of "Quicksilver", a silver-colored synthetic hormone presumably created by Kevin Fawkes and his team of scientists and put inside an artificial gland through the "Project Quicksilver" under the codename of Project QS-9000. When secreted, the substance is initially liquid, but slowly solidifies over the surface of objects "like Saran wrap" (as explained by Kevin), at which point it "bends" light that would normally reflect in the covered surface before refocusing it behind the object. As a result, the object becomes invisible to the naked eye in a matter of seconds.
After the gland's implantation on Darien's brain, its secretion can be jumpstarted by the acceleration of his heart rate and the excretion of adrenaline, triggered by the sensation of fear or tension, although he eventually learns how to control its flow and to consciously secrete it through intense body training. As Quicksilver does not reflect light, it does not absorb it either; this drops the covered surface's temperature "below freezing;" however, it serves to insulate Darien against the extreme cold or heat. It is also stated that Darien can suffer from "premature visibility" if he gets distracted or loses focus on remaining invisible, and extreme adrenaline surges can affect his control over the gland (in one instance, for example, Darien had to abstain from engaging in sexual activity as his body would automatically secrete Quicksilver during the adrenaline surge). When in control of the process, Darien has demonstrated the ability to turn only parts of his body invisible, such as quicksilvering his eyes so that he can see in the infrared spectrum, turning his head invisible to lure his enemies into close range by making it appear as though he has shot himself, or concealing his arms or legs so that he could pass as a handicapped person for investigative purposes.
In addition, Darien acquires other invisibility properties such as "quicksilvering" other objects and even persons (like he does to Hobbes in "Cat & Mouse"). He is also able to "see" objects or persons rendered invisible (as shown in "Money For Nothing, Part 2", when he can see Arnaud covered with Quicksilver). This property is explained by the fact that Quicksilver can absorb other types of radiation, such as infrared and ultraviolet, despite not reflecting pure light itself (which explains why quicksilvered persons can be detected on thermal imaging sensors or lenses). When he was temporarily blinded by an assassin's blindness-inducing weapon, Darien was not only able to limit the damage by automatically turning invisible when the weapon hit his eyes - thus giving his vision a chance to heal where others exposed to the weapon were permanently blinded.
The main drawback of the Quicksilver gland is the periodic "Quicksilver Madness": a flaw engineered by scientist Arnaud DeFöhn causes the gland to leak Quicksilver into the brain of the host, leading to a breakdown of higher cortical function, initially causing a lack of inhibition. The eyes become bloodshot and short bursts of pain result, but the host maintains most control over his behavior. However, as the situation progresses, the pain becomes more severe until the host enters the "madness", at which point the pain ceases but the host begins to exhibit violent behaviour accompanied by apparently vastly increased physical strength, pain tolerance, and possibly even resistance to injury, as his "darker impulses" are released. The whites of the eyes become completely red at this stage.
In the two-part episode "Money for Nothing", Darien has his counteragent confiscated by The Official as a way to force him into handing over cash he stole from DeFöhn's casino. This results in Darien entering a higher stage of Madness called "Stage 5" (implying that the Quicksilver Madness has at least four earlier stages). In this stage, the eyes become silver due to Quicksilver leaking through the host's lacrimal ducts. This stage leads to a complete loss of inhibitions, as well as psychotic behaviour, euphoria and megalomania, although the host seems to regain ability to plan and focus, which is lost at the lower stages. This stage is significantly more difficult to reverse, requiring specialized counteragent. It is stated that if Stage 5 Quicksilver Madness is not reversed within approximately 12 hours, its effects will probably become irreversible.
To prevent Darien from going into Quicksilver Madness, his Quicksilver levels are "monitored" by a tattoo of a snake devouring its own tail divided into segments, placed on his arm by Claire. When Darien has a fresh supply of counteragent, the snake is completely green, but it becomes progressively red as the Quicksilver saturates Darien's body (spreading faster when Darien turns invisible), allowing the Agency to keep track of his Quicksilver levels. Over time, Darien's body became increasingly resistant to the counteragent, but Claire was eventually able to discover a formula that Arnaud had developed which permanently cured Darien of the Madness by the end of the series.
On one occasion, Claire was able to turn the gland off with a special injection, thus preventing quicksilver seeping through Darien's body, but this procedure was of limited effectiveness as prolonged suppression of the quicksilver could have triggered a cerebral hemorrhage and killed Darien.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|"Pilot"||Breck Eisner||Matt Greenberg||June 9, 2000||401|
|Darien Fawkes' successful career as a burglar comes to a halt when he deviates onto the straight and narrow to save his intended victim. Receiving a life sentence, Fawkes is rescued by his brother who uses him as a test subject in the Quicksilver project. After the project is sabotaged, Fawkes sets out to avenge his brother and rescue himself from the gland inside his brain.|
|3||3||"The Catevari"||Paul Greenberg||Ian Emes||June 16, 2000||402|
|Fawkes is sent after an escaped mental patient whose skin is poisonous to the touch, under suspicion that he might one of The Agency's old experiments.|
|4||4||"Ralph"||Adam Nimoy||Craig Silverstein||June 23, 2000||403|
|A child witnesses an assassination but refuses to speak to anyone except 'Ralph', her invisible best friend. Fawkes must convince her that is exactly who he is before the sniper can kill the witness. At the end, Fawkes calls the Keeper Dr. Jekyll and she calls him Mr. Hyde.|
|5||5||"Tiresias"||Boris Damast||Story by : Peter Hume & Josh Koch|
Teleplay by : Peter Hume
|July 7, 2000||404|
|Fawkes and Hobbes investigate a blind prophet who warns his customers to kill themselves before they kill their loved ones. However, when the man reveals to be aware of Darien's nightmares and the Quicksilver Madness, Darien is afraid the man's newest prophecy - him killing Hobbes under the Quicksilver Madness - might become true.|
|6||6||"Impetus"||TBA||TBA||July 14, 2000||407|
|Searching through rooms in The Agency, Fawkes finds an old woman and sets her free in the belief that she is being used to blackmail the Keeper into working with the Agency, only to learn afterwards that the woman has been infected with a rapid aging disease that begins to affect him as well.|
|7||7||"The Devil You Know"||TBA||TBA||July 21, 2000||406|
|The Official is arrested after a surveillance operation goes awry. The new leader of The Agency proves to be even more manipulative than The Official so Fawkes and Hobbes take it upon themselves to clear their boss' name.|
|8||8||"Liberty and Larceny"||TBA||TBA||July 21, 2000||405|
|Fawkes' old partner in crime appears in town with a job for both of them.|
|9||9||"The Value of Secrets"||TBA||TBA||August 4, 2000||408|
|Fawkes and Hobbes are sent to investigate the theft of a Quantum Computer. During their investigation, Fawkes discovers that this computer may be the key to getting the gland out of his head.|
|10||10||"Separation Anxiety"||TBA||TBA||August 11, 2000||409|
|Hobbes begins stalking his ex-wife only to discover her new fiancée might genuinely be more than what he claims to be.|
|11||11||"It Hurts When I Do This"||TBA||TBA||August 18, 2000||410|
|A fall leaves Hobbes in the hospital with short term memory loss. While roaming the halls, both Fawkes and Hobbes witness strange surgeries that leave them doubtful about the medical ethics of the doctors.|
|12||12||"The Other Invisible Man"||TBA||TBA||August 25, 2000||411|
|Nightmares plague Fawkes as he begins to see another invisible figure around the city. After The Official is attacked, the agents begin looking into the history of Project Quicksilver and learn Darien was not the first test subject after all.|
|13||13||"Reunion"||TBA||TBA||September 8, 2000||405|
|Did Kevin really die in the lab? Fawkes begins to doubt it, especially after he receives a phone call from his supposedly dead brother.|
|14||14||"Cat & Mouse"||TBA||TBA||September 15, 2000||413|
|The Chinese government sets out to capture the invisible agent for their own experiments. Unfortunately, the agent they target is the very visible Hobbes.|
|15||15||"Beholder"||TBA||TBA||September 22, 2000||414|
|Fawkes gets too close to an assassin and is blinded by his prototype weapon, with only the gland saving him from permanent loss of vision. While a blind model shows him a new way to experience the world, the agents continue to seek out the killer.|
|16||16||"Ghost of a Chance"||TBA||TBA||January 8, 2001||415|
|Fawkes is sent to Mexico to impersonate a ghost and convince a prime minister to vote in their government's favor. They aren't the only agency interested in the vote, and the other side has a strangely powered agent too.|
|17||17||"Flowers for Hobbes"||TBA||TBA||January 15, 2001||416|
|Hobbes is injected with a drug that gives him super intelligence. When everyone else exposed to the drug commit suicide, Claire and Darien set to work to save Hobbes from himself.|
|18||18||"Perchance to Dream"||TBA||TBA||January 22, 2001||417|
|Claire attempts to gun down a jogger and, when stopped, she insists the man is trying to kill her. Alarmed, Fawkes and Hobbes investigate a sleep clinic where patients are being fed suggestive dreams.|
|19||19||"Frozen in Time"||TBA||TBA||January 29, 2001||418|
|Chrysalis is capturing and freezing scientists to preserve them for future generations. Kate (from episode 1.09) is one of the intended victims and enlists Fawkes' aid to keep her safe.|
|20||20||"Diseased"||TBA||TBA||February 5, 2001||419|
|Fawkes' cold becomes a serious concern when he begins secreting black quicksilver. Things spiral steadily downward after he is checked into a government hospital where the doctor seems far more interested in harvesting the gland than curing Darien.|
|21||21||"The Lesser Evil"||TBA||TBA||February 12, 2001||420|
|After receiving a copy of his file at the Agency from Allianora, Fawkes discovers there is a plan called Solution Beta. He is approached by Chrysalis to join their organization. After discovering the truth about Solution Beta, Fawkes becomes a double-agent.|
|22||22||"Money for Nothing: Part 1"||TBA||TBA||March 23, 2001||421|
|The Official uses Fawkes' invisibility to 'up the odds' at a casino. Fawkes later decides stealing money from the backroom is easier. When Fawkes refuses to turn over the money, The Official cuts off his supply of counter agent and Fawkes is sent into a new level of quicksilver madness.|
|23||23||"Money for Nothing: Part 2"||TBA||TBA||March 30, 2001||422|
|Fawkes' euphoria of 'stage five' madness continues to lead him down strange paths as he hunts down a doctor that's in a relationship with Arnaud. Hobbes turns to the only man who might be able to cure Fawkes: Arnaud.|
|24||24||"It's a Small World"||TBA||TBA||April 6, 2001||423|
|Allianora and Darien enjoy a night of love-making that results in a camera being inserted into Darien. With Chrysalis able to watch his every move, invisibility isn't an asset, unless Darien can play decoy for the other agents.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|25||1||"Legends"||Michael Grossman||Craig Silverstein||April 13, 2001||801|
|Bigfoot is invisible? Fawkes begins to wonder if the gland was inspired by a natural source when he and Hobbes are sent to investigate a series of deaths in the wilderness.|
|26||2||"The Camp"||Greg Yaitanes||Jonathan Glassner||April 20, 2001||802|
|A new agent joins The Agency but her agenda revolves entirely around the search and rescue of her baby son.|
|27||3||"The Importance of Being Eberts"||Michael Grossman||Dean Orion||April 27, 2001||803|
|When someone begins attempting to hack Agency computers, Eberts becomes a team asset in trying to track the hacker. Yet Eberts' behavior becomes increasingly erratic until everyone begins wondering how well they really knew him to begin with.|
|28||4||"Johnny Apocalypse"||Greg Yaitanes||David Levinson||June 15, 2001||804|
|Monroe sends Fawkes and Hobbes to retrieve Adam, a boy infected with a time release virus. Realizing she intends to kill the boy, Fawkes flees with Adam and searches for anyone that can help, even if that means making deals with Chrysalis.|
|29||5||"Going Postal"||Bill Norton||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||June 22, 2001||805|
|Fawkes, Hobbes and Monroe each take turns narrating their take on a mission to the post office dead letter office where Hobbes abruptly went mad and attempted to shoot the workers.|
|30||6||"Brother's Keeper"||Greg Yaitanes||Craig Silverstein||June 29, 2001||806|
|Using the same method of awakening memories stored in RNA as in episode 1.11, Darien awakens his brother's mind to see if Kevin knows how to extract the gland. Arnaud discovers Kevin's return and kidnaps him in hopes of solving his own quicksilver problems.|
|31||7||"Insensate"||Michael Grossman||Jonathan Glassner||July 6, 2001||807|
|A man bereft of all senses except touch appears in Fawkes' apartment. Calling himself Tommy Walker, the stranger claims to be an escapee from another government experiment. Believing Walker can help in removing the gland, Fawkes sets out to rescue him from an agency which is willing to kill anyone to keep Walker contained.|
|32||8||"Den of Thieves"||Bill Norton||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||July 13, 2001||808|
|Darien goes undercover as a criminal to help stop a terrorist before he has the chance to implement his plan.|
|33||9||"Bad Chi"||James A. Contner||Dean Orion||July 20, 2001||809|
|Darien goes to an acupuncturist when his back begins to annoy him. A pressure point causes the gland to activate and the acupuncturist concludes an invisible agent might be able to solve a problem for her whether he wants to or not.|
|34||10||"Flash to Bang"||Bill Norton||Craig Silverstein||July 27, 2001||811|
|After being hit by lightning during an operation against Chrysalis, Fawkes wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who he is. While the doctors try to figure out what the lump on his brain scan means, Chrysalis, The Agency and Arnaud all race to be the first to claim ownership of the John Doe patient.|
|35||11||"Germ Theory"||George Huang||Tom J. Astle||August 3, 2001||813|
|An experimental dose of counteragent begins spreading permanent invisibility to those Fawkes comes in contact with. As the agents begin experiencing quicksilver madness, Claire searches for a solution before the counteragent runs out.|
|36||12||"The Choice"||Michael Grossman||Ann McGrail||August 10, 2001||814|
|A raid on a Chrysalis baby farm finally returns Alex's baby to her, but it turns out that the baby is the biological son of Jarod Stark and his wife, Alex was only a surrogate mother. But when the foster mother arrives on her doorstep, Monroe has to question who would make a better parent.|
|37||13||"Immaterial Girl"||Michael Grossman||Jonathan Glassner & David Levinson||August 17, 2001||812|
|Fawkes begins seeing a woman ghost and the investigation that follows leads him to the woman's daughter, and a very strange murder situation.|
|38||14||"Father Figure"||Michael Grossman||David Levinson||August 24, 2001||816|
|Fawkes and Hobbes' search for a rogue agent sniper leads them to the last person Darien expected to see again: his father.|
|39||15||"A Sense of Community"||Jay Tobias||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||September 7, 2001||810|
|Fawkes and Hobbes are sent to a retirement home for secret agents whose identities have been exposed. Neither are interested in staying, but leaving turns out to be against the rules.|
|40||16||"The Three Phases of Claire"||Martin Wood||Dean Orion||September 14, 2001||815|
|Claire is accidentally injected with an experimental truth serum. The drug is said to have three phases; constant babbling, paranoia, and loss of inhibitions. Kidnapped by the terrorist whom the drug was supposed to be tested upon, Claire struggles to hold back all the secrets of Project Quicksilver while Fawkes and Hobbes attempt to track her down.|
|41||17||"Exposed"||Ian Barry||Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman||September 28, 2001||817|
|Tommy Walker's memories are beginning to resurface but as Walker realizes who he used to be, he wonders if he wants to live with the person he is now.|
|42||18||"The Invisible Woman"||Adam Davidson||Dean Orion||January 4, 2002||819|
|A Chinese scientist who uses a device to turn invisible tries to enlist Fawkes' aid to remain so indefinitely, as she is hideously scarred, though her government claims she is a terrorist. Fawkes must go behind his employers' backs to find out who he can trust.|
|43||19||"Mere Mortals"||Michael Grossman||Steven D. Binder||January 11, 2002||818|
|With the counteragent no longer responding properly, Claire turns off the gland in order to experiment. Darien enjoys the freedom of being able to bungee jump and have casual sex without turning invisible but The Agency has a burglary planned and Fawkes is still the best agent for the job, with or without the invisibility.|
|44||20||"Possessed"||Michael Grossman||Julie Ferber Frank||January 18, 2002||820|
|A new counteragent causes problems when it causes quicksilver madness in everyone who touches the quicksilver residues.|
|45||21||"Enemy of My Enemy"||Craig Silverstein||Craig Silverstein||January 25, 2002||821|
|Darien discovers a recently un-invisible Arnaud and they must work together to break free from Chrysalis. Arnaud turns on the Agency but leaves behind a possibility to remove the counteragent dependency from the quicksilver gland. Darien pleads to Claire to figure out the formula even though she's risking her job.|
|46||22||"The New Stuff"||Michael Grossman||Craig Silverstein||February 1, 2002||822|
|Claire succeeds in altering the gland, freeing Darien from counteragent dependency and Agency control. Though Darien quits and Claire is fired, when Chrysalis begins a new tactic, they reluctantly return to assist The Agency in the fight.|
|Country||Alternate title/Translation||TV network(s)||Series premiere||Weekly schedule|
|Brazil||O Homem Invisível||Globo||March 9, 2001||Fridays, at 11:00 a.m.|
|Croatia||Nevidljivi ?ovjek||Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT)|
|Czech Republic||Neviditelný Mu?||Prima|
|Egypt||Channel 2||Daily 9.00 p.m.|
|Finland||Näkymätön mies||MTV3||2002||Sundays, at 10:00 p.m.|
|Greece||O ?||Star Channel|
|Hungary||A láthatatlan ember||RTL Klub|
|Italy||Italia1;Rai 4||July 13, 2004; July 29, 2011||Monday to Fridays 02.00 a.m. ; Monday to Friday 18.50|
|Lithuania||Nematomas ?mogus||Tango TV||Monday to Fridays 7.00 p.m.|
|Russia||?-||CTC, TV3 Russia, AXN Sci-Fi|
|South Africa||SABC 3|
|Slovakia||Nevidite?ný Mu?||STV 1|
|Turkey||MyMax||Monday to Fridays 08.30 p.m.|
|United States||Sci Fi Channel||June 9, 2000||Fridays 10:00 p.m.|
|United Kingdom||Sci Fi Channel||Weekdays 19:00 p.m.|
The first season of The Invisible Man was released on DVD for Region 2 as a two-part collection in March and April 2003. The Invisible Man - Season One was released as a complete Region 1 DVD set on March 25, 2008. The Region 1 DVD set also includes the first episode from Season 2.
The Region 1 release, however, contains the alternate version of "Money for Nothing, Part II," (where Hobbes attempts to take Darien into custody) instead of the episode that the fans had chosen (where Hobbes joins forces with Darien). No explanation has been issued for this, and may simply be included on the second Invisible Man DVD release, as it was in the release for the UK.
The Region 1 release also features the episodes in widescreen 16/9, unlike the Region 2 one which had the episodes in full screen 4/3.
The second season is not available on DVD.
Both seasons of the series are available for streaming on the NBC.com app in cropped 4:3 instead of the original widescreen aspect ratio. The version of "Money for Nothing, Part II" is the episode that the fans chose (where Hobbes joins forces with Darien).