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Encyclopedia > The Invisible Man (2000 TV series)
The Invisible Man
Format Action
Created by Matt Greenburg
Developed by Carlton Prickett
Breck Eisner
Starring Vincent Ventresca

Paul Ben-Victor
Eddie Jones
Shannon Kenny
Mike McCafferty
Brandy Ledford The action genre is a class of creative works characterised by a greater emphasis on exciting action sequences than on character development or story-telling. ... Breck Eisner (b. ... Vincent Paul Gerard Ventresca (born April 29, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is best known for playing Darien Fawkes, the titular character of the Sci Fi Channel series The Invisible Man (2000), as well as the films Mammoth and Larva, both directed by Tim Cox. ... Paul Ben-Victor (born on 24 July 1965 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American character actor. ... Eddie Jones is an American actor. ... Brandy Ledford (born February 4, 1969, is an American actress best known for her part as Doyle in the science fiction TV series Andromeda. ...

Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 45 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 mins
Broadcast
Original channel Sci Fi Channel
Original run 9 June 20001 February 2002
External links
IMDb profile

The Invisible Man series debuted in 2000 and starred Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Eddie Jones, Shannon Kenny and Mike McCafferty. Somewhat more successful than previous television series involving invisible secret agents, Ventresca played Darien Fawkes, a thief facing life imprisonment who was recruited by a low-rent spy organization and given the power of invisibility via the implantation of a special "Quicksilver gland" in his head. The gland lets Fawkes secrete a light-bending substance called "Quicksilver" from his pores and follicles. The substance quickly coats his skin, hair, nails and clothes and renders him invisible. He can consciously release the Quicksilver, which then flakes off and disintegrates. The Quicksilver gland was sabotaged at its creation by scientist Arnaud DeFehrn, to release a neurotoxin that accumulates in his bloodstream and causes intense pain, followed by psychosis and antisocial behavior. He requires regular doses of "counteragent" to keep him sane and healthy, which is controlled by said 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. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Vincent Paul Gerard Ventresca (born April 29, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is best known for playing Darien Fawkes, the titular character of the Sci Fi Channel series The Invisible Man (2000), as well as the films Mammoth and Larva, both directed by Tim Cox. ... Paul Ben-Victor (born on 24 July 1965 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American character actor. ... Eddie Jones is an American actor. ... There have been at least four attempts to produce a weekly television series based on the H. G. Wells science fiction novel, The Invisible Man. ... Quicksilver is a common name for the chemical element mercury, literally meaning living silver based on its appearance and its unusual liquidity at room temperature. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ...

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Plot

The Invisible Man is both an action and a comedy (though the pilot episode was far more comedy oriented than the rest of the series), with plenty of buddy-cop elements . The Buddy Cop genre of films are action films with plots involving two men of very different and conflicting personalities who are forced to work together to solve a crime and/or defeat criminals, sometimes learning from each other in the process. ...


Episodes were generally of two types. Many dealt with cases given to Fawkes and Hobbes by The Agency. These usually dealt with assassinations or government experiments that had run amok. During the second season, The Agency was given a nemesis agency called Chrysalis which was usually behind that week's conspiracy.


Alternatively, episodes dealt with Fawkes' quest to remove the gland from his head and reduce his dependency on the counter-agent. 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 head to head with those in power.


Episodes usually begin with a voice-over with Fawkes who would open with a quote, usually from a famous person, and commentary 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.


Episodes

Main article: List of The Invisible Man (2000) episodes

Characters

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.


Main characters

Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca)
Darien Fawkes is a former career criminal and burglar, who gained no less than two felony convictions before he was thirty. After being arrested during a break-in, under California's three strikes law he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole. This is where his brother, Kevin, stepped in. Kevin was a research scientist who had been working on a top-secret project, and cut a deal to get Darien out of prison in exchange for using him as a test subject. When Darien agreed, he was then implanted with the Quicksilver gland.
He was unwillingly drafted into The Agency, who had funded the project. In exchange for the Counteragent he needed to stay sane, Darien agreed (reluctantly) to being an agent under their employment.
He has surprisingly high morals for a career criminal – he could have easily escaped arrest after the break-in except he surprised the elderly owner into a heart attack, and stayed behind to perform CPR (Not that the old man was grateful; he insisted that Fawkes was attempting to molest him!).
He is a highly talented thief, and he finds all the skills that entails quite useful in his new career as an agent.
Robert Hobbes (Paul Ben-Victor)
Robert "Bobby" Hobbes is one of the agents working for the Agency, he is also easily the most experienced and thus their most highly capable asset in the field, right next to Darien's invisibility powers. He is given Darien as a partner when Darien joins the agency. Hobbes has been at the Agency for years before the series starts and feels underappreciated there, receiving very little pay and being sent on mostly unfavorable missions.
His relationship with Darien begins somewhat badly, with Darien being new to undercover missions and frequently blowing their cover, but the become friends eventually. They often banter with each other, much to the annoyance of those around them. Hobbes seems to enjoy using guns, constantly carrying at least one on his person at all times. He frequently pulls it out and threatens people with it, often referring to it as his 'insurance policy'. He is also an expert in the Korean martial art Hapkido.
Hobbes displays signs of extreme, sometimes comical paranoia in most cases, acting as if the world is out to get him. He frequently runs background checks on people he's suspicious of, and is not above stalking people to see if they are up to anything. Being trained by the FBI and the CIA, he is excellent at spying and information gathering, which just serves to make his paranoia problem worse.
Charles Borden aka the Official (Eddie Jones)
Charles "Charlie" Borden is the long-time head of The Agency. Most of his background is unknown, due to Borden's flat refusal to divulge information about himself to his agents(for instance, Darien first learns Borden's name upon hearing two U.S. Marshals place Borden under arrest). He is demonstrated to be a highly capable leader who expects his orders to be carried out with no argument to the contrary from Darien, Hobbes, or Claire. The main trait of The Official is carrying out the missions he is entrusted with, while always keeping an eye on the bottom line.
Albert Eberts (Michael McCafferty)
Albert Eberts serves as secretary to Charles Borden, frequently going into more detail than is necessary when asked about the current situation, resulting in him constantly being told "Shut up, Eberts!" in almost every episode by almost any character (particularly from the Official), be they random or main.
Claire aka the Keeper (Shannon Kenny)
Claire is The Agency's resident medical doctor and researcher, and was a minor researcher on the team that developed the Quicksilver gland (along with Darien's brother Kevin and Arnaud De Ferhn). She is responsible for monitoring Darien's health and compiling data on long-term usage of the gland. She is also the one who mixes and administers the counteragent serum. She does not particularly care for Darien at first, possibly because he reminds her of Kevin (he and Claire had been romantically involved before his death) although eventually she and Darien become friends; Claire even risks her career to cure Darien permanently of Quicksilver Madness.
Alex Monroe (Brandy Ledford, season two)
Alex Monroe is an addition to the cast in the show's second season. She is a federal agent working for the Agency, and is regarded as one of the finest agents overall. She has top security clearance and is the sole agent that has her own office in the Agency. She has a personal vendetta against a group called "Chrysalis", who used her to produce a genetically engineered son. After birth, they took her son, and she has been looking for the group ever since.

Vincent Paul Gerard Ventresca (born April 29, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is best known for playing Darien Fawkes, the titular character of the Sci Fi Channel series The Invisible Man (2000), as well as the films Mammoth and Larva, both directed by Tim Cox. ... Three Strikes is a black & white comic book series from Oni Press written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, featuring art by Brian Hurtt. ... Paul Ben-Victor (born on 24 July 1965 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American character actor. ... This article is about Martial art. ... Eddie Jones is an American actor. ... The United States Marshals Service, part of the United States Department of Justice, is the United States oldest federal law enforcement agency. ... Brandy Ledford (born February 4, 1969, is an American actress best known for her part as Doyle in the science fiction TV series Andromeda. ...

Minor characters

Arnaud DeFehrn (Joel Bissonnette)
Terrorist and primary antagonist of Darien Fawkes, being responsible for implanting him with the Quicksilver madness- a defect he included in the gland to give him control over all invisible men- and killing his brother. Later on he developed his own version of the gland, but this version, although lacking the defect that would cause quicksilver madness, rendered him permanently invisible until he managed to have it removed, forcing him to wear a life-like mask cloned from his own tissue to pass for normal. He appears in 9 episodes.
Jarod Stark (Spencer Garrett)
The charismatic leader of the mysterious Crysalis organization.
Allianora (Idalis DeLeón, season one)
One of Crysalis' agents. Through bio-modification she has gained the ability to breathe water and regurgitate it under pressure, making her capable of drowning people with a kiss. Killed by Stark in the season one finale.
Kevin Fawkes (David Burke)
Darien's brother and the developer of the Quicksilver gland. He is murdered by Arnaud DeFehrn, but appeared in a later episode as part of a plot by Arnaud to trick Darien into thinking he'd survived. Later on, Kevin's memory RNA was injected into the gland—essentially resurrecting him in Darien's body—in the hope that he would be able to figure out a way to remove it, but he declined, believing that the gland made Darien a better person.
Thomas Walker (Armin Shimerman)
Formerly an engineer who worked for the same government facility that helped Kevin Fawkes develop the Quicksilver gland. He volunteered as a test subject for one of the earlier projects, only to see it fail. The failure rendered him into an "insensate", meaning he was robbed of his senses - save for his sense of touch. With his remaining sense he was able to construct what he refers as a sensor array strapped onto his chest that enables two of his dysfunctional senses - hearing and vision - to function in a crude but useful manner. Allowing him to perceive the world as "lights and shadows", and hear sounds as "loud and soft"

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Memory RNA is a now-discredited hypothetical form of RNA that was proposed by James V. McConnell and others as a means of explaining how long-term memories were stored in the brain. ... Armin Shimerman (born November 5, 1949) is an American actor. ...

The Agency

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', which makes it likely that The Agency was founded during that time. ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ...


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 "Department of Fish and Game" (presumably the California Department of Fish and Game). In the pilot episode, it was explained this was due to the fact that the DFG had a surplus of money at the time. The California Department of Fish and Game is one of fifteen Environment and Natural Resources Agencies in California. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ...


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 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 include their department name. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States within the Department of the Interior charged with the administration and management of 55. ... The United States Department of Health and Human Services, often abbreviated HHS, is a Cabinet department of the United States government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. ... USPS and Usps redirect here. ... The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ...


Project Quicksilver

Main article: Project Quicksilver

Broadcasters

Country Alternate title/Translation TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule
 United States Sci Fi Channel June 9, 2000 Fridays 21:00 p.m.
Australia Network Ten
Austria ORF
Croatia Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT)
France TF1
Germany RTL 2
Italy Italia1 July 13, 2004 Monday to Fridays 01.30 a.m.
New Zealand TV3

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DVD releases

The Invisible Man was released for Region 2 as a two-part collection in March and April of 2003. The Invisible Man - Season One was released as a complete Region 1 DVD set on March 25, 2008.[1]


The Region 1 release, however, contains the alternate version of "Money for Nothing, Part II," instead of the episode that the fans had chosen.


External links

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References

  1. ^ The Invisible Man DVD News

 
 

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