Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: The Invisible Man

Before I get to this week's Tuesday's Overlooked, I want to let you know that the Countdown to Halloween is coming back! For the fifth year in a row, I, along with dozens of other blogs, will be spending the entire month of October showcasing Halloween and horror- or spooky-related material. It's one of the biggest, if not thee biggest, event here at the blog all year. The official start is Tuesday, October 1st, exactly two weeks from today, but I'm going to start a day early, Monday. September 30th. Mark your calendars, it's going to be spooktacular! For more information, click on the Frankenberry badge along the right side of the blog or simply click here.

With that said, I now return you to your regularly scheduled Tuesday's Overlooked TV--the science fiction series The Invisible Man.

The man in question is Darien Fawkes, an expert thief who is pulled out of prison by The Agency, a clandestine organization which implants into him the Quicksilver gland, which allows him to secrete a light-bending substance that renders him invisible. The Agency sends him on various missions to stop evil threats to society. However, one of the makers of the gland is an evil scientist (of course), who intentionally creates a defect in the gland; it induces pain and psychosis in the user after he's been invisible for a certain period of time. This requires the Agency to stop Fawkes from remaining invisible for too long or else he'll lose his mind completely.

The premise is as wacky as it sounds, but the show had a cheesy charm to it, as long as you didn't take it seriously. During its first of two seasons (2000-2002), the series aired simultaneously on both first-run broadcast syndication and cable TV's Sci Fi Network (now SyFy).

Here for your enjoyment is the series' movie-length pilot. Thanks!


Unknown said...

Ah, yes. One chapter in a lengthy history of Syfy (then Sci-Fi Channel) cancelling their own #1 shows because the network can't afford the budget.

Phillyradiogeek said...

Thanks Dr. T! Sci-Fi/SyFy has always taken an unusual approach to programming their network (not always for the better).