Why End It Now? Threshold
September 12th 2008 01:44
Category: Thoughts of a TV Blogger
This ground breaking series demonstrates what would happen when aliens try to invade earth.
The shows main character is a crisis management expert named Molly Caffrey. One of her numerous plans 'Threshold' is implemented when alien contact is made.
The first episode of the series initiated the contact with the extra-terrestials, when a UFO emerges out of the sky in the middle of the ocean. A US naval vessel stumbles across this strange, somewhat 4 dimensional object. Most of the crewman die horribly after seeing this object in the sky, and suffer hideous mutations. But some of the crewman survived.
The whole premise of the show is that aliens are trying to change the DNA of every human on Earth. They do this intially by playing a signal over various forms of media like TV and radio etc. But throughout the series they develop new ploys to infect humans. Some examples of this are through sexual contact with infected humans and distribution of infected food.
Once a human is infected they either mutate into they new alien lifeforms (but still look completely human) by changing their DNA from a double helix to a triple helix. Or the victim will muate violently and become horribly disfigured.
The series followed Caffrey and her assembled 'Threshold' team in trying to stop the takeover.
The show suffered in the ratings and in a last ditch effort to try and spark interest CBS even tryed moving timeslots, but this only made things worse.
Therefore the show was forced off the air, still with four un aired episodes of season one remaining. Even though the show wasnt doing as well as other shows on the market, it had developed quite a cult following (like most sci fi shows). Therefore the cancellation was devastating for alot of people (including myself).
The show was releaed on DVD in August 2006, which included the four un aired episodes. But due to the sudden nature of the cancellation, it was left completely un resolved and up in the air.
The series was initially planned to run for three seasons and each season was to named differently, according to each stage of Caffreys plan. Season one was called Threshold, which dealed with the initial contact with the aliens. Season two would move to the next stage, Foothold, which outlined how to deal with a mass alien invasion. And finally season three would be called stranglehold, which was about the response to a well established alien presence on Earth.
The shows future possibilities sounded breath taking, but sadly this vision never hit the ground. But this series will still undoubtedly go down in my mind as one of the most creative and unique shows ever created.
It is a real shame audiences didnt respond to it.
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