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The Switchman 

After spending years in the Peruvian jungle during his tour in Army Special Forces, Cascade PD Detective James Ellison developed hyperactive senses, which came back to him five years after ... See full summary »

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Blair Sandburg
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Carolyn Plummer
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Simon Banks
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Ken Earl ...
Joel Taggert
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Colonel Winters
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Captain Mathis (as Roger R. Cross)
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Master Sergeant (as William De Vry)
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SWAT Sergeant
Maria Herrera ...
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Jason Furukawa ...
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Althea McAdam ...
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Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Waiter (as Aurelio Di Nunzio)
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After spending years in the Peruvian jungle during his tour in Army Special Forces, Cascade PD Detective James Ellison developed hyperactive senses, which came back to him five years after his return to the US. He can see people in darkened windows at night from two hundred yards, hear the music playing on the radio of the car he's chasing after he's lost sight of it, and can distinguish between wood and plastic after both have been in a three thousand degree fire. Blair Sandburg, a local anthropology student, tells Ellison that he is a "Sentinel," who in ancient tribes would protect the village and seek out game using such hyperactive senses. Sandburg becomes Ellison's back-watcher and teacher of how to use his new powers as Ellison brings a whole new edge to the war on crime in Cascade, Washington. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Garett Maggart's name was misspelled "Garrett" in the opening credits. This was fixed in all future episodes. See more »

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The Pilot episode "The Switchman" contains a couple of references to Seattle, the intended setting. See the trivia section for details. See more »

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Jim Ellison: [throwing Blair up against a wall] Listen, you neo-hippy witchdoctor punk!
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Fun Fun Fun
24 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

For anyone who thought that science fiction and cop shows could not be effectively combined, think again. While the X-Files deals with the unreal, The Sentinel deals with real life crimes. It is funny and clever, with many of the qualities that made Superman a hit. Richard Burgi is strong as the Superman character, not always sure of his powers, but a tough guy with a strong heart. Bruce A. Young as Perry White, the bark worse then his bite commander. But the best part of all is scene stealer Garrett Magartt as the combo of perpetual victim Lois Lane and on the fringes Jimmy Olsen. Four stars!


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