Backdoor pilot about the Young Victims Unit, a new squad of undercover officers. They're put to the test when a new deadly drug begins to circulate on a college campus in Miami. They suspect a reputable but dangerous college professor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joey 'Fallon' Harden
Paul Cutter
Zach Andrews
Tania Louis
Ray Mundy
Prof. Terrence 'Terry' Baines
Stephen G. Anthony ...
Andrew Deutsch ...
Peter Ladd


Sonny has a young cop working undercover at a university to get a professor who is selling drugs and kills people who crosses him. He learns that someone else is investigating the professor. He learns it's a man whom he worked with years ago and had a falling out with. The man says that he has developed a new unit consisting of youthful cops, he offers to let Sonny's man work with them. He gets into it with one of them and the guy goes to extremes to show him up. Written by

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28 June 1989 (USA)  »

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The book Eureka: A Prose Poem by American author Edgar Allan Poe is named as the source for the professor's philosophy. Eureka came out in 1848 and represents Poe's essay on the material and spiritual universe. Adapted from a lecture he had presented, Eureka describes Poe's intuitive conception of the nature of the universe with no antecedent scientific work done to reach his conclusions. He also discusses man's relationship with God, whom he compares to an author. It is dedicated to the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). Eureka was received poorly in Poe's day and generally described as absurd. Modern critics continue to debate the significance of Eureka and some doubt its seriousness, in part because of Poe's many incorrect assumptions and his comedic descriptions of well-known historical minds. It is presented as a poem, and many compare it with his fiction work, especially science fiction stories such as "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". His attempts at discovering the truth also follow his own tradition of "ratiocination", a term used in his detective fiction tales. Poe's suggestion that the soul continues to thrive even after death also parallels with his works in which characters reappear from beyond the grave such as "Ligeia". The essay is oddly transcendental, considering Poe's disdain for that movement. He considered it his greatest work and claimed it was more important than the discovery of gravity. See more »


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Seems like an attempt by Michael Mann to make a spin-off
17 May 2009 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This episode is a little half-baked with Crockett's protégé Hardin joining the "YCU" or "Young Cops Unit." This hip, young unit listens to heavy metal, respects women, says no to drugs, and catches bad guys! We see a young Laura San Giacomo in this episode as well as the good-looking science/computer lady.

All in all, the episode was nothing more than an after-thought at the end of a great series in hopes of keeping the Miami crew working on a new spin-off. It's not hard to see why a 13 episode deal wasn't ordered. What was needed was a bigger, badder bad-guy with even more explosions, gun fights and babes in bikinis. Michael Mann just needed to have his writers produce something a little more higher budget to keep the public and the execs interested.

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