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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The cheese is suffocating
20 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crockett, his protégé and a friend investigate a professor for a series of drug-related student deaths. The young professor is obsessed with dreams and develops a new designer drug while teaching at the University. His project funding is cut and... As I was channel surfing on the hour, I saw Don Johnson and thought I'd stick with watching this episode of Miami Vice, Leap of Faith, from the beginning. What a waste of time it was. I hadn't watched an episode of MV in a long while and I remember not really watching the show after season 3. The buildings and the outside shots were all good! The sets were very boring and stuffy looking with bad lighting. The first club scene in the episode was horrific, fight sequence was poorly executed and the dialog was awful. The bad acting is very distracting, especially when you're trying to follow the plot. You'd be watching it and then get momentarily confused because of the junk dialog/acting/setting, etc. I felt like I was supposed to have this feeling of tense dramatic action, but instead I was fully unconvinced and bored. The ending has to be the most clichéd BS I've seen in a cop drama. Ever see a really bad episode of Law & Order with the lame overacting? Yes you have and you know what I mean! I'm a serious fan of Mann because of his great films like Heat and Collateral, but this was drivel. Maybe I'm just spoiled by watching premium TV entertainment like The Shield. If you don't mind being suffocated by TV cop drama cheesiness, there's enough intrigue here for the die hard Miami Vice fan. Otherwise, don't bother with this crap. Note: I'd like to marry Laura San-Giacomo.

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