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Original Air Date:
27 November 1998 (Season 4, Episode 23)
Dr. Ira Nodel has his body altered to communicate with aliens who have seeded Earth with their genetic material. He is joined on an alien spaceship by son Paul, girlfriend Hope, and six students who are individually absorbed into the ship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ryan Reynolds ... Paul Nodel
Kathleen Duborg ... Hope

William deVry ... Ben

Tara Spencer-Nairn ... Heather

Kirby Morrow ... Kirby
Clare Lapinskie ... Claire
Terri Lynn Ibisoglu ... Sarah

Silvio Pollio ... Anthony

Ron Rifkin ... Dr. Martin Nodel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Conway ... The Control Voice (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Brad Turner 
Writing credits
Jonathan Glassner (excerpts)

Jonathan Glassner (story) &
Naren Shankar (story)

Naren Shankar (teleplay)

Leslie Stevens  created by (uncredited)

Produced by
Leslie Stevens .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Michael Clinco (co-composer)
John Van Tongeren 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Paul Weber 
Production Design by
Stephen Geaghan 
Makeup Department
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
John L. Healy .... special makeup effects artist
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Rhonda L. Moore .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Griffin-Beale .... construction coordinator
Tiara Motem .... property buyer
Mark Prior .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
David Allinson .... special effects coordinator
Darcy Davis .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Mark Benard .... visual effects producer
Erik Ellefsen .... visual effects artist
Matthew Gore .... visual effects producer
Richard Trus .... facility visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Flavio Bidese .... on-line editor
Jennifer Pearson .... assistant post-production coordinator
Fred W. Richters .... on-line editor
Music Department
Shawn Pierce .... music editor
Transportation Department
Steve Ellis .... transportation
Other crew
Bob Bedard .... sous chef
Danielle de Smit .... script supervisor
Erin Fitzgerald .... adr walla group
Hudson Hickman .... post-production executive: Production Executive
Kathleen Higgins .... script coordinator
Carol Marks-George .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Leslie Stevens .... story editor (uncredited)

Additional Details

45 min

Did You Know?

The title refers to Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species" published in 1859 that was the first scientific dissertation on evolutionary biology and natural selection.See more »
Continuity: Ryan Reynolds' shaved eyebrows suddenly grow to their natural length from the 'Double Helix' to the 'Origin of the Species' episodes, while there was not reasonable time difference between the two episodes in the drama (15 minutes perhaps).See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Hope for the Future, 11 June 2014
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

This is a sequel to a previous episode about a group of carefully selected young people on a mission to the home planet of a race that has contacted Earth. During their time on their space ship they are tested over and over. The ship looks like an expanded lightning bolt and has numerous cells. Two characters die, one from a disease caused by his experimentation and another, a young man. The older woman on board, named, strangely, Hope, seems the one willing to face off with the testosterone laden young man who tries to assume control. Most of the episode has to do with a willingness to make contact with the alien culture and confront what is out there. They are at times isolated and apparently being educated in their future roles in maintaining their species. The problem is trust because most of them are scared to death. I'm afraid the conclusion is pure schmaltz. I will leave it up to you to decide what you think.

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