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Pilot 

After a plane from Hamburg returns with no survivors, FBI agent Olivia Dunham goes after the only person that might shed some light on the incident - a scientist that has been in a mental hospital for the last 17 years.

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Richard Steig
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Flight Attendant
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German Woman
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Denver Man
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Angry 16 Year Old
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Indian Man
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When a commercial flight from Germany lands at Boston's Logan Airport without a single passenger or crew member on board alive, FBI agent Olivia Dunham is assigned to the investigative team. When her partner and lover John Scott suffers severe chemical burns, she seeks help from Dr. Walter Bishop a one-time university professor who experimented in the same field but has now been institutionalized for 17 years. To get his cooperation however, she has to get Bishop's son Peter's cooperation as well. The information they gather leads to Massive Dynamic, a huge multinational founded by someone who once shared laboratory space with Dr. Bishop. Agent Dunham also learns that what happened may have been part of a much larger pattern of strange phenomena. Written by garykmcd

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When John and Olivia share consciousness, at the graveyard, on the headstone to the right behind Olivia, the inscription reads "He's not dead". See more »

Goofs

When Olivia is talking to Peter outside of the school after John's death, the hair over her right ear changes between shots from being over her ear to entirely tucked behind it. See more »

Quotes

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[open on plane flying through a storm]
Flight Attendant: [on P.A] Zeichen ist Angeschaltet. Befestigen sie bitten ihre Sicherheitsguertel. The Captain has turned on the "fasten seat belt" sign. Please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened.
German Woman: Ich moechte sehen, wie der film weiter geht.
Denver Man: I don't speak German. I'm from Denver.
German Woman: Dies ist mein erst flug.
Denver Man: I'm from Den...
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Features SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Could have been better
10 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have just watched the first episode yet, on recommendation by some friends.

But, as far as the pilot goes, there was nothing in it which would be able to hook someone to the series.

It is a sci-fi series, with an interesting concept. But, its flooded with cliché's and extremely poor acting by the cast. The emotions are barely present on the actor's faces. A large number of elements have been included in the pilot itself (like car chase, plane crash, mass destruction, hostility among colleagues, a born wasted genius, apart from the regular sci-fi stuff); maybe to make the pilot more interesting, but it does more harm than good as many elements are just superfluous. There has been some very poor attempts at anecdotes here and there, but their placement and (ir)relevance fails to generate any humor on the audience side.

Finally, everything is depicted as being impacting the whole world, resulting in its destruction and no one having a clue about what's been happening. While this may have sounded interesting even 2-3 years back, but with plenty of similar series and movies already out there, like Heroes and Resident Evil, there does not seem any creativity from the creators of the show.

I would be watching some of the other episodes, and I wish for the sake of the series, that they bring in more original stuff on the audience's plate, and develop the major concept of the series, rather than dwelling on the commonplace scenarios which have already bored the audience.


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