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Special Unit 2 

Detectives Kate Benson and Nick O'Malley from a secret Chicago P.D. unit solve violent crimes committed by mythological creatures aka 'Links' while trying to hide the Links existence from the general public.

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Evan Katz
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2   1  
2002   2001  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael Landes ...  Detective Nicholas O'Malley 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Alexondra Lee ...  Detective Kate Benson 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Richard Gant ...  Captain Richard Page 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Danny Woodburn ...  Carl the Gnome 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Jonathan Togo ...  Jonathan / ... 12 episodes, 2001-2002
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Storyline

With the exception of vampires, every monster from folklore and mythology is a missing link between apes and humans, and they all seem to love Chicago. To combat the threat, Chicago PD formed Special Unit 2, known to the rest of the department as a deep-cover plainclothes unit they should steer clear of, to hunt them down and eliminate them. Officer Kate Benson, who has always been seeing things out of the corner of her eye since childhood, gets recruited into the unit when she discovers people are being kidnapped by real-life gargoyles for food and is paired up with trigger-happy Nicholas O'Malley. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Monsters are real. Deal with it!


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Official Sites:

SCI-FI Channel

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SU2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(19 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Christina Moore was originally cast as Kate Johnson. She was later replaced by series regular Alexondra Lee. See more »

Goofs

The Chicago Police Uniforms in the show are perfect except for the Left Shoulder Patches, which 'should' read Chicago Police, but instead are a fictional patch that reads 'Police Department of the City of Chicago'. This is common when any show films in Chicago (even when most of the filming is done in Canada). Chicago has a rule that no representation of their real Police Patch can be shown without express permission from the city. Since most movie productions don't want to hassle having a bureaucrat 'approving' all of their scripts, most depictions of the "Chicago Police Department" have bogus patches versus the real thing. Thus this is an intentional "mistake" but one that sharp eyed viewers will pick up. See more »

Quotes

Nick O'Malley: There's no smoking in here.
Parasite: What are you going to do, arrest me for smoking?
Nick O'Malley: No, but I'll hold this blowtorch to your head.
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Enjoyable Premier of Sci-Fi Cop Show
4 October 2001 | by a.v. boySee all my reviews

Very impressed by first episode. Well-written, playful, and original sci-fi series. Loopy creatures mix freely with humans in what appears to be a normal Earth city of the not too distant future. Headquarters of Special Unit 2 is in the back of a dry-cleaning store, perhaps a tribute to Man From U.N.C.L.E. Hill Street Blues (or maybe Barney Miller) meets Outer Limits. One of the regulars at first appears to be a dwarf, but with the bulbous nose, serrated elfin ears, and traditional costume, you might notice he's a little odd. Turns out he's a genuine "gnome", and an important part of Special Unit 2. In the first episode, we meet the "parasites", creatures who take over people for "joy rides".

Reminds me a bit of the "leaky universes" theme that ran through many of Clifford Simak's sci-fi novels, weird things showing up where they're not expected. Here, though, anything goes, and the police of Special Unit 2 just deal with it, muddling through as best they can, although with a lot of help and guidance from our friendly gnome.

Fans of the original Star Trek who remember how they introduced a new critter or two almost each week, and fans of the original Star Wars bar scene, probably would enjoy something here.

I hope they can keep it up. The first episode is very promising. If they cheap out on the writing, or run out of ideas for new and funny villains, it could go downhill rapidly. Let's hope they don't. This idea for a series has a lot of potential!


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