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The Father Thing 

The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (based on the short stories by), Michael Dinner
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... The Father / The Father Thing
Jack Gore ... Charlie Cotrell
Shannon Brown ... Rotko (as Shannon Merrill Brown)
Alana Arenas Alana Arenas ... Detective Fernandez
Terry Kinney ... Mr. Dick
Marc Grapey ... Principal
Jack Lewis Jack Lewis ... Dylan Peretti
Zakk Paradise ... Henry Peretti
Mireille Enos ... The Mother / The Mother Thing
Cole Keriazakos ... Dashiell
Philip Ghantous Philip Ghantous ... Tall Bald Man
Brian Boland ... Mr. Daltry
Ryan Evans Ryan Evans ... The Attendant
Andrew Rothenberg ... Captain Miller
Eric C. Lynch ... Golan (as Eric Lynch)
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The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

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Sci-Fi

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TV-MA

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Trivia

The school teachers last name is on the whiteboard as Mr Dick, then later he's called Philip. A reference to Philip K. Dick whose short stories this series is based off of See more »

Goofs

Although set in the United States the radio on the car tunes starting ending in even decimal point such as 99.2 instead of the 99.1 or 99.3 of US radio stations. See more »


Soundtracks

It Makes No Difference
(uncredited)
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by The Band
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Charlie, I'm not your daddy
28 February 2018 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this latest entry in the Philip K Dick anthology series even if it was decidedly lighter in tone. This story of young American school-kid Charlie who discovers his beloved, baseball-loving dad has been replaced by a beetle-like alien invader which assumes the host's appearance and memories was like a vaguely Speilberg-ian take on "Home Alone". Convincing his initially reluctant school-chum and said friend's big bully of a brother to help him, they embark on a save-the-world mission in their own backyard as they track down the invading aliens to their incubation pods in a nearby forest.

Like I said, it's shot very much from young Charlie's Shane-like perspective, with lots of subjective camera work, forward tracking shots and low-angle set-ups, while the narrative is laced with the type of humour the likes of Bill and Ted were dispensing several years ago. I especially liked the simple but effective way the boys literally trampled down the alien threat once it became clear to them.

Greg Kinnear is the big name in this one, playing Charlie's dad, but the child actors steal the show in a fun and occasionally funny nod to those films from the 80's and 90's where time-travelling, alien-battling, meddling kids were saving the day.


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