Threshold, CBS
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Well, perhaps the show wasn't given enough of a chance, but it doesn't bother me much that this was cancelled so soon. After missing a few episodes, I lost interest anyway. It bothered me at first that I was missing eps, but after awhile, I guess I gave up before it even ended. It wasn't a bad show, it definitely had potential. I liked the concept. It was a procedural... and while I'm not usually big into procedural shows, I definitely found the idea of an alien invasion procedural to be an interesting concept. Of course, it was more serial than your standard police or medical procedurals, or whatever. Those usually have stand-alone stories, whereas this show follows a single plotline. Dr. Molley Caffrey (played by Carla Gugino, who we've always liked) wrote contingency plans for lots of different types of potential emergencies. The one for alien invasion- "Threshold"- isn't one she particularly expected to ever have to enact. But then a mysterious multi-dimensional orb appeared on a Naval ship in the Atlantic ocean, and the sounds it made drove the crew crazy and started changing their DNA... so, the government recruited Caffrey and a team of specialists to, you know, deal with things.

The response team is led by Deputy National Security Advisor J.T. Baylock, though his role seemed more supervisory than anything else, I thought. The team also includes Dr. Nigel Fenway (played by Brent Spiner, from Star Trek: The Next Generation), who was a bitter, thrice-divorced microbiologist; Lucas Pegg, a brilliant young physicist who seems to be pretty scared of all of this (everyone is, but the others don't really let it show so much); Arthur Ramsey, a linguistics expert; and Cavennaugh, a covert operative. Caffrey and her team have to track down the few surviving crew members of the ship that was affected by the alien probe, as their personalities had been altered, and they now seem intent on preparing the way for... something. We don't really know what exactly their plan is, all we really know is that the aliens (who we haven't seen anything of in person) have triple-helix DNA, unlike all life on Earth, which has double-helix DNA. Also, Caffrey, Cavennaugh, and Pegg all briefly saw a video of the probe that affected the crew. Now they're having strange dreams and the affected crew, at least one of them, Gunneson, thinks these three are- or will become- the same as them. But so far they seem okay, for the most part. Anyway, the team also had to try to prevent infected people from exposing even more people to the signal, to infect them.

And that's about all I can say. I thought it got a bit boring after awhile, though I expect the plot would've gotten more interesting if the show had continued. But like I said, I just don't really mind so much that it didn't...


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