->''In 1564, Nostradamus predicted the destruction of Earth in three terrifying waves. The first wave is here.\\
My name is Cade Foster. These are my journals. They killed my wife, framed me for murder. Now I run, but I don't hide. With the prophecies of Nostradamus as my guide, I seek them. I hunt them. I ''will'' stop the first wave.''
-->-- '''Cade Foster''', OpeningNarration
''First Wave'' (1998-2001) was an early SciFiChannel original series. The show starred Sebastian Spence as Cade Foster, a man trying to expose an alien conspiracy to conquer the earth. After the aliens destroy his life and frame him for his wife's murder, he discovers a book of prophecies by Nostradamus that names him as the "Twice-Blessed Man" who is destined to save the world.
Cade teams up with a conspiracy theorist and skilled hacker, Crazy Eddie (Rob [=LaBelle=]), to expose the invasion over the Internet. He later meets a sympathetic alien, Joshua (Roger R. Cross). Jordan Radcliffe (Traci Elizabeth Lords), a rich woman with her own private militia who vowed to destroy the invaders after they killed her family, joins the cast for the third and final season.
Season 1 finally got an official DVD release in 2011.
!!This show provides examples of:
* AlienAbduction: Subverted: members of the Alien Abduction Support Group are revealed to be hypnotized by aliens to recall false memories as part of an experiment.
* AlienCatnip: Salt is a potent drug to the Gua.
* AlienInvasion: A textbook infiltration. The Gua aren't quite sure what to expect from humans, and are trying to find ways to weaken Earth's defences and turn humans into slaves, in preparation for an all-out attack.
* AllJustADream: Cain captures Foster and puts him into a machine that convinces Cade that it is TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and humans have lost the war with aliens.
* BadFuture: A girl comes back from TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, in which the Gua rule the Earth, to keep Foster from being killed.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler:Nostradamus was an alien refugee.]] [[spoiler: His prophesies come true because the aliens use exactly the same tactics on every world, with zero variation, it seems.]]
* BigBad: Mabus.
* BluffingTheAdvanceScout: A version of this is attempted by Joshua in order to prevent the invasion of Earth by the Gua or, at least, forestall the Second Wave. He continually brings up the experiment that resulted in Cade Foster ([=AKA=] Subject 117) becoming their greatest enemy. Joshua argues that, if every 117th human is TheDeterminator like Foster, then the invasion is doomed from the start or, at least, will be a PyrrhicVictory. Joshua does not succeed in cancelling the invasion, but it is put off indefinitely.
* CaptainsLog: Each episode starts with a fake Nostradamus quote, followed by the hero's exposition of what it could possibly mean. Sounds like he is reading from a journal.
* CassandraTruth: Our heroes try to prevent and reveal the first stages of an alien invasion. No one but a small collection of conspiracy nuts believe them.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: Subverted. The Gua are able to send only small objects through wormholes (called "white holes" in the show). Most of these are small spheres encoded with an alien's consciousness, which are later uploaded onto a human/Gua hybrid clone. (The first Gua spheres arrived on Earth in the late 1940s and would [[MindRape erase the minds]] of any curious humans who chanced pick them up, replacing them with their own.)
* ConspiracyTheorist: Crazy Eddie.
-->'''Cade''': Nice saber.
-->'''Eddie''': Sword that killed Lincoln.
-->'''Cade''': Lincoln was shot.
-->'''Eddie''': That's what they tell you.
* TheCracker: Crazy Eddie. "I've been hacking into government databases since I was thirteen."
* CuckooNest: The final episodes did this.
** Very effectively too, considering the whole alien plot of the first wave of invasion was to drive a few people insane as a test, and protagonist Cade grows increasingly unhinged over the course of the series.
* TheDragon: Cain.
* EitherOrProphecy: The key prophecy from the Lost Quatrains of Nostradamus:
--> On the seventh dawn of the seventh day;
--> A twice-blessed man will roam the fields.
--> Doomed to shadows with his brethren;
--> Or savior to all who walk the ground.
** Basically, it's up to Cade (the "twice-blessed man") whether Earth will be conquered by aliens or not.
* TheFaceless: Mabus.
* FakeGuestStar: Rob [=LaBelle=] as Eddie shows up in almost every episode, as does Traci Elizabeth Lords as Jordan in the third season, but only Sebastian Spence as Cade is listed in the credits sequence.
* FieryRedhead: Jordan Radcliff.
* GovernmentConspiracy: A shadowy government agency knows about the aliens but is not willing to do anything to stop them.
* GrandTheftMe: Mabus is able to force his consciousness into any human's body without even touching them. Does this to kidnap [[spoiler:Jordan]].
** A Gua scientist develops a way to transfer his consciousness by touch. [[BodySurf Body Surfs]] Foster.
* GRatedDrug: The Gua can easily get addicted to ''table salt'', although their High Command frowns on such weakness and orders the addicts killed. This was discovered by accident when Foster was interrogating a wounded Gua and poured salt on the open wound. The result was a seriously stoned Gua. Given the Gua mastery of genetic engineering, it's strange they don't remove this weakness from their hybrid husks.
** [[WildMassGuessing Maybe, in a spectacular aversion of LegoGenetics, they tried to remove this defect only to discover that they can't?]]
* GroundhogDayLoop: A [[AppliedPhlebotinum quantum pocket]] prison built specifically for Joshua, after the other Gua discover that he is a human sympathizer. An entire episode is focused on Foster and Joshua attempting to break the loop, which ends in the destruction of Earth by the Gua. Not only do they succeed, but also [[spoiler:trap Cain in Joshua's prison]].
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: The Gua can get high on table salt, so high in fact that they often [[TruthSerums spill their secrets]]
* ImmuneToDrugs: The Gua hybrids are built to be stronger than regular humans and immune to our diseases and, presumably, our drugs. But they get completely stoned on table salt.
* InformedAbility: Mabus is said to be a seer but never demonstrates this ability. In fact, Foster outwits him pretty often.
* InSeriesNickname: Foster is nicknamed the "Alien Hunter" by a kid who found Crazy Eddie's website. Of course, Nostradamus nicknamed him the "Twice-Blessed Man".
* McGuffin: The Hammer.
* MeaningfulName: "Gua" means "power to overcome" in their language. They named themselves that after overthrowing ''their'' alien invaders.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Mabus claims that Foster is a Gua agent brainwashed to think of himself as human]]. Neither confirmed nor disproved.
* MirrorUniverse: Foster is transferred to a mirror earth where all text is reversed, and the U.S. is ruled by a [[TheEmpire military dictatorship]]. Crazy Eddie is a tyrannical officer.
* MistakenForPedophile: In one episode a teenage boy who reads Crazy Eddie's website thinks his neighbor is an alien and gets Cade to come to his house. The kid's parents are quite worried when they find an adult man in their son's bedroom, become ''more'' worried when they find out they met on the internet, but luckily when Cade claims to be a reporter they buy it.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: The partially-human bodies the aliens use dissolve immediately after death so that humans won't analyse them and discover the alien genes, exposing the alien presence. Of course, that means anyone who sees an alien die discovers that something strange is going on.
** But not everyone immediately thinks "aliens". When Crazy Eddie first sees a cut off hand dissolve, a conspiracy nut that he is, he immediately blames the government and their super-secret projects.
* OpeningMonologue: Cade Foster begins each episode (except for the pilot) with a quatrain from the "hidden chapters" of the prophecies of Nostradamus and spends the episode trying to interpret the archaic wording into the show's reality.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: Joshua claims the Gua use "white holes" to transport objects from their planet.
* PinchMe: In approximately every third episode.
* PossessionBurnout: For those the alien leader possessed.
* ProphecyPileup: Nostradamus and an Gua sage had both made prophecies about how to stop BigBad Mabus...they disagreed on whether or not Cade Foster should shoot him, however. According to the Gua prophet doing so would stop the invasion, according to Nostradamus it would jump-start it. [[spoiler: Nostadamus was right.]]
* PsychicPowers: A telekinetic human girl working for aliens in the appropriately named episode ''MataHari''. Kills people by crushing them.
* PublicDomainArtifact: [[spoiler:Thor's hammer is an alien weapon.]]
* PuppeteerParasite: Occasional MO of the Gua (though they more frequently used artificial hosts).
* ReverseMole: Joshua.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Gua, complete with Nazi uniforms.
** According to Joshua, the Gua used to be peaceful beings, whose favorite pastime was contemplating the universe, until they were invaded by a violent race. This forced them to radically alter their society in order to fight off the invaders. The name Gua means "the power to overcome".
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: Inverted when Foster is captured by people claiming to be government agents who know the truth about the Gua. To prove he is really human, the agent in charge let's Foster stab him in the hand, as aliens have a HealingFactor. The hand doesn't heal, convincing Foster. Later, it is revealed that all this was an elaborate alien ploy. In fact, it was difficult for them to create an arm that ''wouldn't'' heal.
* SenseFreak: The aliens, downloaded as they were into vat-grown human bodies as the initial part of their invasion, quickly figured out that sex in human form was somewhat more satisfying than in their original bodies, where sex was painful and thus only for procreation.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: Numerous times and in every variation. They added the further complication that the hero himself was usually ''also'' an impostor in the group, and had to spend much of the episode convincing the others to trust him.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: The title refers to the first step of the aliens' three-step plan.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Numerous times.