Science-themed Crime Drama about the exploits of Dr. Jacob Hood (Professor Ian Hood in the UK version), a special government consultant dealing with crimes involving advanced science concepts the viewer has probably heard about on the news
Hood is ably assisted by an attractive bodyguard, Rachel Young, as he uses his genius to solve crimes based around things like cloning
, and genetic engineering. His exploits have allegedly made Hood some powerful enemies, though none of them have yet surfaced.
The original UK series starred Patrick Stewart
in the lead role, and is notable mostly for the fact that Patrick Stewart is the lead. A US remake
with a more attractive cast (but less actual sex, due to differing Safe Harbor
regulations) is more ongoing, and is most notable for being perhaps the only time a character on US television has been portrayed simultaneously as a genius and a human being with the capacity for emotion and social interaction who isn't suffering from some form of autism (See notes at Spock Speak
The series bears some similarity to the older series Probe
, but is somewhat less fanciful.
This series provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Rachel
- British Brevity: The original UK series lasted only 4 episodes.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hood is brilliant, but requires Rachel to keep an eye on him.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: As Hood's bodyguard, Rachel also acts in this role.
- Cultural Translation
- Everybody Lives: More often than you'd think for a show dealing with science crimes. While most episodes include at least one death, there are several where Hood saves everybody.
- Executive Meddling: Seventeen episodes in, a new character, a physically large, unexperienced, slightly inept FBI agent, joins Hood's protection detail. You can almost hear network executives saying, "You know what this show lacks? A comedy relief black guy."
- Fake American: Rufus Sewell.
- Fatal Family Photo: In an episode dealing with an outbreak, a construction worker who mentions his son's birthday is sure enough the first one to show symptoms.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Hood: "Duty calls."
- Macgyvering: Referenced in "Eternal", when they get locked in a freezer and Rachel asks if Hood can build a bomb out of baking soda and champagne to blow the door off. He responds "I'm a scientist, not MacGyver. Shoot the lock!"
- Meganekko: Agent Young's glasses.
- No OSHA Compliance: In "Eternal", Rachel and Hood get locked in a freezer when the criminal smashes the keycard lock. This shouldn't work— freezers are required to always be openable from the inside for more or less this reason.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Hood
- Phlebotinum Analogy: Hood is fond of destructive analogies involving Rachel's luggage, toiletries, etc.
- Science Is Bad: Subverted and played straight - the science is (generally) good; the people abusing it are bad. Examples:
- A suspended animation serum for long-term space travel is good; using it to attack teens on Spring Break for raping the attacker's teen daughter is bad. And somehow it became an STD that puts you in a coma, and then as a reward for waking up from the coma gives you flesh-eating bacteria.
- A nanotech "virus" capable of creating super-efficient batteries is good; sabotaging it which causes it infect humans, leaching them of metal to create an ultrafine layer of metal that's attractive to lightning is bad.
- Stem cell cancer treatments are good; stealing them for ultra-botox is bad. Abusing it causes Body Horror.
- Toad Licking: The solution to "Cardiac" turns out to involve this.
- Too Soon: Likely reason that the culprits behind heavy water experiments in "Miracle" were changed to white supremacists in the US version from the government, trying to secretly create false evidence of dangerous middle-eastern nuclear programs as a pretext to start an unjustified invasion.
- Trans Atlantic Equivalent
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The villain of the week tends to be this, ranging from a park ranger poisoning Lake Michigan with mercury to raise awareness about pollution to a neurosurgeon performing illegal experiments on autistic teens to find a cure for autism.