''My name is Thomas Veil, or at least it was. I'm a photographer, I had it all: a wife, Alyson... friends, a career. In one moment it was all taken away, all because of a single photograph. I have it, they want it, and they will do anything to get the negative. I'm keeping this diary as proof that these events are real... I know they are... they have to be..."
The noirish action of Nowhere Man
may or may not be taking place entirely in the mind of its hero, Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood
), a photojournalist specializing in stark, brutal war shots. In the first episode, Veil attends a showing of his work, which includes "Hidden Agenda," a disturbing photo of American military personnel apparently presiding over an execution in an unnamed Third World country. Almost immediately upon its display, Veil's life is ... destroyed. Erased. Zeroed. Un-Personed
. He becomes a fugitive non-person, on the run from the mysterious forces that want the "Hidden Agenda" photo destroyed and forgotten.
The series has Veil walking the earth
, dealing with often disturbing happenings throughout middle America which were probably caused by the same organization that is targeting him, although hard truths are difficult to come by on this show, and the viewer is often left with a sense of uncertainty which mirrors Veil's own.
A classic example of a show that was Too Good to Last
, the series may have aired too near in time to The X-Files
, which had absorbed a great deal of the audience's thirst for this kind of story.
Not to be confused with the song by The Beatles
Note: in some cases below even the trope names can be spoilers.
This show provides examples of:
- Evil Plan: Everything in the series Thomas Veil goes through is part of the Conspiracy's scheme to test their Fake Memories treatment.
- Government Conspiracy: Thomas Veil is the victim of one that "erases" his life in an attempt to cover up an incriminating photo.
- Homage: The town full of erased people is a pretty obvious one to The Prisoner.
- Meaningful Name: Thomas Veil. Also, "Thomas" is the doubting apostle and the hero begins to doubt everything as the series progresses. "Thomas" also means "twin" which takes on extra meaning twice, in the episode "Doppelganger" where the hero is being impersonated by a lookalike and in the finale "Gemini Man" (Gemini is the zodiac sign of the twins).
- Mysterious Informant: Partway through the series one of the members of the conspiracy starts giving Tom info on the Organization who "erased him" in hopes Tom will take them down from without so he can more easily take them down from within.
- Post Modernism: One of the Conspiracy's plots involves randomly broadcasting a television show that depicts scenes from Veil's life after his erasure.