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* ApocalypticLog: The video camera the team finds on the ship turns out to have caught the encounter with the alien vessel. Unfortunately, it also caught the alien signal and partially infects Molly, Cavanaugh, and Lucas.


The show's EnsembleCast included Creator/BrentSpiner, Creator/PeterDinklage, [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Rob Benedict]] and Creator/CarlaGugino.

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The show's EnsembleCast included Creator/BrentSpiner, Creator/PeterDinklage, [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Rob Benedict]] Creator/RobBenedict, and Creator/CarlaGugino.


* TooGoodToLast: Good cast, solid writing and performances, avoidance of all the pitfalls of its contemporaries... and cancelled while still on air, after continous meddling to not air the show in the first place.

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* TooGoodToLast: Good cast, solid writing and performances, avoidance of all the pitfalls of its contemporaries... and cancelled while still on air, after continous meddling to not air the show in the first place.


-->'''Baylock''': What are supposed to do? ''Nuke'' [[spoiler:Miami]]??

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-->'''Baylock''': What are we supposed to do? ''Nuke'' [[spoiler:Miami]]??


* ShowingTheirWork: Manning's claim about neutron stars [[spoiler:colliding to produce deadly gamma ray bursts that could threaten Earth]] is plausible and could be based on [[https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/short_burst_oct5.html research published]] around the time of the show's run. A year earlier, [[https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/did-a-gammaray-burst-initiate-the-late-ordovician-mass-extinction/F37A58C811EB82496CEF6CF989159807 another paper]] proposed that a [[spoiler:gamma ray burst could have caused the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction]]. Similarly, the general information on "cosmic radiation" in NASA's letter is accurate, although oddly Manning and the other half of the letter still use the term in a non-standard way despite knowing better.

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* ShowingTheirWork: ShownTheirWork: Manning's claim about neutron stars [[spoiler:colliding to produce deadly gamma ray bursts that could threaten Earth]] is plausible and could be based on [[https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/short_burst_oct5.html research published]] around the time of the show's run. A year earlier, [[https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/did-a-gammaray-burst-initiate-the-late-ordovician-mass-extinction/F37A58C811EB82496CEF6CF989159807 another paper]] proposed that a [[spoiler:gamma ray burst could have caused the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction]]. Similarly, the general information on "cosmic radiation" in NASA's letter is accurate, although oddly Manning and the other half of the letter still use the term in a non-standard way despite knowing better.


* SpottingTheThread: Molly discovers there may be an infectee on a plane and makes a call to try to stop them. [[spoiler:Her mentor Andrea]] says she'll keep an eye on the subject as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until she reports they're about to touch down in California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly realizes she, and probably everyone else on the plane, is now infected.

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* SpottingTheThread: Molly discovers there may be an infectee on a plane and makes a call to try to stop them. [[spoiler:Her mentor Andrea]] says she'll keep an eye on the subject as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until she reports they're about to touch down in California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly realizes she, her contact, and probably everyone else on the plane, is now infected.


* OutOfCharacterAlert: Molly realizes a senator on a plane has secretly been affected and tries to call her friend, Andrea, to warn her. Andrea says she'll keep an eye on the senator as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until Andrea says they're about to touch down as they're above California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly instantly realizes Andrea (and quite probably everyone else on the plane) is now infected. With the plane heading to Mexico, Molly has the difficult question of whether to sacrifice her friend to stop the infection going outside the U.S. [[spoiler: She does.]]


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* SpottingTheThread: Molly discovers there may be an infectee on a plane and makes a call to try to stop them. [[spoiler:Her mentor Andrea]] says she'll keep an eye on the subject as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until she reports they're about to touch down in California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly realizes she, and probably everyone else on the plane, is now infected.


A short-lived ScienceFiction show about a government project dealing with an alien threat to Earth - specifically, that of humans who have been exposed to an alien signal, [[TouchedByVorlons gained superhuman strength as a result]], and are now trying to infect others. The series ran for nine episodes in the fall of 2005 on Creator/{{CBS}}, before being cancelled after a timeslot change backfired. The remaining four episodes were aired in Britain, and eventually released on DVD.

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A short-lived [[ShortRunner short-lived]] ScienceFiction show about a government project dealing with an alien threat to Earth - specifically, that of humans who have been exposed to an alien signal, [[TouchedByVorlons gained superhuman strength as a result]], and are now trying to infect others. The series ran for nine episodes in the fall of 2005 on Creator/{{CBS}}, before being cancelled after a timeslot change backfired. The remaining four episodes were aired in Britain, and eventually released on DVD.



* ApocalypseHow: The team is trying to save the human species from the alien infiltration. But according to Manning, the invasion itself is to [[spoiler:protect humanity from a neutron star collision's [[WorldWreckingWave gamma ray burst]] arriving in 6 years,]] which would result in planetwide mass extinction.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics and [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Biology]]: It's completely {{handwave}}d how a single audio signal could precisely rewrite the genes of any animal that hears it AND the programming of any microchip nearby.
** Physics: A [[spoiler:city-wide "E-Bomb", or EMP generator,]] like the one in "Pulse" is not feasible with current technology.
** Physics: NASA's FreezeFrameBonus letter says [[spoiler:the Earth will be "completely destroyed" by the incoming gamma ray burst]] which is a bit of an exaggeration.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: The letter [[spoiler:Caffrey gets from NASA calmly provides some background information about cosmic radiation, before mentioning that this particular gamma ray burst will "completely destroy"]] Earth. And then politely ends with "We thank you for your concern and interest and hope this information has been of help to you."



* BittersweetEnding: "Alienville" ends the series with [[spoiler:a dream/vision of Molly talking to a nine-year-old version of the recently born HalfHumanHybrid]]. [[spoiler:It's revealed that Molly will be dead within nine years, but that Red Team will also ultimately prevail against the aliens]].



* BittersweetEnding: "Alienville" ends the series with a dream/vision of Molly talking to a nine-year-old [[spoiler:version of the recently born HalfHumanHybrid. It's revealed that Molly will be dead within nine years, but that Red Team will also ultimately prevail against the aliens]].



* BrownNote: The signal. Its effects vary. Best case scenario, you get superpowers. Worst case scenario well... let's just say that they're going to have to [[YourHeadAsplode clean your brains off the walls]].

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* BrownNote: The signal. Its effects vary. Best case scenario, you get superpowers. Worst case scenario well... let's just say that scenario, they're going to have to [[YourHeadAsplode clean your brains off the walls]].



* ContagiousAI: The recorded signal somehow starts to infect phones and [=PDAs=] nearby after it's played publicly in "Pulse", then spreads to credit card chips and [=ATMs=], as if it was an extremely adaptive computer virus.



* CrystalLandscape: People infected by the alien signal tend to dream about a forest of glass trees.

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* CrystalLandscape: People infected by the alien signal tend to dream about a forest of glass trees. Later, one appears [[spoiler:to have grown up around the scuttled ship on the ocean floor]].



* {{EMP}}: A possible countermeasure to the alien signal getting into digital media.
-->'''Baylock''': What are supposed to do? ''Nuke'' [[spoiler:Miami]]??
-->'''Caffrey''': *{{beat}}* Something like that.



* FreezeFrameBonus: The camerawork makes a point to leave NASA's response to Manning's game-changing claim in "Outbreak" as a {{Cliffhanger}}, but the entire text can be seen in the 1/4 second when Baylock first opens it. [[labelnote:Click for full text - SPOILERS!]]Dear Dr. Molly Anne Caffrey. -- In reply to your request for information at the following coordinates -- Eight hours right ascension, thirty four degrees south declination -- It has been confirmed that approximately 400,000 years ago two neutron stars collided at these coordinates, and the cosmic radiation that resulted from this collision is expected to affect the Earth in approximately 6 years. -- Cosmic radiation is a collection of many types of radiation from many different types of sources. When people speak simply of "cosmic radiation" they are usually referring specifically to the cosmic microwave background radiation. This consists of very, very low energy photons (energy of about 2.75 Kelvin) whose spectrum is peaked in the microwave region and which are remnants from the time when the universe was only about 200,000 years old. There are also very old remnant neutrinos in the cosmic radiations. -- When these particles make it to earth, it will interact with our atmosphere. Our atmosphere is able to reflect small amounts of these particles and act as a "radiation shield". The amount of particles that will enter our atmosphere in 6 years as a result of this collision will most likely be more than our atmosphere will be able to protect us from. The Earth will be completely destroyed and all human life will be extinguished. -- We thank you for your concern and interest and hope this information has been of help to you.[[/labelnote]]



* HeroSecretService: While the team exists to go after alien threats, its members are generally under constant guard of some form or another, despite some of their protests about privacy and freedom.



* HostileTerraforming: What the team concludes the alien signal is trying to do. They mainly call it "bioforming" when it seems to primarily affect people... [[spoiler:then other animals...and plants...and planks of wood...and finally actual terraforming via large-scale crystal growth.]]



* IdiotBall: Senator Tollman; see VillainBall below.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat:
** Senator Tollman, who immediately wonders about the alien tech's implications for weapons research, allows himself to get played by infectees exploiting political sensibilities, and undermines operational security.
** Ed Whitaker, who initially has a brief moment acting like a ReasonableAuthorityFigure but quickly starts issuing unreasonable orders seemingly just because he can. He even goes so far as to taunt Baylock for not doing as well navigating the administration's internal politics.



* OutsideContextProblem: Caffrey's contingency plans exist to address events outside the context of normal government operations - or anyone in the country - or humanity. An insidious alien invasion is the one the team is tasked with.
** Left as more of a GreaterScopeVillain, not addressed directly, is Manning's warning of an imminent [[spoiler:gamma ray burst from a pair of neutron stars which would trigger [[ApocalypseHow mass extinction]]]]. It's unclear if anyone is prepared to handle that, but Caffrey does have two other classified plans we haven't seen yet!



* PlugNPlayTechnology: More like ''Listen'' 'n' Play - the alien audio signal somehow is able to leap from an mp3 player to all kinds of [=PDAs=], phones, chips and [=ATM=] just by being played nearby.
* PreviouslyOn: The opening voiceover serves this purpose while various episode clips are played to illustrate it. ''Usually'' the clips are from previous episodes and [[SpoilerOpening not the current one]].



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J.T. Baylock

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: J.T. BaylockBaylock. And his boss, National Security Advisor Andrea Hatten.



-->'''Molly:''' ''(completely serious)'' Approximately 300.
* {{Retool}}: mild retools triggered by the alien threat becoming public and eventually getting the upper hand were pre-planned for each season in a a projected three season arc. For season two, the series was to be renamed "Foothold", and for the third "Stranglehold".

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-->'''Molly:''' ''(completely serious)'' [[CrazyPrepared Approximately 300.
300]].
* {{Retool}}: mild Mild retools triggered by the alien threat becoming public and eventually getting the upper hand were pre-planned for each season in a a projected three season arc. For season two, the series was to be renamed "Foothold", and for the third "Stranglehold"."Stranglehold".
* RuleOfCool: Presumably the reason the triskelion motif shows up on nearly any electronic screen, doodled by new infectees, formed by groups of cockroaches or fish ''or city traffic'', and in blood on the floor. Unlike most other things related to the alien signal, the symbol itself doesn't seem to serve any purpose spreading the infection.



* ShowingTheirWork: Manning's claim about neutron stars [[spoiler:colliding to produce deadly gamma ray bursts that could threaten Earth]] is plausible and could be based on [[https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/short_burst_oct5.html research published]] around the time of the show's run. A year earlier, [[https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/did-a-gammaray-burst-initiate-the-late-ordovician-mass-extinction/F37A58C811EB82496CEF6CF989159807 another paper]] proposed that a [[spoiler:gamma ray burst could have caused the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction]]. Similarly, the general information on "cosmic radiation" in NASA's letter is accurate, although oddly Manning and the other half of the letter still use the term in a non-standard way despite knowing better.



* StatusQuoIsGod: Mostly averted, which is notable given that Brannon Braga's earlier show ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was accused of this. Some notable cases where it does appear are:
** [[spoiler:Andrea's death]] prompts Caffrey to overwork in the next episode, but other than that we don't see much of an emotional impact. The replacement character does generate a brief storyline about friction with the team, but there still don't seem to be any long term changes.
** "Outbreak" ends with a meeting where it's acknowledged that the threat is growing, and Threshold's ability to respond must grow as well, including the team members becoming leaders of entire departments. But the team size actually ''shrinks'' when Daphne Larson [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears]] for the final two episodes, and those shows themselves [[StrictlyFormula mostly follow the typical pattern]] of detecting a [[VillainOfTheWeek new infectee]], tracking them down, and stopping any threatening schemes they've set in motion.
** Also in "Outbreak" is Manning's revelation about the aliens' motivations. It could completely change the goals of the whole project, but Caffrey and Baylock don't tell any of the rest of the team and it's never mentioned again.
** The events in "Outbreak" didn't really get a chance to have their full impact due to the early cancellation not leaving time to pick up on the new threads (although they ''did'' have two episodes). Some of the threads that WOULD've brought significant changes are elaborated on in a DVD featurette.



* TrackingChip: Every team member has one. Generally without being told until it comes up.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Dr. Sloan, the eponymous "Vigilante"
** Richard Tate as well, with the emphasis on "well-intentioned". After his family was infected by an alien artifact, he killed them and then buried the artifact. When Threshold tries to find it, he lied to them about its location in an attempt to make sure nobody else got hurt. He implemented a one-man Threshold protocol years before Molly ever wrote it.
* WhamEpisode: "Outbreak", which ups the number of infectees from a dozen to potentially hundreds.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The message from NASA presumably confirming or denying the neutron star [[spoiler:collision, which Manning claimed would cause mass extinction in 6 years,]] is never revealed.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist
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Dr. Sloan, the eponymous "Vigilante"
"Vigilante".
** Richard Tate as well, with the emphasis on "well-intentioned". Tate: After his family was infected by an alien artifact, he killed them and then buried the artifact. When Threshold tries to find it, he lied to them about its location in an attempt to make sure nobody else got hurt. He implemented a one-man Threshold protocol years before Molly ever wrote it.
* WhamEpisode: "Outbreak", which ups the number of infectees from a dozen to potentially hundreds.
hundreds, AND reveals some of the aliens' true motivations in the form of an even greater threat.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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The message from NASA presumably confirming or denying the neutron star [[spoiler:collision, which Manning claimed would cause mass extinction in 6 years,]] is never revealed.revealed clearly or referred to again, although you can read it via FreezeFrameBonus.
** Lucas dreams of a 19th century man who [[spoiler:fought the aliens]] in "Outbreak" and is very excited to pursue this as a potential ally. It is forgotten by the next episode.
* VillainBall: Senator Tollman must be holding it when he blows straight past ObstructiveBureaucrat status and [[spoiler:steals one of the recordings of the alien signal, almost immediately triggering a new wave of infections starting with himself, and including National Security Advisor Andrea Hatten.]] Combined with IdiotBall since he had to have been briefed on the danger and almost certainly didn't want that outcome.
* YouMakeMeSic: Larson's naivete about Threshold's extreme measures leads her to attempt to correct Ramsay's phrasing.
-->'''Larson''': What's to stop me from leaving?
-->'''Ramsay''': You have a [[TrackingChip chip]] in your shoulder.
-->'''Larson''': Ah, it's [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "chip]] ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint on]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint my shoulder"]], Mr. Linguist.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The message from NASA presumably confirming or denying the neutron star [[spoiler:collision, which Manning claimed would cause mass extinction in 6 years,]] is never revealed.

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* BaitAndSwitch: When a cop gets close to the case, Molly tells her she's going to explain exactly what's happening. A few scenes later, it turns out Molly sold the cop the story the team is tracking a pack of terrorists with a cutting-edge weapon.


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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Molly convinces a cop that the team are just tracking terrorists, saying it's to keep their cover. But Fenway says he really did it so "that cop could actually sleep at night."


* BrownNote: The signal. It's effects vary. Best case scenario, you get superpowers. Worst case scenario well... let's just say that they're going to have to [[YourHeadAsplode clean your brains off the walls]].

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* BrownNote: The signal. It's Its effects vary. Best case scenario, you get superpowers. Worst case scenario well... let's just say that they're going to have to [[YourHeadAsplode clean your brains off the walls]].



* OutOfCharacterAlert: Molly realizes a senator on a plane has secretly been effected and tries to call her friend, Andrea to warn her. Andrea says she'll keep an eye on the senator as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until Andrea says they're about to touch down as they're above California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly instantly realizes Andrea (and quite probably everyone else on the plane) is now infected. With the plane heading to Mexico, Molly has the difficult question of whether to sacrifice her friend to stop the infection going outside the U.S. (spoiler: She does).
* PacManFever: Thoughtfully averted.

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: Molly realizes a senator on a plane has secretly been effected affected and tries to call her friend, Andrea Andrea, to warn her. Andrea says she'll keep an eye on the senator as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until Andrea says they're about to touch down as they're above California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly instantly realizes Andrea (and quite probably everyone else on the plane) is now infected. With the plane heading to Mexico, Molly has the difficult question of whether to sacrifice her friend to stop the infection going outside the U.S. (spoiler: [[spoiler: She does).
* PacManFever:
does.]]
*PacManFever:
Thoughtfully averted.

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: Molly realizes a senator on a plane has secretly been effected and tries to call her friend, Andrea to warn her. Andrea says she'll keep an eye on the senator as they're on the same plane which the team is tracking. Molly is relieved...until Andrea says they're about to touch down as they're above California. The problem is, Molly can clearly see the radar screen showing the plane is over Ohio. Molly instantly realizes Andrea (and quite probably everyone else on the plane) is now infected. With the plane heading to Mexico, Molly has the difficult question of whether to sacrifice her friend to stop the infection going outside the U.S. (spoiler: She does).

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* CrystalLandscape: People infected by the alien signal tend to dream about a forest of glass trees.

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