First Wave (TV series)


First Wave (TV series)

infobox television
show_name = First Wave


caption = Cast
format = Science Fiction
runtime = 44 mins.
rating =
creator = Chris Brancato
starring = Sebastian Spence Rob LaBelle Roger R. Cross Traci Lords
country = CAN
network = Sci-Fi Channel
first_aired = 9 September 1998
last_aired = 7 February 2001
num_episodes = 66
imdb_id = 0160277
tv_com_id = 2700

"First Wave" is a Canadian/American TV Show that aired from 1998 to 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel. The show was created by Chris Brancato, who wrote the seminal "X-Files" episode "Eve." Francis Ford Coppola was executive producer on the show. In an unusual move, the Sci-Fi Channel picked up the series on a 66-episode contract. The show was subsequently canceled once the contract expired at the end of the third season due to disappointing ratings.

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Plot outline

Former thief turned security specialist Kincaid Lawrence "Cade" Foster’s life was idyllic, with a beautiful wife, good job and a nice house. Unbeknownst to him, a race of extraterrestrials called the Gua have identified him as subject 117 in an experiment to test human resilience. As part of this experiment, his life is systematically ruined, including the murder of his wife, for which he is framed. He is the only one of the 117 subjects to solve the riddles of the experiment and escape arrest to live as a fugitive. The Gua are among humans in the form of hybridised genetic clones and plan to enslave humanity—the first of three “waves” intent on conquering and finally destroying the human race. Constantly pursued by the police, and a strange government agency called the Illuminati, Foster discovers previously unknown quatrains of Nostradamus, which tell of three waves which will destroy the planet unless the “twice-blessed man” can stop them. For this reason, Foster investigates strange occurrences which may have ties to the Nostradamus quatrains, hoping to find what he needs to stop the Gua.

"Crazy" Eddie Nambulous is a computer hacker who helps Cade Foster and works on a web tabloid "Paranoid Times". He uses Cade’s journal to tell people that the "aliens are here, walking among us, laying the groundwork for an impending invasion." After scanning the prophecies of Nostradamus into his computer, he analyzes and cross-references the quatrains with bizarre current events to which they may be connected. Foster and Eddie use these quatrains to understand the Gua invasion and search for any and all tools that may aid them in stopping the invasion in its First Wave.

One of the Gua, Joshua, does not believe the invasion of Earth is necessary. Although he wants the best for his people, he helps Cade and Eddie stop his people from reaching the “Second Wave” – the invasion itself.

History of the Gua

“We were like you once. There’s a time for peace and inner-growth, but we became complacent; and when the invasion force landed, they took us down. One rebel led us to freedom. That’s when we took the name Gua—it means “power to overcome”. Over the centuries, science and industry achieved perfect focus. We created a military machine to ensure our freedom, permanently. … We’re here because we’ll never be victims again.”: —Joshua Bridges, in episode 1x09, “Joshua”

The Gua are a race older than humanity, coming from a much older star system. As Joshua tells Cade, "Everything on my planet is red, the colour of a tired sun—the colour of death" [Episode 1x09, “Joshua”] which indicates that their home system is at a much later stage in its lifespan than our own, and that the sun is entering a late phase of its life. The Gua originally existed peacefully, exploring their inner selves until they were invaded and enslaved. Eventually, they rose up and overthrew their oppressors, taking the name Gua from that climactic, defining event; Gua meaning "power to overcome".

As a consequence of this invasion, the newly-named Gua decided they could no longer afford to be passive and peaceful, and set out on an aggressive, expansionist path. Aware of the limited lifespan of their home planet, they began a campaign to expand into other systems. Thus their invasion of Earth was planned.

Due to the distance between Earth and their own planet, the Gua devised a method of dispatching small metallic orbs containing their consciousnesses through wormholes to Earth and transferring them into specially bioengineered human husks. As a result of this, it is unknown what the Gua actually look like.

These husks contain small amounts of Gua DNA that provide the aliens with an increased rate of healing, strength, speed and intelligence. The husks dissolve and disappear completely when the aliens are killed. The aliens in these husks are tasked with preparing the planet for the Second Wave. While being held hostage by Cade, Joshua noted that he was in his "third body" [Episode 1x09, “Joshua”] ; this is further elaborated when Joshua states that the average Gua life-span is "equal to 1,000 human years" [Episode 2x08, “The Purge”] .

In the third season, Joshua reveals that at least one other race had been conquered and exterminated by the Gua centuries prior. Apparently, some members of that race had precognitive abilities; it is revealed that the being later known as Nostradamus was a member of this race. He journeyed to Earth and used his precognitive abilities to leave behind the prophesies that would help Cade resist the Gua.

It has been established that the Gua communicate telepathically and have sensory abilities far more advanced than a human. This is due largely to the fact that from birth the Gua undergo a continuous metamorphosis, making the issue of identifying one individual Gua from another impossible. As a result, they have developed a sophisticated array of senses that can be used to rightfully identify other Gua. It has also been established that a Gua can at least sense the presence of another Gua from a distance without making contact.

The Gua have on numerous occasions demonstrated a very totalitarian culture and nature that limits their empathic abilities. Their sexual nature is one where intercourse is severely painful and partners are chosen out of genetic capabilities. Their culture is based on racial unity, where society is superior and individuals have no value. Several Gua have experienced guilt and even rebelled after realizing the horror they have committed on themselves and other races. As a result, many of them have been killed by their own as traitors.

Throughout the entire series, the Gua's most important weakness has been their lack of will, making them vulnerable when cornered or in emotional distress.

In episode 2.19, "The Trial of Joshua Bridges", Joshua confirms his fury towards the totalitarian and despotic nature of the Gua, accusing Gua leaders of reducing the Gua to "primitive butchers".

Main cast

*Cade Foster - Sebastian Spence
*“Crazy” Eddie Nambulous - Rob LaBelle
*Joshua/Cain - Roger Cross
*Jordan Radcliffe - Traci Lords (season three)

Main Crew

*Mike Rohl
*Holly Dale (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
*Brenton Spencer (4 episodes, 1998)
*Ken Girotti (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
*Shawn Levy (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
*Bill Corcoran (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
*Rob LaBelle (2 episodes, 2000)
*Randy Cheveldave
*Graeme Lynch
*George Mendeluk
*Larry Sugar
*Daniel Cerone (11 episodes, 1998-2000)
*William T. Conway (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
*Dan E. Fesman (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
*Harry Victor (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
*Chris Brancato
*Michael J. Cinquemani
*Paul Brown
*Fergus Cook
*Andrea Stevens
*Michael Thoma
*David Wilcox

Episode list

eason one


*1.01 – “Subject 117"
*1.02 – "Crazy Eddie"
*1.03 – "Mata Hari"
*1.04 – "Hypnotic"
*1.05 – "Elixir"
*1.06 – "Speaking in Tongues"
*1.07 – "Lungfish"
*1.08 – "Book of Shadows"
*1.09 – "Joshua"
*1.10 – "Marker 262"
*1.11 – "Motel California"
*1.12 – "Breeding Ground"
*1.13 – "Blue Agave"
*1.14 – "Cul de Sac"
*1.15 – "The Box"
*1.16 – "Undesirables"
*1.17 – "Second Wave"
*1.18 – "Blind Witness"
*1.19 – "Deluge"
*1.20 – "Melody"
*1.21 – "The Aftertime"
*1.22 – "The Decision"

eason two


*2.01 – "Target 117"
*2.02 – "Deepthroat"
*2.03 – "The Apostles"
*2.04 – "Susperience"
*2.05 – "The Channel"
*2.06 – "Red Flag"
*2.07 – "Prayer for the White Man"
*2.08 – "The Purge"
*2.09 – "Lost Souls"
*2.10 – "The Heist"
*2.11 – "Ohio Players"
*2.12 – "Night Falls"
*2.13 – "Normal Illinois"
*2.14 – "All about Eddie"
*2.15 – "Playland"
*2.16 – "The Harvest"
*2.17 – "Rubicon"
*2.18 – "Gladiator"
*2.19 – "Trial of Joshua Bridges"
*2.20 – "Underworld"
*2.21 – "Tomorrow"
*2.22 – "The Believers"

eason three


*3.01 – "Mabus"
*3.02 – "Raven Nation"
*3.03 – "Comes a Horseman"
*3.04 – "Gulag"
*3.05 – "The Flight of Francis Jeffries"
*3.06 – "Still at Large"
*3.07 – "Asylum"
*3.08 – "Eyes of the Gua"
*3.09 – "Skywatchers"
*3.10 – "The Plan"
*3.11 – "Wednesday’s Child"
*3.12 – "Unearthed"
*3.13 – "Shadowland"
*3.14 – "Legacy"
*3.15 – "The Edge"
*3.16 – "The Vessel"
*3.17 – "Requiem"
*3.18 – "Checkmate"
*3.19 – "Black Box"
*3.20 – "Beneath the Black Sky"
*3.21 – "Terminal City"
*3.22 – "Twice Bless’d"

Other media

"First Wave: Subject 117" is a novel by Chris Brancato and Karen Holmes published in June 2000.

References

External links

* [http://www.scifi.com/firstwave/ SciFi.com official site]
* [http://www.firstwavetv.net First Wave Continuum w/Discussion Forums & Interactive FW Info]
* [http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Theater/2119/firstwavetable.html Camarila’s First Wave Episode Guide]
* [http://epguides.com/firstwave/ First Wave (A Titles and Air Dates Guide)] epguides.com
* [http://www.tv.com/first-wave/show/2700/episode_listings.html?season=0 First Wave Episode List] TV.com
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