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First hour-length episode in which team
member Curtis has a near-death experience which releases a
doppelgänger into the world at large.
The closing episode to Season One has the
OSIR team battling a prehistoric monster in the Russian wastes
with fatal results.
An excellent cliff-hanger ending to Season
Two when the OSIR discover a gateway to another dimension, and
we learn that one of the team is a traitor.
The team investigate UFO sightings in a small town and discover
that low flying helicopters are to blame. Yawn.
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Each episode is based on true cases from the files of the Office of
Scientific Investigation and Research OSIR. Each story
follows the investigation by a team of OSIR experts of an incident
that apparently defies explanation by all the standard means of
enquiry and forensic science. Often the teams conclusions
support the existence of extraterrestrial life or the supernatural,
but occasionally a more down-to-Earth explanation is uncovered in
the grand old tradition of Scooby-Doo.
Dan Ghostbusters Aykroyd, who introduces each episode of
Psi Factor Rod Serling style, has been a lifelong student of
the paranormal and, along with his brother Peter Aykroyd, is one of
the main driving forces behind the show. Undoubtedly the popularity
of the similarly-themed The X-Files made selling the show a
somewhat easier task.
First Run: The
show débuted on 11th April 1996 in the States but eventually
made it over to the UK in 1998 when the Sci-Fi Channel acquired
Seasons One and Two. Sci-Fi will be showing the third season later
of Episodes: By the end of the
third season, which is still in production, the show will number 66
one-hour episodes. However, most of the first season shows were made
up of two half-hour stories.
The Good Guys:
In the first season the OSIR team comprised Case Managers Professor
Connor Doyle (Paul Miller) and Dr Curtis Rollins (Maurice Dean
Wint), rookie Lindsay Donner (Nancy Anne Skovich), physicist and
statistician Peter Axon (Barclay Hope), psychiatrist Professor Anton
Hendricks (Colin Fox) and anthropologist and former journalist
Natasha Constantine (Lisa LaCroix). For Season Two, Connor Doyle was
replaced by Matt Praeger (Matt Max Headroom Frewer), and in
Season Three the team was joined by Director of Operations Frank
Elsinger (Nigel Bennett) and Security Co-ordinator Ray Donahue
The Bad Guys:
Well, its not quite that black and white on this show. As with
The X-Files the bad guys are sometimes not as bad as they
and vice versa! Semi-regular Michael Kelly (Michael
Moriarty) is effectively Psi Factors equivalent of
Deep Throat and pops up in several stories to give a helping hand.
And Isnt That... War
of the Worlds stars Lynda Mason Green and Philip Akin pop up in
the Season One episodes Reptilian Revenge and The Undead
respectively. Teen heart-throb Corey Haim is in the final episode of
Season Two, The Egress.
Well, although quite a good show, Psi
Factor is very obviously borrowing from The
X-Files on a weekly basis and they do rather overplay the
serious docu-drama angle, particularly in the early episodes.
Definitely smart suits, rain coats and
sensible skirts. Dull.