Strange World TV Series Overview (1999)


Introduction

Strange World is an American television programme about military investigations into criminal abuses of science and technology.

ABC commissioned 13 episodes, of which three aired in March 1999, before the network cancelled the programme. The remaining ten episodes produced subsequently premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in Spring 2002.

Brilliant, terminally ill, army scientist Paul Turner investigates criminal activities that involve unethical experiments on humans, environmental hazards, biological weapons and a mysterious group with a sinister agenda.

Outline

USAMRIID was created in 1970 to counter the threat of chemical and biological weapons.
Section 44 of the charter permits it to investigate criminal abuses of science.

Text at the beginning of the pilot episode.

Captain Paul Turner (Tim Guinee) is a doctor for The United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), who suffers from a rare form of aplastic anaemia as a result of exposure to chemical weapons during the Persian Gulf War. USAMRIID lures him out of his sickbed with the opportunity to bring justice to others suffering from unethical uses of science and technology. Unknown to his superiors, he is given a temporary cure for the symptoms of his disease by a mysterious woman who is an agent of a shadowy organisation that may be trying to thwart the goals of USAMRIID. He requires periodic doses of the cure to remain functional, a weakness that the shadowy organisation occasionally uses to control him. Both the machinations of the “shadowy organisation” and Turner’s dependency on the “cure” are ultimately resolved in the final episode of the series.

Cast

  • Tim Guinee … Captain Paul Turner, 13 episodes, 1999-2002.
  • Kristin Lehman … Dr. Sidney MacMillan, 13 episodes, 1999-2002.
  • Sandra Quarterman … Major Lynne Reese, 13 episodes, 1999-2002.
  • Vivian Wu … Japanese Woman, 4 episodes, 1999-2000.
  • Arnold Vosloo … Dark-Haired Man, 4 episodes, 1999-2000.
  • Glenn Morshower … Colonel Gerald Kanin, 4 episodes, 1999-2002.
  • Jenny Mitchell … V.A. Nurse Janice, 3 episodes, 1999-2000.
  • Peter Wingfield … Terrance Shepard, 3 episodes, 2000.
  • Simon Longmore … Beltcher, 2 episodes, 1999-2000.

Trivia

  • In a webchat during the 2002 run on Sci Fi, Gordon stated that, since the producers felt ABC was not going to support the show, the producers had the opportunity to write a conclusion to the story.

Strange World Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Vern Gillum … (2 episodes, 1999).
    • Mick Jackson … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Dan Lerner … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Joseph L. Scanlan … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Brett Dowler … (1 episode, 2000).
    • Peter Markle … (1 episode, 2000).
    • James Whitmore Jr. … (1 episode, 2000).
    • Tucker Gates … (unknown episodes).
    • Dwight H. Little … (unknown episodes).
    • Ian Toynton … (unknown episodes).
  • Producer(s):
    • Manny Coto … co-executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
    • Howard Gordon … executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
    • Tim Minear … producer (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
    • Harvey Frand … supervising producer (1 episode, 1999).
    • Tracey D’Arcy … co-producer (1 episode, 2000).
    • Ron French … co-producer (1 episode, 2000).
    • Mick Jackson … consulting producer (1 episode, 2000).
    • Todd Ellis Kessler … co-producer (1 episode, 2000).
    • Thania St. John … consulting producer (1 episode, 2000).
  • Writer(s):
    • Howard Gordon … (writer and creator) (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
    • Tim Kring … (writer and creator) (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
    • Manny Coto … (written by) (2 episodes, 1999-2000).
    • Tim Minear … (writer) (2 episodes, 1999).
    • John Chambers … (writer) (2 episodes, 2000-2002).
    • Jose Molina … (writer) (1 episode, 1999).
    • Thania St. John … (1 episode, 2000).
    • Jessica Scott … (staff writer) (unknown episodes).
    • Hans Tobeason … (writer) (unknown episodes).
    • Mike Wollaeger … (staff writer) (unknown episodes).
  • Music:
    • Michael Hoenig … (13 episodes, 1999-2002).
  • Cinematography:
    • Peter Wunstorf … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Jon Joffin … (unknown episodes).
  • Editor(s):
    • Lori Jane Coleman … (1 episode, 1999).
    • Michael Ripps … (unknown episodes).
    • Drake Silliman … (unknown episodes).
    • Michael Stern … (unknown episodes).
  • Production:
    • Teakwood Lane Productions.
    • 20th Century Fox Television.
  • Distributor(s):
    • The Sci-Fi Channel (1999) (USA) (TV).
  • Release Date: 08 March 1999 to Spring 2002.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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