Tagged: Science Fiction

Kyle XY

Kyle XY/ABC FAMILY/2006-2009 (Amnesia)

A teenage boy (Matt Dallas) awakens naked in a forest outside Seattle, Washington, with no more knowledge or abilities than a newborn and no belly button.

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Missing standard human behaviors such as anger, joy and love, the teenage savant is adopted by a family and given the name Kyle. The series follows Kyle as he tries to solve the puzzles of who he is and why he has no memory before that day.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter/SYFY/2015–2017 (Amnesia)

Six people emerge from stasis pods with amnesia. They discover they are on a deserted a 27th century spaceship called the Raza and no have idea who they are or what they’re doing here.

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Together, with the help of a female android (Zoie Palmer), the group sets off to discover the meaning of their existence.

With no apparent names, they call themselves One through Six, the names reflecting the order in which they emerged from their pods.

It is later learned that “Two” (Melissa O’Neil) is an artificial human complete with a host of nanites that keep her alive.

 

Inhumans, The

The Inhumans/ABC/2017 (Sign Language)

Black Bolt (Anson Mount), the leader of the mutant Inhumans society who lives on the Moon in the secret city of Attilan. Black Bolt’s voice is so powerful that even an utterance can destroy anything or anyone in his path. He communicates using sign language.

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When Black was a baby, he was placed in a sound dampening chamber to protect members of his family and his society from his devastating voice. As he grew, he learned to control his ability and so became a leader of his people.

Sadly, during his teenage years, Black Bolt accidentally killed his parents in a moment of frustration when he spoke the word “Why?” They were instantly vaporized by the sound of his voice.

Note: Black Bolt and the Inhumans first appeared in the Marvel comic Fantastic Four #45 (1965) whose front cover depicted the phrase: “Among Us Hide…the Inhumans!”

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In The Flesh

In the Flesh/BBC/2013-2014 (Leukemia)

Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan), young woman who lived in the village of Roarton, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Raised by her grandmother, Amy died of Leukemia at age 21. Her gravestone epitaph reads “Amy Dyer 1988-2009 “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (A poem by Dylan Thomas).

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Shortly after her death, Amy Dyer and thousands of other people who died in 2009 were mysteriously re-animated as rabid zombies who began to search the countryside for living flesh to consume.This ushered in “The Pale Wars” as armed militias hunted down and destroyed the living dead threatening their lives.

In the interim, medical research discovered a serum (ULA) that controlled the zombie plague and returned consciousness to the victim’s body. Amy and the surviving zombies were given daily injections of the medication to maintain normalcy. These sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) were given contacts and cosmetics to cover their faces to fit in with the rest of the community. Amy and others of her kind were called “rotters” by the villagers.

For some unknown reason, Amy becomes fully human again, but is stabbed in the heart by Maxine Martin, who thought Amy’s death would bring a Second Rising. After her funeral, the ground above her Amy’s grave begins to move. It is then, Agents of Halperin & Westin enter the graveyard with shovels intent on rescuing Amy who has apparently started to rise again.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D/ABC/2013+ (Aphasia)

Leopold “Leo” Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), member of the Science Tech division of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Homeland Security agency designed to battle terrorism and the sinister agents of HYDRA. Injured in the line of duty, Leo suffered from Aphasia, caused by a lack of oxygen to his brain.

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Born in Scotland on Wednesday, August 19, 1987, agent Fisk is a genius engineer/scientist who attended the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology in 2004 with bio-chem expert Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) who became his best friend and partner when they were hired to work for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Sci-Tech division. They were recruited to Agent Coulson’s team and worked with them on all of their missions.

During the “HYDRA Uprising,” Fitz and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents searched for clairvoyant John Garret, the head of the Centipede Project. During the mission, Leo learned that his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) was actually a sleeper agent for HYDRA.

When Ward found Fitz and Simmons hiding in a medical pod, instead of killing them (per his order from Garrett), he gave them a chance to live by jettisoning the pod which sank to the ocean floor. Fortunately, they escaped to the surface, (there was only one oxygen mask, and Fitz gave it to Simmons) but Fitz spent a long period of time without oxygen which damaged his brain. Consequently, he fell into a coma.

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Jemma and Leo being rescued from the ocean by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.

When he awoke, Leo showed signs of aphasia, a language disorder that makes it difficult to communicate/remembering specific words or names. He now had a lowered speech rate and stumbled with words, especially when he gets agitated. He uses simple phrases rather than the long words he used to use. He also leaves his sentences hanging as he moves on to his next thought.

During his recovery, Leo exhibited signs of amnesia, personality regression, memory loss and hallucinations. As for his hallucinations, Leo talked to Jemma Simmons, his (no longer present) lab partner, for whom he held a strong romantic interest.

Fitz also lost the ability to understand metaphors, allegories and simple day-to-day phrases. For example when he hears someone say, “Guys, drop everything” he replies, “No, this is worth a fortune. I’m not going to drop it.” Another time, when he hears a comment about an impending dire situation (“Storm’s coming.”) Fitz responds, “No, weather’s fine, actually. There’s not a cloud in the sky, I checked.”

“Simmons is not real. I….I knew that. But I needed her, and she….she left. And everybody treats me like…like….like I’m broken. Like I can’t help…But I’m still….smart! I am! It’s just…hard, sometimes. And now Simmons is back, really back, and she’s trying to be nice and treat me the…the….the same.  But I know I’ve changed. I know I’m….different. And I can’t go back. I have new friends now. Mack….Mack helps me get the words right. He is patient and…and…and tells me I’m doing a good job. He understands.” – Leo Fisk

Fisk had a long road to recovery, but he slowly began to regain much of what he lost before his accident. He also learned that his friend, Jemma Simmons was alive and they soon became a couple.

Stingray

Stingray/SYN/1964-1965 (Floating Wheelchair / “Hover-chair”)

Commander Samuel “Sam” Shore (voiced by Ray Barrett), gruff disabled officer who operates the control center at Marineville, a division of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol located in California in the year 2065.

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Shore was injured while working as a security agent for a deep-sea mining platform. When nefarious sorts attacked the platform, Sam rammed their submersible vehicle with his patrol craft. Subsequently, he lost the use of his legs. Shore now moves about on a hover-chair.

Commander Shore relays orders  to Troy Tempest, the Captain of the Stingray, a super-submarine capable of 600 knots of speed and able to submerge to depths of over 36,000 feet.

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Sam Shore in his Hover-chair

Assisting Stone in the control room is Sub-Lieutenant John Horatio Fisher. Stone’s daughter, Lieutenant Atlanta Shore is romantically interested in Troy Tempest.

Troy’s copilot on the Stingray was Phones. They were often joined on missions by Marina, a princess of the undersea kingdom of Pacifica. Marina could breathe under water, but was unable to speak.

WASP’s nemesis is the tyrannical King Titan who rules a race of aquatic warriors known as the Aquaphibians who live in the undersea city of Titanica.


Note: Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, this children’s Supermarionation sci-fi series of 39 half-hour episodes were originally aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and then syndicated in Canada and the United States. The origin of Commander Shore’s disability was revealed on the episode “The Ghost of the Sea.”

Alphas

Alphas/SYFY/2011-2012 (Autism)

Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright), a savant with autism working with a covert operation known as the “Alphas,” whose members each exhibit superhuman abilities.

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Gary has been diagnosed with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (more commonly known as ASD).  He ranks 32 on the CARs Scale – the mild end of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Considered a “human antenna,” Gary has the ability (transduction) to see all electromagnetic radiation/electromagnetic wavelengths and process information as fast as a computer. Consequently, he can hack into cellphone signals, television broadcasts, and WiFi frequencies. He can also find the wavelengths of non-electric objects like trees.

Some points of interest about Gary:

  • Microwave towers interfere with his abilities
  • He goes to bed at 9:30pm. If he misses his schedule, he stays up all night. He awakes each morning at 7:42am.
  • Gary can not drive a car, but wants to.
  • He can block telepathic signals.
  • Gary finds it difficult to lie. He is trying to master that social skill, however, by starting with little white lies.
  • He is susceptible to doS attacks used by hackers.
  • He can’t read Nokia signals.

Along with others of his kind (“Alphas”), Gary uses his superhuman abilities to thwart crimes committed by those bad Alphas who use their gifts for evil. Their nemesis is a group known as “Red Flag” who recruits others with special abilities to work for their criminal causes.

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Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), a neurologist/psychiatrist heads the Alpha team under the auspices the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, a criminal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. Other Alpha team members include:

  • Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie),  former Marine with “Hyperkinesis” who has super reflexes and timing.
  • Rachel Pirzad (Azita Ghanizada), a former CIA linguist with “Heightened Senses.” She can isolate any one of her five senses and heighten their abilities. So she can improve her eyesight, hearing, taste, smell and touch at will (but only one sense at a time).
  • Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell), diagnosed with “Hyper Induction” that gives her the ability to bend a person’s will. They can not refuse anything she verbally instructs them to do.
  • Bill “Mean Bill” Harken (Malik Yoba), a rude, former FBI agent diagnosed with Enhanced Strength – he can control his fight or flight adrenal mechanism. Although strong, Bill can’t sustain his power for long, due to exhaustion.
  • Kat (Erin Way), a free-spirited female with the ability to learn any skill at a glance, but her memory will only last about a month, at which time, her mind dumps the information she acquired during that month, but she still retains the skills. She uses a video camera to capture the events of the last month so she can keep track of what happened to her.

See also: External Link – Gary Bell Video @ You Tube

Star Trek: The Next Generation

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94 (Blind with Augmented Vision)

Starfleet Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton/costar), a black Helmsman/Engineer assigned to the 24th century starship USS Enterprise-D.

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La Forge “saw” via a prosthetic device placed over his eyes called a VISOR (Visual Input Sensory Optical Reflector). The curved, silver band of metal with rows of vertical slits was attached to two blinking red implants embedded into each of his temples. Giordi’s real eyes were covered with a film of white. His artificial sight transcended normal human vision.

The powers of an alien named named “Q” once intervened to give La Forge a moment of “real” sight but Geordi refused the gift.

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In the Star Trek movie Insurrection (1998), Geordi no longer needed his visor. The miracle of technology had provided him with natural sight.

Note: The Geordi character was inspired by a young man named George La Forge who suffered from muscular dystrophy. However, his affliction didn’t keep him from attending as many Star Trek conventions he could afford to go to.

He became a friend of series creator Gene Roddenberry, who made George an honorary Lieutenant in Starfleet before George died in 1975.

While creating new characters for his revival of the series Roddenberry remembered George and as a tribute to the valiant man, named the navigator of the starship, Geordi La Forge.

See also: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Picard)

The Flash

THE FLASH/CBS/1990-91 (Blind)

Reggie(Robert Shayne), blind newsstand operator who recognizes the voice of police chemist Barry Allen, (a.k.a. “The Flash”)

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Reggie appeared on episodes “Sins of the Father” (1990) and “Sight Unseen” (1991).

Note: Robert Shayne is best remembered for his role as Inspector Bill Henderson, a police officer who lived in the city of Metropolis and interacted with Clark Kent (George Reeves), a reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper on the science fiction series ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/SYN/1952-1958.

Born Robert Shaen Dawe on October 4, 1900 in Yonkers, New York, Robert Shayne died on November 29, 1992 (age 92) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Babylon 5

BABYLON5/SYN/TNT/1993-99 (Injured eye)

G’kar (Andreas Katsulas), the ambassador to the planet Narn who lives aboard Babylon 5, a huge space station located in the Epsilon Eridani star system in the 23rd century.

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During the fourth season, G’Kar suffers humiliation and torture by the Centauri Emperor and has his left eye plucked out. Despite his wounds, G’Kar remains committed to peace and worked with his enemy Londo Mollari to benefit his Narn home world.

G’Kar is later fitted with a bionic eye to replace his original one.