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By James Whittington, Monday 7th June 2021
If its action packed, sci-fi infused drama you are after then First Wave is the series for you. With Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola on board as one of the Executive Producers the series ran for 66 action-packed episodes which managed to combine high-quality drama with a cool conspiracy theory strand.
The series concentrates on former thief now Security Specialist Cade Foster (Sebastian Spence), as he struggles to uncover an alien conspiracy by deciphering prophecies from Nostradamus as well as being on the run for a murder he did not commit. Along the way he meets The Gua, an alien race of hybridised genetic clones who are focused on enslaving the human race.
Now, the problem with informing people about this series is that if we mention too much plot we give too much away. Think of The X-Files meets The Twilight Zone with some NCIS thrown in and you've got the flavour. There is a main thread here and that is "can the future be re-written?"
With tight scripts and a cast that excels with the weird storylines, First Wave delivers consistently across its three seasons. The constant chase element as well as bringing in the concept of missing poetic quatrains Michel de Nostredame that's Nostradamus to you and me.
Sebastian Spence gives a stellar performance as the main character of Cade, a man trapped in a situation that defies explanation, a real sense of despair and loss comes across in the first few episodes and then as the story progresses how he becomes more and more hardened against the antagonists.
First Wave contains an interesting twist on alien invasion/global takeover which gives the series an edge over what has gone before. By mixing several back stories as well as an intriguing and original concept the series is addictive viewing. The series moves along at a steady pace with each episode building on its ever-darkening tone without feeling as if its treading water or going over old ground. We mentioned the cast earlier and there are some really interesting players here including Traci Lords in a recurring role as well as Katharine Isabelle and William B. Davis popping up.
As with all cult TV shows there were some spin-off merchandise and the comic books are well worth searching for as they expand on some of the more obscure characters mentioned or seen in the series.
First Wave, weekdays from June 16th at 8pm on Horror showing as part of the Sci-Fi Zone strand.
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