APRIL 2001

 

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    Detective Nick O'Malley (Michael Landes) and his newly assigned partner, Detective Kate Benson (Alexondra Lee), are the two central characters. Nick is a maverick veteran in Special Unit 2. His initial callous, jaded and at times cruel demeanor is revealed to be a result of guilt over the loss of his previous partner; Julie. A criminal called The Chameleon, cut her up into "600 inch-sized cubes." (It would later be revealed that Nick and Julie were having a secret affair.) Kate is one of the rare individuals who acknowledge the existence of Links instead of finding a more acceptable (albeit incorrect) explanation for the traditionally unexplained phenomena that they cause. Her refusal to deny her observations jeopardizes her career as a police officer and estranges her from her fellow officers. Kate's tenacity and conviction leads to her recruitment by Special Unit 2.  

 

 

     "Links" are the common monsters from folklore and mythology (except vampires, whose existence is specifically identified as preposterous), and are described as being the missing link between apes and humans (although other human-like species have evolved, for instance gargoyles, who are identified as humanoid descendants of dinosaurs). They live in hiding and/or disguise among the human population. On occasions when Links are seen by humans, they are usually dismissed as hallucinations or optical illusions, except by those who are especially perceptive. Special Unit 2 is the top-secret division of the Chicago police specifically designated to handle Link-related cases. Other units of the police department are specifically ordered to stay out of Special Unit 2's way, which provides a great deal of leeway and access for cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Special Unit 2 was a short-lived, American sci-fi/comedy television series, filmed in Vancouver, BC and aired on UPN for two seasons from April 2001 through February 2002. The show focused upon the exploits of a top-secret Chicago police division known as Special Unit 2, charged with the task to police the city's large population of mythological beings, known as "Links."

 

 

     Supporting characters include Captain Richard Page (Richard Gant), SU2's commanding officer who sports a fake metal hand that plays in multiple gags to comedic effect. The unit's liaison with the Link community is Carl (Danny Woodburn), a verbally expressive gnome with kleptomania, a penchant for armed robbery and an antagonistic attitude towards Nick, which Nick returns in kind. The antics of Nick and Carl's love-hate relationship contribute a significant element of humor within the fantasy universe of the show. Carl is completely invincible to everything but a diamond-coated saw and dragon fire/teeth.

     Other members of the unit are the technical experts, who provide background, research and technology on various Links. Initially the primary technician is the acerbic Link biologist Sean Radmon (Sean Whalen), succeeded in Season 2 by Jonathan (Jonathan Togo),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

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 CAST: 
  • Michael Landes as Det. Nick O'Malley
  • Alexondra Lee as Det. Kate Benson
  • Richard Gant as Capt. Richard Page
  • Danny Woodburn as Carl the Gnome
  • Sean Whalen as Sean Radmon [ 1 ]
  • Jonathan Togo as Jonathan [ 2 ]
  • Pauley Perrette as Alice Cramer [ 2 ]

Season 1 Episode 1 
The Brothers  -- 
A secret Chicago police unit battles paranormal creatures. First up: a young cop joins the squad after witnessing a gargoyle abduct a child. Partnered with the cynical Nick O'Malley, she allows herself to be used as a decoy in an attempt to catch the creature, which is kidnapping prey to use to feed its new batch of eggs when they hatch in the thousands and swarm the city.

Season 1 Episode 2 
The Pack  -- 
Nick finds an unusual way of taking a bite out of crime when SU2 discovers that a pack of stockbrokers-turned-werewolves are terrorizing the city. Nick must get himself infected and go undercover to infiltrate the pack before they go on a rampage, but he may be in over his head.

Season 1 Episode 3 
The Wraps -- The mummified remains of a Japanese warrior are inadvertently revived during an electrical storm, prompting the crazed corpse to search for items promised to him in the afterlife - including three female concubines

 
Season 1 Episode 4
The Web -- An infestation of spider-like women terrorize the male population of Chicago. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 1 Episode 5
The Waste   --  A creature which forms out of the fat of liposuction patients kills a doctor and escapes into the city's water system. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant

 
Season 1 Episode 6
The Depths --  Kate enlists the help of the Gossamer Fairy when she suspects her sister's latest boyfriend may be a merman - a species of water creature which victimize women. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 1
The Grain --  A mysterious creature takes over Kate's body while she is asleep and forces her to act on her subconscious desires

 
Season 2 Episode 2
The Skin --  When Chicago is terrorized by a deadly new Chameleon, Nick and Kate must turn to the original for help in annihilating the menace. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant

 
Season 2 Episode 3
The Years --  A young male model is found dead of old age. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 4
The Invisible --  An invisible bogeyman commits murder, leaving Nick and Kate to rescue the wrongfully convicted man before his execution. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 5
The Eve  --  An evil presence reappears on Halloween, the one night of the year it can roam without impunity. John de Lancie guest stars

 
Season 2 Episode 6
The Rocks --  Medusa attacks Kate's boyfriend in retaliation for her sister's death

 
Season 2 Episode 7
The Drag --  The theft of a Native American necklace unleashes a fearsome dragon. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 8
The Beast  --  Nick and Kate are called in to investigate a series of murders bearing a familiar pattern and wonder if Jack the Ripper has returned from the grave to stalk victims in Chicago Sci-fi drama, guest starring Tyler Christopher, Alicia Loren Chavez and Jody Thompson

 
Season 2 Episode 9
The Wall  --  Kate attends a high-school reunion that turns into a massacre. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 10
The Straw  --  A sinister scarecrow strikes fear into the hearts of Chicago's populace. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 11
The Love --  Cupid targets a judge with a love potion. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 12
The Piper  --  A creature that possesses mind-control powers uses children to commit crimes. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 
Season 2 Episode 13
The Wish  --  The Genie, a creature that can make wishes come true for a price, is on the loose in Chicago. Sci-fi drama, starring Richard Gant, Michael Landes and Alexondra Lee

 

 

 

 


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