Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: September 16, 2005 — February 1, 2006
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict, Peter Dinklage, Charles S. Dutton, Matt Sigloch, Mark Berry, Scott MacDonald, Diane Venora, Maurice Godin, Jake Abel, Maura Claire Barclay, and Jeff Cockey.
TV show description:
A sci-fi drama that focuses on a secret government project which investigated the first Earth contact with an extraterrestrial species. Often referred to as a “reverse X-Files,” the main characters sought to hide the details of an alien visit rather than uncover the conspiracy.
Episode 13 – Alienville: Caffrey and Cavennaugh go out to a town called Allenville in search of a Doctor who they think is infected and find more than they were looking for. Meanwhile things at Threshold get heated with the pregnancy of the infected woman coming to an end.
The series DVD set offers some clues as to what would have happened if Threshold had continued:
The abnormality in Ramsay’s brain (which caused him to be a dwarf) actually protects him from the alien infection. His drug and alcohol problem would have gotten worse and he would also have eventually “hit bottom.”
Following the discovery of a 320-year-old probe in episode 11, we would learn that the aliens have been sending probes to Earth every 160 years or so (with another 80 currently on the way). The probes failed to cause much damage at the time due to a lack of travel and technology.
The series had a three-year story arc and the series title would have changed each season. The second year would have been called Foothold which would refer to the next level of Molly’s plan that dealt with a massive alien invasion. The third season would have been Stranglehold and would have dealt with the response to a well-established alien presence.
There hasn’t been any news of reviving the series or resolving the open storylines.
Behind the Scenes
|•||Threshold was cancelled by CBS in November 2005 after an unsuccessful move to Tuesday nights, leaving four episodes unaired. The complete series aired in the UK and was later run on the Sci Fi Channel in the US. The complete DVD set was released in August 2006.|
|•||The cancellation notice came midway through production of “Alienville.” As a result, the end of the episode was changed to show Molly (Gugino) having a dream conversation with a nine-year-old alien/human boy (representing the just-born baby). He tells her that her Threshold plan will eventually succeed in stopping the alien invasion, but that she will die along the way.|
|•||There are rumors that there were 14 episodes of the series but in fact only 13 were produced.|
|•||CBS’ Threshold was one of three forays into the science-fiction genre by the three major neworks in the 2005-2006 season. NBC aired Surface and ABC tried Invasion. None lasted past the first year.|