After taking and publishing a mysterious photo showing an execution in a third world country, photographer Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood)finds his life ripped apart. He's having dinner with his wife Allison (Megan Greenwood from "Millennium"), goes to the bathroom and comes back to find her gone. When he comes back at different couple is at his table and his wife isn't there. When he asks Geno the owner where she is he doesn't know who his wife is, who he is and why he's complaining about his table being taken. When he tracks her down he discovers his wife no longer knows who he is and there isn't any evidence he's every existed--except that he knows who he is. He remembers his past. That's all that remains.
An intelligent, clever TV series that lasted only one season on UPN (coupled mysteriously with "Star Trek: Voyager" a big mistake on UPN's part)"Nowhere Man", like "The Prisoner" may have been too good for TV, ahead of its time or had the wrong audience for UPN. It would probably have been coupled better with Fox's "The X-Files". Now 10 years later with shows like "LOST" presenting mysteries and conspiracies like "Nowhere Man", the show's time has finally come.
This excellent release from Image Entertainment includes all 25 of the first season episodes. As extras we get commentary tracks including video commentaries by Bruce Greenwood, producer Peter Dunne and creator/writer/producer Lawrence Hertzog. The video commentaries whomever is doing the commentary frequently presented in splitscreen with the episode itself. There are also traditional audio commentaries (they're separate though)as well as promos and interviews with Bruce Greenwood, Hertzog, Megan Gallagher, director Ian Toynton and others.
Image quality varies from quite good to very good.It's clear that the show was remastered from the original broadcast videotapes and not the finished filmed episodes themselves. My guess is that Image ran into the same problem here that they did with "The Twilight Zone:1985/6" where the studio (Buena Vista) wouldn't pay or allow them to go back to the original film masters to remaster them. Regardless, Image has done a stellar job with the source material. There is some minor issues with interlace errors and the image can occasionally look soft as well but, on the whole, the show looks extremely good. The discs with the video commentaries are, essentially, holding four episodes so there are some digital artifacts such as aliasing that occasionally crop up but, on the whole, the series looks excellent. Dialogue and music come across crisp and clear on all the discs in this set providing fans with a good looking good sounding set. With nine discs in the set it doesn't feel as if too many has been crowded onto too few discs. All discs are in the dual layered/single side format. Having had to suffer through some of Universal's dual sided discs (which have had problems with quality control and also are more likely to be damaged), I'm happy that this has been presented in this deluxe format.
We also get Greenwood's promo outtakes for UPN, a couple of fine featurettes "Networking" where Hertzog discusses with former UPN Executive Mike Sullivan why this terrific critically acclaimed series got to air. Sullivan comes across as intelligent and a sharp guy. He approved the show hoping that UPN's launch wouldn't be like the WB or other stations where low brow material dominated the airwaves. He also notes the challenges of a start up network but that's why he was willing to take a big risk on "Nowhere Man". "Fact or Fiction" features a mysterious former CIA operative discussing conspiracies in the real world as compared to the real world. He also discusses just how easy it would be to cut the tether to our identities away and lose who we are in the world. While it isn't to the extreme of "Nowhere Man" it is certainly frightening. We get a four page booklet that gives a synopsis of the plot and the special features for that particular episode. Also included are deleted/extended scenes compared to the finished version scenes done in a picture in picture format. Packaged similar to "Moonlighting" and other shows with plastic inserts holding the DVDs, this set doesn't use tape to hold the sets together but hinges which is a big improvement over previous sets. An exceptional job from Image at putting together a deluxe treatment of this important cult series.