M.A.N.T.I.S.

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M.A.N.T.I.S.
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Intertitle
Genre Science fiction
Starring Carl Lumbly
Roger Rees
Christopher Gartin
Galyn Görg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Wilbur Force Productions
Renaissance Pictures
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run August 26, 1994 (1994-08-26) – March 3, 1995 (1995-03-03)

M.A.N.T.I.S. is an American science fiction television series that aired for one season on the Fox Network between August 26, 1994 and March 3, 1995.

The original two-hour pilot was produced by Sam Raimi and developed by Sam Hamm. It stars actor Carl Lumbly. The show is unique in that it depicts an African-American superhero.[1]

Overview[edit]

The wealthy, mild-mannered doctor Hawkins is shot in the spine during a riot, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

After losing a lawsuit against a police officer he holds responsible, he uses his company's resources to invent a powered exoskeleton that not only enables him to walk but gives him superhuman abilities.

Using a vast array of technology, including a large underwater lab and a hovercraft called the Crysalid to fly around the city, he assumes the persona of the vigilante "M.A.N.T.I.S." (Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter Interception System).

There were a number of differences between the pilot and the series. For example, in the pilot, Hawkins wore a suit over the exo-skeleton, it lacked a skullcap, and the headpiece was larger. The setting was changed from Oceania City to Port Columbia, and all of the characters, with Hawkins being an exception, were changed.

The pilot featured Gina Torres as pathologist Dr. Amy Ellis, Bobby Hosea as reporter Yuri Barnes, and Wendy Raquel Robinson and Christopher M. Brown as a pair of African students studying under Hawkins.

In the series, the supporting cast was changed to John Stonebrake, Taylor Savage and Lt. Maxwell, with the plot being completely rebooted.[2]

The bulk of the series' run depicted the M.A.N.T.I.S. operating in a vigilante role, frequently pursued by police, and battling industrialist Solomon Box (Brion James / Andrew J. Robinson).[3]

Poor ratings led to an extensive retooling of the concept. Midway through the show's run, minor characters were jettisoned, and more fantasy adventure elements were incorporated into the premise, including parallel universes, time travel, super-villains, and monsters. In one particular episode, the M.A.N.T.I.S. is accidentally thrown 32 years into the future, where he finds that his own technology has been exploited to create a supercomputer that is being used to enslave the Port Columbia population. He destroys it and sets the human population free before returning to his own time.

In the series' final installment, Miles Hawkins and Lt. Maxwell are killed disposing of an invisible prehistoric dinosaur. John Stonebrake seals off the records and technology that had created the M.A.N.T.I.S., thus averting an apocalyptic future. While the title character's death was given a sense of finality, the story was left open in one respect: when Miles Hawkins returned to 1994 from the year 2026 (a 32 year difference), he did so precisely 32 seconds after his vehicle sent him forward in time, thus altering the computer-controlled future that his disappearance had led to. As such, Miles Hawkins, while dying in the reality that he returned to, was also sent forward in time to an unknown future.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

# Air date Episode Title Synopsis
1 1994-08-26 "First Steps" In the series opener, Miles puts his exoskeleton to use to foil the plans of Solomon Box.
2 1994-09-02 "Tango Blue"
3 1994-09-09 "Days of Rage"
4 1994-09-16 "Cease Fire" A group of teenagers addicted to an intelligence enhancing drug kidnap the head of the company....and Taylor, whose friend is part of the group, end up hooked while looking into it
5 1994-09-23 "Soldier of Misfortune"
6 1994-09-30 "Gloves Off"
7 1994-10-07 "The Black Dragon"
8 1994-10-14 "To Prey in Darkness"
9 1994-10-21 "Fire in the Heart" A slumlord uses a teenager with pyrokinetic abilities to commit arson acts.
10 1994-11-04 "Thou Shalt Not Kill"
11 1994-11-11 "Revelation"
12 1994-11-18 "Through the Dark Circle"
13 1994-12-09 "The Eyes Beyond" M.A.N.T.I.S. is accidentally hurled into a future where Port Columbia is ruled by an evil super computer.
14 1994-12-16 "Faces in the Mask"
15 1995-01-06 "The Sea Wasp" Miles becomes the target of a scientist who has genetically altered herself to created a new amphibious race.
16 1995-01-20 "Progenitor" The clone of an old associate of Miles (Vincent Schiavelli) kidnaps Miles and replaces him with a clone in order to start up a long dead project.
17 1995-01-27 "Switches" The mind of a mad scientist exacts revenge on those responsible for his death via electricity.
18 1995-02-10 "The Delusionist" A deranged magician uses a hypotic device to brainwash the teenagers of Port Columbia, among them Taylor and Leora's sister.
19 1995-02-17 "Fast Forward" A criminal with super speed (Curtis Armstrong) plagues Port Columbia. How can M.A.N.T.I.S. stop a villain who moves faster than the human eye?
20 1995-03-03 "Spider in the Tower"
21 1997-09-07 "Ancestral Evil"
22 1997-09-14 "Ghost of the Ice"

Production[edit]

The series was produced in Vancouver BC Canada. Many Vancouver landmarks such as the dome of Science World appear. It took 3 Years to film due to Carl Lumbly being busy filming NightJohn.

DVD release[edit]

The series was released on Amazon's Digital Download service Unbox on April 2, 2008. A DVD release of the series was released on January 27, 2009.[4]

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