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Taken (2002 Spielberg miniseries)- d3-4/6

Director(s): Tobe Hooper, various

Theatrical Release: 2002

Cast: Joel Gretsch, Dakota Fanning, Ryan Hurst, Matt Frewer, Julie Benz, Anton Yelchin

Genre(s): TV, Sci-Fi, Drama, melodrama, Dean's List

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 360m.

Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, the ten-episode, 20-hour miniseries Taken was one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by cable TV's Sci-Fi Network, ultimately costing 40 million dollars -- a price that proved well worth it, inasmuch as the series posted the network's highest-ever ratings. Covering a period from 1947 to the present, the story focused on three different families, each of whom was profoundly affected by extraterrestrial visitation. The Keys family was headed by WWII bomber pilot Russell Keys (Steve Burton), who spent virtually his entire adult life haunted by his "close encounter" with aliens. The Clarkes were originally represented by lonely Texas waitress Sally Clarke (Catherine Dent), who was impregnated by a charming stranger (Eric Close) who turned out to be an alien survivor of the Roswell crash. And the lives of the Crawfords were dictated by ruthless Army officer Owen Crawford (Joel Gretsch), who was determined to prove that the government had covered up the truth about Roswell by dedicating his life to tracking down all space aliens and their half-human descendants. The story was narrated by Allie Keys (Dakota Fanning), a "hybrid" child of the present day, whose story determined the outcome of the final episodes. Boasting impressive computer-generated special effects and eye-popping facial makeup, Taken was seen over a two-week period, beginning December 2, 2002, and ending on December 13. (allmovie.com)

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05: Maintenance - It's 1980 and Eric Crawford is now the head of the UFO program. Soon after his father's death, he blackmailed government officials into giving him the post. Jesse Keys is married but is becoming increasingly paranoid over his abductions and agrees to seek professional help. He soon finds himself under the control of the military. Jacob is married and still has his special powers. He returns to Texas and reunites with his family at their mother's death bed. He tells his brother Tom about his origins and Tom goes from being the biggest pessimist to the strongest believer in aliens. This catches Eric's eye who cannot help but wonder what made him change his mind. To get that information, he starts an affair with Jacob's sister Becky. (imdb.com)

06: Charlie and Lisa - Jacob Clarke dies at a relatively young age. His wife eventually re-marries but his daughter Lisa, five years after his death, is abducted by aliens. Eric Crawford is out of a job and back to civilian life after the aliens recover all of the artifacts from the Roswell crash. As the years go by the various characters go about their lives but in 1991, Crawford is called back to service when the payload aboard a spacecraft vanishes. Jesse Keys' son Charlie is a successful schoolteacher but has decided that he will resist any further attempts at abducting him. Lisa meets Charlie when they are both abducted; she finds out soon after that she is pregnant. Crawford tells his now adult daughter Mary about the work he has been doing and invites her to join him. (imdb.com)

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07: God's Equation - Mary Crawford has joined her father's project but is proving to be cut from the same cloth as her grandfather as she is quite vicious and will stop at nothing to succeed. The scientists believe they have found a way to block signals from the implant. Charlie and Lisa meet quite by accident in a group therapy session and after subsequently undergoing hypnotherapy, realize that Charlie is the father of Lisa's 9-year old daughter Allie. When an emotionally unstable member of the therapy group shoots Charlie and takes all of the others hostage, Allie demonstrates remarkable powers. In order to save everyone however, Allie agrees to go with Mary Crawford. (imdb.com)

08: Dropping the Dishes - With Allie Keys in government custody, the plan is to use her as bait to attract one of the alien vessels. Mary Crawford finds herself out of the project however when it's taken over by General Beers. Charlie and Lisa are desperate to find Allie and Lisa undergoes hypnosis to see if she can make a psychic connection. She determines that Allie is in North Dakota and they set off to find her. Mary Crawford, using her many contacts, gets the same information and they all converge on the US Army site. When the alien craft arrives, Mary takes drastic action. (imdb.com)
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