Three Inches

Last updated
Three Inches
ThreeInchesLogo.jpeg
Genre
Created by Harley Peyton
Starring Noah Reid
James Marsters
Kyle Schmid
Stephanie Jacobsen
Naoko Mori
Julian Richings
Craig Eldridge
Antony Del Rio
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers Harley Peyton
Jace Alexander J. J. Jamieson [1]
Running time90 minutes
Release
Original network Syfy
Original release
  • December 29, 2011 (2011-12-29)

Three Inches is an American science fiction action television film, intended to serve as the pilot episode for a proposed series. Created by writer-producer Harley Peyton and directed by Jace Alexander it aired on Syfy on December 29, 2011. The show follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, focusing on Walter Spackman, played by Noah Reid, an underachiever who develops a telekinetic ability after being struck by lightning.

Contents

The movie received favorable reviews, but failed to spawn into the TV series.

Plot

On the same day that 26-year-old Walter Spackman confesses his love to the non-reciprocating Lily, he is struck by lightning. He awakens from a coma to discover that he has gained the ability to move objects with his mind up to a distance of three inches. The mysterious Troy Hamilton recruits Walter to join his team of superheroes and Walter joins in the hope of helping to improve the world.

Walter's first mission is to recover a package on behalf of an unknown client. The "package" turns out to be a young girl named Cassie, who has a set of superhuman abilities. Deeply troubled, Walter quits the team but returns to headquarters with teammate Watts, best friend Macklin and Cassie's sister to rescue the girl. The next day Troy tells Walter that he had no idea that the "package" was a person. Upon learning the truth, he counted on Walter's sense of decency to lead him to quit and, as a "disgruntled former employee", rescue Cassie while giving Troy the "plausible deniability" he needed. Walter rejoins the team.

Cast

Main characters

Supporting characters

Development

Syfy initially planned to develop Three Inches as an hour-long drama. Syfy announced the project in March 2010, [2] and the network ordered the pilot in October. [3] The pilot was delivered to the network at around the same time as the pilot for Alphas , another series with a similar premise. Syfy executives liked both pilots but felt that Alphas had better potential as an hour-long series. The network began exploring ways to reformat Three Inches, including possibly making it into a half-hour sitcom. [4]

Critical reception

Brian Ford Sullivan of The Futon Critic gave the pilot a generally positive review. He found that the show has "an inherent cleverness" and was fun to watch. He particularly praised the performances of Reid and Marsters. However, he found the show's mixing of tones, from Walter's "slightly wacky home life" to the gloominess of his daily existence to the camaraderie with his fellow heroes to the dark possible consequences of their mission, to be uneven. [5]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Marsters</span> American actor (born 1962)

James Wesley Marsters is an American actor, musician, singer, comic book writer, and audiobook narrator.

<i>Power Rangers Turbo</i> Television series

Power Rangers Turbo is a television series and the fifth season of the Power Rangers franchise. The show was prefaced with the franchise's second film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Black Vulcan</span> Comics character

Black Vulcan is an African-American superhero on the animated series Super Friends created by Hanna-Barbera, voiced by Buster Jones.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wonder Girl</span> Alias of multiple DC Comics superheroines

Wonder Girl is the alias of multiple superheroines featured in comic books published by DC Comics. Donna Troy, the original Wonder Girl, was created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani and first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #60. The second Wonder Girl, Cassie Sandsmark, was created by John Byrne and first appeared in Wonder Woman #105. Both are protégées of Wonder Woman and members of different incarnations of the Teen Titans. The alias has also been used in reference to a younger version of Wonder Woman as a teenager. In the 2020s, DC introduced a third Wonder Girl in Yara Flor, who hails from a Brazilian tribe of Amazons and was shown in a flashforward to one day succeed Diana as Wonder Woman.

<i>Misfits of Science</i> American television series

Misfits of Science is an American science fiction comedy-drama television series created by James D. Parriott that aired on NBC from October 4, 1985, to February 21, 1986.

<i>Hex</i> (TV series) TV series or program

Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine TV and aired on Sky One. The story is set in a remote English boarding school with a mysterious past. Series one explores the supernatural relationship between a Fallen Angel named Azazeal and a student called Cassie who is also a witch. In the second series the story centres on 500-year-old anointed one Ella Dee, and Azazeal's son Malachi. Both series of the show are available on Region 2 DVD, with the first series released on Region 1 DVD in June 2007.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)</span> Superhero

Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark, also known as Wonder Girl, is a superheroine appearing in DC Comics. She was created by John Byrne and first appeared in Wonder Woman #105. The second Wonder Girl, Cassie is a sidekick of the superheroine Wonder Woman and has been featured as a member of the Teen Titans.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bristow Helicopters Flight 56C</span> Aviation accident

Bristow Helicopters Flight 56C was a helicopter flight that flew between Aberdeen and the Brae Alpha oil rig in the North Sea. On 19 January 1995, the AS 332L Super Puma helicopter operating the route, registered G-TIGK and named Cullen, was struck by lightning. The flight was carrying 16 oil workers from Aberdeen to an oil platform at the Brae oilfield. All 18 people on board survived.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Warren Christie</span> Canadian actor (born 1975)

Hans Warren Christie is a Canadian television and film actor known for his roles as Ray Cataldo on the ABC drama October Road and as Aidan "Greggy" Stiviletto on the ABC series Happy Town. More recently, Christie starred as Cameron Hicks in the SyFy series Alphas.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cassie Scerbo</span> American actress, singer and dancer

Cassandra Lynn Scerbo is an American actress, singer and dancer. She was one of the members of the all-girl pop band Slumber Party Girls in the CBS children's music variety series Dance Revolution. In acting, she starred as Brooke in the film Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), as Lauren Tanner in the ABC Family comedy-drama series Make It or Break It (2009–2012), and as Nova Clarke in the Sharknado film series alongside Ian Ziering and Tara Reid (2013–2018).

<i>The Good Witch</i> 2008 Canadian film

The Good Witch is a television film that aired on the Hallmark Channel on January 19, 2008. It stars Catherine Bell as Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale and Chris Potter as chief of police Jake Russell. The film has spawned a franchise of six followup television films and the television series Good Witch.

Warehouse 13 is an American science fiction television series that originally ran from July 7, 2009, to May 19, 2014, on the Syfy network, and was executive produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins for Universal Cable Productions. Described as "part The X-Files, part Raiders of the Lost Ark and part Moonlighting", the show's blend of science fiction, comedy and drama is said to have borrowed much from the American-Canadian horror television series Friday the 13th: The Series (1987–1990). The program follows a team of field agents who retrieve artifacts that have become charged with energy that can give them dangerous powers if misused. Once retrieved and neutralized, the objects are stored in Warehouse 13, the latest in a line of storehouses with infinite capacity that have served this purpose for millennia.

<i>Alphas</i> American science fiction dramatic television series (2011–2012)

Alphas is an American superhero drama television series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. It follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, known as "Alphas", as they work to prevent crimes committed by other Alphas.

<i>The Secret Circle</i> (TV series) 2011 American supernatural teen television drama

The Secret Circle is an American supernatural fantasy teen drama television series that aired on The CW from September 15, 2011, to May 10, 2012. It is based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. Set in the fictional town of Chance Harbor, Washington, the series focuses on Cassie Blake who, after moving to the town, discovers that she is a hereditary witch and becomes the sixth member of a secret coven. The series was developed by Andrew Miller and was picked up by The CW on May 17, 2011. On October 12, The CW ordered a full 22-episode season.

<i>Starcrossed</i> (novel) Fantasy paranormal romance novel by American author Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed is a fantasy paranormal romance novel by American author Josephine Angelini. The story follows a girl named Helen Hamilton, who is gradually revealed to be a modern-day Helen of Troy. After discovering her heritage, Helen learns that a union with the boy she loves may trigger a new Trojan War. The novel was followed by the sequels Dreamless and Goddess, and received praise from critics and fantasy authors amidst its release.

<i>Lost Girl</i> (season 1) Season of television series

Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. The series was created by Michelle Lovretta and is produced by Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures Inc., and Keyframe Digital Productions, Inc., with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, and in association with Shaw Media. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her superhuman abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins.

<i>Ascension</i> (miniseries) 2014 science fiction mystery drama TV miniseries

Ascension is a 2014 science fiction mystery drama television miniseries which aired on CBC in Canada and Syfy in the United States. It consisted of six 43 minute episodes, grouped into three chapters of two episodes each. The show was created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. The pilot was written and executive produced by Philip Levens, who served as the showrunner.

<i>12 Monkeys</i> (TV series) 2015 American television series

12 Monkeys is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. It is a science fiction mystery drama with a time traveling plot loosely adapting the 1995 film of the same name, which was written by David and Janet Peoples and directed by Terry Gilliam, itself being inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 featurette La Jetée; the series credits Marker and both Peoples for their original works.

Reunion (<i>Runaways</i>) 1st episode of the 1st season of Runaways

"Reunion" is the pilot and first episode of the American television series Runaways, based on Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The pilot was written by series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, with Brett Morgen directing.

<i>Night Man</i> (TV series) American TV series or program

Night Man is a superhero television series, developed by Glen A. Larson, that aired in syndication from September 15, 1997, to May 17, 1999. The series is loosely based on the character from The Night Man comic book published, through the Ultraverse imprint, by Malibu Comics, which was later purchased by Marvel Comics, and was created by Steve Englehart, who also wrote three episodes of the series.

References