Forty thousand years ago, the most advanced species on Earth was wiped out by a powerful new life form… Us…. (hear the rest in the trailer)
I watched all 13 episodes huddled on the couch under a blanket, half in love with Adam Storke’s character, Tom, and scared for the human race. As far as I can remember, the very last scene showed Tom locked in a cage awaiting his fate. That was it. An announcer’s voice spoke over the end credits to say Prey had been cancelled and there would be no more episodes. I remember releasing a string of expletives that brought my dad into the room to give out to me. The show had a great premise, an X-Files vibe and good chemistry between the leads. I’m not sure why it never took off. If there’s one thing ABC can be counted on, it’s cancelling good shows before they’ve had time to find an audience, The Unusuals starring Jeremy Renner and Amber Tamblyn anyone?
In PREY, the new species of humans are smarter, physically stronger, often violent and are determined to wipe us regular folk out. They’ve also got a handy ability to sense the emotions of those around them and a few other psychic gifts – which I can’t actually remember as I haven’t seen this show in years. Tom is one of these new humans. His mission is to kill the scientist (Sloan) before she can share her knowledge with others. He breaks into her apartment, hides in her bathroom and attacks her. But he doesn’t go through with the hit. Tom knows he’s meant to see humans as animals, mere prey, but he can’t lie to himself any longer. Tom and Sloan start to work together as the weeks go on. There was a Mulder and Scully vibe between them and if given the chance, I think Prey would have found a loyal audience like X-Files. Oh, well.
I’d love to have this for my DVD collection, but I can’t find it anywhere. I have to contend with watching clips from YouTube. 😦
Has anyone heard of this one? What TV shows did you love only to see them cancelled prematurely?