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My name is Thomas Veil, or at least it was. I'm a photographer, I had it all: a wife, Alyson... friends, a career. In one moment it was all taken away, all because of a single photograph. I have it, they want it, and they will do anything to get the negative. I'm keeping this diary as proof that these events are real... I know they are... they have to be..."
The noirish action of Nowhere Man may or may not be taking place entirely in the mind of its hero, Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood), a photojournalist specializing in stark, brutal war shots. In the first episode, Veil attends a showing of his work, which includes "Hidden Agenda," a disturbing photo of American military personnel apparently presiding over an execution in an unnamed Third World country. Almost immediately upon its display, Veil's life is ... destroyed. Erased. Zeroed. Un Personed. He becomes a fugitive non-person, on the run from the mysterious forces that want the "Hidden Agenda" photo destroyed and forgotten.
The series had Veil Walking the Earth, dealing with often disturbing happenings throughout middle America which were probably caused by the same organization that was targeting him, although hard truths were difficult to come by on this show, and the viewer was often left with a sense of uncertainty which mirrored Veil's own.
Not to be confused with the song by The Beatles.
Note: in some cases below even the trope names can be spoilers.
- Adventure Towns
- Christmas Episode: It's nearly Christmas when Tom sees a newspaper reporting that the FBI are looking for him to testify. His family welcomes him back for the holiday and everything seems to have been a mistake. Then he finds the house has been turned over by his wife, looking for the negatives. He takes them from the hiding place and goes back on the run.
- Dramatic Hour Long
- The Ending Changes Everything
- Executive Meddling: The multi-episode arc involving a member of the Conspiracy turning on them and supplying Tom with a laptop detailing various conspiracy operations was apparently the result of this.
- Evil Plan: Everything in the series Thomas Veil goes through is part of the Conspiracy's scheme to test their Fake Memories treatment.
- Failure Is the Only Option
- Fake Memories
- Government Conspiracy
- Homage: The town full of erased people is a pretty obvious one to The Prisoner.
- Ironic Echo: "My name is Thomas Veil"
- Loss of Identity
- Meaningful Name: Thomas Veil
- Mysterious Informant: Partway through the series one of the members of the conspiracy starts giving Tom info on the Organization who "erased him" in hopes Tom will take them down from within.
- Mundane Dogmatic
- Ontological Mystery (of a sort)
- Post Modernism: One of the Conspiracy's plots involved randomly broadcasting a television show that depicted scenes from Veil's life after his erasure.
- Screwed by the Network : See this smart, well written show here? Canceled for Moesha re-runs and...wait for it...Homeboys in outer space. Is it any wonder UPN doesn't exist anymore?
- Stern Chase
- Was It All a Lie?? Tom asks this question of his wife who was seemingly in on the conspiracy from day one.
- X Meets Y: Some fans describe this show as The Fugitive meets The Prisoner.
- Yank the Dog's Chain
- Walking the Earth