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(2002)

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This is the first time that James McDaniel (General Beers) that played the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He would later do so again in Stargate SG-1: Inauguration (2004) and Stargate SG-1: Lost City: Part 2 (2004).
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The abduction stories and sightings featured in the mini-series are based upon accounts made from people over the many years of UFO believers.
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In "High Hopes", the third episode, Owen Crawford examines the photo of an unidentified married couple abducted by aliens. The photo is of real-life couple Betty and Barney Hill, who became famous in the early 1970's when hypnotherapy sessions allegedly revealed that they had been abducted by aliens.
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This is currently the most expensive film ever shot in Richmond, British Columbia, and pumped more money into the Vancouver suburb's economy than any other movie project.
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The series takes place from August 1944 to December 2002.
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Matt Frewer (Chet Wakeman) appears on screen in six of the series' ten episodes, more than anyone else. Although Dakota Fanning (Allie Keys) narrates all ten episodes, she only appears on screen in the last four.
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The character 'Allie Keys' was ranked #16 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
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The WW2 bombing sequence in episode one was created using NewTek's "Lightwave 3D". The image of Germany was actually a spy photo taken from WW2.
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Tom Clarke is the only human character to survive the entire miniseries.
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In the first episode character Sally Clarke gives the Alien "John" one of her lone star earrings to take with him back into space and she keeps the other. If you look closely in episode 2, when Russell Keys returns home for the first time in ten years, there is a Christmas star decoration behind character Bill, as he stands in the doorway telling Russell to go away, that is made to look exactly like the earrings.
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'Celine Du Tertre' was originally cast as Allie, but during filming was replaced by Dakota Fanning.
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At the time of its airing, it was the highest rated program on the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy). The record was beaten the next year with Battlestar Galactica (2003).
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Mary Crawford appears in seven of the series' ten episodes, more than any other character. She appears as a baby in Taken: Acid Tests (2002), as a 10-year-old in Taken: Maintenance (2002) and as an adult in every episode from Taken: Charlie and Lisa (2002) to Taken: Taken (2002).
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Jacob Davich is the only actor to play two characters on the series: Steve, whom Jesse Keys saved from being run over by a car, in Taken: Acid Tests (2002) and a soccer player in Taken: God's Equation (2002).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This was the first time that Emily Bergl (Lisa Clarke) played a woman who was one-quarter alien. She later did so again in Star Trek: Enterprise: North Star (2003).
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Just before she discovers John in her shed in Taken: Beyond the Sky (2002), Sally Clarke is reading the "Thrilling Space Stories" short story "The Star Tracker" by Les Bohem. This is a reference to the series' creator and sole writer Leslie Bohem. Similarly, in Taken: Jacob and Jesse (2002), Kate Keys reads the children's book "The Adventures of Artemis P. Fonswick" by Hilda Bohem to her son Jesse. The author is named after Bohem's mother Hilda Bohem.
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