Full Name: Darien Fawkes
Series Name: The Invisible Man, The I-Man
Nationality: American
Organization: The Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matt Greenberg
Time Span: 2000 - 2002


Darien Fawkes is an agent with The Agency.

For most of the time we follow his adventures he is an agent. Before that he was a guinea pig in a bizarre experiment. Before that he was a career criminal.

Fawkes and his brother Kevin were raised by their uncle and aunt when their father abandoned them and soon their mother passed away. The uncle was a scientist and it was from him that brother Kevin got interested in science. Fawkes though was rebellious and spent his time learning how to pick locks and perform other dubious functions that would make his planned life of crime easier.

As a thief he was, apparently, only mediocre because while he was still fairly young in his adulthood when we hook up with him, he had already spent two sessions in prison, showing he might have been good at things like breaking and entering but he needed work at not getting caught. Our first visit with him was when he broke into a house to rob it, surprised the sleeping old man who lived there, and when the man had a heart attack, Fawkes was faced with the choice of scramming or staying to give CPR. His moral code forced him to do the latter and he got nabbed by the police. It being California and his third strike, he was sent away for life.

That's when his brother steps in, needing a subject for his experiment on invisibility. Fawkes is told that if he cooperates and

works with his brother and team, he would receive a pardon.

The experiment is having an artificial gland implanted in his neck which would excrete a substance they called quicksilver (but apparently not mercury despite the two being synonymous). This substance would swiftly exude from all his pore and the gleam would somehow turn him invisible. Over the next few weeks, Fawkes got good enough with controlling the gland that he could even turn things he held invisible as well. But, of course, there was a side-effect. Quicksilver caused his emotions to escalate and anger and lust and other not so good feelings started to control him. It was discovered that unless a counter-agent was applied, Fawkes would fall victim to Quicksilver Madness.

Fawkes moves from being a lab rat to being a government agent with the Agency when one of his brother's team turns out to be a terrorist who wants the ability to use it in his attacks. A fight ensues and Kevin is killed and the Agency steps in. In exchange for providing the counter-agent, Fawkes would become an operative for them using his ability to turn invisible to pull off all sorts of missions,


Number of Episodes:46
First Appearance:2000
Last Appearance:2002

Vincent VentrescaDarien Fawkes [ 1-2 ]
Paul Ben-VictorRobert Albert Hobbes [ 1-2 ]
Shannon KennyClaire Keeply [ 1-2 ]
Michael McCaffertyAlbert Eberts [ 1-2 ]
1 Pilot Part 1
Episode 1-1, first aired 06/09/2000
Director: Breck Eisner
Writer: Matt Greenberg

Darien Fawkes' successful career as a burglar comes to a halt when he deviates onto the straight and narrow to save his intended victim. Receiving a life sentence, Fawkes is rescued by his brother who uses him as a test subject in the Quicksilver project. After the project is sabotaged, Fawkes sets out to avenge his brother and rescue himself from the gland inside his brain.

2 Pilot Part 2
Episode 1-2, first aired 06/09/2000
Director: Breck Eisner
Writer: Matt Greenberg

Darien Fawkes' successful career as a burglar comes to a halt when he deviates onto the straight and narrow to save his intended victim. Receiving a life sentence, Fawkes is rescued by his brother who uses him as a test subject in the Quicksilver project. After the project is sabotaged, Fawkes sets out to avenge his brother and rescue himself from the gland inside his brain.

3 The Catevari
Episode 1-3, first aired 06/16/2000
Director: Paul Greenberg
Writer: Ian Emes

Fawkes is sent after an escaped mental patient whose skin is poisonous to the touch, under suspicion that he might one of The Agency's old experiments.

4 Ralph
Episode 1-4, first aired 06/23/2000
Director: Adam Nimoy
Writer: Craig Silverstein

A child witnesses an assassination but refuses to speak to anyone except ‘Ralph', her invisible best friend. Fawkes must convince her that is exactly who he is before the sniper can kill the witness. At the end, Fawkes calls the Keeper Dr. Jekyll and she calls him Mr. Hyde.

5 Tiresias
Episode 1-5, first aired 07/07/2000
Director: Boris Damast
Writers: Peter Hume, Josh Koch

Fawkes and Hobbes investigate a blind prophet who warns his customers to kill themselves before they kill their loved ones. However, when the man reveals to be aware of Darien's nightmares and the Quicksilver Madness, Darien is afraid the man's newest prophecy - him killing Hobbes under the Quicksilver Madness - might become true.

6 Impetus
Episode 1-6, first aired 07/14/2000

Searching through rooms in The Agency, Fawkes finds an old woman and sets her free in the belief that she is being used to blackmail the Keeper into working with the Agency, only to learn afterwards that the woman has been infected with a rapid aging disease that begins to affect him as well.

7 The Devil You Know
Episode 1-7, first aired 07/21/2000

The Official is arrested after a surveillance operation goes awry. The new leader of The Agency proves to be even more manipulative than The Official so Fawkes and Hobbes take it upon themselves to clear their boss' name.

8 Liberty and Larceny
Episode 1-8, first aired 07/21/2000

Fawkes' old partner in crime appears in town with a job for both of them.

9 The Value of Secrets
Episode 1-9, first aired 08/04/2000

Fawkes and Hobbes are sent to investigate the theft of a Quantum Computer. During their investigation, Fawkes discovers that this computer may be the key to getting the gland out of his head.

10 Separation Anxiety
Episode 1-10, first aired 08/11/2000

Hobbes begins stalking his ex-wife only to discover her new fiancée might genuinely be more than what he claims to be.

11 It Hurts When I Do This
Episode 1-11, first aired 08/18/2000

A fall leaves Hobbes in the hospital with short term memory loss. While roaming the halls, both Fawkes and Hobbes witness strange surgeries that leave them doubtful about the medical ethics of the doctors.

12 The Other Invisible Man
Episode 1-12, first aired 08/25/2000

Nightmares plague Fawkes as he begins to see another invisible figure around the city. After The Official is attacked, the agents begin looking into the history of Project Quicksilver and learn Darien was not the first test subject after all.

13 Reunion
Episode 1-13, first aired 09/08/2000

Did Kevin really die in the lab? Fawkes begins to doubt it, especially after he receives a phone call from his supposedly dead brother.

14 Cat & Mouse
Episode 1-14, first aired 09/15/2000

The Chinese government sets out to capture the invisible agent for their own experiments. Unfortunately, the agent they target is the very visible Hobbes.

15 Beholder
Episode 1-15, first aired 09/22/2000

Fawkes gets too close to an assassin and is blinded by his prototype weapon, with only the gland saving him from permanent loss of vision. While a blind model shows him a new way to experience the world, the agents continue to seek out the killer.

16 Ghost of a Chance
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/08/2001

Fawkes is sent to Mexico to impersonate a ghost and convince a prime minister to vote in their government's favor. They aren't the only agency interested in the vote, and the other side has a strangely powered agent too.

17 Flowers for Hobbes
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/15/2001

Hobbes is injected with a drug that gives him super intelligence. When everyone else exposed to the drug commit suicide, Claire and Darien set to work to save Hobbes from himself.

18 Perchance to Dream
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/22/2001

Claire attempts to gun down a jogger and, when stopped, she insists the man is trying to kill her. Alarmed, Fawkes and Hobbes investigate a sleep clinic where patients are being fed suggestive dreams.

19 Frozen in Time
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/29/2001

Chrysalis is capturing and freezing scientists to preserve them for future generations. Kate (from episode 1.09) is one of the intended victims and enlists Fawkes' aid to keep her safe.

20 Diseased
Episode 1-20, first aired 02/05/2001

Fawkes' cold becomes a serious concern when he begins secreting black quicksilver. Things spiral steadily downward after he is checked into a government hospital where the doctor seems far more interested in harvesting the gland than curing Darien.

21 The Lesser Evil
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/12/2001

After receiving a copy of his file at the Agency from Allianora, Fawkes discovers there is a plan called Solution Beta. He is approached by Chrysalis to join their organization. After discovering the truth about Solution Beta, Fawkes becomes a double-agent.

22 Money for Nothing: Part 1
Episode 1-22, first aired 03/23/2001

The Official uses Fawkes' invisibility to ‘up the odds' at a casino. Fawkes later decides stealing money from the backroom is easier. When Fawkes refuses to turn over the money, The Official cuts off his supply of counter agent and Fawkes is sent into a new level of quicksilver madness.

23 Money for Nothing: Part 2
Episode 1-23, first aired 03/30/2001

Fawkes' euphoria of ‘stage five' madness continues to lead him down strange paths as he hunts down a doctor that's in a relationship with Arnaud. Hobbes turns to the only man who might be able to cure Fawkes: Arnaud.

24 It's a Small World
Episode 1-24, first aired 04/06/2001

Allianora and Darien enjoy a night of love-making that results in a camera being inserted into Darien. With Chrysalis able to watch his every move, invisibility isn't an asset, unless Darien can play decoy for the other agents.

25 Legends
Episode 2-1, first aired 04/13/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Craig Silverstein

Bigfoot is invisible? Fawkes begins to wonder if the gland was inspired by a natural source when he and Hobbes are sent to investigate a series of deaths in the wilderness.

26 The Camp
Episode 2-2, first aired 04/20/2001
Director: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: Jonathan Glassner

A new agent joins The Agency but her agenda revolves entirely around the search and rescue of her baby son.

27 The Importance of Being Eberts
Episode 2-3, first aired 04/27/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Dean Orion

When someone begins attempting to hack Agency computers, Eberts becomes a team asset in trying to track the hacker. Yet Eberts' behavior becomes increasingly erratic until everyone begins wondering how well they really knew him to begin with.

28 Johnny Apocalypse
Episode 2-4, first aired 06/15/2001
Director: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: David Levinson

Monroe sends Fawkes and Hobbes to retrieve Adam, a boy infected with a time release virus. Realizing she intends to kill the boy, Fawkes flees with Adam and searches for anyone that can help, even if that means making deals with Chrysalis.

29 Going Postal
Episode 2-5, first aired 06/22/2001
Director: Bill Norton
Writers: Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman

Fawkes, Hobbes and Monroe each take turns narrating their take on a mission to the post office dead letter office where Hobbes abruptly went mad and attempted to shoot the workers.

30 Brother's Keeper
Episode 2-6, first aired 06/29/2001
Director: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: Craig Silverstein

Using the same method of awakening memories stored in RNA as in episode 1.11, Darien awakens his brother's mind to see if Kevin knows how to extract the gland. Arnaud discovers Kevin's return and kidnaps him in hopes of solving his own quicksilver problems.

31 Insensate
Episode 2-7, first aired 07/06/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Jonathan Glassner

A man bereft of all senses except touch appears in Fawkes' apartment. Calling himself Tommy Walker, the stranger claims to be an escapee from another government experiment. Believing Walker can help in removing the gland, Fawkes sets out to rescue him from an agency which is willing to kill anyone to keep Walker contained.

32 Den of Thieves
Episode 2-8, first aired 07/13/2001
Director: Bill Norton
Writers: Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman

Darien goes undercover as a criminal to help stop a terrorist before he has the chance to implement his plan.

33 Bad Chi
Episode 2-9, first aired 07/20/2001
Director: James A. Contner
Writer: Dean Orion

Darien goes to an acupuncturist when his back begins to annoy him. A pressure point causes the gland to activate and the acupuncturist concludes an invisible agent might be able to solve a problem for her whether he wants to or not.

34 Flash to Bang
Episode 2-10, first aired 07/27/2001
Director: Bill Norton
Writer: Craig Silverstein

After being hit by lightning during an operation against Chrysalis, Fawkes wakes up in the hospital with no memory of who he is. While the doctors try to figure out what the lump on his brain scan means, Chrysalis, The Agency and Arnaud all race to be the first to claim ownership of the John Doe patient.

35 Germ Theory
Episode 2-11, first aired 08/03/2001
Director: George Huang
Writer: Tom J. Astle

An experimental dose of counteragent begins spreading permanent invisibility to those Fawkes comes in contact with. As the agents begin experiencing quicksilver madness, Claire searches for a solution before the counteragent runs out.

36 The Choice
Episode 2-12, first aired 08/10/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Ann McGrail

A raid on a Chrysalis baby farm finally returns Alex's baby to her, but it turns out that the baby is the biological son of Jarod Stark and his wife, Alex was only a surrogate mother. But when the foster mother arrives on her doorstep, Monroe has to question who would make a better parent.

37 Immaterial Girl
Episode 2-13, first aired 08/17/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writers: Jonathan Glassner, David Levinson

Fawkes begins seeing a woman ghost and the investigation that follows leads him to the woman's daughter, and a very strange murder situation.

38 Father Figure
Episode 2-14, first aired 08/24/2001
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: David Levinson

Fawkes and Hobbes' search for a rogue agent sniper leads them to the last person Darien expected to see again: his father.

39 A Sense of Community
Episode 2-15, first aired 09/07/2001
Director: Jay Tobias
Writers: Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman

Fawkes and Hobbes are sent to a retirement home for secret agents whose identities have been exposed. Neither are interested in staying, but leaving turns out to be against the rules.

40 The Three Phases of Claire
Episode 2-16, first aired 09/14/2001
Director: Martin Wood
Writer: Dean Orion

Claire is accidentally injected with an experimental truth serum. The drug is said to have three phases; constant babbling, paranoia, and loss of inhibitions. Kidnapped by the terrorist whom the drug was supposed to be tested upon, Claire struggles to hold back all the secrets of Project Quicksilver while Fawkes and Hobbes attempt to track her down.

41 Exposed
Episode 2-17, first aired 09/28/2001
Director: Ian Barry
Writers: Gabrielle Stanton, Harry Werksman

Tommy Walker's memories are beginning to resurface but as Walker realizes who he used to be, he wonders if he wants to live with the person he is now.

42 The Invisible Woman
Episode 2-18, first aired 01/04/2002
Director: Adam Davidson
Writer: Dean Orion

A Chinese scientist who uses a device to turn invisible tries to enlist Fawkes' aid to remain so indefinitely, as she is hideously scarred, though her government claims she is a terrorist. Fawkes must go behind his employers' backs to find out who he can trust.

43 Mere Mortals
Episode 2-19, first aired 01/11/2002
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Steven D. Binder

With the counteragent no longer responding properly, Claire turns off the gland in order to experiment. Darien enjoys the freedom of being able to bungee jump and have casual sex without turning invisible but The Agency has a burglary planned and Fawkes is still the best agent for the job, with or without the invisibility.

44 Possessed
Episode 2-20, first aired 01/18/2002
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Julie Ferber Frank

A new counteragent causes problems when it causes quicksilver madness in everyone who touches the quicksilver residues.

45 Enemy of My Enemy
Episode 2-21, first aired 01/25/2002
Director: Craig Silverstein
Writer: Craig Silverstein

Darien discovers a recently un-invisible Arnaud and they must work together to break free from Chrysalis. Arnaud turns on the Agency but leaves behind a possibility to remove the counteragent dependency from the quicksilver gland. Darien pleads to Claire to figure out the formula even though she's risking her job.

46 The New Stuff
Episode 2-22, first aired 02/01/2002
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Craig Silverstein

Claire succeeds in altering the gland, freeing Darien from counteragent dependency and Agency control. Though Darien quits and Claire is fired, when Chrysalis begins a new tactic, they reluctantly return to assist The Agency in the fight.


In the scheme of things it seems like this is a fairly recent two-season show but of course it is now two decades. I was not a fan of the show when it was on and only watched a couple of episodes because it seemed determined to go all artsy-fartsy on me with flashbacks and strange lights and background music that seemed more at home in the psychedelic 60's. Plus at the time I did not care for the main character, moral code notwithstanding. I keep meaning to give it another shot but so far, my apprehension based on my memories have won out.


My Grade: B


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