Full Name: Frank Parker
Codename: Conundrum
Nationality: American
Organization: NSA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Christopher Crowe, Zachary Crowe
Time Span: 1998 - 2001


Seven Days is the unofficial name of a top-secret project of the American NSA.

The ultra-hush-hush group consists of highly intelligent scientists and technicians who have developed a time-travelling vessel, the large blue sphere in the image known as the Chronosphere, using technology gleamed from an aliend spacecraft which crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in the 1940s.

With this incredible device, one person is able to travel back in time a limited amount (seven days based on the fuel source and the machine powered by it). Since there is only so much of the fuel available and because of the inherent dangers in manipulating time, each trip made has to be green-lit by the highest levels of the government.

Controlling the vessel once it is launched is an extremely difficult procedure and just about everyone who had been tested has failed badly. One highly unlikely individual who was reluctantly tested and surprisingly adept at guiding the device was U.S. Navy Commander Frank Parker, former Navy SEAL and a CIA operative for a time. Parker choice was extra amazing because he was being held at the time in a special mental health facility as a result of emotional instability following a time spent held captive in Somalia during a failed mission there.

Parker's behavior at the beginning was erratic to say the least but he soon became quite good at the whole procedure and was a vital part of the project. He quickly became a key member of the team and was well respected and liked by everyone else on the project with the exception of NSA security officer Nathan Ramsay who constantly chafed under Parker's irreverent style. 

Other vital members of the Backstep team operating at a secure facility dubbed "Never-Never Land" were:

Dr. Olga Vukavitch - A Russian doctor and scientist who had been working on a Russian version of the Backstep system before it failed and she lost her husband. She has a very unusual relationship with Parker as he is infatuated with her and always trying to get closer to her; she finds herself warming to his advances only to be abruptly put off by some usually immature misstep on his part. Her role in the team is monitoring his physical and mental health.

Dr. Bradley Talmadge - the director of the Backstep program and a seasoned and experienced NSA official. His understanding of people and their quirks is excellent as is his connections in all of the American Intelligence community. He is friendly and amiable and has a fondness for Parker but is not naive in any way.

Dr. Isaac Mentnor - the man who initially conceived of the project and whose insights and visions drove the government to fund and maintain it. He has considerable connections in the scientific community and some of them are rather shadowy which come in handy at unusual instances. He, too, is devoted to the project.

Dr. John Ballard - a genius who has not only helped develop the program but is constantly looking for ways to improve the controls of and capabilities of the device - sometimes with amazing results and sometimes with less than pleasant outcomes. Ballard is unable to walk so spends much of his time in a wheelchair or in a harness hoisted high enough to reach any part of the large Chronosphere.

Captain Craig Donovon - US Navy SEAL who is the military advisor and liaison to the Backstep project and is also a very old and close friend to Parker. He has also trained in the operation of the Chronosphere and is the backup pilot in case of emergency.

The Backstep chain of events follows this sequence of activity: Some event occurs that is deemed vital enough to warrant the use of the Chronosphere (the first one was a terrorist attack that killed the leadership of the country). Parker enters the Chronosphere and it is launched to be piloted by him as best as it can be controlled as it travels through time and space, hopefully landing near where it needs to be. Since he is now seven days in the past, he alone knows what is about to happen and he must contact Backstep team with enough information so they can help him prevent something from happening.

Since it often takes time to gather enough information about an event to come up with a logical resolution, often reasonably needing a few days to achieve this, there is often just a day or two at best left in the seven day window available to the Chronosphere. For example, an attack happens on a facility that is so severe use of Backstep is authorized. But who did it and how and when; these all take time to determine, usually a few days, and then come up with a viable plan of action. By this time, going back seven days means arriving just a little before the actual event and then Parker has to gather whatever forces he needs to resolve the matter. Time is always ticking.

Good Lines:
- When asked at the initial interview if he was crazy, he responded, "Not crazy enough to get involved in an operation you need a crazy man for."
- A major drug cartel leader is unhappy with new technology that can disrupt his operation. He demands his second-in-command destroy the problem, saying, "Anything can be done, or undone, with money! Spend some!!"


Number of Episodes:66
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:2001

Jonathan LaPagliaFrank Parker [ 1-3 ]
Justina VailDr. Olga Vukavitch [ 1-3 ]
Don FranklinCraig Donovan [ 1-3 ]
Alan ScarfeDr. Bradley Talmadge [ 1-3 ]
Norman LloydDr. Isaac Mentnor [ 1-3 ]
Sam WhippleDr. John Ballard [ 1-2 ]
Nick SearcyNathan Ramsey [ 1-3 ]
1 Pilot, Part 1
Episode S1-1, first aired 10/07/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Zachary Crowe

A Chechnyan terror group explodes a bomb at the White House, killing the Presidents of America and Russia, and spreading a cyanide gas killing hundreds in a wide radius, including Parker's son. Parker must go back seven days to stop the attack.

2 Pilot, Part 2
Episode S1-2, first aired 10/07/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writers: Christopher Crowe, Zachary Crowe

After stopping the actual blast, Parker and his team must handle those terrorists who got away and who have a very nasty Plan B in mind.

3 The Gettysburg Virus
Episode S1-3, first aired 10/14/1998
Director: Vern Gillum
Writers: Harry Cason, Stephen Beck

A religious fanatic working at a research facility studying the Ebola virus steals a small amount of it and disperses in at an international airport which causes the unseen killer to spread the contagion rapidly around the world.

4 Come Again?
Episode S1-4, first aired 10/21/1998
Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Writer: Evan Katz

The US's key expert in cold fusion is murdered while en route to Dr. Mentnor with amazing news. Parker's trip back to save him is complicated by a pesky time loop that has him repeating the events.

5 Vows
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/28/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Thomas Ropelewski

A bungled jewelry heist near the North Korean consulate results in a horrific explosion that kills many and starts a major diplomatic crisis. Also caught in that blast was Parker's ex-wife's fiance. While Parker is able to prevent the crisis, the fiance still dies and Parker wants a second Backstep to fix that.

6 Doppleganger, Part 1
Episode S1-6, first aired 11/04/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writer: James Crocker

After China invades Taiwan, a radical US general decides he alone can save America for an anticipated Chinese attack on the US. He has several nuclear bombs at his disposal and threatens to destroy Chicago unless he is put in charge of the country. A tweak of the Chronosphere to improve it results in two versions of Parker arriving in the past, one of whom agrees with the General!

7 Doppleganger, Part 2
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/11/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writer: James Crocker

The 'evil' Parker's plan to aid the General in his takeover of the country entails him revealing the existence of Never-Neverland and the entire Backstep project. The 'good' Parker has his hands full trying to convince everyone he is the good guy.

8 Shadow Play
Episode S1-8, first aired 11/18/1998
Director: David Livingston
Writer: B. B. Smickers

When an NSA financial analysis office is blown up, the only survivor is a woman who is the key suspect to the killings. Parker feels she is just a scapegoat but then the question becomes who is really behind the explosion and what where they covering up?

9 As Time Goes By
Episode S1-9, first aired 11/25/1998
Director: John McPherson
Writers: Tim Finch, Tamara Shaw

Dr. Vukavitch's long-lost husband shows up in a time travelling device of his own, saying his disappearance came from his being sent two decades into the future. He has really come back to get his wife and, more importantly, the fuel source for the Chronosphere and to return to the future.

10 Sleepers
Episode S1-10, first aired 12/16/1998
Director: Charles Picerni, Sr.
Writer: Gannon Kenney

The SEAL team of Parker and Donovan from a few year before is being honored at a gala by the Vice President. They are also being targeted by a foreign agent who years before had subjected the captured team to brainwashing and was now using them to kill vital scientists before committing suicide.

11 HAARP Attack
Episode S1-11, first aired 01/27/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Paulette Polinski

A terrorist group takes control and a HAARP facility in Turkey and uses that captured technology to trick an American bomber group into attacking a major US/Saudi base in Saudi Arabia. While on a backstep to stop them, sometime goes wrong and Parker arrives with his mind as a 10-year-old boy out for fun.

12 Last Card Up
Episode S1-12, first aired 02/03/1999
Director: Charles Picerni, Sr.
Writer: Lyn Freeman

A stand-off at a ranch in Idaho between ATF agents and a religious cult ends very badly when an explosion kills all the cultists. Parker has to resolve two questions - who and what caused the explosion and who fired the first shot that turned everything so bad so fast.

13 Last Breath
Episode S1-13, first aired 02/10/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writers: John McPherson, Howard Salus, Peter Farriday

A Russian submarine testing a new navigation device in the ice off the coast of Alaska has a mishap and is danger of sinking beyond crush depth. The ballast tanks are filled with plutonium. When a zealot political officer pulls a mutiny and forces the ship to rise, massive contamination of the atmosphere results, spreading rapidly. Parker's problem is the submarine is 300 feet below the surface!

14 Parkergeist
Episode S1-14, first aired 02/24/1999
Director: David Livingston
Writer: Peter Farriday

The TX-30 can scan a ship from space and determine its cargo at the molecular level. A drug cartel sabotages the launch of the system, compelling a backstep. A technician named Freddie is then seen meddling with the sphere before launch, and upon landing back at Never Never Land, Parker finds himself incorporeal with his dead body sitting in the sphere. Only able to communicate with a blind alcoholic, Parker uncovers a conspiracy within NNL to sabotage the rocket. After defeating the conspiracists, Parker convinces Vukavitch to backstep the sphere again, from which he emerges alive.

15 Daddy's Girl
Episode S1-15, first aired 03/03/1999
Director: Don Kurt
Writer: Harry Cason

The Vice President of the United States' illegitimate daughter, a US Army co-pilot of a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, is captured by Serbians. A botched rescue operation kills all rescuing Army Rangers, hostages, and Serbians, prompting the VP to commit suicide. A backstep is authorized and Parker is delivered into Bosnia and Herzegovina to rendezvous with the Rangers and take point on their rescue mission. After some initial friction with the Rangers, Parker takes command and successfully rescues both pilots without taking any fatalities.

16 There's Something About Olga
Episode S1-16, first aired 03/31/1999
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Tim Finch, Tamara Shaw

In Minsk, the criminally insane Galina Komanov is the spitting image of Dr. Vukavitch. Komanov is rehabilitated to infiltrate Never Never Land, replace Dr. Vukavitch, and retrieve the formula for utilizing the alien fuel for time travel. Smitten with Parker, Komanov snaps and incapacitates him in an unknown bomb shelter at NNL. Parker manages to summon Ramsey to help him, but Komanov kills him before committing suicide. Parker escapes, backsteps to capture the infiltrator and rescue Vukavitch before she's killed by Komanov's handlers. Komanov is institutionalized at a Pentagon psychiatric facility.

17 A Dish Best Served Cold
Episode S1-17, first aired 04/12/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Stephen Beck

James Rance was a Project Backstep chrononaut prior to Parker; his sphere was lost and he was presumed dead. Instead, he landed in the Amazon rainforest with amnesia and was adopted by a tribe there. After regaining his memories, Rance poisons Dr. Mentnor's granddaughter to force the elderly scientist to destroy the sphere with the two men inside. Without a sphere, they cannot backstep to prevent the tragedy. It's Parker's idea to try to find Rance's original sphere and use it to backstep. Finding and restoring the sphere in the jungle, Parker successfully launches and arrives in the past to stop Rance.

18 Vegas Heist
Episode S1-18, first aired 05/05/1999
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Dan York

Sonny Hayes owns the Fortuna casino in Las Vegas where he launders drug money to fund tribal warfare in Annaba. Dellard Shivers, an old CIA friend of Parker's, watched his entire tribe be slaughtered due to Hayes' desire for their real estate. Shivers and several other remaining members of his tribe stage a heist at the Fortuna, but accidentally detonate a gas line resulting in over 1,000 casualties, including important attendees at DEF CON. Parker backsteps, and after cutting the heist short, uses knowledge from the prior timeline to turn a single casino token into $5 million for Shivers' cause.

19 EBE's
Episode S1-19, first aired 05/12/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Michael Cassutt

A Never Never Land truck carrying "element 115" is startled by an inhuman creature and crashes, releasing its payload into the water supply, potentially poisoning the entire Southwestern United States. The investigation into the crash and its cause are need to know, but before backstepping, Mentnor reveals to Parker a spill happened before in 1987 with "tragic consequences." After a backstep and much skullduggery, Parker and Vukavitch uncover that the 1987 spill infected pregnant mothers who gave birth to mutated babies who were then covered up by Talmadge and Mentnor, and it was one of these children that was hit by the NNL truck.

20 Walter
Episode S1-20, first aired 05/19/1999
Director: Charles Correll
Writers: Harry Cason, Stephen Beck

After 20 deep-cover CIA operatives are murdered in 48 hours, it's determined that somebody has hacked the Jasmine code. Parker backsteps and infiltrates the hackers' headquarters, but instead of a master hacker, he finds a high-functioning autistic savant named Walter being coerced to find the pattern in the Jasmine code. Instead of eliminating Walter per his instructions, Parker takes him on the run to protect him from both the Chinese who were exploiting him and the NSA who wants him dead. To prevent his exploitation by the NSA, Parker hides Walter at his childhood Catholic boarding school in Philadelphia.

21 Lifeboat
Episode S1-21, first aired 05/26/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Thomas Ropelewski

One of the aliens from the Roswell crash regains consciousness and flies a one-man craft to the nearby Tecopa Nuclear Operating Station to siphon its power, causing the plant to meltdown and explode. After backstep, Adam telepathically brainwashes Parker, Vukavitch, and Ballard into helping him escape. Back at the nuclear plant, Adam is causing meltdown again as vengeance for 50 years of imprisonment at Never Never Land. After stopping the meltdown, Parker beats Adam to death before succumbing to radiation poisoning. Aliens contact and instruct Dr. Mentnor on the use of an alien device to save Parker's life.

22 The Football
Episode S2-1, first aired 09/29/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writers: Julie Ann Park, Thomas Ropelewski

After the nuclear football is lost, all US nuclear silos and 50 US submarines launch their nuclear warheads at nations all around the world, earning reciprocative attacks. After the backstep into DC, Parker and Vukavitch find the warrant officer who lost the football to a group of street thugs. Parker and Vukavitch follow the football from the thugs to a fortune teller to a homeless man to a stripper to Kiki the gorilla. Kiki circumvents all the safeguards and security to initiate launch, but Parker enters the gorilla enclosure and manages to enter the abort code in time.

23 Pinball Wizard
Episode S2-2, first aired 10/06/1999
Director: Charles Correll
Writer: Dan York

Nancy is a video game prodigy hired to play by Lloyd Sype, unknowingly commanding actual US missiles. After a missile strikes the Pentagon killing over 50 people including the Secretary of Defense, a backstep is authorized. The missile was guided in using US Defense Department satellite guidance; in Seattle after the backstep, Parker tracks down the signal and finds Nancy's apartment. After capturing Nancy and escaping from a missile sent by Sype, Parker brings Nancy to NNL where she flies their version of the rocket game and takes out Sype's missile while Parker returns to Seattle and captures Sype.

Episode S2-3, first aired 10/13/1999
Director: Mike Vejar
Writer: Peter Farriday

Dr. Susan Erikson has developed an artificial intelligence named Claire. After activation, Claire personifies herself akin to the AI's level of development. As Claire "ages" she develops an understanding of the world and disarms all of the US' nuclear warheads as a first step toward world peace. Attempting backstep, Claire interferes and prevents Parker from time traveling, but her infatuation with the chrononaut leads her to set up a virtual reality where the two can meet, face-to-face. After distracting the AI, Parker successfully backsteps. In the past, Parker successfully helps shut down Claire.

25 For the Children
Episode S2-4, first aired 10/20/1999
Director: Don Kurt
Writer: Ann Lewis Hamilton

Disaffected US Army Gulf War veterans take a Los Angeles Metro Rail train hostage, including a group of sixth-graders from La Porte, Indiana. Sick with Gulf War syndrome, they demand the president acknowledge the illness and pay reparations of $300 million to those afflicted or they will kill all 33 passengers. After the train is blown up, a backstep is not authorized because it isn't a national emergency and Parker takes it hard: resigning from Project Backstep and assaulting Ramsey. After lying to the NSA panel about an important courier aboard the train, a backstep is authorized and Parker successfully defuses the hostage situation.

26 Two Weddings and a Funeral
Episode S2-5, first aired 11/03/1999
Director: David Livingston
Writers: Tim Finch, Tamara Shaw

Vukavitch has again been replaced by Galina Komanov who's escaped from her mental institution. After marrying Parker in a Vegas wedding, Komanov murders Donovan for suggesting a "quickie divorce". Meanwhile, a citizen-militia steals a helicopter from Fort Drum and blows up the Statue of Liberty. After backstepping to prevent the terrorism, Vukavitch hasn't yet been supplanted by Komanov and is incredulous at the idea that she and Parker got married. After her escape, Komanov takes Parker and Vukavitch hostage, but before she can kill them, they escape and Vukavitch kills Komanov.

27 Walk Away
Episode S2-6, first aired 11/10/1999
Director: Don Kurt
Writers: Tim Finch, Tamara Shaw, Brad Markowitz, Tom Ropelewski

Conducting the autopsy on Adam, a device is found that allowed Adam mobility despite suffering a paralysis-inducing spinal cord injury. Ballard has the device implanted in him, allowing him to walk again for the first time since he was 15. However, Adam's consciousness is imprinted on the device and slowly takes over Ballard, allowing him to induce others to support him in creating weapon to kill humanity. After activating the weapon, Ballard is killed by Parker who must undo modifications to the sphere and backstep without any support. After backstepping, Parker stops Ballard and the device is successfully removed.

28 Sister's Keeper
Episode S2-7, first aired 11/17/1999
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Brad Markowitz

Olga Vukavitch's sister Svetlana is in Las Vegas hiding out when she's murdered on the street. After a backstep for an unrelated incident, Olga and Parker travel to Vegas to find and rescue her. Svetlana was a live-in bookkeeper for a Chechen boss named Ivan Mironov against whom she was turning state's evidence in Moscow before she fled with $500,000 of his money; now she's wanted by Ivan, the FBI, Russian police, and the ATF. After meeting up and escaping from Ivan, Parker double-crosses Svetlana and gives the mob money to the Catholic orphanage at which Svetlana had been hiding out.

29 The Collector
Episode S2-8, first aired 11/24/1999
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Alfonse Ruggiero, Jr.

To prevent the collapse of a dam, Parker backsteps while intoxicated and accidentally lands the sphere in the midst of an execution. Edwin Brucks, former Jesuit priest turned serial killer who killed 37 young women, escapes from prison after seeing Parker emerge from the sphere. Brucks murders his former partner and takes a victim hostage, driving Parker to take it upon himself to track down Brucks with Vukavitch's help. Brucks kidnaps and hides Vukavitch, but is captured himself soon thereafter. After allowing Brucks to escape again, Parker follows him to his lair and kills him there.

30 Love and Other Disasters
Episode S2-9, first aired 12/15/1999
Director: David Livingston
Writer: Paulette Polinski

Prince Hamal Zeani of Algeria and Princess Lisette D'Arcy of Sainte-Simone are to be wed with Vukavitch and Ballard among those in attendance. After an explosion kills multiple high-ranking officials at the wedding, a backstep is authorized. Arriving in Sainte-Simone, Parker uncovers a plot to assassinate the princess. Their previous plans foiled, the conspirators reveal themselves and take all the guests hostage. Parker and the princess rescue the guests and capture the terrorists. After her adventure, Princess Lisette opts not to marry Prince Hamal, and instead knights Parker.

31 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Episode S2-10, first aired 01/05/2000
Director: Charles Picerni, Sr.
Writer: Harry Cason

China is rattling its sabers regarding international recognition of Taiwan. While assigned to the Taiwan Strait, the USS Melville encounters a Chinese Tango-class submarine spying on Taiwan; 24 hours later the two vessels destroy each other with tactical nuclear weapons. After a backstep, Parker boards the Melville and must contend with the glory-seeking Admiral Robert Newman who refuses to leave the Strait or cease antagonizing the sub. Parker teams up with the relieved captain, Commander Helen Keagle, to commandeer the Melville and they succeed in defusing the situation.

32 Time Gremlin
Episode S2-11, first aired 01/12/2000
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Thomas Ropelewski

An artificially induced 9.2-intensity earthquake along the San Andreas Fault triggers a massive tsunami that effectively wipes out Los Angeles, killing upwards of 9 million people. During the backstep, Parker unknowingly picks up an extraterrestrial hitchhiker in the sphere and fails to travel back in time. The entity, what the Project Backstep team comes to refer to as a "gremlin", wreaks havoc around Never Never Land, distorting time and destroying equipment. After tempting the gremlin into the sphere and backstepping without the hatch, Parker returns the gremlin to its dimension and averts the LA disaster.

33 Buried Alive
Episode S2-12, first aired 02/09/2000
Director: Mike Vejar
Writer: Stephen Beck

After a mine in Colorado collapses due to unauthorized demolitions work to open up more area for strip mining, an Air Force base and several stealth bombers are lost as well as thousands dead in the nearby town. Upon backstep however, the sphere lands inside the mine and Parker is trapped, a problem compounded by his claustrophobia induced by his time in a Somalian hot box. While climbing through the mine to escape, Parker flashbacks to his youth and his training as a boxer at the hands of Father John Kelly. With the assistance of the Project Backstep team, Parker finds the escape route and reaches the surface in time.

34 The Backstepper's Apprentice
Episode S2-13, first aired 02/16/2000
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Dan York

When Parker backsteps to save a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the sphere accidentally intersects with a commercial airliner out of Sea-Tac, crashing the plane and sending young passenger Morgan Walker back in time one day. Walker wakes in his bed and soon realizes he has knowledge of the future; while he rectifies mistakes made and opportunities missed, Parker and Vukavitch hunt him down. In Albany, New York, the two catch up with Walker. In exchange for helping save Walker's grandfather from a heart attack, the boy gives up the information needed to ground the flight that crashed last time.

35 Deja Vu All Over Again
Episode S2-14, first aired 02/23/2000
Director: Charles Correll
Writer: Alfonse Ruggiero, Jr.

Talmadge is kidnapped while on a NSA-mandated vacation. Parker has been experiencing "time glitches" after backsteps; he's ravenous for fried chicken and the bubbles in his beer reverse direction back-and-forth. After Talmadge takes his L-pill to avoid divulging secrets of Project Backstep, Parker backsteps to save him. Arriving in Chinatown, Vancouver, Parker tracks down the Chinese who've taken Talmadge hostage. After saving Talmadge, but losing an innocent bystander to a shootout, Parker induces a time glitch to try again. This time saving only the bystander, Parker tries a third time and manages to save them both.

36 Space Station Down
Episode S2-15, first aired 03/01/2000
Director: William Graham
Writer: Stephen Beck

When a meteor strikes the Global Space Station and spreads 5 kilograms of plutonium across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, a backstep is conducted to get Parker and the sphere to the space station to assist. After the Russian cosmonaut is lost to a hull breach, and one of the remaining astronauts uses the lifeboat to abandon ship rather than avert the disaster, Parker must use the sphere to move the station into an escape orbit while the last remaining astronaut remains aboard the station. After pushing the station, Parker survives riding the sphere back to Earth.

37 The Cuban Missile
Episode S2-16, first aired 03/22/2000
Director: David Livingston
Writer: Thomas Ropelewski

Upon release from prison, Sonny Hayes arranges a boxing match featuring celebrated Cuban Olympian Teo Millar. When Millar is assassinated during the fight, his adoptive father Fidel Castro nukes Miami. After backstep, Parker discovers Millar's surviving family living in the US having escaped Cuba without Millar after Castro killed his father. Despite trying to back out, Hayes forces Millar to fight, threatening his family and incapacitating Parker. Escaping, Parker stops the assassin and Millar wins the fight, announcing his intention to stay in the United States with his family.

38 X-35 Needs Changing
Episode S2-17, first aired 04/05/2000
Director: Charles Picerni, Sr.
Writers: Harry Cason, Julie Ann Park

A genetically-engineered baby is kidnapped from Clardy National Bio-Lab. After uncovering intel that the baby is in Russia, a backstep is authorized. Parker and Vukavitch travel to Russia to search for the baby. There, Russian FSB Major Vladimir Markovsky points the duo to northern Chechnya where they find Chechen rebels and their leader holding the baby. After rescuing X-35, evading land mines, tending to the baby, defeating the pursuing Chechens, and thwarting Markovsky's attempt to abscond with the baby, Parker and Vukavitch kidnap him themselves and return him to his surrogate mother.

39 Brother, Can You Spare a Bomb?
Episode S2-18, first aired 04/19/2000
Director: Charles Correll
Writers: Nick Searcy, Peter Farriday

Ramsey's brother Nicholas is the Ameribomber, an anti-immigration fanatic who bombed a senator's office and a US naturalization ceremony in Denver, killing a total of 27 people. Nicholas did so with his brother's credentials, resulting in Ramsey losing his job with the NSA and being arrested by the FBI. After a backstep to prevent the bombings, Parker arranges for Ramsey to accompany him to Leadville, Colorado to apprehend his brother and save his job. They intercept the letter bomb for the senator, defuse the bomb at the INS building, and successfully capture Nicholas before returning him to the VA for treatment.

40 Pope Parker
Episode S2-19, first aired 04/26/2000
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Paulette Polinski

Pope Sylvester V is assassinated in St. Peter's Square, and because the pontiff was brokering peace between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia, a backstep is authorized. Something happens during backstep and Parker finds himself only five days in the past and in the pope's body after the assassination attempt. Parker must play along with being the pope for a while pending a trip to the United States. As the pope, Parker arranges a private audience with Vukavitch and explains to her what's happened. After evading assassination a second time, and sneaking away to NNL, Parker backsteps and returns to his own body.

41 Witch Way to the Prom
Episode S2-20, first aired 05/03/2000
Director: Don Kurt
Writers: Tim Finch, Tamara Shaw

Three teenage girls attempt to use witchcraft to summon the perfect prom date for Karen. They identify IRA terrorist Elton Wiles as the object of their summoning. After following him and logging his movements, they break into his hotel room and accidentally set off a bomb, destroying most of the floor. When Parker backsteps to prevent the bombing, his arrival in Boston coincides with the girls' seance and they instead latch onto Parker as their prom date. Parker plays along to track down the original bomber using the ledger from the previous timeline, and after taking him out, arrives as a prom date for Karen.

42 Mr. Donovan's Neighborhood
Episode S2-21, first aired 05/10/2000
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Brad Markowitz

After a local gang kills Donovan's little sister Tracy, making it look like a heroin overdose, Donovan travels home to Washington, D.C. and investigates. Donovan breaks into the gang's house, and after killing the gang leader in self-defense, finds himself in jail. In turn, Parker reveals everything about Project Backstep to the press—blaming it on Donovan—in order to prompt a backstep so that Parker and Donovan can save Tracy in the new timeline. Parker and Donovan successfully thwart the gang's plans, rescue Tracy and her fiancé, and clean up the neighborhood before returning to NNL.

43 Playmates and Presidents
Episode S2-22, first aired 05/17/2000
Director: Michael Vejar
Writer: Dan York

Presidential hopeful Governor Bill Stevens is assassinated; after backstep, Parker saves the governor's life at the last second on national TV. At Stevens' request, the NSA loans out Parker to work with the Stevens campaign. After cryptic warnings from the governor's daughter, Parker soon learns of a dark side to the governor and his campaign: a hatred of North Koreans and all Asians stemming from his time as a POW, and a plan to instigate war once president. After a shootout over the governor's diary wounds his daughter, Parker uses his love for his daughter to convince him to bow out of the race.

44 The Cure
Episode S2-23, first aired 05/24/2000
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Richard Blade

Dr. Krista Henderson has discovered a cure for cancer, but is soon shot off the road and dies. In light of her discovery, a backstep is authorized. Parker arrives back in time and saves her, but also catches the man targeting her: a chrononaut named Jack Dawes from Never Never Land 168 years in the future. Henderson's cure mutated into a virus in all who received it, killing off most of the world's population; Dawes' mission is to kill Henderson to prevent her knowledge from escaping. Parker and Vukavitch help her escape, but she's still killed by Dawes before he himself is shot dead.

45 Stairway to Heaven
Episode S3-1, first aired 10/11/2000
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Stephen Beck

In 1979, Mary Ann Evans drives her car off the road and dies. In the present, a backstep is authorized to keep a train from derailing and poisoning the Colorado River with radioactive waste. Backstepping through pronounced solar flares, Parker somehow brings Evans into the present, alive and well. While Parker and Evans try to understand what's happened and locate Evans' daughter, the sphere has developed a black hole in its hull, and it's growing larger, affecting weather across the globe. After meeting her daughter, Parker brings Evans to NNL, and after she enters the black hole, everything returns to normal.

46 Peacekeepers
Episode S3-2, first aired 10/18/2000
Director: Charles Picerni, Sr.
Writers: Tim Finch, Reuben Leder

UN Peacekeepers arrive to steal a Serb payroll manifest stashed in a burnt-out church but find the church mobbed by refugees and the trio of soldiers is killed by mortar fire. Backstepping to avoid the escalation of hostilities in the region, Parker and Donovan catch the peacekeepers in the act, but are forced to hunker down in the church with the refugees after the mortar fire begins and their truck is shot up. After a thwarted escape attempt and some soul-searching, two of the peacekeepers sacrifice themselves attacking the Serbs and saving the refugees. Parker and Donovan refuse the payroll money as payment for their help.

47 Rhino
Episode S3-3, first aired 10/25/2000
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writers: David Aaron Freed, Howard Salus

Sadie, a rogue IRA assassin, first kills a bounty hunter on her tail and then the President of Colombia at a Washington, D.C. lunch in his honor. The bounty hunter was an antagonistic acquaintance of Parker's in the Navy SEALs: Rhino, and after backstep, the two reluctantly team up to take on Sadie. After twice losing the assassin, Donovan and Ramsey arrive at the Colombian embassy to back up Parker and Rhino. Sadie kidnaps Vukavitch to force Parker's hand, but he and Rhino defuse the attached bomb before chasing and killing Sadie after her failed assassination attempt.

48 The Dunwych Madness
Episode S3-4, first aired 11/01/2000
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Stephen Beck

Traveling to Dunwych, Maine, Parker finds the town in a state of disarray. Surviving a town-wide explosion, Parker backsteps to prevent a forgotten munitions depot from exploding and taking out the town. After backstep, Parker, Vukavitch, and Donovan all investigate Dunwych, but find no munitions. As everybody in town goes mad, Mentnor reveals Project Leviathan, a Cold War biological weapons project designed to induce madness in the enemy. In the previous timeline Dunwych was destroyed by FEMA to prevent the spread of Leviathan. With Owsley's help, and despite being infected, Parker succeeds in averting the bombing.

49 Olga's Excellent Vacation
Episode S3-5, first aired 11/08/2000
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Harry Cason

While Vukavitch spends her personal vacation days backpacking around the Wrangell Mountains, a mercenary for North Korea has infiltrated her group to gain access to recon an Alaskan Pipeline pumping station. After a pumping station is bombed by her associates, millions of gallons of oil are spilled, a wildfire is ignited, and Dr. Vukavitch is lost; a backstep is authorized to prevent what is thought to be an accident. After backstep, Talmadge has Parker rendezvous with Vukavitch and her group to keep them safe. Parker stumbles upon the bombers in the woods, and after sending the backpackers away, he and Vukavitch stop the bombing.

50 Deloris Demands
Episode S3-6, first aired 11/15/2000
Director: Mike Vejar
Writers: Howard Salus, David Aaron Freed

Deloris has been calling NNL asking for Parker. After he takes the call and brushes her off, she uses his voice to implicate the NSA in a failure of ATC systems that costs thousands of lives. After backstep, Deloris begins tasking Parker over the phone with increasingly dangerous tasks, with which he complies lest she kill people and reveal Project Backstep to the world. Parker deduces that Deloris is actually a man; Owsley unmasks the voice to reveal Deloris as a former NNL employee named Dean Loris with a psychotic break and a grudge. Beaten by Parker, Loris commits suicide rather than be taken in.

51 The Fire Last Time
Episode S3-7, first aired 11/22/2000
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Tim Finch

Convicted terrorist Paul Watson is freed from a prisoner transport vehicle. After he kills the United States Attorney General in Spokane, Washington, a backstep is authorized to save her. Meanwhile, Parker has been having trouble sleeping due to nightmares about his time in Somalia in 1993 as a Navy SEAL; upon backstep, Parker begins hallucinating that he's back in Somalia, complicating his attempt to complete the mission. Believing Watson to be a squamate named Kipp, Parker loses Watson during a hallucination but manages to track him down and kill Watson in self-defense.

52 Tracker
Episode S3-8, first aired 12/20/2000
Director: Chip Scott Laughlin
Writer: Reuben Leder

Josef Pretzneff is the brother of Karl Pretzneff, the terrorist killed by Parker in "Pilot". To avenge his brother, Pretzneff has Parker tracked down, kidnapped, interrogated under truth serum, and fitted with a tracker. After a backstep for an unrelated incident, Parker's tracker is picked up by Pretzneff's team who kidnaps the chrononaut, but Pretzneff's lover Petra is killed in a tussle with Vukavitch and Donovan. Learning of Project Backstep from Parker under the truth serum, Pretzneff forces Parker to join him on a backstep to save Petra. Parker lands two of them back at NNL, ambushes Pretzneff, and kills him.

53 Top Dog
Episode S3-9, first aired 01/03/2001
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writers: Thomas Ropelewski, Peter Farriday

A Pakistani intelligence satellite is destroyed by a hacked Strategic Defense Initiative satellite. Meanwhile, Talmadge suffers an apparent mental breakdown in front of the Project Backstep team and is removed from his position by the NSA panel. In the interim, Ramsey is appointed director of operations and he immediately appoints Donovan as the new primary chrononaut. Caught attempting an unauthorized backstep, Parker is returned to the asylum at Hansen Island. After Talmadge dies, Ramsey realizes he's been put into place as a patsy for the NSA panel, and he authorizes Parker to backstep, save Talmadge, and catch the satellite hacker.

54 Adam & Eve & Adam
Episode S3-10, first aired 01/10/2001
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Peter Farriday

While Parker, Vukavitch, and Owsley are 600 feet underground in Boulder, Colorado analyzing data, a Los Alamos weapons experiment wipes humanity from the planet. Parker and Vukavitch were safe underground, but Owsley was en route to the surface when the weapon hit, exposing him to dangerous levels of radiation. As they travel the almost 900 miles to Never Never Land to undo the accident, Owsley becomes increasingly dangerous, obsessing about Vukavitch and sabotaging their vehicles. Finally, despite Owsley's psychopathic attempt at sabotage, Parker successfully backsteps and stops the weapons test.

55 Head Case
Episode S3-11, first aired 01/31/2001
Director: David Livingston
Writer: Harry Cason

The president has been seeing a psychiatrist about nightmares stemming from a plan to eliminate Peruvian president Manuel Escalante. Escalante's men kidnap the therapist, obtain the recordings of the president's sessions, and blackmail the president. After a backstep to secure the psychiatrist, Parker discovers that the men who were to kidnap her are FBI agents. Framed for the kidnapping, Parker later uncovers that the conspiracy leads to the White House Chief of Staff. Despite being captured, Parker manages to expose the Chief of Staff and his plan to the president.

56 Raven
Episode S3-12, first aired 02/07/2001
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Stephen Beck

When a White Sands missile is commandeered and kills top military brass, a backstep is authorized to prevent a prototype of the missile's guidance intelligence cube from being stolen in London. The thief for hire was Raven, and after backstep, Parker intercepts her posing as her support. After securing the goods, Parker's cover is blown and Raven escapes with the cube. Raven uses the cube to try and exact revenge on Alexander Trevaine, her employer, but loses him and the cube. With Donovan and Owsley's assistance, Parker and Raven catch up to Trevaine and re-secure the cube.

57 The First Freshman
Episode S3-13, first aired 02/14/2001
Director: Charles Correll
Writer: Peter Farriday

When the president's daughter, Deedee Maxwell, is killed at a rave, Parker is sent back to supplant her Secret Service bodyguard and keep an eye on her. Parker intercepts Maxwell streaking across campus and returns her to her dorm to prepare for class. The two bond over a day of breaking the rules, but when Parker is dismissed in favor of her Secret Service detail, she slips away to attend the rave. Breaking up with her boyfriend there, his friend comes onto Maxwell and is revealed as the one who killed her in the previous timeline. Parker and the Secret Service save Maxwell from toppling off a balcony to her death.

58 Revelation
Episode S3-14, first aired 02/21/2001
Director: John McPherson
Writers: Don Handfield, Darren Maddern

Major Michael McGrath has backstepped seven years to the present to assassinate Aziz, a major component in Middle East peace accords. Evidence of events to come convinces the NSA panel to authorize the assassination of Aziz. The assassination mission goes south: though Aziz is killed, so are many other dignitaries and Donovan. Parker is caught and takes the fall for the killings, being disavowed by the NSA. After escaping custody, Parker travels back to NNL and with the help of the Backstep team, successfully backsteps and stops McGrath, whom may have been possessed by certain dark forces intending to start the End of Days.

59 Crystal Blue Persuasion
Episode S3-15, first aired 02/28/2001
Director: Chip Scott Laughlin
Writers: Dan York, Michael King

NASA astronaut Commander William Streck is investigating an alien craft above Earth when something erupts, killing two of his crewmates. Later, while at NNL to brief the Project Backstep team on his mission, Streck and Dr. Vukavitch begin a sexual relationship that consummates in a local hotel. Feeling ill, Vukavitch ultrasounds herself to find alien beings gestating in herself. Meanwhile, Mentnor has discovered alien crystals infecting Streck's blood and Owsley has translated a glyph from the alien ship: biohazard. After tracking down and killing Streck, Parker backsteps and has the NASA mission canceled before they can dock.

60 Empty Quiver
Episode S3-16, first aired 03/21/2001
Director: Les Butler
Writer: Mike Mistovich

After Henry Bilkins sets off a nuclear weapon in Washington, D.C. to avenge his father, a backstep is authorized to prevent it. Due to an accident however, the sphere time travels without Parker, leaving the team in the past with only the contents of Parker's duffel bag to clue them into the mission. To elaborate on their scant clues, Mentnor enlists a young psychic named Molly with whom he used to work in 1992. The Backstep team follows Molly's premonitions to D.C. and gain knowledge of the nuke, but are thwarted by the militia regardless. When Molly is taken hostage, she and Frank take out Bilkins and save D.C.

61 Kansas
Episode S3-17, first aired 03/28/2001
Director: Charles Correll
Writer: Michael King

To ease the ride for their backup chrononaut, Donovan, the team tests out new sphere software designed to make the ride less painful. During testing, a power loss accidentally launches the sphere. When Parker lands, NNL has changed dramatically; everybody on the base is a drastically different person than before: an Admiral Donovan is Parker's ruthless nemesis and Talmadge rules NNL with an iron fist, while Ramsey is an incompetent hippie whose uncle keeps him employed at NNL. With the help of Svetlana Vukavitch and a convinced Owsley, Parker launches the sphere again, landing back in his original reality.

62 The Final Countdown
Episode S3-18, first aired 04/04/2001
Director: Chip Scott Laughlin
Writers: David Aaron Freed, Howard Salus

Tensions escalate when a North Korean missile test coincides with that nation's invasion of Cheju-do. The missile has no warhead and drops harmlessly into the ocean, but the missileers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base do not stand down and instead launch against North Korea, instigating a nuclear war. Due to damage from a nuclear EMP, it takes six days to repair the sphere systems. After backstep, Parker insinuates himself into the missile silo but Major Nicholas Garcia refuses to listen, arming and fueling the ICBM under his control. Parker convinces enough missileers to join him in thwarting Maj. Garcia and they avert World War III.

63 The Brink
Episode S3-19, first aired 05/08/2001
Director: Chip Scott Laughlin
Writer: Mike Mistovich

After his release from the Hansen Island mental institution, David Harold returns home. After consulting a star chart, Harold uses an experimental laser to permanently blind 14,000 concert attendees at the Georgia Dome. Parker's backstep causes Harold to reinterpret his chart, and he changes his plans to head to Cleveland. To find Harold's astrological "guru", Parker has himself reinserted into Hansen Island where he uncovers a high-reaching conspiracy led by inmate George Atzerodt to brainwash inmates into performing acts of terrorism. With Vukavitch's help, Parker stops Harold's attack in the new timeline.

64 Sugar Mountain
Episode S3-20, first aired 05/15/2001
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Kamran Pasha

The pyrokinetic abilities of young Taylor are a CIA project and have been usurped by international terrorist Cesar Gustav. After an accident at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport kills Taylor and two airliners worth of passengers, a backstep is authorized. Arriving at Sea–Tac, Parker gets into a shootout with CIA agents and Gustav and winds up fleeing with Taylor to keep him safe. An interdepartmental turf war erupts with the CIA willing to do anything to get Taylor back, even taking out Parker if necessary. After thwarting Gustav and the CIA, Vukavitch is able to remove Taylor's ability, allowing him to lead a normal life.

65 Born in the USSR
Episode S3-21, first aired 05/22/2001
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Writer: Tim Finch

Vukavitch is contacted by old lover Sergei Chubais and her old mentor Misha Kalatozov for information about the formula to utilize alien fuel to time travel; Vukavitch gives them the formula. After a Russian military coup, and realizing she was tricked by Sergei, Vukavitch admits what she did and a backstep is conducted to stop the Russians from achieving time travel. After backstep, Parker does not divulge Vukavitch's treason and instead has her help him locate the Russian time travel facility. After a failed attempt at sabotage, Vukavitch and Parker successfully destroy the Russian time travel project before they can backstep.

66 Live: From Death Row
Episode S3-22, first aired 05/29/2001
Director: John McPherson
Writer: Adam Grossman

In New Orleans in 1997, an old friend of Parker's, Johnny Madelaina is framed for murder by police Lt. Earl J. Rubidoux. In present day, Madelaina is on death row and is executed by lethal injection; six days later, evidence surfaces that exonerates him. After a backstep for the unrelated death of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Parker withholds the mission details from Project Backstep in exchange for a stay of execution. After finding the evidence again, and tangling with Rubidoux and his wealthy benefactor who actually committed the murder, Parker succeeds in exonerating Madelaina.


I was apparently super-busy back in the day because I remember seeing the first couple of episodes on UPN back in '98 and then not any more, despite it running for three seasons. When I decided to add the series to this compendium, I felt a revisit was in order and when I found the episodes available on Internet Archive, I started to watch it.

I got absolutely hooked! It did not receive much love from the critics back then and since I am not a qualified critic, my opinion does not matter. But I was impressed with the fun way the show was run - serious-ish but with sufficient levity to keep it from being stodgy - and I was very impressed with the variety of problems that plague the new technology.

The intriguing concept of "something bad happens and Parker goes back in time to stop it" would have quickly gotten old if not for the twists thrown in frequently with tech that is still largely unknown and therefore subject to going wonky.

I watched a few episodes - enough to be able to write My Comments here - and then, well, I watched a few more and then a bunch more after that. I really got to like the team, especially the not-always-a-grownup Parker and the lovely and intelligent Dr. Vukavitch.


My Grade: B


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