Quicksilver - Top secret scientific solution that
renders a person invisible on the sci-fi series THE INVISIBLE MAN/SYN/2000.
Quicksilver is derived from an artificial gland that was implanted into the head
of Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca), a thief and conman who offered his body
for experimentation to elude a life sentence in prison.
When the artificial gland releases a quicksilver solution into Darien's body,
it causes light to pass through him. Before he vanishes, he turns silvery,
breaking up into smaller silver bubbles and eventually disappearing section by
section until he can not be seen by the naked eye. As Darien returns to normal
he sheds, a Quicksilver skin - flakes of it fall to the ground and usually
dissolve very quickly.
Unfortunately, the quicksilver gland has a large side effect. After an
exposure to the quicksilver, the brain's higher functions degrade and the host's
brain reverts to a primal state of savagery filled with dark and menacing
impulses. If Darien is not kept in check with an antidote, he will go ballistic
To keep his sanity, Darien agrees to help the government out on various
secret assignments in exchange for the serum that keeps him from going bonkers.
To monitor Darien in the field, the government teamed him with loyal "company
man" agent Bob Hobbes. They report to Charles Borden, a.k.a. "The Official"
(played by Eddie Jones). An attractive blond scientist known as "The Keeper"
administers the precious counteragent to Darien.
To alert Darien to when he needs a counteragent, The Keeper placed a small
chemically sensitive tattoo on his wrist (a snake biting its tail) to let Darien
know how long he can go before his next fix. Before the colors on the tattoo
completely fade, Darien must be injected with the antidote to stay sane. See
TRIVIA NOTE: A similar plotline emerged in the motion picture Hollow Man
(2000) staring Kevin Beacon as scientist Sebastian Crane who took an
invisibility serum and soon began to go insane.
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