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The Guardian, Pilot (Part 1 - 5)

I'm really bored with BSG being on hiatus.  I got my hands on some old recorded episodes of The Guardian, and I've converted the format into MPEG4 so that I can upload it on YouTube.

TG is a legal drama set in Pittsburgh.  It is not an ensemble cast show like BSG.  It features the central character Nick Fallin, along with his father Burton Fallin and alternative mentor/father figure Alvin Masterson.  Like BSG, the show has a very complicated father and son relationship. Through unique circumstance, Nick Fallin is forced to straddle two very different worlds--the world of corporate law and the world of children's legal service.  If anyone thinks Lee Adama has personal demons and faults, Nick Fallin is at least twice as much so.  Nick turns out to be a "guardian angel" who has long lost his halo.

So here it is--introducing the very first episode of the show--the Pilot.  Unfortunately YouTube limits the video length to 10 minutes.  Therefore I had to break the episode into 5 parts.

Background of the main character(s):

Nick Fallin is a hotshot corporate attorney who was caught using drugs. Since he's a first time offender and the son of a prominent corporate lawyer Burton Fallin, the judge (who is a personal friend of Fallin Senior) sentenced Nick to 1500 hours of community service working for Children's Legal Service of Pittsburgh as his probation.

While on probation working at Children's Legal Service, Nick also is working at the law firm Fallin & Associates headed by his father. Nick has a very uneasy relationship with his Dad Burton Fallin. Nick's mom Ann died while he was 11 or 12 years old from cancer. Prior to that Burton had just divorced Ann but stayed behind to look after her since she was sick. However Burton, who came from a blue collar background, was working really hard in building his career, so he was hardly home. This was also a reason that the marriage failed (the show implied that Burton got a head start in his career after his marriage to Ann, who came from a well-to-do and well-connected family).

When Ann died, it was young Nick who found her since Burton was at work. Nick was very close to his mother and idolized her. So her death was a traumatic experience for him. After Ann's death, instead of getting closer with his only child, Burton sent Nick away to boarding schools while he continued working hard and building his law firm. This led to a strained relationship between Nick and Burton, and Nick grew up to be a man who held his emotions tightly in check and thus had trouble relating to people.  Outwardly, Nick appears nothing "sticks" with him ("teflon man"), and he often comes off to people as being arrogant. Maybe due to his troubled past, Nick has a natural affinity with those troubled kids he tried to help.
Tags: nick fallin, the guardian
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