|Haun as the first human to benefit from "Reds"|
|not that Deep Red|
Duly impressed, scientist Newmeyer (John de Lancie) seizes the alien nanotech, dubbed "Reds," as a lucrative panacea/fountain of youth. ("Deep Reds" are the upgrade, or something.) He's opposed by the girl's mother (Lisa Collins), herself revivified, but also reeling from the murder of her husband (Newmeyer's erstwhile colleague), played by future-Jigsaw Tobin Bell.
|the goodies: Collins, Pacula & Biehn|
As noted on Moria, Deep Red is confusing: we expect the aliens to show up (again) -- they never do -- while the indulgent character-morphing might force a rewind. Script fixes would've been rather simple, raising questions of what happened, and, perhaps, the prospect of a redemptive remake.
Michael Biehn is well-cast as Joe Keyes, a dissolute P.I. hired by Collins. Keyes has been down, ever since a colleague's wife was killed on his watch, which sounds like backstory for a series. The cast also includes conspiracy vet Joanna Pacula, Steven Williams as a sketchy police contact, and John Kapelos, in basically his Forever Knight role. Further "pilot" evidence: the nanotech isn't discredited by the end, as the new (very healthy) family drives to sundown.
Amusingly, as Deep Red begins, it seems everyone in this Dark City has a shingle, outside dirty office with desk and chair, like a comic variant of "Demon with a Glass Hand." There are such glimmers, but like the pieces of the alien craft, they disperse.