Our characters come from all walks of
life and are connected by their ability and desire to
explore the paranormal and supernatural. A few also share
a psychic ability, the Sight. Because of the demanding
and secret nature of their work, and its unpredictable
hours, the members find it extremely difficult to
maintain normal lives outside the group. It is a source
of tension among them and the cause of some attrition
among their ranks.
Dr. Derek Rayne, PhD.
Refined, but with an iron will. Derek is
the leader, or Precept, of the group. Affiliated with a
nearby University, and one of the older members of The
Legacy, Dr. Rayne, 48, is a polished and dignified member
of the "old guard." He is towering in stature,
razor sharp in his wit, but gentle in matters of the
heart. When he was fifteen, Derek witnessed his father's
death. A member of The Legacy, Derek's father, Winston,
was pursuing a rare artifact and died at the hands of a
terrible demon. The event changed the course of Derek's
Aware of Winston's affiliation with The
Legacy (he was its Precept), Derek rejected the group,
blaming them for his father's death. Though he rejected
The Legacy, Derek found himself inexorably drawn to his
father's death, he dedicated himself to the study of
ancient civilizations and religions, hoping to make sense
of his loss. Despite gaining a Ph.D. at 24, and being
considered at the top of his field at 26, Derek was still
adrift, becoming ever more reckless in the field, taking
chances which bordered on suicidal. His death wish might
have been ultimately fulfilled had not his mother, Emily
[she was named Barbara and she was very much alive in season two], been unexpectedly attacked by a strange entity,
result of an artifact Derek himself had uncovered.
Wracked with guilt and fear of losing his remaining
parent, Derek was forced to work with The Legacy to
overcome his mother's attacker. In the process, Derek
made peace with the organization he held in contempt for
This ability brought him to the notice of
The Legacy. He holds PhD's in Biological Anthropology and
Theology (which draws him into debates with another
character, Philip.) Though he once was a full professor
at the University, Dr. Rayne is now an Adjunct Scholar.
Not only does Derek represent the long
history of The Legacy, he is our best resource for
information - someone who can help explain the more
complicated aspects of our episodes. His alliance with
the University also comes in handy for picking up new
paranormal cases, both through the University
hospital/psychiatric clinic and through its vast research
wings in all areas of science, philosophy and theology.
1. Let's make him a strong, complex,
character. Think Joseph Campbell and his hero's
journey. As a young boy, Derek spent little time
with his father and then witnessed his death.
Derek must feel anger, resentment and guilt about
2. [Pilot episode] Derek hasn't told
his colleagues about the boxes hidden in the
basement, but when he does tell them, they are
shocked. Internally, he knows his father's death
wasn't an accident. His father became obsessed
and got himself killed, and now Derek himself has
shared this obsession. His premonitions about the
fifth sepulcher and retrieving it will give him a
sense of closure in his relationship with his
father. But in trying to find that closure, he
has made an error, and by bringing the boxes back
to the mansion, he has put The Legacy in
3. Derek's relationship with his
father has left him scarred. He has always feared
commitment. He should have many love
relationships but no long lasting love. He's the
football coach who send the team out to the field
of battle. Just like Patton or Clint Eastwood in
IN THE LINE OF FIRE, he's dealing with emotional
baggage that has hardened him.
4. Derek has never been married and
he has no children. Get Derek romantically
involved in the odd episode and start building up
a bevy of female relationships.
Callahan [also spelled Callaghan]
In his early thirties, Philip has the
brooding good looks of the "black Irish", ruddy
skin, dark eyes and black hair. All of which belie the
fact that Philip is a devout Catholic priest. Growing up
in the harsh streets of Belfast, Philip was never one to
back down from a fight, but he found a moral center and
deeper purpose in the Church. Despite the derision of his
peers, Philip joined the priesthood in his twenties. The
heart and moral center of the group, Philip's faith is
driven by a deep and abiding belief in a world beyond
that which we can see and hear. This belief in the
mystical is what drove him to be a priest, and it is what
ultimately brought him to The Legacy. It also often
causes Philip to find an ally, whether he likes it or
not, in Alexandra, in contrast to the pragmatic
skepticism of Rachel and Nick.
Philip was introduced to The Legacy by
his father, the current head of the "Dublin
House." [ that tidbit was never revealed to the viewers ] He felt a strong yearning to be part of a
larger universe of experience, ultimately abandoning his
father's plans for him and seeking out Derek Rayne and
the San Francisco faction. His acute insight into human
nature, and an ability to judge someone's true character
makes Philip perfectly suited for his job and a powerful
ally to the team as they contend with both supernatural
and the more ordinary aspects of their missions.
When we meet Philip in our Premiere
episode, he has left The Legacy after confronting a
deeply tragic personal issue.
The future: Philip will save a young
girl, Emma, and develop a fatherly relationship with her,
only to have her severely injured at the hands of a demon
in a later episode [ reminds me a little bit of Dark Angel in season two ] . The tragedy will again shake Philip's
faith, and since it will indirectly result from Nick's
cavalier attitude, it will also cause a rift in the two
A risk-taker and an adrenaline junkie, he
is in this as much for the thrills and chills, as for the
philanthropic good he might do.
A man with serious
attention-deficit-disorder [ this was never revealed to the viewer ], Nick managed to stay in long
enough to graduate high school, but that's it. He is,
however, far from ignorant. A voracious reader, Nick is a
walking encyclopedia of trivia, statistics, quotes and
other eclectic information. Hi speech is peppered with
references from the obscure to the mundane - quoting
Sartre and "The Brady Bunch" with equal aplomb.
Nick's father [ if R.B.L. had given father Boyle a name in this bible, the John-Bob naming issue never would have happened! ] was a member of The Legacy
and worked with Derek. His father was often absent from
Nick's life during birthdays and summer vacations, but
even worse than the neglect was the secret that Nick and
his mother kept for years. While outsiders looked at
Nick's father as a noble and decent man, only Nick and
his mother knew the truth. Nick's father had a violent
temper which often times resulted in physical abuse
towards Nick and his mother.
When Nick reached his teens and started
to rebel against his father, he was sent away to an
elite prep school on the east coast. Nick resented being
dismissed by his father and had a hard time fitting in
with other kids at school, who he found superficial and
naive. Turned off by the whole "prep school"
experience, Nick tries to hide the fact that he had a
superior education, and plays off his own sense of street
Once he graduated, Nick still plagued by
anger and resentment at his father and desperately
wanting structure and consistency in his life, ran from
his family troubles to join the Navy SEALS. In the
military, Nick found a clear sense of order and
structure. The military told him when, where and what to
do and he had to do it. There was a sense of purpose and
belonging that Nick had never experienced before. In the
military, he always knew he would have a "Navy"
issued birthday cake on his birthday, and a
"family" to support him and help him reach his
When his father died, Nick was asked to
join the group as the son of a prominent Legacy member.
His military training and past experiences made him an
obvious asset to the group. Nick decided to reconcile his
feelings toward his father and move on with his life.
The Legacy provides him with the
structure and security he needs. Nick knows the rules yet
still has his own style. He's a man of action, not one to
sit around and "discuss." While Rachel and
Derek may argue about the way to approach a case, Nick is
already out the door with a map in hand ready to face the
With his extensive curiosity, Nick is
constantly tinkering on various devices and inventions
which will at times either get our group out of a jam, or
inadvertently get them deeper into it. Whereas Derek
Rayne gives us "theoreticals" and history of
phenomena, Nick puts those theories into practice. Some
typical inventions: A "soul catcher" designed
to hold and preserve a person's departing spirit [ he should have joined the Ghostbusters! <G>] ; a
"ghost gun" designed to blow apart the energy
of evil spirits; a variety of spectral energy detectors
and motion sensors (as were generated in the original
"Poltergeist" motion picture.)
Beyond his technical capability, however,
Nick's obvious talent for planning and grappling with the
physical requirements of the missions makes Nick an asset
to the group. His gung-ho attitude often rescues them
from disaster, but it can also plunge them into even
deeper trouble. It is this extraordinary lust for danger
which will often tempt Nick to succumb to the more evil
and powerful elements of the supernatural. He may even be
recruited to join a "turned House."
The future: In "Town Without
Pity", Derek doesn't want Nick to go looking for the
town - he doesn't think there is anything there. Nick
decides to go against Derek's wishes. Nick does find the
town and Derek is proven wrong. Derek realizes that Nick
made the right choice and apologizes to Nick.
An accomplished psychiatrist from a
prestigious "old money" family in Marin, Rachel
is a new member of The Legacy. The mother of an
eight-year-old girl, Katherine, Rachel pulls triple-duty
as a mother, a psychiatrist and a member of The Legacy.
Having recently lost her husband,
Patrick, and son, Connor, to a tragic car accident,
Rachel had found herself pulling away from her work as an
attending psychiatrist at a hospital in San Francisco.
Seeing that her drifting concentration was detrimental to
her patients, Rachel took a sabbatical from work and
traveled to Ireland to visit the graves of her husband
and son. After inadvertently falling victim to a demon,
Rachel became involved with The Legacy. Returning to San
Francisco, the group, with Rachel's help, eventually
conquer the entity. In doing so, Rachel's strength of
will, and her obvious asset as a psychological and
medical expert became clear to The Legacy. They asked her
to join them.
Though initially resistant to the idea,
Rachel soon realized that working with The Legacy was the
kind of change, and challenge, she needed in her life.
Something which could utilize her talents as a
psychiatrist and doctor, but would also take her into
other unexplored and unproved realms as well. Her new
work with them proves to be a constant balancing act,
however, and she is ever aware of the fact that she is
now a single parent for her daughter. [ Rachel's mother is dead and we never met or heard of her brother ] This heavy
responsibility is assuaged a bit by Rachel's mother,
Esther, who, as a widow herself, has helped her daughter
through her grief. Esther has also recognized the new
sense of purpose in Rachel and encourages it. She helps
watch over her granddaughter, Katherine. Rachel's
brother, Andrew, is less understanding, however, of what
he's seen of Rachel's new "job." Andrew is a
cardio-surgeon in Seattle (Rachel and Andrew followed
their father into the medical field), and disapproves of
her being away from Katherine and traveling the world.
Though we see little (if any) of Andrew, his criticism
feeds into Rachel's own sense of guilt and is a source of
conflict for her.
Rachel is a valuable asset to The Legacy,
both because of her psychiatric expertise, and because
she provides a critical, "layman's" perspective
on the phenomenon the group encounters. Rachel is not as
quick to accept the supernatural events that The Legacy
grapples with, an attitude which frequently makes her an
inadvertent ally with Nick.
The Future: In the course of helping a
mysterious man uncover his true identity, Rachel finds
herself falling in love. Forced to confront feelings of
guilt and loss over her husband, she ultimately comes to
terms with her unresolved emotions.
1. Right now, Rachel doesn't have enough
of a history or tie to the group. Rachel has a troubled
past. She was promiscuous, a drug addict, and an
alcoholic. Her husband had changed her life. He got her
to clean up her act and put her through college. Now he's
gone and she is having a hard time coping. We need a
sense of conflict: what is she fighting with Derek about
or what is she trying to cope with internally? In her
past, she's had radically different experiences from the
rest of the group, which gives her the opportunity to
take a contrary stance, based on who she is as a woman
and a mother.
2. Rachel knows that Katherine is
different, that she has the Sight, and this creates all
types of emotions. Each day she is realizing more and
more that what happened in Ireland wasn't an accident.
She has a special child and things are going to happen to
her that she can't control, things that are meant to
happen. In "Doppleganger," we learn that Kat is
having problems getting along with other children. She is
lonely, struggling with her gift, and that helps drive
Rachel's quest to understand what her daughter is going
through. But what she learns is that it is not just about
her daughter, it's about Rachel too.
3. Something in Rachel's past has brought
her to The Legacy. Maybe the Sight is hereditary. If
Derek and his father had it then maybe Rachel has it too,
but she doesn't realize it is a part of her. There should
be something buried in her past that comes up, some type
of memory she has repressed.
4. Let's give Rachel a lineage that can
tie he into the group. Perhaps we tire her to The
Legacy's nemesis, the Dark Side.
5. As a child, Rachel witnessed
horrifying events or circumstances, maybe even a
sacrifice. Perhaps her mother had the Sight as Katherine
does and used it for dark purposes. Like
"Rosemary's Baby," Rachel would come home to
find strange people in her home doing satanic rituals.
Maybe her mother wanted to save Rachel from the Dark Side
and swore they would not allow her to suffer, so they
tried to rid her of her abilities. Or perhaps Rachel,
afraid of the Dark Side and her power (The Sight), tried
to get away from the evil heritage. Maybe it was no
accident that her husband and son died. Maybe they were
being pursued by the Dark Side. Rachel is slowly
realizing things about her family, and now has a feverish
quest to uncover the truth.
6. One of the conflicts for Rachel is
that she will be tempted to resume drinking or taking
drugs, essentially risking a fall into the Dark Side.
7. Why does Rachel join The Legacy?
In the first few episodes of our series
we will have Rachel distraught, and soul searching as she
tries to understand what is happening to her. This
conflict will play itself out in the following way:
Rachel finds it impossible to
pick up her normal life after her experience in
the two-hour premiere.
Rachel confronts Derek, demanding
to know what his purpose is. Why her? What are
Derek and his group really doing? As Derek tries
to comfort her, she recoils. And we begin to see
flashes of repressed images from her childhood.
Ultimately, Rachel realizes that
there is an undeniable force binding her to the
group. Derek asks Rachel to join The Legacy.
Potential conflicts between Derek and
Rachel discovers/uncovers female past
members of The Legacy. We make Derek totally patriarchal
about The Legacy and rigid to any other history.
Rachel is driven to understand her past
and The Legacy and as we realize who her mother was,
Derek realizes that he actually battled Rachel's mother
and is distraught that he let the Dark Side into The
Legacy. We learn that Rachel is not part of the Dark
Side. Maybe Derek killed Rachel's mother? [ Almost, Winston did! ] Rachel plays
her own mother in an episode.
An ambitious, intelligent black woman
who's strong sensitivity (The Sight) and extensive
knowledge of the occult makes her a formidable ally to
The Legacy. Like Philip, Alex has a strong belief in the
unseen and a naturally superstitious nature, despite her
From a large Creole family in the
Louisiana Bayou, Alex was raised by her grandmother who
instilled in her a great sense of pride and a desire to
achieve, as well as a belief in voodoo, witchcraft and
the power of white and black magic.
Her grandmother, Rose, always encouraged
Alex to be strong-willed and independent, and when Alex
wanted to travel across the country to go to college,
Rose, though concerned, raised the money to send her.
Alexandra went to San Francisco and attended the
University [ Loyola ] where she became a student of Derek's. The
"Sight" is very strong in Alex and even before
joining The Legacy, she had been helping Derek w with his
cases. After graduating as valedictorian, her work with
Derek brought her to the attention of The Legacy. Knowing
that she had the Sight, and seeing her fierce
determination and great knowledge of the occult as an
invaluable asset, Derek recruited Alex to join them.
The Future: A demon that Alexandra
thwarts in an episode, returns to exact its revenge on
Alex' family, attacking not just her grandmother, but her
sisters as well. Alex and the team have to return to
Louisiana to stop the demon. [ Sounds like the seed of the idea behind "Spirit Thief" ]
Special characters featured in
the double-length premiere:
Intelligent and highly trained in
computer research and information retrieval, Julia comes
from one of the most prominent and politically active
families in San Francisco, but hates to be categorized
as High Society. Though she dies in the premiere, because
of her strong affinity with Nick, it's possible that Julia
may return in later episodes, either in memory
flashbacks or as a spirit.
She broke away from rigid family ties
during college while attending Duke University's
prestigious artificial intelligence laboratory.
She remained a rebel when joining The
Legacy, having been brought to the attention of the San
Francisco House by her mother, an associate of Derek
Rayne. The hope was that she would find fulfillment in
The Legacy's true cause and this was finally beginning to
happen when our premiere episode begins.
daughter, 8, she has the Sight. Though Katherine is not a regular member
of The Legacy, it is inevitable that she will participate in certain
cases, particularly those which involve her mother or children in
Moreau - "Grandma Rose"
grandmother and a source of information and strength for her. We may
never see Rose, but she is very much a part of Alex' life. [ Rose appeared in two episodes ]
Rayne [ this character was never incorporated into the series ]
daughter. She moved out to the Northeast to attend college. She resents
her father for never being a real part of her life.
Scott [ this character, as written below, was never a part
of the series ]
from birth, Emma, 16, has been living a life on the edge, precariously
close to homelessness. It has made her a bit hard nosed, tough and
suspicious of people, particularly those who want to "help"
members intentions, however, are honorable. Philip understandably
finds himself taking a paternal interest in the young girl's well-being.
Nick also, because of the similarity of their situations, connects
with Emma - though on a more romantic level.
need to create characters that we can meet each week with memorable,
unusual, off-beat, personalities. Similar to Zelda Rubenstein in the
original POLTERGEIST, Linda Hunt in THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY,
Larry Drake in LA LAW, Anthony Hopkins in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the
spirit who rides the subways in GHOST, or the blind woman who sees
it all in DON'T LOOK NOW, we should constantly be pushing the envelope
for memorable characters.
some of these characters will be rivals of the Legacy like Hitchcock
in THE TWELFTH CAVE, or Malkovich in IN THE LINE OF FIRE. Malkovich
knows Clint Eastwood's character's past, he knows his secrets as Hitchcock
knows Derek's. These "Moriarty" type roles can be ongoing
characters that are trying to destroy The Legacy.