After a US Military helicopter crashes in Iraq, an extra body is recovered. A non-human body! Witnesses develop a Tower of Babel syndrome, then lapse into a comatose state.
USAF officer Elizabeth Rohm is sent to bring Blue Book expert Terry Quinn ( X-files, Lost ) back into the operation. The Medical Officer looking after the bodies is the Korean-American Dharma Scientist from Lost ! William B. Davis ( X-files, Lost ) provides Governmental oversight.
Like in the film Signs there are sightings all around the world. Quinn, a man who has lost his faith, remembers his wife's dementia. Her last words to him have prophetic relevance.
It's the year 2077, and scientist Malcolm McDowell ( Clockwork Orange, Tank Girl ) gives the richest woman in the world ( Anne Heche ) a tour of his facility. Her interest is piqued by a biological mandroid who calls himself Jerry. Jerry was built to clear a minefield, and he is now intended for the dog-food factory. Anne fights for his legal rights to be declared a person.
Sean Astin ( Harrison Bergeron, Lord of the Rings ) invents a robot bird. It is run by an AI, can fly forever, and has in-built energy-blaster weapons that can stun a man or destroy a tank! CEO James Cromwell ( Star trek: First Contact ) gets a contract from the US Homeland Security Department for thousands of the robots, so they can fly in swarms over the entire USA and shoot murderers. A bit like Minority Report , the technology can predict a killing before it happens. The trick is that the AI which runs the robot bird can tell a person's intent from their body language.
Naturally, it all goes horribly wrong. This is a predictable tale of Man Must Not meddle, although the typically big budget (no wonder this show was cancelled, it could never have earned back what it cost) makes the episode worth watching.