The actual Southern California locations where Steven Spielberg's sci-fi series was filmed.

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A double episode, broadcast on August 21, 2014:

Episode 7:  “More in Heaven and Earth”
&  Episode 8:  “Incursion”


0:09:18: Holly goes to a futuristic building, described as "The Villas" at "4335 Grand Avenue".

She wants to speak with Derek Pearce, an Aruna mission specialist whose silence
has apparently been bought with the gift of a $5 million penthouse atop the building.

She had previously emailed him, and he had told her to meet him there at 5 PM.


But when Pearce answers his video doorbell, he suddenly seems nervous,
and refuses to speak with her.  So, Molly leaves.



She returns to this same building at 18:27, and finds Pearce dead on the sidewalk,
surrounded by police, who refer to him as a "jumper from the penthouse".



This scene was shot at the brand new (and very futuristic) 10-story
Emerson College building, at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood.

Emerson prepares its students for careers in movies, TV and other
aspects of the entertainment business, and this unique building
is an instant landmark
the south side of Sunset Blvd, just east
of the Sunset-Gower Studios, where they filmed "Dexter".


The opening shot of the building is actually looking
at it from the north, not from its Sunset front.


Here is a Google StreetView of the building:










0:25:01: We see Julie out on a date, at a restaurant with Odin.

She talks about her prosthetic legs, and then he moves the conversation subject
to Ethan.  She tells him that the ultimate goal is to have Ethan think for himself.

( Little does she know that Odin has sinister plans for the android boy... )


This scene was shot in "Emerson Kitchen" a casual restaurant located on the bottom
(street-level) floor of the same
Emerson College, at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood.

Here is a Google StreetView of the restaurant.







0:31:17
We see John teaching Ethan to ride a bike, after dark, on a residential street.


Or at least he expects to teach him.  Turns out that the android boy is a very
fast learner, and bikes expertly on his very first try, without John's assistance.

John gets worried when Ethan abruptly pedals way and disappears
out of sight at the end of the dark street.  But in a few moments,
he returns, unscathed, much to his father's relief.


They didn't have to go far to find this location.

This residential street is right across from Culver Studios, where they film the show.
( If they turned the camera around, you would literally see the studio. )

This scene was shot on the 9000 block of Krueger Street, in Culver City, CA.

The camera is looking north (northeast) up Krueger,
from just north of Ince Ave. and Culver Studios.

That white wall seen on the right side of the street is the back fence of
"TM Motion Picture Equipment Rental Inc.", at 4060 Ince Blvd.

The large multifamily house seen to the left is at 9055 Krueger Street.


Here is a matching Google StreetView of the street;


         






0:30:37
: After confronting Sparks,
Molly follows him, hoping he will lead
her to where they are hiding "the Offspring".

We see her watch Sparks, as he drives to "Claypool Industries".

He drives past the side of the building, and turns into a driveway.


Much of the remaining action in this episode takes place at this building.

At 0:34:30, the camera pans up the front of the building - giving us
what appears to be a clear view of its exterior:


But be careful, there is some serious CGI hanky-panky going on in that shot,
and things are not as they appear to be.

This is actually the La Peer Building, at 8942 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills.

It's located on the south side of Wilshire, right across the street from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

         

The building used to be the home of the International Creative Management (ICM) agency,
until 2007, when they moved into the former MGM tower in Century City.

But if you look at a StreetView of the building, you will notice that it is only
three stories tall.  The pan (at
0:34:30) makes it look much, much taller
(which, I suppose, fits the fake name they gave it: "The Towers"):


This is obviously CGI at work, duplicating the floors for a rather stark
example of how easily reality can be manipulated in today's films.


That initial shot of Sparks driving past the building was filmed with him heading
south on La Peer Drive, on the east side of the building.

We see another shot of its exterior at 0:34:34, as Molly walks towards the building:


( Notice of that small pyramid to the right.  You'll be seeing it again. )




But once Molly goes inside with the guard, we have another trick switch.

Most of the interiors of "The Towers" (such as the glass doors and hallways),
were actually filmed miles away in a completely different building:

at the AT&T Building, at 1150 S. Olive Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

The giveaway here is that line of white/gray squares on the glass doors.
Look closely and you'll also see them on the front glass doors of the AT&T building.

Here is a Google StreetView of the front of the AT&T Building.


         



At 0:39:09, with Molly inside the building, masked commandos in black arrive
and swarm into the building, as Molly watches from above:



Recognize that small pyramid to the right?  Yes, This unusual sight is the courtyard at the
La Peer Building, on Wilshire Blvd.  The courtyard is located right in front of the building,
between the street and the front doors, and was designed by Eric Orr in the late 1980's.
 It contains, among other things, the small pyramid and a granite reflecting pool.


Just before that happens, Molly looks up to see a flock of birds
form the mysterious alien circles-symbol in the sky:



  ( Note that when she looks up from the courtyard, there are suddenly only two stories
to the building, and no roof -- as opposed to when we first saw it... )

(You can see more of the courtyard here.

Here is a Google StreetView of that plaza.
(It looks cooler from above.)



         







1:06:51: In the second half of this double-episode, Molly and Harmon attempt
a hijacking of "the Offspring", with the aid of former enemy Gordon Kern.

When that plan falls through, they settle for breaking into the building.

We first see Molly & Harmon sitting in a van outside the Towers,
waiting for Kern to set off a bomb,
to turn off the security perimeter:


Later (at 1:11:58), we see it again, just before the bomb goes off.

When it does, security goes down, and Holly & Harmon run inside.

These scenes were shot in a small handicap parking lot just to the left (north) side
of the AT&T Building, at 1150 S. Olive Street, in downtown Los Angeles.

The camera is looking southeast, just off Olive Street, towards the building's side.

Here is a Google StreetView of that small parking lot:



         


In a related scene (at 1:09:18) we see Molly standing outside the van,
recording a (possibly) final phone message for John:

In this shot, she is standing in the same small AT&T parking lot, near its low block wall
on Olive Street, and the camera is  looking east, across Olive,
at the ATT Center parking  garage building.


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