The actual Southern California locations where Steven Spielberg's sci-fi series was filmed.
Episode 1: “Re-Entry”
0:02:00: Near the start, we see a "Welcome Home" party at the home of John & Molly Woods.
Molly, an astronaut, has just returned from a long trip into space.
Their young son, Ethan, gets into a fight over a ball with another child at the party, out near
This home is at 1260 La Loma Road, in Pasadena, California.
The house, and a few neighboring homes, sit on the banks of a small, hidden lake.
Here is a Google StreetView of the lake, as glimpsed from a nearby road:
This small body of water is known as Johnston Lake, and most people have no idea that
I became aware of Johnston Lake when the TV series "Dexter" planned to film a
Turns out it's been on TV before, in the shows "Medium" and "Celebrity Rehab".
Here is a Google StreetView of the front of the La Loma house (the lake is behind it):
[ Warning: This is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
0:08:38: Molly's husband, John, and their android son, Ethan,
Things don't go well, as he gets into a heated argument with a woman who is concerned about
One would be forgiven for wondering if this futuristic building was actually just a CGI creation.
But no, believe it or not, it's very real. And it's right here in L.A.
This is actually a school, the Ramon Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts,
at 450 N. Grand Ave, in downtown Los Angeles.
This is an academy for young artists, dancers, musicians and actors.
It was built in 2009, designed by Austrian architect Wolf Prix.
(The cone-shaped building you see above is actually the school library.)
( That's just (north) across the 101 Freeway from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. )
Here is a Google StreetView of the school.
0:09:26: We see the campus of ISEA, the International Space Exploration Agency.,
( Oddly enough, for an "international" agency, it only flies an American flag. )
Inside, Molly talks with her friend Sam, who tells her that she (Molly) is pregnant -
Molly has a flashback to an odd encounter on the station with a long-dead lover.
( These ISEA buildings pop up again in later episodes. )
Finding this location took me a very long time...
But after two weeks of searching, I finally found it.
It turns out to be a group of brand new buildings recently built on the campus of
West Los Angeles College, at 9000 Overland Ave, in Culver City, CA.
The buildings are located near the junction of B Street & F Street, on the WLAC campus.
Here is an artist rendering of (what was) the future construction:
(the new buildings opened in mid-2012)
The new Student Services building, at West Los Angeles College.
And the new General Classroom building, at West Los Angeles College.
0:41:42: Molly and her android son, Ethan, go to the park.
They enjoy ice cream cones on a bridge, overlooking a small waterfall:
They are approached by a man selling balloons. He gives one to Molly, and
tells her it is already paid for (by someone who is nowhere to be seen).
Attached to the balloon's string is a note that reads: "I know what happened to you."
When Ethan drops his ice cream cone, he gets angry, and runs away into the woods.
Molly finds him there, with a dead crow. He tells her it was like that when he found it.
These park scenes were shot up at Kenneth Hahn Park, located on a hilltop
at 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd, in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles.
(It's just a mile east of the college where they filmed the ISEA shots.)
To be more specific, they shot the scenes on the footbridge over a rocky stream
that connects a small pond (to the south) with Gwen Moore Lake to the north.
This stream is on the southwest side of Kenneth Hahn Park, where the main
park road curves from south to east.
The later chase scene was shot near the main picnic lawn,
on the other side of the parking lot, northwest of the pond.
( At first, I thought they had probably shot the bridge scene at the park's Doris Japanese garden,
where there's another small waterfall. It is about a half mile northwest of the ponds.
But the bridges at that garden are red, and are not the one shown in the scene. )
Here is a photo of the stream & the bridge (courtesy of Tiffany P):
Here is a Google StreetView of the park entrance.
The photos on this
page are stills from "Extant"
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