Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It’s Only a Flesh Wound, or Thoughts on Kolchak: The Night Stalker Episode Seventeen, The Knightly Murders

It’s Carl Kolchak vs. The Black Knight (check out that oblique Monty Python reference in the title) in The Knightly Murders, where a cursed suit of armor starts killing land developers, interior designers and basically anyone who threatens the museum he’s displayed in.  Of course, when Carl finally defeats the ghost knight (no spoilers, you should know by now how this formula works), he’s left with an empty suit of armor, a trashed museum and an impossible explanation.
The episode features a new police captain, John Dehner as Vernon Rausch, who is articulate and vague enough to antagonize Carl, for once.  Anthony Vincenzo worries for his ace reporter’s sanity, and offers to buy him dinner.  Also check out the David Bowie reference from Minerva Musso, the interior designer.  1975 saw the release of Young Americans, and ain’t there one damn song that can make you…. Break down and cry….


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It’s Carl and Ponch vs. An Aztec Mummy, or Thoughts on Kolchak: The Night Stalker Episode Seventeen, Legacy of Terror

So there’s this series of murders every 52 years where the hearts get ripped out of men by an Aztec cult who run a hotel chain, where, coincidentally, Carl is attending a publisher’s convention in Legacy of Terror, a modern human sacrifice story that featured a pre-CHIPS Erik Estrada as Pepe Torres, a willing victim.  Be sure to check out Pepe’s pink three-piece disco suit that’s straight out of Saturday Night Fever (1977).  Also featuring Sorrell Brooke, Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard) as a touchy taxidermist.
Carl is addicted to his police scanner like we are to our cell phones.  Also Ron starts smoking a pipe to improve his image, and he casually whips it out in the hotel lobby like it’s no big deal to smoke indoors. 



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Monday, January 1, 2018

When Carl Met an Iraqi Succubus, or Thoughts on Kolchak: The Night Stalker Episode Sixteen, Demon in Lace

Terror strikes the university campus in Demon in Lace as an Iraqi tablet releases a Sumerian demon who takes over the bodies of attractive recently deceased coeds and seduces and kills jocks and frat boys, which doesn’t sound like a bad thing initially seeing as I hated all those guys in high school (hate’s a strong word, let’s call them a minor annoyance), but that doesn’t stop Carl from investigating another story that he can never print.  With very minor script tweaking this could have been an iconic mummy episode, but instead we got a succubus, which I guess was more in tune with the Swinging Seventies.
Nobody was technically wearing lace, as far as I can recall, but to be fair I was fooling around in Minecraft while I was watching it.  Look out for the lovely Carolyn Jones cameo, you know, Morticia Addams from the TV series, as the school registrar.  Also featuring the only recurring police Captain, Keenan Wynn as Joe “Mad Dog” Siska, who really, really hates Carl



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