The Crow: Stairway to Heaven

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Gathering Storm

    Aired 5/22/99

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    A Gathering Storm

    Aired 5/22/99

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Dead to Rights

    Aired 5/15/99

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Brother's Keeper

    Aired 5/8/99

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    The Road Not Taken

    Aired 5/1/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Dacascos

    Eric Draven

  • Marc Gomes

    Detective Daryl Albrecht

  • Katie Stuart (I)

    Sarah Mohr

  • Sabine Karsenti

    Shelly Webster

  • Lynda Boyd

    Darla Mohr

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  • Exactly one year after his death, rock musician, Eric Draven, returns to earth in a symbolic and literal leap from the bridge that joins the Land of the Dead and the land of the living. Possessing the mystic powers of The Crow, he is neither living nor dead, searching for a way to right what has been wronged.The Crow: Stairway to Heaven continues the legacy of Eric Draven and expands on the mythology of the successful feature film franchise. Joined as soulmates, Draven and his girlfriend Shelly were inseparable — until they were brutally and senselessly murdered.Now, their souls cannot rest. Their romance endures through time and death, creating an incredible longing between the young lovers. Draven seeks redemption by helping others, fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. Through each act of justice, he is taken one step closer to his own salvation.A foot soldier on the side of good, at Draven's core is a powerful force that transforms him into The Crow — his alter ego.Draven's return to Earth arouses both suspicion and curiosity from Daryl Albrecht, the police lieutenant who has never given up his crusade to solve the vicious crime that cost Eric and Shelly their lives.Eric also has other earthly allies. He and Shelly remain connected to Sarah, a 13-year-old kid who is streetwise beyond her years and who regarded the dead lovers as family. While her rebellious nature can be her worst enemy, she is the grounded voice of reality for Eric.Even a dead man needs to get a life. Although Eric Draven has been changed forever, he must exist, at least for now, in the world of the living.During the opening theme of the show, the voice-overs of Eric and Shelly say:SHELLY: People once believed that when someone dies, a Crow carries their soul to the Land of the DeadDRAVEN: But sometimes something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't restSHELLY: Then sometimes, just sometimes, the Crow can bring the soul back to put things rightDRAVEN: Things can never be right, my soul will never rest, until we are together again. The Crow: Stairway to Heaven was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.moreless

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  • Quotes (41)

    • Albrecht: Are you Eric Draven? Draven: Not if it's a crime.

    • Draven: I'm not the same guy you knew. Sarah: Tell me about it!

    • Sarah: (at the graves of Eric and Shelly) I hate the people who did this to you. I hate even thinking about hating them. But do you know what I really hate? It's when I'm talking to a couple of stupid graves.

    • Sarah: Daryl, quit following me, okay? Albrecht: You're supposed to be in school. Sarah: There are no classes today. It's a national holiday. Albrecht: Halloween? Yeah, maybe when you get to be mayor. Sarah: You got that right!

    • Top Dollar: (upon seeing the Crow) Damn, you're even ugly for a clown!

    • Sarah: So are you like an angel now, or what? Draven: I don't think so. Sarah: I do. Draven: I'm too angry to be an angel!

    • Eric: You know, I always thought death was the end of everything. Shelly always thought it was the beginning of the next thing. Sarah: Looks like she wins that one!

    • Albrecht: (about Top Dollar) Is he crazy? Doctor: Well, Detective, that's not a medical term, but yeah, like a loon.

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode is based on the first movie of The Crow, which starred Brandon Lee. In contrast to the movie, where the theme revolves around vengeance, the series has redemption, as its theme.

    • This episode had music by Garbage from their Version 2.0 album.

    • The music in this episode included songs by Remy Zero and Elysian Fields.

    • Sabine Karsenti (Shelly Webster) doesn't appears in this episode.

    • The music playing during the kitchen abduction scene is by Anthony Michael Hall's band, Hall of Mirrors. The track is called "Blue Jam".

    • The series ends in a Cliffhanger.

    • Katie Stuart (I) (Sarah Mohr) doesn't appears in this episode.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Shelly Webster doesn't appear in this episode.

    • Sarah Mohr doesn't appear in this episode.

    • In Sweden, this episode was edited together with episode 19 into a straight-for-DVD movie called The Crow: Witch Crow.

    • In Sweden, this episode was edited together with episode 18 into a straight-for-DVD movie called The Crow: Never Say Die.

    • In the past, the priest said that burning Rasputin's book released the evil. Yet, Eric, in the present time, burns the book to destroy it, without any negative repercussions.

    • In Sweden, this episode was edited together with episode 16 into a straight-for-DVD movie called The Crow: Never Say Die.

    • In Sweden, this episode was edited together with episode 15 into a straight-for-DVD movie called The Crow: Witch Crow.

    • The character of Casey (Jared Zabel) playing Shelley's 'compass' in this episode, is the real-life son of show writer and producer, Bryce Zabel.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The Incredible Hulk: The way Eric morphs into the Crow when he becomes angry or upset may have been taken from the story of the Marvel Comics superhero (also a television series and movie), Dr. David Banner, who turns into the Hulk when he becomes angry.

    • Like it's 1999 "Like it's 1999" is part of a well-known line from the Prince song '1999' (1982). Fittingly for this episode's plot, the complete lyric is "So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

    • It's a Wonderful Life The title of this episode is a play on the words in the title of the well-known film, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart as a man named George Bailey, who tries to commit suicide. A guardian angel shows George his life in a series of flashbacks and through these flashbacks he realizes what a difference he has made in his community and in the lives of the people who have known him.

    • Rasputin Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, a controversial historical figure, was a Russian holy man/mystic who is thought to have influenced the last years of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. He has been called the "Mad Monk" and some believed him to be a faith healer and psychic. Many legends and stories surround his life.

    • The Road Not Taken The Road Not Taken refers to a poem by the American poet, Robert Frost. The poem is about coming to a fork in a road, while walking in the woods and making a choice about which path to take. The traveler in the poem chooses to take the road "less traveled by" and claims that this choice has made a big difference.

    • Alas, poor Eric, I knew him well. This is a reference to the William Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The original quote is, "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well", spoken by Hamlet to the skull of a court jester who was now deceased.

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  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • a great show that never got good air time therefore was cancelled! BRING IT BACK!

    By jasonvoorhees50, Apr 16, 2007

  • it\'s about a murdered man who comes back to life after having unfinished business, i.e with the murderers.

    By ghostdarTealc, May 08, 2006

  • UNDER RATED TV COOLNESS- DVD RELEASE NOW PLEASE!!!

    By jkvocalist, Jan 12, 2006

  • A great storyline with an even better cast made for a superb TV series.

    By history_girl, Dec 18, 2005

  • The Crow StairWay To Heaven Is Off The Hook

    By mRjInX2006, Aug 18, 2005

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