Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 3

They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1974 on ABC
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A bizarre force sweeps through Chicago, killing randomly. It has the strength of a hurricane, generates a massive electromagnetic field, steals lead and electronic equipment, and sucks the bone marrow out of humans and animals. Carl realizes he's onto a huge story - if he can find out exactly what this force is.moreless

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  • The aliens have landed! Kolchak is on the case!

    8.7
    Carl Kolchak is excited because the World Series has arrived, the Cubs are in it for the first time in years, and he has a ticket. But, news of numerous animal deaths at the zoo draws his attention away from the game. On his way to the zoo, news of a break-in at RayDyne Electronics interrupts that. A wall explodes and throws cops everywhere and stacks of lead ingots disappear into thin air. Kolchak acknowledges it but the police chief dosen't. I guess people refuse to believe what their mind won't grasp. At the zoo, Kolchak learns that the animals all died from heart attacks. There is also some kind of black gooey substance near one of them: compromised of acetone, hydrochloric acid and bone marrow. After investigation, Kolchak learns that electronic equiptment has been going missing in the city and people have been dying because of their bone marrow being sucked out of them. Plus, government "big brother" types have been seen investigating this phenomena and stopping Kolchak from getting the story. When Vincenzo lets slip that there's a UFO involved, Kolchak dosen't stop investigating. Was there any doubt? At the observatory, Kolchak finds the alien lifeform looking at star maps and then finds it's spaceship. This episode is Kolchak's first real entanglement with the one of the "special units" of the US government. This shows how our government keeps odd occurrences like these away from the public view.moreless
James Gregory

James Gregory

Captain Quill

Guest Star

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

Alfred Bindle

Guest Star

Mary Wickes

Mary Wickes

Dr. Bess Winestock

Guest Star

Jack Grinnage

Jack Grinnage

Ron Updyke

Recurring Role

John Fiedler

John Fiedler

Gordy "The Ghoul" Spangler

Recurring Role

Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi

Monique Marmelstein

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kolchak: (opening narration) I knew this one was more than just the biggest story of my life. It was the biggest story in the lives of everyone on this planet. I fought for the story, fought harder than ever before, because I knew it was more than news - much more. I felt people should know about it, so they could be prepared when it happened again. If it's possible to be prepared for something like this.

    • Kolchak: Two tons of lead...what could use two tons of lead?
      Monique: God's pencil?

    • Kolchak: (buttering up Dr. Winestock) Why, you look absolutely radiant! Now, there's only one thing that puts that kind of sparkle in a woman's eye.
      Dr. Winestock: Baloney!
      Kolchak: Yeah, well, some call it that.

    • Kolchak: (closing narration) They tried to make a little park out of the woods near Snake Rock - daffodils, tulips - but they couldn't get anything to grow. There was an area shaped like a saucer at the bottom. If you want to see it, you'll have to hurry. Our park commission decided overnight to do extensive reclamation work in that particular spot. They're filling it in with concrete. What happened? It's all a point of view, really. A traveler has a breakdown, stops to fix it, gets a road map, has a bite to eat and goes on his way - it's happened to all of us. This traveler happened to be light years off his course, instead of miles. As for me? Well, I haven't heard from the boys in the sedan - yet.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title
      The title is a take from a quote in H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon in his story "The Dunwich Horror," which goes: "The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen."

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