Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Unknown Nov 03, 1971 on NBC

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  • A mysterious creature stalks an island's community and befreinds a teenage girl who has empathy for it.

    I saw this episode a few years back not having seen it since it originally aired. It still has a creepy air about it, but I found it was more an allegory.
    In the final scene Frances Anne has physically matured and returns to the cairn where the townspeople had trapped the creature and she promises to release it. Faintly you can hear the creature stirring inside.(Though how they managed to keep the monster still whilst entombing it is anybody's guess).
    It seemed to represent Frances Anne's sexual awakening or coming of age. Her father seemed particularly intent on keeping this creature trapped and was not pleased upon learning of his daughter's benevolent relationship with it.
    Although not the series' best episode there is an uneasy atmosphere throughout and Pam Ferdin delivers a fine performance. (Later in her career she would play Felix's daughter Edna on the Odd Couple as well as voicing the character of "Lucy" in the Peanuts cartoons.)
    Well worth another look if you get the oppurtunity.

    How did this crap ever get on air? The production process selects stories from a trove of options, and multiple people get to write and rewrite and tweak things as shooting progresses. This entire shoot must have been done on a week when the entire crew was jonsing for a joint.

    First we are introduced to the girl who, it beomes aparent as this crap hits the screen, is totally nuts.

    She is a mean little bitch.

    Then this "monster" (who is totally non-threatening) comes into the picture and she alternates between some form of twisted affection for it and totally sadistic trickery, which eventually results in a pile of unknown composition or origin. The extent of their communication is little more than grunts. The motivations of ANY of the characters is impossible to determine, and the end leaves you feeling like the crazy, soft-headed and heartless protagonist(?) has just enthusiasticly attempted to beat you off with a Scotch-brite pad. Boo!