Night Gallery

Season 3 Episode 1

The Return of the Sorcerer

Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1972 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • A story about a sorcerer is really more about the ramblings of a crazy man.

    A disappointing episode that fails to deliver any thrills or surprises.

    The story had potential but the delivery was terrible. Bill Bixby plays a translator sent into decipher a famous textbook for a man, John Carnby, who seems to be a sorcerer in disguise.

    Despite that, however, this episode features almost no effects, except for a couple of hands walking on the floor (that are crudely done). This episode seems to resemble more a story about a madman losing touch with reality (something Price did with regularity in his movies). Unfortunately, the story isn't done very well and seems to be done more for laughs.

    Like for example one scene that has Carnby talking to a goat and calling it his father is absolutely ridiculous. Then the twist with Noel having an affair with the man's
    mistress is also predictable.

    The ending itself is really silly. When it seems that Noel has figured out the matter of whether the man is a sorcerer or not, he declines to pursue the matter more.

    This episode is just below average. It's kinda sad considering they had two great stars here. There's just not a real scary payoff here.
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