Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 4

Burning Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The FBI and a pompous reporter believe a copycat killer is responsible for a series of murders identical to those of a dead bio-terrorist who claimed that he could kill people with hellfire, but Kolchak suspects that the murders have a supernatural explanation.

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  • A thrilling journey into the mind of a vengeful madman...

    This episode was definately twisted in the best possible way! Usually with shows of this genere, there are very predictable scripts which show up every time. There's always someone who has vision, one with a secret torturing them, a skeptic and so on... Also particular plot lines show up like the vampire, virgin hunter, yadda yadda but this episode was completely new! I have never seen or heard anything like it. As a result I was rivetited throughout the show. It was fascinating and fantastic! I truly learned something new and had a great time doing so. Kudos to the writers on a job well done!moreless
  • Some crazy killer gets off on burning people to death.

    This episode starts with the death of someone in a petrol station, they are burned to death when they touch a toy soldier. Apparently a few years ago they arrested a man responsible for theses crimes, he too left figures ehich caused people to burst into flames. So they believes it is capycat killer or they arrested and exicuted the wring man. And that is what it seems until Kolchak finds out that in fact the police agent in charge of the case became so obsessed with the killer that he had to start to kill people the same way. Anyway Kolchak saves the day. Really good episode had a twist, wasn't that predicatable.moreless

    Bring back NIGHT STALKER what in the world was the network thinking????? With only a few winners left on TV (i.e. House MD; Prison Break; Invasion), we lose one of the best? Night Stalker in the 70's with Darren McGavin was absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! I really think all the fans of this show need to unite and get this show back on the air!!!
  • Best one yet!

    The show is improving fast which is a good thing since there is obviously a lot of potential in "Night Stalker". The opening of this episode was very well done and a sign of what can be achieved if time and work can be put in the show. The story was interesting and the characters well built. I particularly enjoyed Howard Gorn, the veteran somewhat sleazy reporter. I hope to see him in future episodes.

    The only thing that bothered me was how predictable the storyline became at about halfway. But the climax still delivered even if the revelations were not surprising.

    A good episode that shows "Night Stalker" can become an above average show. Lets hope it doesn’t get cancelled before that.moreless
  • Spontaneous Combustion or a secret bio agent causes men to burn up from the inside. Is it other worldly? Heavens, no.

    Once again the bad guy is human. This show portends to be about the pursuit of the other worldly. However, this is just not the case. The monsters here are no more real than the suited up guys from Scooby Doo. The actors here are very good and I think could pull off a much better show than this. However, the writing is letting them down.

    The bad guy is once again telegraphed early. There is no surprise in the surprise.

    The guest star who plays a rival newsman was really good. Hopefully, he sticks around to bring some life to this party.moreless

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    • Kolchak: Thanks for cutting us some slack, Tony.
      Vincenzo: Try not to hang yourself with it.

    • Kolchak: (opening monologue) They're in the news every day. Warnings about what you should eat, drink, breathe, think. In the modern world, fear of death isn't a distant anxiety reserved for old age – it's daily life. The ordinary no longer offers comfort – not when death can come any time. From any thing.

    • Kolchak: (closing monologue) Doug Panero lived with the fear he finally came to see. A fear I know too well, of a question that holds a terrible answer. Should I ever look into the eye of the monster I'm chasing…whose face would I see?

    • Perri: How long have you been working here?
      Carl: Umm, about two months.
      Perri: And in that time I've witnessed more freaky things then I've seen my entire life.
      Carl: Thanks.

    • Carl: That would be the real-world explanation.
      Vincenzo: I live in the real world, Carl – that's the explanation I'm looking for.

    • Carl: Panero spent 10 years trying to catch a monster. I think that monster finally caught him.

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